Saturday, June 16, 2018

Summer Time

The Decorated House - Donna Courtney - Potting Bench

There's no need to tell you that summer is here. By now, almost everyone is feeling the heat, unless you are visiting from way down under of course. The rains have been coming everyday as they often do this time of year, and the weeds and tall grass could not be happier. Fortunately I got some pots planted up with flowers as well. And they too are very happy for the drink. 

This little potting bench area has always been a favorite of mine and readers. If you haven't previously seen how easy it is to build by using your fence as the backside, or if you would like to visit again, click the link  for more pictures and a little more information. 

It is in need or some cleaning up,  maybe a little paint touch up and cleaning the bench top.  It has been used and little abused over the years. I think it deserves to be spiffed up a little bit.
 
The Decorated House - Potting Bench

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!


                                         Happy Easter to You and Your Family!


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Valentine's Day Pillows


The Decorated House :: DIY Valentine's Day Pillow
Valentine's Day (or any day) Pillow in Neutrals
with Felt Cut Out Heart and
Fabric, Lace and Felt Flowers
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What is easier than changing pillows to bring in some fun for the next holiday, Valentine's Day!
Since it is just a few shorts weeks a way, linked at the end of the post are dozens of ideas for you.
See if you find something that makes you smile and maybe try something like this pretty Heart Pillow.
You can find the complete directions by clicking HERE.

The Decorated House :: How to Make Fabric Flowers

Click HERE and HERE


click on link above for pinterest 


See Y'All Soon~

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

The Decorated House ~ Donna Courtney ~ Christmas 2017

Peace On Earth
to 
Men of Goodwill

May Peace be with You and the
 Goodness & Love in Your Hearts
Grow Strong.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Merry and Bright with a Pretty Pottery Barn Style Pillow

Pottery Barn Style Christmas Wreath Pillow DIY Tutorial by Donna, The Decorated House

Now that it's almost the beginning of December, Christmas decorating will be in high gear for most of you. Here is a simple and pretty pillow that you can make for yourself, or it would make a wonderful gift as well. It is styled after a Pottery Barn pillow that is no longer available, but you can make your own!

Click here for the directions:
See Y'All Soon~

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy ThanksGiving!

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Wishing You a Beautiful Day of Giving Thanks.

Happy ThanksGiving!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Celebrating Fall ~ Autumn : Decorating


Fall Decorating - The Decorated House

Fall is loved for its beautiful colors and it is just as wonderful to enjoy those same colors inside your home as well. You can use real and fresh leaves (as in the vase above) or dried magnolia leaves, with their rich color combination of copper and green for the perfect look and colors of Fall. If you use the preserved leaves, you can carry that element into the next season too. Almost everything in the vase is from nature - dried flowers, leaves and feathers along with only a few faux leaves here and there to fill it out. So depending on where you live, you might find everything you need for a pretty arrangement right outside your door!

Fall Autumn Decor - Magnolia Leaf Candle - The Decorated House


Previously I have shown you the magnolia leaf candle wrapped with the leaves all facing on the copper side, and also with the with the copper alternating with green. You gather from Nature and your garden to create a simple, or even more elaborate arrangement than this one. Here I used the candle in a white concrete garden container. It was filled with a floral foam so I could easily stick the leaves, berries and picks into it. It was covered with moss so you can't see the foam. The pumpkins can be painted with either flat white paint, or chalk paint.

The candle arrangement  is on the dining table, but it can easily be moved to your coffee table when it's time to get the table ready for a dinner.

The Decorated House - Fall Decorating White Pumpkins

For the entry table it was simple to remove all the Halloween related elements and keep everything that felt like Fall. The antique books and rusty lock are a wonderful balance of autumn colors against the shiny silver and the white pumpkins. The pumpkins are a mixed of painted, mercury glass, and velvet ones,  giving you a nice range of textures to add more interest.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

~ Potting Bench ~ Garden Shed ~ Create & Recycle

A little revisit to the Potting Bench area:

I love updates to see how things are progressing in the garden. In this case, there are no new pictures. Since my Sweet Hubby is home now, he seems to think that a potting area should be used for messy outdoor garden stuff! So while I am off in another part of the yard, this area has gone to pot. But I am keeping an eye on it all, hoping to have enough energy to get back to this side again, soon. Bet it happens to you as well. Get one thing done, and you turn around and whatever you finished a few months ago needs tending again. Enjoy this little revisit to the Potting Shed.
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Outdoor furniture! That's what wood shelves and other building elements are when they become a space to pot your plants and other gardening activities as well as areas to sit and relax. After all you have shelves and pots and spoons inside, these are just outside. Whatever you would like to call it, a potting

Friday, April 14, 2017

~ Happy Easter to You!


Happy Easter to All
I hope you have a wonderful Holiday!

Monday, April 3, 2017

~ Easter Decorating



The Decorated House. Vintage Style Bunny for Easter


Since Easter is getting so close, it must be time to let out the Bunnies.
This vintage style cutie is one of my favorites.
It is especially sweet paired with a Mushroom House from the early 1980's
that is completely handmade by a ceramic clay artist. 
She created such whimsical fantasy pieces of art. 
Perfect for welcoming the magic of Spring!

See Y'All Soon~


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Easter Decorations ~ Pretty Decorated Peat Pots


Altered, decorated peat pots! Looking for a simple and inexpensive Easter decorating idea? You can paint these, and decorate them anyway that pleases you and goes with your decor.  They can be dressed up or left more rustic, whichever way appeals to you. I love the combination of rustic with a touch of elegant. 

No matter what you choose, they can be very inexpensive to make and you will find so many ways to use them from setting the table, to making little gift baskets or using them to display some of your other decorations like the painted and embellished eggs.


The first one was left rustic and lovely
just the way it came without any paint. 
I added some vintage laces and trim
and a vintage rhinestone pin.

Items Used Above:
  • Peat Pot - Unpainted
  • Vintage Lace & Trim
  • Vintage Rhinestone Pin
  • White Ribbon
  • White Coffee Filter Ruffle
  • Craft Sphagnum Moss
  • Burlap Twine
  • White Ribbon
  • Painted Egg, Paris Grey

 For the one above, I painted it with Annie Sloan Paris Grey Chalk Paint. 
You can use any paint that you like. 


Items Used Above:
  • Peat Pot - Painted Paris Grey
  • Vintage Lace & Trim
  • Paper Leaping Bunny - Grey/Gray
  • White Coffee Filter Ruffle
  • Craft Sphagnum Moss
  • Burlap Twine
  • Gray Ribbon
  • Painted Egg, Old White
I used this paint because the color was exactly what I wanted.
You can mix up any color you like with bottled or tube acrylics.


You could paint and decorate a batch of these in an afternoon, 
and they would be so pretty for your Easter decorating. 
Perfect for a little cookie or  treat, or a gift certificate. 
Or a chocolate bunny of course!


Two of the ones I made are on the entry table this year. The things I used for this display are:
  • Paper Flower & Leaves Wreath with Burlap Bow
  • Bunny Weathervane 
  • Decorated Peat Pots
  • Painted Plastic Eggs. Old White and Paris Grey
  • Ceramic Bunny Painted ASCP Old White
  • Bunny Nest of Vines & Moss
  • Pink Paper Flower
  • Antique Vellum Book
There are so many great ideas for you to try with these little peat pots. These also can be made into the sweetest little baskets if you just punch a hole in each side and add some wire for a handle. I hope you think of many more uses, too!

See Y'All Soon~




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