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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Sunroom Makeover!

My sunroom goes through many looks every spring/summer/fall. (Click here to see other versions of my sunroom!) Whenever I get the itch for a costume change, the sunroom is an easy target.
Today was my official first day of summer vacation. What better room to overhaul for summer than a sunroom? 
Here is a lookiloo at the drab and sad before:

Brace yourself. I went a teeny bit wild with color...
I am a rebel these days.
 My sunroom curtains are Lowe's painting dropcloths. 


 And, then...the light shifted. 
When I think of summer, I think of baseball games, pool parties, gardening and happy hour(s) with my gal pals. 
We can park ourselves in the sunroom and listen to all of the kiddos romping through the sprinkler. Lazy days lead to evenings of chasing fireflies, "Ghost in the Graveyard" and "Bloody Murder!" (Or, as my kids mispronounce- "Bloody Murmur!")
I decided to haul up my old, 1921, 63 ton ironing board to use as a buffet/bar. 








By the time this post is published, I will be watching my kiddos chase fireflies through the yard, shouting "Bloody Murmur!"
Happy Summer, y'all!


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144 comments:

  1. So Creative- I LOVE the Color- you wild girl you! :) That ironing board creates the Perfect Buffet/Bar! You are a smart lady! Enjoy your sipping and settling in that cozy room, while your kiddos run wild! :) Cheers my friend!
    Jen

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    1. Thank you, Jen! We have "running wild" down to an art!

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    1. I knew it would come in handy for something!
      Thanks, Sandra!

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  3. Love it! SO fun and colorful and creative!

    Happy Murmur Days!

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  4. Okay, I love your color choices and am working on similar colors for my back deck. Gotta love summertime! I have to say the ironing board as a beverage station is pure genius! I now wish I had an old ironing board...even though I rarely iron. Lol.

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    1. My husband is the only one around here that irons...
      Now, I can say that I actually used the ironing board!
      Thanks, Sherry!

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  5. Love it such a fun and colorful space, I could spend all day there.

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    1. My mister took our kids on a road trip last summer and I did spend an entire day in the sunroom - I read an entire book in one day. It was dreamy!
      Thank you for popping by!

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  6. It looks beautiful and I love the ironing board idea!
    -Shelley

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  7. Woohoo. It looks fabulous. I love your splashes of colour though I am tempted to check and see if aliens have taken over your body. Great idea on the ironing board!

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    1. Yep, aliens! They made me quit my job and now they are tormenting me with colorful decor!

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    2. If only they were making you eat chocolate and drink martinis. Mmmmmm.

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  8. Love the ironing board and the turquoise! awesome!

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    1. I knew that I would use that ironing board someday! Just not the way my mother hoped!
      Thank you, Laurel!

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    2. Haha! I moved into our house 7 months ago and only just realized last week that the iron did not make the move. I despise ironing!

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  9. This is so flippin' awesome! I want to have a relaxing afternoon there while someone else's kids romp around. :) I totally pinned your ironing board turned bar area. Brilliant!!

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    1. Come on over! Gin and lemonade awaits!
      Thanks, Karah!

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  10. Love your sunroom makeover! I can't wait to meet you next month at Haven!

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    1. Is it too soon to pack for Haven??
      Thank you, Katie!

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  11. Wow. It looks great! Love that rug. It's so happy and bright. The ironing board is fab-U-lous. LOVE that to pieces.

    Happy Sunnertime!!!!

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  12. Oh I love it, so bright and fresh, come on over to Vintage Inspiration if you can!

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    1. Hi, Debra! Thank you so much! I looooove your par-taaay!

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  13. The rug.....where did you find such a beauty????

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    1. I found it on Urban Outfitters clearance!

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  14. Those drop cloth curtians?! holy cow! perfect gauzy look! May I steal?!

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    1. DO IT! They get dirty and get rained on- I'm not dishing out big bucks for that!

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  15. Bravo!!! Now let's have a cocktail!

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    1. I make a mean mojito!
      How about a garden tour of your place for HouseTalkN????

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  16. This is just great! Look at you, going waaaaaay out on that limb full of color! BTW: There is nothing in this world quite as cool as a game of Ghosts in the Graveyard. Nothing.

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    1. Except for Ghosts in the Graveyard with mojitos!

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  17. I absolutely positively love the ironing board! Love it so much for serving. The color is so pretty (along with all your other colorful porch accessories) and it's just so stinking fun. Hope you enjoy lots of great times out here this summer.

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    1. I am sitting out here right now- it is a rainy night and it is perfect!
      Thank you, Lisa!

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  18. I love those old depression era ironing boards. I have three wooden ones. You're right, they make great snack buffets!

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    1. I knew it would come in handy for something besides the dreaded ironing!

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  19. Love it! Makes me want to come and camp out and never leave. Thank goodness Jackson does not remember that we were supposed to come back from Gus' b-day.

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    1. WHAT? When are you coming?? You have to!

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  20. Gosh it's pretty. Happy summer to you and your kids. Hope you make lots of wonderful memories!
    Liz

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  21. What a fabulous transformation! I coud sit out there all day. Looks beautiful.

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  22. I love the dropcloth curtains! How did you hang them, may I ask? I've been wanting to do curtains on my three-season porch, but I don't want to shell out a ton of money all at once - seems like it'd be easy to buy a drop cloth every couple weeks until I had enough, and not have to worry about not finding the same thing twice! :)

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    1. I am so not a sewer! One straight stitch across the top and VOILA!
      Thanks!

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    2. No need to sew...use the curtain/ drapery rings with the attached clips! Clip the rings to the dropcloths and slide the rings onto the rods. Voila....no sewing....shower curtains would be cute too!

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  23. What in incredible space!I want a sun room! LOVE the ironing board as a buffet! This is just gorgeous!

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  24. What a great look and the use of the ironing board was great.

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  25. Amazing makeover!! Just gorgeous! LOVE the ironing board!!!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations

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    1. The ironing board has never been my friend- now it has a purpose!
      Thanks, Kristy!

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  26. Love, love love it! So cheery! Don't you just love spray paint (re the ironing board) :)

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    1. I do love spray paint! The ironing board, however, was already this color!
      Thanks for popping by!

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  27. I love the vibrant colors in your sunroom, its beautiful!

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  28. So where does one find a fun ironing board like that? What a great sunroom redo!

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    1. This ironing board was actually left in this house when we bought it 16 years ago!

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  29. Absolutely love your sunroom! Would just die to have one like yours!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! The sunroom was a big plus when we found this house!
      Happy Sunday!

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  30. Insert scream and sound of me beating my head on a table!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How many ironing boards have I thrown away? Great Idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Oh, NO! You better hit those yard sales!
      Thank you for popping by, Jackie!

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  31. Gorgeous! I'll be over for drinks in a few minutes! It doesn't matter that it's 8:30am right now! And that I probably live in a different state!

    I love the drop cloth curtains, too! Soooo chic!

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    1. It's always 5 o'clock somewhere! I'll get the mojitos ready!

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  32. Very pretty room! I love the ironing board! And I'm wild about color, too, so I think it's great!

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    1. Thank you, Misti! I am usually an all white decorator so this is a big step for me!

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  33. What a transformation. Love, love, love the bright happy colors that scream summer. Great job!

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  34. The ironing board is gorgeous. Love the rug too.

    Paula
    @inkscrblr

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    1. Thank you, Paula! We could dance up a storm out there!

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  35. Oh my....I LOVE your room....so many wonderful items you have in there.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you, Linda! It is my haven! Thank you for hosting!

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  36. Bloody murmur? I thought you said Bloody Mary. And then I was going to be heading on over ...

    Looks fun and colorful and glam all rolled up into one ... kinda like you!

    :)

    Linda

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    1. Bloody Mary is what I drink while they play Bloody Murder/Murmur!
      You are close enough to make it for happy hour!

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  37. I love it! It is so colorful and cheery :) I want a sunroom....

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    1. You are so handy- you could build a sunroom!
      Thank you for hosting and for popping by!

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  38. Happy Summer!! Your sunroom looks like the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. I love the idea of using an ironing board for a buffet. Wish I could join you for happy hour!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! Come on over for happy hour! I make a mean mojito!

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  39. very inventive method of decorating your sunroom. I don't have one but am thinking of some of your methods for my house! It makes me wish I didn't give away that ancient ironing board.

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    1. My husband laughed when he saw it because he is the only one around here who irons!
      Thanks for popping by!

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  40. I’m visiting from Chef-in-training and would love for you to share this, or any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a wonderful week.

    Michelle

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    1. Hi, Michelle! Thank you so much! I'm en route to your place now!

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  41. This is my kind of room! Love it. The ironing board/bar is ingenious!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! Have a great weekend!

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  42. mmmm love that ironing board. I just sold one just like it and now I'm kicking myself! ah well maybe I'll find another someday! xo

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    1. I cannot tell you how many times I almost gave this away...since I NEVER use it.
      Thank you for popping by!

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  43. I love that ironing board! I want it!! And you rug - where did you get that??

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    1. Hi, Jill! I bought the rug on clearance from Urban Outfitters.
      Thank you for popping by my place!

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  44. I love that rug and the aqua vase!

    We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/2012-before-after-series/

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    1. I love Habitat for Humanity- thank you for hosting this kind of party! I just linked up!
      Have an awesome weekend!

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    2. Thanks so much for linking up!!! feel free to share with your readers and grab a button to show your support!

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  45. What a fun sunroom makeover! That old ironing board is fab. LOVE it, Kerry. And clever you, using dropcloths as window treatments!

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    1. Hi, Julia! I have never gone so bold with color before- I'm feeling twitchy!
      Thank you so much for popping by and have a fantastic summer!

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  46. This makeover looks great. I used Lowe's drop cloths to create curtains for my living room and dining room too. Great minds think alike!

    I also LOVE the ironing board as a bar cart. So clever!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah!
      I am about to tackle a stencil on drop cloths! eeks!

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  47. New to your blog and I really enjoy it! I too, made use of a Lowe's drop cloth....made a slipcover for a swivel chair at our winter condo in FL. Worked out beautifully and was very easy to cut/sew, etc. If people only knew what a GREAT piece of fabric it is!
    Joanne

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    1. Really? I have been fearing using this fabric to sew! Thank you for sharing that- I'll give it a go!
      Thank you for popping by, Joanne!

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  48. I love love love this space, I would never leave! Thanks for linking up, I will be featuring it on Tuesday!
    XO
    Kristin

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    1. Yay, Kristin! Thank you sooooo much!
      Have a great week!

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  49. Hi Kerry, I saw your blog featured at Coastal Charm. I am a lover of all things turquoise. Expecially with a bit of red and green. I had to hop over and visit. You did not disappoint. Love, love what you did in the sunroom. I have used dropcloth for an ottomon cover and table runner. Love the look. Almost looks like linen, just a bit more rustic. I have a linky party, Share Your Cup Thursday. I would love if you shared a post sometime. I could not see where to follow you. Glad to have found your fab blog.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi, Jann! Welcome to HouseTalkN!
      Did you pleat your ottoman cover? I'm about to try that!
      I will pop on over to your party on Thursday! Thank you for inviting me!

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  50. I just scored 2 old ironing boards from a nun! One is wood, the other metal. Of course, yours looks so much better with all that alcohol perched on top (and the color is fabulous!
    Kelly

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    1. How exactly did you score them? Did you arm wrestle her for them? Alcohol is the best accessory, huh?
      Thanks for popping by!

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  51. Let me be #104 to tell you what a cute room and I love your ironing board bar. So cute!

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    1. Hi, Kim! Thank you so much for hosting and for the comment love! My ironing board is finally getting some use!

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  52. Oh I would stay and be lazy in that room all day! You have such a fun blog. Please come share at my linky party!
    http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html
    Thanks
    Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

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    1. My sunroom sucks me in and hours go by - and it isn't the booze!
      Thank you so much for popping by! See you at your link par-taay!

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  53. Oh, Kerry! Did we go to college together??? I remember using an ironing board in the hall of our dorm for a bar. Hummmm. Haven't thought of that in years. I enjoyed your sunroom transformation.

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    1. Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! We would have had a blast in college- maybe we did. It is all a blur of big hair, blue eye shadow and vodka!

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  54. I have such sunroom envy. Bless me for I have sinned. The drop cloths are a great idea, and I love the pops of bright color.

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    1. The curtains were actually the brain child of a gal pal.
      Come on over for happy hour!

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  55. Dear Kerry! Just saw you were feature at Kim's Party!
    I loved your sunroom and your ironing board!!! I have one but is all wooden! My husband is the one that irons here, too! LOL!
    I have a sunroom but it is beside my bedroom so we never use it! Now is being used as my furniture storage! But it could become a show room??
    Love your blog, will become a follower!

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    1. Beside your bedroom??? You lucky ducky! It could be your blogging office!

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  56. Whoa that ironing board had me at blue.....you rocked it girl!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sherry! We have used it several times since as a buffet or bar for our outdoor soirees!

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  57. Thank you, Sherry! I finally found a use for an ironing board!

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  58. I love the ironing board idea as well as the colors in the room / especially that rug! :)

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    1. Thank you, Debra! I am not brave in the color department. This was my big color experiment!

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  59. Kerry, your sun porch looks great! I love the use of the ironing board. Thanks for linking up to OPC's before and after.

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  60. Hi Kerry!!!

    Love your sun porch!! Where did you get the carpet(?) or ?? It's so pretty!!
    Not only do I love the ironing board idea, but, the color of it fits in beautifully with summer.

    Enjoy!!

    Pam

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  61. This looks amazing, and the ironing board as a bar? well that's the best use for one isn't it?

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    1. I kept wondering what the heck it was for? Aha! A BAR! Thanks, Anna!

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  62. I'm totally stealing that ironing board idea....genius! I knew I would eventually get some use out of mine someday!

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    1. I finally used an ironing board! My mother would be so proud-ish! Thanks, Sarah!

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  63. GORGEOUS. I'm hoping in the car and I will be there in 14 hours.

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    1. I have a lemonade with your name on it! Thanks, Beardy!

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  64. Gin and Lemonade...you got me hooked on those back when I first started dating Terry. Now they are my favorite summer drink! Now I am just waiting on this little baby to make her arrival so I can make myself a drink :)

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    1. Bring that baby for me to smooch and I'll have a drink ready for you!

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  65. See, this is not fair. Because sunroom wasn't on my list of things I need at the new house, but now it kind of is :)

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    1. Sunroom was not on my must have list and it has been the most used room in our house! I had to sacrifice a wraparound porch. Can't wait to see your new digs!

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  66. Here's what I need from you: be my neighbor, redecorate my house, bring your Gin, and be my new BFF. I'm flexible so there is no hard deadline, but the sooner the better. Obvs.

    BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE the bright blues against the white. GORG!

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    1. I have just the house for you. Start packing, I'll mix your drink. GO!

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  67. I want to enjoy a drink and some laughs in that beautiful sunroom in the worst way! Drop cloth curtains? Genius!

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    1. I've been saving a spot for you, Amy. Hurry up, already.

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  68. Fabulous! LOVE that ironing board, too. I have to pick up some drop cloths...

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    1. Thanks, Anne! My decorator pal came up with the drop cloth plan- genius!

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  69. Looks like a fun place to be!! Love the ironing board/bar!
    xo Heidi

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  70. Please come over and redo my house.
    That is all.

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    1. Let me start by putting on a bra. I'm on my way!

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  71. I love it! I want to sit on that couch and read a book, while drinking a martini! Fabulous.

    Anna
    askannamoseley.com

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