still loving…

Hey there!  We’re still off enjoying our spring break.  In the meantime, I want to share an oldie but goodie from last spring that I still totally love!

It’s my sunroom that I updated last year.  Here’s what it looked like then although it continues to evolve.

This time of year it is the best place to hang out.  The room is enclosed with sliding glass windows so I can sit out there at any time with a book, a project, some wine, whatever.

The best part is the transformation that I did to the vintage patio furniture.  Here’s what the chair used to look like.

Now it is Wilson’s favorite spot to catch an afternoon nap!

If you’re new around here at Circa Dee, you can check out last year’s post for details on the furniture transformation and pictures of the whole room.  You can also see how much my photography skills have evolved in a year!  I’m mighty proud of that.

Ok back to my vaca.


Linking to Thrifty Decor Chick

my Christmas home tour

Christmas…just 5 days away.

If you read other home design and vintage blogs, you may have noticed that everyone has been posting their own version of their Christmas home tour.  In my attempt to keep up with the Joneses of the blog world, I had planned to post my holiday decor house tour 10 days before Christmas.  You would think that wouldn’t be too difficult considering the place has been decorated for Christmas since about Thanksgiving.  Well, that self-inflicted deadline came and went.  Over the weekend, I tidied the place up with the intent to photograph each room and get the aforementioned post up on Monday.  Yesterday.  That didn’t happen either.

A co-worker once told me “life happens while you’re making plans”.  So true.

Without further adieu, photos of life happening in our home decorated for Christmas. No staging.  Or bright natural light that I was holding out for…

Most of our friends come in the back door and enter the sunroom.  They’re greeted by a table top tree made of bells and some white pine from the yard.

The sunroom leads to the kitchen.  No matter the house, everyone always seems to gather in the kitchen.  Am I right?

And this time there is a sing along in progress with our friends children.

A little girl sings along in her party dress.

Overnight guests hang out in matching PJs.

Let’s leave the jam session and check out the dining room where snacks and a game of Apples to Apples were just abandoned.  There is our Fraser fir tree centered in front of the window.

On the adjacent wall is the card display that is now bursting with photos & holiday greetings.

Of course the living room is empty because everyone is squished in the kitchen!  The mantel is the focal point of the room and has been a big hit.

Pull a seat closer to the fire.  Vintage of course.

Oh wait, the living room is not empty.  There is just one Scrooge who chose not to join the holiday festivities.  Bah humbug Wilson!

The living room built ins also got a touch of Christmas with the addition of white pine clippings and vintage candles…

…and subtle, rustic, Christmas decor like this galvanized funnel tree.  This idea came from a similar one I saw on pinterest.

Every nook & cranny is outfitted with a collection of old ornaments.

Christmas sweaters are optional but certainly encouraged over here.

Thanks for stopping by our Christmas home where life is currently in progress.

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I was on vacation from my full-time job last week so we spent some time in Cape May, NJ.  My favorite place EVER.  We celebrated Ryan’s birthday, enjoyed seemingly endless days on the beach and also managed to catch up on some projects around the house.  

Ryan got a delightful bird house for his birthday after having his eye on it for years.  It seems more like a bird mansion to me.  Too bad I didn’t get a before shot of the bird house because he really transformed it by staining it to match the screened-in deck.  Then he mounted it on a tree stump so it peaks out from all of the foliage in the yard.  Birds have already flocked to it.

As for my project…Remember this funky green cage?  (I have been on a green junkin’ kick lately, haven’t I?)

I picked it up earlier this summer at Renninger’s.  When I bought it, I had a big idea for it.  The plan was to transform the cage into something useful and practical.  How about a coffee table? 

At Renninger’s, I also got ahh-mazing antique wooden casters.  They’re pretty fab, aren’t they?  Ryan popped the casters in the bottom of the cage for me after I cleaned it up. 

At this point, it looked something like a mobile rabbit home.  But stick with me.  I’m going somewhere with this transformation.

Next, I ordered a piece of custom cut glass for the top.  Ryan fixed up any wayward wires that were poking out haphazardly.  We put it all together and had ourselves a rustic little coffee table after just a few steps and a lot of imagination.  It is just the right height and size. 

The inside serves as a magazine rack and houses other fishing and beachy decor.  I love how the little door on the right pops open so you can use the inside for storage and display.  Maybe I will change it seasonally.

What do you think?  Have I gone too far?

I was originally thinking of doing this with an old lobster trap to stick with the beachy theme but each one that I found was just too far gone and corroded from the salt water.  When I came across this green cage I thought, why not?  Plus we like the color for the rustic beach house! 

Any ideas as to what the cage might have been originally used for?  I don’t know what the original purpose was but we almost had a reason to use the table as a cage on the other night…

Friday came along and we decided to break in the new-to-us table with a competitive game of scrabble.  I know, I know.  Big Friday night for us!  Scrabble. Woo hoo!

The table was working out just fine when we heard rustling outside in the shrubs.  Sure enough there was an INTRUDER! 

The kind of intruder that has four legs!  Yikes!  Can you believe that this thief was robbing the new bird house of all of the bird seed?  At one point, he had a friend too.  Yes, two raccoons visited us!  We spent the evening chasing the raccoons out of the new bird mansion in between scrabble tiles.  And by “we”, I mean Ryan did the chasing while I took pictures of the rodents feasting. 

Wilson slept through the whole thing.  Some guard dog he is. 

This would have probably been a good opportunity for us to use the cage-turned-table as an actual cage as it was once intended.  Fortunately, we Ryan scared the intruders away without needing to capture them. 

And I won the scrabble game!

Linking to:
The Lettered Cottage
Mod Vintage Life
House of Grace
Primitive & Proper
Southern Hospitality
A Beach Cottage
Between Naps on the Porch
House of Hepworths
Beyond the Picket Fence
Miss Mustard Seed