Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Decor Updates on a Dime (or less)

Most times the decor in our home is very simple...
original window frame from our Italian farm house, built by my great grandfather

but ALL the times, the decor is very inexpensive. 
books wrapped in brown paper and cotton twine
vinegar stain aged clothes pins (in 3 minutes, project HERE)

Most time free and/or handmade.
free pallet frame I built (HERE)

I haven't been able to keep up with the blog the last several months.
But that does not means that I haven't been doing things.

Beside working on the house, 
the garage transformation into a rec room (remember that?),
getting the 2 veggie garden areas prepared for Spring planting,
homeschooling the children,
feeding family and friends (my parents came from Italy to visit us pretty much the entire month of March)
I am also currently at week 13 (of 16 weeks) of my Spring Marathon Training.
This year I am doing an advance training plan,
which means I have ran about 550 miles in the last 3 months.
That has meant running 6 days a week (averaging 35 to 55 miles weekly),
early, early morning runs and early bedtime.

The blog has taken the backseat BIG time.

Here are some updated pictures of the kitchen and sunroom.

vintage olive jars and ceramic garlic/onions keeper

Most of the things were very inexpensive finds,
Italian farm family decor,
and things that I built myself.

wine glasses' rack (project HERE)

Needless to say,
It has been a BUSY year so far.

Looking forward to get back to "normal" life after my 26.2 miles race at the end of April.
...or maybe this has now become my new normal.
And I am ok with that.

Stay Frugal,


Ron said...

Good luck with the marathon. I love the Italian Farmhouse style.

Linda said...

Just know you have been missed! You are busy living life in a big way! Glad to hear all is wel! Loved seeing all your photos and hearing about what you're doing! We will all be here when you slow down! Keep us in your loop, please!

Rita C. said...

I am really happy to hear from you, Dani. Your life is full, and as long as you're loving it all, kudos to you!I've enjoyed your projects, your products, and wish you the very best for a strong, strong finish in your marathon.
Rita C at Panoply

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
Oh my, you really ROCK!
Having had your Parents over for the month of March is already a huge job; I know how that goes in the way of spoiling them and showing them around.
But your marathon is quite a commitment and I admire you for that.
Your home looks so beautiful and I love all the natural colors of natural materials.
What a special thing to have your great-grandfather's hand made window frame on the wall!
Sending you hugs and blessings,

Kate said...

Love your style and loved the photos!!!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Best wishes with the marathon. Inexpensive and reinvented is the best. I empathize. I'm so busy here. I'm using Instagram with usually just one photo a day, at least recently anyway. xoxo Su

Kelly said...

I loved seeing all of the changes you've made to your home. I love all of the natural wood pieces you're using and those books wrapped in brown paper are the perfect compliment too. I really like that unique black "gears" clock on your brick wall. That's a cool piece! Good luck with your marathon this month. You are in the BEST shape to run as much as you do and to keep such a busy schedule. I'm tired just reading about it! I'm just happy to make it to the gym a few days a week. Ha!

andi filante said...

Another marathon? I can't keep many is this? I'm sure you've run at least one, right? Best of luck to you. I'd love to do another one but I can't seem to find my inner discipline. =D I'm loving all your homemade touches around the house. :)


Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Daniela, fai veramente tante belle cose. I bocca al lupo per il marathon!
Un abbraccio…

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I like each photo of your home! Good luck with the marathon! And life is more important than blogging!

Carla from The River said...

I love the tour. Your ideas always inspire me.
Fun, Fun that you had family visit.
Best of luck with the marathon!

Katie Mansfield said...

Love all your budget minded decor items but the window frame from Italy is a favorite. I love it.