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Just A Few Little Updates Here and There


Last week, I linked up to The Shabby Creek Cottage‘s summer home tour.  It was a great little challenge for me to update my Home Tour page and if you think about it, summer is an ideal time to re-shoot your home.  There are lots of hours of daylight to play with and for the most part, summer is pretty free of any holiday decorating.

Come and have a look at some of the little tweaks!  top of the stairs half moon turquoise tableI shopped our home to create this little vignette.  I pulled the painting I did from the kitchen and used a plate holder from the dollar store (three for $1!) to prop it up.  close up succulents in wooden bowlThese succulents I snipped from outside—our complex is a verified succulent garden!  I love it!top of the stairs vignette close up of plantI needed some red to complete this vignette so I used my little pocket book of quotations from Mao Tse Tung that I picked up from northern China.  I think I’ll be on the look out for something a bit more permanent.potted sansevieria plant on balconyI started a little garden of potted plants on our bedroom balcony.  Funny little story…empty woven potI had popped into Home Depot looking for a little plant for this pot to spruce up the spare bathroom as we were anticipating having guests over and wound up with a whole car full of plants!sansevieria in carThese potted sansevieria were on sale for $20 a piece and I loved the look of the pot so I filled my car with as many as I could.  By the end of the trip, Anak sounded like a mini Tim Gunn repeating, “Make it work!” as I loaded up the car.  It was one heck of a deal.  dining room vignette cardboard letterJust to put it in perspective, I got this little guy for $12 with the stock brick red plastic planter.shag morrocan rugAnd after much patience and pulling out of my hair I finally landed a shag Moroccan rug for our bedroom!  More bedroom photos to follow—I have a little DIY project still in the works ; ]bedroom dump zoneAnd in the name of keeping it real, here is one of the non-styled (what I like to call “dump zones”) in our master bedroom.  I’ve definitely progressed in instilling organization in some of our home’s other dump zones—just one more to go!

Do you have any fun little updates to share?  At what time of year do you feel your home is most photo worthy?

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Author: Jennifer @ Brave New Home

Hi! I'm Jennifer from Brave New Home ( I blog about overcoming fear and transforming a house into a home one DIY project at a time.

14 thoughts on “Just A Few Little Updates Here and There

  1. Pingback: Indoor Plant Report Card | Brave New Home

  2. So many great updates Jennifer! I love that little vignette you created with things you found around the house. That is my favorite kind of decorating..when you shop your own house and up-cycle things you already own to create a fun new space. The Moroccan Rug is the perfect addition to your bedroom too.

  3. LOVE the rug! And good for you for showing the “other” parts of you home! I alway struggle with that myself. I still haven’t showed off my ancient ivory fridge in my pretty white kitchen ;)

  4. I love how you shopped your home for your vignette. It looks great! And thanks for showcasing the “dump zone”. Makes me feel SO much better right now. ;)

  5. Sweet plant score! And I totally agree…summer is the best time to photograph your house. It’s always bright and airy and you can catch glimpses of green things outside!

  6. You are reminding me how I soooo need to update my home tour page!! xo Kristin

  7. I love the Moroccan shag rug so much!

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