Tuesday

~Spring Fluffing at the Lake~

This is a contribultion to The Decorating Voice Spring Fling.


The rattan chest, previously used in our room, here at the condo, has been moved to the deck. I purchased the chest several years ago at Big Lots.



We're working on the deck at the condo; preparing it for the upcoming season. The temperatures are in the mid 70's today. Perfect for spending time outdoors.

Last time we were at the lake, we bought a new bistro set for the deck and passed the old one along to the condo maintenance guy. The new set is wrought iron, like the glider we had on our back porch at home. We brought the glider to the lake yesterday, then found a chair, that is a close match, at Target.

I didn't go to Target looking for a chair. I was there to buy the bird salt and pepper shakers, you've seen on various Tablescape Thursday tables. While I was there, I decided I might as well walk back to the garden area. Why not! I didn't realize J was also in the store, until I was in the garden area, looking at chairs. I didn't find what I was looking for and was leaving, when J called my attention to a pair of stacking chairs. We asked if the chairs could be purchased separately. We needed only one. Yes it was possible to only purchase one. We stopped at Lowe's on our way back out to our place, so I could pick up a cushion, for the chair, to match the cushion on the glider.

Oh, by the way...I did get those bird S&P's. In fact I bought two sets!



We had lunch on the deck, today and plan to have supper there this evening. Ice and snow are still possibilities, in Missouri, during March. We are taking advantage of these wonderful pre-spring days.





It's still a tad early for live plants, on the deck. I needed a little greenery and found the silk fern in the basement storage, at home. I've had the animal print stool for several years. I had always thought about recovering it. I'm glad I didn't. The leopard works well with the fabric of the cushions and pillows.







I found this fine fellow and two of his buddies, at Apple Wagon Antiques and Decorator Warehouse. I brought this one to the lake to use on a pot. That's where he will be spending the summer. His perch on the glider is too precarious!






I've been looking for something to fill the wall space between the kitchen and seating area of the front room of the condo. I had a "window" in mind, when we visited Greg and Lori at All About Home, recently. They've spruced up the store for Spring. In one display area, I saw just what I had in mind for the wall. I mentioned to Greg that I was looking for old shutters and perhaps a window frame. He said he thought he might have just what I was looking for. It wasn't long until Greg told J, he had a pair of shutters and a couple of window frames, for me to see. The shutters were painted green and peeling and the paint on the window frame was almost worn away. We brought them home, last Saturday and J went to work scraping and sanding,then painting and sealing. We had thought about leaving the shutters green, but in the end, Benjamin Moore Warm, mixed in Kilz, worked wonderfully. J hung the window and shutters this afternoon. They are exactly what I had in mind. Thank you Greg and Lori!


Happy Spring Fluffing!

58 comments:

Sheila said...

Makes me want to come to the Lake! I also made a trip to our Target & purchased 2 sets of the bird S&P shakers! They may have a run on them & wonder what happened! :)

I really enjoy your blog.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your lake condo is looking wonderful! I love how the deck is turning out! When we had a second home condo in Naples, Fl the dining room lacked a window. I bought a "starving artist" painting of a beach scene and put shutters on either side. It did look like a window looking out over the ocean when we finished.
Hugs,
Penny

xinex said...

What a beautiful location and view you have. It must be really relaxing there when the weather is nice...Christine

Willow Decor: said...

I love the shutters and indow frame!! What a great idea!!
xx-Gina

salmagundi said...

Does everyone but me have the birdie s&p shakers? Guess I should make the 40 mile trip to check them out. Your deck is really taking shape - a great place to while away the summer! Have a great week. Sally

marty39 said...

Oh the desk looks just fabulous. I love the fabrics you selected for the cushions. It all looks so tropical and inviting. Your shutters and window are just wonderful also. How neat to have a place at the lake. I know you must enjoy it. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, Pat! I just love that Spring sign under the boat, gorgeous. You have really been fluffing there at the condo, I adore the new shutters and window, as well as the new seating & outdoor cushions. You've been busy & it really looks so warm & inviting, even though the temps probably aren't quite there yet.

We are getting some pretty weather this week. Happy Spring, thanks for playing along!

tam said...

What a wonderful veiw from your beautifuly decorated deck to enjoy!I think you have the luck of the Irish! I like the window and shutter idea!~hope you are having a terrific week~Smiles~Tam!

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Pat,
I love all of your Spring fluffing at the condo. Everything is just perfect. The Spring sign is great, that little frog is too cute and I love that bunny on the table and that he doesn't just hold eggs.
Have a wonderful day,
Tam

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, I can go in & edit links, so I fixed yours!

Coffee With Yasna said...

What a beautiful view and love all of your details, especially the little frog...how adorable!
Yasna

Denise said...

Isn't spring a wonderul, fresh time of year? I just can't wait!

I am going to hit Target this week in hopes of getting my very own bird s & p shakers.

Have a great day, Denise

prof en retraite said...

Hi Pat...The more you show us, the more I love your lake condo! What an amazing view! And you've done such a wonderful job with the deck furniture! Glad you got your S&P shakers. I'll have to see if my Target has them. I'm the last one left!! Hope you are having a great week..Debbie

Lisa said...

It looks great! Very relaxing and inviting.

I love the froggy!

Lisa said...

Hi Pat, I'll be down in 3 hours, save me a glass of tea!!!

Rona's Home Page said...

I love Target...the store and online.
Your Spring fluffing looks so beautiful.
I want to head out and do some shopping.

bj said...

I just bought my 3rd set of the bird S&P...one for my daughter and 2 for me!! haha...let's have a SHOW YOUR BIRDS Mr. Linky one day!!
Pat, you are so blessed to have such a beautiful home AND a lake front condo. Very blessed, indeed.
I love all your fluffing...and especially the window and shutters.
Perfect!
xo bj

Linda said...

Pat, the view from your deck/porch is gorgeous! I like the colors on the cushions - very perky and pretty! Linda

Bo said...

Hi pat...What lovely hours you & J will soon spend on that wonderful deck...The cushions you have chosen are so pretty & they do look great with the leopard...It must be a lot of fun, but work too decorating 2 places...I sure do enjoy seeing both of them. Thank you for your sweet comments about our 40th... ;-) Bo

Mary said...

I love your deck, Pat! That furniture is so classic, and the cushions make it very inviting. Hope you get lots of warm weather to enjoy it. :)

BittersweetPunkin said...

I am jealous of your warm temperatures! We are still having snow, sleet and hail and it hasn't gone higher than 40 here!

Deb said...

Hi Pat! Isn't it wonderful when we're out somewhere and just happen upon something that is tuck away in the back of our minds, and we have the perfect place for it. I love the window and shutters. I don't remember seeing the bird S&P shakers but I look forward to seeing them in your tablescape. Say Hi To J. Deb

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Pat this looks wonderful.I am lovin' this condo...I think it would be great to have a Blog Condo party!!! Yippeee, I will bring appetizers!
blessings,
Debbie

Shelia said...

Oh, Dear Pat! I loved my visit at your lake house! Your deck looks amazing and so springfilled. That was genius about the shutters and window frame to put on the wall! Dear friend, you do everything so beautifully and thank you so much for sharing with us all in the Land of Blog! Oh, two little S&P are the way to go!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

Dana and Daisy said...

Love the patio furniture. Do you leave the cushions outside while you are away? Or do you have a place you store them when not in use?

Allidink said...

Ooo! Your deck is so nice. What a great view!

All the best,
Allison

DEB said...

What a great idea with the window frame and shutters. Your new glider looks great too.
Deb

janet said...

wow, looks like you have a beautiful view from your condo. All your added touches are sure making one gorgeous deck. Love the shutters in your dining area, nice touch
hugs
janet

Deb said...

nice patio, I love the little green frog

Whosyergurl said...

Lovely!
I just found some new cushions for my wicker setee & 2 chairs at BIG LOTS! whooeee...now, I'll leave the old cushions out for the cat to continue to destroy & save the new cushions for when we are actually sitting out there. It was 71 degrees here in Indiana, yesterday. Aaaaaahhhhh!
Cheryl (Whosyergurl)

Mrs. G said...

Your porch at the Lake looks so inviting and pretty. Love the bunny on your table infront of the window frame on the wall.
I look forward to getting our porch spiffed up here in Michigan, but it will be a few weeks yet until that happens.
Hugs,
Sue

june@craftyniche said...

Your porch looks so nice and inviting! Beautiful view!

Nancy said...

Pat, It all looks so inviting! Love the porch..and that leopard stool....oh, honey! Nancy

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Pat, Your lake house is beautiful! I was just thinking that I need to head to ours pretty soon and start some spring cleaning there! :) I love the rabbit vignette with the eggs combined with the shells! So cute! ~hugs, Rhonda

Twice as Nice said...

I'm never disappointed when I come to visit as it's never anything less than perfection! Love it all.

It's so nice when you have a vision to find what you want. That doesn't happen to me much but I'm glad you got your window and shutters. Just what that spot needed.

An Accomplished Woman said...

I wish I could spend a week on your pretty porch. So inviting and relaxing.

Thanks for sharing,
Cynthia

Chari said...

Hello Pat...

How fabulous to have a place on the lake...your deck is absolutely gorgeous all dressed out in it's Spring finery! Love your nautical vignette...and the little Spring sign! I think you made a marvelous decision with the window and shutters for your dining room wall...it's perfect!!! Marvelous work, my friend!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Lou Cinda said...

This is beautiful! What a gorgeous view you have, I could sit there for hours and just chill! I am ready for Spring!!

Lou Cinda:)

Amanda said...

Wow - what a beautiful lake house! I love all you have done for spring. The "window" and shutters look fantastic! What a cute idea. Oh, and I love that adorable little froggie - too cute!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Pat,

It all looks like you are ready for spring. Wonderful.

I have to check out these salt and pepper shakers...I have heard so much about them. Ha.

Barb

Anonymous said...

Pat everything looks WONDERFFUL....I love what you did with that window. I have one and it's just been sitting until I could come up with an idea...THANK YOU !!!

Happy Spring,
Kathy :)

Janie's World said...

Everything looks great! The chair and bench really complement each other. I love your bunny on the table.

Love Where You Live said...

I'm definitely a Targe fan! I fell in love with your green frog handing on to your glider. What a nice place you have.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Hi Pat,

Love the window with the shutters - they're a great size! Your porch is looking beautiful and I love the leopard covered footstool. I think those are the most famous set of S&P shakers in the world!

Manuela

Picket said...

Morning girl..everything is so pretty...ohhh I love that window and shutters!!!!You bought TWO.of those little bird shakers!!! Man.. so did 'Pickle' over at Notesongs..now you both got me to thinking I need to go back and get another set in case mine gets broke or chipped...do we need group therapy for that!!!!!

Adrienne said...

Oh, could I spend the day on your deck? It looks wonderful. As always, you've done such a nice job arranging and decorating everything. The new window and shutters is the perfect thing for your wall. What a fun thing to add. ~Adrienne~

Florida Sue said...

It looks like a spread straight out of Southern Living. You have put it all together so beautifully.

Rowan said...

Your deck looks a great place to spend time in summer. Managed to sit out on my terrace today for the first time this year though, like you, we can't be sure that winter has gone yet. I just love the vignette with the sail boat and wooden blocks.

Kim Chalfant said...

Love your Spring fluffing! And the view from your deck! I'm so jealous! The window and shutters are a fabulous find. Everything looks fabulous as always. Love the froggy.

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

How divine your view is from your balcony! I would love to sit there with you and gaze out over the lake.
Brenda

Pixeltrash said...

So pretty! Love that little frog. Your shutters and window as a wall treatment are excellent!

Tami

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful spring fluffing. Oh, I do want to have lunch on that lovely deck. Your furniture out there looks so inviting. Love your new "window". laurie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

It's just me again. I forgot to say that I LOVE that clinging frog! Too cute! laurie

Remodeling Guy said...

Found it! Love the window frame! and the shutters! What a cool idea. I won't forget it! Love it.

Catherine Holman said...

Pat, Your porch looks so inviting! I love the anchor, sailboat, and blocks that spell "spring"!
Hugs,
Cathie

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Love your porch, but WOW, the view is incredible.

Cecelia---Sis---Mom said...

I love, adore and want a window and shutters just like that. Can I be jealous for a few? LOL I have a few old windows in my attic that were found in my FIL's attic, they are OLD, but new..never used. LOL

I am enjoying your blog so much.

Cece

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Ohmygoodness...LOVE the old window with the shutters flanking it! That is gorgeous...and I may just have to be a big ol' copy cat. Thanks for sharing.

~Amanda