Freshly Painted Front Porch Reveal

It is good to have my front porch painted and ready for some good porch sitting *big smile*

It is good to have my front porch painted and ready for some good porch sitting *big smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation to gluten-free goodies. Today on the blog, I am finally revealing the freshly painted porch. There are still some touch-ups left to do–thanks to the Robin family building a nest and raising their babies + one of the chains on my beloved swing broke (while the hubby and I were swinging–let’s just say we laughed…afterwards *wink*).

No matter how easy or not so easy the projects are I love gussying up and adding personality to my home!

No matter how easy or not so easy the projects are I love gussying up and adding personality to my home!

I have learned a lot through this process–like how to clean old concrete and prep it for paint and how important it is to represent yourself in your decorating–like using vintage coolers for flower pots and mixing blues with rusty treasures. AND at the end of the day, it is important to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of all the labor (and tears *wink*)!

I am so happy to have my rockers and flowers back on the porch!

I am so happy to have my rockers and flowers back on the porch!

Once the weather cools off (I am thinking late September), the hubby and I will stencil a pretty pattern on the floor. Currently, it is way too hot it Northeast Tennessee to be tackling such a project *wink*

Once the weather cools off (I am thinking late September), the hubby and I will stencil a pretty pattern on the floor. Currently, it is way too hot it Northeast Tennessee to be tackling such a project *wink*

These colorful vintage coolers are perfect containers for pretty pink geraniums.

These colorful vintage coolers are perfect containers for pretty pink geraniums.

Many years ago (like the late 90s), I was into tiles and mosaics. This table was my first major furniture redo. It has resided in Mississippi (twice), Alabama (twice), and now Tennessee!

Many years ago (like the late 90s), I was into tiles and mosaics. This table was my first major furniture redo. It has resided in Mississippi (twice), Alabama (twice), and now Tennessee!

View from my chair

View from my chair

This navy and silver table was a Pinterest-fail project that I rescued. Stay tuned to an upcoming blog post about it!

This navy and silver table was a Pinterest-fail project that I rescued. Stay tuned to an upcoming blog post about it and my Annie Sloan paint confession.

I have this thing for baskets filled with Gerber Daisies--especially, pink ones!

I have this thing for baskets filled with Gerber Daisies–especially, pink ones!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at my freshly painted front porch. It feels good to have everything back in its place (and out of the yard!).

I am excited to announce that I will be part of the Jonesborough's Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts Visual & Performing Arts Classes for Fall 2016. I will have two wedding and special events workshops: Charming Chalkboard Wedding Signs (September 16) and Country Table Scape + Table Numbers (September 23). Stay tuned to the blog and my social media for more information about the workshops and registration dates. Don't hesitate to comment on the blog with questions, message me on Facebook for more details, or stop me on the street to chat about the scoop on my special events classes!

I am excited to announce that I will be part of the Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts Visual & Performing Arts Classes for Fall 2016. I will have two wedding and special events workshops: Charming Chalkboard Wedding Signs (September 16) and Country Table Scape + Table Numbers (September 23). Stay tuned to the blog and my social media for more information about the workshops and registration dates. Don’t hesitate to comment on the blog with questions, message me on Facebook for more details, or stop me on the street to chat about the scoop on my special events classes!

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OOTW featuring BluKatDesign and ForgottenCotton + New Front Porch Decor

Upcycled Knob Necklace by BluKatDesign and Bow Cuff by ForgottenCotton

Upcycled Knob Necklace by BluKatDesign + Bow Cuff by ForgottenCotton

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to random road trips. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the outfit of the week (OOTW) + the latest front porch decor. Y’all know how much I love decorating and sitting on my front porch! I also love dressing up and having lunch downtown at Buffalo Street Deli–which has some pretty delicious gluten-free options!

I think I am getting a little better at taking selfies. Perhaps, I need to invest in a selfie stick *wink*

I think I am getting a little better at taking selfies. Perhaps, I need to invest in a selfie stick *wink*

When I am out and about, I am frequently asked about my jewelry. I love it when people ask because I get to brag a little on my sweet Etsy friends and their fabulous shops! So, I decided to start sharing with y’all my favorite outfit of the week and where you can shop to get a similar look–because a lot of the handmade jewelry I wear are one-of-a-kind pieces.

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I am still not comfortable having my photo taken, but Abby was patient enough to snap a few that I kinda like! P.S. check out my darling little window with the red poppies painted on it!

OOTW DETAILS

Dress: South Boutique in Trussville, Alabama

Click here to see how Abby sported this same dress.

Necklace: BlueKatDesign 

Click here to shop BluKatDesign.

Bow Cuff: ForgotttenCotton

Click here to shop ForgottenCotton.

 

My pansies are growing and looking so pretty!

My pansies are growing and looking so pretty!

I am always on the hunt for treasures to display on my front porch–it is my favorite room *smile* A few days ago, I was exploring one of my favorite shops–The Next Best Thing–and discovered a darling old window with red poppies painted on it. It was love at first sight and a perfect fit for my porch.

Got this darling succulent container garden at a flea market on the outskirts of Jonesborough from a darling, little old man! I couldn't resist it!

Got this darling succulent container garden at a flea market on the outskirts of Jonesborough from a darling, little old man! I had to have it because I knew it would look fabulous on the table (which I redesigned an old table with a mosaic top years ago) on my front porch. *Note to Self: get back to breaking tiles–great therapy!*

My new favorite flea market is on the outskirts of Jonesborough, and it is only open on Sunday. Oh, it is fabulous! It is like a little mini adventure because there is no telling what you might find or see *smile* I will have to show y’all my treasures in another post. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to keep up with all my random happenings and finds. (Check out the social media icons in the right column for an easy-click to follow! Thanks ahead of time for following me on my adventures *smile*)

Ziva really needed some loving because her mommy has been too busy running around all over the city getting her business licenses. Wait! What? Shhh, more to come *wink*

Ziva really needed some loving because her mommy has been too busy running around all over the city getting her business licenses. Wait! What? Shhh, more to come *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about this week’s fashion finds, new porch decor, and a flea market treasure. Stay tuned for the gluten-free top picks of the week and more.

Momma loves this big baby!

Momma loves this big baby!

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Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Front Porch

Fluffy white pillows from TJMaxx in Johnson City, Tennessee. The perfect place to sit a spell with a good, hot cup of coffee *smile*

The perfect place to sit a spell with a good, hot cup of coffee *smile* The fluffy, silver pillows are from TJMaxx in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or hot cider and chat about everything from mini road trips to handmade goodness.

I got this silver wreath from Lowe's several years ago. Metallics never go out of style *smile*

I got this silver wreath from Lowe’s several years ago. Metallics never go out of style *smile*

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hathorn Hall, and this week on the blog the Hathorns are inviting y’all to join us for our holiday home tour. The hubby has been super sweet to help me get things gussied up a bit + he took all the photos for me. He is the best *awww, sweet moment* Even though we still have a few projects going on, we wanted to deck the halls as much as possible this year because for the past few years, we have been way too crazy, busy renovating to decorate! Pssst. Don’t tell the hubby, but next year…I am really going to deck the halls!!

That is enough chit chat. Let’s get started with today’s tour–the front porch in the daylight. Stay tuned for the front porch all lit up at night–it is a little Griswold-like *wink*

Inspired by "real" Christmas trees.

Inspired by “real” Christmas trees.

Large plastic Christmas balls + gold netting = easy holiday decor

Large plastic Christmas balls + gold tulle = easy holiday decor

Bow made from gold tulle

Bow made from gold tulle and fluffed to look like a tutu–inspired by the Nutcracker Ballet

Closer view of the evergreens I chose for the big pot.

Closer view of the evergreens I chose for the big pot. All plants are from Home Depot in Johnson City.

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Little wooden Christmas tree that the hubby and I made from scrap and salvaged wood. Don't y'all just love tartan plaid!

Little wooden Christmas tree that the hubby and I made from scrap and salvaged wood. Don’t y’all just love tartan plaid!

After much debate, I kept the milk can on the porch and added a big, festive bow to it.

After much debate, I kept the milk can on the porch and added a big, festive bow to it.

Silver throw + white/silver pillow = cozy place to snuggle with my love *smile*

Silver throw + white/silver pillow = cozy place to snuggle with my love *smile*

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Closer view of the garland

Closer view of the garland

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My sister made me these snowman pillow years ago for a Christmas tour I had at HatRidge. Aren't they adorable + can you believe they are made from placemats!

My sister made me snowman pillows years ago for a Christmas tour I had at HatRidge. Aren’t they adorable + can you believe they are made from placemats!

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Vintage + almost vintage Christmas tree balls in a copper basket.

Vintage + almost vintage Christmas tree balls in a copper basket.

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little tour of the front porch in the daylight. Please join me tomorrow as we step inside for a look at the parlor.

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Re-decorating Hathorn Hall’s Front Porch + Dining Room Sneak Peek

IMG_8040Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living. If this is your first time visiting, we would like to extend a warm Southern welcome *smile* The rules of SSL are simple–grab a good cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea and sit a spell with us. That’s it *big smile*

Today on the blog, we are chatting about several things–from a sneak peek of Hathorn Hall’s dining room to the front porch fall decor I had to replace and fix due to some severe and blustery weather.

Now, it is time to sit a spell and enjoy the randomness of today. To be honest, most of my days are random and scattered, but that is perfectly okay because I am alive and kicking *cue Simple Minds*

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans.

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans. Stay tuned for the details on paint, fabric, and more *smile*

I cannot wait to tell y'all all about the wine rack/buffet table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

I cannot wait to tell y’all all about the wine tasting table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y'all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y’all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A couple of weeks ago, we had a bit of severe weather here in Northeast Tennessee. The wind was terrible, and it took a toll on my cornstalks and other front porch fall decor. After the storms had all passed, I got busy with salvaging and re-decorating. Check out the original post about the fall decorating here. I did not want to invest too much into the project because I did not want to take from my winter plant or Christmas budgets.

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile*

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile* Notice the blue cooler–I finished the re-decorating and clean up just a couple of hours before we had a Saturday Football party *whew…cutting it close*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y'all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y’all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink* Notice that I did salvage the corn from the cornstalks and used them as “filler” for the pots + a few of the corn “leaves”–are they called leaves? Hmmmm….

I was super relieved  that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

I was super relieved that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the sneak peek of the dining room + more fall decorating. I really do love this time of year. Fall puts on the best color show *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

 

 

 

Front Porch Fall Decor at Hathorn Hall

I am so excited about fall! I love the colors, the cooler temps, and the pumpkins that are everywhere *smile* !

I am so excited about fall! I love the colors, the cooler temps, and the pumpkins that are everywhere *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about front porch fall decor. Oh, how I love fall! This time last year the hubby and I were talking about moving to the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area. I was spending countless hours on Realtor.com looking for potential candidates, and we were still renovating Sloss Castle. It was a stressful time…my favorite time of the year was spoiled by too much work and too many difficult decisions. To make matters worse, I didn’t get to decorate *sad face* God knew I was busy, so He made sure that all the leaves at Sloss Castle were in full show *smile*

Last fall at Sloss Castle. It was a spectacular show!

Last fall at Sloss Castle. It was a spectacular show!

This was the first time I saw our new home in Johnson City. It was gussied up for fall...we were meant to be together *wink*

This was the first time I saw our new home in Johnson City. It was gussied up for fall…we were meant to be together *wink*

Don’t y’all just love reminiscing! I know I do. But enough looking back. Let us talk about this year’s fall porch decor. I kept the theme natural and simple…pumpkins, yellow mums, corn stalks, and a few leaves woven into the corn stalks. Classic.

Yellow mums are the original fall flower. I picked up mine from the local Kroger and the Farmer's Market.

Yellow mums are the original fall flower. I picked up mine from the local Kroger and the Farmer’s Market.

I did not want to overcrowd the steps with flowers and pumpkins...believe me...I thought about it! But I wanted it to open and friendly...not overwhelming.

I did not want to overcrowd the steps with flowers and pumpkins…believe me…I thought about it! But I wanted it to be open and friendly…not overwhelming.

When the summer flowers and foliage die back, I will replace them with fall/winter varieties.

When the summer flowers and foliage die back, I will replace them with fall/winter varieties.

The rusty milk can I picked up in Asheville is perfect for displaying a pumpkin.

The rusty milk can I picked up in Asheville is perfect for displaying a pumpkin.

Ya'll know I had to gussy up the swing with a dash of fall color. I found all of my fall pillows at Stein Mart.

Y’all know I had to gussy up the swing with a dash of fall color. I found all of my fall pillows at Stein Mart.

The yellow and orange pop against the neutral shade of Hathorn Hall.

The yellow and orange pop against the neutral shades of Hathorn Hall.

I created three bundles of cornstalks for the door.

I created three bundles of cornstalks to frame the door.

As the cornstalks begin to get droopy, I will just weave the leaves together and tie them with twine.

As the cornstalks begin to get droopy, I will just weave the leaves together and tie them with twine.

Every front porch needs at least two rocking chairs with comfy pillows!

Every front porch needs at least two rocking chairs with comfy pillows!

I love the long-neck pumpkin in the terra cotta pot.

I love the “long-neck pumpkin” in the terra cotta pot.

Hello, pink swing! You are always the star of the porch *smile*

Hello, pink swing! You are always the star of the porch. But that cute, lime stool is shining pretty bright too *smile*

I had a leftover crate from a recent bookshelf project, and it made the perfect container for my green striped pumpkins and a burgundy mum.

I had a leftover crate from a recent bookshelf project, and it made the perfect container for my green-striped pumpkins–which I found out from a grower at the Farmer’s Market that they are actually green-striped cushaw (cucurbita mixta)…a winter squash.

Cornstalks + pumpkins = classic fall

Cornstalks + pumpkins = classic fall

I think I will be sitting a spell with coffee a lot this fall!

I think I will be sitting a spell with coffee a lot this fall!

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IMG_6527Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about classic fall porch decor. Stay tuned to the blog for fall foliage updates. The hubby and I will be venturing out and photographing our first fall here in the Tri-Cities area…I am seeing a few trips to Asheville in my future…and perhaps the Gatlinburg area as well!

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The First Time Ever I Saw Hathorn Hall

This was the first picture

This was the first picture I took of what is now Hathorn Hall.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to SSL. I hope that everyone is having a blessed week so far. Hasn’t it gone by so quickly! Time always seems to move faster in summer. *sigh*

Today on the blog, we are going to journey back to the very first time I toured my new home. It was a chilly, sunshine-filled day…back in the fall of last year. I was stressed out from all the house hunting…and was about to give up…and stay in Alabama…but then…my sweet, patient realtor showed me a newly renovated 1920 house…and it was love at first sight *smile*

*Note: I apologize for the quality of the photos…they were just notes for me to remember the house by…not meant for sharing, but I just had to share them with y’all *smile*

Tip: When house hunting, take photos and notes of the houses you tour because it really is hard to remember all the little details and problems of each house.

 

The warm sunshine rays and the cool breeze made a wonderful first impression

The warm sunshine rays and the cool breeze made a wonderful first impression. I knew this spot would be perfect for a porch swing–a really pink porch swing *wink*

The porch...oh, the beautiful porch.

The porch…oh, the beautiful porch! Did y’all know that I loved front porches, sitting a spell, and coffee? *smile*

Guest bedroom upstairs.

Guest bedroom upstairs–I was so impressed with the refinished hardwood floors, the light from the windows, and the tall ceilings of each of the guest bedrooms.

Guest bedroom number two--love all the windows and the space

Guest bedroom #2–once again, I was in love with the big windows and all the light pouring in…

Bench in the guest bathroom upstairs

Bench in the guest bathroom upstairs–my favorite bathroom in the entire house. I cannot wait to show y’all what I am doing in here!!

Master bath separated with a pocket door from the master suite

Master bath separated with a pocket door from the master suite…the hubby and I have bought the floor for the space…we just have not had the time to install it…one of these days *smile*

Mater bedroom--part one

Mater bedroom–part one…stay tuned for the progress on the master suite–new hardwood floors, a gorgeous headboard the hubby built from…wait…I have said too much already!

Master suite part two

Master suite part two–the windows…oh, how I love these windows…and the view…y’all the view is amazing…

Oh, these windows and the view--the porch had me at Hello, but the master bedroom caused me to tear up and beg the hubby for this house ;)

Oh, these windows and the view–the porch had me at “Hello”–but the master bedroom caused me to tear up and beg the hubby for this house *wink*

Down the stairs to the parlor

Down the stairs to the parlor…I cannot wait to fill the walls with art!

View as soon as you step inside the front door

View as soon as you step inside the front door

Fireplace love!

Fireplace love! Y’all know I love me some old fireplaces…and windows…and front porches *wink* This is the fireplace in the parlor.

My first look at the parlor. Who doesn't love lots of windows and richly colored wood

My first look at the parlor. Who doesn’t love lots of windows and richly colored wood!

Butler's Pantry

Butler’s Pantry–I knew this would become my beverage station…I will chat about that on a future blog post.

Peek inside the kitchen--the tall ceilings and all the cabinet space!

Peek inside the kitchen–the tall ceilings and all the cabinet space…and guess what else? Yes, the windows *smile*

Dining room--once again the windows had me. I sound like a broken record...but I do love my windows.

Dining room–once again the windows had me. I sound like a broken record…but I do love my windows…the floors also had me…and the tall ceilings…well, everything about this house stole my heart!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me as we looked back at the first time ever I saw Hathorn Hall…let us continue to sit a spell and sing a little “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack…”The first time ever I saw your face–I thought the sun rose in your eyes…blah…na…na…that is all the words I know…the first time ever I saw your face…na…na….”

 

Chin Up Buttercup Because You Don’t Always Get What You Want

Chin Up Buttercup pillow from Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

Chin Up Buttercup pillow from Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

My goodness! It has been a long time since we have sat a spell and chatted. So much has happened since I put my running shoes on that I don’t even know where to start…Hmmmm…perhaps I should just make a brief list…and leave all the details and ins and outs for another day.

  • After I posted my last article “I’ve Got My Running Shoes On“–the little family and I kicked the renovation into high gear.
  • Lots of work, prayers, and breakdowns later–our house in Trussville, Alabama sold.
  • We were “homeless” for a few weeks because our house in Alabama sold before our house in Johnson City was ready–plus, there were several problems with paperwork–is my name really that hard to spell?
  • Moved into the new house–almost immediately painted the porch swing that my dad made me many moons ago bright pink.
  • Went to Stein Mart bought fun pillows–couldn’t resist the Chin Up Buttercup one because it was what I needed at that exact moment to remind me that God was right there with me–telling me that He had not left me…that I just needed to learn a few life lessons to make me a better, stronger person.
Paint Details--Valspar Duramax in Pantone Honeysuckle from Lowe's in Johnson City, Tennessee  Pillow Shams--Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee   Decorative Pillow--Stien Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

Paint Details–Valspar Duramax in Pantone Honeysuckle from Lowe’s

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This photo was taken just a couple of weeks after we moved into our home built in 1920.

The porch had me at "Hello" *smile*

The porch had me at “Hello” *smile*

Mattie and I taking a much needed rest on the front porch. We had been painting all day!

Mattie and I taking a much needed rest on the front porch. We had been painting all day! Well, I had been painting. Mattie had been playing and napping.

Well, I must be going because I have to decide which color to stain my new fence–decisions, decisions. Stay tuned to the blog and my social media for all the updates, projects, randomness, nonsense, and much more 🙂 Be sure to check out my weekly Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales at Real Media. 

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today, and in the famous words of the Rolling Stones–“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find–you get what you need.” So, chin up my buttercups 🙂