Hi everyone I am Tina Bousu, wife, mother of four, and obsessed with making our home a beautiful happy place! I’m so excited to be opening up our home to you today! I love many different home decor styles: elegant design, traditional design, antique, whimsical, eclectic and more. Let’s start at the beginning shall we!
Welcome to our porch! Let’s take a look at some of the elements I’ve got going on. We have 4 zinc planters with bougainvillea, which I found at Crate and Barrel a few years ago. The small planters came in the big ones so we only had to buy 2. Then we split them to get four separate planters! The large bougainvilleas came from a local nursery, while the smaller ones came from Home Depot! A word of caution, these are hot climate plants and given we are located in the lovely four season state of Colorado we bring these inside the house every fall and don’t put them out until it’s consistently 60-70 degrees. So far this method has worked well and they have been thriving for 3 years!
I’ve got a lovely woven bench, which I sit on regularly while the hubby does the mowing. It’s a lovely spot with peace and quiet, along with being a great spot for packages or mail that need to be dropped. : ) I found the bench at Home Goods (a favorite of my sources!), love at first sight! I bought it not knowing where it would go but I had to have it! Hubbs took a bit of convincing since there wasn’t a clear spot for it, but I pulled out the “we can return it” card. It wound up on the porch and I love it more every time I see it.
Come on in, and welcome to our foyer. Here we have an antique dresser that we use for kids’ shoe storage. (Never mind the not centered mirror, need to get the hubbs on that!) I changed out the knobs for blue glass (Hobby Lobby!!) and voila instant update. There are also antique books on top, which has become an obsessive collecting item for me! I can’t walk away from old, cheap, beautiful books. My kids are amazing and point them out for me whenever we go to a flea market or antique shop!
Our small center table holds a leaf shaped silver bowl where we throw our keys, kids chapstick, cell phones and random stuff, ie batteries, paperclips, etc. Often I catch myself saying “how did that get in there?” You’ll notice more antique books! I also like to keep fresh flowers on the table, which I buy at our local grocery store on sale or Costco. Always check out the sale section for the flower area I buy 90% of my flowers there at discounts of 50% off. The flowers are still good they have just been there a little while. Check out the bouquets and pick the ones that still look great. They last anywhere from a week to 2 weeks depending on the flowers! Flowers bring some freshness and life into a typically low key area and when you don’t spend much, why not!?
The far corner opposite the antique dresser is a large blue glass vase (from Marshalls) that I put some branches in, with a couple of large fabric flowers and beaded stems (which I bought at Christmas time!) More flowers, but these never die!
For lighting we have a huge chandelier that I waited 3 years for. Drumroll please……..The Restoration Hardware Focault Orb Crystal Chandelier. I was able to get it at a discount at the Restoration Hardware Outlet. I adore this chandelier and stare at it every time I pass by. The hubs surprised me by climbing precariously up a 16 foot ladder (to the top) wiring up the base and adding the orb before I got home and had a heart attack! One should never do such feats alone, nevertheless, we then spent 2 hours attaching every crystal by hand. That beauty is going NOWHERE EVER. Unless I move, in which case she is coming with me! Prior to this we had a plain black wrought iron 5 light chandelier. This baby shines and reflects light and sings to my heart. Ahhh, isn’t she beautiful? Some things are definitely worth waiting for.
There you have it, welcome and I hope to have you visit again! Hopefully these spaces will give you an insight into our style and our home and be an inspiration to you for yours. I have many more tips, tricks, deals and steals to share!