Up the creek BUT we’ve got paddles!

Yeah so living on the lake you can assume we have lots paddles to use on the boats, paddle boards and kayaks, but I have so much more fun using them as decor around the house!

This post is one the captain has been waiting and waiting for me to post on his attempt at decor. And yes, it is using paddles!


Cute right!  Now we can tell our friends that come to play on the lake to come to the mailbox with the paddles!  He is so proud of himself!

I wanted to do nautical rope around the paddles and use an anchor at the bottom. Well after you have  figured out how much rope it takes to go all around the post and how much it cost … well these paddles at 5 bucks apiece were just the right amount of cool, cute, nautical and “cheap” cause we are cheap frugal cost conscious  folks!

We do plan on doing some pretty Monkey grass or flowers around the bottom of the mailbox post in the fall.



The driveway is quite steep and tons of fun in the winter!  We have so many comments about this driveway, so the more we can do to ease the  “freak out” of “I gotta go down this driveway!!?”, the better chance we have of people visiting again.  Not really once they get into the house and see the view and the walk to the dock they know why we would rather have a steep driveway … I digress … a post on that coming soon!


So one more look at the captain’s awesome shot at taking decor into his own hands!  Quite cute I tell ya!



Have you ever seen a mailbox like this?  What’s the cutest mailbox you have seen!  Feel free to leave a comment below!

happy paddling people!!



“Free” pallet wall focal point

Well who doesn’t know about pallets by now?  I actually fell in love with them 2 years ago, but that was before Pier 39 Design blog was a reality!

I also have another business, Future Purpose Coaching and quite frankly have been spending a ton of time on the new website, speaking engagements and giving back to the community by way of the Boys and Girls clubs and three dimensional ministries and just have not Made the time to post all the changes at the Lake house!

But today I will make an effort to do more post in the coming months here at pier 39!

So back to the pallets!  On hometalk one of my most pinned projects to date is this wall I did with pallet boards for the focal wall in our master bedroom!  To get the real vibe though were gonna go back in time when it was not even a bedroom!

New pictures from I phone 4 G 160This room was a basement that was used as a play/game room with the previous owners.  We needed a Master Bedroom and decided to make this room it.  Being on the lake we PLAYour games outdoors!

So here is the first real transformation!

To the right is a big open space that leads to a sunroom with all glass doors and windows that lead to the lake and dock.mudcats, porch,boat outings 019You can see it better here after the carpet was installed!  YES it’s white carpet!  I love it and it was a risk since we live in Georgia, on the lake with lot’s of red clay!  My hope was no one would be using this room  to go in and out of the house!  I din not plan on the captain being a bit of a “oh you want me to check my shoes” kind of guy!  hmmm after 3 years I think I’m in need of hardwoods!  LOL  But actually it’s still in great shape, clean and oh so soft!

Digress…OK back to the pallet wall!IMG_0887 Here she is in all her glory!  The bed is a king size bed and headboard so you can see this wall was quite large and a picture or something just would not have made a dent in the look of the wall.






My sister and handyman Roy, taking on the challenge of putting it up with my instructions.  My instruction was to make it perfectly imperfect!  They did not understand that at first, but with a little guidance from me, they did it just right.  I’m not a matchy, matchy kind of girl and love to have a real rustic vibe and out of the box kind of look.  I’d say they did a great job capturing “me” with this wall.

To start I went to a lumber yard where I asked for scrap pallets that were not treated…I mean it was going in the bedroom.  Then They loaded my pickup with pallets.  I got home used the saws jaw…cut through the nails and then put them on saw horses.  I washed them with a power washer, sprayed them with bleach, let them dry in the sun for a week and did another quick power wash, then my daughter and I went to town staining them!

Then it was time to figure out how to attach them to the wall.  The captain did not want me to nail them on the wall but wanted me to use furring  strips behind the boards and then attach them to that, but I did not want them to look unified and  equal.  I wanted random, and the unique pieces that had holes and imperfect edges, so in the end, after fighting, wrestling and doing rock, paper scissors, I won and they were nailed into the wall with a nail gun.

My handy man and sister assured me that when I change my mind again that it would not be that big of a deal, although the captain said It was me that would have to fill each and every nail hole that was left behind!  I had no problem with that!!IMG_1361You can see my sister having a good time with that nail gun, so I hope it really is not that bad when I decide to take this down…whenever that may be!

I also wanted to add lights for the captain and I to have while reading in bed.  I got these lights at a garage sale for 5 bucks.  Of course they were brass so they had to be painted..  I used oil rubbed bronze spray paint!  easy peasy people!

IMG_1103They were meant to go the other way but I liked the upside down look!  I spent more on the globes then the paint and light combined, but they just make the lights!

I love the pop of red to go with the brown!  The room has since been repainted again to a darker blue that looks much better, but that will have to wait for another post. Gosh I’m doing good to get this one done!  lol

So hear is a look at the final project and let me just say, when were giving tours of the house it is one of the most loved and talked about pieces…the other 2 are the ” bed ” on the screen porch with the fireplace and the shutters made into lighting in the living room! Although they have already gotten a new look on the shades!  I’ll update them later too!  Seriously need to do a post on the porch soon too!  lol


My night stand BTW is an old table that used to be at outside a drug store in the 40′s where kids and families would sit and eat ice cream!  MUST do a post on this!  Just a quick peak at it here!

Ok ya’all I did it, I finished a post!  Hope you enjoyed it, will stick around the blog for more information and if you really love it, pin it share it and tweet it to all your friends!

Don’t forget to check out my “real” business www.futurepurposecoaching.com!  Empowering young adults to plan their futures on purpose!

Until next time, get creative and have fun!

Coach Karyn





Shutters in the guest bedroom!

Well here are more shutters from the neighbors house!  If your just catching up with the shutter series click here to see the other post.

Here they are in all their glory, after being washed, sanded somewhat and then painted with a pretty light blue!

both beds shutters

Not sure if you know but there are 2 size shutters on a house.  One set was a small set and another was a large set.  Perfect for a double bed headboard and twin!

Both of these are actually three sets of the shutters to make the whole headboard.

Told ya it was genius!  I mean who would of thought headboards could look this good and not be planned!  Me that ‘s who!  LOL

Shutter headboard

If you look closely  you can see there are 3 slats that are put together with eye hooks and sea rope to form the one big headboard!

bedroom shutter hooks

To keep up the theme of the room, decided by the boarder, we hung them with nautical cleats.  Usually you tie the boat or jet ski’s to these, but they look great and are strong enough to hold real wood, which can be heavy.  Yes we also used anchors, as in the wall not anchors from a boat!  lol

both beds shutters IMG_0608

How cute are they?  In between you can see the little table that got a makeover earlier to complete the room!

Again here is the before

Taken off the outside of neighbors house! squeal!!


took Z off and painted a dreamy light blue!

took Z off and painted a dreamy light blue!

and after!

both beds shutters IMG_0608

Quite the change right!

What do you think?  Would your hubby/wife understand your desire to take something off a neighbors house he thinks is trash?

Or would they totally understand you have a vision??

Stay tuned cause  believe it or not there is still more projects that use those shutters!

I know, seriously, how many shutters can I possibly have, and how can I think of so many uses for them!!

ADHD , that how! lol

See ya next time!