Shutters, shutters and more shutters!

I love a good shutter, whether it’s indoors, outdoors or a shutter door from a closet!  I have used so many in my house and been called the shutter woman!  I thought it would be fun to share them with you this week!

The first ones are closet doors, that had a panel taken out and a wrought iron piece inserted.  I needed some lighting on a very long wall and decided to add a sconce to them.  This project was done 2 years ago, before I decided to dedicate a blog to DIY, decor and more.  So bare with me on the pictures!

closet shutters

Ok I told you I was not taking pictures for the blog…so here is my attempt at cropping how it looked before I added the lights!

Cute huh???  I fell head over heels in love with these and dreamed of them for 2 weeks and decided I had to have them.

I was lucky enough to have a coupon for 20% off at Outrageous Interiors here in Atlanta.  The name really does speak for itself!  A great store with unique pieces, but a bit pricey for this DIY’er and thrifty gal, but the 20% off made it doable!

with lights added

Now keep in mind we have 2 of them and they are on both sides of the couch!  I love the light they give off.

I bought $10.00 lights at home depot that were silver and I painted them black. They blend in with the wrought  iron and I’m still considering putting something on the shade!

Although… I did find some adorable new lighting, and I mean it when I say cute as a red nose on a reindeer!


Best part is they are only 18.00 each!

But Then I saw these…they are adorable too!

Lowes lighting


I have also considered going a little shabby chic and romantic!!!



What do you think??  These are so precious and fit in with the shabby chic decor of the house.  I’m  just not sure of the amount of light they would give off though!  But I do love them!

But for right now I love what we have!  They are a statement in the room and the first thing people notice after the view of the lake!

Living room

They do give off a lot of light which was the main goal!

Well these are the first in the shutter series!

Hope you enjoyed looking at them and remember I’d love your opinion on If I should change the lights, and which ones are your favorites or just add trim to the current shade!!

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Lead and Succeed today!

I’m so excited today I will be at attending a wonderful conference!

Lead & SucceedGet your motor running, head out on the highway, were looking for adventure and it’s coming our way, oh yeah, we are born to be wild!

That is how I feel getting to attend Lead & Succeed!

Have you ever seen such a great cast all in one place??  Oh my, I’m in awe!

It’s a time to get rejuvenated, motivated and inspired about all the new things I’m doing in the coming year!

I was asked to attend by my good friend, mentor, instructor, founder and CEO of Work Life Destinations!  Life Coaching & Training Academy, Suzanne Rosetti!

Suzanne was my instructor when I became a certified Life Coach and asked me to be a part of her team when she created the BEST coaching programs in the country!  Seriously if you are looking for a coaching program, check her school out!

I will also be with my Virtual Assistant, Melanie Davis.

What is a Virtual Assistant you ask, well an assistant that works virtually, only when I found mine, she ended up living just 15 minutes from me!

We are now friends, colleagues and she still does all my “help, I can’t figure this out” go to person!

We all have our favorites that we are looking forward to seeing and hearing what obstacles they have overcome and the tools and encourangment they have gotten to keep them motivated.

How they have moved forward in the direction of their dreams and advice on how we too can live our very best lives!

Melanie has Matt Ryan on 8 of her Fantasy football leagues out of the 9 leagues she is in!  Yes, seriously she has 9 fantasy football leagues she is a part of!  LOL

I’m excited to just look at Matt Ryan  myself!  (did I just say that out loud?)I just want to see how tall he is…  I hear he looks really tall in person!   wink wink

It is just an honor to see Gabrielle Gifford and get to hear her speak.  I truly respect her as a person and feel she is remarkable in all that she has had to overcome!

Her husband will also be here and I can imagine his story of being by her side and going through her journey is going to be a great speech, but Let us not forget the person he is on his own!  I can’t wait to see what he has to tell us!!

I’m also interested to hear John Walsh!  Anyone who has lost a child to murder and turn around and make a mission to save so many, is just amazing in my book!

Needless to say there will be 8 wonderful, talented, gifted and special guest that will be giving us the most inspiring and motivating advice they have to offer!

I’m looking forward to putting some of the advice into action in my life!

I will update later this week all my takeaways!

Have you ever attended a conference with this kind of guest list?

Did you learn anything that you still use to this day???

Please share, as we can always use good tips on being successful, what ever success means to you as an individual!

Until next time,

Empower Yourself!





The little table that could…..get color!

Hello again my friends!

Today I thought I’d show you a little table that I have had for over 13 years and has been part of adirondack chairs and love seat set.  They were inside our screen porch at the old house but not much room on the porch here at the lake house!  We had different priorities,  a fireplace and I had to have my day bed!  See why

My nautical little day bed
Best place to be on game day in the fall!

So all the wood adirondack pieces ended up on the lawn outside!

As you can see it got weather beaten!  I used it in 2 other places, but both were also outside.


poor poor pitiful me :(
poor poor pitiful me :(

Then we decided to keep the paint and boarder ( I know, I know boarders are NOT in) But we did not have time to take this project on before this years first guest were arriving for summer fun season on the lake!


The room is a guest room so we needed it to be functional right now.  I actually tried to take the boarder down, but it was not going to be a smooth process, hence it stayed the same!

not coming off clean…arggg..
Not going to come off easy!


So now with the theme being decided by the border, I needed to get some accessories started to make it functional and this little table fit the bill!

The theme if you have not guessed it,  is B-E-A-C-H!  Specifically Key West kinda colors, bright and fun!

I grew up in Sarasota Florida, where Siesta Key Beach has been voted number one like 10 years in a row…So it fit for us!


As you can see the table was in horrible condition!  It really needed to be overhauled.  So I used the trusty little orbital sander and went to work.

Dang that stuff is so dusty!  Glad I had a mask and glasses!  They are a must!

Of course I love color and usually have a ton of little samples of SW paints.  I mean for 6 bucks a pop, I could use them all day long and not feel guilty if I don’t really like the color after I see it, although they have such great colors, that has never happened!!


I also seem to have a slight obsession with the color coral and aqua(more on that later, hint kitchen).  I had all the paints on hand.  I just blindly picked them and painted.  Did a little wax, and distressing and done!

Cute as a little color button, don’t ya think?


It is perfect to go between a double and twin bed in the room!  Don’t ya think it’s so adorable here?


A peak at the wall color that we did not change, because we did not have time because of the broader, yada, yada, yada…remember…  OK

So the little light fixture…Love it..It came from Ballard Designs outlet!  Love that we have one  here in Atlanta!

Ballard $8 dollar

The best part…8 bucks.  Yep 8 little dollars!  Love that we do not have to have a lamp so the table has room for our guests to place books, glasses, a water bottle or anything else they need beside the bed.

I also like that it has room for a radio/ipod station for them to have some music!

table and shade

I will show the rest of the room later!  Still working on the bedding!

Don’t forget this little beauty as well…Any guesses yet as what it is?  It will be showcased when it’s October.


I do not really decorate till then as MY BIRTHDAY was yesterday… sshhh…so September at my house is all about me baby!


Thanks for stoping by!

Go now and get inspired!




Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!

Good day folks!

I’m not sure about you but I’m seeing pumpkins everywhere, so I thought, why not post my pumpkins!

I’m not a traditional carving your pumpkin kinda girl, although my daughter is, I like to mix it up!

different kinds of pumpkin decor

I love polka dots!  So I painted the biggest one with black paint after I applied sticky dots randomly around the pumpkin.

After the paint dried, I removed the dots and added a big orange bow!

Isn’t it just the cutest as the parent pumpkin!

The next one I added black polka dot ribbon, the words BOO, cause it’s so scary right, with glitter stick-on letters, of course so I could reuse them for next year!

Then I added a pretty little orange Daisy, just to make the boo realistic!

The one in the back is too hard to see, but basically I used black raffia I had to wrap around the stem and created a cute little bow.

This is a table scape so it really did not need more than that!


Shelby's carved pumpkin

Here is my daughters carved pumpkin!

Nice job shelby, or as I call her “pumpkin”!  Anyone else call their kids pumpkin?

I also call her sweet pea and many other things when she was a teen that can not be mentioned here!


Shelby's master carving

As you get closer, you can see the duck tape pumpkin!  Yes good, old fashion, cheetah duck tape!

I love it and the best part is, it matched Shelby’s decor and took a total of 5 minutes! Seriously, I know it looks as though I spent hours on it!


Duck tape oh yah!

And just for fun, here is a peek into my next post about some more Halloween decor!


Any idea what this is???

Go ahead and make my day and leave a comment!

Oh and speaking of comments, I hope you notice on the Pier 39 Designs website you can now leave your e-mail address to get updates on the blog!

I also have those cute little buttons to go share my amazing projects with all your friends anywhere! :) Thank you!!!!

So until next time,

 Be Inspired, not just by me, but anyone!


Disclosure, All pictures were taken by me and clearly I’m not a professional!  It was also taken with an older version of an I phone…


My first blog post!

Welcome to all my amazing followers…my only 2 followers, my husband, Captain Mike, daughter Shelby, oh and Izzy, the pup, although she can’t read! I love ya guys.


Me and Captain Mike!

Me and Captain Mike!


My 2 babies!

My 2 babies!

Today though, I do want to thank a few people for actually getting me on this road of bravery and allowing my creative soul to divide and conquer the internet world!


Tara Sophia Mohr for her online class Playing Big!  She got me started with my first love, Coaching!  I coach students to “Play Big” of sorts.  I guide them in figuring  out where they want to be career wise at Future purpose coaching!

But it has been a hard road!  To get the full picture you need to know a little about me!

I’m blonde, rode the short bus, (and proud of it) am very creative, ahead of my time, i have been told since birth…and very much ADD!  A squirrel?  Where?

Sounds like a lot of bloggers (the ADD part) which I’m happy to have found a niche that I fit right in with!  Thanks guys! :) virtual hugs here!

I started my first blog crush last year with The Lettered Cottage!  Man oh Man.. An awesome creative couple and too cute for words!  A must check out source, but Be warned, highly addictive read!

Then to Mandy and Jeff of House of Rose and Dollars and Roses.  Jeff’s book came out September 9th!  Go get it!

LOL I want him to do my 5 series for Future Purpose Coaching, (hint hint) to get these young kids on a great financial path, NOW!

Jeff I will be contacting you again, cause you said I should!!

Jeff and Mandy also, as if running 3 blogs, having 3 boys and trying to adopt is not enough, tell you how to blog and are completely an open book about how much money they make!  What great role models for those 3 adorable boys!  (and a great LOVE story there folks), just saying!

Anyhooo’s..Next I found some Loving Lake girls!  I was in haven…I had just moved to a lake house that was built in 1971, by a dock company ya’ll, meaning steel beams and 80′s tile floors!  Hmmm what to do, what to do!

The creative, ADD mind and the budget that the hubby had…well let’s just say we had to have a talk!  i lost!  But not completely!  Follow me on this journey to see how it has turned into this amazing place we love!

Although it’s a project still in progress, I love doing, changing and rearranging!  My husband says to visitors, If you stand there long enough, you WILL get painted! Maybe even turn you into a shabby chic beauty!

So for inspiration I started to follow The lily pad cottage and crafty scrappy happy of course! Two of my faves that live on the lake too!

I have since found more blogs, but these 2 are just sweet and very kind!  Kelly at the Lilly Pad has even given me some pointers so I won’t  make the same mistakes!  Thanks!

But the real inspiration to get this blog going after my yearlong wordpress debacle…Introducing, (insert french horns) Mr. Paul B. Taubman, ll @ineedhelpwithwordpress!  So fitting don’t ya think!

So today’s post goes out to you Paul for your FREE, 28-Day WordPress Course!  And you guessed it…today is the day he say’s “write your first Blog post” even if nothing else is on your site!

Haha!  Here it is folks!

I do hope my 2 followers will send this to their friends and eventually you will be reading this post when I actually have many more followers!

I’m sure Paul’s course will cover how to add those cute little buttons to make it easy for you to follow me everywhere, but until then just come on back to!

I do have some pictures on Hometalk (I actually have 63 followers !!) and you can follow me there.

One more thing…This blog is for fun, so if you see typo’s, misspelling’s grammar or punctuation error’s (Karin, Tess and Suzanne, lol) just pass right on by!  If your looking for perfection like on Future Purpose Coaching, then contact my professional proofreader, Suzanne at www.the!

Maybe tomorrow I will do an about me page!

Hmmm, certainly something to ponder!

Until Next Time,

Be Inspired!