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Sources for products used in my home:
Front door and kitchen shelves: Sherwin Williams Naval Walls in kitchen: Sherwin Williams Windy Blue Kitchen island: Laura Ashley Cowslip 4 (Available at Lowe’s) Walls in entry: Sherwin Williams Upward Walls and trim throughout rest of first floor and kitchen cabinets: Custom Mix
1. Where do you get your pillow inserts? IKEA. At least that’s where I get the 20 x 20 and 16 x 24 sizes. They are down and cost $6.99. I know not everyone has an IKEA around the corner. Mine is 2 hours away. I get there a few times a year and always buy several inserts. I have at least 20…and no, I’m not obsessed! The little 12 x 16 inserts I get from Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel when they have free shipping.
Naval from Sherwin Williams. It is, in my opinion, the perfect navy blue. My front door was previously red. We used a coat of gray primer followed by 2 coats of Naval. If you want classic navy, this is the color for you.
Target. (link above)
Yes…it’s true. I ordered them online and they arrived in big boxes. I screwed on the legs and voila! Instant charm. Lots of pattern. Pop of color. They retail right now for around $150.00. I got mine on sale and had free shipping. Definitely worth a visit but the last time I checked (August 2014) this yellow pattern was not available. They had a boat load of other choices though so stop by and take a look.
Yes, yes, yes! For the money, you cannot possibly go wrong. If I were an IKEA designer (don’t laugh) I would make the arms of the Ektorp not so fat. I think they need to be narrower but that is the only thing I don’t really care for. It’s comfortable and has held up well. Granted, we have no children living at home…but it’s well-used and you would never know it.
5. Is the ivy in your porch planters real?
Yes! Here is a tutorial if you want to learn how to make a real ivy topiary.
Now…for the most asked question since I started blogging…
6. Where did you get the planters on your front porch?
I originally saw them in Frontgate catalog. By the time I was able to buy them they were no longer available but I found them at Gardener’s Supply. They are also available on Amazon.com. I provided the link at the beginning of the post. I know they are a bit pricey. I asked my husband to buy them as my birthday gift one year. He never knows what to get me so he happily agreed. In fact, I think my daughter may have actually ordered them. Anyway, I love them still after several years. They have not faded one bit and look as good as the day I put them on my porch.
There you go! I hope I perhaps answered a question you never got around to asking…or didn’t feel comfortable asking. I love questions from readers so please don’t ever hesitate to ask one. I sometimes get behind reading comments but eventually I get to all of them. Or feel free to email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.