Monday, July 19, 2010

Decorating Before and Afters

Hello, Bloggy Friends. Today I'd like to show you one of my favorite Before and After decorating books.

Kathy Peterson's Great Outdoor Decorating Makeovers

Look how she takes this plain, ordinary hammock area and turns it into something special.

Love the RED, of course.

Here, she redid a friend's courtyard and sure added WOW. She uses simple, inexpensive things, too.

I loved this dove sculpture her friend already had. I actually found it on the internet, and plan to purchase it (when I get the extra money :) Here is the link in case you are interested.
Just go to and search for "kissing doves".

A corner of a porch redo.

Love the blue and white.

Cathy shows you how to do everything, and tells exactly how much each redo costs. I LOVE this book!

I'm joining Susan's Met Monday party over at Between Naps on the Porch. Thanks, Susan!


nannykim said...

Thanks for sharing this ; it was so pretty and interesting. Feel free to share more! ha!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful post. I loved seeing the befores and afters.

Sharlotte said...

I love this magazine! I've never seen it before, thanks so much for sharing! I love befores/afters too...very inspirational!

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

I LIKE SEEING BEFORE AND AFTERS....thoses doves were pretty....the magazine had some pretty outside setting...but I think your were just as nice. Trish

Shelley Germann said...

Oooh, that is a great book! The attention to detail is amazing, something that is lost on me! I am a 90% decorator. I get it 90% done and lose my focus and call it done!

xinex said...

Beautiful transformations, D! Thanks for sharing...Christine

Bella said...

Hi D... thanks for the heads up on this book! Kathy did a fabulous job so simple and so much pop, love the before and afters:-)

Mary said...

I am a bookaholic, so I'm glad to know about this book!

I got the cherry measuring cups a couple of weeks ago in the store, not online~ they should still be available :-)

Debbie said...

You made me laugh out loud with your "moooooved" comment on my blog. I just had to come check you out. I love these. I am in GREAT NEED of an outdoor makeover.

I really covet the lattie and brick bench flowery paradise with the kissing doves...

Debbie said...

Ugh. I meant lattice not lattie.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful book, certainly one I will need to add to my collection. Thanks for sharing.

visiting from paintordig

erin said...

Hi D,

Oh my goodness - one of my favorite posts - love the before and afters. So glad to hear that you found some red garden boots - I love mine so much that I hate to wear them even though they were made for gardening.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Debra said...

I have so many befores at my house! Ugh!

These make overs are very beautiful and has given me a few ideas!

Kathy Peterson Inspired said...

Wow! I'm blushing! Thank you for all your kind words about my Great Outdoor Decorating book! It was a fun project and challenge decorating all those outdoor spaces.

All the best,
Kathy Peterson