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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

Because it was so warm here last weekend, Chris and I decided to do a tour of all of the outdoor living spaces to get a feel for each one and how we wanted to use them.

We had the best time!

Stacy Ling and Christopher Ling in the gardens

It was so fun enjoying the ponds and different gardens for the first time.

I can’t wait until it warms up here so we can do that more often!

With the sunroom mostly wrapped up, we turned our attention to the dining room this week.

before and after dining room renovation

Our painting expert fixed the walls and did a GREAT job covering all that faux finish on the ceiling.

There was so much there and it needed several coats of primer and paint to cover it all so I’m glad we asked him to do this one.

The walls were in such bad shape after removing the upholstered walls, he did a fantastic job fixing them.

But it’s all done!

I can’t wait to show you how it looks.

As we speak, I’m cleaning it up and putting it back together.

But here’s a sneak peek of how it’s looking so far with that textured ceiling painted.

Huge difference, right?

before and after dining room renovation

After spending all that time arranging my china cabinet, I have to restyle it all over again! LOL!

But totally worth redoing it because the dining room looks gorgeous now.

And now with the dining room finished, I’m planning to paint over the red and faux finish on the railings in the front entry.

vintage farmhouse home tour front entry with stair railing

As I’ve said before, my goal is to lighten up as much as I can before the gardening season kicks into gear.

So the entry hall is next on the list.

Although it’s been a lot of work, it is so fun watching the house transform.

Formal garden in February 2022

With February coming to a close, it’s almost time to start working outside.


The weather looks like it will be warmer a few days this week, so I’m planning to get outside and prune the hydrangea paniculatas and nandina domestic.

In particular, the hydrangea paniculatas look like they’ve had buzz cuts so they will need to be cut back pretty hard to rejuvenate the shape.

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What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

This week I shared a before and after of the sunroom.

Didn’t it turn out amazing?

You can’t really tell, but it actually needs a third coat of paint on the trim in some spots.

I needed a break though, so I stepped off the gas on it and will get back to it next time I have the brush out.

Sanding the faux finish on the trim in the sunroom

Since I’m working on the dining room, Chris and I went thrifting last week to search for some storage pieces.

And the deals you can find at the thrift store are really amazing!

Wait until you see what I found!

thrift store china cabinet from the thrift store

In addition to thrifting, I also found some great decor in this week’s Friday Favorites.

I’m still on the struggle bus with the throw pillows!

There are so many that I love that I have WAY too many in my cart. LOL!

Wait until you see what I found!

Friday Favorites: sofa, pillows and more cools stuff

And finally, I shared a great recipe for a brunch cocktail that will change things up from the go-to mimosas most of us like to serve,

This one is aromatic, light, and refreshing.

Plus it’s super easy to make.

It’s sure to become a new brunch favorite!

CLICK HERE for the recipe.

bellini recipe

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill made this gorgeous Easter wreath from the Dollar Tree.

She does the most beautiful DIYs! And this one is no exception.

If you have not visited her yet, check out her website!

rustic white wood rabbit wreath

My good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse shared a few great DIYs this week, but I’m really loving these boxwood topiaries she made!

They are beautiful and look so easy to make.

topiaries with lemons on buffet

Another of my favorite DIYs this week is this checkered floor from my good friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms.

Seriously, doesn’t that look amazing!!!

farmhouse painted white desk/make up table with white fabric chair and round mirror

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

THESE thrift store storage ideas look so pretty and are so functional!

I love THESE thrifted decor ideas too!

THESE paint colors for the front door.

THIS raspberry crisp recipe.

And THIS gluten-free meatball soup.

THIS DIY moss wreath.

THESE tips for decorating with vintage stools.

And THIS pool house renovation.

Stacy Ling and Chris Ling in the formal garden

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Stacy,
    I’m loving your new home. That entryway might have scared me off! Yikes. But I know you are going to make it amazing ! I can’t wait to see your gardens this spring! Thanks for including me this week. You are the best.

    1. Thank you! Yeah, it’s a little dark! And the faux finish on the railings is a little much for me. I used to have that exact red in my former dining room, so I love it as a color but am not a fan of it here in the entry – so that’s next up! I wish you guys could come visit sometime – would be a fun trip! xo

  2. It’s amazing how painting over the faux finishes on the ceiling brought out the details! I never even saw that before and now the chandelier is the real focal point and star. Can’t wait to see it finished. You’ve been a busy bee 🐝.

    1. Thanks Pamela! I couldn’t agree more! I’m glad we didn’t go straight to replacing the ceiling or skim coating it. It looks pretty cool all painted white. It’s really fun watching the house transform. xo

  3. What’s with the overload of faux finishing?

    The red is unbelievable.

    You look cute outside enjoying the gardens.

    Thanks for sharing my moss wreath.

    1. Thanks Cindy and you are welcome! Faux finishes were very popular years ago so I imagine that’s when the house was designed. Although it’s a little outdated today, the uniqueness, artistry, and details are really something! I wish I could keep some of it but move them elsewhere? But that’s not really possible, so we have to just paint over it. It’s fun to see the house change…xo

  4. That ceiling is a huge improvement! I love everything you are doing. Thank you so much for sharing my recipe…so honored to be included. Happy Sunday!

  5. I can’t believe how much you have already accomplished since moving in Stacy. You are in full gear! Love the dining room and sunroom results and can’t wait to say goodbye to the red room. Thanks so much for sharing my blog post.