November 17, 2010

How I Hide My Trash

Helllooo - Come on over, it's a beautiful day.  I'd love to tell you about the Rose Bowl Flea Market last Sunday, and show you the Chandeliers I'm beading - but this crazy Gate made my day!

That's my little old cottage - 

I turn into my driveway - that's the detached garage at the end - and even when the Aggies are blooming and the ivy is thriving, and the green is lush, all I see is the trash.  

I've seen some great ideas in magazines and other peoples homes - we just never did anything.  

The other day we were walking home from our favorite cafe taking a shortcut through the alley when we saw this leaning up against a pile of rubble.  

I was thinking I could use it IN the house somewhere - it is white, I could write something on it, just lean it somewhere - but this is where I really need it.  I just didn't realize how much I needed it.  

In front of the trash cans - a Trashy Gate.

So we put it on a wide concrete stepping stone, secured it to the fence. Done.

And now this is what I see when I come home.  Yes.

And for Free. 

I'm coming back with a post about this magazine rack -

and a post about a lucky find - this Pair of Beach House Arm Chairs -

See you -  Thanks for all the very kind comments about Jen's Wedding.  

Make it a great day - I'm joining Faded Charm's White Wednesday Party


  1. Great find. I'm so jealous. I have the same problem, only ours is in the back yard and the first thing you see when you go outside. Also, love that great chair. Very lucky finds indeed.

  2. The white wall is perfect for hiding your garbage cans - can't believe it was free.
    I need a magazine rack like that. I know just where I would use it.
    Great chairs - looking forward to their story!

  3. What a difference a little piece of fencing made...good for you!

  4. Something so simple makes quite a difference doesn't it?

  5. God, you have a wonderful home!!
    Big change with a little... I love your chairs too!!

  6. Lovely! The chairs are fab... never enough bistro chairs in my book.

  7. How in the world did you sneak back without my noticing??? GORGEOUS day, dear Marsha! Mazel Tov to you and the beautiful couple!

    You are a fabulous wedding planner, my dear!

    Love and hugs,

  8. I'd say those beachy, bistro armchairs are a lucky find Marsha! Can't wait to hear about them! Great coverup solution for the barrels too.

  9. What a great idea and lucky find! Can't wait to see more, I love looking at pictures of your house, you have such great ideas.

  10. A lucky find and a great idea indeed! I have never been to the Rose Bowl Flea Market and I'm dying to go. It's not that far for me to go and I would love to make it there soon!

    Can't wait to hear more about your magazine rack and those lovely chairs...stunning!


  11. well done, that is such a small thing that makes a big difference in the view, thanks for sharing the idea

  12. hi marsha, i've emailed you a few me

  13. What a lucky find!!! yeah for you:)
    And well done on the hide! Looks great!

  14. I just found your blog by accident – it looks fantastic. Love the fence idea, gonna let my mom know.

  15. Hi Marsha! Just discovered your beautiful blog via White Wednesday, and I'm your newest happy follower! I just adore your bistro chair!!!! I'm always on the lookout for some good sturdy ones, but haven't found any yet. Your fence find was awesome! And it doesn't get any better than free! :)

    I've gotta tell you how much I adore your home - outside AND in. The open floor plan and airy feel to it is just delicious! Chat with you later!

    xoxo laurie

  16. what a perfect trash find and trasch can concealer!! your cottage looks very dreamy!

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