making a house a home

cloche, chalkboard, vignette, home, decor, sping, nest

Women are natural nesters.  It only stands to reason that our feathers get a little ruffled at the idea of starting all over again…

home decorin this 1960’s house in Minnesota.

Minnesota?!  We can’t move to Minnesota!

living room, decor, home, curtains, french countryjust finished these curtains for our living room, here, in Texas.

And so, I pored over these photos day after day,

trying to imagine life in Minnesota; in this house.

bath, decor, pink, tile, home

finding inspiration for pink-tiled bathrooms

and imagining the kitchen with some french country flair.

vignette, sunflowers, chalkboard, buffet, decor, french country, home, kitchen

My mind raced with thoughts like,

Can I decorate with sunflowers in Minnesota?  Of course, I can.  And all the Minnesotans will think I’m such a talented decorator that they’ll want me to decorate for them. It will be the launch of a new career, and I’ll make so many new friends that way.  No, I won’t be lonely in this small Minnesota town, where I don’t know a soul.

I spent soooo much time decorating this house in my mind, that it was a little disappointing when our plans came to a halt.  Have you ever felt that way?

I occasionally wonder what life would be like if we had moved to Minnesota,

decor, kitchen, home, french country

but, last night at Fashion’s Night Out, I realized how much I LOVE city life.

 I’m so happy to keep feathering my nest right here in Texas.

Until next time,

by Sharon Hines


It was last January when we thought we were moving.  We do not plan on moving any time soon.


  1. I sure know what you mean about decorating a house in your head! I guess though that you aren’t TOO sorry this fell through??? XO, Pinky

  2. No Pinky….I’m not sorry at all. I originally grieved over the loss of a dream ( small town life where my husband was the pastor of the church), but we have new dreams now.

  3. Well, you can continue to work magic on your house….it’s too cold in Minnesota!!
    Texans are very nice people!!!

  4. It’s definitely too cold in Minnesota. Speaking if nice people, there’s a term called “Minnesotan nice” because they have a reputation for being especially nice people. But, Texans are certainly friendly folks too!

  5. Well l lived 41 years in Ark and Oklahoma and I truly miss the people. I do NOT miss the heat. You would have loved gardening in Minnesota as much as I love gardening in Michigan. Hostas, hydrangeas, beautiful Japanese Maples and lush lawns……and rain….lots of rain…not turning on your AC until June…. But they know nothing about good barbeque or Mexican food. Just a reminder, cold temps in Texas are no warmer than cold temps in Minnesota – it’s just how long the cold lasts that makes the difference!

  6. That was one of my big questions: “will I be able to garden?” Hostas, japanese maples and hydrangeas sound beautiful together. Not needing an AC is so incredible to me. I always tell people who move down here from the colder climate, it’s just trading one extreme for another…cold for heat…and that’s what I was telling myself in preparation for moving. I was looking forward to experiencing a real Fall and white winter. Maybe one day…

  7. Thank goodness you guys have each other and will be happy no matter where you are 🙂 I can tell by those great family pics that you are a happy family! Real smiles show through! I live in MI Sharon and I can’t keep up w/ all the gardening…the cold is a refreshing break for us…let the plow guy do it for a while! Then again…by Jan. I am ready to get into those flowers again. We lived in FL for 6 yrs….I adjusted, but I missed the snow…. When it starts snowing here I’ll send ya some pics, then you can laugh at me when I am freezing in my mittens & boots!

  8. Yes, Julie, I’d love some snow pictures! I won’t laugh at your mittens and boots. And thanks for such kind words about my family. We are pretty close!

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