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Rainwashed. It sounds so lovely, doesn't it?...Like a Spring day after a rain,     that fresh, earthy scent filling the air,   the calming sound of the last drops of water dripping from the eaves of the roof.     Steam rising,   forming big, fluffy white clouds that … [Read more...]

Four of our Favorite Soup Recipes

pasta e fagioli soup

There are some recipes that are meant for sharing. The kind that make the perfect dinner on a cold winter night. The kind that I'd cook for you if you were coming over. So, I'm pulling four of our favorite soup recipes out the archives to share with you today...like these chicken and dumplings that have been my daughter's favorite meal since she … [Read more...]

sitting room design plan

breakfast room design board

They had me at "fireplace in the breakfast room". I just love the idea of being able to cozy up to a fire in the breakfast room. Which led to my research on the inglenook. And, then began the process of turning my breakfast room into a room that also functions as a keeping room, sitting room, hearth room, sunroom. I have arranged and … [Read more...]

A Sitting Room for Me

me time settee close up

  “This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You®, and Real Simple® but all my opinions are my own. #PMedia #NewYearMeTime  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV”   2015 is off to a slow start.  I've spent most of it in lounge pants and sweat shirts, wrapped up under blankets … [Read more...]

grace in the dirty dishes and other home organization tips

dishes

My Christmas decorations have been strewn all over the kitchen island for nearly a week. And, since my island is covered in nutcrackers and ornaments, I didn't cook last week...except for the night I made Sloppy Joes from Manwich sauce which I don't think can really count as cooking. As I stare at a pile of dirty dishes, rolls of toilet paper … [Read more...]

Coral Reef: Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

sw color of the year living room

  When I first saw the Sherwin-Williams color of the year, I thought it was gorgeous and a perfect complement to my existing color palette. So, I kept trying to think of a way to incorporate it into my home. Inspired by the splashes of pink I've been seeing in home decor lately, I finally had an idea. Thank you Sherwin-Williams for … [Read more...]

DIY Winter Vase Arrangement

winter vase 4

  I was reading someone's blog the other day (I don't remember whose), and the blogger said something about "winter without Christmas." I knew exactly what she meant; those cold, dreary, long days after the holidays, feeling like winter has nothing left to offer.     I was thinking about that, processing my feelings … [Read more...]

recommended reading: it’s sophisticated

home tour master bedroom

  I mentioned in my best of 2014 post that I'd grown more comfortable being me.  Part of that was settling into my decorating style...and as I did, I realized that my decorating style is a reflection of me... and that this year would be about manifesting that into all areas of my life.   If I had to sum what that will look … [Read more...]

looking back: the best of 2014

best of 2014 bookcase styling

  I wasn't going to write a Best of 2014 post...until I realized that before we move on, it's important to look back. Looking back to help you look ahead. It's goal setting 101. :)  Being here, in the last days of December, it's not what I had imagined at the start of the year.  I pictured board and batten in the hallway, a newly … [Read more...]

Creating a Color Palette for an Open Floor Plan

ancient marble hooks

As a long-time and satisfied customer, I am delighted to partner with Sherwin-Williams for today's post. I wasn't sure whether or not to paint the command center.  And if I did, should it be Navajo White or something else? I'd always envisioned this space in apple green. However, a cohesive look is key when creating a color palette for … [Read more...]

Recommended Reading: Christmas Tree Themes

christmas tree main bokeh

  Later today, we'll be celebrating Christmas at Aunt Becky's house. And one of the things I love about going to her house every year is seeing the Christmas trees. A gorgeous, towering tree tucked in the curve of the spiral staircase.  And, another tree in the den covered in Nutcrackers, big and small, spinning and tall. It all … [Read more...]

This is Us

dresser vignette after

  The first time I saw this print, I thought, "this is us."     I saw our story.   Seventeen years of going through life together; coming together at the end of a day with all of its hardships and celebrations, happiness and sadness, ups and downs...       and still saying … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Casserole the Way Momma Makes It

sweet potato casserole recipe

  Sweet potato casserole.   It's hard to believe that something that looks kinda gross can taste so good. But it does.   Not the kind with a blanket of melted marshmallows covering it.     No, I'm talking about the way momma makes it, with a streusel topping. Any time you mix butter and … [Read more...]

recommended reading

nativity puzzle

  The holiday decorating is coming together.  I can just see it...the finished picture.   Just one more push through this weekend, and I should be finished decorating and shopping and maybe even have the presents wrapped and under the tree.   But, one thing I'm trying to avoid is the "Then, I'll rest," or "when … [Read more...]

how to pick out the perfect paint color

mannered gold and gray

  Have you ever been clothes shopping, finally narrowing down your selection to a few outfits that look great...but you just can't decide? So, you try them all on again. And, one more time just to make sure, turning in the mirror and taking note of what each outfit says about you. Soft and pretty.   Sexy and … [Read more...]

simply christmas- a christmas home tour

christmas home tour blue dresser puzzle

        In a recent interview, Karianne of Thistlewood Farms was asked how she knows when a room is finished. She answered,   "A room is finished when every corner of that room makes you smile.  And there's nothing else that you want to add."   I knew exactly what she meant because I , too, … [Read more...]

Festive Nutcracker Display

christmas home tour drummer boy nutcracker

    It's like Joe's Crab Shack circa 1992 all over again.     Everyone was dancing on the table while I stood at my chair moving to the beat of the music.   When all of a sudden, I felt myself being lifted up onto the table.  I turned around to see that it was my Dad. He … [Read more...]

simple christmas mantel decor

christmas mantel apples

  As I sifted through boxes and placed Christmas decorations on the mantel, I couldn't help but wonder what my family would think when they came home.     It's the same feeling of anticipation and excitement that I feel every year.       They are why I fuss over which way the stockings … [Read more...]

christmas color theme ideas

red and purple berries 2

    I cannot believe it is December! We had a very relaxing Thanksgiving and continued relaxing right into the weekend. Today, I'm cleaning and getting the house ready to decorate for Christmas.     I used to start decorating the night of Thanksgiving, but as I've gotten older, I prefer to savor the … [Read more...]

cherry nut drop cookies

cherry nut drop cookie

  Cherry nut drop cookies.   They are my favorite cookie and Mom has been baking them for as long as I can remember. It's become a holiday tradition; one that I want to pass down to my daughter.     So, today my daughter and I spent the afternoon chopping     and … [Read more...]

creating vignettes: it’s everything you learned in kindergarten

dresser vignette height

  I can't tell you how many times I've stood back and stared at a vignette, wondering what it needed. Added something, stood back and stared again. Rearranged it, stood back and stared yet again. What am I looking for as I stand back and look?  Here are a few tips on how to create a vignette.   Balance. And I achieve … [Read more...]

recommended reading: southern hospitality

porch swing

  I'm fearfully anticipating the storms that are expected to roll through our area today. But on the other hand, the weather will dictate staying in and that sounds pretty good. I have such a hard time giving myself time off. I am working on it though. Trying to schedule little breaks just for me into the week. This week I treated myself … [Read more...]

living with white walls

home tour foyer full view

  Our builder painted the entire house in Kilim Beige which is a nice color, but after six years, I was ready for a change. So last January, I walked into Sherwin-Williams hoping that I'd see the sign; the poster on an easel that offers a free color consulting service with the purchase of a $75 gift card.  Knowing that I'd be spending at … [Read more...]

diy floral arrangements

diy floral arrangements / rose buds / www.mrshinesclass.com

Before I burnt the spaghetti sauce, and before my guests were greeted by my unshowered, mascara smeared, paint-covered sweatshirt and cut-off jeans self,  there was this moment... a beautiful, garden-inspired moment, kindred to Thelma A. Meyer, the inspiration behind Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day®  who I'm proud to partner with … [Read more...]

recommended reading: my obsessions

dining room centerpiece 2

  By the time you read this, I will hopefully be finished with painting my living room and on to the next project. More painting, and cleaning and decorating all to get ready to entertain next week. In fact, entertaining is one of my favorite things about the Fall. I admit that I obsess over the details, but I've learned how to … [Read more...]

3 Tips to Remove Household Odors Naturally

vinegar deodorizer

  Do you ever wonder what your house smells like? I do. My mom's house smells like a mixture of her perfume and "freshly vacuumed" (if there is a scent for that.) My friend Judy's house smells like a combination of candles and laundry. Knowing that every home has a signature scent has me wondering what my home smells like. I fear … [Read more...]

a sitting room escape

sabrina after

  The other day my friend, Sabrina, called on me for decorating help. She had moved the dining table out of the dining room and brought in a few furniture pieces she already had in an effort to create a sitting room escape. BEFORE As you enter the dining room from the foyer, the leather chair was sitting in the corner, with a lamp … [Read more...]

a different kind of cinderella story with Meister Cleaners

home tour kitchen 5b

  This post brought to you by Meister Cleaners. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Mrs. Hines Class. A few weeks ago, my daughter said she was in a cleaning mood.  On a Saturday. Bless her heart. This was just a few days after my little hissy fit and I think I must have scared her.  Mr. Hines and I both had … [Read more...]

it’s beginning to look a lot like home

home tour breakfast room 3

  This is the last post in the Love the Home You're With series.  I truly hope you found inspiration and motivation to make your home everything you want it to be. Not only did this series push me to work on areas of my home that I didn't love, but it pushed me personally as well. And, I think my home is starting to reflect … [Read more...]

20 family traditions you can start at home

family potluck

  I love making up family traditions, and over the years we've created quite a few. As I mentioned yesterday, traditions are a great way to bond as a family and build lasting memories. While the photos I'm sharing today aren't Pinterest or magazine worthy, they are beautiful; beautiful because they capture precious moments in time with … [Read more...]

8 ways to make your house feel like home

porch lantern

  Last Sunday I shared a quote I found online that said "There's nothing like staying home for real comfort." Remember the definition of beauty that I shared in the very post of this series? Being at home should bring us that kind of comfort and satisfaction. Let's talk about how we can achieve that in our homes. It's not about the stuff … [Read more...]

the home management binder experience

hmb

  Yesterday, we talked about the importance of taking care of our needs so that we can be our best and do our best. Today in the "Love the Home You're With" series, we're going to talk about meeting the needs of our family. I LOVE what Helena said in her post, Home Management or House Management,   "Home Management goes beyond … [Read more...]

on health and happiness in the home

family jumping

  So far in the Love the Home You're With series, we've organized, cleaned and decorated. This week, we're going to talk about home management...everything from starting a home management binder to establishing traditions to making our house feel like home. But before we do, we're going to talk about the most important thing we can do to … [Read more...]

the comforts of home

jane austen quote

  I saw this quote on Facebook today.     And I thought, "Amen,"  especially when you love the home you're with. Wishing you the comforts of home. See you in class,   … [Read more...]

recommended reading: 10 must read design blogs

porch swing

    Sometimes I need another perspective, a fresh pair of eyes, to help me with decorating dilemmas.  When I do, these are the design blogs I turn to for inspiration.     Designed with Carla Aston - Carla shares her beautiful designs and some great tips.  I've learned a lot from her.  I've had the pleasure to meet … [Read more...]