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...]

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...]