A “His & Hers” Living Room Makeover

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I wanted a cozy seating area situated around the mantel, and he wanted a prime view for watching television. And after eight years of trying to create a furniture arrangement that accommodates our his and hers design styles, I think I finally got it right. Hers I know...I should have shown "His" first, but I think "Hers" is prettier. … [Read more...]

Coastal Inspired Laundry Room Makeover Reveal

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  Once upon a time, in a far away blogland, a girl dreamed of a laundry room makeover. She waited and waited...and waited some more, as she thought about paint colors and organization. And, one project at a time, she transformed the laundry room. She painted an old board and hung it above the laundry sorter, providing a shelf for … [Read more...]

5 Practical Steps for Decorating on a Budget

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If money were no object... I'd have an apartment in Manhattan, a condo in Destin, and travel Europe. I'd hire a cleaning lady, a personal assistant (or a lady's maid if that were an option), and a life coach. And, of course, I wouldn't have to choose which home improvement project to do next... Scenario 1 - French Doors for the … [Read more...]

The Casual to My Elegance: Mixing Decorating Styles

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I have a confession to make; I don't prefer the rustic or industrial decorating styles that are so popular right now. But, I was attracted to a German vintage crate because of my German roots. So, even though the crate was both rustic and industrial, being the sentimental soul that I am, I bought it anyway. I figured that I'd surely find a … [Read more...]

More Than Just a Sitting Room

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As I work on transforming my breakfast room into a sitting room, I dream of more than just a sitting room. I dream of a way of life. A life in which I walk through a set of french doors onto my back porch where I stretch with the flowers and wake with the birds. After I finish stretching, I walk back through the french doors, … [Read more...]

The Key to Personalizing Your Home Decor

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As I found the perfect perch for the birds, moved the bell around from place to place, tossed the ruler in with the remote controls, and scattered the books here and there, I thought about the fun day of shopping I had with Mom, especially the conversations...     How I chattered on about how "I don't know what it is, but I … [Read more...]

The Perfect Laundry Room Color

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A laundry room makeover has been on my to-do list for nearly four years. I knew I wanted a coastal-inspired laundry room, but the design plans stopped there. I searched online. I pinned and pinned some more, looking for the one...the perfect laundry room color. "They" say that when you know, you know.  When I first saw Sea Salt by … [Read more...]

The Secret to French Country Style

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Authentic. I've been trying think of a word that summarizes what I find so appealing about French Country style, especially the French Country kitchen. All those baskets and cutting boards. The food. The pottery. It's all so real.     So alive...so palpable.     I've been trying to recreate … [Read more...]

You’d Never Know: Occasional Table Hacks

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Being an alternate can be a blow to your ego...like in high school when I only made the drill team after some of the others were kicked off  for failing grades. I was ecstatic to be a North Shore Scarlet, but I had to battle the feeling that I didn't belong. Some of the juniors and seniors tried to encourage us "alternates" by sharing who among … [Read more...]

Master Bathroom Design

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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...]

sitting room design plan

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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

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  “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...]

Coral Reef: Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

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  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...]

Creating a Color Palette for an Open Floor Plan

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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

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  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...]

Creating Vignettes: It’s Everything You Learned in Kindergarten

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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 that balance … [Read more...]

living with white walls

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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 least … [Read more...]

a sitting room escape

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  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...]

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Home

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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 that. Rooms that … [Read more...]

how to create a foyer when there isn’t one

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    A foyer was on the must-have list. When I first walked into the model of our current home, the sales person led us in through the back door. As I walked in, my eyes were drawn past the kitchen, through the living room, straight to the foyer.  That's when I knew I wanted this house. I've been decorating and … [Read more...]

decorating ideas for problem areas

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    It was love at first sight. the open floor plan with tall ceilings and lots of windows,     the dining room right next to the kitchen. and a roomy breakfast room.... It was all so perfect.  I could just picture life in this house. But once we moved in, there were some inconveniences that I had to … [Read more...]

Budget Decorating Ideas

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Okay. So far this week, we've exposed 4 of the 5 common decorating fears: defining your style, decorating for others, lifestyle and indecision.   Today, I want to talk about the fifth fear, money.      When I first planned this series, I thought I would show you a beautiful, solid wood sleigh headboard and footboard that I bought for … [Read more...]

DIY Decorative Throw Pillows

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Indecision.  When it comes to home decor, I am sometimes plagued by indecision; spending hours, days, even weeks trying to decide. What if I don't like it? What if I change my mind? The fear of making a mistake is bigger in our minds than it is in reality. Choosing pillow fabric from Online Fabric Source was no exception. If you … [Read more...]

7 ways to use trays in home decor

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  So far in the Love the Home You're With series, we've been busy organizing and putting things back where they belong. But, there's just some stuff that belongs out in the open; within easy reach, like nail clippers and guitar picks and blankets.   And sometimes, you want a convenient place to store your favorite earrings so … [Read more...]

best of DIY link party: diy curtain rod and no sew valance

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  DIY... is a way of life. It's born out of a need to create,   and is a necessary means to an end.     Which is why I often find myself inventing things, this  DIY Mirrored Nightstand being one of my latest projects.   You learn to improvise, and use what you have.   Like using eye … [Read more...]

4 tips for choosing fabric

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  Have you ever noticed that on all of the HGTV shows about buying houses that there are always three choices? And that each choice gets a nickname like Pricey but Perfect, or Small Suburban? Well, I spent the better part of yesterday trying to pick fabric for an upcoming project, and I've narrowed it down to...three … [Read more...]

Acorns and Seashells: Simple Fall Decor

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  I'm not good with change.   It has to be my idea. But now that school has started and we've settled into September, I'm gradually accepting that the sun is setting on Summer.   I'm sure that pinecones and pumpkins will eventually make an appearance, but right now I'm living in a world where seashells and acorns … [Read more...]

creating an everyday table setting

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    “Are we supposed to use these,”  friends have asked as they remove their cloth napkins from their plates. "Yes, I will just throw them in the wash later," I reassure them.     After everyone has left, I enjoy reliving new memories as I gather crumpled napkins, wash dirty dishes and put serving pieces away … [Read more...]

The Case of the Broken Bookend That Ends With Bookcase Styling Ideas

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I absolutely loved Nancy Drew mysteries when I was a girl. Every week during library time, I would go straight to the mystery section and check out the next caper in the series. I pored over the books, admiring Nancy's sleuthing skills as she solved each case. Well, I got to put on my detective hat and solve my very own case a couple of weeks … [Read more...]

breakfast room makeover, again

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    Well, I took down the daybed.   The one that was in my breakfast room.   I thought it was charming, but it was too big for the breakfast room and was only meant to be a placeholder until I could get a settee.   I found this settee listed in a Beg, Barter, Buy Sell group on Facebook for $60.  Even though the … [Read more...]

3 must have tips for accessorizing a leather couch

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Sometimes after my family has gone to bed, I like to stay up a little while and enjoy the quiet, whiling away the time by browsing the internet. It sometimes happens that inspiration strikes as I'm browsing, and I have to act on it... right then... at 2 o'clock in the morning. And so it was the other night after I saw this photo from … [Read more...]

simple tips to refresh your home for spring

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Thank you to DecoArt for sponsoring this post.     As the days grow longer and the air turns warmer, I've found myself nesting: flitting around the house fluffing pillows,     tucking apples into a vase,   setting the birdcage in the foyer,   giving the ceramic bird a new home on the … [Read more...]

trading spaces: the living room curtains

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Remember the show Trading Spaces?   And how the designers would tell the homeowners to wait for the room to come together before deciding if they do or don't like it? Well, I made these curtains for the living room when we moved here several years ago.  I chose the fabric for its french country flare and beautiful color palette, especially … [Read more...]

decorating with what you love

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    Do you remember that childhood game we used to play where you run, run as fast as you can and then come to a screeching halt when "It" yells freeze? That's what it's been like at the Hines house lately.  I was run, run, running; picking out paint colors, turning my dining room into a study space, outlining my kitchen in black … [Read more...]

new uses for old things: a soup and salad bowl

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I had a traditional soap dish, but its outer coating flaked off and it left stains on my white tub.  I can't have that. So, I threw it away, and kept my eye out for a newer and better soap dish.   I never found one. Then one day while I was hanging out in my bathroom trying to solve the soap dilemma,  I had a vision of a farmhouse washstand … [Read more...]