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...]

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

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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 … [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...]

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...]