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...]

oh the places you’ll go: diy subway art

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Paris Italy Germany, Ireland, Spain... They are all on my list of places to go. Just so happens, that my daughter has the same list.  Never doubt the influence you have on your kids...even as teenagers.         So when my daughter and I saw this subway art stencil in Michael's the other day, we knew it would … [Read more...]

Designer Looks for Less: 1 mantel 5 ways

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With the garland and stockings put away, the mantel needed something.  So, I browsed Houzz and created an idea book filled with mantels, making note of what I liked about each design. Then, I set out to recreate those designer looks for less. In this first room, I really like the symmetry and having a low object placed between a pair of … [Read more...]

tips for decorating the perfect christmas tree

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It was such a huge relief to finally decorate the Christmas tree. I was about to give up on having a decorated tree, and I'm so glad I didn't. There's something so special about reliving the memories brought back by each ornament. And my favorite part: looking at pictures of my girl when she was little. Even though I kept the tree very … [Read more...]