A Farmhouse Style Cottage Tour

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Today, I'm taking you on a tour of an adorable farmhouse style cottage that belongs to some old friends of mine. Ann and I played softball together in Junior High and she, her husband Kenny, and I all went to school together. We reconnected on Facebook a few years ago, and not too long after they decided to build a house. I lived vicariously … [Read more...]

4 Creative Ways to Display Art

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Sometimes I'll see a piece of art that I really love, but don't buy it because I'm out of wall space. But, not all art has to be hung on the wall. You can use art to fill an empty corner of a room or to add interest to a bookcase. Some pieces look great framed and set out on tabletops or other surfaces. Once I embraced some of these other ways … [Read more...]

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...]

Clever Picture Hanging Tip for Double Hook Frames

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I use to avoid frames with double hanging hooks at all costs because...crooked art every single time.  Then, I'd raise or lower one side, step back and look. Still crooked. I'd do this over and over until I gave up in frustration and settled for almost straight. But, not anymore. Once I discovered this clever picture hanging tip, it … [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...]

DIY French Wicker Laundry Basket

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I hadn't planned on it. I thought maybe I'd use the quiet of the night to write, or read. But, then I walked into the laundry room and decided that I couldn't stand it any longer. So, at 12:30 a.m. I poured the laundry detergent, stain fighter, fabric softener and borax into the pretty glass containers I'd purchased a week before. I … [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


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...]

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...]

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...]

4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Paint Color

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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, twirling around in the mirror and taking note of what each outfit says about you. Soft and pretty.   Sexy and … [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...]

Diy Floral Arrangements

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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...]

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...]

Home Command Center: One Room 4 ways

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  Sometimes we feel limited by the home we're with; like there's not enough room, and that we need more space. But, with a little creativity you can repurpose your space to suit your needs.  So, today, I'm showing you four ways that we use our home command center and sharing three other examples of how we've made more room with the 1650 … [Read more...]

How to Create a Foyer When You Don’t Have 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, and I've been decorating and redecorating it ever … [Read more...]

Decorating Ideas for Problem Areas


    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


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...]

200+ Ways to Paint Anything

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Yesterday, we left off with a pile of clutter and 4 boxes. As you sort through your belongings, ask yourself these questions:   1) Can I use this in another room? 2) Can this be repurposed? 3) Would I like it better painted?   You would be amazed at how a little paint can transform just about … [Read more...]

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...]

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 for next … [Read more...]

Fortunatley, Unfortunately: A Teen Bedroom Makeover

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  Stages. Everything in our house is done in stages, spread very far apart.  And so it goes with this teen bedroom makeover. Fortunately, we chose new paint colors, and, unfortunately, painted big sample squares on the wall that we stared at for weeks. Fortunately, we bought a full-sized mattress to replace the twin. … [Read more...]

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


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


    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


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...]