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...]

20+ Easy Ideas for Vase Fillers

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I do very little to change my decor seasonally; typically just switching out candles, vase fillers, accent pillows and throw blankets. But those small changes make a big impact in bringing the season into my home. So today, I wanted to share some easy ideas for vase fillers that you can use throughout the year. Many of these items can be found … [Read more...]

Welcome Home – A Summer Home Tour

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I welcomed my daughter home from the last day of school yesterday. We cheered when she walked through the back gate...celebrating a successful school year and summer vacation; a season of slowing down and taking time to enjoy some of our favorite things... like more blueberry cobbler on the front porch, lots of shrimp … [Read more...]

DIY Accent Chair Reupholster and Chalky Paint Makeover

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When I saw the outdated chair listed in an online selling group, I saw past the orange toned wood and blue moire fabric to the lovely shape and lines. And, I knew that a little paint and new fabric would take care of the rest. So, I met the owner, loaded the chair into the backseat, and brought it home. That was last summer. After we got our … [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

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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...]

Style Secrets: Adding Spring Style to Your Home and Your Wardrobe

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Hi friends! Chelsea and I are back with another episode of Style Secrets. This month is all about simple ways to add Spring style to your home and your wardrobe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8rF_8ffi2g&feature=youtu.be I have to tell you that the past couple of weekends, I followed Chelsea's tips for styling my white tee. And, I felt … [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...]

DIY Winter Vase Arrangement

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  I was reading someone's blog the other day (I don't remember whose), and the blogger said something about "winter without Christmas." I knew exactly what she meant; those cold, dreary, long days after the holidays, feeling like winter has nothing left to offer.     I was thinking about that, processing my feelings … [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...]

how to pick out 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, turning in the mirror and taking note of what each outfit says about you. Soft and pretty.   Sexy and … [Read more...]

simply christmas- a christmas home tour

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        In a recent interview, Karianne of Thistlewood Farms was asked how she knows when a room is finished. She answered,   "A room is finished when every corner of that room makes you smile.  And there's nothing else that you want to add."   I knew exactly what she meant because I , too, … [Read more...]

Festive Nutcracker Display

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    It's like Joe's Crab Shack circa 1992 all over again.     Everyone was dancing on the table while I stood at my chair moving to the beat of the music.   When all of a sudden, I felt myself being lifted up onto the table.  I turned around to see that it was my Dad. He … [Read more...]

simple christmas mantel decor

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  As I sifted through boxes and placed Christmas decorations on the mantel, I couldn't help but wonder what my family would think when they came home.     It's the same feeling of anticipation and excitement that I feel every year.       They are why I fuss over which way the stockings … [Read more...]

christmas color theme ideas

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    I cannot believe it is December! We had a very relaxing Thanksgiving and continued relaxing right into the weekend. Today, I'm cleaning and getting the house ready to decorate for Christmas.     I used to start decorating the night of Thanksgiving, but as I've gotten older, I prefer to savor the … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

$0 Fall porch makeover

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  Focus on the positive. Sometimes we get so caught up in what is wrong with our home, that we miss seeing what is good.     So, today we're going on a little field trip to All Things Heart and Home where I'm sharing one of my favorite features of my home; the front porch. It's been cozied up for Fall, and I've got … [Read more...]

master closet organization

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  When we first moved in to this house, I was so glad that the builders had installed shelving.  I had just spent the past few years adding shelving to my last master closet and didn't want to spend the time or money doing that again. But with all of those shelves, I didn't have room for folded clothes, drawers or a hamper.   And no … [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 … [Read more...]