sitting room design plan

breakfast room design board

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

ancient marble hooks

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

mannered gold and gray

  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

christmas home tour blue dresser puzzle

        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

christmas home tour drummer boy nutcracker

    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

christmas mantel apples

  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

dresser vignette height

  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

home tour foyer full view

  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 … [Read more...]

diy floral arrangements

diy floral arrangements / rose buds / www.mrshinesclass.com

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

shoe shelves

  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

living room refresh

    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

BreakfastRoom apples

  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...]

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 … [Read more...]

7 ways to use trays in home decor

tray plate

  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...]

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...]

Desk Chair Makeover, Inspired by Ballard Designs

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    It was just a plain, basic desk chair.  Gray and drab. It wasn't quite what I had in mind, but it served a purpose.  So, I kept it. At some point, I decided to put a green pillow case over the chair back to make it look more colorful. When that didn't work, I tossed some fabric over the chair for a while, intending to … [Read more...]

DIY wooden label tags

laundry storage

  I set out to makeover my laundry room over 3 years ago.   I collected inspiration,   made a shade out of a shower curtain, and hung it on a DIY curtain rod.   I added shelves, changed out the storage baskets and made label tags for them.     I also shopped the house for a rug to soften up the … [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

fall tour 2014 fireplace

  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

fall tour 2014

  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...]

how to: color wash with chalky finish paint

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  This post is sponsored by Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint.  All opinions about mysterious garages and little, yellow stools are completely my own.    When I was little, Nonna's garage was mysterious and unknown.  I knew that she ran her antique and junk shop out of her garage and that eventually, she bought a shop and moved … [Read more...]

french coastal decor: a table makeover

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  "Do you like this," I asked my daughter as I ran my hand across the kitchen table. "Yeah, I do," she answered. "Does it look like beachy, weathered wood to you," I wanted to know. "No. To me, it looks like old, french furniture."   On the inside my heart was smiling so big, wondering how she knows what old, french … [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...]

From Discarded to Divine: a DIY Mirrored Nightstand

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   Remember the nightstand that never quite had a home?  The one that is part of the same bedroom suite as the dresser turned media console? It had a brief life as a media console, then a printer stand, until I … [Read more...]

it’s the little things: laundry symbol chart

laundry symbol chart

  My mom used to have a key ring that was a big, gold mesh circle that sparkled as it dangled from the ignition, and I wanted one just like it.  Knowing how much I admired that key ring, my bother surprised me with one for Christmas. Of all the gifts I received that year, it was my favorite.  Sometimes, it's the little things … [Read more...]

an important lesson in furniture painting

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  I would get so nervous before a softball game that I'd pray for a rain out, but the rain didn't come.  So there I was, suited up and standing on the field as the umpire yelled, "play ball!" Fast forward to this week, the gray clouds were looming in the sky, and once again, I hoped for a rain out. I have never painted furniture for … [Read more...]