decorating for fall

fall floral arrangement, fall decor, foyer decor, home decor

Anytime something goes missing in our house, I automatically get the blame.  Stands to reason, since I'm a bit of a minimalist.  Less is more in my book. And if I no longer have a use for something, I tend to get rid of it.  Like this floral arrangement that I made several years ago. I used to keep it out year round.  But then I … [Read more...]

fall mantel

garland, bunting, pumpkins, mantel, Fall decorating

autumn, changing leaves harvest time, pumpkin patches sitting by the fire Fall. Until next time, Sharon I'm sharing my mantel at Traditions N-S-E-W linky party … [Read more...]

updates on my french country kitchen

french country

  The inspiration for my french country kitchen decor is the warm wood tones and rustic color palette of French Country design. Elements ranging from aged copper to terracotta tiles to wheat colored baskets remind me to the french countryside. The French lifestyle seems to embody living life to the fullest by working hard and … [Read more...]

d.i.y. framing

framing clips

Frame your own art Need to frame your d.i.y. art?  Here are the step by step directions.   1) Use an open back frame you have around the house or purchase one.   {source} 2) Lay the frame face down and place your art inside; also face down. 3) Attach framing clips around the artwork by tapping the sharp end into the frame.  The rest of the … [Read more...]

How to Hang Pictures at the Correct Height

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Most people hang art too high. But, you can avoid this common mistake by following this simple formula on how to hang pictures at the correct height. ~Turn your frame over and measure the height of the picture from the back. ~Divide this number by 2. ~Find the distance between the top of the picture and the picture hanging hardware. Take … [Read more...]

blogging tips: photo editing

Sometimes I upload a picture only to notice a blanket on the floor, or cords and outlets cluttering the view. A little touching up with the clone tool, and the cords and outlets disappear.  I wish I could clean house this way. ;) Have you used the clone feature?  It's pretty simple to use, but it does take some patience. In Picmonkey, you … [Read more...]

gray and yellow mood board

home decor, traditional decor, transitional decor, decorating with color

I was recently asked by a young friend to help decorate her living room.  The young newlywed would like to decorate her new space to reflect her family's personality and taste while keeping in function in mind. The industrious, young mother has already painted the walls a soft, neutral gray and would like to incorporate yellow and black into the … [Read more...]

coast inspired laundry room

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I've been collecting inspiration for my laundry room on Pinterest for some time now.  The moment I saw this coastal inspired laundry room at Sand and Sisal, I was hooked! No pun intended. Since then, I've been planning the room from choosing a paint color to shopping the house for accessories, and thinking of ways to work with the existing … [Read more...]

inspiration board

traditional decor, home decor, living room decor

A friend of mine asked me for some help in decorating her newly furnished living room. After seeing her space, determining the primary uses of the room, and deciding on the accent colors, we started planning. Today, I'm surprising her with this inspiration board. … [Read more...]

refinishing and repurposing furniture

Last summer as I searched the classifieds for a coffee table for my home, I noticed how many there were for sale.  Some of them were priced just right for resale.  So, I decided to buy one on the cheap, refinish it and sell it. A year later, it is still sitting in my garage.  I did at least dig it out from under the pile it was buried … [Read more...]

homemade taco seasoning

taco seasoning

Mr. Hines and I had so much fun hosting the eighth grade boys from our church youth group this weekend. One of my responsibilities was to provide breakfast and dinner on Saturday. Homecooked meals are hospitality at its best! It felt so good to get in the kitchen. If you've been following me for any length of time, then you know that to … [Read more...]

weekend warrior

As much as I'd love to be a D.I.Y. weekend warrior on the home decor front, that is going to have to wait until later.  Instead, I'm going to be a weekend warrior as a hostess to six 14-year-old boys from the youth group at our church.  It's going to be fun! What should I feed these boys for dinner Saturday night?  Debbiedoo??? Anyone? We … [Read more...]

saving on back to school shopping

back to school

It's that time of year again... Here a few sales and offers to help you get the most for your dollar. Zulily offers cute, cute clothes for moms, kids and babies up to 90% off retail.  You can sign up to get their daily deals delivered to your inbox.  I love browsing not only through the clothes, but their home goods too. I can still … [Read more...]

living room design

bhg via Carla Aston Instead of counting sheep at night when I'm trying to fall asleep, I tend to count "brilliant" ideas. I think of titles for the books that I dream about writing. I plan projects that I want to share on this blog. And as I finally drift off to sleep, … [Read more...]

nature inspired Fall decor

pinecones, vase, book, clock, mantel, autumn, fall, decor, decorate, seasonal decor

I have never done too well with change. So I find myself a bit anxious about summer nearing an end, and having to shift into the "back to school" mindset. One thing that helps me to "keep calm and carry on," is knowing that with each new season, comes an opportunity for decorating. I'm excited about trying a new color … [Read more...]

organizing with baskets

baskets, home decor, decorative baskets, using baskets for organization

What is your favorite way to organize? Until next time, Sharon I'm sharing my baskets at: Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here Hooking up with HoH @ House of Hepworths Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner … [Read more...]

good night

We had spaghetti tonight.  It was the first meal I've cooked in a while. The kitchen has been cleaned up from dinner and we're settling in for the evening, looking forward to the season finale of the new Dallas. Winding down after a long day is a reward in of itself. How do you relax? I'll be relaxing at the beach later this … [Read more...]

Sunday Savings

I thought y'all would want to know about this sweepstakes by The iPad-a-day Giveaway starts on August 3 and runs through August 9.One new iPad will be given away each day. There will be a total of seven winners. Limit is one entry per person per day. The winners are chosen during a daily drawing which is done by an external … [Read more...]

how to tackle the big projects

home improvement, home decor, DIY

With Pinterest, Houzz, Pottery Barn Catalogs, Home Decor Magazines and Bloggers, the inspiration is endless! How many of you find your mind just spinning with inspiration?  Better yet, how many of you feel that you have more inspiration than time? … [Read more...]

Top Ten Blogging Tips

I've learned a lot over the last year of blogging and would like to pass those tips on to you... ~There is a very helpful tutorial for creating your own blog button at Between Naps on the Porch. ~Your photos can make or break your post.  Both Donna at Funky Junk Interiors and Aimee at It's Overflowing share great tips and tutorials … [Read more...]

a year later

family photo

One year ago today, I wrote my very first post. Well, it is too late to be up, but that's not the kind of late I'm talking about.  I'm talking about the kind where you think there is nothing else you can do or  you've waited too long.  I decided to adopt the "It's Never Too Late" motto when I turned 40.  That was two, now almost three, years ago. … [Read more...]

5 simple solutions to makeover a builder bath

master bathroom, spa, home decor, DIY

Thank you to Kleenex Hand Towels for sponsoring this post about how I'm making my bathroom guest-ready! To learn more about Kleenex Hand Towels or to find out how you can save money when you buy your own, check out this site. When I was choosing materials and finishes for our home almost six years ago, I loved the darker wood cabinets. Not … [Read more...]

Christmas in July blog hop

I want to thank my co-hosts this week: Jennifer @ Laughter and Grace Yvonne @ Stone Gable Misti @ Living on Cypress Hill Nicole @ Scraptastic Memories Micki @ Confessions of an ADD housewife Mary @ Go Ahead Take a Bite Melissa @ Melissa's Cuisine I can't think of a better way to wrap up one year of blogging than in a collaboration … [Read more...]

10 ways to display your Christmas cards

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Tis the season to be jolly fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Don we now our gay apparel Fa-la-la-la la-la-la-la Troll the ancient yuletide carol, fa-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. How are you going to deck the halls this year?  If you've been inspired by any of the … [Read more...]

back yard makeover


Hey friends!  My co-hosts and I are mid way through our Christmas in July blogger block party.  I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am.  Today, Jennifer at Laughter and Grace is sharing some excellent tips on planning your own Christmas cookie exchange as well as several scrumptious cookie recipes and printable Christmas labels. Now, back … [Read more...]

what’s all the buzz about?

Good Monday morning friends! There's a new feeling in the air. Have you noticed? There must be something magic in that old black hat they found.... or is it the smell of cinnamon wafting by? or perhaps it's the anticipation of what Mary's got cookin'. Or just maybe, the excitement is because today is the start of Christmas in … [Read more...]

why i blog

A couple of bloggers have had me thinking about why I blog and what my blog should be about. I first started blogging as a creative outlet for writing.  I'm not sure I can do a "niche" blog because I have so many interests and hobbies, or pehaps I'm just too ADD to focus. I'm writing for anyone who enjoys looking at home decor, getting … [Read more...]

Christmas in July

Announcing... dum,dum da-da, dum.... the CHRISTMAS IN JULY BLOGGER BLOCK PARTY with 8 fabulous hostesses!  Each day next week, our hostesses will take turns sharing ideas to help you get ready for the holiday season. Check in on Monday, July 23rd for Holiday Fare with ADD Housewife, Melissa's Cuisine, and Go Ahead Take a Bite You won't want to … [Read more...]

managing your time while working from home

With tootsie rolls in my pocket, a glass of sweet tea in one hand and my book in the other, I climbed the winding staircase to the roof top deck.  As I stood up on the deck, breathing the fresh air rolling in off of the Pacific Ocean, I thought to myself, "This is the life." It was vacation, and I had nothing to do but sit out on that deck, read … [Read more...]

High Five Friday

It's been awhile since I first participated in the High Five for Friday link party at "From My Grey Desk".  I really enjoyed it the first time around, so I thought I'd have some fun with it again today. 1. For the last several months, I've been in a season of rest.  It was a much needed rest after being completely depleted by years of hardship. … [Read more...]

laundry quandary

  In fifteen years of marriage, I've yet to come up with a laundry system that works for our household.   Do you have everyone just bring their dirty laundry baskets to the laundry room and sort the loads from their baskets in the washing machine?   Or do you keep a sorter in the laundry room?  If you do keep a sorter … [Read more...]

the t.v. wall

Part of my plan to create a cozier living room includes changing the t.v. wall.  While I love the gallery wall, I'd prefer it in another room. Last week, I asked for some suggestions on what to do with this wall on Hometalk. And, both Vanessa from The Picket Fence and Kari from Thistlewood Farm suggested elevating the t.v. I think that is a … [Read more...]