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

  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

hanging art, artwork, home decor

~ Follow this simple formula for hanging pictures at the correct height. * turn your frame over and measure the height of the picture from the back. … [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

chip it

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...]