Random thoughts on a cold Monday morning:

1.  Santa Claus is coming to town.

2.  I adore you.


If you read this blog you have officially made my year.

3.  As part of a fundraiser, I picked up trash after the basketball game last night.  It was disgusting.  If I never see another plate of nachos smeared into the gym floor it will be too soon.

4.  We are renewing our vows at the end of the month.  As exciting as that is….even better is the pair of shoes I found to walk down the aisle.

Carrie Bradshaw would be proud. :) Continue reading

Bead and Pom Pom Garland

Bead and Pom Pom Garland


Two random thoughts on a cold, wintry December morning:

1. Have you ever listened to all the verses of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear?

2. How do you decorate your mantel for winter?

I know what you’re thinking.

These are deep, introspective thoughts that make you go hmmmm.

Not. :) Continue reading

How to Build a Raised Paneled Wall

How to Build a Raised Paneled Wall


Recently I created a room for Sherwin-Williams to showcase their color of the year, SW 6606 Coral Reef.

I decorated the office and added gold accents and a gold weather vane and white leather chairs and a furry rug.

But my favorite thing in the room?

The project that makes my heart beat faster and makes me want to sing all four verses of Joy to the World…

….and compose a fifth.

The raised paneled wall.

Office Thistlewood Lamp

It looks so hard….but it was much easier than it looks.


And just in case you saw it and wanted to make your own….

….here are easy directions on how to build a raised paneled wall.

Drumroll please.


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Easy Last Minute Ornament Gift Idea (and a Fun Video)

Easy Last Minute Ornament Gift Idea (and a Fun Video)


Remember the time that you created a simple personalized ornament for a segment on television in Nashville?

You were ready.

You had the cutest necklace and spent hours curling your hair and wore the best shade of red lipstick.

You and the project were going to be amazing.

A ratings blockbuster.

All over Nashville people would put down their coffee cups and stop whatever they were doing to watch incredulously as you created a monogrammed ornament project in minutes.Continue reading

Holiday Recipe Link-Up Party

Holiday Recipe Link-Up Party


Hello rock star.

It’s a cold, wet, over-cast December morning but I know that I know that I know that gray skies are going to clear up….

….and I am so happy you’re here.


I mean….the 12 Days of Christmas were fun and all….but today is December 13….

….and it’s time to party.  :)

We have made a paint stick Christmas tree and discussed the best ideas for handmade gifts and discussed Pottery Barn and taken a tour of the farmhouse.

And now it’s time to share some of the best treats of the holiday season.Continue reading

Decking the Halls

Decking the Halls


When I unpacked the ornaments decorate the tree in the bedroom, there among the fancy velvet ho ho ho and the glitter stars and the monogrammed wood cutouts….

….I found an ornament someone gave us the year we got married.

It’s a simple clear circle without a lot of fanfare.

Just two doves and a heart and the words “Our First Christmas Together.”

Years later 37 boxes of Christmas decorations live in our upstairs attic and I would trade every single one for this ornament.  I can remember when it hung on a tree with only a box of shiny red ornaments and a little ribbon to keep it company.

I’ve never forgotten that tree.

And not just for that beautiful ornament hanging from its branches.

Here’s one of my favorite stories the second time around….

….because that’s the way the cookie crumbles. :) Continue reading

Chalkboard Christmas Tree

Chalkboard Christmas Tree


To quote the famous Barbara Mandrell….

….I was chalkboard when chalkboard wasn’t cool.

Cue the banjos.

I remember eight years ago when I found peel and stick chalkboard vinyl tucked away in the back of a bin.  I’d never seen it before.  I nominated myself town chalkboard crier and called 47 people and informed them that you could officially peel and stick chalkboard.

And then I promptly peeled and stuck everything within a five-mile radius.Continue reading

Yes, KariAnne, There is a Pottery Barn

Yes, KariAnne, There is a Pottery Barn


If you live in a small town where everyone knows your name and your business and your monogram and how many wreaths you use to decorate the front door of a gatehouse….

…this story is for you.

When we first moved to the country and bought the farmhouse. everyone immediately made that farmhouse their business.

They would drive by the house slowly and stare, just to make sure they didn’t miss anything.  They’d look at the trails of wallpaper scraps and the new porch and the new front door and the old kitchen cabinets on the lawn and the piles of lumber from all the parts of walls we took down….

….and talk about it over dinner.

And when I went to a party or baseball game or the gas station or the school….someone would inevitably stop me and the question would always be the same.

“What are y’all doing to that farmhouse?”Continue reading