Kitchen Organization Project

Kitchen Organization Project


Happy Labor Day rock star.

May your day be full of fun without any labor in sight.

But just in case you wanted to plan a little organizing for the rest of the week….

….here’s a fun kitchen organization project.Continue reading

Colorful Garden-Inspired Home Tour

Colorful Garden-Inspired Home Tour


If I could be best friends with a house anywhere in the 48 contiguous states…..

….this would be the one.


It’s located at the end of a winding driveway lined with flowers and green grass and tucked away under the trees.

And when you open the back door and see the light streaming in through the green shuttered windows and the sunbeams dancing on the brick pavers… know that you know that you know…..

…..that you are home.Continue reading

Tips and Hints on How to Shop at a Flea Market

Tips and Hints on How to Shop at a Flea Market

This weekend we spent the day at the Nashville flea market.

And as far as days go….it ranked up with other life changing events in my life.

Like the first time I realized I could wear white pants before and after Labor Day.

And chalk came in colors.

And zucchini could be made into bread.

And that french fries totally count as a vegetable.

Just kidding.

Maybe. :) Continue reading

The Kitchen:  How to Add Architectural Detail to Your Home

The Kitchen: How to Add Architectural Detail to Your Home



 Hello rock star.

If you are visiting from White Buffalo Styling Company on the favorite room home tour….my kitchen and I are happy you are here. :)

When we first bought the farmhouse….the kitchen looked absolutely nothing like the picture above.  There were no moldings or khaki walls or faux transom windows or white cabinets…..and the antique pine flooring was buried under four layers of indoor/outdoor carpet and linoleum.

The before needed a makeover.

Like yesterday.Continue reading




Yesterday was on its way to quickly becoming a terrible, horrible no-good very bad day.

My favorite earrings were run over by the lawnmower.

Oreo’s were calling my first, last and middle name.

I accidentally spray painted my flip-flops.

And summer….with all its heat and humidity….

….finally decided to show up.


I wanted to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head and start all over.

Then a package from my sister showed up on the door step.  Inside was this necklace and a note.  ”I love you,” it said.  “I’m so proud of how far you have come on your journey.  Let’s celebrate.”

And the necklace?  Do you know what it is?  Because that’s the best part of the whole story.

It’s a tiny thistle.

And I love you right back Nini. :) Continue reading

How to Build a Giant Abacus

How to Build a Giant Abacus


This is a DIY project that has been years in the making.

I’ve wanted to build it ever since I saw it in the Pottery Barn catalog years ago.  I knew that I knew that I knew… would be perfect in the house.

If only I could figure out how to DIY it.

I could figure out the sides and I could figure out the metal corners and I could figure out the rods in the middle….but I couldn’t figure out how to make the beads that you used to count with.

Giant wooden discs?

Too flat.

Giant metal washers?

Too un-round.

Giant beads?

Too round.

And then one day I saw these.Continue reading

Five Tips for Taking Better Photos of a Room

Five Tips for Taking Better Photos of a Room


Have you ever noticed that when you take a photograph of your space… many times what your eye sees….

….doesn’t always translate?

(total aside:  there’s a life lesson in there somewhere if we weren’t talking photography today).

When I first started taking pictures for the blog….I would style the room and be so all about it and think everything was perfect and grab the camera and take a picture and through the viewfinder…..

….it looked amazing.

Like Better Homes and Gardens should be knocking at the door.

But when I downloaded the photos and actually looked at the pictures….yikes….not so much.

It takes practice and learning how to think like a camera to get it right.

So 4754 pictures and hundreds of rooms later….here’s what I’ve learned from the picture-taking-school-of -hard-knocks.

Five tips for taking better photos of a room.Continue reading

Better Than a Hallmark Movie

Better Than a Hallmark Movie


Back in pre-historic times when the dinosaurs ruled the earth and I started blogging….

…..I met this blogger.

Don’t you love a story that begins like that?

Actually I think I met her house first.  I found her front door on Pinterest and followed it to her kitchen and the tiny cobblestones that surrounded her home.  And I left a comment on her blog full of so many exclamation points that it broke every rule in the MLA handbook.

I remember thinking that was the end of the conversation.  I mean….after all…..she was a designer.  A real designer.  With clients and a portfolio and beautiful homes she had furnished from shops I had only read about in magazines.

And I was a blogger.  A blogger who shopped at the side of the road and (even better)…..

…..the side of the lake. :)

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