Life Lessons From a House

Life Lessons From a House

 

Container Garden Tips

I know I’ve mentioned this before…..

….but I wake up my house.

Some people might think it’s silly or random or a little odd, and I totally get that.

But it’s kind of my thing.

You see….we are best friends…..my house and I.

In the morning when the sun is peeking its sleepy head around the corner and shining through the vintage panes of the windows and the house is quiet and no one is awake yet to ask where the Captain Crunch is ….

….we have a heart to heart.

And yesterday was no exception. Continue reading


I’m a Little Measuring Cup

I’m a Little Measuring Cup

 
decorating with collections

I’m on my second cup of coffee and humming and laughing to myself as I write this.  You see, when I was little I thought I could sing.

Like really, really sing.

Like call me an agent, I’m available for a record label type of singing.

I would sit in the back of my parents’ station wagon with the seat put down and my brothers and sisters as my audience and belt out song after song.

My repertoire was wide and varied.  I sang anything from Amazing Grace to I’m a Little Teapot with my own special twist….

….and choreography.

Bless my heart.

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Farmhouse Bathroom Refresh (With a Little Help From My Friends)

Farmhouse Bathroom Refresh (With a Little Help From My Friends)

 
farmhouse bathroom ideas

Yesterday my husband had what I’m sure he would consider one of the more exciting opportunities this year so far…..

….helping me re-decorate the bathroom.

I know what you’re thinking.

We lead a very, very exciting life.

And you would be right. :)Continue reading


How To Style a Table Three Different Ways

How To Style a Table Three Different Ways

 

Neutral

If you like looking at things from a new perspective and styling ideas and lots and lots of pictures….

….today is going to be fun.

I’m partnering with Kirkland’s today to style this simple pallet top table three different ways using items from Kirkland’s and shopping my house.

If you have been reading this blog for more than five minutes you know I am always up for a challenge.

So I couldn’t just show you a simple picture with everything in place.

I had to show you how I styled it.  The process.  Where I started.  What went first.  What went last.

Yep.

Every. Single. Step. Of. The. Way.Continue reading


The One Pillow Every Chair Needs

The One Pillow Every Chair Needs

 

hooked wool pillow

When I was growing up, I spent every summer on Cape Cod.

#bestsummersever

We spent days on the beach with the sand between our toes and evenings with my grandmother sharing the highs and lows of the day over tiny wooden bowls filled with Cheeto puff balls and glasses of ginger ale perched on wooden chairs with hooked rug covers.

My grandmother was fancy.

You would have loved her.

She wore red lipstick, too, and pearls.  She drank Pepsi by the gallon, loved to dance, wore cat eye glasses and had the most amazing laugh.

She laughed and the world laughed along with her.Continue reading


How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better

How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better

 
back porch dining

 

If you are from the south you were probably raised on sweet tea.

You know.

That perfect glass of iced cold goodness that quenches the thirst and fills the heart and makes the sun shine brighter.

In my search for the perfect glass of sweet tea with the perfect ratio of sugar to tea and ice, I came up with the answer to that age-old question.

Here’s how to make sweet tea taste better.

(and it’s totally not what you think).  :)Continue reading


Simple Landscape Lighting Ideas

Simple Landscape Lighting Ideas

 

This post was written in partnership with Trex outdoor lighting.

landscape lighting suggestions

Eight years ago when we jumped and moved across America to the country it was because we wanted to hear the crickets chirping and smell fresh cut hay and follow winding country paths home….

….and see the stars.

And stars are wonderful.

And amazing.

And fill the night sky with twinkling joy.

But just between us….when I walked outside to those chirping crickets and smelled the hay and walked those winding paths, those stars twinkled over a beautiful farmhouse was just a big blur in the twilight.

Until now.

Now it’s lit up to perfection and we can check landscape lighting off our bucket list.

So if outdoor lighting is on your bucket list….

….here’s a few simple landscape lighting tips from our house to yours.Continue reading


To All the Natural Fiber Rugs I’ve Loved Before

To All the Natural Fiber Rugs I’ve Loved Before

 

Front Foyer

 Last week I got a question about the rugs in my house and I realized two things.

1.  I’ve had these rugs for over five years.

2.  And like that awkward relative at the family reunion that you love, but you’re never sure why they have a lego collection….

….I never talk about them.

Until now.

Today is rug public service announcement day.

And here’s the rug 411.Continue reading