Fall Decorating Ideas (and a Thank You)

Fall Decorating Ideas (and a Thank You)

 

easy fall decorating ideas

Do you remember the commercial from Dove that ran last year?

It featured women who sat behind a curtain and described themselves in great detail to a sketch artist.  He asked them about their facial features like their chin and their hair and their eyebrows and cheekbones and so on.  They described themselves as they saw themselves to the artist.

He never saw them.

He simply drew the picture from what they described to him.

Then….each woman was briefly introduced to a stranger….someone who had never met her before.  And after a short visit…each woman left and the stranger was asked to describe the woman he or she had just met…..

…..to the exact same sketch artist.Continue reading


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Fall Home Tour

Fall Home Tour

 

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It’s that time.

The much promised fall home tour is finally here.

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If you are stopping by from The Inspired Room or Finding Home…..welcome and nice to meet you.

Fall House Tour

I’m so happy that you are here.

Truly.

Mostly because nothing says happy fall like a fancy rhinestone necklace and leopard heels.

(total aside:  have you ever seen anyone so happy to open a door in your whole life).Continue reading


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The Kitchen:  How to Add Architectural Detail to Your Home

The Kitchen: How to Add Architectural Detail to Your Home

 

add architectural detail to your home

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 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


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Decorating With Barn Wood

Decorating With Barn Wood

 
barn wood ladder decorating ideas

If you live in the country….

…..you probably know someone with an old barn.

Or someone who is about to tear down a barn.

Or someone who has stacks of barn wood or barn doors or barn ladders or barn troughs…..

…..just lying around.

Usually next to the spare washing machine parts.

barn wood ladder

In our county….any one who is ever trying to get rid of something calls us.

Usually it’s something no one else wants….like old windows or old doors or barn ladders or spools or old tires.

Except me.

Or maybe some of you.

Good thing I’m the only one in this conversation who lives here. :) Continue reading


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How to Jump

How to Jump

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About seven years ago we took the leap and moved from a very large metroplex to the country.

We closed our eyes….took a deep breath….

….and jumped.

You can read the rest of the story here.

Or just wait for the book. :)

I get asked all the time if it was easy to jump to the country and why we did it and if it was challenging to adjust and how we supported ourselves….

….and were we able to survive without a Target?Continue reading


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Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom

Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom

 

blue and yellow guest bedroom

Have you ever wondered where the name Thistlewood Farm comes from?

I know you will be totally surprised at this….

….but there’s a story. 

Are you rolling your eyes at me right now and nodding?

You knew it….right?

Because around here….it always begins and ends with once upon a time. :) Continue reading


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A Secret Garden

A Secret Garden

 

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“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it.

She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was.

It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The few books she had read and liked had been fairy-story books, and she had read of secret gardens in some of the stories.”

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

Today I’m so excited to be part of a really fun challenge…..Creating With the Classics.  If you stopped by from The Hunted Interior….so happy you are here.

Eight bloggers are partnering together to bring the classics to life through fabric and design.  We were each assigned a classic novel and then we designed a space using fabric and the novel as our inspiration.

And you know how much I love a challenge.

My classic novel I was given is one written by Frances Hodgson Burnett that is close to my heart…..

….A Secret Garden.Continue reading


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Summer Home Tour

Summer Home Tour

Today it’s the Summer Home Tour 2014 hosted by The Shabby Creek Cottage.

If you are stopping by from At the Picket Fence….nice to meet you!  

Let’s get this party started. :)

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The other night I parked the car and walked up this sidewalk.

The stars were twinkling in the clear night sky to an entire chorus of crickets chirping in time….

….and with every step the smell of honeysuckle surrounded me.

And I closed my eyes just for a moment and smiled.

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And thought to myself…..hello summer…..

…..nice to meet you.

*sigh*

I’ve been waiting for you for like….ummm….ever.Continue reading


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