In Breaking News

In Breaking News

 
white painted hutch

In super, exciting breaking news….

….we painted the hutch in the dining room white.

I couldn’t wait until it was finished.

In my mind it was going to be an amazing project.

You know.

The whole-see-it-be-inspired-dream-about-it-think-about-it-have-to-have-it-done-asap kind of project.

The kind of project you imagine and you just know it’s going to be perfect and you can see it finished before you ever even start.  I just knew I was going to walk by the dining room and see the hutch  painted white and sigh and look at the white dishes against my white hutch and all that beautiful neutral against the dark walls was going to make my heart sing.

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How to Decorate With Neutrals

How to Decorate With Neutrals

 

how to decorate with neutrals

Whenever I speak at a conference or go to an event or meet people who read my blog in the produce section of Wal-Mart….

….they usually ask me one of four questions.

1.  Do I really wear red lipstick?

2.  Do children really live in a house with all that white furniture?

3.  How do I pronounce my name?

4.  Do I really like all the neutral colors in the house?

And the answer is yes, yes, yes and oh wait for it….yeeeeeeesssssssssss…..

….and here’s a little bit more explanation to all four questions.

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Control + Z and Decorating With Hydrangea

Control + Z and Decorating With Hydrangea

 
Decorate With Hydrangea

Do you ever use the short-cut keys on your keyboard?

You know.

The control-whatever ones that save steps and time and make you feel like you’re a computer programmer.

Like control + B that makes everything bold.

Or control + I that makes everything italic.

Or control + U that underlines everything.

Or control + C for copy and control + V for paste and control + X for cut and control + K if you want to insert a hyperlink and control + home that goes to the beginning of the document and brings you back home.

Or my favorite of all favorites……

…..control + Z.Continue reading


Summer Decorating On the Back Porch

Summer Decorating On the Back Porch

 

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Home Decorator’s Collection.

Back Porch Decor

In Kentucky we have a saying that if you don’t like the weather….

….just blink.

It’s so true.

Around here the weather can change on a dime.

One minute you are sitting on your back porch in the most amazing set of indoor/outdoor chairs listening to the crickets and drinking sweet tea and discussing if hamburgers taste better on a charcoal grill and if pink lemonade goes better with french fries than orange popsicles.

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How to Save Yourself 10 Minutes Every Day

How to Save Yourself 10 Minutes Every Day

 
farmhouse kitchen

Can you even guess how many minutes are in a year?

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred.

Or a whole bunch.

Depending on how particular you are.

What if you saved 10 minutes every day?  It doesn’t seem like that much until you add it all up.  10 minutes x 365 days =3650 minutes.  And can someone please check my multiplication because I ran from higher math in high school.

3650 amazing, incredible, precious, glorious minutes….

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Summer To Fall Transitional Mantel

Summer To Fall Transitional Mantel

 
Summer to Fall Transitional Mantel

I taught a class at Haven on how to connect with brands.

In case you haven’t noticed, connecting with brands is big business for bloggers.

You’ve probably seen a few sponsored posts around blog land.  And you’re rolling your eyes right about now at how many there are.

And you are right.  So right.  But that’s a discussion for another day.

In my session at the conference, I talked on how to negotiate with sponsors and get sponsored posts.

You can thank me later. :)

And in my research for the class, I discovered 8 words that you should never use in a business correspondence.  I meant to share with my class to demonstrate my incredible business knowledge.  But I forgot.

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Even Chairs Need a Little Confidence Sometimes (And a Giveaway)

Even Chairs Need a Little Confidence Sometimes (And a Giveaway)

 

Master Bedroom Chair

I spent this last weekend speaking at a blogging conference called Haven.

It was a weekend full of laughs and catching up with old friends and wearing red lipstick and tromping through the halls and dancing on my tiptoes….

….and accidentally walking around with a band-aid in my hair.

But that is a story for another day.

Today we are talking about this chair and voting for our favorite and I’m giving away $100 Amazon gift card to one of you.

Just because I woke up and the sun was shining…..

…..and it’s a wonderful day to be alive.Continue reading


Before and After Front Entry

Before and After Front Entry

 
Front Entry Ivy

You may have noticed that the front entry has stripes now and there’s a wooden deer head on the wall and a new chair and a rusty, chunky, pallet word that says “FARM”….

….but can we discuss summer footwear for a moment?

I have to interrupt this regularly scheduled before and after to ask a very important question.

Have you seen the sandal selection this summer?

Enquiring minds want to know.Continue reading