Let the Sunshine In

Let the Sunshine In

 
family room pillow

This is my family room.

You might have met before.

I love every nook and cranny of this room.  I love the tufted ottoman and the two love seats and the pom pom pillows and the bookcases that we built in when we remodeled the room and the window seat and the light that dances across the almost 100 year old pine floors.

I love it all.

Except.

Except for the one thing I’ve never showed you before.  I am literally biting my lip and wrinkling my forehead with a look of apprehension on my face as I type this.

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Ladies Meet My Spring

Ladies Meet My Spring

 
tulips flowers

There comes a day when I have to break up with winter.

It’s usually somewhere around the middle of February when the snow days have lost their luster and the gray skies don’t look like they are ever going to cheer up and all the leafless trees look like they are auditioning for a part in an Alfred Hitchcock film.

Enough already.

That’s when I tell winter he was a super cute date for the holidays and I really like mistletoe and carols and sleigh rides and he was totally hot when he showed up wearing all that white.

But now?

I’m over it.

There’s a new special someone in my life.

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DIY Silver Leaf Balsa Wood Tag and Some Kitchen Organization Ideas

DIY Silver Leaf Balsa Wood Tag and Some Kitchen Organization Ideas

 

This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s.

recipe wall kitchen

(you can see how I made this recipe wall here and the plate rack here)

Monday was not the day the kitchen looked like this.

Not even close.

Neat and clean and organized and a place for everything and everything in its place.

As I’m typing this post, I’m thinking I should have taken pictures of the mess.

Because Monday?

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A Little Christmas Decorating and a GIANT Cyber Monday Sale and Giveaway

A Little Christmas Decorating and a GIANT Cyber Monday Sale and Giveaway

 
Living Room Christmas

After the turkey and dressing and shopping and bringing the rest of the Christmas boxes down from the attic and unpacking my Christmas boundaries and reminding myself that I had a plan….

….this is where I spent the weekend.

And twenty seven cups of hot chocolate and 1400 steps on the step ladder and twenty one Christmas carols later the room looks like this.

The room and I rocked around the Christmas tree and asked Mary if she knew and listened to the birds raising their carols and shouted Joy to the World at the top of our lungs.

Christmas here we come.

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Before and After Bedroom Transformation and 2016 SW Color of the Year

Before and After Bedroom Transformation and 2016 SW Color of the Year

 
shutter wall before (1)

Don’t you love a post with a room that starts like this?

You know that it can only get better from here.

I’m so excited to be partnering with Sherwin-Williams today to showcase the 2016 color of the year in a room I designed for my daughter.

I think it’s one of my favorite transformations ever.

But before we get to the after and the new room and the color of the year and the ceiling to floor transformation….

….let’s take a look at where it all began.

This is what the room looked like when we bought the house complete with blue shag carpeting.

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This Post is Brought to You By the Produce Aisle

This Post is Brought to You By the Produce Aisle

 
artichoke

Yesterday I had a brilliant idea.

The Thanksgiving centerpiece to end all Thanksgiving centerpieces.

I was going to create a giant burlap cornucopia out of paper mache and toothpicks and determination.  I admit that the construction details were a little fuzzy.  No worries.  I was going to go all Tim Gunn and make it work.

And that’s not even the brilliant part.

I was going to place it on a linen runner and have pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and textures spilling out in every direction.  Gray pumpkins and white pumpkins and green pumpkins.  Pumpkins with stripes.  Pumpkins with warts. Pumpkins that look like they just left a night club and were still ready to party.

Can you see it?

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Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

 

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Thanksgiving table idea factory.  You can see all the Thanksgiving tables starting at Bre’s.  If you are visiting from French Country Cottage,  I’m so happy to meet you.   Now let’s get the table tour started.

centerpiece for Thanksgiving

I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year.

That involves a whole lot of me decorating and a whole lot of someone else cooking.

Here’s what’s on our menu in case you are in Kentucky and make the wrong turn and the Min-it Mart and want to stop by.

turkey (obvi)

dressing

corn casserole

broccoli with cheese sauce

cranberry sauce

cranberry bread

homemade biscuits

mashed potatoes

and homemade apple pie and pumpkin pie for dessert

Yes, please.

And while everyone else is working in the kitchen, you and I can pull up a chair to this table and grab a cup of coffee and talk decorating.  I don’t really know my way around a pan of stuffing, but I can chat up centerpieces every day of the week.

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Fall Decorating and a Zombie Rescue

Fall Decorating and a Zombie Rescue

 

fall wreath

Have you ever watched that show “What Would You Do?”

You know.

The one with the host who hides hidden cameras and then puts people in awkward situation and films their reactions to random things and sometimes they totally do the right thing and pay for the toy for the little child who’s mother can’t afford it and sometimes they just raise their eyebrows and walk away.

There are days when I feel like I’m about to be the star of that show.Continue reading