Before and After Front Entry

Before and After Front Entry

 

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?

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Simple Vase With Jute Twine Letters

Simple Vase With Jute Twine Letters

 

I have this theory.

It’s called the don’t-really-point-out-what-you-need-to-work-on-in-your-house-point-out-the-chandelier-instead theory.

You know.

When you invite someone over to your house and they ask for a tour and you walk them through the rooms and they are oohing and ahhing over your curtains and your pillows and the random piece of Paris art on the wall….

….and you point out the piece of crown molding you forgot to add.

And the tour comes to a screeching halt and everyone stops and stares at the gap in the crown molding that no one would ever have noticed until  you point it out.

Why?

Why do I do that?

Self….just point out the chandelier instead.
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How To Combine Two Smaller Rugs to Make One Larger One

How To Combine Two Smaller Rugs to Make One Larger One

 

Remember this room?

Remember the before and the blue and white and that amazing fabric on the chairs and the perfect chandelier and the antique side table with the lamps and how I spent 24 of the 48 hours I had to decorate it searching high and low for the perfect rug and realizing that I sound just like my mother.

Finding the perfect rug for a room is a full time job.

For me, knowing what I want is the easy part.

Most of the time when I look at a space I can see the rug in the room in my mind.

It’s right there.

Right in front of me.

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DIY Reclaimed Wood Stool

DIY Reclaimed Wood Stool

 

This week I was challenged by Furniture Medic to create a simple DIY project.

One a person could make in an afternoon.

One anyone could create.

One that was simple and easy and creative.

So I thought and planned and sighed and looked at the saw and the hammer and nails and measuring tape….

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11 Amazing Photo Styling Tips

11 Amazing Photo Styling Tips

 

I have always been a little in awe of my friend, Lisa.

She writes a blog with the most amazing photographs.

Not like a little amazing….like the kind of amazing where you study her photos and think to yourself, why didn’t I stack the plates on a cutting board and add a kind of fuzzy bottle of milk and finish off the scene with sprinkles?

Why?

Well…..today Lisa is going to tell us all about the why and the how and behind the scenes of brilliant photo styling.  It’s just like a mini class with beautiful pictures.  She’s going to share her top 11 tips for getting photos to look like the one I just posted above.

And one more thing.  As you read the tips…you might notice the occasional aside in parenthesis.

That’s me.

And my two cents.

We can’t miss a blog post.  :)

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Five Simple Ideas for Decorating With Mason Jars

Five Simple Ideas for Decorating With Mason Jars

 

When I first moved to the country I attended a canning class.

I was new to the neighborhood and thought I would make friends.

If you were there at the class with me….

….I’m truly sorry.

I was fresh from the city.

I bought my beans in a can with a Del Monte label.

I had no idea what I was in for.  I thought a water bath was something you took at night with bubbles.  And a Dutch oven was something they used in the Netherlands.

What happens at canning class, stays at canning class, but suffice it to say I left the class with my tail between my legs and two jars of tomatoes.

And now I use my mason jars to decorate.

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Auditioning For Yards Gone Wild in Kentucky

Auditioning For Yards Gone Wild in Kentucky

 

This Monday on the Today show they published a segment on the happiest people in America.

I’m not really sure how they determined they were the happiest people or where they found them or what even made them happy.

I missed that part because I was brushing my teeth.

But at the end of the segment, I heard something that gave me pause.  Maria Shriver was talking to Hoda and Matt and she told them that all the happiest people in America had one thing in common.

I put down my toothbrush to listen.

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10 Beach Inspired Decorating Ideas

10 Beach Inspired Decorating Ideas

 

Many is the summer I have stared at this ocean.

There was the year I decided to collect sea glass (#muchharderthanitlooks).

There was the year I wanted to go the blondest of the blonde that there ever was (#unfortunatechoice).

And there was the year we saw a shark (#stayoutoftheocean).

Whatever the year.

Whatever the experience.  I always leave a little wiser and more joyful and ready to take on the next year.

But what if you could have a little beach with you all year long?

Here’s 10 beach inspired decorating ideas to bring the beach home.Continue reading