How to Transform a Builder’s Door

How to Transform a Builder’s Door

 

Sometimes I send my husband sweet e-mails at work.

Full of encouragement and hearts and hands clapping a smiley faces.

And sometimes I get a conversation that starts like this:

Him:  “Why did you send me an e-mail that ended with a chin?”

Me:  (dumbfounded) “What?  A chin? I sent you a smiley face.”

Him:  “I know.  I saw that.  But the smiley face had a chin.”

Me:  (starting blankly)

Him:  (helpfully drawing it out on a piece of paper) “It looked like this.”

I laughed out loud.

I couldn’t help it.

Me:  (after I finally stopped laughing) “That’s a heart.”

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And now….here’s how my heart and I transformed a builder’s door from ordinary to extraordinary.Continue reading


The Most Important Person in the County

The Most Important Person in the County

 

Dear tired, weary, over-worked, beleaguered salt-truck worker,

I salute you.

For four months now….you have tried so hard.

Truly.

In November they told us all that the snow was on its way and you diligently salted the roads.

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To Paint or Not to Paint….That is the Question?

To Paint or Not to Paint….That is the Question?

 

So I went to an auction.

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

It sounds like a really good country song.

Or a Dr. Seuss poem.

Or an updated version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

But I digress.  So I went to this auction where I planned on buying a bed and a hutch and a table….

….and I came home with a filing cabinet and these chairs.

Of course I did.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

I hope your day today is full of smiles and hearts and love….

…..and cards like this one.

This morning my husband handed me a People magazine to start my day.

He knows me so well.

Seriously.

Who needs red roses or a box of chocolates when you have a cup of coffee….

….and all the latest Kardashian news. :)Continue reading


Hope Springs Eternal

Hope Springs Eternal

 

When you are a true junker or a yard-saler or an auction-goer or a shop-by-the-side-of-the-roader….

….hope springs eternal.

No matter how many broken dishwashers you find at the end of the yard sale rainbow.

No matter how many times you dig through boxes of junk at the auction and find nothing worth anything.

No matter how many times the “GIANT MULTI-FAMILY YARDSALE” sign lets you down.

You know that you know that you know….

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The Other 361 Days of the Year

The Other 361 Days of the Year

 

There are days when I’m amazing.

Truly.

Days when the birds chirp and the sun shines and angels are singing the hallelujah chorus on clouds that are dancing across the sky….

…. and mice are making dresses for me to go to the ball

Those are the days when I go all Dr. Seuss and tell myself that I have brains in my head and feet in my shoes and I can steer myself any direction I choose.

Those days are incredible.

And then there are the other 361 days of the year.Continue reading


Four Simple Handmade Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Four Simple Handmade Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

 

I know what you’re thinking.

If we were having coffee right now you would be rolling your eyes at me and saying…

Seriously.

Valentine’s Day is two days away.

Ain’t nobody got time to make a Valentine’s Day present.

I know….right?

That’s why these ideas are for next year’s Valentine’s Day.

Or Saint Patrick’s Day.

Or Ground Hog Day.

Or Go Fly a Kite Day.

Whichever you get around to first. :)Continue reading


10 Simple Decorating Ideas from the HGTV Dream Home

10 Simple Decorating Ideas from the HGTV Dream Home

 

 

Have you seen the 2015 HGTV Dream Home yet?

Seriously.

It’s located on Martha’s Vineyard right off of Cape Cod.

I’ve taken the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard from Wood’s Hole many times.  It’s quinnessential New England.

Yep.

Think gray shingled houses and weather vanes and beaches and shutters and adirondack chairs and jettys and everyone eating ice cream.

HGTV Dream Home Patio

It’s a place that’s warm and welcoming.

Where you want to kick off your shoes with the sand between your toes.

Where you can smell the salt air in the ocean breezes.

Where life is slower and coffee and a good book are your best friends.

HGTV Dream Home Kitchen Counters

This beautiful home incorporates the beach cottage style and warm and welcoming atmosphere to perfection.

Let’s take a tour together.

And here’s my top 10 favorite ideas from the HGTV Dream Home.

HGTV Dream Home Great Room Bookcases

 

1.  Paint the back of the bookcases dark gray

I’m not sure why I never thought of this before.

But it’s a brilliant idea.

Right next to the idea of using wood slices for texture in a book case.

HGTV Dream Home Molding

HGTV Dream Home Great Room chiar

2.  Molding is your friend

I’ve used bead board in my home.

But double bead board?

Why not add architectural interest with another bead board panel at the top?

Yes, please.

HGTV Dream Home Dining Room

3.  Rethink the seating arrangement

Who says the chairs have to match?

This table has two wooden chairs, two slip-covered chairs and a padded bench.

It’s kind of like some of the outfits at the Grammy’s last night.

A little random….but together it all works.

HGTV Dream Home Master Bedroom Sitting Area

HGTV Dream Home Master Bedroom Bed

4.  Large dressers as night stands

I always need storage.

I have tiny dressers next to the bed.

Why not full-size dressers?

And while we’re all at it….let’s add a pouf.

HGTV Dream Home Master Bathroom

HGTV Dream Home Master Bathroom Curtains on French Doors

5.  Add curtains to french doors

It’s hard to know how to decorate those french doors.

Here’s the solution.

Add panels on either side with a rod extending over the doorway.

HGTV Dream Home Master Bathroom Mirrors

6.  Smallest to largest

I’m never sure whether to put the largest or smallest one on top.

Here’s the answer.

Smallest to largest.

Especially if they have an incredible metal patina against all that crisp white background.

HGTV Dream Home Guest Bedroom

7.  Re-think the bedding

What about using one large pillow in front of the shams.

Especially if the pillow is orange.

Especially if it’s next to striped oars and an amazing metal anchor.

HGTV Dream Home Guest Bedroom Oars

8.  Clever window idea

Take simple white curtains and add ribbon to the sides

The ribbon on both sides is what makes the statement.

Kind of like color blocking for curtains.

HGTV Dream Home shower outdoor

HGTV Dream Home Outdoor Shower

9.  Rustic hardware

Most of us don’t really need an outdoor shower.

But that hardware?

Why not bring a little rustic to the laundry room or mudroom?

HGTV Dream Home Front Yard

And last….but definitely not least.

As amazing as this house is with its window boxes and working shutters and stone walkway and architectural details….

….and all of New England character….

….I would trade it all for this.

HGTV Dream Home Dog House

1.  The doghouse

Have you ever seen a doghouse like this?

Seriously.

What dog would ever leave this home?

Especially if it came with salt air and ocean breezes. :)

PS  All photos are credited to HGTV.