Halloween Front Door Decor:  Spider Web Door Mat

Halloween Front Door Decor: Spider Web Door Mat


I always wanted to be a hand model.

You know….the ones in the magazines holding dishwashing detergent or nail polish or a silver spoon.  They look so elegant and graceful and look like they spend the entire day playing the piano.

Except my hands are stubby.

And short.

They are always covered in spray paint or paint splatters or glitter.

That’s it.  Maybe I could be a DIY hand model…..

……because I wear Mod Podge really well. :)

(total aside:  please tell me you have been at Wal-Mart waving your hands around over in aisle seven and realized pieces of glitter were still stuck on with glue.  Oh good….let’s be friends.)Continue reading

My Favorite Decorating Tip

My Favorite Decorating Tip


I started this blog with the lofty intention of perching on the steps of decorating Mount Olympus and handing out sage advice and pithy quips on decorating.

In my mind….I was going to be amazing.

At the time, I had a camera that came in a yellow disposable box and you threw it away after you used it.  The words white balance and manual focus and DSLR were not in my vocabulary.  So I hired a local photographer to come out to the house and take pictures of my Christmas decor.  I worked for weeks getting the house ready and composing witty decorating repartee’ for my big blog debut.

The pictures came back and I loaded them into the computer.

I was so excited.

I couldn’t wait to share my decorating knowledge with the world.  My hands practically danced for joy as they flew over the keyboard writing a lengthy dissertation on how to use neutrals in Christmas decorating.

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So You Might Have a Question?

So You Might Have a Question?


I wish I had a little taped promo for this post like they have on Saturday Night Live.  

Something kind of like this….  Reeeeder questionnnnnns.  Reeeeeeeder questionnnnnns. ReeEEEeeeEEEEr quuuuuuestions.

(so close but no cigar)

Maybe I just need choreography to go along with it. :)

Seriously….one of my favorite parts of writing a blog is the reader question.  Usually I e-mail an answer back…but today I thought I’d try something a little different and answer a reader question here on the blog in case any of you had a similar room dilemma.  So here goes. :)

A while back I got an e-mail from a reader that went a little something like this:

“I hope you can help me!  I’m really stuck when it comes to my master bedroom project.

We have an older ranch style home that we’ve been working on for years.  Recently we finished our small master bath, and it is time to move on to the master bedroom….but, I am stuck.  :(  The bathroom features octagonal white floor tiles, a white ruffled shower curtain, a galvanized barn light, a diy concrete countertop and touches of barn wood. The bedroom needs to flow from this room seamlessly.  I love farm house style, but I do not love shabby chic.  I love some cottage elements, but not to the extreme.  I love industrial, rustic, northwest, and french styles, but I can’t even pick a paint color!!  Currently, our room is a blank slate. When I think I have found a paint color, I back off and think I should go with BM Simply White.  (Our bed is made of a dark wood.)  I want a chandelier of some sort above the bed, but what style?  I love white bedding, but would also love to incorporate some gray.  I love layering and natural elements.  I have to work with what I’ve got, which unfortunately includes average height ceilings and beige carpeting, boo!
I dream of this decorating dilemma at night.  I need to make some sort of progress before I drive myself and my husband mad!  :)

Thank you so much!

Trina”Continue reading

The Best Kind of Motivation

The Best Kind of Motivation


Back when I first began my journey to get healthy…..

….I made a list.

I started it because I think I read in a motivation book somewhere that you if you fail to plan, you plan to fail and if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there and if you don’t stand for something…..

….you’ll fall for anything.

(total aside:  just between us….I think the last one is from a vintage country song).

Whatever.  You get the point….which is that sometimes a list of goals….all those hopes and dreams written down in black and white on the back of a coffee-stained envelope….can be a powerful motivator.

I never really told anyone about writing the list down.  I think I thought people might think it was silly or inconsequential or not even achievable.  And if I failed to plan or didn’t know where I was going or didn’t achieve anything….no one would know.  Then I placed in a drawer for months  and on a really tough day when Pringle’s cans were calling my name and Oreos were asking me to dance and visions of salsa and chips danced ’round my head….

….I would pull out the list and stare at it.

And sigh.

And set my chin up and my blinders on and straighten my shoulders and brush my teeth.

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Totally random thoughts on an official fall morning:

1.  Did you watch the first episode of Survivor?

If you did….please tell me what you think about the whole family v. family thing.

It literally made me cry.

2.  Don’t you think that your mother always ends up being right?

Mine gets smarter with every year.

3.  Is there a cut-off age for headbands?

I really want one that looks like this.

4.  Hallmark is already rolling out the Christmas movies.

My couch and cup of hot chocolate just told me that this….

….is the best television programming decision ever. :) Continue reading

Ten Minute Decorating Ideas:  Wood Block Fall Banner

Ten Minute Decorating Ideas: Wood Block Fall Banner


  Autumn Corrected Banner

Dear 10 minutes,

I am so glad you were well spent yesterday.

All 600 seconds of you.

Because I had a mantle without a banner and fall was in the air.


I was almost (this close) to pulling out the leg warmers from circa 1990 and adding lace to the top and going all Flashdance with my fall decorating.

Good thing I ran out of time. :) Continue reading

The Day I Was Amazing

The Day I Was Amazing


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If you are visiting from White Buffalo Styling or Charming in Charlotte on the Fall Home Tour….welcome!  

It’s nice to meet you.

If this is your first time to the blog…before we get started on the room tour….

….here’s just a few things about me you might need to know.

1.  I almost always…..even with jogging pants…..wear big earrings and red lipstick.

2.  I’ve had  a few fashion disasters.

3.  I tell stories.  Like how I’m the talk of the county when I’m supposed to be showing you my home tour.

4.  I like to talk and wave my hands around and I love neutrals and I live at the end of a winding country road in the middle of nowhere.


I’m 100% random…..

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Four Ideas For Inexpensive Halloween Door Decorations

Four Ideas For Inexpensive Halloween Door Decorations


Just in case you were wondering…..

….I’m not that into scary Halloween door decorations.

Like eyeballs in a punch bowl?  

Or things that pop up from coffins?

Or light-up skulls that talk?

No thanks.  I’ll pass.

I like my pumpkins smiling and my decorations noise and coffin free. :) Continue reading