It All Started With A Can of Paint

It All Started With A Can of Paint

 

Several months ago I was contacted by Sherwin-Williams to participate in National Painting Week 2016.

If you’ve followed along with the blog, you’ve seen other rooms I’ve created for them.

Like this one.

Or this one.

Or this one.

But this time Sherwin-Williams wanted to try something different.  Something bigger.  Something better.  Something much more amazing than a simple room makeover.

They wanted me to make over a space in my community.

A space with a view just like this.Continue reading


How to Fix Sagging Couch Cushions

How to Fix Sagging Couch Cushions

 

A while ago I wrote a post entitled “Five Decorating Mistakes I Wish I Hadn’t Made.”

The #2 mistake on the list was that I wish I had purchased sofas with removable back cushions instead of cushions that are attached.

Why?

Because cushions that are attached to the back of the sofa sag.

Sag and sag and saaaaaaaaggggggg.

Sag like the Suntan pantyhose my mother used to make me wear in seventh grade.

They don’t tell you about the sagging at the store and you don’t even notice it until you’ve had the sofas about a month and you go to fluff the back cushions and realize saggy cushions are now a thing in your living room.

Until now.

This is the best tip I never thought of.

A reader sent it to me and I thanked her and told her she was brilliant and sent her seventy-two exclamation points and then decided to share it with all of you.

Here’s how to fix sagging couch cushions in the easiest, simplest way you can imagine.Continue reading


The Imagination Room Makeover

The Imagination Room Makeover

 

If you drove by last Tuesday and caught a glimpse of a cartwheel through the windows.

That was me.

Just an ordinary day in an ordinary farmhouse with an ordinary girl in red lipstick and yoga pants with paint on them getting ready for another room make-over.

I’m partnering with Frog Tape to think outside the box and completely make over a room from top to bottom.

And just between us?

I think this is my favorite make-over I’ve ever done before.

So let’s go all Julie Andrews and start at the very beginning.

Because it’s a very good place to start. :)Continue reading


English Inspired Stone Paver Patio Makeover With Wayfair

English Inspired Stone Paver Patio Makeover With Wayfair

 

When Wayfair contacted me and asked if I was interested in partnering with them on an outdoor space, first I said yes.

Then I decided to go all Downton Abbey and create an English inspired stone paver patio.

Kind of like the Earl of Grantham meets a farmhouse meets concrete pavers from the home improvement store meets the back meadow.

It’s a little bit country and a little bit English manor house.

With extra manor.Continue reading


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

I drifted off to sleep last night with visions of yardsaling in my head.

You know.

The kind where you follow the signs that say BIG MULTI-FAMILY yard sale and you show up and they have an entire stash of milk glass sitting on a card table without price tags.

You try to turn away and avert  your eyes and tell yourself you have shelves full of milk glass at home and that you told yourself last yardsaling day that there was a moratorium on milk glass purchases.  You stroll around looking at old Christmas lights and wondering if they would look cute on the pergola and find some plastic urns you could spray paint and try to decide if you need sunglasses that have a pink flowers that sparkle on top of them.

And then in a burst of curiosity you ask how much the milk glass is.

Not that you’re going to buy it.

There’s a moratorium going on after all.

And the lady shrugs and looks confused as if she has no idea what milk glass is and tells you an aunt gave it to her and she has way too much of it and would $1.00 a piece be too much?  And right then and there something comes over you and you find yourself driving away with boxes of $1 milk glass in the back seat laughing all the way to your butler’s pantry.

But now it’s morning and it’s raining.

I’ll have to save my $1 for another day. :)Continue reading


As the Window Turns

As the Window Turns

 

This post is written in collaboration with Window World.

Welcome to “As the Window Turns.”

It’s another exciting episode.

To catch you up to speed, you can read all about where we started here.

Here’s the second chapter about eight mistakes not to make when buying windows.

And in today’s installment, I went all old school and visited the local window store.Continue reading


5 Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

5 Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 

There are a lot of exciting things going on here at Thistlewood behind the scenes.

Things I could have never imagined if I had an imagination machine and dreamed for centuries.

Things that if I told you about we would hula hoop on the lawn together while drinking sweet tea and singing “We are the Champions.”

And as exciting and amazing and wonderful and incredible all of that is….

….I want to make you a promise.

This blog isn’t going to change.

I’m not going anywhere.

I’m still going to be here with my bobby pins and my red lipstick and my farmhouse and my mis-adventures and my stories.

And we’ll still have coffee together and laugh and talk and tell each other we are rock stars.

I’m not sure why I felt like I needed to tell you that today, except I was talking with my mother about some amazing opportunities coming in the next few months and she smiled and told me that it sounded wonderful and then reminded me of the importance of the blog.

And all of you.

And you know she’s always right. :)

So to celebrate mothers who are always right everywhere….

….here’s a few handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day.Continue reading


One Of the Most Brilliant Decisions I’ve Ever Made

One Of the Most Brilliant Decisions I’ve Ever Made

 

About four years ago I made a brilliant decision.

Brilliant.

Amazingly, wonderfully, incredibly brilliant.

One of those decisions where you’re not really sure how or why you made it or even what inspired you, but you pat yourself on the back every day that you did.

A decision that literally changed the course of my life and added hours to my day and made me want to write a book to tell others about it and put it on a billboard surrounded by twinkling lights and take out an ad on page two of the New York Times.

The decision?

Teaching my children to do their own laundry.Continue reading