thistlewood peppers

Look what showed up on my doorstep this week.

The last peppers of the season.

I think I ranked them in order of least hottest to hottest.

Jalepenos (I could eat these like a cucumber).

Cayenne (a little goes a long way).

Habanero (never tried it, but I’ve heard proceed with caution).

If you have any great pepper tips….I’d love to hear them.  Especially if they are HOT off the presses. :)Continue reading

Back to School Office Organization (and a Little Before and After)

Back to School Office Organization (and a Little Before and After)


This post was written in collaboration with Birch Lane.

office basket

metal handled basket

In not-organization news I spent a not-productive Sunday watching an entire marathon of Flea Market Flip.

Have you ever seen that show?

It features two teams of two people who meet at a flea market and are given a certain amount of money and an hour and three categories of projects to create and they have to shop the market and buy loads of sad, neglected parts of this and that and turn it into something amazing.  Then then the next day they bring their treasures back to the market and try to sell them and whoever makes the most profit wins $5000.

I know all of this because I spent hours yesterday watching the show.

I couldn’t help it.

As soon as I saw the teams I would start rooting for one of them and when I saw what they bought I had to see what they turned it into and then I had to see who won.  And I kept thinking that this was going to be the last show and that any minute an episode of House Hunters was about to be on.

Good thing I got all organized before the whole Flip Market Flip debaucle.

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Decorating the Back Porch

In the super exciting news department….

….the dog pooped outside this morning.

I sat close to this chair and applauded him all the way.

He looked at me and circled once.

I stood in my pajamas and cheered loudly in encouragement.

He circled again.

I danced around like a solid gold dancer.

He circled one more time, got ready and then the heavens opened up and the angels sang the hallelujah chorus and sprinkles fell from the sky.

Houston, we have completed our mission. :)Continue reading

Before and After At the Inn

Before and After At the Inn


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I love a really good before and after.

Nothing better.


I could wrap myself up in them and head out on the town with a diet coke.

It’s what keeps me watching the Hallmark channel for hours on end and clicking on any link on Facebook that says something like, “you won’t BELIEVE what this house looks like now” and reading design magazine after design magazine.

And wait until you see the before and after I have for you today.

“You won’t BELIEVE what my friend Cynthia’s Inn looks like now”….to see it just click here.

PS  Thanks for the idea, Facebook. :)Continue reading

The Kitchen:  How to Add Architectural Detail to Your Home

The Kitchen: How to Add Architectural Detail to Your Home


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 Hello rock star.

If you are visiting from White Buffalo Styling Company on the favorite room home tour….my kitchen and I are happy you are here. :)

When we first bought the farmhouse….the kitchen looked absolutely nothing like the picture above.  There were no moldings or khaki walls or faux transom windows or white cabinets…..and the antique pine flooring was buried under four layers of indoor/outdoor carpet and linoleum.

The before needed a makeover.

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How I Transformed This Dresser and a Giant Favor

How I Transformed This Dresser and a Giant Favor


Four days, five hours and thirty-six minutes ago…..

…..I left the Better Homes and Gardens headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

It was the trip of a lifetime for a girl who lives in the middle of nowhere and drives an hour an a half to shop at Target.

I will never forget a single minute of it.

And the giantest of thank yous to you and your votes that sent me.

This was it.

This was the final round of the make-over madness competition.

102227716 The challenge?

To transform this IKEA dresser into something amazing.

And with a little paint….new knobs….some washers from the home improvement store….a few pieces of wood and glue….Continue reading

Before and After Home Office

Before and After Home Office



Today I am tired.

A wonderful, incredible joyful tired… that comes from a happy heart.

The office at the gatehouse is finally finished.


You understand….right?

Are you ever really finished?

Isn’t there always another project or a yard sale find or a paint treatment or a new fabric or a little trash to treasure….

….just around the corner?

But for today….just for this glorious, wonderful, incredible day… tired, fulfilled, joyous self and I ….

…..we are done. :)Continue reading

Before and After Living Room

Before and After Living Room



I left a little of my heart in North Carolina.


Have you ever been there?

It was a week full of majestic mountains and rolling hills covered with brilliant colored trees and streams of sunlight dancing across the horizon and cool crisp air that smelled like fall…..

….and a decorating challenge.

La-z-boy hosted a group of bloggers and invited them to create a room inspired by a sofa they created.

I designed a neutral sofa (are you surprised) with classic lines and silver nail head trim.  Then I selected SW Mindful Gray for the walls and when I started… room looked like this…..Continue reading