Beach Inspired Bedroom Decor

Beach Inspired Bedroom Decor

 

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I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to tell you.

Okay….maybe I just waited a little bit…..

….but it seemed like forever. :)

I’m so excited because in three weeks I’m starting to renovate a bedroom at a beach house at the entrance to Cape Cod.

I know…..triple exciting with extra whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles on top…..right?

I mean….after all the farmhouse is totally ready for summer…..

…..and I needed a new project.

And what is better than bringing the salt and sand and sun and ocean breezes inside….

…and decorating a beach inspired bedroom.

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Summer Home Tour

Summer Home Tour

Today it’s the Summer Home Tour 2014 hosted by The Shabby Creek Cottage.

If you are stopping by from At the Picket Fence….nice to meet you!  

Let’s get this party started. :)

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The other night I parked the car and walked up this sidewalk.

The stars were twinkling in the clear night sky to an entire chorus of crickets chirping in time….

….and with every step the smell of honeysuckle surrounded me.

And I closed my eyes just for a moment and smiled.

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And thought to myself…..hello summer…..

…..nice to meet you.

*sigh*

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The Language of the Flowers

The Language of the Flowers

 

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When I was younger I read the book “Where the Sidewalk Ends” from cover to cover.

Do you remember that book?

I think my parents rolled their eyes when I read the poem about Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who would not take the garbage out.

But I didn’t care.

Shel Silverstein was my hero.

He was funny and irreverent and made eating a whale and collecting junk and a crocodile toothache into poems that danced off the pages of a book.

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Bookcase Dresser

Bookcase Dresser

 

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Okay….so I have some good news and some bad news.

Bad news first….

…..the dresser didn’t win.

It tried.

Truly.

It really did.

It painted itself the most beautiful shade of coral and added amazing knobs and a bookcase on the side and transformed itself with washers from the home improvement store….

…..and it will always, always, always be a winner to me. :)

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How to Decorate With Color:  HGTV Smart Home

How to Decorate With Color: HGTV Smart Home

 

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This week I spent an afternoon at the HGTV Smart House.

And I’m still dreaming about it.

During my tour…..I learned several things….

…..the least of which is that the house is truly smarter than I could ever hope to be.

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There were remote control showers and remote control toilets and blinds that could be programmed to let themselves down and a dog door that opened up all by itself to let the dog out.

Seriously.

You can click here if you want to hear all about how smart it is.

But…..really….can we talk about the decorating?

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The Fabric That Calls My Name

The Fabric That Calls My Name

 

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If you had to guess….

….what decorating question do you think I get asked the most?

Where I got my smocked burlap curtains?

Close.

How does the house stay so clean with four children, two dogs, two cats, rabbits, deer and a tortoise named Fred?

Ummmm….even closer…..but not quite.

It is…however….a great question with an easy answer……

….Photoshop. :) Continue reading


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Trash to Treasure:  Almost Spring Door Decorating

Trash to Treasure: Almost Spring Door Decorating

 

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The other day I went looking for spring flowers to decorate the front door with.

It looked kind of empty….

….after I took the Christmas wreath off it. :)

I looked everywhere….from home improvement stores to local nursery’s.

Nothing.

Zilch.

Nada.

Nothing to decorate a spring front door with.

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The Top Ten Greatest Hits of a Marquee Letter

The Top Ten Greatest Hits of a Marquee Letter

 
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the story of the almost Mayflower table

Last year our high school got a new marquee sign for the entrance.

It’s beautiful.

It’s electronic and fancy and blinks all the time and has graphics and dancing birds and the time and the temperature….

…..and announces everything you wanted to know and more.

But that is not even the best part.

The best part of the story is that when the new electronic marquee sign showed up in town….the old marquee and all its letters immediately became persona non-grata.

And Greta the vinyl maker who also happens to be Greta the marquee letter and number seller….

….called me and asked me if I wanted to buy a few of them.

Why….yes Greta.

As a matter of fact….

….yes I would.  :)Continue reading


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