Easy Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas (and a Giveaway)

Easy Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas (and a Giveaway)

 
mantel decor

Yesterday was a good day.

A good good day.

Nothing out of the ordinary.  No fireworks or cartwheels in the front yard or ticker tape parade.  Just a whole lot of ordinarys that added up to spectacular.

I had a great hair day and found these black and white patterned pants from Old Navy that made me look skinny and went on a date with super yummy coffee and shopped and decorated for spring got these easy spring mantel decorating ideas ready for you and listened to all the middle school gossip and topped it all off with a basketball game where my son played like he was heading to the NBA and then talked to me all the way home over a McDonald’s chicken sandwich and fries.

And the snow melted and the sun shone.

And to celebrate and send a little joy your way, I thought I’d give away a $50 Amazon gift card to one of you.

Just because.

Just to make you smile.

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Five Decorating Mistakes I Wish I Hadn’t Made

Five Decorating Mistakes I Wish I Hadn’t Made

 
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Don’t get me wrong.

I love the farmhouse.  I love its quirks and its randomness like a door on a set of stairs from almost 100 years ago.

I love its fancy chandeliers and ceiling medallions and floor grates (thanks for all the floor grate love).

We’ve remodeled almost everything from top to bottom and while the house makes my heart beat faster, there’s still a few things I would ask for a do over on.

Because just like my mother said about stirrup pants and legwarmers.

It’s always a good idea to learn from your mistakes.Continue reading


Through the Years and The Evolution of a Porch

Through the Years and The Evolution of a Porch

 

the porch before

I’m pausing just a moment on this busy Monday morning with an ode to my porch:

Through the years

You’ve never let me down

You’ve turned my life around

The sweetest days I’ve found, I’ve found with you

Through the years

No one sings it like Kenny.

And this is the beginning of the porch’s journey.  The before before.  Before the black and white and Christmas trees and magnolias and neutrals.

This is where it all started.

This is where it began.

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Fall Home Tour 2015

Fall Home Tour 2015

I am so excited and honored to be part of Finding Home Farm’s fall tour today.

If you are stopping by from Jones Design Company, welcome.  

So nice to meet you.

Enjoy the tour.

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Have you ever had a day where your  to-do list stretches around the block?

You try and get it all done.

Truly.

You try and try and try and try, but for every item that you check off, you add two more.

And somewhere…..in the middle of all that trying…..

….you have a brilliant idea. :)Continue reading


Decorating With Vintage Finds

Decorating With Vintage Finds

 
vintage finds

Do you have any idea what this is?

You probably guessed right away when you saw it because you are smart like that.  I, on the other hand, had no idea.

I just knew I needed it.

Numbers.  Check.

Typography.  Check.  

A little bit of history and rust and character and I’m sure a lifetime of stories to tell.

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Ch Ch Ch Changes

Ch Ch Ch Changes

 
Painting Projects

Good morning sunshine.

Top of the morning to you.

I’m in the beautiful football loving state of Alabama today working on a historic show house and DIYing it all day today.  We are building a kitchen island and making a headboard out of a door and picture frames out of molding and I’m picking out furniture and incorporating it with a selection of antiques from the original owners and measuring and dreaming and planning and decorating.

And drinking coffee.

Lots and lots of coffee.

If you want to follow along with my adventures today, you can find me on Instagram and Periscope (it’s an app for your phone and my name is @ThistlewoodFarm).Continue reading


Same Song Second Verse

Same Song Second Verse

 

Farmhouse Kitchen Desk

One of these days I’m going to write a stream of consciousness post.

Remember those from high school literature junior year?

The author of the piece would just write down whatever they were thinking.  It was kind of like chasing rabbits with a literary accent.  Sometimes it made sense and sometimes it didn’t.  At the time I thought it was ridiculous.

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To All the Rooms I’ve Loved Before

To All the Rooms I’ve Loved Before

 

monogrammed chair covers

I did it.

Sometimes I’m a big talker.

I talk and dream and hope and sigh and plan….

….and end up just watch Downton Abbey.

Not this time.  Well, of course I watched Downton Abbey….I wanted to find out what happened with Mary’s scandalous trip across Europe and what quips the Dowager Countess of Grantham would say to make me laugh out loud.  But before that I finished the big room change-up.

And today I have pictures.

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