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.

fall home tour thistlewood

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

You try and get it all done.


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

A Tour of A House Decorated With Sunshine

A Tour of A House Decorated With Sunshine


Lucy's House Living Room

Lucy's House Planter

Last week on my way down to work on the show house in Alabama, I stopped at my friend Lucy’s for lunch.

I acted like I was stopping for the chicken salad and coleslaw, but just between us….

…I really came because I wanted to see this ceiling and those beams and these succulents in an old vintage container and that random glass sculpture on that table that looks like it was made by some pilgrims and hauled over on the Mayflower.

And I wanted to see those corbels.

I always brake for corbels.Continue reading

Three Different Ideas for Decorating a Hutch for Fall

Three Different Ideas for Decorating a Hutch for Fall

dining room painted hutch

Remember this hutch?

Remember how I painted it white and then wasn’t sure because it looked too white.

Please refer to picture above.

There is a whole LOT of white going on around up in here.

So I asked for some advice from all of you.  And you gave it to me.  Wonderful, glorious, amazing advice.  I’d read each comment and think to myself that’s what the hutch needs.  And I’d run to the hutch and tell it that it was going to have a back covered in burlap (brilliant) or the back painted in a light stripe (insightful) or add dishes with some color (love that look) or a back wall covered with scrap book paper.

And so I thought I’d start our hutch adventure with piece of advice number 91….

….add some color for the holidays.

So I partnered with Kirkland’s to decorate all that neutral with a little color.  And because life is about choices so I wanted to try it three different ways to see which one we all liked best.

Time to “branch” out a little.

Total pun intended.Continue reading

My Favorite Song

My Favorite Song


Note card Song

I woke up early this morning after getting in from Alabama at dark thirty and clutched the cup of coffee that someone was waving under my nose….

….and thought of all of  you.

I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime in the last three days.

Kind of like a contestant on The Amazing Race where they visit four countries and have to ride in a wheelbarrow while stacking peppers and learn a dance and repeat it three times wearing clogs and construct an entire rowboat and then sail it across the river and eat a plate full of delicacies in under four minutes.

Just like that.

Except I ate alligator.

And it tasted just like chicken.

I toured Lucy’s house (and I have pictures).  I worked on a show house and helped build a kitchen island and make chalkboards out of transoms and planned out the design of three rooms.  I had dinner with Ashley and I of course I have stories.

And I can’t wait to share it all with you next week.

But for today my coffee and I are going to rest and watch a Fixer Upper Marathon and share with you one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.Continue reading

In Breaking News

In Breaking News

white painted hutch

In super, exciting breaking news….

….we painted the hutch in the dining room white.

I couldn’t wait until it was finished.

In my mind it was going to be an amazing project.

You know.

The whole-see-it-be-inspired-dream-about-it-think-about-it-have-to-have-it-done-asap kind of project.

The kind of project you imagine and you just know it’s going to be perfect and you can see it finished before you ever even start.  I just knew I was going to walk by the dining room and see the hutch  painted white and sigh and look at the white dishes against my white hutch and all that beautiful neutral against the dark walls was going to make my heart sing.

Instead I think I changed keys somewhere midway through the second verse.Continue reading

Extra Giggles Included

Extra Giggles Included

planter window

I love writing this blog.

I love putting words on a page and connecting and sharing my heart and reading your comments and sometimes laughing and sometimes crying and sometimes sighing.

Why do I feel like I just wrote a vintage country song?

Hello Kenny Rodgers.

But sometimes I wish I could leap through the blog and clink my coffee glass with you or create a project together and you could hear me giggle or see me roll my eyes at myself (which may or may not happen all the time).

And now I think I might have kind of found a way.Continue reading

How To Combine Two Smaller Rugs to Make One Larger One

How To Combine Two Smaller Rugs to Make One Larger One

dining room blue and white after

Remember this room?

Remember the before and the blue and white and that amazing fabric on the chairs and the perfect chandelier and the antique side table with the lamps and how I spent 24 of the 48 hours I had to decorate it searching high and low for the perfect rug and realizing that I sound just like my mother.

Finding the perfect rug for a room is a full time job.

For me, knowing what I want is the easy part.

Most of the time when I look at a space I can see the rug in the room in my mind.

It’s right there.

Right in front of me.

I just can’t ever seem to find it.Continue reading

Life Lessons From a House

Life Lessons From a House


Container Garden Tips

I know I’ve mentioned this before…..

….but I wake up my house.

Some people might think it’s silly or random or a little odd, and I totally get that.

But it’s kind of my thing.

You see….we are best friends…..my house and I.

In the morning when the sun is peeking its sleepy head around the corner and shining through the vintage panes of the windows and the house is quiet and no one is awake yet to ask where the Captain Crunch is ….

….we have a heart to heart.

And yesterday was no exception. Continue reading