Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas


Hello friends!  Welcome to the Thanksgiving table idea factory.  You can see all the Thanksgiving tables starting at Bre’s.  If you are visiting from French Country Cottage,  I’m so happy to meet you.   Now let’s get the table tour started.

centerpiece for Thanksgiving

I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year.

That involves a whole lot of me decorating and a whole lot of someone else cooking.

Here’s what’s on our menu in case you are in Kentucky and make the wrong turn and the Min-it Mart and want to stop by.

turkey (obvi)


corn casserole

broccoli with cheese sauce

cranberry sauce

cranberry bread

homemade biscuits

mashed potatoes

and homemade apple pie and pumpkin pie for dessert

Yes, please.

And while everyone else is working in the kitchen, you and I can pull up a chair to this table and grab a cup of coffee and talk decorating.  I don’t really know my way around a pan of stuffing, but I can chat up centerpieces every day of the week.

I’ll start the conversation with seven random facts about this Thanksgiving table.Continue reading

The Tour of the House That Photographed Itself

The Tour of the House That Photographed Itself

pumpkin display outdoor

This is the story of the house that photographed itself.

A house so unique.

So creatively built and decorated.

So full of one-of-a kind ideas and beautiful  light fixtures and furniture with a story and hand-painted curtains and chalkboard barn doors and ceilings that take your breathe away….

….that I really had almost nothing to do with these pictures.

I simply put the camera on a tri-pod and clicked.

The house did all the rest.Continue reading

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… 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