What I Want My House to Look Like When It Grows Up

What I Want My House to Look Like When It Grows Up

 

Dining Room Centerpiece

About once a month I travel down I-24 to Nashville to appear on Talk of the Town in Nashville on Channel 5, demonstrating a craft or DIY.

It’s usually a live segment and I spend about 45 minutes getting ready and applying red lipstick and laying out the supplies and the steps and trying not to go all I Love Lucy with the project (sometimes not successfully).

We usually spend between three and five minutes on camera.

And then it’s done.

And I wave good-bye and go to Target.

We don’t have Targets where I live, so I think I’m big time at the Dollar Spot.

But this month was different.  This month my husband and I went to lunch with Meryll and her husband, Dan, and then drove back to her house for an afternoon of flower arranging and laughter and story telling.

And when I saw her house, I had a come-apart.

Come-apart is a something we say in Kentucky meaning overcome with joy and excitement, often producing a euphoria and complete lack of speech.

I couldn’t help it.

Truly.

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Ladies Meet My Spring

Ladies Meet My Spring

 
tulips flowers

There comes a day when I have to break up with winter.

It’s usually somewhere around the middle of February when the snow days have lost their luster and the gray skies don’t look like they are ever going to cheer up and all the leafless trees look like they are auditioning for a part in an Alfred Hitchcock film.

Enough already.

That’s when I tell winter he was a super cute date for the holidays and I really like mistletoe and carols and sleigh rides and he was totally hot when he showed up wearing all that white.

But now?

I’m over it.

There’s a new special someone in my life.

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A Giant Sale:  20% Everything and FREE Shipping

A Giant Sale: 20% Everything and FREE Shipping

 
dough bowl pinecones

Can we please interrupt this sale for just a moment?

Please tell me you watched Downton Abbey last night.

That wedding.

Two people who have loved each other for so long in such a sweet way without letting the other know finally stand at an altar and pledge their troth.

And the church.

And her coat.

And that schoolhouse reception with the perfect place settings and banners and tiny cakes and the surprise guest.

And the first kiss.

I can’t even.

And now back to our regularly scheduled sale. :)Continue reading


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)

dressing

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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


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.

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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.

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