Let the Sunshine In

Let the Sunshine In

 
family room pillow

This is my family room.

You might have met before.

I love every nook and cranny of this room.  I love the tufted ottoman and the two love seats and the pom pom pillows and the bookcases that we built in when we remodeled the room and the window seat and the light that dances across the almost 100 year old pine floors.

I love it all.

Except.

Except for the one thing I’ve never showed you before.  I am literally biting my lip and wrinkling my forehead with a look of apprehension on my face as I type this.

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Winter Decorating Idea:  DIY Drop Cloth Pom Pom Pillow

Winter Decorating Idea: DIY Drop Cloth Pom Pom Pillow

 
sewing machine project

Hello friends.

How’s coffee?

Meet my sewing machine.

My mother gave it to me when I graduated high school and she got it from a lady who had sewed for fifty years.

It doesn’t do anything fancy.  It doesn’t sew zigzag stitches or monograms or loop stitches.  It doesn’t let you set a pattern and walk away while it sews it.  It doesn’t double stitch or triple stitch or fancy stitch or have a help center you can connect to on the machine.

But what it does is so much more amazing.

It sews a straight line.

Year after year after year after year it sews straight line after straight line after straight line without ceasing.

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DIY Wood Spindle Tree

DIY Wood Spindle Tree

 
spindles

It’s official.

I am the Statue of Liberty for junk across this great land of ours.

Give me your tired.

Your worn.

Your broken and weary and shabby and under-appreciated and chippy and forlorn and forgotten and looking for a new chair seat.

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The Meow Heard Around the World

The Meow Heard Around the World

 
love you to the moon and back

When I was younger and thought about my older self, I always wondered what I’d be like and where I’d work and who my friends would be and if I would live in a mansion with gold faucets and a laundry chute from the second floor and wear leg warmers after I turned 30.

And then I would close my eyes and imagine my future family.

I hoped they’d be silly.

And crazy.

And funny.

I imagined a big, ramshackle, creative, zany family with lots and lots of kids and pets and laughter and an understanding husband….

….who never met a dad joke he didn’t like.Continue reading


Control + Z and Decorating With Hydrangea

Control + Z and Decorating With Hydrangea

 
Decorate With Hydrangea

Do you ever use the short-cut keys on your keyboard?

You know.

The control-whatever ones that save steps and time and make you feel like you’re a computer programmer.

Like control + B that makes everything bold.

Or control + I that makes everything italic.

Or control + U that underlines everything.

Or control + C for copy and control + V for paste and control + X for cut and control + K if you want to insert a hyperlink and control + home that goes to the beginning of the document and brings you back home.

Or my favorite of all favorites……

…..control + Z.Continue reading


Auditioning For Yards Gone Wild in Kentucky

Auditioning For Yards Gone Wild in Kentucky

 
Family_Room

This Monday on the Today show they published a segment on the happiest people in America.

I’m not really sure how they determined they were the happiest people or where they found them or what even made them happy.

I missed that part because I was brushing my teeth.

But at the end of the segment, I heard something that gave me pause.  Maria Shriver was talking to Hoda and Matt and she told them that all the happiest people in America had one thing in common.

I put down my toothbrush to listen.

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To All the Natural Fiber Rugs I’ve Loved Before

To All the Natural Fiber Rugs I’ve Loved Before

 

Front Foyer

 Last week I got a question about the rugs in my house and I realized two things.

1.  I’ve had these rugs for over five years.

2.  And like that awkward relative at the family reunion that you love, but you’re never sure why they have a lego collection….

….I never talk about them.

Until now.

Today is rug public service announcement day.

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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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