One Of the Most Brilliant Decisions I’ve Ever Made

One Of the Most Brilliant Decisions I’ve Ever Made

 
laundry room

About four years ago I made a brilliant decision.

Brilliant.

Amazingly, wonderfully, incredibly brilliant.

One of those decisions where you’re not really sure how or why you made it or even what inspired you, but you pat yourself on the back every day that you did.

A decision that literally changed the course of my life and added hours to my day and made me want to write a book to tell others about it and put it on a billboard surrounded by twinkling lights and take out an ad on page two of the New York Times.

The decision?

Teaching my children to do their own laundry.Continue reading


How to Decorate On Little More Than a Dime (and a Mulligan)

How to Decorate On Little More Than a Dime (and a Mulligan)

 

how to create farmhouse style

This weekend I spoke at the Country Living Fair.

It was wonderful and glorious and full of sunshine and things that rhymed with bintage and bibby and more inspiration than a person should be allowed to take in a day.

I talked on how to decorate for a little more than a dime (please note that the title was adjusted for inflation).

And it went well.

Except for the ending.

I….well….{gulp}….well….forgot it.

*sigh*

I know…right?  I had this perfectly planned ending and somewhere around slide seventeen I realized I was out of time and abruptly mumbled something like, “Here’s my back porch” and awkwardly pronounced that I was finished and asked for questions.

And left my incredible, inspirational, amazing ending hanging in space.

So I thought I could make it up to my ending today and ask for a mulligan.  A do-over.  I’m going to kind of re-create the talk and add what I should have said right after slide seventeen.

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What Is Farmhouse Style? (and a Giveaway)

What Is Farmhouse Style? (and a Giveaway)

 

  This giveaway is sponsored by Kirkland’s.

herbs and clock

I’m always talking about farmhouse style on the blog.

You probably noticed.

Maybe because I live in a farmhouse and was farmhouse and galvanized metal and fruit-pickers baskets and white farmhouse platters before they were ever in style.  Back when AquaNet hairspray and shoulder pads that look like they might belong in their own branch of the military were a thing.

To me farmhouse means home.

And kicking off your shoes.

And sweet tea.

And chalkboards and measuring cups and burlap curtains and old chippy signs from the side of the road and mismatched chairs.

That’s what farmhouse means to me.

But what about you?

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

Spring Decor

Whatever happened to food just being what it is?

Have you noticed that food is evolving?

What is going on?

Hamburgers are becoming tacos.

Cookies are becoming banana splits.

Chips are becoming dill pickles.

Tacos are becoming chicken sandwiches.

And chips are becoming dill pickles.

I miss the days when a cookie was just known for its chocolate chips. :)Continue reading


Five Tips to Get the Farmhouse Look

Five Tips to Get the Farmhouse Look

 
farmhouse look

We all have different ideas of fun.

Some people cook.

Some people read (awesome fun).

Some people run (maybe not so much fun).

Some people walk outside on a sunny day and listen to cows and watch birds in the sky and feel spring in the air (sounds like a movie kind of fun).

Me?

I take pictures of my house.

Just between us, I would rather take pictures of my house than meet Brad Pitt.  And that’s saying a lot.

Yesterday I had just gotten some fresh flowers for the house, so I pulled out my new lens and started snapping away.  Then I snapped and smiled and snapped and smiled and snapped some more. Here’s some pictures of the room with a different perspective and a few farmhouse decorating tips along the way.Continue reading


How About Them Apples?

How About Them Apples?

 
farmhouse kitchen organization

The other day I posted pictures of my kitchen.

The sun was shining and I got a new lens and I wanted to tell a story about freshy decorating, so I just picked up the camera and started snapping away.

I think I straightened a few things and folded the towels and did the dishes, but I didn’t really change much before I took these pictures.

That day was just me and my kitchen and some sunshine.Continue reading


The Day the Mattress Went Up the Stairs

The Day the Mattress Went Up the Stairs

 

This post was written in collaboration with Leesa Mattress.

farmhouse bedroom with color

A long time ago in a land far away we switched up all the rooms.

Some people went upstairs and some people went downstairs and I told you we were making over the rooms from boy rooms to girl rooms.

That was about a century ago.

At least that’s what my daughters tell me.

But we are working on the upstairs now and we are planning on mixing a little vintage with a little farmhouse.

Here’s the foundation for a room for one of the twins who wanted more of a farmhouse room.  She’s an old soul who loves Little House on the Prairie.

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The Day the Spoons Got Freshy

The Day the Spoons Got Freshy

 
farmhouse kitchen apples

When you write a blog and you style your kitchen with apples and random metal trays and there are wire cloches and stacks of plates and bird’s nests everywhere, it can be a little overwhelming sometimes.

I get it.

I understand.

The plates used to be in one place and now they are in a basket.  You reach for a cutting board and discover it has four new friends.  There are leather sleeves on the mason jars and the measuring cups are having a getting-ready-to-bake convention half-way across the room.

My husband has a name for this.

It’s called freshy decorating.Continue reading