How to Fill A Giant Blank Wall After a Basketball Game

How to Fill A Giant Blank Wall After a Basketball Game


chalkboard wall

I’m not sure how or why or when March showed up.

But it did.  

And it brought with it daylight savings time and the promise of sunshine and the hope that the grass might one day actually be green and much-anticipated company to the gatehouse.  My brother formerly of the boxes that look like people and currently of the pallet letters is about to be in the house.

And so I did what any about-to-be-visited sister would do…..

…..and made a giant chalkboard.Continue reading

How to Transform a Builder’s Door

How to Transform a Builder’s Door


how to transform a builder's door

Sometimes I send my husband sweet e-mails at work.

Full of encouragement and hearts and hands clapping a smiley faces.

And sometimes I get a conversation that starts like this:

Him:  “Why did you send me an e-mail that ended with a chin?”

Me:  (dumbfounded) “What?  A chin? I sent you a smiley face.”

Him:  “I know.  I saw that.  But the smiley face had a chin.”

Me:  (starting blankly)

Him:  (helpfully drawing it out on a piece of paper) “It looked like this.”

I laughed out loud.

I couldn’t help it.

Me:  (after I finally stopped laughing) “That’s a heart.”

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

And now….here’s how my heart and I transformed a builder’s door from ordinary to extraordinary.Continue reading

Yes, KariAnne, There is a Pottery Barn

Yes, KariAnne, There is a Pottery Barn



If you live in a small town where everyone knows your name and your business and your monogram and how many wreaths you use to decorate the front door of a gatehouse….

…this story is for you.

When we first moved to the country and bought the farmhouse. everyone immediately made that farmhouse their business.

They would drive by the house slowly and stare, just to make sure they didn’t miss anything.  They’d look at the trails of wallpaper scraps and the new porch and the new front door and the old kitchen cabinets on the lawn and the piles of lumber from all the parts of walls we took down….

….and talk about it over dinner.

And when I went to a party or baseball game or the gas station or the school….someone would inevitably stop me and the question would always be the same.

“What are y’all doing to that farmhouse?”Continue reading

How to Make a Peg Board Box

How to Make a Peg Board Box



Every time I wrap a present I spend more time gathering up all the supplies and trying to remember to put them all back where they belong…..

….than time spent actually wrapping the gift.

I track down the scissors and the ribbon and the bags and the card and the tape and cart it to the table.

Then I wrap the gift and run out the door.

Because I’m late.



And in my rush I never return anything where it belongs and the supplies scatter to the four corners of the earth…..never to be found again.

Until now.

All the wrapping supplies have finally found a home.

Here’s how to make a peg board box and a gift wrapping station.Continue reading

How to Paint a Monogram

How to Paint a Monogram



Can we still be friends if I tell you I painted my chair?

I couldn’t help it.

Blame it on the paint brush.

This is my office at the gatehouse and this is exactly what you see when you walk in the front door and look to the left.

I love these desk chairs.

I bought them at a junk store and had them recovered and added padding and nail-head trim and gray and white striped fabric and they looked perfect….


Except they needed some red lipstick…..

….bright pink to be exact. :)Continue reading

Painted Wall Treatment Idea (on a budget)

Painted Wall Treatment Idea (on a budget)



This is the story of a blank wall.

I know.

I’m with you.

I can’t believe there was one left in the house.

This particular blank wall was behind the hutch in the dining room at the gatehouse.  It was white (which made me happy because it was so bright) and empty (which made me sad because it was not really living up to its potential).

Until now.Continue reading

Friendship and Wooden Arrows

Friendship and Wooden Arrows



The only thing better than having one of the funniest, most creative, talented friends on the planet….

….is having a hilarious, amazing genius of a friend who has written a book on how to make stuff.

All kinds of stuff.

Like stuff for your walls.

Like picture frames and mirrors and signs….

….and these wooden arrows I made for the new chalkboard wall at the gatehouse.Continue reading

Christmas at the Gatehouse

Christmas at the Gatehouse

Disclosure: I was compensated by eBay and Style Coalition for this post. But all Collections and general opinions are 100% mine.


Did you take the tour of the gatehouse yesterday?

Color….color….wonderful color and more.

I was actually a little nervous about going so bold.  It’s a lot of color for a neutral loving girl.

But I couldn’t help myself this year….because over at the Gatehouse….

…..I let my heart do the decorating.Continue reading