How Much Wood You Care?

How Much Wood You Care?

 
farmhouse kitchen organization

When we bought the house the kitchen didn’t look like this.

Not even close.

There was blue bird wallpaper and dark cabinets and a reproduction stove attached to the chimney with a pipe and a wall where the opening over the sink is.

And the floors were a honey colored laminate flooring.

No worries.

I had a vision and a design and a purpose….

….and I was married to a pair of twinkling eyes with really big muscles.Continue reading


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
pergola project

Yesterday we spent all day at a basketball tournament.

I know you are thinking that it’s baseball season.

But we live in Kentucky.

At the end of a day of dribbling and passing and bouncing and shooting and running and lay-uping….

….we landed here.

Sitting around a fire laughing and talking and sharing and planning and hoping and dreaming and listening to crickets chirp under the stars.

It made me so happy that on that long ago day when our knees shook and our hearts trembled and we were so scared….

….that we jumped.Continue reading


Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover With Faux Brick Wall

Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover With Faux Brick Wall

 

farmhouse kitchen project

Several years ago I created a room for La-Z-boy.  You can see it here.

I still get asked questions about it and its faux brick wall.

I actually have been wanting to recreate the look from that room in the gatehouse kitchen for a while now, but I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to do it.

Until Walls Need Love approached me and asked me to design a room for them and I found this.

Seriously.

Amazing.

It’s kind of like the brick wall in my kitchen.

Except a little prettier.

Here’s the entire gatehouse kitchen make-over from all angles and all sides with a little bit of farmhouse and a whole lot of brick. Continue reading


What Real Life Looks Like House Tour

What Real Life Looks Like House Tour

 
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I remember reading an article about a model who threw up her hands and told the world she was sick of perfection and photo shopping and in protest posted pictures of herself without any photo retouching.

She showed her wrinkles and her moles and all her flaws.

And I read the article and looked at the pictures and thought to myself….

….there’s something wonderful about imperfection.

And it got me thinking about our house.

And how I’m always showing you the finished and the styled and rooms without a hair out of place and you might be drinking coffee and rolling your eyes and wondering where my television set is.

Truth.

Houses were meant for living.

So yesterday, I walked through the house and took pictures to show our house in real life.  I left everything where it was and photographed the imperfection, the during, the living, the orange juice and the hairy dog brush.

Here’s a little bit of what real life looks like at the farmhouse.Continue reading


Industrial Farmhouse Cutting Board DIY (and a Brilliant Idea)

Industrial Farmhouse Cutting Board DIY (and a Brilliant Idea)

 
industrial farmhouse cutting board

Have you ever worked on a project before and you couldn’t exactly figure it out?

I mean…..you knew it had potential.

You knew it was almost there.

You knew it could be amazing.

But no mater how hard you tried and worked and adjusted and twisted and turned, you just couldn’t exactly figure it out.

And so you pressed paused and thought for 12 minutes….

…and all of a sudden life handed you a brilliant idea.

Oh good.

Me, too. :)Continue reading


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.

Wait until you see her house.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


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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Someone once told me that one of the secrets to eating healthy is preparing ahead.

So I thought I would try it.

We had a basketball game last night and I knew I would want popcorn.  To me, basketball and popcorn go together like peanut butter and jelly and thunder and lightening and bread and butter.

And leg warmers and Aqua Net hairspray.

Popcorn isn’t really on the healthy list they way they make it at the ballgame.

So prepared ahead and brought a bag of broccoli instead.

I thought I could crunch it and pretend like it was popcorn.

Umm.

Not so much. :)Continue reading