The Best Part of Waking Up

The Best Part of Waking Up

 
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Can I be totally corny and a little Hallmark….

….just for a moment.

I can’t help it.

This morning I had a revelation that is really not even much of a revelation….more like totally stating the obvious….but it was something that was so brilliant in its simplicity and even a little life changing….

….that I had to share.Continue reading


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Before and During

Before and During

 

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Last year was all about the befores….

…and the afters.

I decorated one room three different ways.

Totally fun.

I decorated a gatehouse.

Totally worth it.

And each time…..I would finish the project and post it on the blog with a before picture taken in terrible light with a bunch of nonsense sitting around and then post a sparkly, shiny after picture with everything in its place.

But now….I’m thinking…..

……befores and afters are so 2013.

Seriously.

I mean….aren’t there times when you want to know how it was done and what I was thinking…..and sometimes what was I thinking?

Me too.

So welcome to 2014…..

……the year of the “durings”.Continue reading


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$5 Custom Curtain Rod

$5 Custom Curtain Rod

 

Tulips Master Bedroom

One of our first apartments had brick walls.

Doesn’t that sound romantic?  And rustic?  And historic?

It wasn’t.

These weren’t the brick walls you see in the Pottery Barn catalog…..these brick walls looked like they had been constructed by the people who built the Brady Bunch house.  They were orange and flat with cracks and dark gray mortar.

Yikes.

And we were young and clueless and almost penniless and renting……and we couldn’t nail a single nail into that brick without facing the wrath of Mr. Brady and Alice.

Decorating an apartment with non-nailable walls seemed like an insurmountable challenge.

I almost gave up.Continue reading


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Painted Plywood Sub-Floor

Painted Plywood Sub-Floor


Master Bedroom

I think the first time you ever met the master bedroom it looked liked this.

Now….I love this room.

Truly.

But have you ever wondered what was under that rug?

You didn’t?

Oh….my bad.  Well….ummm….I have a whole page of other projects to show you.

But just in case you were curious…..wait until you see this.Continue reading


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Can We Home Talk?

Can We Home Talk?

Master Bedroom

 

Some people talk to their plants.  Some people talk to their pets.  Some people even talk to themselves.

Not me.

I talk to my house.Continue reading


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Spring Mantel

Spring Mantel

In my head, I always categorize my projects by punctuation.Continue reading


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Five Amazing Things About This Picture

Five Amazing Things About This Picture

Five Amazing Things About This Picture

 

(1)  It is amazing that it only took me 23 shots.

To realize that my head was in the mirror in each…and…every….one….of…them.

*sigh*

And while I was having a really good hair day and my red lipstick was visible from space….my intent was not to draw attention to myself with random fuzzy mirror shots.

You see, I guess I forgot to tell myself that I was scheduling the random fuzzy mirror shot tutorial for next week.  Where I planned to discuss in great detail how to photograph yourself in a mirror and not end up looking like a cross between Annie Leibovitz and Flo from the Progressive insurance commercial.

 

 

(2)  Amazing…these peonies are.

Cut fresh from the garden.

They are the most beautiful shade of pink.

 

(3)  Even more amazing?

If you add a penny and aspirin to the water, it makes these flowers stay fresh so much longer.

And that my first tutorial I ever posted on the blog was for this burlap vase.

Back in the day.

Before the whole step-by-step tutorial fiasco of 2012.

 

 

(4)  These Union Jack Pillows are amazing.

I saw them in Linda’s new shop.

And I had to buck the anti-freshy trend and have them.

There was no way I was saying no to drop cloth with an English accent.

 

 

(5)  But the most amazing thing about this photograph is:           I took it.

I know.

I am stating the obvious.

But that simple statement takes on epic proportions when you understand that I just got a new camera for my birthday and I am a little scared of it.  It arrived in the mail and sat in the box for two weeks….staring at me.

Judging me.

Really?

I think it might even have mocked me a few times.

And I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the camera laughed the first time I tried to use it and I couldn’t even get it to take a picture.  And I know it kept giggling as I frantically spent 45 minutes googling “problems with your camera” and trying to call camera-support people on-line and pacing and wringing my hands and second guessing my decision to ever leave the point and shoot world behind.

And I am sure the camera elbowed the tripod and they both guffawed when I realized…..

…..that the lens wasn’t even attached.

 

Thank you.  Thank you.  No need for applause.  I’ll be here all week :)

 

PS  I am guest posting today over at the incomparable Cassie’s.  If you want to read about where all of the tiny pieces of paper in our house go to party like it’s 2012….be sure to stop by and say hi.

PPS  I’m partying it at Kristi’s and Jen Rizzo’s and Kim’s and Between Naps on A Porch and Thrifty Decor Chick.

Enough already.

Whew, I’m tired.


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