PS Look What I Did With My Dining Table

PS Look What I Did With My Dining Table

 
back porch decorating

I wish you could come over for coffee.

We have 247 things to discuss.

Like did you watch Downton Abbey last night?  And aren’t Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes the cutest couple on the universe?  And I’m so happy for Bates and Anna (except didn’t she look like she had way too much Meryl Norman base on) and that lady that came to blackmail Lady Mary was on my last nerves and good for Edith I hope she will finally be happy and Daisy needs to calm down.

And if you’re going to be in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area on Friday, January 8 I’d love to meet you.  I’m having a fabric launch party and I’m giving away fabric and notebooks made out of the fabric and note cards made out of the fabric and we’re serving cookies that look like the fabric and partying like it’s 2016.  Which of course it is.  Stop by The Quilt Asylum in McKinney (right off the freeway at the Virgina/Louisiana exit) from 6:00-8:00pm.

And I found the best bobby pins that stay in your hair and come in polka dots.

And I am going to be on television in Nashville.

And I made you the cutest free printable for January at the end of the post.

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Three Easy Christmas Centerpiece Ideas Under $20

Three Easy Christmas Centerpiece Ideas Under $20

 
Christmas back porch

Remember how I said I was not going to over commit this season?

Remember my list of five guidelines for a no-stress holiday?

I was this close.

This close.

I spent the first eight days of Christmas wrapping my gifts and ordering online and decorating with what I have and not over thinking everything and shaking my head no when I might have nodded it yes in the past.

Christmas was on track for smooth sailing this year.Continue reading


How to Make a DIY Table Runner With Extra Giggles

How to Make a DIY Table Runner With Extra Giggles

 

I was compensated by Duck Brand Products for this post.  All opinions and statements are completely my own.

table runner diy leaf runner

Middle school can be a cold and lonely place.

Everything is changing.

Friends are growing up and moving on and the lunch room is full of pitfalls you have to navigate while holding a tray full of wheat crust pizza and the homework stacks up faster than you can finish it and you may or may not have discovered that boys are cute.

And the emotions.

Oh…..the emotions.

The roller coaster has officially left the building.Continue reading


My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

 
DIY Farmhouse Table Project

Here’s my new farmhouse table for the back porch that I before and aftered for only $10.97.

Not including tax.

Don’t spread this around, but I would marry it if I could.  Or at least take it to Vegas to watch the Elvis impersonators.

It’s that cute.

Here’s a zoomed-in picture so you can see all that cuteness close up.Continue reading


The Blue Lipstick Make-Over

The Blue Lipstick Make-Over

 
Painted Furniture Project

Yesterday when the sun was shining and the birds were chirping and I woke up my house without stepping in dog poop…..

….I woke up my table, too.

I walked into the front room, picked up an X-Box controller off of it and turned to fluff the pillows.

And I turned back again and stared at it.

It was pretty and simple and classic and minding its own business and a couple of fruit chew wrappers.

But what if I added a little red lipstick?

Or maybe blue. :)
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You Know Your Place Setting is Southern When…. (And a Giveaway)

You Know Your Place Setting is Southern When…. (And a Giveaway)

 
boxwood wreath place setting

My friend, Kristy Woodson Harvey wrote a book.

It’s called Dear Carolina.  I read it months ago and I couldn’t put it down.  As in stay-up-all-night-when-you-should-be-sleeping-and-glance-at-the-clock-at-3:45-in-the-morning-and-wonder-where-all-the-time-has-gone kind of book.

It’s about a beautiful designer named Khaki who is a blogger with an incredible sense of style and it follows her incredible, poignant journey to becoming a mother.  So to help promote the book, we thought it would be fun if we partnered with Mikasa and challenged some bloggers to create a table decorated from the perspective of Khaki, the southern designer.

So with much fanfare and milk glass….

…..you know your place setting is southern when….Continue reading


What to Try When You’ve Run Out of Decorating Ideas

What to Try When You’ve Run Out of Decorating Ideas

 
Coral Table Styling

Remember when we talked about decorating a dining room and how I begin the process and how pretty blue and white is and my two tried and true decorating rules?

Let’s review.

Number 1:  Listen to your space.

Number 2:  Decorate with what you love

Easy, right?  But what if the rules aren’t working.  Maybe your space is acting like a teenager and giving you the silent treatment.? Or maybe your space decided it wants to speak another language that you can’t translate?  Or maybe your challenge is that what you love for your space costs more than an island in the south of France?

No worries.

When all else fails and the decorating outlook is full of cloudy skies and you are having a terrible, horrible, no-good very bad decorating day, I have a rule number three….

….listen to your cat.Continue reading


How To Style a Table Three Different Ways

How To Style a Table Three Different Ways

 

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If you like looking at things from a new perspective and styling ideas and lots and lots of pictures….

….today is going to be fun.

I’m partnering with Kirkland’s today to style this simple pallet top table three different ways using items from Kirkland’s and shopping my house.

If you have been reading this blog for more than five minutes you know I am always up for a challenge.

So I couldn’t just show you a simple picture with everything in place.

I had to show you how I styled it.  The process.  Where I started.  What went first.  What went last.

Yep.

Every. Single. Step. Of. The. Way.Continue reading