Smocked Burlap Curtains Giveaway

Smocked Burlap Curtains Giveaway


(curtains in the fall)

A long time ago in a land far away I put up these burlap curtains in the dining room…

…and then I started a blog.

The second post I ever wrote was about this room and these curtains that my mother gave me for Christmas.

At first we could all order them.

I’d send everyone over there and we’d all ohh and ahh about them and proclaim our love for the smocking and the detail and this amazing ability that the curtains had to go with not so fancy and a crystal chandelier all at the same time.

And then one sad day….

….the company stopped selling them.Continue reading

Santa’s Workshop Before and After (and a Giveaway)

Santa’s Workshop Before and After (and a Giveaway)


This post is sponsored by Endust.

I know this looks like the office at the Gatehouse.

It’s not.

It’s actually Santa’s workshop.

I’ve been sitting at that desk for four hours straight surrounded by wrapping paper and ribbon and tags and baker’s twine.

And a reindeer named Buddy.Continue reading

So You Might Have a Question?

So You Might Have a Question?


reader question

I wish I had a little taped promo for this post like they have on Saturday Night Live.  

Something kind of like this….  Reeeeder questionnnnnns.  Reeeeeeeder questionnnnnns. ReeEEEeeeEEEEr quuuuuuestions.

(so close but no cigar)

Maybe I just need choreography to go along with it. 🙂

Seriously….one of my favorite parts of writing a blog is the reader question.  Usually I e-mail an answer back…but today I thought I’d try something a little different and answer a reader question here on the blog in case any of you had a similar room dilemma.  So here goes. 🙂

A while back I got an e-mail from a reader that went a little something like this:

“I hope you can help me!  I’m really stuck when it comes to my master bedroom project.

We have an older ranch style home that we’ve been working on for years.  Recently we finished our small master bath, and it is time to move on to the master bedroom….but, I am stuck.  🙁  The bathroom features octagonal white floor tiles, a white ruffled shower curtain, a galvanized barn light, a diy concrete countertop and touches of barn wood. The bedroom needs to flow from this room seamlessly.  I love farm house style, but I do not love shabby chic.  I love some cottage elements, but not to the extreme.  I love industrial, rustic, northwest, and french styles, but I can’t even pick a paint color!!  Currently, our room is a blank slate. When I think I have found a paint color, I back off and think I should go with BM Simply White.  (Our bed is made of a dark wood.)  I want a chandelier of some sort above the bed, but what style?  I love white bedding, but would also love to incorporate some gray.  I love layering and natural elements.  I have to work with what I’ve got, which unfortunately includes average height ceilings and beige carpeting, boo!
I dream of this decorating dilemma at night.  I need to make some sort of progress before I drive myself and my husband mad!  🙂

Thank you so much!

Trina”Continue reading

Fathers Day Gift Guide

Fathers Day Gift Guide

disclosure:  I was compensated by eBay and Style Coalition for this post


This year for Father’s Day I thought I would try something a little different.

You see…..the most amazing, wonderful, incredible, tool-infatuated father lives here at Thistlewood.

And every year when I give him his gift…..

…..I get it almost right.

I mean….really, really close.

Like when he opens up the package and he see the name brand and it’s the kind he likes and his eyes light up….

….and then he tears off the rest of the wrapping paper.

And tries valiantly to tell me how amazing it is. 🙂

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Vintage Inspired Safe Deposit Boxes (and a Giveaway)

Vintage Inspired Safe Deposit Boxes (and a Giveaway)



This giveaway is officially closed.

The winners are listed at the bottom.  

Thank you to all who entered!

A while ago I got an e-mail from Décor Steals asking me if we wanted to partner together for a deal of the day.



They must know I love a bargain.

They must have heard about my 90% off chairs and my $10 coffee crate organizers and that I shop by the side of the road…..

….and they knew bargain was my middle name.

Maybe even my first. 🙂

And so….for my deal of the day on Decor Steals….a deal just good for today….

….I picked (don’t you love a cliffhanger)……Continue reading

Get the Look:  Farmhouse Laundry Room

Get the Look: Farmhouse Laundry Room

disclosure: I was compensated by eBay and Style Coalition for this post.


I never really had a laundry room before we bought the farmhouse.

I was so close…..

….almost in laundry room territory.

I had a washer and dryer behind a bi-fold door and a washer in the kitchen and a dryer on the outside porch and washer and a clothesline…..

….and they all managed to get the job done.Continue reading

Get the Look:  Easy Ideas for Wall Art

Get the Look: Easy Ideas for Wall Art


Raise your hand if you have a blank wall in your room.

Oh good…..I’m not the only one.

Extra credit if you have a few. 🙂

I’m always trying to fill up a wall with something besides pictures.

I’m not sure why…..I mean….I love pictures.

But I have an entire wall of them….and I wanted to branch out with an extra dose of wall amazingness.

So I last year I challenged myself to create personalized artwork for my spaces….

….and here’s a few easy ideas for wall art that I came up with.Continue reading

Get the Look:  Garden Patio Inspiration

Get the Look: Garden Patio Inspiration

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


A long time ago in a land far away…..

….I had big plans for this space.

Big plans.

Really big.

And so we cleared the ground and laid the pavers and planted grass to grow between them and I was going to add a green house and a fire pit and a hedge border.


Well….except…..I didn’t do any of it.

It looks almost exactly the same…..except now the white chairs are a little dirty and have aged a couple of years….

….and there’s a few more daffodils.Continue reading