A Before and After Sprinkled With Friendship

A Before and After Sprinkled With Friendship

 

Have you ever noticed that you call different friends for different things?

There are the friends you call because you think of something funny and you love to hear their laugh.

There are the friends you call when your car breaks down by the side of the road and it’s midnight and you left home wearing slippers because you were just running out to get milk.

There are the friends you call when you discover that Chip and Joanna have a new show on HGTV because you know they’ll scream with you.

There are the friends you call when you need to read someone a blog post because you know they will silently laugh in all the right places and not interrupt (Ashley…I’m looking at you).

And then?

There are the friends you call for a little sunshine and conversation and they stop by your house with all of that….

….and the missing piece of a design puzzle.

#bestkindoffriendsever

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The Day the Gatehouse Went All Farmhouse

The Day the Gatehouse Went All Farmhouse

 
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Just know that I’m laughing as I write this.

I tried.

I really, really tried.

I tried to be fun and crazy and full of color and mix pink with orange and add giant polka dot rugs and patterned walls.

But it never really seemed to work at the Gatehouse.  I made it into my office space for the blog and set up my computer and desk and fancy calendars from the Target dollar spot and went to work.  And it was okay and fine and the polka dot rug made me smile one day out of the week.

But in the end?

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How to Build a Raised Paneled Wall

How to Build a Raised Paneled Wall

 
Office Thistlewood

Recently I created a room for Sherwin-Williams to showcase their color of the year, SW 6606 Coral Reef.

I decorated the office and added gold accents and a gold weather vane and white leather chairs and a furry rug.

But my favorite thing in the room?

The project that makes my heart beat faster and makes me want to sing all four verses of Joy to the World…

….and compose a fifth.

The raised paneled wall.

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It looks so hard….but it was much easier than it looks.

Truly.

And just in case you saw it and wanted to make your own….

….here are easy directions on how to build a raised paneled wall.

Drumroll please.

 

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Four Ideas For Inexpensive Halloween Door Decorations

Four Ideas For Inexpensive Halloween Door Decorations

 
easy ideas for Halloween door decorations

Just in case you were wondering…..

….I’m not that into scary Halloween door decorations.

Like eyeballs in a punch bowl?  

Or things that pop up from coffins?

Or light-up skulls that talk?

No thanks.  I’ll pass.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

 

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Today I wish you joy.

Joy.

Wonderful, overflowing, incredible, heart-smiling…..joy.

May your day be full of family and friends.

May your day be full of laughter and harking herald angels.

May your day be merry and bright with an extra piece of pecan pie.

May your day be full of…..

….joy. 🙂

 

Joy to the world

The Lord has come

Let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare him room

And heaven and nature sing

And heaven and nature sing

And heaven and heaven and nature sing.

Merry, merry Christmas from our house to yours. 🙂

Business In the Front Party in the Back

Business In the Front Party in the Back

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Do you remember Billy Ray Cyrus?

Remember how he didn’t want us to break his heart….his achy breaky heart…..because he didn’t think it would understand.

A long time ago….he was all that and a bag of chips….

….with a mullet.

You know….the mullet…..the hairstyle with the short hair in the front and the long cascading curls in the back.

Amazing.

Total dual personality hairstyle…..

…..exactly like the gatehouse.

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Personalized Christmas Stocking and a Pink-a-Palooza Tree

Personalized Christmas Stocking and a Pink-a-Palooza Tree

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Just in case you were wondering…..

….this is not a project of epic proportions.

It’s not a reinventing-the-stocking-project.

Like taking a Pringles can and wrapping it with zebra duct tape to create a stocking for the new millennium.

As exciting as that sounds….

….it’s more of a mini-stocking-makeover.

Kind of like when Kathy Lee and Hoda nab an unsuspecting woman off the street and take her into the studio.  And they change her hair color and give her a new hair cut and style and put some eye shadow on her and dress her in some Spanx and a really cute outfit from JC Penny’s.  And then she comes out from behind the curtain and her family is all like “You look incredible.”  And then the lady breaks into hysterical sobs because she realizes that she has finally left the 1970′s behind and stepped into 2013.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.

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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….

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