The Day We Put Screens In Their Place

The Day We Put Screens In Their Place

 

This is the year of social media cut backs for our family.

I’m not really sure where the idea came from.

Maybe it was when I realized no one really talked in the car any more.

Maybe it was when I looked around at all those blinking phones.

Maybe it was when my daughter texted me from the next room.

Whatever.  Whyever.  However.

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The Day the Bathroom Went from After to Before

The Day the Bathroom Went from After to Before

 

Remember when I talked about renovating my bathroom last year?

Remember when I told you about our bathroom renovation ideas and that we were moving walls and making changes and living high on the bathroom hog?

And then?

I never ever talked about it again.

I didn’t mention it or reference it or show you any more ideas.  It’s like the bathroom renovation that was never meant to be.

Until now.

Now this bright shiny clean bathroom with its sparkling sink and fluffy rug and claw foot bathtub and white bead board walls….

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A Different Kind of Arrangement

A Different Kind of Arrangement

 

It all started with this spring flower arrangement.

Wait.

It really started with the tulips.

They are always calling my name at Walmart.

I try to look away.  I try not to listen.  I try to push on by and head for the frozen broccoli.  But somehow, someway, those flowers end up in my cart.

I brought them home and added them to a couple of simple wire vases and arranged them in 7.24 minutes and took these pictures.  When I edited the photos, they looked fine.  Sufficient.  Ordinary.  Usual.

They looked like this photo above.

But I wanted more.

I wanted the flowers to truly stand out.  I wanted the brilliant colors of the flowers to shine.  I wanted the flowers to be the star of the show.

So I researched and looked and searched and read….

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A Little Farmhouse Decorating With Friends

A Little Farmhouse Decorating With Friends

 

When my children were younger it wasn’t easy to decorate.

I had four little people under the age of six.

I’d add a pillow.

They’d un-pillow it.

I’d fold up blankets and put them in a basket.

They’d un-blanket it.

I’d stack books with metal spheres on the coffee table and they would un-coffee table it.

It always takes a little longer when you are decorating with friends.
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Bathroom Organizing Ideas

Bathroom Organizing Ideas

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s.

When I was younger I thought that organizing was super-overrated.

“Why would anyone want to be organized….when they could live like this,” I’d say to my piles of clothes draped over chairs in my room.

“I know right where everything is anyway,” I’d whisper to the closet floor.

“I’m organized in my mind,” I’d tell the stacks of papers on my desk.

But now?

I love organization.

Especially when it starts with 2017.

You, too?  Oh good. 🙂

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Christmas Dining Room (and a Giveaway)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Christmas Dining Room (and a Giveaway)

 
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This wasn’t the post I was going to write today.

I was going to photograph the dining room with its Christmas dining room decor and give you some fun ideas for inexpensive decorating ideas for your room.

But just as I finished with the last branch and the last ornament and the last furry pillow on the last plaid throw, the sun started to set.

It took my breath away.

The setting sun.

The Christmas tree casting a warm glow over the room.

The tiny houses glowing in the coming darkness.

I couldn’t help it.  I had to show it to you.  I grabbed my camera and snapped and snapped and snapped away to try to capture that moment.

I hope you like twinkles as much as I do. 🙂
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Blue and White and Red Christmas Decor (and a Giveaway)

Blue and White and Red Christmas Decor (and a Giveaway)

 

This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s.

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If you happened to be in a one-horse open sleigh and you took a left at Tennessee, past the chicken barn, past the cows chewing their cud in the pasture, past the gas station with the most amazing pizza and turned left at the barn with all the hay bales, at the end of a winding country road….

….you’d see the farmhouse with its twinkle lights on.

And if you tied up your horse to the hitching post.

And trudged through the snow.

And knocked on the door.

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Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover With the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover With the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

 
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I couldn’t decide which I was more excited about….Christmas morning….

…or this post.

Several months ago, Sherwin-Williams contacted me to see if I was interested in working with them to design a room around their color of the year.

Design a room?  Discover a new paint color?  Plan a new space?  Why, yes.  Yes, I would.

Especially when they told me what the color was.

SW 6039 Poised Taupe.

As soon as I saw the color, the room leapt into my mind.  Poised Taupe is a warm/gray brown with the slightest hint of purple.  It’s so rich and luxurious and I knew it needed wood and natural tones and a whisper of pull-up-a-seat-and-lets-have-coffee-and-talk.

Ready to meet my new dining room?

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