How to Make a Drop Cloth Roman Shade

How to Make a Drop Cloth Roman Shade


When I was little, I used to call things cool.

Things that were amazing, things that were incredible, things that poems and songs and odes should be written about….

…they were called cool.

When I got older?  Things were awesome.  And tubular.  And fetch.  And on fleek.

But now?

Throw all that out the window.

If you love something.  If you are all about it.  If it’s amazing and out of this world and off the charts like these drop cloth roman shades?

It’s now called savage.

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A Little More Tour With That Fall

A Little More Tour With That Fall



Hello friend.

I’m so happy you are here.


You’ve made my entire week.

My friend Laura from Finding Home Farms put together a little fall tour today.

I’m throwing open the door to the farmhouse and showing off the kitchen and the family room and fluffing the pillows and picking the Captain Crunch up off the floor and filling the sweet tea glasses.

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The Best New Addition to the Dining Room

The Best New Addition to the Dining Room


Every couple of months, I’m lucky enough to get to go to the Kirkland’s corporate offices to tour all the behind the scenes.

I love those trips.

Everyone there feels like they should live down the street from me and I get to see all the upcoming collections and pretend like I’m a home and garden reporter in my head.

On my last trip, right in the middle of almost having a come-apart over all the reclaimed wood and this new vintage reproduction light collection, I spotted something out of the corner of my eye.

I couldn’t help it.  I skipped and rushed and ran to the back wall….

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Easy Tip for Maximizing Your Rug Budget

Easy Tip for Maximizing Your Rug Budget

Yesterday I watched my zillionth tiny house show.  I can’t get enough.  I tell myself no more tiny house shows and then I end up sticking around to see where they hide the toaster or how big the bathroom is or the ingenious way they turn a bed into a couch and turn a couch into an entertainment center.

It’s addicting.

Last night the tiny house was amazing.  It was a luxury tiny house.  It had shiplap and farmhouse lighting and extra counter space.  I was kind of all about it.  I thought I could live there.  I could be a tiny house person.

And then I saw the loft.

And the bed.

You had to climb a ladder to get to this loft and crawl into bed in a space with a ceiling height of 2.5 inches.  I’d never make it.  I’d wake up in the middle of the night and forget I was in a tiny house and bump my head.

And that tiny space in that loft in that tiny house with its tiny roof?

It’s exactly like my rug budget.

(total aside:  just admit it….you were wondering how I was going to bring the story back around to the rug…right?) 🙂Continue reading

Meet My Windows

Meet My Windows


Six months ago this is where we started.

This is the family room hanging its head and its windows in shame.

The blinds were always down.

A big valance hid the top of the windows where the cracks were.

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Fall Tour 2016 (and a $100 HomeGoods Gift Card Giveaway)

Fall Tour 2016 (and a $100 HomeGoods Gift Card Giveaway)


I can’t believe you’re here.

Actually, I think I should start with I can’t believe that fall is here….

…and that summer is about to leave the building.

But I digress.  That’s a story for another day.  I’m so happy you stopped by for the HomeGoods Fall Home Tour from Rhoda’s or Jessica’s or your kitchen or from just down the road.

Come on in.

Let’s get this tour started. 🙂Continue reading

Same Story Second Verse

Same Story Second Verse


If I met you in aisle seven of the dollar store next to the shampoo and conditioner….

…I’d tell you a story.

I can’t help it.

I live my life in stories.

This blog is full of them.  They are the unsung heroes of the blog.  Dozens and dozens and dozens of stories that I write down and then forget all about.  They live on the pages of the blog, tucked away back in 2014 on a page no remembers about just waiting for the day someone discovers them.

Today is their lucky day.
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Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans

Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans


Yesterday was learning day.

I learned that you can hollow out pumpkins and use them as vases and fill them with hydrangea.

I learned that a magnolia flower makes fall even brighter.

I learned that you can create this entire centerpiece for under $10.

And I learned that perspective?

It’s a really good thing.Continue reading