Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 


A few random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1. I’m almost done watching Lark Rise to Candleford.  I only have one season left.  Does anyone have a really good show with a British accent they’ve watched lately?

2. I think my scent for this month is Lemon Verbena.  I’ve ordered soap and dish soap and room spray and lotion.  Here’s to smelling like spring.

3. The bathroom remodel should be done this week.  I can’t wait to photograph the tile.

4. I cannot WAIT for you to see the cover of the book.  It’s the perfect combination of fancy and what was I thinking.

4. I just realized I never photographed and posted about the rest of the handmade Christmas presents.

I’ll fix that next week. 🙂Continue reading

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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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

I just realized I have been super lame.

I let two weeks go by without a word about Victoria.

You know….the tiny queen of England.

If you haven’t seen Victoria yet, it’s a show that comes on every Sunday night on PBS at 8:00 CST.

And it’s amazing.

Here’s just a few observations I’ll make while trying not to give away any spoilers:

1.  I had no idea Queen Victoria was so pretty.  The only picture I’ve ever seen of her was when she was older with a random lace cap on her head.

2.  Not sure about her hairstyle with the braids around her ears.  It did look good with a tiara.

3.  I think Lord M is kind of hot in a “I’ll help you run the country” kind of way.

4.  I really love the show and I heart the queen….

…but just between us my heart belongs to Dash. 🙂Continue reading

Before and After Guest Bedroom

Before and After Guest Bedroom

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Birch Lane.

Here’s a little throwback Thursday.

I’m not sure if a little throwback on a Thursday should make you a little wistful.

But this one does.

This is the before.  This room was the twins’ room when they were younger.  This is the room of tea parties and stuffed animal boarding school and fancy hats and dance parties and stories that never ended.  Before they moved upstairs and ditched the monograms and chose even brighter colors and painted murals on their walls.

The room was a little sad when they left.

After all, who doesn’t love a fancy hat and a tea party with choreography.

But now?

It’s repainted and restyled and redone….

…and ready for guests.

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Before and After Southern Fixer Upper

Before and After Southern Fixer Upper

 

disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Phantom Screens.

Southern Romance House Exterior

A long time ago in a land far away called Alabama (total aside:  don’t you love a story that starts like that) I met one of the most inspiring women on the planet.

And more importantly, I met her house.  You can read all about that here.  It’s been a journey of love and inspiration and joy and courage and now the house is finished (and I may have helped just the tiniest of bits along the way).

This is one of my favorite before and afters of all time.

Seriously.

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Before and After Imagination Craft Room Redesign

Before and After Imagination Craft Room Redesign

 
craft room before and after

Today I’m going all Adele and telling you hello.

Remember when FrogTape challenged me to take an empty room and transform it with paint and color and $1000?

Cue the drums.

Cue the ticker tape parade.

Cue the pots and pans and wooden spoons in your kitchen.

Today is the day for a little before and after craft room amazingness.

Are you ready?  Have your party hat on?  Ready for choreography and dance moves?  Memorized all the verses to Eye of the Tiger?

Oh good.  Me, too. 🙂Continue reading

Spring Laundry Room Makeover With Birch Lane

Spring Laundry Room Makeover With Birch Lane

 
laundry soap

A little over a month ago Birch Lane contacted me to see if there was a space in my house I wanted to add a little spring refresh to.

And did I need a little help?

Umm….yes.

As a matter of fact I do.

Then I jumped up and down and tried a cart-wheel and thought I might take up yodeling to celebrate.

Birch Lane Spring Refresh Campaign Photo

I knew I had the perfect space for the refresh.  I’ve been wanting to add a little something to the laundry room.

At least that’s how the conversation went when I explained it all to my husband later.  Just a little bit here and there, I told him.

And somewhere between a little bit and a little something…..

….I kind of got a little carried away.

And completely made over the entire room. 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
flowers

I spent yesterday in Nashville planning and hoping and dreaming and I’m so excited to tell you about the Designer’s Showcase in October.

I’m part of the design team for House for Hope.  It’s a modern farmhouse being constructed by a local builder and they have assigned rooms to different designers and I have the upstairs game room over the garage.

And after they build it and I design it and decorate it and it goes on tour in October of this year, the house will be sold and the profits will be used to help local organizations.

And so of course, I want to bring it.

Bring it like it’s never been brung before.

Mike drop.

That’s where you come in.  I’m looking for unique ideas and projects and built-ins you might have done or seen before.  Nothing is off-limits.  The more incredible the better.  I want to dream big with this room and create a game room that stops them in their tracks so let’s discuss any ideas you may have in the comments.

I can’t wait to take you on this journey with me.

Here’s to building big and designing and dreaming up the most amazing game room ever. 🙂Continue reading