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….

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DIY Drop Cloth Wreath

DIY Drop Cloth Wreath

 
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When I was little my mother had a pair of scissors that she only used to cut fabric.

I thought it was ridiculous.

Scissors?  Just for fabric? When I needed scissors for glitter paper and pipe cleaners and glued-up construction paper?

In a house full of seven creative people, scissors were a hot commodity.  I’d open the drawer and stare longingly at them and think maybe just this once…

…and then I’d see my mother’s frown.

Yesterday when I was cutting out leaves for this drop cloth wreath, I decided she wasn’t ridiculous any more.

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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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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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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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It’s official.

We are spending the weekend Christmas decorating.  We, as in me and the mouse in my pocket.

I’m not going overboard right now.  Just a little here and there.

Mostly because it makes me happy.

Mostly because I’m distracting myself from worrying (even though we are all on the mend).

Mostly because when the sun sets at 5:00 and the Christmas lights are twinkling…

….this corner of a weary world rejoices.Continue reading

Changes and a Bay Leaf Magnolia Evergreen Holly Garland

Changes and a Bay Leaf Magnolia Evergreen Holly Garland

 
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Today I decorated the table in the dining room.

I added pumpkins and tinier pumpkins and a bay leaf garland and magnolia and evergreen and holly that covered the table and looked like fall….

….one last time.

I tucked the orange pillows on the chairs and fluffed the burlap curtains and straightened the dishes and swiped a cobweb off a woven, grapevine pumpkin.

And then?

Then I waved goodbye.Continue reading

The Best New Addition to the Dining Room

The Best New Addition to the Dining Room

 
Dining Room Table Gray Chairs

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

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

 
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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