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….

….to see this.Continue reading

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

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

 
house-fall-outside

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

Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans

Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans

 
Fall centerpiece

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

One Day They’ll Tell the Story

One Day They’ll Tell the Story

 
centerpiece for Thanksgiving

One day my children’s children’s children will tell stories about me.

I can’t wait.

Truly.

I’ll be perched on a rocking chair with glasses and a gray messy bun still wearing yoga pants and red lipstick…..

….listening to every word.

This one will say this and that one will say that and they’ll laugh and giggle and roll their eyes and wonder if the stories are true.  They’ll talk about the time I brought the roast to garden club and the day I wore Lee Press On Nails and how I almost cried in a newspaper publisher’s office.

But the story they’ll tell over and over again?

Is the one where I was so close to amazing.Continue reading

A Little Summer In a Blue and White Dining Room

A Little Summer In a Blue and White Dining Room

 
dining room table summer centerpiece

If you know my mom or are related to my mom or might be thinking about calling my mom or know someone with short blonde hair who walks really fast and is in charge of the world.

Shhhhhh.

This post is on the down low.

She went with my children to camp as a counselor….

….and in return I’m babysitting her house.

And I wanted to surprise her.

So I gave her dining room a little summer freshening up.Continue reading

What I Want My House to Look Like When It Grows Up

What I Want My House to Look Like When It Grows Up

 

Dining Room Centerpiece

About once a month I travel down I-24 to Nashville to appear on Talk of the Town in Nashville on Channel 5, demonstrating a craft or DIY.

It’s usually a live segment and I spend about 45 minutes getting ready and applying red lipstick and laying out the supplies and the steps and trying not to go all I Love Lucy with the project (sometimes not successfully).

We usually spend between three and five minutes on camera.

And then it’s done.

And I wave good-bye and go to Target.

We don’t have Targets where I live, so I think I’m big time at the Dollar Spot.

But this month was different.  This month my husband and I went to lunch with Meryll and her husband, Dan, and then drove back to her house for an afternoon of flower arranging and laughter and story telling.

And when I saw her house, I had a come-apart.

Come-apart is a something we say in Kentucky meaning overcome with joy and excitement, often producing a euphoria and complete lack of speech.

I couldn’t help it.

Truly.

Wait until you see her house.Continue reading

Ladies Meet My Spring

Ladies Meet My Spring

 
tulips flowers

There comes a day when I have to break up with winter.

It’s usually somewhere around the middle of February when the snow days have lost their luster and the gray skies don’t look like they are ever going to cheer up and all the leafless trees look like they are auditioning for a part in an Alfred Hitchcock film.

Enough already.

That’s when I tell winter he was a super cute date for the holidays and I really like mistletoe and carols and sleigh rides and he was totally hot when he showed up wearing all that white.

But now?

I’m over it.

There’s a new special someone in my life.

Ladies, meet my spring.Continue reading

A Giant Sale:  20% Everything and FREE Shipping

A Giant Sale: 20% Everything and FREE Shipping

 
dough bowl pinecones

Can we please interrupt this sale for just a moment?

Please tell me you watched Downton Abbey last night.

That wedding.

Two people who have loved each other for so long in such a sweet way without letting the other know finally stand at an altar and pledge their troth.

And the church.

And her coat.

And that schoolhouse reception with the perfect place settings and banners and tiny cakes and the surprise guest.

And the first kiss.

I can’t even.

And now back to our regularly scheduled sale. 🙂Continue reading