Summer House Tour and 10 Easy Decorating Ideas

Summer House Tour and 10 Easy Decorating Ideas

 

I know I say this every year…

…but doesn’t it seem like we were just opening Christmas presents?

I’m pretty sure if I looked hard enough, I’d discover a few ornaments tucked away in a piece of milk glass.

But winter is gone.

Spring somehow showed up for a minute with some flowers.

And now?

It’s summer.  Time for sunshine and lazy days and sweet tea and green grass and fresh cut hay….

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How To Pick the Perfect Paint Color for a Room Without Repainting it Five Times

How To Pick the Perfect Paint Color for a Room Without Repainting it Five Times

 

When we finished this room and the walls were removed and the wallpaper was stripped and the floors were refinished….

…we finally painted the walls.

Not once.

Not twice.

Not three times.

No, not even close.  Truth? We painted this room FIVE times in a month.

(total aside:  my husband has the patience of a saint)

The moral of the paint story?  Sometimes you encounter a few paint speed bumps along the way to the perfect color for a room (this one is painted SW Mindful Gray).

Don’t be like me.  Choose your paint wisely.  If you are on a paint journey or about to be on a paint journey or think that painting a room might be in your future?

This is the post for you.

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A Little More Tour With That Fall

A Little More Tour With That Fall

 
fall-pumpkins

thistlewood-farms

Hello friend.

I’m so happy you are here.

Truly.

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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Meet My Windows

Meet My Windows

 
family room 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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Four Things I Didn’t Realize About Window Installation

Four Things I Didn’t Realize About Window Installation

 

 This post is sponsored by Window World.

family room windows

It’s official.

We have new windows at the farmhouse.

They came last week and installed them and finished up while I was still cleaning up all the debris around the house.

And the result?

SERIOUSLY.

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Tips for Ordering Replacement Windows

Tips for Ordering Replacement Windows

 

 This post was written in collaboration with Window World.

family room farmhouse style

It’s here.

If you’ve followed along for the last couple of months, you’ve seen the before of the windows (yikes) and then I collected tips from you on what to look for when buying windows and then I went and visited the store and actually chose the windows and today we are window measuring and ordering the windows (insert a dozen exclamation points).

Double hung, 4000 series windows with dual tilt latches and a locking screen.

Yep.

It’s like a window soap opera.

With a really happy ending.
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What Real Life Looks Like House Tour

What Real Life Looks Like House Tour

 
kitchen real life house tour

I remember reading an article about a model who threw up her hands and told the world she was sick of perfection and photo shopping and in protest posted pictures of herself without any photo retouching.

She showed her wrinkles and her moles and all her flaws.

And I read the article and looked at the pictures and thought to myself….

….there’s something wonderful about imperfection.

And it got me thinking about our house.

And how I’m always showing you the finished and the styled and rooms without a hair out of place and you might be drinking coffee and rolling your eyes and wondering where my television set is.

Truth.

Houses were meant for living.

So yesterday, I walked through the house and took pictures to show our house in real life.  I left everything where it was and photographed the imperfection, the during, the living, the orange juice and the hairy dog brush.

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Summer House Tour and Seven Farmhouse Projects

Summer House Tour and Seven Farmhouse Projects

 
pergola project

Good morning sunshine.

I’m back.  I’ve flown across the country and saw my reflection in the snow covered hills and glimpsed the moon over Nashville and last night at 12:17am I pulled into my driveway and opened the door and smelled the honeysuckle and saw the stars twinkling overhead.

It’s good to be home.

And it’s the perfect day for a traveling summer home tour organized by my incredibly talented friend Julie Blanner.  If you are visiting from Finding Home Farms, it’s an honor to meet you.

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