So I Went To This Auction

So I Went To This Auction

 

Have you ever been to an auction?

You know.

The kind of auction you see in movies.

The one where the entire room is full of unique and awesome and amazing things mixed in with some bits of absolute randomness.  Everything is for sale.  Everything is auctioned off.  You get a number at the front counter and when you want to bid you raise it in the air and sometimes there’s a bidding war and the price goes higher than you ever imagined.

And sometimes.

Sometimes when everyone talking or not paying attention or leaves their seat to go to the concession stand to buy nachos and Mountain Dew…

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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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Bathroom Organizing Ideas

Bathroom Organizing Ideas

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s.

When I was younger I thought that organizing was super-overrated.

“Why would anyone want to be organized….when they could live like this,” I’d say to my piles of clothes draped over chairs in my room.

“I know right where everything is anyway,” I’d whisper to the closet floor.

“I’m organized in my mind,” I’d tell the stacks of papers on my desk.

But now?

I love organization.

Especially when it starts with 2017.

You, too?  Oh good. 🙂

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Top Ten Room Before and Afters for 2016

Top Ten Room Before and Afters for 2016

 

When I was planning out my top ten posts for yesterday….

….I found all these rooms I befored and aftered in 2016.

I thought I had done one or two.  But when I looked, I found kitchens and offices and upstairs playrooms and farmhouse bedrooms and a few more.

And the best part?

I have so many more scheduled for 2017.

So maybe we should take a look back before we jump forward.  I’m lifting my coffee cup to all the rooms I’ve loved before.

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Farmhouse Christmas Lights Tour

Farmhouse Christmas Lights Tour

 

I’m so excited you are here for the Christmas lights tour hosted by my friend Rachel from Maison De Pax.

She’s invited dozens of bloggers to show off their Christmas lights at home after the sun goes down.

If you are visiting from Rooms for Rent, it’s nice to meet you.

I thought I’d start the tour with a little before.

Here’s the farmhouse in the snow.

During the day.

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I’m Not Sending Worry an Invitation

I’m Not Sending Worry an Invitation

 
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“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.” ~ AJ Cronin

When I was pregnant with the twins I wished with all my heart that my tummy had a window on it.

A window with louvered blinds that I could open and shut whenever I wanted to check on the babies.

If only, I thought.

If only I could look and see what they were up to and see their tiny hands and watch their tiny feet kick…

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How to Tackle It Like Macaroni

How to Tackle It Like Macaroni

 
farmhouse dining table

The other day I found a trail of macaroni and cheese stuck to the kitchen table.

I’m not sure exactly how it unfolded or what the events were that led up to it….

…but Lewis and Clark would have been proud.

The trail started at one end with a few lone pieces and dripped and drabbed bits of cheese and noodle remnants from one side of the table to the other.

And then?

It looked like the macaroni eater discovered the trail and in a valiant attempt to clean it up….

….smeared giant cheese swirls all over the table.

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The Sound Of Fountain Music

The Sound Of Fountain Music

 

This post is sponsored by Aquascape.

How to Add a Water Feature To Your Yard

I’ve always wanted to have a fountain at the house.

I love the sound of water and it’s such a great addition to a patio and looks super fancy….

…but mostly so I could work it in conversation.

Things like, “What did you do today? Me?  Oh, I spent the morning curled up with a good book by my fountain.”

Or “Sorry I’m late.  I just couldn’t tear myself away from my fountain yesterday.”

And my favorite, “Let’s go out to dinner.  I was going to cook, but I lost track of time listening to fountain.”

Before I tell you where I got the fountain and the five point zero minutes it took me to install it….

….I want you to hear what it sounds like.

Here are a few sounds from my back yard to yours.
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