Who Knew Peonies Were Philosophers?

Who Knew Peonies Were Philosophers?

 

Have you ever had a day where everyone was cuter than you?

Everyone.

Everyone had better hair.

Everyone had shoes that matched their purse.

Everyone had children that behaved and didn’t argue back.

Everyone was smarter or better or taller or shorter or skinnier or richer or nicer or prettier or lived in a house that looked like a magazine.

Ever had a day like that?

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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Scrabble Tile Christmas Tree

Scrabble Tile Christmas Tree

 

This post is sponsored by Elmer’s.

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Last week I wrote a to be continued….

….and I never even knew it.

Blame it on Christmas brain.

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My Handmade Ornament Christmas Tree

My Handmade Ornament Christmas Tree

 

This post was written in collaboration with Puleo, International, Inc.

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Just when I thought I couldn’t adore you anymore.

You went and inspired me again.

If you are into a handmade Christmas or want a few ideas on handmade gifts or cry a little with joy over these amazing ornament stories.  You have to read the comments on this post and this post.

So when Puleo, a maker of great Christmas trees and garlands and wreaths sold to stores here and internationally, asked me to decorate one of their trees and photograph to be used in social media promotion–I knew that I knew that I knew….

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Easy Tip for Maximizing Your Rug Budget

Easy Tip for Maximizing Your Rug Budget

Living Room Decor

Yesterday I watched my zillionth tiny house show.  I can’t get enough.  I tell myself no more tiny house shows and then I end up sticking around to see where they hide the toaster or how big the bathroom is or the ingenious way they turn a bed into a couch and turn a couch into an entertainment center.

It’s addicting.

Last night the tiny house was amazing.  It was a luxury tiny house.  It had shiplap and farmhouse lighting and extra counter space.  I was kind of all about it.  I thought I could live there.  I could be a tiny house person.

And then I saw the loft.

And the bed.

You had to climb a ladder to get to this loft and crawl into bed in a space with a ceiling height of 2.5 inches.  I’d never make it.  I’d wake up in the middle of the night and forget I was in a tiny house and bump my head.

And that tiny space in that loft in that tiny house with its tiny roof?

It’s exactly like my rug budget.

(total aside:  just admit it….you were wondering how I was going to bring the story back around to the rug…right?) 🙂Continue reading

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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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.

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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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