Five Tips to Get the Farmhouse Look

Five Tips to Get the Farmhouse Look

farmhouse look

We all have different ideas of fun.

Some people cook.

Some people read (awesome fun).

Some people run (maybe not so much fun).

Some people walk outside on a sunny day and listen to cows and watch birds in the sky and feel spring in the air (sounds like a movie kind of fun).


I take pictures of my house.

Just between us, I would rather take pictures of my house than meet Brad Pitt.  And that’s saying a lot.

Yesterday I had just gotten some fresh flowers for the house, so I pulled out my new lens and started snapping away.  Then I snapped and smiled and snapped and smiled and snapped some more. Here’s some pictures of the room with a different perspective and a few farmhouse decorating tips along the way.Continue reading

Master Bedroom Makeover

Master Bedroom Makeover

This bedroom makeover is sponsored by Comforpedic iQ by Beautyrest

master bedroom makeover

I wasn’t sure whether to title this post Master Bedroom Makeover….

….or Rapunzel let down your long hair.

When I was little I used to pretend I was a princess in a castle.

Take your pick.

Sleeping Beauty.

Snow White.


Or my personal favorite…..the queen of the castle with her long cascading locks….

….Rapunzel.Continue reading

Painted Plywood Sub-floor:  State of the Floor Address

Painted Plywood Sub-floor: State of the Floor Address


Painted Sub Floor

Three and a half years ago we painted the plywood sub floor.


This floor.  That’s right.  It’s just the floor that was under our carpet.

We just pulled up the carpet and primed it and painted it.

Just like that.Continue reading

Decking the Halls

Decking the Halls


Red and white Christmas

When I unpacked the ornaments decorate the tree in the bedroom, there among the fancy velvet ho ho ho and the glitter stars and the monogrammed wood cutouts….

….I found an ornament someone gave us the year we got married.

It’s a simple clear circle without a lot of fanfare.

Just two doves and a heart and the words “Our First Christmas Together.”

Years later 37 boxes of Christmas decorations live in our upstairs attic and I would trade every single one for this ornament.  I can remember when it hung on a tree with only a box of shiny red ornaments and a little ribbon to keep it company.

I’ve never forgotten that tree.

And not just for that beautiful ornament hanging from its branches.

Here’s one of my favorite stories the second time around….

….because that’s the way the cookie crumbles. 🙂Continue reading

The Best Part of Waking Up

The Best Part of Waking Up


Can I be totally corny and a little Hallmark….

….just for a moment.

I can’t help it.

This morning I had a revelation that is really not even much of a revelation….more like totally stating the obvious….but it was something that was so brilliant in its simplicity and even a little life changing….

….that I had to share.Continue reading

Before and During

Before and During



Last year was all about the befores….

…and the afters.

I decorated one room three different ways.

Totally fun.

I decorated a gatehouse.

Totally worth it.

And each time…..I would finish the project and post it on the blog with a before picture taken in terrible light with a bunch of nonsense sitting around and then post a sparkly, shiny after picture with everything in its place.

But now….I’m thinking…..

……befores and afters are so 2013.


I mean….aren’t there times when you want to know how it was done and what I was thinking…..and sometimes what was I thinking?

Me too.

So welcome to 2014…..

……the year of the “durings”.Continue reading

$5 Custom Curtain Rod

$5 Custom Curtain Rod


Tulips Master Bedroom

One of our first apartments had brick walls.

Doesn’t that sound romantic?  And rustic?  And historic?

It wasn’t.

These weren’t the brick walls you see in the Pottery Barn catalog…..these brick walls looked like they had been constructed by the people who built the Brady Bunch house.  They were orange and flat with cracks and dark gray mortar.


And we were young and clueless and almost penniless and renting……and we couldn’t nail a single nail into that brick without facing the wrath of Mr. Brady and Alice.

Decorating an apartment with non-nailable walls seemed like an insurmountable challenge.

I almost gave up.Continue reading

Painted Plywood Sub-Floor

Painted Plywood Sub-Floor

Master Bedroom

I think the first time you ever met the master bedroom it looked liked this.

Now….I love this room.


But have you ever wondered what was under that rug?

You didn’t?

Oh….my bad.  Well….ummm….I have a whole page of other projects to show you.

But just in case you were curious…..wait until you see this.Continue reading