A Summer Wreath

Shabby and Neutral I have LOVED my Tulip Spring wreath...I've waited until the last minute to replace it. But, it's time. I found these awesome all-white Magnolia flowers at Hobby Lobby...they with two grapevine wreaths make a lovely, shabby and neutral summer wreath. A Summer Wreath "What are you doing with that?", Dearest … [Read more...]

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French Toile and Script

When I began to redecorate our living room...there were a couple decorating elements I wanted to be sure to include in the scheme. Top on the list was the incorporation of French Toile and Script.  How I Included French Toile and Script... In my living room decor. Last year I began the overall transformation of our living room by painting … [Read more...]

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Simple Rustic Christmas Decor

First Add Pinecones     I've had these giant pine cones for months! My daughter's future sister-in-law used them in her wedding and my thoughtful, crafty daughter thought, 'Mom would love these!' She Was So Right Two bags full...sounds like a song! I stored them away knowing that I would incorporate them into our home's … [Read more...]

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Red Toile Curtains

I had been moving right along with the living room transformation beginning with the wall color, painted furniture, slipcovers and pillows. Now, I needed to address the windows. Initially, I had cream color curtains over the French doors, on a whim, I decided to go with Red Toile Curtains. At first, I didn't think they were going to work since … [Read more...]

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Blue, White & Silver Tablescape

Midsummer   Inspired by Endless Summer Blue Hydrangea     There's something beautiful and restless about midsummer. The heat can be so overwhelming, it is no wonder we seek the sweetness and lightness of blue and white.   “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” … [Read more...]

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Embracing Patina

There was a moment when Dearest and I began to appreciate the value of patina. We had been working hard when we purchased our house to repair cracks in our plaster walls, to caulk between cedar shingles and such. One day, someone came complimenting the detail in our home...and he helpd us learn to embrace patina. The Dust Bowl When Dearest … [Read more...]

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Planning a Wedding

In a Sunflower Field We are so delighted that my youngest daughter is now engaged to her bestfriend. We've known for a while that they were making plans for their future...now it's official. We're planning a wedding. My Daughter's Vision   Her fiance's family has a sunflower field - beautifully situated with bands of hay between … [Read more...]

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Another Bamboo Tattoo Mat!

Last winter, I replaced the area rug from Shaw with this Peacock Park Bamboo Mat. I have other plans for that area rug.  I loved the look of the mat in the kitchen, but wanted something that would be durable, beautiful and could take the day to day traffic. We come in and out of the house through our dining room doors. I loved the mat in … [Read more...]

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Slipcovered Chair

It was inevitable. Dearest looked at me as I was preparing to slipcover this chair and said, 'Are you going to slipcover or paint everything in this room?' Well....nearly! I have one more chair to slipcover then the living room transformation will be complete!  The Chair Before We've had this chair for many, many years. We purchased … [Read more...]

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Slipcovered Couch

Transforming a Traditional Couch... Dearest and I have had this couch for years. It has held up through all of the children, lots of naps, lots of company - anything a family can throw at it. Before, it worked quite well with the English Cottage decor theme, but now...Now that I've changed the wall color and color scheme, the couch needs a … [Read more...]

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