St. Patrick’s Day Printables (Free)

Hello me little leprechauns!  Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your parts?  ’Paddy’s Day’ (as we call it here) is HUGE where I come from.  Our history and culture is strongly connected to Ireland, so it’s a pretty big deal here.  I decided to create a St. Patricks’s Day printable that I could frame and display this time of year. … Keep on reading —>

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Living Room Makeover (Woodlawn Blue & Creamy White): Updated pics!

I spent Friday evening putting the living room back together after the week of painting.

In case you missed last week’s posts, we just painted the living room with Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue and Navajo White.  It used to be a green-beige color (Kalahari Beige by SICO).  I can’t tell you how much better this feels! (Click here to see the before pics).… Keep on reading —>

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Saturday’s Swoon: Serene blue, cream living room with a pop of personality!

My “Saturday Swoon” this weekend is seriously GORGEOUS.

I came across this stunning South Carolina home yesterday on  It is originally credited to Julia at the blog Pawleys Island Posh.  I’m not sure if it’s because we painted our own living room blue and cream this week, but my heart literally skipped a beat when stumbled on this photo.   … Keep on reading —>

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All eyes on Ikat!

You know a decorating trend has gone mainstream when you spot it at HomeSense (or its American equivalent , HomeGoods)!  The other day, during my near-weekly stroll through HomeSense (um, yes, I’m an addict…don’t judge, lol), I spotted a bunch of storage bins covered in pastel Ikat fabric.


I know that Ikat decor has been described as ‘trendy’ for a year or two in fashion-forward blogs and mags – and its been on the shelves for awhile at places like Anthropologie.… Keep on reading —>

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Gallery Walls: the ugly side!

You know me, I love gallery walls!


But despite my adoration of gallery walls, they do have an ugly side.

Apparently, that ugly side only reveals itself when you disassemble it.

If you have a gallery wall in your home like me, then you’ll relate to the little row of 3 pictures that didn’t line up quite right the first time…

  • so you hammer another 3 holes because, well, who’s gonna see it anyway…
  • and then later, you decide you don’t like that little row of pictures, so you change it again, and none of the first 6 holes will work…
  • so then you say, what the heck, what’s another hole, the wall already looks like swiss cheese, so you hammer a 7th hole…
  • only to discover that the new picture doesn’t look quite right there after all…
  • so then you decide to put 2 pictures there instead of that one, and you hammer the 8th and 9th hole.
  • Keep on reading —>

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Woodlawn Blue: I’ve got the blues…and I’m loving it!

We started painting our main living area with Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue this week.

OK, so I use the term ‘we’ loosely. We enrolled my dad. He’s a master painter extraordinaire.  Does  taking photos of him painting while I drink coffee count as ‘we’, lol?

I’ve had a major crush on Benjamin Moore, Woodlawn Blue (HC-147) for awhile now.  So when we purchased new living room furniture last summer, I chose a chocolate brown sofa set and a blue patterned accent chair with plans to eventually change the color scheme to somehow incorporate this wall color.… Keep on reading —>

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Bye, Bye Google Friend Connect {Please update your subscription method!}

I must be living on another planet!  Although it was announced in late 2011, I only recently learned that, as of March 1st, Google Friend Connect (GFC) subscriptions will no longer work for blogs that aren’t hosted on Google’s Blogger.  Unfortunately, it applies to me as I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress last year.  (Apparently, its part of Google’s big ‘strategy’ to force more of us bloggers over onto Google+.… Keep on reading —>

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The ipod Touch – Is your child’s safe? {How to set parental controls}

{I’m going to stray a little off topic today.  This post has nothing to do with pretty homes or pretty things, so if you need that kind of escape today, you might want to exit stage right and click on some of my prettier posts. And if you do, no hard feelings, I totally get it!}


If you have a young child in your life who has an ipod Touch – or who might have one in near the future – this post might interest you.  … Keep on reading —>

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Paint Chip Paralysis: Picking New Paint Colors for my Main Floor

I’ve said it before: picking paint colors is my least favorite decorating activity.  I love the end result of a freshly painted space (and, who doesn’t?), but I find the whole process of picking the perfect hue a little nerve-wracking.  I like having choices, but come on, who needs a thousand?

The last time I was in paint chip paralysis was when picking colors for our basement reno.  … Keep on reading —>

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