Do your kids love arts and craft projects as much as mine? My 9-year old daughter absolutely loves to draw, and has an arsenal of supplies to feed her passion. The only problem was that there were tiny mountains of paper and coloring supplies in every room! (Does this sound vaguely familiar?!?) In an effort to organize things, last spring,… Read More
So I’ve been using the same DIY Fall wreath for years. I made it at least 10 years ago, and every year, I perk it up a little by adding something new. Last year it was burlap. I still like it a lot, but this Fall, I had the itch to make something entirely new. Since my usual Fall wreath… Read More
I was feeling a little creative tonight, and decided to make a Fall printable to frame for my Fall decorating. I selected the quote “Autumn, the year’s last loveliest smile” by William Cullen Bryant, because it is just so perfect for my favorite season! Everything about Fall makes me smile! If you’re looking for a Fall printable for your own… Read More
“FALL!” There…I said it. I usually walk on egg-shells this time of year as any mention of “FALL!” can drive Summer fans over the edge. But if you’ve followed my decorating blog for more than a minute, you probably know that I’m cray-cray-crazy for Fall, and I’ve actually shown great self-discipline by staying quiet this long! I hate to wish Summer away too, but you know what? I might as well just admit that I’m sooo not a Summer kind of girl. Fall is definitely my pace. I saw the first leaves turn color this weekend, so I’m now itching to break out the pumpkins. I decided to flip back through some of my Fall decorating pictures for inspiration.
Here’s how Fall has looked around here over the past few years…READ MORE!
La la, dee dee dah, da dum…dum, dum, dum…
Oh. my. gosh. I’m soooo tired. Over the past two weeks, we switched two main rooms in our home, the living room and the TV room, and it was completely unplanned. Here’s a little hint why, in case you aren’t already singing Billy Joel along with me…
Yup, a piano.
We finally bit the bullet and bought a piano for our 9yo daughter. She’s been taking lessons for a couple of years, but practicing on an electronic keyboard. We put off buying her a piano because we really didn’t think we had anywhere to put one. Our main floor is mostly ‘open concept’ with only a few walls, and the rooms we do have aren’t that large. But as it turns out, where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Given that I wanted to buy a good used piano, I figured it would take me months to find the right one. But the very day I started looking, I lucked into a fab deal on a used Yamaha U1 piano. Isn’t that always the way? READ MORE…
f you regularly follow home decorating or diy blogs like mine, you’d have to have been living under a rock over the past few weeks not to have heard about the Haven Conference in Atlanta. (I’m actually thinking you might be a little tired of hearing about it by now, lol!) Basically, it’s a conference attended by decor and diy enthusiasts (pointing to self with both fingers!), most of whom also have blogs where they share their projects (again, pointing with both fingers)! This was my second year attending Haven, and suffice it to say, the past week was filled with a whole lot of pretty!
But besides the eye candy, I also learned a lot too! So instead of telling you all about the awesome people I met, the amazing sponsors and swag bags, and my fun home decor shopping excusions in Atlanta (oh my!), over my next couple of blog posts, I thought I’d share some of my notes from the home decor and blogging sessions I attended.
Every year at this time, I like to visit our little summer cottage. It’s an old two-story home in a quiet town by the ocean. The front door a pretty shade of pale pink, and the window boxes are overflowing with flowers. From the aqua-painted Adirondack chairs, you can hear the waves crash on the nearby beach. The decor is simple and uncluttered, and the worn bookcases are filled with board games and great reads. At night, the front deck is lit only by tea lights in mason jars filled with shells, beach rocks and urchins we’ve collected.
Haven’t I told you about this place before? Oh, um, that’s right. I haven’t. Well…err…that’s because it’s not actually a *real* place. I just visit it in my dreams. (Hey, don’t judge, lol.) But I’ve been dreaming about it for so long that it feels real. That must count for something, right? You see, over a decade ago, we had our wedding reception in a clapboard-sided, saltbox-style B&B in a small town by the Atlantic Ocean. Ever since, I’ve been imagining a summer get-away a lot like that place.
Want to know what my dream summer cottage looks like inside? Come along and I’ll show you!
Well, for starters, the views are stunning.
A photo taken in Brigus, Newfoundland
A photo taken in Ferryland, Newfoundland.
As soon as you enter, you can hang…READ MORE
Seriously, is there anything better than a spray paint makeover? It’s one of the fastest, cheapest, easiest, and most fail-proof projects around.
Take for example, this neglected iron patio table which has been kicking around for a few years. It’s been made-over with spray paint so many times that I can’t even remember what color it was when I bought it! It was red for awhile to match our red front door (before I painted it blue), and it appears that I later started to paint it pewter. You know, I can’t even remember doing that, lol. I’m not sure if I ran out of spray paint or disliked it, but in any case, it was left half-finished in the elements for a year or so and started to rust.
I’ve been dragging my heels on Instagram for awhile. I set up an account a long time ago, but never used it. It’s not because I have anything against Instagram, it’s just the opposite. I knew I’d love it. But since I already have a blog, two Facebook pages, a serious Pinterest addiction, and a too-often-ignored-Twitter-account to keep up with, I hesitated about adding yet another social media to the mix.
Recently though, the diy/decor bloggers conference I’m attending in a few weeks (Haven) created a Photo-a-Day Instagram Challenge as a way to get to know other attendees, and you guessed it, I was putty in their hands. I promised myself I’d stop instagramming after the challenge was over, but you know what? That would be like promising myself I’ll never eat mint chocolate ice cream again. It’s just not going to happen. READ MORE