Dramatic Entry

Hello friends! Guess what? I switched my blog from blogger to WordPress – finally! I hope it looks fine and publishes right. I have been a little nervous to do the switch since I know there is a learning curve and I haven’t been in the mode to change. Recently several malfunctions were happening with…

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Old Bench Love

Are you in love with wood benches like I am? Before Christmas I found this bench that maybe went with an outdoor picnic table in a previous life. It was red and nicely aged. Since I wanted to use it inside I painted it a color that goes with my neutral color scheme. It sits…

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Staircase Frame Collage & a WINNER

HAPPY FRIDAY! I have a winner of the beautiful garland that was featured HERE earlier this week. Drum roll please…. the winner is Jennifer Schmitz Congratulations to Jennifer! Jennifer is actually a blogger too. Lucky you!  Thank you all for reading my blog and leaving a message. I wish all 60 of you that entered could…

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Make Your Foyer Approachable w/ a Bench

Are you ready to move on to Christmas decor from fall? I sure am. Today I purchased this Jolly pillow at Homegoods. The pillow-ey texture and pop of red are just what my foyer needed to make it more welcoming. We mostly use our garage door for entering our home but the front door is…

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Plaster and Semi Gloss Chipped Paint

This solid wood book shelf was painted in a white semi gloss paint mixed with plaster of paris. (recipe here) Using flat paint has given great distressed results in the past but the semi gloss is a thicker paint. It takes a little while longer to dry but I love how the paint chipped off…

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Wood Console Table with Lattice

Do you have an air return vent or radiator in a too visible of a spot in your home? I have noticed that a lot of homes in the area where we live have very visible air return vents….like this – This picture comes from a model home at Main Street, a local home builder. See…

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Welcome Contrast and Color

What is more beautiful than fresh flowers in spring? The fantastic colors wake up from a long winter nap. It feels to me like I do too. The sun is bright and the days are longer. (the words in red are links to click on) I love the natural energy spring brings. Even my kids…

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Mismatch Wall Hooks for the Foyer

All our jackets and bags need a new home. Expecting the boys to hang up their coats with a hanger in a closet is a little unrealistic here at our house (I feel like I have said that in a post before). Using only two pieces of wood and all the hooks I could find,…

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{Primp} My Primer – distressing techniques

NO FANCY PAINTS REQUIRED! When I feel like doing a project…I want to do it NOW and fast. Our bench in the foyer was a dark wood. Pretty, but shows every little bit of dust and dirt. Since our muddy shoes go here and this is the foyer/mudroom – I don’t want the dirt to…

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Rustic Bench Back in the Foyer

I moved our huge horse art to the foyer right above the bench which holds our shoes. See how I made the bench have more personality and give our foyer a more personal touch. The horse canvas is a favorite piece of mine so I moved it to where we can see it better. I’ve…

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Fall Foyer Table ~ lightly decorated

Subtle fall touches are showing up at our house… The foyer table is neutral and bright with one creepy crow and a few small pumpkins for fall. Hydrangeas – of course. The pumpkins are those bright faux ones from the craft department.  I painted them and poured sugar over the paint while it was still…

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Foyer Storage for Shoes, Bags and Keys

When I want my family to put their own things away – it’s got to be pretty convenient for them or they won’t do it. How hard can it be to throw shoes in a wooden box? It worked for a while but my kids’ shoe sizes change so often that our shoes piled up…

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Foyer Christmas Mantel

Our fireplace mantel is taken up by a television. So I made this table for my foyer that I like to decorate. The wreath is made of natural boxwood sprigs. Scented pine cones sit in an aged bucket and silver beads drape the table over mismatched hooks. Since we moved last summer I haven’t wanted…

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How to Paint a Rug on Wood Floors

This post is for those who have requested a “how to” for painting wood floors. Painted Diamonds with a Border Ebony and Natural Stained Checker Board Under the bench is a striped black and white distressed painted rug. These are just a few that I have done myself.  I show them so you can get…

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