New Floor to Ceiling Wood Fireplace Wall

Guess what?! The boys moved the TV off of our fireplace hearth! Yay! Now I can show you what I did to the fireplace wall bump out in our family room. Let’s look back at what it looked like before. It was fine…meahh! (major TV blockage) I wanted to bring the same treatment from our…

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Carytown Inspiration for Home & Life

Hello All! I took my son to the city this morning, by his request. We live near Richmond, VA and one of our favorite streets to stroll here is Cary Street. Always amazing inspiration here – always! This town was shattered during the Civil War but the original remaining buildings downtown are really something to…

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Designer Style {love} – Michelle Niday

I have a French Country magazine from fall/winter 2012. I keep holding on to it for this article Free Spirit written and photographed about Michelle Niday’s loft in LA.  I look over it again & again for inspiration for decorating my own home.  Michelle Niday is a designer in the Los Angeles area, according to…

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Down to Earth Accents – retail space.

Today I remembered to take my camera to the shop where I sell my creations and re-purposed furniture so I could share some pictures of my new space with you.  I love decorating a retail spot because it doesn’t have to really function and over decorating is acceptable. 🙂 The above photo is a trio…

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Little Tree on the Porch

Do you love little candles on a Christmas tree? I think the idea is so super sweet but, of course, who could keep them lit up?  Last year I bought some at a quaint little Christmas shop. The silver bases clip to the tree branches and the white candles fit into them perfectly. I couldn’t…

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Hydrangeas in a Glass Canister

I actually cleaned my kitchen last night before we all went to bed so when I walked down the stairs this morning the breakfast nook looked so pretty with flowers in the center of our rustic table. I tried to capture some of that fresh look to share with you. Turns out I couldn’t capture…

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Ferns, Ficus and We Made It to Summer Break

Hopefully this post finds you enjoying your summer. I am peeking in to say a quick “hello”. We survived our last weeks of school and our first real summer break day. It’s such a relief when those busy days come to an end. I thought I would share the ferns and ficus trees that sit…

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Window Decor with a Ball Jar & Ivy

A few weeks ago I put this little ivy plant in a hanging ball jar. One of our living room windows has a small hook in the top of the window frame. I wasn’t expecting the plant to do well but she loves it here. The “s” shaped hooks are from some window panel tie…

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Label & Grow Herb Planters for Outdoor Grilling

In warmer weather we use the outside grill for cooking a lot.  That means more fresh fish and chicken for dinner. Using natural herbs on these dishes make them taste so yummy. Get amazing flavor naturally on our favorite foods – a healthier choice for everyone. Dill is delicious on fish with a little bit…

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Rosemary Twigs

One of my neighbors dropped by a business card that I had requested from her. I wasn’t home so she left the card lying on my porch table with a sprig of Rosemary. What a thoughtful touch. When I saw my neighbor again I thanked her, more for the rosemary than the business card as…

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Hydrangeas on the Porch

Earlier this summer I hung these ball jars for tea light candles at the entrance to our porch. Since our hydrangea bush is full of lovely blooms I wanted to use them anywhere I could before they dry out. The jars were empty there for awhile but instead of taking them down for fall –…

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Fresh Breakfast Nook

I needed a fresh change in our breakfast nook. We get afternoon sun here so our mornings can be pretty dark. I painted the walls all white. Here is a look at the BEFORE… Last fall we had burlap curtains and blue walls (wall color already here when we moved in). I put the burlap…

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Hanging Ferns and Wreaths

 I want to share some updates to my front porch with you. Aren’t my new ferns gorgeous? My friend gave them to me for helping her decorate her family room. Her family owns Cross Creek Nursery in Richmond, Virginia. A beautiful place to visit. I bought this spray bottle to keep the leaves nice and moist.…

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