Cottage Contemporary – What is that to you?

Our house is a contemporary style but my decorating style isn’t necessarily that way, except that I like clean and simple lines. (and except for the iron doilies above and inside the door – a little old fashion) I can see a ton of potential with this architecture style, though. With simple lines and lots…

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New Front Door Color

I mentioned earlier this year that I wanted to try a new color on the front door. It was black before (HERE). Our front door is really pretty in that it is extra tall, not the standard 85 inches. The center glass has some iron work inside and the door handle is a nice heavy…

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A Birch Branch Lights Up an Outdor Happy Hour

We have a birch tree in the front yard. There was one limb that looked like it was dying and it snapped off easily with a light tug. Birch branches are so beautiful. Instead of putting it in the firewood pile, I used it to light up the evening after placing it in the picnic…

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Up-cycled Bistro Set for the Porch

Some of my favorite things about this house are all the outdoor living spaces. Today I am mostly sharing our front porch, which we really don’t use much, but I like our home to look cozy and inviting. Placing a small bistro set outside gives a warm and lived-in feeling when viewing the home from…

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Design with Vintage Wooden Car Ramps

A couple of weeks ago Richmond, Virginia had a Vintage Home Market. It was amazing to see all the unique items each vendor brought in.  I don’t think I knew or ever thought about vintage car ramps before. Can you imagine having to make something out of wood that would be strong enough to hold…

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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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Special Delivery!

I love pulling up to the house and seeing a package waiting for me on the porch.  This time of year is especially fun because most of the boxes hold a sweet Christmas surprise,  That is what gave me the inspiration to make these decorative, rustic gift boxes. There are so many ways to make…

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It’s My Fall Porch… Lately

I actually have a fun porch to decorate for different seasons but I haven’t taken advantage of that… lately. All I could muster up this year was this spool table, one pumpkin and some dry hydrangeas. Some of my neighbors have gorgeous mums adorning their porch stairs. I just pulled out a candle, an old pot,…

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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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Indoor Accents on the Outdoor Porch

My family and I live in a house that has a covered outdoor front porch. I absolutely love having an outdoor space that is covered from rain or snow. I was anxious to get some pretty southern style rocking chairs out there when we first moved in. The chairs sit in front of our living…

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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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Lightening Up the Black Door

Last spring our front door was black. I like the contrast with the white house numbers and the forsythia wreath. You can’t go wrong with black. I am ready for some lighter colors so I taped off the sides and door handle with frog tape. It works so great that there is no need to…

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Christmas Porch 2013

Here are some pictures of our front porch. I like having a glass front door for function but the glare is horrible for picture taking. So you get to see my neighbors house across the street instead of my boxwood wreath on the door. It’s pretty simply decorated – compared to last year. But I…

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