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Decorating Ideas: Tween Girl Bedroom

There have been a lot of changes going on around here.  Shuffling of bedroom furniture - especially beds.  Our new king size bed finally arrived yesterday after waiting three months.  As soon as it came in the room, I felt like a grown-up! So as we … [Read more...]

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Finding Your Design Style – What’s Your Style Series

I just chopped all my hair in to what essentially could be called a pixie cut.  Actually, first I had my hair cut “short”,  and then my girlfriend came back yesterday and I went “really short”. I kind of love it – it is fun and funky – but still … [Read more...]

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The Craft Room and Home Office Are Done!

If you are joining me the first time from I Heart Organizing - Welcome!  I am so glad you came by! The day has finally come.  We are officially done. Our craft room and home office are done and being used. By all four of … [Read more...]

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The Story of a Coffee Table & Working With What You Have

Last night, I was cleaning my office.  There was a piece of glass that used to be on my coffee table that I had been using in the office.  I no longer needed it in the office, so I brought it back downstairs. As I was carrying it, I realized how … [Read more...]

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Nailhead Trim Upholstered Table

I have a reputation. It is true. A reputation for being willing to take in long forgotten items with a little wear, maybe even some rust. In fact, just this Sunday, as we went to leave the church parking lot – a friend stopped her car and waved me … [Read more...]

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The Evolution of our Stairs and Entry

In the days before blogging, in case you are wondering, I didn’t make it a habit of just taking pictures of my home. So, when it came to finding “before” pictures of our stairs and entry, well – you will have just take the ones that have cute kids … [Read more...]

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Living Room Decorating: The Evolution

Today, I want to share with you the evolution of decorating our living room. I hear people often say that they don’t use their living room that much, that it is just an “untouched” room. That is not the case at our house. But before I talk too … [Read more...]

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Finding Paint Colors in Our Home

Today, I want to share with you the paint colors we have used in our home. I so clearly remember picking the previous colors of our house out of the plaid fabric of our sofa.  Their was a mustardy beige and a red dining room – and I loved it. … [Read more...]

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Tutorial: How to Plan a Gallery Wall

When I put together the gallery wall in my guest bedroom, I kind of just went for it.  But, when I put together the wall in my kitchen, there were several conditions that required it to have a little more planning – a limited defined space and two … [Read more...]

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Decorating Ideas: Collected Vintage Gallery Wall

  Last week, I said I was ready to make some changes, to be a little more bold in my home. And I started with a gallery wall made up some of my favorite collected vintage treasures. … [Read more...]

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Decorating Ideas: Feeling the Need to Be a Little More Bold…

We have lived in our home for 12 1/2 years. It has been almost 3 years since we started our renovation. When we planned our renovation, I had not yet discovered blog. Pinterest did not exist. And I am glad for that because I know the decisions … [Read more...]

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Bathroom Decorating Ideas: Footboard Towel Rack

Please get ready to form a mental picture… A few years ago, my family and I went out for ice cream while we are on vacation on Long Beach Island, NJ. It was a beautiful night, we had ice creams in hand, and we decided to go for a walk to enjoy the … [Read more...]

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Bedroom Decorating Ideas: Gallery Wall

Don’t you just love when your favorite people come and stay at your home? It is different when they come to stay for the night.  You can stay up late and talk into the night, totally relax in your jammies in the morning and have real quality time … [Read more...]

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Holiday House Walk 2012

Hello and welcome to our home! I am so very excited to share our Christmas home tour today as part of the lovely Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Homewalk 2012. We are the final stop following the lovely Paige Knudsen. If you are following along the tour … [Read more...]

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Finding Home

About 4 years ago we were at a crossroads. Stay or go. And if we went, where? Lots considered and thought through. But all paths ended up leading right back to where I am sitting now. We have admittedly been searching for some time.  It is … [Read more...]

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Reworking a Challenging Space: Shelf Decorating

Do you have a spot in your house that you never seem to be able to get how you want it? For me, it is the shelf over my bed, and to certain degree my whole bedroom. So, yesterday when I should have been doing a whole lot of other things, I decided … [Read more...]

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4 Tips for Finding Cushions for Vintage Outdoor Furniture

I recently shared our screened porch.  We use it a ton so it is important for it to not just be pretty, but also be comfortable.  Which is why there are lots of quilts for people to wrap up in on those cool evenings or early mornings. When I first … [Read more...]

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Kitchen Layout Measurements

  I have had several requests over the last few months to provide the measurements of the layout of our kitchen.  For those of you who emailed me and I did not respond – I am truly sorry, for some reason I had a mental block about getting … [Read more...]

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Vintage Wicker Chandelier Tutorial

I shared with you earlier this week our screened porch as part of Takin’ It Outside Week. Today, I thought I would share with you how I put together the chandelier. First, I was lucky to find this enormous wicker shade at a vintage shop locally.  … [Read more...]

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The Story of a Playhouse and a Pool House

Today we are taking the final stop on sharing our backyard spaces during Takin’ It Outside Week – our pool house / playhouse. This project is a true DIY –a vision of Hubby’s for a project to do with the girls. And it all started with this crazy day … [Read more...]

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Our Backyard Reveal

As part of Takin’ It Outside Week, today I want to share our completed backyard makeover. But first, I have to take you back to where we started – a yard that was never used.   The original builder grade deck was pulled off (literally, by hubby … [Read more...]