When I wasn't looking, the lampshade industry made a big change. You might not have noticed. I think it happened overnight.     You see, in the past, I would pick up decorator lampshades at some of my favorite decorating stores to replace the Plain Jane lampshades that came with my lamps.  It was so easy.  Pull the lampshade off the bulb and clip on a new shade.  No DIY skills needed.  I loved that I could get pillows and curtains and chair pads to match, too.  Yay for Waverly. And then things got tight financially and I made do... decorating with what I had in my last … [Read more...]

  Thank you  to Parrot Uncle for sponsoring this post. All the creative thoughts and ideas are mine.   Do you need some small space decorating tips?   In order to make my new small space feel spacious and inviting, I implemented a few easy small space decorating tips I've learned through my many moves.  Just having moved from a furnished beach apartment to a small unfurnished two bedroom apartment not five minutes from the beach, my goal was to furnish and decorate this small space AND make it feel like home on a next to nothing budget.  A tall order for sure. Maybe you have been … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! Last week we had an amazing party.  Your creativity blew me away. Here's a brief glimpse of some of the awesomeness that caught my eye: Check out these extraordinary blogs for ideas on how to... Get the Fixer Upper Style    Farmhouse Organization Board from One More Time events The Perfect Weathered Gray Wood Finish from Petticoat Junktion Farmhouse Front Entry from Worthing Court Blog DIY Farmhouse Style Bakery Kitchen Sign by The Crazy Craft Lady 5 Best Places to Find Handmade Farmhouse Signs from Making It In The Mountains Easy Pallet Blanket … [Read more...]

  There's something so inviting about a pretty wreath gracing a front door. We all want to have beautiful, warm, welcoming homes.  But getting there... can sometimes be a challenge.     Do you ever watch Fixer Upper or some other home show and think, "She makes that look so easy."  "Everything is so beautifully and artfully arranged." or "I wish I could do that." You know what?  You can! It just takes a little practice. The first time I arranged flowers, created a wreath, or plied my hand at some creative project... usually it was just okay. The great thing was... I … [Read more...]

  I've been impressed with many IKEA Rast Hacks floating around the internet. There are so many truly creative ideas. So when I was approached by Hickory Hardware I leaped at the opportunity to put my creativity to work. Shortly thereafter, an IKEA Rast dresser was sent to my home along with a $25 Visa gift card to purchase supplies for the hack.  Knobs for my Rast Hack were provided by Hickory Hardware. No other compensation was received.     A new baby girl in the family gave me the perfect excuse and idea for transforming this small (24 3/8 x 27 1/2") 3-drawer pine dresser into … [Read more...]

Today we got a taste of spring! Sure... the wind was blowing 40-some-miles-per-hour.  However, the sun was shining and it was 50 degrees!  I know it's just a teaser, but it was a wonderful one and I got outside at lunchtime to push into the wind for an energizing walk. It felt great!!  And there's more sun in the forecast for tomorrow.  There just might be dancing in the street. When the sun finally comes out and a warm breeze blows, you can bet my creative juices start flowing. You, too?  I'm so excited by what you all brought to this week's party.  Such great ideas!  I bet you'll find at least one that … [Read more...]

This is a sponsored post for Parrot Uncle for which I received compensation. All opinions are my own.   Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the interior of your favorite farmhouse style home. Doesn't it feel warm and homey? As you picture in your mind your ideal farmhouse style home, you are likely seeing a bright open space, filled with things you love in your favorite colors.  Though you are aware of the brightness and charm, you may not necessarily be seeing light fixtures.  That's because when a room or home is well lit with natural light from windows and beautiful artificial lighting, … [Read more...]

  Who flipped the switch? Every morning I'm up by 6 am... starting the day's race in the kitchen by making lunch and breakfast. It's early... but the only light I turn on is over the kitchen sink.  It's plenty of light. Or at least it WAS! What happened? Fall doesn't officially arrive until September 27th. Unofficially... Fall arrived... with her entourage of heavy gray clouds, cool temperatures, brisk wind, dark early mornings, and early sunsets. If you've been following me on Facebook you no doubt know my thoughts. Several gals overwhelmingly responded that they are so ready … [Read more...]

    What do you know about the psychology of color?   House to Home I've heard that grocery stores and boutiques paint their walls so that we'll want to buy more and restaurants choose colors that will make us hungry.  Oh my! No wonder we get into so much trouble spending too much money and eating too much food. We all have our favorite colors. Usually if you ask me I'll say that my favorites are yellow and red.  However, in my home decor I will put together green rooms or blue rooms and my winter walking parka is a lovely shade of sage green.  So I guess I'm not a single … [Read more...]

Oh my goodness!  I had so much fun last weekend. There's an antique fair in our area that boasts they have 400 vendors.  That's a lot of booths. And we saw it all! Okay... we did not inspect every single item.  But, we passed by every booth with eagles' eyes hoping to find something extraordinary. And we were not disappointed. These chairs were so cute!  Of course I want to sit and read a book on the Adirondack chaise.  Isn't it wonderful? And the others are so chippy and sweet and perfect for the garden. And who would have thought... that when you've run the wheels off your scooter... … [Read more...]

It all started with some branches from a flowering tree in our yard. One of the most lovely surprises you can have in a new-to-you home is the discovery of flowering trees and bushes.     We had no idea what this white blooming beauty was, but the branches were many and heavy laden with blossoms, so I decided to cut a few and bring them inside. I will have to say, the blossoms did not have the most pleasing fragrance.  But, their beauty was spectacular.   Today I want to give you a little inspiration, so you too, can create a vignette with flowering branches.   My … [Read more...]

Today is a special day for An Extraordinary Day!   To begin... let's go back a few years.  After losing my job in 2009, I suddenly had more free time than I was accustomed to having.  So as I was preparing to host a fall open house for my Longaberger business, I decided to go online and do a little exploring for fall decorating ideas. Spending time online was not new to me, quite the contrary.  Usually I spent my time online researching things for children's ministry, or nutrition.  Important stuff. [wink] I had never even thought about exploring the interwebs for home decor ideas.  That bright fall day … [Read more...]

  Recently I  did a little thrift and antique store hopping with my good friend.  We had so much fun. One thing Rochelle collects is vintage aluminum trays.  They're inexpensive, they don't take a lot of storage space, and they can be used for all sorts of things. Serving beverages? Grab a tray.  Serving appetizers? Use a tray.  Serving several kinds of ice cream for a sundae bar? A tray makes a great slop-proof surface. And then my favorite... using a tray to frame a moment (vignette).     After shopping with my friend, we went to her house and played.  Do you do that too?  She … [Read more...]

This post contains affiliate links* As the seasons change, I like to feather my nest in small but big ways.  Creating little vignettes in the areas where we live, or major traffic areas in the house go a long way to making our homes and their inhabitants feel loved.  Today I have 5 easy steps to help you make a spring vignette. How to Put Together a Simple Spring Vignette.     First... Choose a theme for your vignette. Because we're so anxious for spring after a long cold winter and because we also want to give a nod to St. Patrick's Day, today we've chosen a green and white theme for … [Read more...]

How would you like to breathe new life into your home decor?  A quick and easy lampshade makeover can brighten your room, infuse it with color, or update your look.  Sometimes, it really is just that easy to freshen up a room.     Don't you love it when you come across a deal that's perfect for a project on your to-do list? One day I went to Lowe's on a mission. Of course, as long as I was there I just had to stroll down the lighting aisles. Even if I don't have a need, I just love to see, what's new in lighting.  That particular day, I noticed boxes of white lampshades in the aisle. … [Read more...]

This post is a partnership with Blinds.com. All opinions are entirely my own.  Have you ever been invited to someone's home for "the big game" and once it was game time, the blinds came down and the curtains were drawn so that everyone could see the TV without glare?   My good friends did that very thing.  Their room started to feel closed in and cave-like. It was like being in another world.  Quickly I had no idea what the day was like outside the windows, it felt like night inside, just so we could watch the game. I don't know about you, but I'm one of those gals who prefers not to have anything at her … [Read more...]

  Today we're making another stop at my friend's home to see her lovely living room dressed for fall. Earlier in the season I showed you her jewel-toned dining room, her stunning entryway, and I showed off my book page pumpkins on her screen porch.     This past weekend I was at her home and finally the sun came out so I could get some good shots of her living room.   In between a trip to the farmers' market and breezing out for a stop at the hob lob, I grabbed my camera and shot a few photos.  I didn't take a lot of photos... this is pretty much everything.  This was not a photo … [Read more...]

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