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evolution of my house | part 6 | the master bedroom

evolution of my house | part 6 | the master bedroom evolution of my house | part 6 | the master bedroom

design ramblings | who are you decorating for?

design ramblings | who are you decorating for? design ramblings | who are you decorating for?

lighting in our home

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evolution of my home | part 5 | the family room

evolution of my home | part 5 | the family room evolution of my home | part 5 | the family room

investment pieces for the fickle

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evolution of my house | part 6 | the master bedroom

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...and now we're at the master bedroom in this "evolution series" and, oh my, it's a doozie.  This room made me want to hit my head against a wall for years.  It stumped me.  I kept making stupid, decorating decisions that I knew were stupid as I was making them.  I wasted so much time and money on things I wasn't in love with...all for the sake of getting it done.  Sigh.  Tell me I'm not  (read more …)

design ramblings | who are you decorating for?

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In the last episode of Design Ramblings, Kriste and I brought up the question, "Who are we decorating for?"  I was talking about my sons' decorating their Christmas tree and how I had to restrain myself from trying to "fix" it...to make it "photo-worthy."  As I jerked my hands away from the tree, I thought about what kind of message that would send to them. What you're doing isn't good enough.  (read more …)

lighting in our home

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As I've been sharing pictures of my house in the summer home tour and the "evolution of my home" series, I've been asked a few times about lamps.  Or the lack there of, to be more accurate.  It's not that I dislike lamps.  I think it goes back to the previous homes and apartments we've lived in.  NONE of them had overhead lights!  It drove me nuts.  That meant that you had to have eight lamps  (read more …)

evolution of my home | part 5 | the family room

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And now it's time to take an in-depth look at the history of my family room.  This is an awesome space for entertaining and hanging out, but it's a bit of a tough one when it comes to arranging furniture.  It's long and narrow, with a bit of a strange traffic flow, so when I start getting the urge to shuffle furniture around, this room is usually where I start. Here's how it looks  (read more …)

investment pieces for the fickle

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Thanks so much for all of your prayers and well-wishes as I heal from having my wisdom teeth removed.  I am just now starting to feel a bit more like myself.  The surgery went well, but my two bottom teeth were impacted and, apparently, a little difficult to remove.  I was on a bunch of medication for pain, swelling and to prevent infection, so I spent several days teetering between sleeping and  (read more …)

the evolution of my house | part 4 | the kitchen

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And now, it's time to walk through the evolution of my kitchen.  This is part four in a series where I'm showing how each room in my house has evolved over the nine years since we moved in. I have always loved a good before and after, but the truth is that there are usually a lot of steps between those two pictures.  In the case of my house, each room has been years in the making...pieces bought  (read more …)

design ramblings | seasonal decorating

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I turned the camera and mic on and then I sat down on the sofa next to Kriste.  "So, what are we going to talk about?"  We sat in silence, thinking.  Sometimes we have topics or pictures lined up to talk about.  Other times, we just press record and hope inspiration strikes.  After a bit of toe-tapping and finger-drumming, Kriste suggests, "What about transitioning your decor from one season to  (read more …)

furniture feature friday | favorites & link party

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Good evening, all!  Well, I'm still hanging out in bed, recovering from having my wisdom teeth removed.  I'm on a lot of medication for the swelling and pain, so I've been pretty tired and out of it, but I know it's just for a short time and then I'll start feeling better.  Since I am just laying around, I had a lot of time to look through your links and pick out some favorites... The finish  (read more …)