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Schloss Highboy Dresser

When we moved Calvin into the guest room, he decided to keep the dresser that was in there, so his old dresser became an extra.  A couple of weeks ago, we finally muscled this piece down the stairs and took it over to the studio. It's a beautiful piece, but the finish was pretty dinged up and tired.  It looks a bit better in the picture than it does in person... Kriste and I tag-teamed this  (read more …)

DIY window valance

Good evening from New York!  I spent the better part of the day driving through the rolling hills and small towns of PA and NY and even got to stop in at an antique store and eat dinner at an amazing restaurant, so I can't complain. Anyway, earlier this week I worked on a valance for the dormer window in Calvin's room and I thought I would share how to make this simple window treatment... (I'm  (read more …)

Furniture for the Family Room & Calvin’s Room

A few days ago, I shared the new arrangement in our family room as well as the progress on Calvin's room.  I said I would give all of the details on the new pieces of furniture and this post is making good on that promise! Now, I admit, furniture stores have never been my thing.  Give me a flea market, antique store, thrift shop or yard sale!  That's where most of my pieces have been found and  (read more …)

dog beds are decor

Before I get into the post today, I wanted to let my readers in the north east know that I'll be in Palmyra, New York this Saturday (September 24, 2016) for The Purple Painted Lady 6th Annual Festival.  (Click the link for details.)  I'll be teaching milk paint demos and answering Q&A's at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  I hope to see some of you there! I remember reading a post years ago, written  (read more …)

farmhouse holiday series | fall dining room

It's time for another installment of the Farmhouse Holiday Series with some of my blog buddies.  And this week, we partnered with All Modern to show you our dining rooms decorated for fall. I remember when I felt like "holiday" colors were locked in.  Christmas had to be green and red and fall had to be yellows, oranges, and browns.  That is it. And then I vividly remember seeing an article in  (read more …)

fall living room

You're all amazing.  I just need to say that.  All of your comments in reply to my "things have changed" post were like a huge hug to me.  I know that sounds cheesy, but they really were.  What's interesting is that after I posted that, it was such a relief to me and it pushed me through that "stuck" feeling I've been struggling through the past few weeks.  I took the pressure off of myself and  (read more …)

things have changed…

I've been needing to write this post for a while now, but the words were just never there.  I have felt stuck with my blog for a few weeks, though, and I knew I would feel stuck until I made myself sit down and write. I need to tell you, my readers, that things have changed. Don't worry.  It's all good stuff.  I'm not dropping any bombs, here.  I just need to put it out there, maybe more for  (read more …)

mixing painted pieces in a room

I received an e-mail from one of my readers asking a question I get pretty frequently, so I thought I would write the answer in a post.  Here is the question... "How do you decide what color to paint various pieces of furniture in a room. Do you paint each piece a different color or all of them the same. I have several I'd like to paint but can't decide the colors. I don't want to end up with a  (read more …)