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design ramblings | decorating with vintage linens

When I was first married, I meandered into an antique store that was tucked behind a grocery store in the town where we lived.  I had never been in an antique store as an adult, buying things for my home.  I realized within minutes that I had found my kind of place.  The very first thing I bought was an antique piece of linen and my love for old textiles has never waned. I now use vintage and  (read more …)

design ramblings |episode 18 | succulents

I turned the camera on and pressed record before Kriste and I even knew what we were going to talk about.  Kriste suggested something spring-related.  Something about flowers...  I chimed in, "Let's talk about succulents." So, that's what we rambled about this week... (In case you haven't been watching to the end of the videos, I've been putting the "bloopers" at the end instead of in a  (read more …)

design ramblings | episode 17 | jessica’s canopy bed

In this episode of Design Ramblings, Kriste and I decided to answer a viewer's question about her space.  Specifically, she's stumped with what to hang on the wall behind her canopy bed. (At the end of the video, in the bloopers, I'm doing an impression of my friend Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect.  Just an FYI.) As I was editing the video and looking for some examples of decorating around  (read more …)

design ramblings | transitioning styles

In this episode of Design Ramblings, Kriste and I talked about transitioning decorating styles.  More specifically, we were answering a reader's e-mail, asking how to transition from primitive to farm house style.  I felt immediately drawn to that e-mail, because I really love primitive pieces and am buying them more often and putting my spin on them. I think they are very well suited to  (read more …)

design ramblings | decorating a small space

I just finished putting up the wallpaper in our upstairs bath, which is teeny-tiny, so decorating small spaces has been on my mind.  When I selected the mural from Anthropologie, I know I was breaking a "decorating rule".  The one that says, "you shouldn't use busy patterns in a small space."  The funny thing about decorating rules is that amazing, well-known designers ignore, bend and break the  (read more …)

design ramblings | the painted furniture trend

Several readers commented on the fact that I didn't paint the frame of the checked chair and the chair with the toile back.  I was planning to write about that earlier in the week, but I realized that much of what I was going to say (write), I had already said in this episode of Design Ramblings (that we filmed a couple of weeks ago.) The first time Kriste and I had a brain storming session about  (read more …)

design ramblings | selecting creamy white paint

In this week's Design Ramblings, Kriste and I answered another e-mail from one of our fans, Laura.  She asked how to select the perfect paint color, specifically a creamy white.   Here's what we had to say on that subject... A few of you suggested showing our bloopers at the end of each video, so we did that in this one.  It is fun to share those candid moments and I feel like you can get a  (read more …)

design ramblings | claw foot & garden tubs

In this week's design ramblings, Kriste and I talk about the bathrooms of two of our viewers who sent in pictures. The first space, belonging to Brooke, is lovely!  Both Kriste and I gasped over the claw foot tub.  It's a beautiful space, but the tub, that should be the feature, gets a little lost against the white walls. The second space, Katy's, is a pretty typical builder-grade bathroom  (read more …)