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farmhouse holiday series | fall porch

It's time for our last fall post in the Farmhouse Holiday Series, but we'll be back again as the Christmas season gets underway! Today, though, it's all about the fall porch.  I have to say that I really worked at gardening and our outdoor spaces last year.  I found it rewarding and we enjoyed sitting on our deck for the first time in the almost 10 years we've lived here. This year?  Totally  (read more …)

a harvest of lavender

A few years ago, I planted some lavender on either side of the steps leading to the front door of our house.  It was sort of a whim, but I love how it's grown over the years and the scent and color it adds to the entrance.  I'm a homebody, anyway, so I love walking up those steps to the front door, but the lavender is an extra perk. It was getting a bit unruly this year, though, and I was  (read more …)

gardening season two begins…

Just an FYI that the first Lucketts Leftover online sale will start tomorrow (Thursday, June 2, at 9:00 pm EST.)  You can click over to my online shop HERE. Our house has a ways to go before it looks really charming from the curb.  It has a 1940's sweetness about it and the landscaping is getting there, but we've put much more time and attention to the inside of the house and it's only been in  (read more …)

tiny topiaries & “just our stuff”

Last year was a big year for me.  I finally decided to give gardening and indoor plants a real effort.  I was actually going to water, tend, prune, weed, and fertilize.  Guess what happened?  I didn't kill everything! I only killed some things, but I learned a lot along the way. I was not excited about warmer temperatures, because the A/C is broken in my van, but I was looking forward to the  (read more …)

cleaning cart turned garden cart

Before I get into today's post, I am so excited to share that I will be a speaker at The Sage Farm Antiques Autumn Spectacular in Rochester, New Hampshire, October 7-9, 2016. You can get more details on the Sage Farm Antiques event's page. I'll share more details when we get closer to the event, but I'm excited to see New Hampshire for the first time and visit with some of my New England  (read more …)

successful houseplants

As many of you know, I discovered the joy of houseplants in the spring of 2015.  I went a wee bit overboard and bought way too many plants for my house throughout the spring and summer, but it ended up being a good thing.  I was able to see which plants thrived in my house and which ones didn't. Many were lost along the way. A moment of silence for those who fell. I learned that some plants  (read more …)

2015 gardening report card

This was the first year I gave gardening a good effort.  I started strong and I stuck with it.  And I learned a lot along the way about what worked, what didn't and what I could do better next season. First off, I've learned to move plants around to find the light they like best.  This plant was looking sad in the kitchen... ...so I moved it to the living room where the light is brighter  (read more …)

vintage-style deck makeover

I've always been what you call an "indoor girl" when it comes to home decor.  When we put our house on the market (and ended up not selling it) last spring, our realtor put an "I'm Beautiful Inside" sign above the "For Sale" sign.  That's realtor code for "It looks better once you walk through the front door." It's not that I didn't care about the outside, but with two little boys, a business to  (read more …)