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top 5 tips for decorating on a budget | part 1

When I was in New Hampshire, speaking at the Sage Farm Antiques Market, I gave a presentation on decorating on a budget.  As I prepped for that and then as I was teaching, I was reminded how passionate I am about the subject. Yes, it's nice to have a generous budget when you're decorating and yes, there are things that are worth saving for and splurging on, but oh, the creativity you have to have  (read more …)

updated tips for shopping craigslist

If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you've probably caught on that craigslist is one of my favorite places to shop for furniture.  I'm often asked about it, so I thought I would share some updated tips along with my craigslist strategy and how I sort through the trash and treasures. First of all, I know I'm in a "good area" for finding furniture and antiques.  I live in south central  (read more …)

room reset challenge | part 3 | making lists

In part two of the room reset, we were playing with our stuff.  Like our room is one in a dollhouse and we're moving around the pieces until we like it.  Adding some things, taking away others, assessing the space and trying to think outside of the box.  This is about using as much of what you have to make this room what you want it to be. Now, it's time for part three.  Making lists.  I  (read more …)

hemp sheets & hemp oil

In yesterday's post, I shared that I just got in a new shipment of antique hemp sheets from Europe and many of you asked what they are.  I've talked about them before, but I don't know if I've ever really explained what they are. They are actually sheets, but not like the modern bedsheets we have today.  They are made of three long, narrow pieces of fabric stitched together to make a larger  (read more …)

dear reader | to the one with the tiny room

You hear me talking about rearranging furniture and you look around your "cozy" room and laugh.  Everything is wedged perfectly in the space and any rearranging would be impractical at best and a fire hazard at worst. You want to change things around, to experience the joy of getting a new look without spending any money.  But you feel stuck. You're not alone. Several people have walked into  (read more …)

dear reader | to the one who is scared to sew

This time of reassessing my business and blog has been so rejuvenating for me.  I find myself flooded with ideas, anxious to create, bubbling to write...almost to the point of being overwhelmed by it.  It's like my ideas are little children who keep interrupting one another and I have to tell them to pipe down and wait their turn.  So, I'm making lots of lists and trying to shape them into a plan  (read more …)

if you think a beautiful home is out of your budget…

...it's not. When I asked for feedback a few weeks ago, some readers brought up how they "miss the days of me decorating on a budget."  To some, it felt like I'm dangling a home out there that is out of reach unless you're "rich". When I read those comments, I wanted to reach through the screen and hug the women who felt that way.  I wanted to apologize for leaving them with the impression that  (read more …)

one brush. change things.

I've been sharing little sneak peeks on my Instagram feed and now it's time for the official announcement... If you didn't/can't watch the video, the big announcement is that Shaunna West of Perfectly Imperfect and I have teamed up to create a brand - Parsons West AND our first product is a brush we developed just for paint-loving ladies like ourselves. This all started almost two years ago.  (read more …)