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decorating with shutters & doors

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I've shared my love of doors and shutters here before, but it's been a while.  I think it's an idea that used to be a little odd, but it has been catching on and snowballing over the past few years.  The unfortunate thing about that is that demand and price for them has increased, but the good thing is that more doors and shutters are being saved from tear-downs.  I happen to live in an area where  (read more …)

wheels, racquets & more…

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I had sort of a quiet day, so I thought I would share a few more of my finds from last week as well as some things happening in my house. I've had a thing for bread boards for a while now and this one was just too pretty to pass up.  The patina on the wood, the shape and the way the planks are connected made this piece a keeper.  You'll definitely see it in some photo shoots before I sell  (read more …)

a horn, a glass case, french twins & a sofa

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As I mentioned on Friday, I was feeling a little directionless on Thursday.  I have plenty of things on my to-do list, but I couldn't pin myself down.  I needed some time away from the computer, the studio and the house.  I lounged around a bit in the morning before I acknowledged I would benefit from an outing. I didn't have a ton of time, so I stuck with a couple of shops that are close to  (read more …)

more furniture to paint…

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I have had a tough time getting back in my groove since the Christmas holiday.  It's mostly because of this... No, not an amazing old mill.  The snow!  The boys keep having two hour delays and full days off from school for snow and ice.  I love my days off with them, but it's tough trying to balance work with two boys home all day, especially on the heels of a long school break!  We're  (read more …)

“I knew you were here”

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It finally occurred to me on Monday that Christmas was right around the corner.  You'd think with all of the decorating and Christmas music that it would've occurred to me sooner, but it still managed to sneak up on me.  I had only purchased a few presents and it was time to get with the program.  I spent Wednesday out and about and was able to check almost everyone off my list.  With a little  (read more …)

good reads

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I really enjoy reading.  I don't read novels very often, because I get so engrossed in them that I neglect everything else and stay up until 3:00 in the morning to get to a "good stopping point."  So, I usually refrain unless I can't resist or I'm stuck in bed for some reason.  But I enjoy flipping through a good decorating book or reading something that's inspirational and maybe helps me learning  (read more …)

recent finds & photo shoots

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When we were in Charlottesville last week, Jeff extended the invitation to me to do a little antique shopping.  He knows this means I will most likely fill our van with a bunch of things he doesn't really "get."  It means I'll buy things that I expect him to fix and it even may mean he gets longing looks from me over a beastly piece of furniture that I want to rearrange everything in our van for.  (read more …)

epic craig’s list find

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I have found a lot of great pieces on Craig's List over the years...chandeliers, dressers, hutches, cupboards, chairs, sofas...you name it.  I've bought a lot off of Craig's List.  When I'm getting ready for a market, I troll the local antiques & furniture sections daily in our local areas to see if I come up with anything good (and I often do.)  And I have another ace up my sleeve when it  (read more …)