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and at the house…


While all of the preparation for Lucketts has been going on, I've been working some on my house for an upcoming photo shoot as well.  (And 10 Christmas freelance articles, but that's for another post.)  April and May are just busy months for me, as I'm sure they are for many of you as well.  It's just how things stack up and it seems to happen this way every year.  So, we buckle down and push  (read more …)

pennants + golf club = window treatments


I made a few updates in the boy's room over the weekend.  All three of my boys (including Jeff) have been sick, so I've been playing nurse most of the time, but Sunday afternoon was so beautiful and the sunshine and warm weather gave me a boost of energy.  I threw open the windows, so my "patients" could benefit from it as well after hanging out under blankets in dark rooms for a couple of days.  (read more …)

how to gold leaf a frame


 When I was out shopping for the upcoming Lucketts Spring Market last week, I was looking for artwork for my living room as well.  I was really hoping for a pair of charming paintings, but I didn't have any luck.  I did find two vintage Currier & Ives prints, though.  They were sweet farmhouse scenes and I thought they would work well with a new frame and mat.  The frames they were in looked a  (read more …)

swapping chairs


Sooo...I've been know to rearrange, trade and swap furniture in my house.  I've always done that, but it's so much more tempting (and easier) when I have a steady stream of awesome furniture coming into my possession as I'm getting ready for an upcoming antique market.  Sometimes I need to love a piece for a while before I send it off into the world.  There are other times when I trip across  (read more …)

home gratitude


"Your home is a gift and a blessing."  Those are the words that lead off day 1 of the 31 day challenge in Loving the Home You Have, a new book by Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room.  Reading those simple words pushed me into really thinking about my attitude towards my home. If someone asked me, "Are you thankful for you home?"  I would answer without hesitation, "Yes."  But if someone asked  (read more …)

installing a stair runner


I shared several weeks ago that I wanted to add a carpet runner to our steps.  We have 1940's stairs that are shallow, by today's standards, and entirely wood.  That combination has led to more than one topple down the steps by pretty much everyone in our family.  Adding a runner wouldn't help with how shallow the steps are, but it will at least cushion any future falls.  It also makes the pokey  (read more …)

upstairs bath progress


I finished the wall paper mural in the upstairs bath last week and I've been bursting to take a picture of it to share!  I've just been really busy and didn't have the chance until yesterday afternoon.  The bathroom still isn't done, but it's far enough along that you can get the idea. This bathroom is teeny tiny, so I decided to take some risks.  HGTV asked if I would write a tutorial on hanging  (read more …)

some things just don’t need a makeover…


As I shared a few days ago, I have been on a roll with finding French chairs.  Just last week, I found a pair of French wing backs, a pair of Bergeres, a pair of balloon backs and two single French-style chairs, including this pretty one... When I first saw it on Craig's list, in a poorly lit, slightly blurry picture, I assumed it would need to be reupholstered.  When it saw it in person, I  (read more …)