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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 …)

the fate of the leather sofa

Many people have asked about the fate of the leather sofa and for a few more details about why I swapped it out, so I thought I would answer that question in a post, especially for those who are weighing their sofa options for a purchase. The leather sofa is the Brooklyn leather sofa in Toffee from Pottery Barn.  I bought it a few years ago using gift cards, redeemed credit card points, and  (read more …)

Pillows for the Family Room

I shared a couple of days ago that I was going to make some custom pillow covers for the family room sectional.  It came with pillows, but they weren't my style/colors.  Making pillow covers in fabrics that tie my style and colors with the sectional is a great way to make something feel a little more custom and cohesive. I already had the checked blue pillows, so I kept those and made some more  (read more …)

DIY window valance

Good evening from New York!  I spent the better part of the day driving through the rolling hills and small towns of PA and NY and even got to stop in at an antique store and eat dinner at an amazing restaurant, so I can't complain. Anyway, earlier this week I worked on a valance for the dormer window in Calvin's room and I thought I would share how to make this simple window treatment... (I'm  (read more …)

Furniture for the Family Room & Calvin’s Room

A few days ago, I shared the new arrangement in our family room as well as the progress on Calvin's room.  I said I would give all of the details on the new pieces of furniture and this post is making good on that promise! Now, I admit, furniture stores have never been my thing.  Give me a flea market, antique store, thrift shop or yard sale!  That's where most of my pieces have been found and  (read more …)

dog beds are decor

Before I get into the post today, I wanted to let my readers in the north east know that I'll be in Palmyra, New York this Saturday (September 24, 2016) for The Purple Painted Lady 6th Annual Festival.  (Click the link for details.)  I'll be teaching milk paint demos and answering Q&A's at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  I hope to see some of you there! I remember reading a post years ago, written  (read more …)

farmhouse holiday series | fall dining room

It's time for another installment of the Farmhouse Holiday Series with some of my blog buddies.  And this week, we partnered with All Modern to show you our dining rooms decorated for fall. I remember when I felt like "holiday" colors were locked in.  Christmas had to be green and red and fall had to be yellows, oranges, and browns.  That is it. And then I vividly remember seeing an article in  (read more …)

fall living room

You're all amazing.  I just need to say that.  All of your comments in reply to my "things have changed" post were like a huge hug to me.  I know that sounds cheesy, but they really were.  What's interesting is that after I posted that, it was such a relief to me and it pushed me through that "stuck" feeling I've been struggling through the past few weeks.  I took the pressure off of myself and  (read more …)