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The trials of decorating for an 8-year-old boy

Decorating for kids is hard.  I'm learning that as I'm working with my eight-year-old on transforming the guest room into his room.  We have conversations about it that go something like this... "So, let's talk about your room, bud, and how you would like it to look." "Okay." "What colors would you like?" "Ummm... Red, green, black, gray, orange, blue.  And some yellow." "Hmm.  Okay.  How  (read more …)

artwork for Calvin’s room

I remember a conversation I had with Jeanne Oliver a few years ago.  We were talking about art and the classes she offers through her website.  At the time, she was offering a painting class that was based on copying the work of masters.  I remember not knowing quite how to feel about that...a class that is encouraging a student of art to copy the work of someone else.  Isn't that a no-no? Well,  (read more …)

guest room to boy’s room

My boys have been sharing a room from the point when my youngest, Calvin, was sleeping through the night.  They are 19 months apart and both boys, so it's just made sense to have them share a room. Now that they are nine and almost eight, I'm seeing that they are both craving their own space.  Since they have the same interests and are so close in age they pretty much share everything.  While  (read more …)

Farmhouse White Dining Room Table

I have been thinking about painting my dining room table top for ages.  I never actually went through with it, though.  Partly because of time, but mostly because I was a little nervous about painting it.  Yes, I was actually nervous about it!  I have never had an all-white dining room table and I honestly wasn't sure if I would like it.  As much as I like painted pieces, I am partial to wood  (read more …)

multitasking & LG SideKick giveaway

I've mentioned my distain for the task of doing laundry on more than a few occasions here on the blog and even in my book.  It's not that it's a horrible, draining, back-breaking task, but it's never ending.  You finish and there are already dirty clothes piling up in the hamper.  It's never done.  And I am a person who likes done-ness! I have found that a lot of these never-done household chores  (read more …)

white splint basket

If you've been reading my posts over the past few weeks, you know that I have a new-found love for baskets.  I collected a lot of them to sell at Lucketts and I enjoyed using them as props around the studio.  During one of my shopping trips, though, I bought a basket for myself. It's this beautiful, antique splint basket with chippy white paint... Splint baskets are made out of thin wood  (read more …)

peonies & the family room

Last year I planted two peony bushes along the side of my house.  I never even knew what peonies were until one sweet reader sent some to me a couple of years ago as a "studio warming" gift when I moved into the studio space I currently run my business from.  (I still can't believe I used to do all of this from my house!) They were such beautiful, delicate, and long-lasting flowers and I was  (read more …)

ironstone, a tool tote, bottles & tags

After all of the craziness of Lucketts, I decided to take the week off.  I knew I probably would, so I cleared the calendar.  Sometimes I think I'll want a break and then I don't. I feel the momentum and I am raring to go.  This time I thought I would want a break and I was right.  I really needed it.  So, I had a "jammie day" and splurged on a massage and I even did a little antique shopping just  (read more …)