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favorite Ikea finds

We live about 90 minutes away from an Ikea, so I don't go there often.  Maybe once every three or four years.  On Friday, my mom and I made the trek and spent the day "doing Ikea."  It really is like a theme park.  Wear comfortable shoes, get your map, make your lists, so you don't miss anything.  Make your plans, so you hit lunch at the right time.  It's an event. I went with a pretty sizable  (read more …)

country living | behind the scenes

Several of you have already come upon a secret I've been keeping since June of last year.  My home was featured in the March 2016 issue of Country Living. AHHHHHH! And, yes, lots of geeking out has taken place.  Lots of high-pitched squeals and pinch-me moments and slowing down to soak it all in. It was the most involved shoot I have ever been a part of.  It was a half day of styling and  (read more …)

$100 Kohl’s Home Giveaway

You know me.  I prefer to buy old things.  They just speak to me in a way that new things don't, but it's not always practical to buy old.  Sometimes you need a chair that people can sit in without wondering if and when it might give way.  Right?  Sometimes new things can work really well with all of the old, making your home a bit more functional. When Kohl's contacted me, asking if I would work  (read more …)

the little things | wooden spoons

I think it's easy to be intentional when making choices about the big things you bring into your home.  The big commitment items like sofas and china hutches and statement pieces.  I don't think it's quite as easy to be intentional about the little things.  Things that are utilitarian and inexpensive. But, if you're going to buy something, anything, even something little, relatively cheap, and  (read more …)

living & dining rooms | Christmas 2015

My favorite rooms to decorate for Christmas are the definitely the living and dining rooms.  It's hard to believe how dark these rooms were when we first moved in over nine years ago and now how light-filled and fresh they feel. For Christmas, I just add some fresh greenery and a few wool pom-poms.  That's about all these rooms need. I shared video tutorial HERE showing my trick for dressing  (read more …)

master bedroom Christmas decorating

I don't decorate every single room in the house for Christmas, but our master bedroom is right off the family room, so I like to bring a few festive touches in the room. I decorated the room pretty much as I did last year.  I don't feel like I have to keep things the same, but I also don't feel like I have to change what looked really pretty the previous year. My dress form is wearing an  (read more …)

Christmas room tour | family room

As a part of the Just a Girl "One Room Tour", I'm sharing my family room all decorated for Christmas. If you're coming from Decor Chick or Just a Girl for the first time, welcome.  (And, of course, my regulars are always welcome!) I decided to share my family room today, because it's the room we spend most of our time in.  It's where we play and do homework and watch TV.  In fact, I'm sitting on  (read more …)

the most popular horse in blogland

You know when you're out shopping and you find a little gem?  Something that screams out at you to buy it.  It speaks to you. Well, I was rummaging around in the somewhat ransacked Christmas section of TJ Maxx and I spotted this sweet wooden horse, just one, with a red bridle and saddle and the sweetest shape.  I think it was $25.  I grabbed it up without hesitation and immediately imagined it  (read more …)