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dear reader | to the one with “internet intimidation”

One of my milk paint retailers sent me an e-mail, asking for some decorating advice for her home.  I gave her my opinion on it and this was her reply... "Thank you. I lived so long with wrong decorating choices that I started to get too used to the way things are.  Wrong mindset. I'm tackling things now. I started with the toilet haha, it felt safest. All three bedrooms got a makeover. Working on  (read more …)

idea overload & glass glitter banner kits

This weekend, I'm presenting at the Holiday Expo at McLean Bible Church, just outside of DC.  (I shared the details HERE, if you're interested in attending.)  With a sick kid, I was a little behind with getting my presentation together, but I'm going to the set up and rehearsal tomorrow, so I needed to get myself in gear today! As I've been thinking about what table setting I want to present, I  (read more …)

an inspired room

I love celebrating friends and their achievements.  And one of my blog friends has something to celebrate.  Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room, just released her latest book, also called The Inspired Room! I had the pleasure of spending time with Melissa as we prepared to teach a workshop on writing a book at the Haven conference this past summer.  I respect her a lot as a designer and an  (read more …)

room reset challenge | part 3 | making lists

In part two of the room reset, we were playing with our stuff.  Like our room is one in a dollhouse and we're moving around the pieces until we like it.  Adding some things, taking away others, assessing the space and trying to think outside of the box.  This is about using as much of what you have to make this room what you want it to be. Now, it's time for part three.  Making lists.  I  (read more …)

2015 gardening report card

This was the first year I gave gardening a good effort.  I started strong and I stuck with it.  And I learned a lot along the way about what worked, what didn't and what I could do better next season. First off, I've learned to move plants around to find the light they like best.  This plant was looking sad in the kitchen... I moved it to the living room where the light is brighter  (read more …)

Finding Fall Home Tour

Today, my blog is the second-to-the-last stop in the Finding Fall 2015 Home Tour.  There are a lot of amazing homes and decorating ideas that have been shared so far, so be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post if you're just jumping in on the tour. If you're stopping from Unexpected Elegance and are new to my blog, welcome! Before we get into the pictures, I must be a bit  (read more …)

living with raw wood floors

Back in November of last year, I had finally worked up the DIY gumption to sand down the oak hardwood floors in the front of our house. The polyurethane finish I had applied only a few years earlier was peeling off, taking the dark stain along with it.  I could literally peel it up in sheets with my cheap nail polish, which might be fun when you're 13 and bored in algebra, but  (read more …)

vintage-style deck makeover

I've always been what you call an "indoor girl" when it comes to home decor.  When we put our house on the market (and ended up not selling it) last spring, our realtor put an "I'm Beautiful Inside" sign above the "For Sale" sign.  That's realtor code for "It looks better once you walk through the front door." It's not that I didn't care about the outside, but with two little boys, a business to  (read more …)