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farmhouse holiday series | fall family room

In this second installment of the farmhouse holiday series, we're all sharing our fall family rooms... I've said it before and I'll say it again, but I don't do much in the way of fall decorating.  I'll put out a couple of pumpkins, a bowl of apples, etc. and just leave it at that.  In the case of my family room, I just put a mum in a bucket and added a couple of faux pumpkins in a wicker  (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 …)

back at the house & JAK Camera Strap Giveaway

There has been a lot of activity at the studio and things have been pretty quiet at my house.  I did rearrange the family room a few weeks ago, but otherwise, my house is just my house, which is a big change from how it was a couple of years ago. If I was at this stage of getting ready for Lucketts, I would have things piled up in my dining room, pieces in every corner of my basement and I would  (read more …)

family room furniture shuffle

This seems to happen every year.  I'm acquiring furniture and antiques to sell at the Lucketts Spring Market and the desire to change things up in my own home starts to brew.  Since I moved my business from my house to the studio, the furniture rearranging has really slowed down.  A lot.  It used to be a weekly occurrence, but it's now a few times a year.  It's not as easy to "try things on" as it  (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 …)

evolution of my home | part 5 | the family room

And now it's time to take an in-depth look at the history of my family room.  This is an awesome space for entertaining and hanging out, but it's a bit of a tough one when it comes to arranging furniture.  It's long and narrow, with a bit of a strange traffic flow, so when I start getting the urge to shuffle furniture around, this room is usually where I start. Here's how it looks  (read more …)

hemp sheet slipcovers

One project that's been on my to-do list for a couple of years was making new slipcovers for the wing chairs in the family room.  When things linger on a list that long, it's because I don't really want to do them.  I know how to make slipcovers and I love the results, but I make them out of thriftiness, not out of a zest for making slipcovers.  I usually do my slipcovering and upholstery in  (read more …)