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a slip turned into a slip

I found a pretty antique petticoat a few months ago at an antique store and decided it would make a pretty pillow cover.  I would turn a slip into a pillow slip!  Two, actually. Since the ruffle was only on one side, I made it like a slip-on pillow case instead of a traditional decorative bolster cover.  It worked out perfectly, since the ruffle hangs over the sofa and it's tailored on the back  (read more …)

a chandelier, watering live evergreens & blue checks

The living room is in the front of our house, which faces south.  Most of the day, the room gets beautiful light..streaming through the dining room and front windows in the morning and in long, golden beams through the west-facing windows in the afternoon.  At night, though, this room is dark.  That is because it has no overhead lighting.  The house was built in the 1940's and having lots of  (read more …)

a girl can change her mind (and often does)

Soooo...the curtain saga continues.  I've confessed that rugs are my nemesis, but now that I've switched to sisal and jute blends, I've made peace with rugs.  It seems like curtains might be my new nemesis.  I think the struggle I have with curtains is that it's not a design choice that's easily (or inexpensively) changed.  In a room with one window...okay, it's not that big of a deal.  But my  (read more …)

blue spruce in a bucket

I have mentioned it a couple of times already...I am really excited to decorate for Christmas this year!  It's just like old times when the countdown would begin leading up to the day after Thanksgiving and I could finally haul out the bins and put the Christmas music on.  For the past few years, I've been burned out on Christmas decorating.  Decorating for retail spaces and freelance projects all  (read more …)

bright white ceiling & pearly white walls

Today the boys are off school for the Columbus Day holiday.  Three day weekends like these always catch me by surprise, but we always find a way to just roll with it.  Jeff was out for the day, so it was just me and the boys.  We took this day to hang out in our jammies at the house.  I was planning on being in the studio today, pricing my weekend finds and working on things for the Chapel Market,  (read more …)

the winner of the debate

If you're up to speed on my living room, you know that I have been pondering taking down the curtains in the living and dining room.  Yesterday, after this photo shoot, I took them down... The sunlight poured in and it was so bright and wonderful.  I was convinced that I would go drape-free.   I continued removing the curtains from the dining room.  In case you can't figure out how  (read more …)

updating the living room

It's been a tough week to get into a groove for me.  On Monday, we took the boys to Hershey Park to squeeze some fun into the last days of summer.  The boys were home on Tuesday, which was a day filled with cleaning, laundry, packing book bags and getting ready to start the school year on the right foot.  By the time Wednesday hit, I was ready to get to work, but I was so behind and was feeling  (read more …)

rugs are my nemesis

When decorating a room, I really struggle with area rugs.  I'm sure that was evident in my family room... Yeah, I know.  I still love those rugs, but they just weren't working. That's why I have a tendency to buy, sell and swap rugs pretty regularly.  I struggle with finding the perfect pattern that fits my style, colors that work with the fabrics I already have going on and finding a  (read more …)