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a goat bell for a horse

When I was out shopping last week, I found a little goat bell.  It was inexpensive, I think $4.00, so I picked it up.  I initially envisioned using it as a Christmas decoration, with some evergreens, etc., making it into a small wreath. The leather was really dry, but a little Hemp Oil hydrated it and made it pliable again. As soon as I finished photographing the bell, a thought hit me...  I  (read more …)

“Created by Dreamers”

A few months ago, I reviewed a mattress from Leesa.  It was a foam mattress that comes in a box, delivered to your door.  I'm a big fan of a foam mattress, but not everyone is, so Leesa figured out a way to get springs inside a mattress that can still be compressed, fit in a box, and delivered to your door. Their new luxury mattress is called Sapira. The box was sitting in the living room for  (read more …)

White & Wood Winter Table | $100 HomeGoods Giveaway

The Farmhouse Holiday Decor Series is back and today I'm sharing a winter tablescape.  I'm not quite ready to break out the Christmas decorations, especially since I use a lot of fresh greenery, but I like the idea of a festive winter table to fill in that decorating gap. This week's "theme", a holiday/Christmas tablescape, was sponsored by HomeGoods, so I drove out to the nearest one with my  (read more …)

family room rug victory

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  We had absolutely perfect fall weather here in south central PA and we took advantage of it.  We have needed to get some things done around the house, so we had a Parsons' family workday.  The four of us worked together to clean the basement workshop, the shed, and the yard.  Jeff got a fire going in the fire pit and we burned all of the scrap wood in the  (read more …)

farmhouse holiday series | fall porch

It's time for our last fall post in the Farmhouse Holiday Series, but we'll be back again as the Christmas season gets underway! Today, though, it's all about the fall porch.  I have to say that I really worked at gardening and our outdoor spaces last year.  I found it rewarding and we enjoyed sitting on our deck for the first time in the almost 10 years we've lived here. This year?  Totally  (read more …)

the fate of the leather sofa

Many people have asked about the fate of the leather sofa and for a few more details about why I swapped it out, so I thought I would answer that question in a post, especially for those who are weighing their sofa options for a purchase. The leather sofa is the Brooklyn leather sofa in Toffee from Pottery Barn.  I bought it a few years ago using gift cards, redeemed credit card points, and  (read more …)

Pillows for the Family Room

I shared a couple of days ago that I was going to make some custom pillow covers for the family room sectional.  It came with pillows, but they weren't my style/colors.  Making pillow covers in fabrics that tie my style and colors with the sectional is a great way to make something feel a little more custom and cohesive. I already had the checked blue pillows, so I kept those and made some more  (read more …)

DIY window valance

Good evening from New York!  I spent the better part of the day driving through the rolling hills and small towns of PA and NY and even got to stop in at an antique store and eat dinner at an amazing restaurant, so I can't complain. Anyway, earlier this week I worked on a valance for the dormer window in Calvin's room and I thought I would share how to make this simple window treatment... (I'm  (read more …)