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Furniture for the Family Room & Calvin’s Room

A few days ago, I shared the new arrangement in our family room as well as the progress on Calvin's room.  I said I would give all of the details on the new pieces of furniture and this post is making good on that promise! Now, I admit, furniture stores have never been my thing.  Give me a flea market, antique store, thrift shop or yard sale!  That's where most of my pieces have been found and  (read more …)

dog beds are decor

Before I get into the post today, I wanted to let my readers in the north east know that I'll be in Palmyra, New York this Saturday (September 24, 2016) for The Purple Painted Lady 6th Annual Festival.  (Click the link for details.)  I'll be teaching milk paint demos and answering Q&A's at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  I hope to see some of you there! I remember reading a post years ago, written  (read more …)

farmhouse holiday series | fall dining room

It's time for another installment of the Farmhouse Holiday Series with some of my blog buddies.  And this week, we partnered with All Modern to show you our dining rooms decorated for fall. I remember when I felt like "holiday" colors were locked in.  Christmas had to be green and red and fall had to be yellows, oranges, and browns.  That is it. And then I vividly remember seeing an article in  (read more …)

fall living room

You're all amazing.  I just need to say that.  All of your comments in reply to my "things have changed" post were like a huge hug to me.  I know that sounds cheesy, but they really were.  What's interesting is that after I posted that, it was such a relief to me and it pushed me through that "stuck" feeling I've been struggling through the past few weeks.  I took the pressure off of myself and  (read more …)

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 …)

progress in Calvin’s room…

We made some real progress in Calvin's room the past couple of weeks.  As a reminder, we're transitioning our guest room into a room for our youngest son, Calvin.  He's ready to have everything done right now, but I've been trying to teach him that good rooms aren't rushed together.  It's about collecting just the right items and that can take time. With the addition of a desk, bean bag chair,  (read more …)

master bedroom nightstands

I don't show a ton of the goings-on in my house these days largely because there's not a lot happening as far as home improvements or decorating changes are concerned.  We are transitioning the guest room to Calvin's room, but other than that, things have pretty much stayed the same. We are changing a few things up, though, and I must say that it's been refreshing for me.  I love making tweaks  (read more …)

The trials of decorating for an 8-year-old boy

Decorating for kids is hard.  I'm learning that as I'm working with my eight-year-old on transforming the guest room into his room.  We have conversations about it that go something like this... "So, let's talk about your room, bud, and how you would like it to look." "Okay." "What colors would you like?" "Ummm... Red, green, black, gray, orange, blue.  And some yellow." "Hmm.  Okay.  How  (read more …)