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tips on sanding floors

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This is my second time refinishing floors and I learned a lot through my errors the first go-around.   Since scooting around on diaper boxes to wipe up excess stain (you can read about those antics HERE), I have learned a lot about finishing wood and have done a lot of reading on sanding and finishing floors specifically.  There are so many ways to approach it...everything from sanding an entire  (read more …)

upholstered Christmas banner tutorial

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A few weeks ago, I was browsing Christmas decor and tripped across this sweet "Happy Christmas" banner at Terrain.  The vintage-looking stuffed velvet letters appealed to me, but I wasn't a fan of the color or the unevenness of the letters. I liked the idea of making one, but I had to think through how to make it.  The inspiration banner looks like each letter was sewn and stuffed.  That  (read more …)

block printed wrapping paper & snowball garland

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I walked into the studio ready to work on Christmas things this morning.  I told Kriste at one point that I wished I could work on five different things at once.  There was a bee in my bonnet.  I had a lot on the wish list to get done, but I knew it was way too much for one day, so we  got started and just worked until we needed to stop.  We started making a grain sack tree skirt, did  (read more …)

time-saving tips for painting a room

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I shared the other day that I painted three ceilings and one room in just a few hours...while the boys were at my jammies.  Truth be told, I could've painted the living room and the hallway, too, but I was getting a little sick of looking at a roller!  So, several readers asked how I get things done so fast and I thought I would share my tricks. These tips will help you get a room  (read more …)

improve your photography…

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I've been planning on writing this post for a while and I kept forgetting about it in favor of sharing a furniture makeover or some progress we're making in the studio, but I was reminded of it as I was shooting pictures of a home for Cottages & Bungalows last Thursday.  I've had "real camera crews" come shoot rooms in my house before, so I felt a little unimpressive showing up at  (read more …)

the jelly cupboard | distressing & antiquing

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As a recap, this is how the jelly cupboard started... It looks like wood grain, but it was actually painted brown. I painted it in MMS Milk Paint Artissimo without the bonding agent added.  The previous coat of brown paint wasn't glossy, so I expected the milk paint to adhere pretty well.  It chipped in just a few places, which was perfect. The jelly cupboard had amazing texture on the  (read more …)

process of styling | part two

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If you missed the first post on my styling process, you can find it HERE.   In this post, I'll talk through how we styled this hand painted piece as a buffet as well as sharing my camera settings. This is where I started with the styling... I'm shooting in my studio and I am working with a white wall as a backdrop.  I like shooting against white, but it feels a little stark without anything on  (read more …)

process of styling

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I've been asked to share my thought process for styling a photo shoot, specifically with a piece of furniture, and this post is in response to those requests.  I think styling is something that is hard to teach, because it is an art in itself and is based so much on personal taste.  As I walk you through my thought process on styling this piece, you might like one of my "rejects" better than the  (read more …)