“Porch sitting” is one of my favorite pastimes. There are few things more relaxing than kicking back on the porch with a cold drink in your hand, shooting the breeze with friends and watching the world go by. Growing up, I wiled away many hours rocking on our porch swing. Now, the porch is one of […]

My mother has given me some pretty amazing gifts throughout the years. And I’m not just talking about the tangible things. She has given me her love, unconditionally. A safe and happy home. The encouragement and confidence to pursue my dreams. The belief that anything is possible. Kind words when I needed them (and reality checks […]

Some love stories are epic. Some make headlines. Ours is quieter sort, a story of a love that grew day by day, month by month, year by year… No headlines here. It’s just an ordinary love story of boy meets girl, boy dates girl (with a bit of a twist), boy marries girl…happily ever after. […]

In all my trips to the beach, I’ve never found a piece of sea glass. But I have searched and I will continue to do so.. …because I love the idea of beach glass. I love that something once considered trash, like an old jar or bottle, can transform into something beautiful. I love that […]

Today, I’m taking a little bit of a break from my normal furniture befores and afters, crafty projects, recipes and room reveals to share a little bit more of myself. Dorrie of Simple Southern Charm, another North Carolina furniture painting gal, invited me to participate in the Blogland Tour where I get to talk about […]

Today’s post is one I shared first over at seven thirty three, but in case you missed it there, I thought it was worth an encore. Like William Morris, I love it when a home decor project is both beautiful and functional. I certainly think these shadow box frames that do double duty as jewelry […]

Meet “The Bling Bandits,” the father and son duo who broke my heart over and over again this weekend! Wink, wink! They may look sweet and smiley, but this pair are shrewd junk collectors and pickers. (I’ll tell you more about those heartbreaking moments later.) Kevin O is a picker who travels all along the […]

I thought I was finished with my Fourth of July decorating… But then I happened upon these red-white-and-blue, stars-and-stripes and polka dot fabric swatches… …on the remnant table at my local fabric store. $5, 5 minutes and some rope, and I whipped up this quick and easy patriotic bunting. I lucked out by finding fabric […]

When I was pulling together our Memorial Day patriotic picnic on the front porch, I wanted to add a vintage vibe to our table. I would have loved to have found some vintage American flags to use for our centerpiece. But since I couldn’t find the real deal, I decided to make my own, using […]

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rebecca Ray Designs, designer and manufacturer of equestrian handbags and accessories bench made in the United States. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links. “I think we need a horse farm,” I said to my husband one day as we were out driving in the country, through […]