Stop the Presses: Valentines Decorations in Newsprint:

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. […]

Inspired by the beautiful beach glass, this Sea Glass Table is painted with a base coat of blue chalk paint, topped with a white wash and antiquing.

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 […]

Atta Girl Says: Custom Handpainted Caribbean Blue Buffett and Clock

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 […]

Decorating & Organizing with Shadow Box Frames

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 […]

Junk Shopping at a Picker's Home

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 […]

Easy DIY Patriotic Bunting: Make one in 5 minutes or less!

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 […]

Vintage American Flags

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 […]

Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration

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 […]

Spring Vignette inspired by my McCoy pottery collection

Fifteen ¬†years ago — maybe more — I was shopping at the Georgetown Flea Market in Washington, D.C. when I spotted a trio of McCoy Pottery vases shaped like flowers. I had just started collecting ¬†McCoy, and the vases were high on my wish list. But at $50 each, they were way out of budget. […]

N.C. Heirloom Apples

The family and I took a trip to the North Carolina mountains this past weekend to relax, unplug and enjoy one another’s company. I have a new favorite cocktail after this weekend: a cinnamon apple martini, which tastes like a Hot Tamale candy in a glass. I’m working on figuring out the recipe. We had […]