How I Repurposed A Spring Item For My Fall Decor

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Are your closets cluttered with decor items for each season?  I know how you feel.  I am somebody that hates clutter, yet I find myself fighting the fight all the time. It drives me crazy. Spring here.  Summer there.  Fall and winter EVERYWHERE… …in a neat and orderly, chaotic sort of way. But, I’m vulnerable.  … [Read more...]

DIY: Fast, Fun & Spirited Halloween Decor…And Then Some

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Hey friends!  How was your weekend?  Any fall activities? John and I traveled to Pasadena to go to the Oregon v. UCLA football game – and watch a great win. Aside from our flight being delayed for four hours on the way home, it was a great weekend.  We did a little bit of shopping and a lot of eating.  A quick … [Read more...]

How To Decorate For The Seasons Using Associations, Not Cliches

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Okay.  It is confession time. How many of you have gone overboard when decorating for fall, or any season?    So overboard that when you walk into the room it feels like every marketable gimmick has just arrived at your doorstep? I think we have all been guilty of it at some point.  It is easy to do, especially … [Read more...]

DIY: Quick & Easy Fall Centerpiece

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Can I bring you coffee and flowers to celebrate the official start of fall?  I mean, it truly is a celebration. Don’t you think? We get to celebrate our favorite things about the season. Things such as… Lingering at your favorite farmstand, taking in all the colors… Zipping up those worn leather … [Read more...]

DIY: I Finally Got A Clue!

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We spent hours in the hallway.  That long hallway that connected the living room to the three bedrooms in my childhood home where years of playing hot potato with a balloon, keep-away with someone’s prized possession, or rolling a ball back and forth. In that same hallway was the typical mid-century home’s closet.  … [Read more...]

DIY: Wall Mount Bottle Opener Board

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Do you ever find yourself asking the question? You know the one… “Seriously, just how hard is it to walk it to the garbage can?” If you have children (or even a husband) I bet you ask it often.  Daily. Hourly. But, I guess I am the one to blame.  My brilliance, resourcefulness and … [Read more...]

Furniture Debut: The Pioneer

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  …Now all the prairie and the plain Are waving field of golden grain: Look till eve, from early morn See all the valleys clad with corn. Grey haired sires and young men brave, Maidens fair and matrons grave, Children bright and babies sweet, At Harvest Home each year we meet…   That is an excerpt from R.H. … [Read more...]

How We Repurposed An Unknown Object Into Our New Kitchen Chandelier

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Switching gears mid-makeover-stream is a must.  I mean, sticking with an original plan is way too easy. Chaos breeds creativity. Or is it the other way around? A few weeks ago, I showed you the finalists in my hunt for a new chandelierover my breakfast nook table.  I had narrowed it down to the first option, and was … [Read more...]

10 Last Minute 4th Of July Entertaining Ideas

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It happened, didn’t it?  The day before your 4th of July festivities got here and you still aren’t ready.  I’m not sure how you all deal with that.  I wouldn’t have a clue as it has never happened to me. Never. - yeah, that would be a gazillion bolts of electricity from the lightning that just struck. I’m pretty … [Read more...]

DIY: 2 Simple Summer Presentations With 2 Basic Paper Plates

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Oh my gosh, I am finally starting to take advantage of the slow-pace-of-summer and have to say, I have welcomed it with open arms.  I’ve let myself sleep until 6:30 or 7:00 on some days and haven’t rushed myself to get out the door.  I have spent a few days here and there with Joey, out and about, doing a lot of nothing.  But it … [Read more...]