Getting Ready…

It is time. Time for the fall inventory to be unpacked and on the shelves.  I’ve spent the last two days getting the store ready and … [Continue Reading]

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Furniture Debut: The Pioneer

  …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 … [Continue Reading]

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How We Repurposed An Unknown Object Into Our New Kitchen Chandelier

Switching gears mid-makeover-stream is a must.  I mean, sticking with an original plan is way too easy. Chaos breeds creativity. Or … [Continue Reading]

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Furniture Debut: The Doublets

Sometimes, one is indeed the loneliest number and to get a match made in heaven, it takes two to tango. Well, something like that … [Continue Reading]

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New Pendant Lights In The Kitchen

Let There Be Light! Well, different light anyway.   Five years ago, when we built this house, we were at the very end of the process and … [Continue Reading]

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The Outback

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Last weekend, we traveled the road that leads to nowhere to get two weeks from everywhere (as they say.)  We did our annual gathering in the Oregon Outback, on the other side of the mountains.  I was planning on sharing it all earlier this week but I was still on vacation so to speak. The “family camping compound” … [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...]

How To Care For Your Hanging Fuschia Plants

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Every year, towards the end of May, my porches become havens of budding beauty seeking the glorious Pacific Northwest morning sun. You may call me a rebel of sort, taking on a task that many are afraid to do. But what people don’t know is that they have no reason to be afraid. Fuschias are not your enemy. They are … [Read more...]

DIY: An Old Crate Into A Side Table

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Sometimes things are meant to be given a second life.  A new purpose. After all, their original purpose can become boring. Or for whatever reason, they are no longer able to deliver. Kind of like how I feel at least once a day.  ha ha. For this project, I decided to do a quick repurpose of an old … [Read more...]

I’m Making A Mental Move For Summer

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TGIF! I hope you all have started your summer vacation off on the right foot.   I decided to take a little break as you may have noticed. But I’ve been busy: I have been working at the store and getting the new inventory stocked… Watching a lot of baseball… Working on projects… Planning our … [Read more...]

Furniture Debut: Dottie

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A go-to color is a must in the design business.  A color that you can rely on when your creativity has stalled.  A color that can transition from season to season, room to room, style to style.  My go-to color is green.  I love how it can be incorporated into any design at any time of the year.  I use it throughout my home … [Read more...]

How I Repurposed A Primitive German Cabbage Cart

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It is the thrill of the hunt.  That is what you will hear many people say who are in the business.  I am not one of them. I have shared before how spending hours and hours and sometimes days looking for that awesome find is not my idea of a productive use of my time.   It is because of the risk.  The risk of coming … [Read more...]

Furniture Debut: The Counterpoint

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Today you can call me the neutralizer.  The middle child.  The mediator. There has been so much debate  discussion on social media between “painters” and “wood purists.”  Some of it is downright mean and ridiculous.  I don’t understand the thought process. But today I am debuting a piece of furniture that is for … [Read more...]

DIY: Denim Banner With A Secret Twist

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A good pair of jeans goes a long way, don’t you think?  I mean, seriously, is there anything more useful for repurposing than denim?  And denim does not discriminate.  We all have denim – regardless of age or size.  It is an American staple. Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and  - denim. Although we may wear denim … [Read more...]