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If you have been watching the Monday’s Moments board on my Pinterest page, you will see I have been pinning lots of gallery walls.  I love how gallery walls can be such a statement in a room.     Some of my favorites are where they tie a piece of furniture into the display.  It really connects the two, giving your space even more interest.   Today, I am showing the gallery wall down our hallway.  With our open concept… Read more »

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  A bit ago I shared my incredibly long to do list.  This was one of those things on that list.  So, I am glad to be able to share this painted child’s desk with you!     Here is what it looked like before.  The kiddos have so much fun with it.     I wanted to paint this desk to match Baby Girl’s furniture that I painted in CeCe Caldwell’s chalk paint.  I didn’t have anymore, so had… Read more »

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If you are anything like me, you love Before & After photos.  So, with the progress we’ve made, I thought it was time to share a little Before & After of our hall bath.  It’s fun to see how far we have come.     The house was built in the 70’s.  The previous owners were meticulous in it’s care, but things were a bit dated.  Here is the bath before:     Overall, the layout of this bath remained the… Read more »

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What happens when you don’t have an obvious entry?  You get people coming to the back door!  This is the situation we have.  Guests park in the driveway and they are faced with two entries on either side of the garage.  The side of the house is actually the driveway side, so it is not obvious which entry point to use. The front door is tucked back, to the left of the garage.  Because we didn’t bump out the courtyard… Read more »

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Since we have started focusing some energy on the backyard, I thought I better get thinking about exterior paint colors.  We have some things that are fixed, that will help determine the colors we go with. Number one, the travertine tile that will cover the patio floor, has a pinky/purple undertone.  Then the window frames are bronze.  Finally, the posts will be stained a dark walnut color.     In the scheme above, Rolling Pebble is the house body color.  Sculptor… Read more »

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With pool season fast approaching, we have had to move some of our energy outside.  In the renovation, we extended the covered patio 11’ doubling it in size.  After experiencing our first winter here, I am so glad we did.  It is pretty much year round living here, so extending it gives us additional shade during summer months and lots of extra living space.     So this past week, the patio was getting prepped for tile, with additional concrete… Read more »

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Last week I talked about three design blunders to avoid.  One of them was to hang your artwork closer to your furniture than the ceiling, helping it to relate as a grouping.  Today, I thought I would share how to do this as one of our Moments.     I started with this tall cabinet and took an inventory of the accessories I had.  To give some additional height to our arrangement, I added a stack of baskets for texture,… Read more »

I just finished painting all of the cabinet doors!  It will be so nice to have rooms that are completely done.  Well after we get the base and case in!  But, we are close!  This morning, I was able to finish the front sides of the remaining cabinets.  Can I tell you how excited I am to get these doors up and not to see all of the “stuff” in the cabinets anymore?   Now, I wanted to share a… Read more »

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  Everyone has their little pet peeves.  When I walk into a friend’s house, I make a conscious effort not to critique their space unless they ask me to.  But, there are certain things that scream at me.  As soon as I am asked, I gladly share the 3 things that can make their space go from design blunder to beautiful!     1) Rugs Placing a small postage stamp in the middle of your living room/dining room/bedroom does not… Read more »

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We’ve been covering a lot of different vignettes and how to apply them to our rooms.  Today, I would like to talk about challenging spaces.  Do you have a challenging area in terms of decorating?  Usually, we all have one.  Something that either stumps us or is just unusual.   Mine is our fireplace.   It is not your usual one dimensional mantel.  The fireplace sits in the corner and is a beehive, add to that, it is brick.  So not… Read more »