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Simple DIY Curtain, using vintage fabric

I love vintage Mid-Century Colonial Revival style. I can still see the living room of my childhood, with an oval braided rug anchoring the colonial maple furniture. That vision evokes many fond remembrances of sweet days for me. When I found some vintage fabric from that same time period, (in excellent condition! I might add), I decided that it would be perfect for the back kitchen door on our house. After all, our home is a Mid-Century that we've been renovating into a Colonial Revival Cottage style. Have you shopped for vintage fabric lately? Here is ... Keep Reading...

Tiling the Bathroom Floor

Our house has a few bathrooms, (4 1/2 to be exact!) It sounds like a lot, but that number is sort of deceiving, because the house has a finished lower level, and a lower level apartment to boot, so that's 2 bathrooms, one of which won't be assessible to us once the apartment is rented. Then, the back entry has a 1/2 bath in the mudroom. Both the mudroom and the lower level bathrooms have the same luxury vinyl plank flooring, (you can find out more about that flooring project in this post). On the main level, the master bathroom and guest bathroom have ... Keep Reading...

Halloween Confession

I have a confession... I actually have lots of confessions I could make, but this one is about a pretty big mistake I made with Halloween. I used to love Halloween! (wait, that's not the confession, read on...) When I was a little girl , Halloween evoked lots and lots of creative and spooky fun for me. So many imaginative thoughts. I loved creating my costumes. I loved the feeling of the crisp fall night walking around our tiny town trick-or treating with my friends. Gathering goodies in a big brown paper grocery bag, hoping I could get it home before it ... Keep Reading...

Super Simple Stencil Project with a Giveaway!

Hello! I'm back inside from a summer that was FULL of landscaping and gardening projects. Now, finally, I have time to write and share with you, (and hopefully inspire you with) many more projects... including details of our home we totally renovated. It's a Mid-Century that had very little character we transformed into Colonial-Revival Cottage style! You can see more about that here. I thought it'd be fun to kick off the 'back-to-the-blog' with a GIVE-AWAY!! WHOO-HOO!!  This is a giveaway for a free stencil of your choice from Stencil ... Keep Reading...

Halloween Centerpiece

I don't do much decorating for Halloween, do you? I know some people really get into it. We have a friend that takes time off work to transform his house, both inside and out with amazingly detailed Halloween decor. He creates a spooky scene in the woods beyond his front yard, and has 'haunted' tunnels the trick-or-treaters enter through to gain access to the goodies at the front porch. The inside of the house is adorned with all sorts of eerie and mysterious embellishments for the 'adult' party. It's fun and I appreciate the incredible effort he puts ... Keep Reading...

Coming Back with a Kick-Off Giveaway!

Hi! I'm still here, and getting ready to start the blogging season! Yay!! This summer has totally flown by... every year I get older and the time goes faster and faster... I can't believe it's already October! What did you do this summer? I spent many, many days outside taming the landscape and gardens around our newly purchased house, (actually bought it 2 years ago, but have been concentrating on interior renovations until now, and like I said, time flies, can't believe it's been 2 years already!). (You can read more about some of this summer's ... Keep Reading...

Simple Deer Proofing

Gardening can be so rewarding. You plant the tiny seeds and baby plants, carefully watering them and with gentle care you see them grow and are compensated with delicious fruit and vegetables. Sometimes something goes wrong though... something you just weren't expecting... That's exactly what happened to us this week. The day started out calm and sweet... I had no idea what I was about to face. We were sitting on the screen porch enjoying our morning coffee just taking in the views of our backyard gardens and enjoying the birds singing their morning ... Keep Reading...

2 Pergolas and a Garden Update

I may be setting a summer pattern... getting a post published every other week is about all I seem to be able to have time for... but that's probably all you have time to read as well! Summer is such a few short months, to waste it indoor is just that... a waste! In this post I'm going to share with you 2 pergolas and a garden update... one of the pergolas is at our house, but the other pergola is from someone else's house... A couple weeks ago my husband and I went to see two of our grandkids play baseball and went over to their dad's and step-mom's house ... Keep Reading...

Before & After Formal Cottage Garden

In the summer it is so hard for me to stay inside long enough to write a post! (sorry I missed last Monday's post!) I love being outside in this weather. Gardening and landscaping have totally taken front and center for me this spring. The gardens at our house were in desperate need of garden work. Last year we were so preoccupied with the renovations to the actual house, we didn't even bother a bit with the landscaping. It's been so much fun to be able to put my full attention into the landscape and garden design this year! All that time and energy ... Keep Reading...

Raised Bed Container Gardening

***UPDATE: To see an update on how these planters have worked so far, check out this mid summer post. I haven't been able to put in a vegetable garden for a few years, and now at our new house, I really wanted to have one again. Then I stumbled across these raised bed planters, (see shopping link for them at the end) and they really looked like the perfect answer for a garden. Raised bed container gardening has some pretty great advantages, but a few drawbacks too... like drying out too quickly. The reason I was drawn to a raised bed container gardening ... Keep Reading...