I cook I write and I love to decorate. My space is all about the things that make me happy I love the old look and the farmhouse feel .Welcome to this section of my Website .
Here are my new chairs for my old farm table that I just painted over the weekend. The table came from a 1930 farmhouse. As for the back porch their is a lot more to do there and I can’t wait to share the final results.
I love our master suite so much and I really love the bed it simply does not get any more farmhouse/ vintage than this. A comfortable place to just relax my master bath is like a spa and we love it !
I love my fireplace and even though I live in a warm climate I am still lucky enough to have cold weather days to enjoy a fire in the winter. This copper Bucket I found at a flea market. It was a great find . I love junking that's what I call it. I love flea markets and second hand shops .
We built this home last year and some of the stuff we wanted to do ourselves. My husband is very handy thankfully and so he has been doing all of the stone work on house.. .The front is done the sides and back are next.. We have many projects that we want l get done in the coming months and I will share them here .
Christmas time is my favorite time of the year . This is our second Christmas in our new home and that’s Hard to believe. where did the time go.. We are finishing the stone work on the house and moving on to more shiplap.. We have so many things we are doing to our new home and I can’t wait to do it all. But for the holidays the house looks as pretty as a picture.🎄 And I love Christmas trees so much I have seven .
After The Holidays!
Wow that was a fast three months from October to December! It always seems to fly by but it was an enjoyable Christmas 🎄. I started to take down some of the small stuff and trees like the week before New Years, I’m glad I did.. I had six tress in total but I saved my big tree for the day after New Years . I don’t know about you but the house feels naked I almost felt like I needed to run out and buy stuff then I realized the space will feel normal soon enough . Wishing you all a Happy New Year! I have so many projects in the works and I can’t wait to share them .
The winter season can be tough to deal with but there are ways to bring some comfort into your home during the cold dreary days when Christmas is over..
I found that bringing the outside in and decorating for winter helps . I got my ideas from social media and I’m loving it my home feels comfy and cozy. All I did was go in my own yard and grab branches, pine cones white vases and made some arrangements it looks and feels great. I kept my twinkle lights and wrapped them on two topiaries that I have on my fireplace . I love the twinkle lights I think they will be up all year long .
These warm touches make winter more tolerable!
So lighten things up add a little greenery a few things from outside and enjoy winter !
What a great weekend we had ... I am so excited about the entryway to my home it looks amazing! .My husband did an amazing job creating this beautiful space that’s so inviting to our home .. Thats all I’m going to say other than I love it !!
A Target Weekend
we spent a good amount of time this weekend at target . I love that store who doesn’t ! Aside from shopping for the stuff I needed for my foyer entryway as we were leaving my husband spotted a rug for the kitchen. I had to have it .. I looks great too ! We we’re looking for a runner but wound up getting that at Lowe’s . Either way I enjoyed my weekend at my favorite stores. Starting on Friday night Hobby lobby,Home Hoods ,Lowe’s, Target, I would say it was a productive weekend filled with shopping dinner laughs and Starbucks!
Cold January Nights
January is living up to its name as a cold month even for us in the Deep South . So why not take advantage of the moment and enjoy the fire place I really enjoy the seasons but I really don’t like the cold but who does . So I like most just make the best of it . Knowing spring will be here soon .
I had a pretty gold mirror in the hallway it could be seen from the main area of the house . But it just didn’t fit it. I won’t take total credit for this idea, although I was going to paint it I just wasn’t sure what to do I thought about a silver and maybe aging it from there . so as it turned out it became a three step process of just adding three colors using gold , silver , and a touch of black over the top of the mirror giving it a beautiful finished look . I can honestly say I am very happy how it turned out! And it makes a statement now in my house. . Like look at me !!
before and after !!
Where I love to shop!
I get so many messages about where I like to shop for my home . So below I will list all the places I like to shop . Hopefully this will help you find what your looking for !
Magnolia- on line Target World Market Joss&Main Amazon Waifair Balsam Hill Pier 1 imports Homegoods Anthropologie Esty
Just to name a few !!
diy paint project
I love painting furniture I really do !! So this past weekend I painted a table that sits in the laundry room . I have been wanting to paint this table for a long time but I just never got to it. I painted it white and gave it an old look . I used chalk paint by Amy Howard it’s great stuff.. Not only can you paint over anything but the dry time is fast . This table was painted and done in one day . Great product!! So many colors to chose from .
The Master Bedroom
There is nothing better than a good nights rest . But I also feel that a master bedroom should not be a busy place or a dark space . I enjoy the light bright open and airy colors year round. I feel that colors impact the way you sleep and relax. I would never paint a wall red in my bedroom because it’s a strong color of fight or flight . Red is a pretty color but not one that I would recommend for a blissful night sleep. I love the pale colors I’ve chosen for my room and I am still searching for that perfect white spread . Not Eveyone’s taste is the same this is true . But when creating the place of rest take colors into consideration. In honor of Valentine’s Day 💕 I noticed last night as I took this picture that the vintage soda chair adorned a perfect heart.
Outdoor Living Space
Finally the back porch is done and it’s beautiful !! We are putting in a black celling fan to keep us cool in the summer. We use our outdoor space a lot so it’s a great place to spend spring and summer nights. The floor was painted yesterday this whole diy was a long process but so worth it . The next project is the outdoor gazebo can’t wait to do that . It will have an outdoor fireplace and the bbq grill will be built in to a outdoor kitchen . Keep you posted !!
My office is an important part of my home for many reasons. First of all this is where I write my books and take time for me . But ever since moving into our home almost 2 yrs ago it has been a mess and it looked nothing like an office at all . I had two major back surgeries in 2018 like my whole year was shot my life became one big a blip on the radar. I was bedridden literally and was unable to do anything. So my office wasn’t that important to me and my life was on hold and so was everything else. All I wanted to do was make this space work for me. After much thought regarding my office space on Saturday morning I got up and decided to get it done . With help from my husband furniture was moved and placed it felt great to see it come together. I put all my things where I wanted them and by the end of the day I had what I needed and wanted . And after waiting almost two years my office came together. I could not be happier with the results just a few more things to do .
With spring near I am getting my outdoor space all ready . We just love this area of our home it connects to the house through French doors. And it flows from the kitchen . We apend a lot of nights eating dinner here and over the winter the space was finally finished Over the weekend I went to Target and found this beautiful rug by opalhouse it goes perfect with our white vintage farm table . We are looking forward to spending time in this space during the spring and summer .
Our home is just not a home no matter what without our pets . We are empty nesters both girls are grown and married so Oliver and Sophie our are babies . Before we moved into this home we lost our cat Bentley. I truly did not think we would ever be the same . But then Oliver came into our lives . My husband is so loving to these two little creatures he cares for them and attends to their needs. Feeding them playing with them and talking to them . I swear they act human . Anyways I just wanted to share the best part of our home . Sophie and Oliver !!
The Guest Bathroom
My guest bathroom is a labor of love literally speaking. I want my guest to feel comfortable in my home while they are here . I want the guest bathroom to be just as inviting as the rest of my home . With fresh towels and soap that I always place out for those who stay the night you would think they were staying at a Bed&breakfast . I put a lot of thought and detail into each of my rooms . I love the old and new throughout my home and that feeling of welcome when you come for a visit .
It was a beautiful weekend and a perfect time to finish up our landscaping. We completed it with beautiful cedar flowers boxes . They were easy to make and added that right touch-to complete our outside front entryway. I chose marigold flowers because they help keep away bugs and frogs and even some things like wasp and flys . all in all it looks amazing ! We love our diy projects and this one was easy and fun to do .
loving The Colors Of Spring
Spring is all about rebirth and beautiful colors. And I am just loving it! We have been finishing all the landscaping at our house and it looks Amazing!! Some final touches over the weekend and a pot full of beautiful hydrangeas near the front door just enough color to accent the black front door !!
How To Keep White Sheets White
I get asked this question a lot... I have a white bedroom literally and white sheets that I do change out to light grays at times also have some pink sheets but perfer the white and change them as I change the bedding in general. But as for my white sheets this is how I keep them fresh and clean . I change my sheets once a week and I wash my sheets separately. I use white distilled vinegar about 1/4 cup to my laundry. I add my laundry Detergent and after the sheets are wet I then add the vinegar to the fabric softener side . I do not use fabric softener on my sheets they are 100% cotton hotel grade . When the wash cycle is complete I shake them and put them in to dry on a low heat with a wrinkle guard setting on. During the dry time I shake them once and put them back in . I dry the sheets till dry and not over dry they really take only a few minutes to dry enough to put them back on the bed . As for wrinkles I have hardly any and if so then I use a steamer to take them out and it works great!!
Summer Is Here
Summer is finally here and it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. No better way to cool off than with a swimming pool . My husband and I have decided that instead of a large pool we were doing something different . Stock Tank pools are all the rage these days and we created our own little slice of fun in the sun and we are loving it . We finished it just before Memeorial day weekend . And with much more to do it will be the perfect place to be this summer . We got the tank at Tractor Supply and the rest of what we needed at Lowe’s ... The landscaping and painting the deck are next with more pictures to come as we complete this diy project!
Progresses In The Back Yard
We have made so much progress in the back with the pool and now the fence and all the decking . Keeping fingers crossed no rain this weekend so we can paint the deck . I am so I love with all the changes in this space and I can’t wait to see it all done. It’s perfect for the summer and for the fall with a fireplace and all the cozy spaces being designed into this perfect oasis. I will keep posting this space until it’s done! Here are a couple of pictures of the fencing that we did with some lighting for that night swim ..
On The Home Stretch
So excited this space is coming along so nice . I think painting the deck was the finishing touch . However this entire project has been done in 100 degree temps . So now that we have this part is done it’s time to move on to the gazebo ... Can’t wait !!
The Front Gate
I am so excited that this diy believe it or not is finally done. All of the gate sections we got at Lowe’s and then my husband measured the opening between the columns to get the right fit . Each section was welded and repainted . The B was bought at Hobby Lobby and we used an automotive clear to protect it from the wether . All in all it was a fairly easy project a little time consuming on the measuring and cutting but I think the final product came out Amazing!!
We have enjoyed our stock tank pool so much !! this is one project I highly recommend doing . if you want something simple to enjoy during the hot months . We have enjoyed days and nights in ours ! also we are in the process of extending our space to a outside gazebo. I cant wait till these two spaces are joined together for year round enjoyment .
The wonders of Fall
In just a few weeks fall will be here !! I’m so ready .. I started a slow transition in my home from summer to fall one of my favorite seasons.
I love adding pops of color to my home and still keeping with traditional fall .
I love the simplicity of my entryway it’s simple and crisp I don’t like to over do things but just enough to add a little here and there .
I enjoy the changes of the season and I’m really liking my choices this year in my decor . Next up is my outside like my flowers boxes I picked miniature mums .. I will share that soon !!
pumpkins And Fall
So yes it’s fall you would never know it by the temperature outside . I decided to add a few things slowly and today I got three real pumpkins.
I started inside because the heat would melt these pumpkins in no time . Everything I’ve done so far is simple I’ve brought outside elements from my yard into to my home and light decor enough to carry me through Thanksgiving . As we near Halloween I’ll add a few spooky things that I can easily switch back . Beofre you know it the CHRISTMAS tress will be up so I’m trying to embrace this time slowly without feeling the commercial rush into the holiday season .
I have added in some pumpkin spice candles a must to help the cozy feel of fall. and speaking of pumpkin spice I’m having a latte and that makes for a perfect Saturday ..
I love Target It was shortly before fall I found two gold pumpkins so I bought them If you don’t grab it when you see it you know it’s gone the next time you go back .
I took the pumpkins and sprayed them black . I bought orange twinkle lights and placed them inside I love the festive season look this brings to our space.
Thanksgiving is a special time of the year so much to be grateful for. Family and friends and quality time with each other making memories .
Sharing food and family traditions makes Thanksgiving the most special time of the year !
Decorating Bedrooms for Christmas
I think it looks real pretty when the bedrooms are decorated for Christmas. This year I kept it simple and clean not over done .
This was the Master Bedroom just a pop of color with a small tree in the corner.
This was one of the guest bedrooms . Simple yet festive cozy and comfortable our company enjoyed it to .
Decorating after Christmas
Winter can bring on the blues depending on where you live The best way to brighten things up is to bring in some color and candles cozy things up !!
Add some twinkle lights
Bring the outside in and enjoy your space . Remember winter is a time of rebirth It’s a time to clean up and start a knew. Happy New Year!!
Spring will be here soon and we have started so many important projects early. one to beat the heat and the bugs . we finished the Gazebo and it looks great I will share that . But we jumped right into another big project we decided to add windows to the back porch area it’s like my outdoor dining space and I have to say I love it. we still have some painting to do and a few things but it will be ready soon . just in time for cozy summer nights family fun and get togethers ..