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DIY: “zinc” mirror

DIY: “zinc” mirror

There’s something about crusty old zinc mirrors that stop me in my tracks.  The price tag, on the other hand, does not.  So I decided to try my hand at reinventing a wooden mirror I got at World Market a few years ago (to sit on my fireplace just until my wooden sunburst mirror from…

DIY: nautical rope doorstop

DIY: nautical rope doorstop

Another advantage of being married to a Marine is that mine knows how to tie an inordinate amount of knots.  Normally, that doesn’t come in handy except for that one day I decide I want to make my own nautical rope doorstop and then I become giddy like a schoolgirl!  This knot is called the…

DIY: whitewashed furniture

DIY: whitewashed furniture

I have long been a fan of whitewashed furniture; I think it gives some pieces character that you just can’t obtain with a regular painted or stained finish.  So, when I scored two oak pedestal tables for $19 a piece at my local Habitat for Humanity store during one of their 50% off sales, I…

heavenly herringbone

heavenly herringbone

There’s something about herringbone that gets my heart racing.  Hardwood floors, tile backsplashes and garden walks go from basic to breathtaking when installed in this elegant, unexpected pattern that never goes out of style.  Here are a few images that I’ve saved in my inspiration folder for a while that still make my heart skip a…

wonderful world of window boxes

wonderful world of window boxes

Spring is in the air-well, kinda-and with the warmer temperatures, I have landscaping on the brain.  Next month, before the humidity gets too high, I’m completely re-doing the landscaping in the front of our home.  While that’s one way to increase your curb appeal, it’s certainly not the easiest or the cheapest (in my defense,…

DIY: aged terra cotta pots

DIY: aged terra cotta pots

Get the look of aged terra cotta pots in less than 30 minutes!

eenie, meenie, miney, mo…

eenie, meenie, miney, mo…

Beautiful rooms that inspired me to hang blue grasscloth in my foyer.

designer love: mabley handler

designer love: mabley handler

No one does East Coast Chic like Mabley Handler. Here are some of my favorite rooms.

DIY: burlap-covered vases

DIY: burlap-covered vases

Flipping through the March issue of Coastal Living, I fell in love with these bleached burlap-covered vases from Aero Home: I got to thinking how easy it would be to make similar ones myself instead of paying upwards of $50 for the ones featured above.  This project cost me $0 because I had all the items I needed…

glossy black doors

glossy black doors

There is nothing more chic, elegant or welcoming, in my opinion, than a pair of gorgeous, glossy black doors, but how about on the inside of a house?  Ever since I saw this foyer in the Michigan home of designer Stephen Knollenberg, I’ve been completely smitten with the idea: We have French doors in our…

inspiration: skirted table

inspiration: skirted table

Lately, I’ve been completely obsessed with the clean, crisp look of skirted tables.  And, I have to admit, the extra storage underneath is an added bonus for me.  So, after painting the console table in my entry way four times and still not being satisfied with it, I decided to bite the bullet and make a…

lake house effect

lake house effect

The kitchen of this Lake Martin, Alabama, house, designed by Tracery Interiors, has been all over blogland since it was featured a few months back in Food & Wine.  It’s not hard to see why: reclaimed oak beams, open shelving and pine plank walls help make this brand-new lake house look like it’s been in…