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busy bee

This weekend I crossed a lot of items of my to-do list, the biggest being planting a bunch of 5-gallon bushes down the one side of my house!  I made a trip back here and spent a mere $140 on 25 plants, which I piled in the hubby’s truck: As I pulled up to pay,…


A few things I’m loving right now

This weekend was all about spending time outside, enjoying the beautiful 70-degree temps and catching up on much-needed beauty sleep.  (I hadn’t realized how tired I was until I lost my cell phone, only to find it in the fridge!)  What better way to kick off the week than to highlight some of my current…


diy: pine cone wreath

I was so inspired by the pine cone wreath I featured in this post last week, that I decided to make one for my front door!  If there’s one thing there is an over abundance of in the state of North Carolina it’s pine trees, and since we have a ton of them in our…


hamptons haven

When I think of Hamptons living, I think of the perfect balance between old and new, modern and rustic, with plenty of texture, softly distressed furnishings and muted colors.  This Hamptons hideaway is the perfect mix-from the wood beams and soothing color palette to those amazing whitewashed floors and that stunning plate rack.  (I wonder…


ticking stripe obsession

I’m reupholstering a bench for a client in a vintage gray and white ticking stripe fabric and the more I work on it, the more I want to keep it for myself!  Ticking may just be the perfect fabric…it can be paired with everything, works in modern, traditional and beachy interiors and is generally inexpensive. …


island lights

We have vaulted ceilings in our kitchen…I love how open and airy the space is, but my one regret is that I let the electrician talk me out of hanging pendant lights over my farmhouse sink when we were building.  His reasoning was that it would look disproportionate, since the ceilings are so high, that…


driftwood inspiration

Last year, the hubs and I took a trip to the mountains and while I should have been enjoying the scenery, I got sidetracked hiking along a riverbed, when I found TONS of driftwood scattered all over the place.  I picked up as much as my go-go Gadget arms could carry and hauled every last…


oversized artwork

Vaulted ceilings are a great way to make a room feel bigger, but they can be a real pain in the neck when trying to figure out what kind of art to hang. Right now I’m dedorating a living room with a twenty-foot vaulted ceiling and it’s been a challenge deciding on artwork. The right…


tyler florence kitchen of the year

The latest issue of House Beautiful found its way to my mailbox this weekend and my jaw dropped the second I saw Tyler Florence’s kitchen of the year feature!  Charcoal cabinets, white subway tile, chrome lighting, four-inch thick countertops, black farmhouse sink, a gleaming pot rack above a 17-foot island….just another gorgeous example of an…


new shades, big difference

I love using black as an accent color.  Picture frames, furniture, even lighting look so chic in black, so when I scored these lamps on sale a few months ago, I knew black shades would add a little punch to my entryway.  Believe it or not, it’s pretty hard to find extra large black drum…


almost done!

Our corner built-ins are officially done! I still have to finish filling in nail holes and putting a final coat of paint on them, but I am SO happy with how awesome they look!  (Please excuse the TV…the cable cords aren’t long enough to reach any further, so the whole thing is sitting right in…


black and white kitchens

There’s something about black and white kitchens that make me weak in the knees.  Whether it’s white cabinets with black countertops, or black cabinets with white Carrera marble, the look is clean and classic.  Dark walnut hardwood or Brazilian Black slate floors add a beautiful contrast and beadboard, tile and fabulous drawer pulls complete the…