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BEFORE + AFTER: A NEW (OLD) DRESSER

It never ceases to amaze me how a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a piece of furniture and breathe new life into it. We found an old Thomasville dresser on an antiquing jaunt a few months back when we were actually looking for end tables for our bedroom. I spotted this beauty in…

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diy: painted christmas balls

My idea of the perfect craft project is one that takes less than ten minutes and doesn’t make much of a mess.  These painted Christmas balls check all those boxes and then some!  I’ve wanted to try these for years but never got around to it for one reason or another; this year, while searching…

thyme+topiary+1

“zinc” pots + new topiary

I have quite the love/hate relationship with topiary; I’m completely obsessed with their shape and texture and how much interest they bring to a space but loathe that they are close to impossible to find near me, as well as the fact that they die ridiculously fast whenever I do.  I’ve searched for some realistic…

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tips for hanging a gallery wall

I LOVE a good gallery wall.  Back when I was designing and decorating full-time, pre-kids, there wasn’t a single house or project I worked on that didn’t end up with one!  I’m all about filling your home with treasured items that have personal meaning and what could possibly have more meaning than a wall ful…

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homemade advent calendar

When my brothers and I were little, we always looked forward to 1 December because my mother would bring out our Advent calendar, all stuffed with little goodies for each of us.  This is the first year I think Lydia is old enough to really understand the purpose of an Advent calendar and all the…

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before + after: luca’s grass cloth bookshelf

FINALLY sharing a little before and after of Luca’s room today and it happens to be one of my favorite DIY/furniture transformations yet!! Luca’s room has become somewhat of a dump-all for toys in rotation, the hubby’s work bags and just about anything and everything else that I don’t want to lay eyes on in the living…

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diy myrtle topiary

I love, love, LOVE myrtle topiary; I think they may, quite possibly, be the chicest house plant, as much for the texture as the shape and pop of green, but despite my best efforts (or the $$$ I’ve spent buying them in the first place), I’ve never been able to keep one alive for more…

sum+diy+2018+5

5 favorite (and easy!) summer-inspired diy’s

My idea of the perfect DIY is one that is easy, inexpensive, relatively quick to execute and doesn’t look like something you actually made yourself.  (Had to add that last part because it’s so true!!)  If you’re in the mood for some easy, summer-inspired DIY’s to try, I’ve got a few for you that will…

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bird seed hearts for valentine’s day

Valentine’s Day has never really been that big of a deal in our house, but now that we have littles, it’s become one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with the kids.  After all, what could be better than celebrating love?  This is Lydia’s first year in preschool, so when it came to Valentine’s for…

make+your+tree+last+5

how to keep your christmas tree fresh until new year!

Picking out our Christmas tree is something we wait all year for!  In a perfect world, I’d get mine the day after Halloween, but living in the South, where it’s warm and muggy until right about now, usually means our trees are extra crispy just in time for Christmas itself.  The last three years, though,…

diy+candles+2

how to clean out your candles

I’m such a sucker for a beautifully scented candle and bonus points for one that looks pretty enough to use again after you’ve burned through it!  (After all, isn’t that the only incentive to fork over the big bucks for Diptyque – so you can stick Q-tips and fresh blooms in them???)  Park Hill Candles…

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diy: mini pumpkin taper candle holders

Despite being more of a spring and summer girl, fall in the south is my favorite time of year to entertain.  There’s no pollen or mosquitos so you can actually enjoy the cooler temps and beautiful evenings dining alfresco or even just sipping a cocktail or a cup of coffee on the porch under a…