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Fiddle Leaf FigTree
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The Tale of the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

I’m not going to sugarcoat it. I am a plant killer. I have a black thumb like no other. But you may have already known that by now, since I like to brag about it. Instead I am a huge lover of the artificial plant group, and I’m not even slightly ashamed. But you know who surprisingly is like the plant whisperer in our home? My husband. He can turn any half dead plant into a thriving beauty, and yes I am completely jealous of his skills! Then again, the biggest part of keeping a plant alive is having to water it, and I just tend to always forget that step. Continue Reading

Five Simple Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal
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Five Simple Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal

Summer may not officially be here for a few more weeks, but I always consider Memorial Day weekend the beginning of the new season. Barbecues with family and friends, pool parties in the sun, late nights outside by the fire pit,  it’s the best isn’t it? With all this time spent outside, you’re probably wanting to get your home in tip top shape, and how fitting since May is National Home Improvement Month! So get all your work done so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of summer! Continue Reading

New Laimate Floors
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Tips for Picking Out Laminate Flooring

Pardon me while I do a huge happy dance, because our new floors are done! Actually they have been done for a week and I am loving them oh so much! This was one house update that I have been looking forward to since the day we moved in. Everywhere I lived previously had carpet floors. While there is nothing wrong with carpet, by any means, I have always dreamed of a home with dark, wood looking floors and I am still in shock that I actually have them now. It only took me 30 long years! Ha!

When I showed you a sneak peek of the flooring we decided on, I mentioned how I used to be a huge snob to laminate. My heart was set on hardwood. Well my views quickly changed after seeing it in person in a few of my friends homes, and I am so so pleased with the outcome of ours! I was super picky when I first started looking, and learned some things along the way. So I wanted to share a few tips when shopping around for your perfect laminate floors! Continue Reading

Repainting Old Wooden Furniture
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Repainting Old Wooden Furniture [Part Two]

I’m back to share part two of how I repaint old wooden furniture. If you missed part one, you can find it [here]! There are so many methods to repainting old pieces, and like I said in part one, this is one method that works for me. I am a lover of chipped paint and that old distressed look, but sometimes even if the piece is already old looking, it may still need some TLC to get that look you want. In my case, I purchased this little old step stool and knew immediately I wanted to repaint it. And by repaint it, I don’t mean just slap another coat of paint on top, I mean really do some work on it to get it looking great again! Continue Reading

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Repainting Old Wooden Furniture [Part One]

 

If you’ve followed along long enough, you probably know by now that I am huge on repainting old wooden furniture. My favorite projects come from taking something old, cleaning it up, and making it into something new, at least new to me.  A solid wooden piece of furniture is gold, if it has the right bones. It never ceases to amaze me what a little TLC can do to something discarded.

Over the years I have learned a few things about restoring furniture and have found a method of repainting old pieces that has worked for me. By all means I am no pro or anything, but there are so many methods and tricks that you kind of have to find what works for you. Continue Reading

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For the Flea Market

 

It’s Sunday, and for me that means my favorite part of the week.  Flea Market time! I am so lucky to live in a town that does a weekly flea market all year round. It’s a rain or shine event with over 400 vendors, and it has been a huge contributor to how I have established my design style. The flea market is my go to when I can’t find what I am looking for in any of my favorite stores, or when I am just in a decorating rut. So much of what you will see in my home are very unique, original finds that you just can’t buy anywhere else.  I love giving old things a new purpose. The great thing about buying from individual vendors is that when you purchase something, you can get the back story of where it came from too, which I think makes the piece even better. I can not tell people enough to think outside of the box and give places like this a try, you will seriously be blown away by the possibilities and great deals you will find. Continue Reading