When You Don’t Have a White Mantel

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Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld when George Costanza finally has to come to terms with his Holiday heritage? It all comes to a head with his father proudly revealing that while other families celebrated Christmas or Hanukkah, the Costanza family celebrated their own unique holiday. Festivus. And out comes the 'Festivus' pole! The … [Read more...]

My Other Fall Mantel

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Yesterday morning found me standing at the kitchen sink washing the dishes that I had no energy to clean the previous night. After water splashed up onto my sweatshirt I glanced down and noticed an orange spot on the neckline. I looked around in the sink and couldn't find anything orange that would have caused the stain and after another look at … [Read more...]

Fall Front Porch

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I have ponytail envy. My friend Shauna is one of my absolute most favorite people in the world and I adore her but I'm jealous of her ponytails. She somehow manages to achieve that elusive goal of having them look perfectly imperfect. You know what I'm talking about right? Where they're just a tad bit messy and yet still look styled so … [Read more...]

Five Fun and Fabulous Pumpkin Ideas

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We have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. On the one hand, we love all of the ideas and inspiration we find there. On the other hand, we hate all of the ideas and inspiration we find there. ;-) It can be so overhwelming! Especially when you see a grouping of ideas with titles like... "100 Ways to Decorate with an Empty Toilet Paper … [Read more...]

Decorated Entry for Fall

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I think everyone has a touch of the rebel in them, don't you? Of course, this comes in varying degrees. I've always been a bit of a rule-follower with the occasional rebellious act thrown in here and there. But then, what's rebellious to one person is totally tame to another, right? For example, I feel particularly naughty when I walk past stuff … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Decor

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My house looks better in the Fall. It just does. It's like it's been patient all year just waiting for this time. For the flip-flops to be replaced with socks and slippers. For the mulled cider candle to have it's inaugural lighting. For me to step out on the front porch in the early morning hours and feel that chill in the air while the … [Read more...]

The Bumpy Road to a Pretty Kitchen

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My husband, Rick, came home early from work on a hot, humid, Jacksonville, Florida afternoon in 2008. He didn't warn me of his arrival, which was unusual. I happened to be on my way out to pick up our girls from school when his truck "swung" into the driveway. His lips were shaking like they did at the alter 15 years prior. They do that when he is … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour and Fall Decorating Ideas

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 *We apologize for the technical difficulties we experienced yesterday that caused our site to be down but thank you for bearing with us and we hope you enjoy this post today* Hello and welcome friends!! I'm so thrilled that you are joining me on a little tour of my home today all dressed up for my most favorite season. Here in Oregon (did you … [Read more...]

How to Make a Faux Olive Jar

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It seems to me that in life, people can be divided into two categories: those who upon entering a store will head straight for the clearance section and those who don't. … [Read more...]

DIY Wood Plant Stand

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The other night as I was tucking my 11 year old son into bed, he asked if I would lie down with him for a few minutes. He was listening to an 'Adventures in Odyssey' CD and wanted me to hear the latest story in the series. Now, this was one of those moments that every mom of a tween boy dreams about. Normally at bed time any kind of overtures … [Read more...]