A Backyard Makeover with Raised Garden Beds

When we bought our house last year, the backyard left a lot to be desired.  It was one of the major makeover projects I dreamed and schemed about over the winter as I waited impatiently for Spring to arrive. After months of imagining what the back yard could look like, I am finally able to report back with some MAJOR progress! Here is the back of our house before the makeover began.  This shot was taken in winter so the weeds aren’t knee-high in the flower bed, but you get the picture. In … [Read more...]


Top Five Trends from the 2016 Parade of Homes

It’s that time of year again! Time for me to make the annual trek around to a bunch of open houses and report back my findings on the latest interior design trends from the Birmingham Parade of Homes. This year’s post is going to be chock full of eye candy photos, so pin away to your heart’s content.  Come on inside and let’s look around these uber-trendy houses all built in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. I’ll just be honest and say that sometimes I fell in love with the staging … [Read more...]

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Privacy Please: How To Add a Door To a Cased Opening

As any mom of little kids can tell you, bathroom privacy is a Sacred and Holy Experience. When we bought our house there was not a door between our master bedroom and our master bathroom—only a cased opening. Inside the bathroom there is an enclosed potty room and of course our bedroom has a door, but there was nothing but a short hallway to separate the bed from that big garden tub right there.  Also, when we moved in, there were no blinds on the double glass doors that open to the back … [Read more...]

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5 Simple Painting Tips for Beginners

Paint is an amazing thing. I can’t think of a single decorating item that you can buy for your house that can make such a dramatic change to a room for such a small investment. A can of paint and some rollers costs very little, but the impact it can have on the overall vibe of a room is YUUUUUUGE. Check out the instant facelift that Caroline’s nursery got when we painted it last year: See what I mean?  It’s like the interior design equivalent of a messy bun/no makeup/holey t-shirt … [Read more...]

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Cozy Spring Home Tour Blog Hop

I know, I know. I just posted the Hallelujah Home Tour a few weeks back. Is it too soon for another one? Maybe. But my daffodils are in full bloom, and they have taken over my house right now, so I might as well show them off, right? I also couldn’t resist joining some of my very favorite bloggers for this Cozy Spring Home Tour today, hosted by my friend Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors.  As a gardener, Springtime is one of my favorite times of year. And this year I have a … [Read more...]

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I believe that every home has a story to tell, but especially the Old Ones.  Those 100+ year old homes that have seen multiple generations of folks pass through the halls and swing on the front porch. Imagine if those walls could talk.  What would they say? Mobile, Alabama has it’s fair share of these matriarchal mansions, standing proudly under the dappled shade of the tall live oak trees. Over the decades, some of these beauties have been neglected and fallen into disrepair.  But then there … [Read more...]

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The Hallelujah Home Tour

How’ bout we kick off 2016 with a FULL home tour, shall we? Welcome to our new home! I've done a Christmas Home Tour and even a video home tour, but up until now I have not posted a full-fledged Old School Blogger home tour of our new house. And yes, before you ask, it has taken me an entire year to decorate this house and post pictures. Somewhere in there I had a baby and lost my mind for a few months, but I’m back and ready to get back in the blogging saddle. I’m calling this … [Read more...]

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Fall Gardening: It’s Bulb Planting Time!

It's our very first Fall in the new house, and I’m DYING over the color of this Japanese Maple in my front flower bed right now. Even though our Alabama weather has been so warm that all the trees turned from green to brown within a few days, this tree is crushing it with the fall colors. We planted a Japanese Maple years ago at an old house that we left behind, so I’m thankful to discover this gem in my new garden! What a beaut, Clark! In other news, I have decided to go a little … [Read more...]

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It’s time for the Holiday Housewalk 2015

Hey guys!! I’m so very excited to be back for my fourth year with Jen Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk. This is always the most fun blog hop for me, and this year is extra special since we’ve partnered with Joss and Main and Good Housekeeping!  It’s also my very first Christmas in our new house, so I’m able to give you guys some brand new scenery.  It’s ALSO the first home tour I’ve put up on my blog since I’ve been lazy bones all  year long and haven’t shared too much of the interior of the new … [Read more...]

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Away Beyond the Blue, One Star Belongs to You

Can you believe that this little chick right here is already three months old?? By the time Garrett was three months old I had documented every single drop of drool that hit his chin, but it's not looking so hot for Caroline. My blogging mojo has still not returned even though I'm waiting patiently for it to come back. Between you and me, though?  It's HARD, y'all! This sweet baby right here?  My goodness.  I love her so much but wow this new baby gig is so incredibly tough some … [Read more...]

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