DIY Dorm Room Decorating Ideas {and my college confessions…}

In just a few weeks, a whole bunch of my friends will be sending their babies off to college for the first time. It's been over 20 years since I lived in a dorm, but I can still remember making that drive down to start my freshman year with a carload of clothes, a tropical fish themed comforter set and about forty-leven framed photographs, which I carefully spaced all around the windowsill like a shrine to my boyfriend at the time. I had never met my roommate and didn't know a single soul on … [Read more...]

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5 Steps to Farmhouse Curb Appeal

Hey guys! It's time for June's "Meet The Blogger" series where I have one of my blog friends guest post for me while I post over on their site. This month I'm SUPER excited to introduce you to Lisa of Farmhouse on Boone! Lisa and I share a love of farmhouse style decorating and front porch swings. Her beautiful home makes me want to paint mine all-white and toss out any scrap of clutter. And she can sew some really awesome stuff! I am honored to have two of her fall pillow covers that I … [Read more...]

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20 Patriotic Porch Decor Ideas

We are less than a month away from the 4th of July, which means it's time for me to break out the Queen of all memes... Ahahahahaha it cracks me up every single time! Ok, back to the main topic here. Two years ago my friend Lauren Ashworth got her beautiful Columbiana, Alabama home, Stillwater Farm, featured on the front cover of Country Living: That beautiful wrap-around porch was MADE for patriotic swag banners, amiright? Her home got a two page spread inside … [Read more...]

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Sucker for succulents- a DIY Succulent Wreath Tutorial

This week I finally got around to a project that I've been wanting to accomplish since... um.... 2001? 2002? A DIY Succulent Wreath! Yeah. I'm not a procrastinator at all. Better late than never, right? I created these DIY succulent wreaths today in just a few hours, and I wanted to show you how to do them yourself. I'm just so completely in love with the way that these turned out. If you can't tell from the first photos- they are initial wreaths! One letter for each person in our … [Read more...]

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Periwinkle and Peacock Blue {Favorite Colors for Summer}

When I was asked by Jennifer at Town and Country Living to join a bunch of my blog friends for a favorite Summer colors blog hop, of course my mind immediately went to blue. After all, I had just completed my screened-in porch makeover in blue and white (with touches of aqua and green) and it just screams SUMMERTIME out there, right? But when the first posts started going live on Monday for the blog hop, I began to see a major trend. It seemed like EVERYBODY was choosing a blue hue, … [Read more...]

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How to Arrange a Bouquet of Flowers from Your Garden

At our big family events growing up, my mama would put me in charge of the flower arrangements. She said I had the magic touch when it came to arranging a bouquet of flowers in a vase, so that was always my job. Once I used her crystal punch bowl filled with cranberries and fall flowers for our Thanksgiving centerpiece and I thought she was going to cry, she loved it so much. I wish I had a picture of that bouquet, but it was way before the invention of social media when every little detail … [Read more...]

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Plant a Cutting Garden for Year-Round Flower Arrangements

One of the most rewarding things in my life is heading out into my garden with a pair of scissors and cutting myself a huge bouquet of fresh flowers. I guess that tells you just how boring my life is these days, huh? Over the years, I have purposefully planted my yard with flowers, trees and shrubs that bloom all year round so that I always have something fresh growing to brighten up my home. When that "Pick a flower" day comes around during Teacher Appreciation week, I am ready. I try to … [Read more...]

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DIY Fairy Lights Pouring from a Watering Can

A few months back my mom sent me this picture she found on Pinterest with a text that said: "Please make me one of these!" It's a rare event that she requests something like this, so I decided I had to make one ASAP. The inspiration photo she sent me looked simple enough-- a watering can hanging from a porch with a strand of lights dripping out of the faucet into the plant container below. Your wish is my command, mama! How cute is this idea? So, for Mother's Day this year, I made … [Read more...]

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Top Five Shade Loving Plants for a Summer Garden

Imagine this... You've just moved into a home with tall shade trees surrounding the property. Those big hardwoods provide plenty of privacy and protection from the sun, but there go all of your plans for that sunny perennial garden. Never fear, m'dears! I have been in your shoes, and I'm here to shine some light on the darkest parts of your yard. Finding the right plants for a shady garden can be a challenge, but there are plenty other shade-loving plants besides just lichen and … [Read more...]

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What Might Have Been

The day started like any other--a lazy weekend when my husband took the kids to visit his parents at their lake house. I stayed home to work on projects and get the laundry put away. But as soon as he walked through the door, I could tell something was different. Something had happened. His eyes were shining with excitement as he pulled out his phone and said "I found a building today." Ok, let me back up a bit. I had been toying with the idea of opening a brick and mortar store to … [Read more...]

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