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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The Next Chapter

I have always been obsessed with floor plans. When I was a teenager, I would spend hours pouring over Southern Living House Plan books. While the other girls were reading Teen Magazine, my nose was stuck in a book of blueprints. I would study each plan and figure out what I liked best about it and what I would change if it were my own home. I would admire the pencil sketches of the front of the house and try to picture what kind of family might live there. I was obsessed. By the time I was … [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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4 Ways to Find Unique Farmhouse-Style Decor

It's really easy these days to buy mass-produced farmhouse style decor items. That Fixer-Upper rustic farmhouse style is still super hot-n-trendy, so it is available everywhere you turn in the home decor stores. I even featured a local farmhouse decor truck here on the blog a few months back that is like an ice-cream truck for raving farmhouse decor fans. But even if you don't have farmhouse deals-on-wheels in your city, you can roll down to any big box store and find a million pretty … [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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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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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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Addicted 2 DIY {a fun Blog Swap}

Today's a special day! I've joined up with a group of talented bloggers to do a monthly "Blog Swap".  That means each month I will be posting on their sites and they will be sharing their posts on mine! This is a fun way for you guys to be introduced and inspired by some talented DIY bloggers that you might not know already. For April's swap, I'm excited to be teamed up with Katie from Addicted 2 DIY. Her projects are AMAZING and I cannot wait for you to see them!! And her tailgate story made me … [Read more...]

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Screened-in Back Porch Makeover {+ a new swing bed!}

It's been a long time since I've shared a good before and after decorating post with y'all, so get excited, because today's post is gonna be awesome! Our house came with a hot tub on the back porch that was used approximately 2.5 times in the 3.5 years we have lived here. I thought we would enjoy it more since our Master bedroom opens right onto the screened-in porch, but I was totally wrong.  It sat in the corner, covered in a thick layer of dust, taking up too much space on my porch. … [Read more...]

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Spring Porch Decorating 101

Winter is finally giving way to warmer weather, so it's time to start doing some Spring cleaning around here. My pitiful front porch has been sitting here since the day after Christmas looking all sad and dejected. I never really removed all my Christmas decor. I just took down the dead evergreen wreaths and left the rest sitting out there in the cold. But finally, this weekend, I got around to making the porch presentable for the Spring and Summer months ahead. Here is what it looks … [Read more...]

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