Farmhouse Fall Porch Decor

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Welcome to fall on the farmhouse porch! I realized as I was taking these photos that a year ago, we still didn't have a lawn or landcaping so it's especially fun to decorate the porch for its very first fall this year.

Farmhouse 4th of July Foyer Decorating

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Last week I did a little red white and blue 4th of July decorating in the foyer.  It all started because I finally cleaned my studio to the point that I was able to find the hooks and hang the giant, heavy mirror that used to belong my grandparents.  I can't tell you how good it feels not to have that beast leaning against the table in the dining room any more!

Patriotic Decorating Using American Flags and Red White and Blue Bunting

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Okay, I'll admit it....I'm decorating for the 4th of July even though it's only the middle of June. I found two bins of American Flags and Buntings in the attic and I'm screwing cup hooks into the siding! I'm in full-on, "I LOVE AMERICA and I'm proud to show it!" mode.  What can I say? It has been two years since I've had a home to decorate for the 4th and I've missed it more than I realized.

DIY Painted Reproduction French Draper's Table Master Bath Vanity

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Don't faint.        I know, right?!  Two blog posts in seven days... Can you believe it?!  Today I'm sharing my painting secrets for making a brand new replica of a French draper's table look hundreds of years old.  First, let me tell you about the table.

How to Install DIY Floating Poplar Wood Shelves with Driftwood Finish

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Hello.....? Anyone still out there? I know that it has been a really long time since I've posted and I won't go into the list of reasons why but let me just say, "whew, it's good to be writing again!".  Today, I'm sharing the long overdue photos of how I finished and installed the DIY floating shelves in the stone arch here at the farmhouse.

Quick Easy DIY Spring Easter Wreath

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Honestly, I wasn't even going to write a post about this spring wreath. It's so easy that it literally took about ten minutes and cost $9 using three bunches of faux carrots that I got at the craft store, a grapevine wreath, a couple of strips of burlap and a piece of ribbon  that I found in the mess in my studio had on hand.
It's the very best kind of project. one that requires no tools other than scissors.  Here are the "directions" (and I use that term very loosely because if you're looking at it, you can pretty much tell what I did).

Place the grapevine wreath on the table.Take apart the bunches of carrots, cut strips of burlap 1 to 1/12 inches wide. Use the threads from the burlap to tie the carrots to the wreath (If you prefer, you can hot glue the carrots to the wreath but I like to reuse things and these will probably end up somewhere else in my spring decor next year if I can find them.

Cut the burlap strips into 8 inch (approximate) pieces. Tuck the pieces of burlap through the wreath and tie with a single loop. Make a bow out of a 1 1/2 inch to 2 inch wide strip of burlap. Thumbtack orange ribbon to the top of the door, tie the wreath onto the door using the ribbon.

Put on your coat, and your boots, and your hat, and your gloves...and a scarf.  Go outside. Stand back. admire your wreath. Take photos. Explain to the mailman why you're standing outside in the cold taking photos of your wreath. Wonder why you still live in a place where it still snows in March and April and sometimes, May.
Decide that it's too cold to stand outside pondering things that you can't control. Go inside and have another cup of coffee, tea, cocoa (since it's too early for wine).

That's it. Super simple, quick, easy, Spring Easter wreath. It's a little bit rustic...and a little bit garden..and a whole lot of inexpensive. (I thought about using the word cheap...but then it should probably have had chicks on see what I did there, right?!)

Thanks so much for reading!


Reclaimed Architectural Corbel: DIY Entry Foyer Table

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As soon as the limestone wall in the foyer was finished, I knew that I wanted a different kind of foyer entry table.  I had a couple of great pairs of chippy white reclaimed architectural corbel brackets that had been hanging around for a few years waiting to find a home and I knew that I could DIY a simple repurposed table in just a couple of hours using a pair of brackets and some pine for the top.

Rustic European Farmhouse Style Bathroom With Sources

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I can't begin to tell you how exciting it is to finally begin to show you the rooms and share the stories of our bespoke farmhouse and the three and a half years that went into collecting the parts that make up our home.  Today, I'm sharing some of the elements that make up our guest bathroom.