Join me as I embrace and share American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparents' old house, local junk shops and my parents' attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Home Tour

I thought I would go ahead and wrap up a summer home tour in case any of you are interested in seeing everything in one post. At least you can see how everything ties together.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer Music Room

Here is my final pink summer decorating post before I put it all together in a home tour. Like you need that much pink *all* in one post:-)

This is my music room and front entry all in one small corner of a big open space. It's the best way to work this room for us, as unconventional as it may seem. Some of you will remember it as our dining room a few years back. You can see some of the transformation HERE

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Laundry, smoothies and little things

I kind of felt like y'all might want a break from my pink summer decorating, so laundry was at the top of my list of random things to share:-) Well, not really, but at least it's something different.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summer Living Room

As promised, I have some more summer decorating to show you all, and today, we are in the living room. So get ready for pink, pink, more pink and a little Bohemian chic thrown in the mix:-)


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Bohemian chic summer dining

Hi everyone! Thank you to those of you who left encouraging comments after my surgery. I am recovering just fine, but we have been so busy with ministry, a TV show, and community activities, it's been hard to get posts done. But, I'm back now, and I want to get the rest of my summer decorating posts up so I can finish up with a home tour -- before fall arrives:-) First up is my dining room, and, as in the rooms you've already seen, I have infused a little "Bohemian-chic" flair into this room as well. 


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Colorful summer kitchen

Back in the spring, after I traded the red accents in the kitchen for hot pink, as happy as I was with the change, I knew I wanted to add a little more color.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Vintage summer bedroom -- Bohemian style

I really should title this post "Colorful summer bedroom," because it is full of vibrant color and just in time for summer.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Vintage farmhouse style porch

We love our porches here in the mountains, and we certainly put ours to good use during the summer. I showed you all the front porch last week, so I thought we would go around and see the back porch today. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Southern porch with vintage farmhouse style

I always anticipate getting the porches ready for summer, despite the amount of work it is, and after a week of hard work pressure washing, re-staining decking, painting railings, and moving and repainting furniture -- then getting everything back in place, I am happy to say the porches are cleaned, styled and ready for our family to enjoy.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring around the house...

I shared some of the outside blooms last week, so I thought I'd share what's "blooming" inside the house. 
I stripped everything back to lots of white after Christmas with a few hot pink accents, and the bright color really grew on me, so I kept adding more and more.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring in the country

I have to admit there are many times in the spring I look around and see only the *huge* amount of work that has to be done to get the house and property back in shape here. Then I am reminded of how thankful I am to live in such a magical place, and that's when I stop and take notice of all those beautiful things that are right under my nose:-)

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Monday, May 4, 2015

CanvasChamp winner

I am pleased to announce the winner of a beautiful 8 x 10 canvas from CanvasChamp is Laura Dowden! 


Laura, please contact me to order your canvas.

Thank you all for entering!



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Vintage" houseplants and a planter makeover

I love houseplants -- real ones, and I have noticed that different varieties seem to go in and out of "style" over the years. I still love my ivy, from the Christopher Lowell Show 1990s, and have finally figured out how to keep it alive, but I wanted to add something a little more retro and found a larger leaf variety of Schefflera I wanted to try in the corner behind my couch.


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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Decorating with photographs

I love photography, and I love incorporating photographs into my decor--especially on canvas.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

CanvasPop giveaway winner

I am so pleased to announce the winner of a free 16 x 20 canvas from CanvasPop is Tammy Mabe Joyce!

There were 38 total entries between the blog and facebook page, and Tammy's first entry was number 2, which was chosen by a random number generator.

Thank you all who entered! Don't forget, you can still get 35% off at CanvasPop by entering the code ABOVERUBIES35 upon checkout.



Monday, April 20, 2015

Pastels on the porch for spring

Spring has certainly sprung in the North Carolina mountains, and I'm setting a pretty spring table out on the porch today! 


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

CanvasPop giveaway AND a discount code!

I hope you all saw the gorgeous canvas I received from CanvasPop a couple days ago. If not, you can see my review HERE.


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Monday, April 13, 2015

CanvasPop review

I got an email several weeks ago from a company called CanvasPop about reviewing a canvas, and I jumped on the opportunity. The hardest part was choosing a photo to print.


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Setting the Easter table

When we finally get to sit down to Easter "dinner" at our house, it will be after months planning and  intense musical rehearsals, which will have culminated in a 1 1/2 hour long celebration service at our church. We will be exhilarated and exhausted at the same time, so as much as I want our lunch to be special, it also needs to be simple. I really wanted to do something "fancy," but I kept leaning toward simple, and that's what I went with. 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Pretty in pink...

Have I mentioned how much I love pink?? I've been using it in all different shades for the past few years and could not be happier seeing it this season in my favorite magazine, Veranda, and from some of my favorite designers. It must be hot this spring -- and I, for one, could not be happier about it. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Pink pillows and a modern print

My "pink for spring" theme is certainly coming along in the house. I love how simply changing a few things can make a big difference. I mentioned wanting to use the antique Chinese silk I inherited this spring again, but I wanted to play up the bold pink color instead of going with the softer shades I have in the past. I decided to add a modern/retro print in a large floral pattern, and oh how I love it:-)

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