Join me as I embrace and share American country style by reclaiming the 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 grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fall decorating ideas for outdoors

One thing I have always loved to do is use organic elements in decorating -- both inside and out. Instead of heading to a big box decor store, just look around your own yard, or even a neighbor's, for things you can use to decorate your home for fall. Be sure to ask your neighbor first, though:-)

I thought I would share some of the things I have done in the past to decorate our outdoor areas for fall.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Origami art and painting the wash stand

I wanted to share some more details in the girls' room makeover so I thought I would show how my daughter and I made the artwork and how I painted the antique wash stand.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Small changes make a big impact in the living room...

I have been so busy with the girls' room and the ensuing mess it created throughout the house, that everything else has been seriously neglected.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Organic Fall decorating ideas for indoors...

Even though it's hot and not remotely fall here in the North Carolina mountains, I thought I would give y'all some ideas for fall decorating indoors using organic and natural elements. 

I like to bring the outside in as I like for the inside to reflect what is going on outside, so I take my cues from nature.

I LOVE apples, which are abundant this time of year here, and find they are a great option for fall, plus you can eat them when you're through using them as decor:-)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Painting Isabelle's vanity...

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments about my girls' French bedroom last week:-) I worked so hard on this room, and seeing it come together was extremely rewarding. 

I wanted to share how I painted all the furniture in the room starting with my grandmother's vanity.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Coming home...

Yesterday was my birthday. It was one of those milestone birthdays -- I won't say what year:-)
It is a birthday I will remember, though, not because of the year, but because of the amazing gift I received. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Girls' French bedroom reveal

Finally -- after six loooooong years of being the worst room in the house, the girls' bedroom might now be the prettiest room in the house:-)

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Printcopia canvas review

I was so excited when I received an email from Printcopia about reviewing a product. Naturally, I chose to have a 16 x 20 printed of one of Luis's beautiful photos. My plan was to hang several beach photos we took of the children as well as some seascapes, so this was my first choice, and I was not disappointed! 

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Carolina Beach vacation

We were very fortunate last month to actually take the whole family on a little beach vacation to Carolina Beach, N.C.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Progress on the girls' room...

I think I can, I *still* think I can. Repeat. 
Things are progressing in the girls' room...slowly but surely.
We finally chose a paint color, and it was not easy. I wanted a lighter gray tone, but the light in the room just made them all look either too warm or too blue.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Choosing a favorite photograph and progress on the girls' room...

So many people have been asking me about buying the beautiful photographs my husband captures, that we have been looking at vendors for canvases and prints. Ironically, I was also contacted by two different companies about canvases and had to choose some for printing. Those of you who know his photography from my facebook page, know what a hard choice that is to make! 

For hanging in the house, I prefer photographs that look as if they could be paintings, so I chose this one of the pier in Carolina Beach, N.C.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The kitchen--where it came from...

Last week I showed y'all the evolution of the living area, which, by the way, got a whole new seating arrangement yesterday. But more on that later:-) Today I wanted to share the different looks in the kitchen over the years.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Metamorphosis of a living area...

I shared my summer living room yesterday HERE, so I was thinking about all the changes I have made over the last few years and thought it would be fun to revisit some of the different looks. 
When we first moved into the house, it looked like this.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer blues...

I have been using blue for a while now since I painted the kitchen a couple years ago. I usually use it with pink, but decided to go with just blue as an accent for summer.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Blue and yellow summer kitchen

Oh how I love summer here in the North Carolina mountains. It's so beautiful here and we enjoy lots of late morning family breakfasts of homemade whole wheat pancakes with my mother's homemade strawberry jam. I do enjoy my kitchen in the summer and I have changed things up for this season like I always do.  

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Super Moon capture...

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Luis captured this beautiful photo last night on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waynesville, N.C., using a Canon Rebel T3 with a Canon 75-300 mm lens. 

"...When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
 the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!"

(From Psalm 8)

Friday, July 11, 2014

My Favorite Room...

I am so excited to be featured over at Savvy Southern Style today in Kim's "My Favorite Room" series!!

Head on over and see which room I chose and the reason why:-)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Capturing fireworks successfully...

I have never shot fireworks successfully, so when I headed out last night to shoot, Luis had already done some research on just how to do it. 

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Friday, July 4, 2014


This is a day so many think about parties, cookouts, family, and other fun activities we have available here in America.  I can't help but think about the price that was paid for the freedoms we enjoy. 

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Random summer sneak peeks and a life lesson...

There is something about summer that really puts me in a vintage and retro kind of 1950s mood. Well, I'm always in that kind of mood:-) I have been working on a summer home tour so I thought I would share a few peeks.

My dad put these cars together years ago so I love to bring them out for my 8 year old to play with. I never know how they will be lined up.

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