Join me as I embrace and share truly authentic 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 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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mason jar jewelry

The calendar says "spring" even if it was 20 degrees last night here in the North Carolina mountains. 


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Solving the backsplash issue...for now.

I mentioned a couple weeks ago I was trying to finish up some projects that needed finishing, and the kitchen backsplash was one of them. I had found this mixed mosaic tile last year at Lowes that I LOVED, but of course there were only two 12 x 12 pieces, and no more anywhere. You can read about my dilemma HERE

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Major setback and trying to move forward

I keep saying the smallest projects always turn out to have the biggest issues. Let me just repeat that.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Southern Holiday Life feature...

I am so excited to have an article and photos featured in the Spring edition of Southern Holiday Life magazine!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Progress on the bathroom...

Like I said last week, the smallest projects always turn into something bigger and this has been no exception. It all started with taking out the corner bathtub in the master bath and replacing it with a closet. I was determined to build it around these antique doors from my grandparent's house. 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

The smallest projects always have the biggest issues...

When we made our wormy chestnut countertops last summer, I fell in love with the perfect mixed mosaic glass and stone tiles for the backsplash at Lowes.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

The antique organ and the flea market brass lamp

While I realize most people are not decorating around an 1886 organ, it does provide a sort of "sideboard" space when closed, and most all of us can relate to that.  

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Muslin and lace sink skirt and cafe curtains

There is something about spring that makes me want to get everything clean and fresh...especially in the kitchen. 

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pink and Green Saint Patrick's Day

It's been a while since I set a Saint Patrick's Day table, so I decided to get out the Franciscan "Ivy" dinnerware, thinking the green would be just perfect for such an occasion.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hot Pink in the Spring Living Room

It actually does look like Spring might be arriving soon here in the North Carolina mountains. It will be 72 today, then 23 tomorrow night with a chance of snow??!! Go figure. In the meantime, I have been warming things up in the living room with hot pink and the gold/brass that I showed in yesterday's post.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Aging gold frames...

I have been using gold and brass accents for a while but hated the color some of my picture frames  had.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rustic Easter wreath

I finally took down the evergreen and magnolia wreath that had been on the front porch since December and replaced it with one for spring. 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Collecting Wedgwood creamware

The very first china pattern I ever chose was Wedgwood "Queen's Plain." I wanted something neutral for everyday that I could use for years and years that would go with everything. In retrospect, that was a very good decision.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Random Saturday

My 11 year old had a birthday sleepover last night, and, since I cleaned yesterday, it was nice to wake up to a clean house this morning. 

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

The easy way to get a chandelier where you want it...

I have always loved sparkly chandeliers, but never had one until last year when I sold the fixture I had to buy the one now hanging over my grand piano. I have since added several more in the kitchen and living room. 

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Canon 5D Mark II...oh how I love you:-)

The more I am drawn to the nitty gritty details of photography, the more I wanted to try out a Canon 5D Mark II, full frame camera. I am lucky enough to have a talented neighbor, Regina Holder, who just happens to be a professional photographer, and who was gracious enough to let me borrow her Canon 5D Mark II:-)

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Listening to the radio...

Everybody knows I have a big thing for vintage...everything --from art, furniture, books, silver and Christmas decor all the way to electronics and old calendars. My heart skipped a beat when I ran across this vintage radio while casually strolling through a local indoor flea market. 

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Monday, February 3, 2014

10 tips for better photographs

Having wanted to throw my camera off a cliff struggled with the technical aspect of photography, especially, I have now come to really enjoy tolerate pushing my camera to the limit. I have learned firsthand if you can't take a good photo with the camera you already have, you won't be able to take a good photo with a better camera.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Watermarking photos and responding to criticism...

I started blogging over four years ago because I wanted to learn the art of tablescaping. I had been posting photos of my home and decor at HGTV's Rate My Space and really had gotten tired of the mean and nasty comments people would routinely leave, not just for me but for others as well. Blogging seemed to be such an encouraging and positive community. And it has been. 

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