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 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.

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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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Choosing a carpet on a budget

I rarely have the opportunities others get to work with sponsors and companies, and with my ridiculously low budget, it means that I *really* have to pound the pavement and do lots of research to find a good deal that is also good quality. Y'all know how I love my Turkish rugs, and you also know how expensive a real one can be, so finding the right one has been a bear -- to say the least. Let me say, if I had the budget, I would message my friend Gokay at Yellowstar Carpets in Adana, Turkey where I purchased my two Yahyali rugs, and be done with it, but we are in ministry now, and we don't work for Joel Osteen:-) All kidding aside, Gokay has supplied gorgeous handmade carpets to the highest ranking U.S. dignitaries, defense personnel, celebrities and designers for years, and if you have the budget for the real thing, there is no better.

But back to my reality, I was really excited when I found ecarpetgallery on ebay. They have gorgeous handmade rugs and had some unbelievable deals on their ebay site that were not listed on their regular website. 

As for ebay, the way I shop there, generally, is to "watch" what I like, but not purchase until the price goes down, which it invariably does. Not so at ecarpetgallery. After buying one rug from them, then missing out on another one I wanted, I messaged them about relisting that rug, but when they relisted it, the price, which had originally been $278 marked down to $180, suddenly jumped to $363. They did reduce it to $235, but it's hard to buy something that you could have gotten for $55 less. 

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Springing into pink...

...well, I will be in a couple weeks:-) We are still two months away from green trees, but spring is definitely in the air here in the NC mountains. 

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow Day

I really wanted to do a *real* post -- you know, some kind of decor thing, and I have plenty of little projects going on, but we got our first "real" snow of the season, and I ended up outside with the kids and my dad:-)

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Thursday, February 19, 2015


We enjoy our creek all year round, but it definitely takes on a life of its own in the winter.  I braved the single digit temps last evening once the sun went down and went out to capture some "silky" water shots. 

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