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 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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bringing out the box again...

I thought it was time to bring out the box and add a little bit of fall to my dining area.

 
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Easy Canvas Prints review

As much as Luis and I are enjoying photography, I was excited to get an email from Easy Canvas Prints asking if I wanted to review a canvas. That was an easy "yes" as we are planning on offering them for sale in my shop.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mountain harvest...

Fall is all about harvest here in the North Carolina mountains, and nowhere is that more evident than in my parents' garden. 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn photography

Fall is definitely the time Luis and I like to go out and shoot the changing landscape here in the mountains. You just never know what you're going to get and foggy mornings can make for some great shots.
We headed up the Blue Ridge Parkway early one morning last week, and I finally found an overlook cleared enough to get this sunrise shot over Waynesville. We could also hear something moving in the woods, so I made this a very quick stop!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Summer begins to have the look...

Summer begins to have the look
Peruser of enchanting Book
Reluctantly but sure perceives
A gain upon the backward leaves --


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Before and after of the antique chest

I painted five pieces of furniture in the girls' room, plus all the art and mirrors, so I've been sharing pieces one at a time instead of one super long post. 

Today I wanted to show you the before of this chest.

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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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