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.

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

Frozen

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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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The gray kitchen...

Yes, I said "gray." I know, I know, the blue kitchen was *my* thing, but I was ready for a change and since this is all one big open space, I wanted to paint it all the same color.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Gray, grey and battleship gray...

gray 1 |grā| ( Brit. grey)
adjective1. of a color intermediate between black and white, as of ashes or anovercast sky gray flannel trousers.• (of hair) turning gray or white with age gray beard.• (of a person) having gray hair a gray, fatherly gentleman.• informal relating to old people, esp. when seen as an oppressed groupgray power.• (of the weather) cloudy and dull; without sun a cold, gray November day.• (of a person's face) pale, as through tiredness, age, or illness a few people, their faces gray and bitter.2. dull and nondescript; without interest or character gray, faceless men |the gray daily routine.3. (of financial or trading activity) not accounted for in official statistics :the gray economy.
Looking at the definition of "gray" one would think it's the most boring color ever, but the color gray could not be hotter in decor these days. 

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What my house really looks like...

When I share my house, I always try and make things look as good as possible. I will spend a lot of time just setting up a shot and making sure everything is perfect because I don't think anyone reads this blog to see laundry baskets sitting around or my dirty dishes on the counters.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine French Toast and a blog hop

I really don't do any decorating for Valentine's Day, so I had a hard time coming up with something to do to celebrate the holiday. Then I started to think back to my childhood and to those construction paper pouches we made and decorated at school, which were always filled with valentines from classmates. I think that sweet, child-like spirit is what really epitomizes Valentine's Day for me, so I decided I would do something for my three children. Instead of a paper pouch filled with cards, I made heart-shaped french toast, and I'm sure they will appreciate that a lot more! And since this was a trial run, hubby got to eat this batch:-)

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Simple gallery wall in the dining area

If you have been here with me for very long, you will remember me frequently mentioning my dad's relative who passed down many of our family heirlooms. So much of my furniture, art, china, etc., came from our "Cousin Ruth," and each piece is treasured.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Decorating for winter

As much as I like to scale things back after Christmas, I don't like my home to look too bare, so I have tried to find a balance that includes color, texture and warmth.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Winter Dining Room

Finally, all the Christmas decor is down and I have enjoyed a blank slate to play with. As much as I love Christmas decor and hate to take it down, I always look forward to something a little less cluttered for winter.




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Monday, December 29, 2014

What I will remember about 2014

I know I'm not the first one to say this, but this year seems to have flown by at warp speed. 

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Country Christmas Home Tour

Honestly, I didn't realize Christmas was right here upon us! I put together all my Christmas decor in one post, and you can click on the links to see details for each space. 


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Country Christmas porch

I like for my home to reflect where it is and the culture around it, so naturally, we have a country Christmas porch here in the North Carolina mountains.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas music room

The music "room" in our home also serves as the front entry. It used to be the dining area, but because it got high traffic, I ended up putting the piano there and moving the dining area to the living area, which was long enough to accommodate it. It has worked much better this way, and I enjoy having the piano in a more open spot.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Living and a quirky tree

Thanks so much for the comments you all have left:-) They really make my day and confirm that we can make do with what we have, and still have something pretty, which is what this blog is all about. 
Today, I'm sharing the living area and my quirky tree...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Merry Christmas farmhouse Kitchen

I don't know what it is this year, but it sure seems Christmas is creeping up -- at warp speed, so I need to share my Christmas posts before it's too late! 
Our kitchen definitely has a different look this Christmas thanks to the fabric I used for curtains and the sink skirt. It's merry, bright, kid friendly and we are loving it:-)

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Vintage Christmas bedroom

Since I started my Christmas decor with the bedroom mantel earlier this week, I thought I would go ahead and show you the rest of the master bedroom.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY Countertop Board at Hometalk

I know most of us are in the midst of Christmas decorating, but I had the opportunity to curate a board over at Hometalk with DIY budget countertop ideas, so I wanted to share it with you all here.

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There are some really great options for DIY countertops, including my own wormy chestnut countertops, so click HERE to see the board.



Monday, December 8, 2014

Cottage Christmas Mantel and a blog hop

I am excited to be participating in my first ever blog hop hosted by Pamela over at From My Front Porch to Yours.  I'm even more excited because this is a mantel party and I finally get to come out and play:-)


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas preview...

I've been working non-stop since Friday, but I am still not quite finished with my Christmas decorating.

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