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.

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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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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