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, November 18, 2014

Cozying up with my Yahyali

I always love "warming" up the house in the fall, but this year we seem to have totally bypassed fall and gone straight to the dead of winter. It was 15º this morning and the high will only get to 26º. The low is normally higher than that at 35º so it's a chilly one here. 
Since we only have a heat pump and an uninsulated crawl space, the house can get cold. Plus, I'm so economical I keep the thermostat at 68 or below.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In honor of veterans

Luis and I are so thankful for all who have served this great nation, as well as the families and friends who have supported them. For Veteran's Day, we put together this video to tell the stories of those left behind. 


We are the land of the free because of the brave...


Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving inspiration...

If there is anything that I am "known" for on pinterest, it would be my Thanksgiving table settings -- mostly ones with the box. As I plan this year's table, I always like to look back on years past for inspiration.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Giving thanks

Thanksgiving. It's a word that conjures up all kinds of images from my childhood -- pilgrims, Indians, corn, the Mayflower -- you name it. I have always loved it. 

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Home Tour

I thought I would invite you all over for a fall home tour before we get busy with Thanksgiving and Christmas:-)


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Autumn in the country

The last few days have just been amazing here in the Smoky Mountains. All the sensory elements of fall have come together in the most amazing way -- but only for a short while. 

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn gold

I added a few fall accents around the kitchen with yellows and golds this year.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Smoky Mountain autumn

Autumn here in the Smoky mountains is an amazing feast for the senses, and one I look forward to with child-like anticipation every year.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Getting ready for winter...

I love everything about autumn -- cool days, clear blue skies and the amazing colors nature offers. I also love getting the house ready for the coming winter. That means bringing out the down comforters, flannel sheets and cozy throws. I started in the master bedroom and added some bold color to the mix this year. 

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Trial and error fall vignettes

Since I placed my living room couch diagonally a couple months ago, I have had space to decorate behind it, where I put a small book shelf. I also had my old windows layered with the photographs my husband took. 

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall and Family

I generally don't share much about my family life, but in reality, it's the most important aspect of my life, besides my faith. We had such a wonderful family weekend...very simple, but full of love, laughter and fun.

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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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