Town and Country Living, Friday Feature

As a single mother of two, Jennifer from Town and Country Living,  bought a Victorian cottage, circa 1875. Later she remarried and decided to stay in her beloved, well worn home. With wide baseboards framing painted floors, ample sunlight washes in through two-over-two windows, some with wavy glass. No floor is perfectly level and the need for small props under furniture feet is a necessity. It sounds perfectly delightful!

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In the living room, she used landscape burlap to create window treatments, using sticks as curtain rods. This room features Aunt Marion’s blanket chest made over with Annie Sloan chalk paint and the clock has been made over too!

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With not much closet space, an Ikea cabinet was made over and serves nicely as a crafting space.


Adding to the charm of the old house, the stair case is narrow and twisted.


In the dining room, this beautiful buffet is dressed for Christmas. It’s gorgeous!

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Another peek into the dining room, I love the bamboo floor mat!

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A spacious built-in, beadboard cupboard graces the kitchen. Boxwood wreaths dress it up for the holidays.


The other side of the kitchen is decorated simply with greens and red ribbon and looks so pretty!

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Two claw foot tubs are in this home and this one is all set and full of bubbles for you to slip into and relax! Click on the picture to be taken to post to see how this tub was transformed.

Go on over to Town and Country Living and visit Jennifer. You’ll find lots of furniture makeovers and beautiful tablescapes to inspire you in her lovely Victorian cottage.

Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow I hope to be baking Christmas cookies and have decided to make an old recipe I haven’t made for years! Wish me luck!


Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Feature Friday, Pink Post Card

This week meet Denise from Pink Post Card. She blogs from the beautiful state of Oregon, where she lives in a craftsman-traditional style home with an open floor plan and beautiful views.


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Step into the entry and you’re greeted by this pretty old dresser. Read its history and see the tutorial of how she created the lettering. Her home is furnished with many of her thrifted treasures and pretty furniture makeovers.

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The living room is fresh and inviting, furnished with her makeovers and I am truly smitten with the nail head detail on the coffee table. The sofa which she calls “the Beast” was completely made over. Denise sells some of her furniture makeovers locally and at shows.

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A clock made by her late grandfather has a special place in this room. The bookcase is a garage sale find and she reupholstered the chair.


In the dining room, Denise made the linen slipcovers and flirty skirts for the chairs. I love the bit of bling added by the chandelier and the pretty blue on the back of the hutch.

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The kitchen had dark cabinets which were painted white, giving the room a new feel, more farmhouse than frump! New pendants and lots of new trim were added.


Painting the cabinets took this kitchen from plain Jane to a pretty space to cook in. Check out that yummy looking cake!


Open shelving, a pretty chandelier and an old piece of office furniture serving as a buffet, create a cozy breakfast nook.


In the dreamy master bedroom, a beautiful French, vintage chest at the bottom of the bed was a rare $25 find.


Denise cut out a curved cornice to complete the fabric wall. It looks fantastic!


I love this pretty vignette of a Manzanita branch and vintage map above a distressed vintage cabinet.

So there you have a glimpse into Denise’s lovely home, but there’s lots more to see on her blog, the family room, her daughter’s room, home office and studio. Check out her etsy shop and portfolio of all the lovely vintage pieces she has painted and sold. She is a busy lady!

Thank You Denise for allowing this feature!


Next week, a furniture makeover just in time for the holidays Smile


Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))


Friday Feature, The Wicker House

This week’s feature is Emily’s blog, The Wicker House. She describes her style as laid-back and lived in and she’s drawn to coastal, cottage and farmhouse styles.

She lives in a modest 3 bedroom 2 bath house that while not her dream house is a great place to raise her family and her home keeps her busy with projects. She’s created a home for her family that feels comfortable and very much a family abode.


A pretty vintage shelf in the entry holds treasures and collections.


Vintage cameras are her recent finds and she made the fantastic driftwood mirror!


In the living room, the fireplace display changes with the seasons. You need to check out the before and after shots of this fireplace. It’s amazing what paint can do.

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Here’s another look for the fireplace.

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In the living room, I love all the pillows on the red sectional, especially the plaid ones. It looks like a comfy place for the family to gather.


Her kitchen has undergone a transformation too and given a brighter look with painted cabinets and countertops.

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Two pretty cabinets flank the table and provide storage and a place for pretty displays.


On the table, Emily put together this fun indoor picnic for her family.

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Many of her grandmother’s straw hats hang on a piece of salvaged wood above her bed. I think this is a great idea, such a pretty look too and a wonderful memento of a loved one.


She made this unique shower curtain out of a bed sheet and used pieces of a white towel for the Swiss cross.


I‘m ending this post with Emily’s Christmas display from last year to get you inspired for the fast approaching holiday season! It will be here before you know it!

Go on over to The Wicker House to say hi and feast your eyes on all of Emily’s projects and pretty vignettes!


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Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Feature Friday, Three Pixie Lane

Christie finds refuge from the world and allows imaginations to run wild in her blog home at Three Pixie Lane. Her love of family and home and faith in God come through in every post and her blog is filled with gorgeous pictures of her talent.

Let’s take a look in her shed. Her husband built it for her so he could get her stuff out of his space. I like that idea. She’s decorated it with family treasures and vintage finds.

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In her shed, a salvaged picket fence holds vintage shovels and serves as a headboard. There’s also a fireplace mantel from the early 1800’s that belonged to her grandfather.  Her shed holds gardening supplies, things she uses use to decorate, family mementos and her children’s art work. I would love to have a space like this to decorate with all my treasures.


They built this absolutely gorgeous covered porch to fix a leak in the room below. It’s decorated in the same colors of the living room and is an extension of that room. {swoon}

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I gasped when I saw this porch, I think it’s that beautiful!

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Her kitchen was recently remodeled and given a new look. The pictures on her blog are bigger and much better than these.


White cabinets with dark ceilings and floors help to lighten the space. I love those ceilings and the lanterns above the table. Christie shares sources for her lanterns and pictures of her kitchen before the remodel.

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She refinished her mother’s butcher’s block and was determined to have it in her kitchen.

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Another way to use reclaimed wood, as a bath shelf. Perfect in her all white bath.

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Decorated for Christmas, a Swedish secretary in her daughter’s room.


Christie made this pretty garland from mismatched socks that’s hung at the bottom of the bed.

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Clogs and a Dala horse are part of the Swedish style. Did you know that a Dala horse is a symbol of Sweden?


I love the woodsy feel of her Christmas mantel from 2010.


At Three Pixie Lane you’ll find Christie has decorated her home to create a very cozy abode for her family. With pretty pieces from her family’s past it has a comfortable look and homey look. You can almost smell cookies baking!

Stop on by Christie’s blog and say Hi, but be prepared to stay there a while!

Are you a new blogger, have a project or decor to share for a Friday Feature? Just email me Smile

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Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Friday Feature, Top this Top that

Laura is a wife, mom to 3 and her family inspires her passion for creativity. This week let’s welcome Laura’s blog, Top This Top That and take a little tour to see the lovely home she’s created. Her welcoming front porch is the epitome of a southern home!

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It’s the perfect spot for some conversation and a big glass of sweet tea on a hot summer afternoon. Decorating this space for the seasons would be so much fun!


Here’s a glimpse into the entry from the breezeway.

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Hop scotch on the floor! What a great way to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day and work off some energy too. Laura shares how she did this on her blog.


For a self proclaimed non-cook, this is a pretty great kitchen. Her husband is the cook in the family and I’ll bet he whips up some yummy meals in this kitchen.


The family room part of the kitchen was repurposed into an eating area. I can imagine a lot of family activities going on in this space. With a roaring fire going on a cold day, meals would be extra special.

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After her children were born, her style went from formal to more casual. She wanted a room where children could jump on the bed and her family could live in. The wall color is from Benjamin Moore, Homestead green and is a calm and peaceful color she never tires of. Check out that tray ceiling and all the light coming in, I love this space!

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The master bath has a claw foot tub and gorgeous chandelier that make Laura feel like Zsa Zsa every time she walks in. I would love to have a vanity like this, a place to sit and put on makeup.

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The guest room is all ready for guests.


For some Fall inspiration, I’ve added this beautiful tablescape. Can you guess what the cornucopia is made of?  A tomato cage!

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The side door is decorated for fall too and it all looks so festive and inviting. Makes you want to see what’s inside at Top This Top That. I hope you’ll visit and check out her tutorial gallery and the shop she runs from her blog. .

Thank you Laura for allowing me to feature your beautiful home!

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 My kitchen update; I’ve been painting all week and today I need a break. The kitchen, dining room and family room are one hot mess! Where to go with stuff when you’re painting kitchen cabinets???!!! Did you ever get into a project and “what was I thinking” keeps coming into your mind? This is turning out to be one of those projects. I’ll explain later, today I’m taking a break.

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

A Guest Post and Feature Friday from The Old Painted Cottage

Hello! So very nice to meet you. My name is Jennifer, and I blog over at The Old Painted Cottage. I’m excited to be guest blogging here for Debra today!

My husband, Adam, and I live in a cozy 1200 square foot ranch-style home, in Southern California. We purchased our home 4 years ago, and we’ve been renovating it ever since. It was in sad, desperate shape when we first laid eyes on it.

See for yourself. Here was the kitchen, the day we moved in, complete with missing oven door and painted dishwasher…

With little to no prior DIY experience, the two of us have tackled every single last square inch of this house.

Here’s how the kitchen looked after we singlehandedly ripped out all the old kitchen cabinets, tile, sink and appliances…

When we first started moving in, nearly all of our old furnishings (which were mostly leftovers from my Shabby Chic, let’s paint everything white and put a rose on it phase) didn’t hold up in our new home. I tried it every which way, but this ranch-style home just begged for something new and completely different, so I reinvented my style as I went. If you look at my blog from 3 and 4 years back, you can witness firsthand the photographic documentation of my style evolution unfold in many of my older posts.

I’m really happy with the end result. Our home feels cozy, intimate and speaks to both my husband and I, which is very important.

Among other things, I’m an antique dealer, so many of the furnishings in our home are the result of leaving the house before dawn and hitting the flea markets with flashlights and cash in hand. While I primarily buy for clients and my online website, if something catches my eye that’s perfect for our home, that baby is coming home with me!

Our kitchen we completely ripped out and renovated from scratch. The cabinets, butcherblock countertops and sink are from IKEA. The island is from JC Penney. The pendant lights were found on eBay. The subway tile is from Home Depot. And the small white sideboard Adam rescued from the trash outside of a wood workshop.

We had our handyman build the two chunky white shelves in the dining room, and the 11 foot fishermans table was built by my husband and myself.

Our master bedroom is actually quite tiny in size, so a large statement piece, such as this mantel turned headboard provides a perfect focal point for the space. I found the mantel on the side of someone’s house and offered them $100 for it. I dragged it home, painted it, upholstered it along with matching fabric covered buttons and the rest is history…

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Although we have nearly everything completed (with the the exception of our master bath – that one’s going to require adequate time and funds), I still manage to come up with new projects all the time. I love interior design, and as I’ve often been told, I have "ants in my pants" by those that know me best. Just when it’s complete, I’m ready to start all over again with an entirely new concept. Keeps my husband on his toes : )

Thanks again to Debra for graciously allowing us to share our home with you lovely readers!


  Thank you Jennifer for guest posting and giving us a delightful tour. Your home is full of great ideas and inspires us all. Those “ants in the pants” must be part of your creative process that help you achieve your dream.  I’m going to take a look back a few years in your blog to see how your style has evolved.


Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Friday Feature, Kate’s place

This week let’s visit Kate’s Place.  Kate’s favorite things are going treasure hunting at thrift shops, estate sales and garage sales. She loves looking for old treasures, and bringing them back to life. And so do I! She creates the prettiest vignettes for every season and uses old things in new ways. You are sure to find a ton of ideas and inspiration at Kate’s place.

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Her Fall table is set with lovely old linens and she’s used old cutting boards as place mats.


In the foyer, pretty blue accents are used with framed botanicals and beadboard wallpaper.

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Above her kitchen cabinets, she displays an extensive collection of white tureens. She mimics the look of a farmhouse sink with a burlap skirt and the rug is from wuslu. Be sure to notice her stenciled window treatment and board above that she made.


A few of her cuttings boards are hung above a cabinet in the dining area.

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Along with her vintage scale and antique bottle carrier, they make a beautiful display.


More touches of blue in the living room. The décor in her home changes often and she seems to effortlessly create new looks with all her thrifty treasures.


Her bedroom,  in soft neutral colors and textures,, looks like the perfect spot to curl up.

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An old mailbox becomes a rolling pin holder. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one used this way before. Great Idea! I have an old mailbox that I’ve been saving and now I have an idea……

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You’ll see some fantastic yardsale finds in her home, like this dough bowl that she got for only $30. Now that is a steal for sure. I’ve seen them for much, much more.

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Kate made this table runner and uses her dough bowl to hold vintage towels.

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Now this is a pretty table setting all in white. Love this look!

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Some people just have a way with white! I know I would try to add color and change the feel but this is lovely!

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Go visit Kate’s Place for pretty pictures and inspiration everywhere. Open-mouthed smile 


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Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Feature Friday, Classic Casual Home

Welcome to Feature Friday. This week we’ll get a glimpse into the lovely home of Mary Ann Pickett from Classic Casual Home, a remodeled 1950’s beach cottage near the Pacific Ocean.


This is a look at the after of her kitchen. It looks nothing like the original now. You’ll find lots of before shots on her blog, so you can really see how much work was done to get to this point.

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A small sitting area off the kitchen lets you chat with the cook but stay out of his way. Her husband is the cook. Lucky gal, wish mine was!

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Notice the ceilings throughout this home, they are gorgeous! Mary Ann changes the fabrics in her home to reflect the seasons. This is the winter look.

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Notice that Dutch door! swoon. This is the Summer look in the living room with pretty green and salmon colored fabrics.

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The master bedroom feels soft and dreamy in shades of a custom mixed pale blue.

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There are 2 venetian mirrors in the master bath, a gorgeous room!


Her office is a small space off the master.

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Tucked in the corner of the office, is her comfy blogging nook.


Have you noticed all the art work in this home? Some of it is flea market art and she’s used  original art and water colors from her previous home in France. This is her son’s room.

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In her son’s bath, she’s used water colors from the flea market. I was drawn in by the contrast of white with these pretty colors.

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Fish plates from Mexico and a fish pillow cover from Pottery Barn complete her daughter’s room. I love that coral color too!

On Classis Casual Home Mary Ann shares her sources and great deals and you’ll find more inspiring pictures, plus features of other stunning homes!  Mary Ann offers decorating and styling services using pieces that you already own for a new and fresh look. Go on over and take a look!

Thank You Mary Ann for allowing me to feature you home and blog!

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Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Buckets of Burlap, Feature Friday

This week’s feature is Buckets of Burlap, where Becky blogs and shares her love of all things vintage and flea market treasures.  Her and her husband are turning their home into a comfortable, cozy farmhouse where memories are made.Through projects, painting, and many DIY weekends, we are on our way to obtaining our dream home.

Becky definitely loves the vintage style and has created a beautiful home!  She recently got a kitchen re-do as a birthday gift from her husband. If you like this style, be prepared to drool!  Let’s take a look.

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On her blog, she shares before, during and after pictures so you can see the full transformation. The farmhouse sink, antique columns and Ikea countertops firmly define her vintage style. I think the shelf above the window, holding aqua mason jars is a great idea and I just might have to borrow that . Winking smile

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I lovelovelove that vent hood made from reclaimed wood and the gray color it adds to the space.

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An old buffet holds more treasures and touches of aqua. It’s always been one of my favorite colors.

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Her husband used more reclaimed wood to create a new top for the kitchen table. She whitewashed it and it’s a new old table!

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In the dining room, another tabletop from old wood and more touches of aqua. She has some great vintage pieces like the seltzer bottles and that enamel pitcher!


Her headboard is made from old tongue and groove barn wood.

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A cowboy tub at the foot of the bed hold pillows and blankets.

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More old wood, this time framed mirrors.

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Some people have a knack for pulling  together all the things they love and making it look like the pieces were meant to be together all along. Becky is definitely one of those talented gals!

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For much more to feast your eyes on, go on over to Buckets of Burlap.

Thanks Becky for allowing me to feature your lovely home!

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I have been busy working outside cleaning up the garden and trying to decorate for Fall and it’s coming together. I finished a couple ASCP projects and will post them soon. Have a great weekend!

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Happy to Design, Friday Feature

Today meet Chari, from Happy to Design, a wife, mother and grandmother from Colorado. She has a passion for interior design and is continually experimenting with her home’s décor. She’s a queen of vignettes, so if you need a little push toward your Fall decorating, you’ll probably be inspired after seeing her lovely home.


Here’s a glimpse into to her office. Her style is French country with lots of pretty antiques.

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The colors she chose for her tea rose bedroom are so pretty together and feminine.

Now, enough of the teasing, lets get onto the Fall inspiration!


I love these large acorns on her Autumn buffet 2011.

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Her table is set with the beautiful colors of Fall.


I’d love to dine here!

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Pheasants and tiny pumpkins create a lovely centerpiece for a buffet.

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Here is her beautiful Autumn mantel in the living room. I love the addition of sticks in an arrangement.

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She calls this, “Pheasants by the fireside.’’ Isn’t it cozy?


All pictures are linked to Happy to Design and the pictures on Chari’s blog are beautiful! So be sure to click over to see more.


On the Thanksgiving table are pretty gold goblets, antlers and pheasants.


Such a pretty table should be getting you in an Autumnal mood.


Feathers, acorns, pears, fireside dining, the crisp shades of Fall, antlers, leaves and acorns…..are you feeling it? Fall is coming soon!  Inspired I hope!

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I’ll be going to the mountains for a few days and hope to do some antiquing. I know it will feel like Fall in the mountains. Send a kiss


Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Friday feature, Beaux R’eves

Meet Cindy who blogs at Beaux R’eves. Her husband has a degree in architecture and she’s an Interior Designer.  In 2002 they designed and built their dream house, choosing every detail.


What an entry! Imagine stepping into this space! If the foyer sets the scene for the rest of the house,  I’d be anxious to see more. The travertine floor continues into the dining and living room.


The bright and cozy hearth room and kitchen are where they spend much of their time. Notice the contrasting cabinets and all the molding and corbels in the kitchen.

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I love this beautiful arched window over the sink. The cooktop has a pop-up vent which leaves room for the chandelier.

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Here’s a better look at that gorgeous thing.

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In the living room, the coffered ceiling is painted in Palladian Blue, one of my favorite colors.


The fireplace is double sided with the hearth room on the other side. More beautiful molding here!

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Cindy created many of the features of the guest room, like the curtains, recovering the bench, painting and adding hinges to the door. It’s a great look… it!


On the patio, drop clothes curtains blowing in the breeze remind me of a tropical island.

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Hey, I have a collection of tole trays too! They look great surrounding a chalkboard door.skirted sink

See those silver trays on the wall behind the sink? I really like how they look against a blue wall and check out the cute skirt on the sink.

Beaux R’eves has so much more inspiration on her site! Cindy shares her tips on finding the right paint color and I definitely could use help in that area. She also has a love of tablescapes and shares her gorgeous floral designs. Thank you Cindy for allowing me to feature your blog.

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There’s still time left to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway.

Have a great weekend!


Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Friday Feature, Amanda Carol at Home

Amanda Carol at Home is this weeks Friday feature. I had the pleasure of sharing a cab, that was really a limo, from the Haven conference to the airport. It saved us some money and was fun to chat with a fellow blogger. The driver heard our conversation about not seeing much of the city and gave us a mini tour since traffic was light.

Amanda knew as a child that she had a passion for interior design and has turned that passion into Amanda Carol Interiors where she offers in-home and on-line consultations.

Let’s take a tour of her beautiful home starting in the kitchen.

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In her kitchen, blonde cabinets and ivy wallpaper (remember that very popular wallpaper?) were replaced by black cabinets and light colored walls for a much different and updated look.


I know I’ve seen this picture on Pinterest. Homemade lemonade!

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This is one beautiful dining room but I think she wants to change the color. The décor changes quite often in her home. Send a kiss Cute doggie too. The rug is so pretty!

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The living room is open to the dining room. Can you believe that’s a thrift store coffee table? I think she’s taken off the sofa’s slipcover to reveal its cobalt blue color and added a cowhide rug in this room.

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I am totally smitten by these simple curtain rods!

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Her home office is stunning! I love every detail, the colors, striped curtains and amazing dresser! It’s definitely a sophisticated look!

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The master bedroom  looks very luxurious and relaxing. The mirrored night stands and soft colors add to its romantic charm. I love the combination of soft blue and tan, it’s so soothing.

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A cozy place for a chat in the master. Notice the chair detail and the classic style of the dresser.

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Here’s a peek into her daughter’s room. I think most girls would love the pretty window fabric.

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Another peek, this is the boys’ room. Love that dresser and the colors of this space.

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The laundry room has evolved too and serves dual purpose as an entry way with plenty of hooks and baskets to stash your things. Everyone need a chandelier in the laundry room to make doing laundry feel like an elegant task!

From Amanda, “I find a real sense of joy and fulfillment helping others achieve their design dreams”.  Are you inspired? Check out her services and sample boards and favorite paint colors posts for even more inspiration.


I’d like to Thank The perfect Little House Company for being a sponsor. The Perfect Little House Company home is modest in size but provides well designed spaces that will accommodate many different lifestyles. Click on button in sidebar.



Thanks for visiting! Debbie (((xx)))

My uncommon slice of Suburbia

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia is Kristin’s blog and today’s feature. She has a very handy husband, 3 boys, lives in San Diego and has a great love of DIY. Here’s a little look into all they’ve done to turn their little slice of suburbia into their dream home.

They’ve completed several projects in their kitchen to get it looking like this.

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They painted the oak cabinets and added height for a custom look.

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The island got a new custom look with the addition of legs and glass was added to some cabinet doors. I really like the look of the island and am thinking of doing the same at my house. There are some ugly shelves there now that are just catching dust. I could remove them and add some pretty legs. This could be my winter project. 

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Here’s a look into the beautiful and spacious great room.


This gorgeous loft office space is shared with the kids as a tv room. Make sure to check out all the before and afters on her blog. You won’t believe the transformations!

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What a good idea, you can keep an eye on the kiddos when you work on the computer or vice-versa.

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The master bedroom looks so inviting, like a place where you can really relax and snuggle with your four legged friend. I love the feel of this room with all the patterns and soft textures.

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I could do some serious sleeping in this space.

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A pretty blue is in the guest room and Kristin share all her paint colors on her blog.


On the patio, drop cloth panels block the sunlight and turn it into an outdoor room. The potting bench is a workbench her husband made 10 years ago. It works perfectly for holding pots and looks pretty too.


So there’s the little tour of Kristen’s home, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, now go over and say Hi Smile

Are you inspired? I hope so!


Thanks for visiting! Debbie (((xx)))

Friday feature, Our Vintage Home Love

Diana is the proud mom of 4 wonderful kids, the wife of an amazing man and she blogs at Our Vintage Home Love. She shares her passion for DIY projects, designing, building, decorating, organic gardening, cooking and making something from nothing when you have little in your pocket. I guarantee that you will find ten tons of inspiration at Our Vintage Home Love.

Diana and her husband dreamed of one day finding their perfect home, not fancy, just an old home with lots of character and they sure found it in a 1905 charmer.

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It didn’t always look like this, they transformed in into this beauty. Ferns, a swing, colorful pillows, a painted floor and pretty paned door welcome you.

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On her back porch, she created curtain rods from PVC pipe. Your jaw will drop when you see all that Diana has accomplished! She knows how to work those power tools, it’s a skill she learned from her dad. Be sure to read her bread board story.


Window treatments are made from burlap bags and you can see a corner of the island that she built! Her husband is a picker and brings home found objects, and he bought an old barn for the wood! That’s where she gets all the lovely old reclaimed wood for her projects.

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In the dining room, she built the industrial looking shelves and that beautiful table using turned legs that her father made.

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This is the first room you see when you enter the house and it showcases more of her wood projects. The desk behind the sofa, she built it!


In the den, a chest that her father made now serves as a coffee table.


This room houses another set of wooden shelves that hold some of her husbands finds. Using the minnow bucket as inspiration for decorating the room, she added the pillows in red stripes.

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A romantic rustic and gorgeous headboard, yeah she made it!

So many projects and you’ll find so many more at Our Vintage Home Love. She has some crazy-mad-awesome woodworking skills!  Diana and her husband have created a beautiful home that welcomes you. When you visit be sure to take in all the details, you’ll be inspired!

With so many great blogs all over the blog-o-sphere, Friday Feature  is a way to showcase other bloggers while gaining lots of decorating inspiration. If you have a project or makeover that you think is feature worthy,  please email me or leave a comment.


Thanks for visiting! Debbie (((xx)))

Friday Feature, The Poor Sophisticate

 The Poor Sophisticate, creating beauty inexpensively, is the feature this week. Molly and her husband, recently transplanted from California to a little village in Germany, are trying to create a new home in a contemporary apartment with just enough rustic accents to feel like their home. Molly shares beautiful pictures of the countryside while trying to soak up the design, culture and foods of her new home.

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This is one of the castles they visited. I’ve never been across the ocean so I really enjoy the pictures Molly shares.

Let’s take the mini tour of their gorgeous apartment….

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They were lucky to find a landlord who allows them to paint, add shelves and change light fixtures. The IKEA shelves look like they were always there. Be sure to check out the before pictures of this kitchen. It was dark, but they transformed it into a light and inviting space.

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There is a view of the German countryside from the kitchen window. I am jealous.

kitchen wall

I think she has succeeded in adding a little rustic charm to this contemporary German kitchen. I like those cute pitchers on the wall.


Grey and cream stripes in this beautiful hallway can also been seen from the kitchen. Under the spiral stairs is a bar area.

hallway stripes on walls

What a beautiful space!  I love this eclectic collection, it was what first attracted me to her blog.

In Molly’s words,  “I like things to go together and compliment each other, but don’t like things to match perfectly. I am most comfortable in a space that looks like things have been collected over time, not all ordered out of a catalog.”

medallions on wall living room

Inexpensive medallions make a bold statement on the living room wall and help to anchor the space. Notice more rustic accessories.

pallet table living room 

A DIY pallet table adds tons of rustic charm.

tree stump living room

stump side table

I’ve been seeing a lot of tree stump tables lately but not one that’s painted silver. Rustic luxe, perhaps?

chalkboard vignette

On The Poor Sophisticate you’ll find tutorials for flavored sugars, vintage cake pedestals and a beverage bar just to name a few…there are many more.

Molly is an interior designer who has assisted with a Williams-Sonoma Cookbook and Pendleton Wool Catalogue and also offers design services through her blog. Grab a cup of coffee, you can spend some time there, across the ocean!

Thanks Molly for allowing me to feature your blog!

I’m running a little behind this week, the invasion of the zucchini continuesConfused smile The family room reveal is coming, I promise.

Thanks for visiting! Debbie (((xx)))

Friday feature, For the Love of a House

Transplanted from Dallas to a small New England town that doesn’t even have a traffic light, Joan has turned an old farmhouse into a stunning home.  In her blog, For the Love of a House, she shares her story of their journey of turning a once unloved antique farmhouse into their home.  It’s a gorgeous home and I won’t add much, just take it all the many details.

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150 year old stair treads greet you in the entry.

living room

I love the traditional style layered with antiques, collections and accessories.

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This kitchen is amazing with beadboard, old floors and marble counter tops.


Isn’t this gorgeous? Picture coffee in front of the fire on a cold New England morning,…..

dining room

An antique French dough bowl filled with vintage Japanese fishing floats adds a pop of color to the dining room.

 wasp nest

A wasp’s nest in an urn. You’ll see lots of organic elements throughout the home.

reading room

I love the all the layered accessories. Everything looks like it’s been collected over time.

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The aproned tub was original to the house.

master bedroom

Soft colors, beautiful, collected furnishings, accessories and organic elements make the master bedroom a very restful space.


In the master bath, the vintage flame-mahogany buffet-turned-vanity was found for $75!

From Joan, My design credo has always been that there shouldn’t be any place in your rooms that isn’t beautiful to look at. It can and should be functional yes, but it should also always be pretty.

The combination of collected antiques, collections, layered accessories, organic elements and  traditional style make this home look so inviting and comfortable. There is so much more at For the Love of a House. You better get comfortable with a cup of coffee because when you visit, you will be there for a while!



Thanks for visiting! Debbie (((xx)))

Friday Feature, Life as a Thrifter

This week I’m featuring Holly’s blog, Life a as a Thrifter. She was once a kindergarten teacher and is now a stay at home mom to a busy toddler. Her obsession with thrifting has enabled her to create a home that is lively, bright and so welcoming!  She’s created so many beautiful, unique things from cast off pieces. In her words,

I got on an orange and green kick long before we bought the house, and I’m happy to say, I still love it today.  (You’ll see even more of this in the kitchen.)  There’s something about bright colors that have always made me feel good . . . they’re fun and energetic.

Take a look at the color that welcomes you as soon as you enter.


These pops of bright color make me want to explore and see more.

oh happy day foyer

You immediately sense that this gal has a unique style.

orange kitchen

I personally love everything about this orange kitchen but understand that bright colors are not for everyone.

orange room

This area is the breakfast nook, now used as a pretty sitting area and the formal dining room is the informal dining area. Bright color everywhere! I love the bold print on the chairs.

dining room

What happy spaces! Notice the little chair on the buffet.

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A 15 dollar bench was spray painted with chalk paint and is now a very kid friendly coffee table.

laundry room

More color in the laundry room and notice the wooden hangers holding photos.  Great idea!

master bedroom

In the master, 85% of the room was decorated with thrift shop finds or handmade items. That’s pretty impressive!  The Mr. and Mrs. mirror above the bed was created with a dry erase marker.

dog art


Baby Talk magazine featured her adorable nursery and I’ll bet it’s been pinned a million times!

Life as a Thrifter certainly shows us how to bring your personality into your home to create your own style. Are you inspired? There’s lots more on her blog, go take a look!


With so many great blogs all over the blog-o-sphere, Friday Feature  is a way to showcase other bloggers while gaining lots of decorating inspiration. If you have a project or makeover that you think is feature worthy,  please email me or leave a comment.

Boy is it hot outside! If I had a pool I’d be in it! I’ve been working on my cabinet project and finishing up little projects inside, painting a bathroom vanity and hanging stuff on the walls in the family room. My slipcovers for the family room chairs are finally done and I’ll be posting them soon.  I started redecorating this room in January…..I’m a slow decorator Eye rolling smile but still chugging along.


Thanks for visiting! Debbie (((xx)))

Friday feature, At Home on the Bay

This week’s feature is Mary’s blog,  At Home on the Bay. The bay is Blue Hill Bay in the Down East area of Maine. The home is over 100 years old, has good bones and lots of pretty details like crown molding and old wide pine floors and then there’s the view of the lovely bay.

This colorful plate wall is in the dining room and sets the tone for the colors throughout the house.

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Reds and aquas really pop against the neutral background of the sofa.


Mary made these pretty pillows and shares some great pillow tutorials on her blog.


She takes some pretty pictures too!  I love this sweet vase.


There are just a few touches of blue on the walls, table and in the window treatments in her bright kitchen.

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The owl cookie jar is adorable.


She describes her style as simple, light, and airy with lots of texture and handmade items. That’s a perfect description of this room……simple but beautiful.

Annie Sloan painted cupboard

More pretty color is found in this corner cabinet, it’s Antibes green from Annie Sloan. The complete tutorial is found on her blog.

pillow tutorial

Here are more pretty pillows made by Mary. If you love pillows be sure to check out her great tutorials.

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She paints too! This must be the bay!

Mary sews, paints and rocks some power tools! And loves to yarddsale!


I’d be happy to take these pretty vases off her hands and the blue ones under the painting.





She made this headboard and painted the fabric, made the sign and sewed up the pillows! You go girl! She’s one creative gal.  To see what she creates next, stop by and pay her a visit At Home on the Bay.

With so many great blogs all over the blog-o-sphere, Friday Feature is a way to showcase other bloggers while gaining lots of decorating inspiration. If you have a project or makeover that you think is feature worthy, please email me.


Thanks for visiting! Debbie (((xx)))