{Around the House} Home Office, Part 3

[Did you miss Home Office, Part 1? or Part 2?] It’s finished! Apart from the little details that will emerge over time, my Home Office dream has become a reality! Here I sit, at my little desk and loving my little corner of the house. Yesterday, I completed all the patching, priming, painting and staining. Read More …

{Around the House} Home Office, Part 1

I’ve joined the birds in their migration. But rather than flying south for the winter, I’ve been migrating all over the house since we moved in a few years ago. I’ve been searching for a place to land my home office. There’s a built-in nook in the breakfast room, but the desktop doesn’t allow for Read More …

{Around the House} Entry Closet Upgrade

Do you have one of these closets that’s stuffed with winter coats? At my house, five people managed to collect 40 coats over the years. Yep. That really happened. They were literally stuffed in the closet, and we all know that only 1-2 favorites were even yanked out for active duty during the cold season. Read More …

{Around the House} What’s Your Style?

Country, Modern, Rustic, Transitional, Arts & Crafts, Shabby Chic, Contemporary … what’s your style? Most people don’t know. They just know if they like something – or not. But understanding your style, whether it’s strictly defined by a name or your own unique loose interpretation, will help you splash your personality within the walls of Read More …

{Around the House} DIY Cleaning Solutions

I’ve been wanting to make my own cleaning kit to use around the house. It just seems like there are so many choices out there on the store shelves, but I’d really like to know what I’m using and how the chemicals might affect my family and environment. The “green” store-bought cleaners, seem to clean Read More …

{Around the House} 12 Ways to Celebrate July 4th with Style

The fourth of July holds many great memories for me. As a child, my family often drove through the windy mountain roads from Kentucky to Virginia, to visit my mother’s family – Gramma, Papaw, aunts, uncles, cousins… and the Statler Brothers. The Statler Brothers were a popular country band that sponsored “Happy Birthday, USA” – Read More …

{Around the House} Check It Off!

  Throughout my life, I’ve been a notorious list-maker. Grocery lists, To Do lists, packing lists, project lists … If it needs action, I have a need to write it down. Maybe because I’m forgetful; maybe because my brain runs a mile a minute in every direction; maybe because I’ve made myself believe that if Read More …