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Repurposed Painted Pine Vintage Filing Cabinet

We have a storage problem in our house–probably like most people do! For whatever reason, they don’t build houses in Texas with attics or sufficient closets (nevermind the anomaly of a basement).  I am constantly on the lookout for large, cool pieces that can hold our stuff, specifically some of my kids toys and games. […] Read more…

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Operation Curb Appeal Update

Back in April I shared about the landscaping project we were taking on in our front yard. If you remember, our home has suffered from a significant lack of curb appeal for several years–in part because it is a typical box-style Texas home with no character–but mostly because of the complete lack of landscaping on one whole […] Read more…

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5 Simple Tips for Better Photos

I don’t claim to have this whole “successful blog” thing figured out, but one thing I do know for sure is that to have a great blog in the Home Decor/DIY world, you have to have great photos. That may seem intimidating to you–it certainly did to me when I first started photographing my projects […] Read more…

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Small Business Spotlight

When I say “shop small” to you, what comes to mind? Does “shop small” mean “shop expensive” to you? Do you think “shop small” as just a marketing slogan created by a not-so-small credit card company? Or does hassle and inconvenience come to your mind when I say “shop small”? If any of those are […] Read more…

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The Two Hardest Colors to Paint Furniture

I love when I get the chance to talk with a customer, either in person or over email, who wants to paint a piece of furniture for the first time.  I really do think that anyone, with a little help and practice, can learn how to do this. What’s hard though is when I hear […] Read more…

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Vintage Paint By Number Trend

For the past six months or so I have noticed a pattern in my antique mall. Vintage paint by number canvases, like these sailboat ones, show up one day are gone the next. They are hot sellers right now!  And personally, I can see why.  I really like them–their bright colors and kitschy style.  I […] Read more…

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Living an Open Handed Life

If you were to spend any time in my house, you would hear me saying phrases like this a lot: ” Please share with you brother “        ” You need to give someone else a turn “        ” He asked nicely, now please let your brother play with it […] Read more…

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My First Haven Conference

I got to the hotel a little later than I originally had planned, and so rushed up to my room to do a quick re-fresh.  After reapplying some lipstick, spraying on some perfume, and giving myself a little “You can do this!” pep talk, I rode the elevator downstairs to head to the Haven Meet […] Read more…

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Duncan Phyfe Style Dining Set [Furniture Makeover]

Hi everybody!  This is just a quick post with a few “after” shots of the Duncan Phyfe-style dining set I finally finished over the weekend. I have had this set since this past October, and it has been lurking in my garage ever since. I finally got motivated enough to start working on it back […] Read more…

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Why I am Attending the Haven Conference

A week from today I fly out to Atlanta for the 2015 Haven Conference. It will be my first Haven, and more than that, my first blog conference ever. Last year as Haven approached, I debated with myself and with my husband about whether or not to attend.  The cost is significant, once you add […] Read more…

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Fusion Product Spotlight | Color Blocker

I am having so much fun selling Fusion Mineral Paint as a Certified Merchant! My business feels so “official” now I have loved getting to work with the team at Homestead House, the company behind Fusion and other great paint products.  President Jennylyn Pringle is a delight to work with, and along with her family, […] Read more…

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My 5 Favorite Furniture Artists

I get a lot of inspiration from various other bloggers and “furniture artists” I have discovered over the past three years online.  You may already be familiar with the lovely women I am about to share, or their names may be new to you.  Either way, their work deserves to be recognized and passed along. […] Read more…

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A Day in the Life of a Small Business Mompreneur

6:30 am:  Wake up to children patting your face and asking, “Are you awake?”  Wonder why in the world said children are awake so early after being up extra late the night before due to a trip to the ballpark.  Stumble downstairs to fulfill immediate requests for food and drink. 7:15 am:  Drink a cup of black […] Read more…

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Our Family Ft. Worth Staycation

I was always envious growing up of the families who went to the beach every summer.  It seemed like such a fun tradition to have–every year meeting up with aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins, all while spending the days relaxing on the beach. For whatever reason though, my family never adopted that tradition.  We would […] Read more…

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Antique Pine Furniture

I have developed a new love affair with antique pine furniture.  Those knotty, rustic pieces have been added to my decor favorites list, alongside old books and flow blue china. I’m not talking about the western-style, orangey-yellow pine furniture you see in mass market stores today, but rather about the really old pieces that are […] Read more…

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