A Bubbling Rock Water Feature and a Mini Yard Tour

With summer right around the corner, I’m enjoying the cooler temperatures as long as I can. Spring has always been my favorite season. If it weren’t for the pollen, it would be near perfect. I love hearing the background noise of the tree frogs and bull frogs singing their little song at night. It’s my reminder that spring has arrived. They seem to be drawn to our rock water feature that my husband made last

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Italian Summer Salad

This past week, my husband tilled and planted our garden. It’s gotten plenty of water over the past few days with all the rain we’ve had! If this year’s garden is anything close to how plentiful last year’s garden was, we’ll have enough to feed an army…or at least our small brigade. Going through my box of family recipes, I found my grandmother’s recipe for Italian Summer Salad. This will be perfect for when the

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Secrets for Cleaning the Rust Off Bathroom Fixtures & Keeping Them Looking New

My project this week is getting our hall bathroom back in order. I’ve been painting, redecorating, and my least favorite part, cleaning. If I can find a way to make cleaning easier, I will use it to its full extent. There’s a trick I learned from my grandfather when he would clean his tools and I’ve been using this same trick for cleaning the rust off our chrome light fixtures and shower rods. I’ll also

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How to Make a Decorative Air Return Vent Cover

The phrase, “it’s all in the details”, comes to mind when I think of what sets a basic-builder’s home apart from homes built back in the early to mid 1900’s. Details are like jewelry for a home. Over the past five years, I’ve been slowly getting rid of anything that screams 1980’s and adding little touches to give our home vintage-classic charm. Click here to see the rest of the board and batten hallway I’ve

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Double-Duty DIY: Hide the Doorbell with Monogrammed Art

I’ll be back later this week to show you how I made the HVAC air return cover from the hallway reveal.  First, I’d like to share with you another project I did for our hallway last month. One of my favorite tricks when decorating our small home is using things that have two purposes.  Usually before I buy something for our home is has to pass the “is it beautiful AND functional?” test.  If the

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DIY Gallery Wall Shelves That Even a Beginner Carpenter Could Make

Displaying family photos brings such warmth and personality to a home. I love the idea of having a gallery wall, but I also like to change and rearrange things quite often. Just ask my husband. Gallery shelves let you change out photographs or artwork without having all those nail holes in the wall. They are perfect for filling a large blank space, such as over a couch. Theses ledges would also look gorgeous in a

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Board, Batten and Beauty on a Budget: Cottage Charm Hallway Reveal

It’s been a month-and-a-half in the making, but after wiping the sweat and sawdust off my brow, I can say that the board and batten hallway makeover is finally complete. I’ve wrestled with the wallpaper, showed the nail gun who’s boss…lady, and told the Kreg Jig, “I don’t need no stinking YouTube tutorials”. I might be exaggerating a little, but there is a certain amount of empowerment you get when you try out a new

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How to Age Terracotta Pots with a Mixture of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax

I love finding new uses for things I already have. I’ve been experimenting with different ways to use chalk paint and wax other than just painting furniture. I’ll share all of my results in a later post, but today I’ll show you how to age terracotta pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax by mixing the two together to make a colored glaze. I was inspired by this tutorial from At The Picket Fence.

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Feeling the Love from the Heavens Above {and meeting famous folks}

If you follow me on Facebook, then you may have already heard about my streak of good luck over the past few weeks. God has truly been good! It all started the day after I shared my Easter decor and the story about my half-sister, Tifani, that passed away with cancer four years ago.  I told my husband that maybe my good luck is Tifani’s way of sending her love from the Heavens above. First, I found

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