Good Bones vs Accessories

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This week I’m doing a little series on What I learned from the Painted Cottage.  We stayed there last weekend and I loved the warm, inviting feeling of the cottage, it was homey but not cluttered.  Although this cottage is not someones home, and I know there are some things that if someone really lived […]

Write Them on Your Doorposts :: A Giveaway

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Special thanks to DaySpring for sponsoring this giveaway and feathering our nest with these charming book crops. Did you notice this sign on my mantel the other day?  My boys did.  I saw one of them mouthing the words as he read it to himself. There’s one here too. And here. And here. Over here. […]

Secret Reading Room

We used the awkward closet under the stairs for the boys. Sometimes we take the table out and throw in the twin size mattress from the trundle bed. It’s perfectly cozy and feels oh so private when the door is closed. Did you have a special place to hang with yourself when you were growing […]

My Top 10 Biggest Decorating Mistakes

This is a repost from March 2009, but worth reading again. Not making the master bedroom a priority. Not getting rid of stuff that I don’t really need or love. Being afraid of color. Buying something trendy instead of more traditional {remember those over stuffed chairs from the 90′s?} I had two of them. It […]

Terrarium 101 :: A Guest Post

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Today we have a special guest, an expert on small houses and plants.  Read on and you’ll discover one of her secrets. Hi Nesters! This is Jessica from My House Party here to share a little how-to on making a terrarium for your home, or the home of someone you love. Terrariums are a great […]

Decorating with Live Greens

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I’m always surprised at how much I enjoy real plants in our home.  Usually, over the winter, most of my live plants succumb to my lack of attention and by spring, I buy a few replacements. Greens for your home are inexpensive, easy to care for and for some reason, have the power to completely […]

Lessons on Accessories

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accessories on parade Since we busted up some parades yesterday, I though we should talk about good and honorable ways to accessorize.  Let me assure you, I am accessory’s biggest fan.  I love accessories.  I dream about accessories, I am connoisseur of accessories.  Of course, these are all my big fat opinions, they are not […]

Slow Decorating Part 1

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The words Slow Decorating have been in my head for awhile. Hearing about Slow Food got me thinking. Why do I always feel the need to produce fast, now, complete, perfect, finished, instant decorating? I want to lower my own expectations.  If expect to have my house put together 3 weeks after we move and […]

I am Mary. But not the one you are thinking of.

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Remember in the last post where I told you I was done decorating and I was gonna be all Carol Brady and do crafts with my boys and like, rest, relax and enjoy and junk?  I lied.  It started out so innocently.  Five minutes after publishing that post I just wanted to see how the […]

Creating a Calming Office Space

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Having my own office makes me feel like a queen. Except when it looks like this. Then I feel like the opposite of a queen. No, not a king. An ugly stepsister punished by being surrounded by too much cute stuff. I was so looking forward to making my work space pretty that I overlooked […]

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