Bookcases and Things of That Nature


real living july 2009 I’ve been looking for a bookcase? shelf? whatever the current name of this thing is, for awhile now.  I like the sturdy look of theses shelves. cases?  I thought maybe I could find something similar at Ikea, since it reminds me of my expedit shelf but, nope, they discontinued whatever it […]

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From Hate to Love

stuffed sailfish on wall

I love this wall. I used to hate it.  It was completely awkward and is the main wall in our downstairs area, it’s just a wall island with a closet and some kitchen cabinets on the other side. You can kind of see the wall in this photo behind the toile sofa before I moved […]

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Giveaway Day Fall 2011 Winners!

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We know that everyone is a winner ~  what I want to know is, did you win one of the amazing giveaways from these incredible sponsors?  Let’s see if you won! {or perhaps a few of them are offering a coupon code or free shipping for those who didn’t win?}  Click away! 1.  Fieldstone Hill […]

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The Life and Times of a Kmart Table

kmart table

Are you so tired of me talking about this table? I wrote an entire post about how we use this table just a few months ago.  We bought it for $40 about nine years ago.  That was back when lots of KMarts were going out of business.  It’s just your average inexpensive kitchen table that […]

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31 Days of Lovely Limitations :: The Finale

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  I’ve always wanted a finale. It’s hard to believe we’ve talked about limitations for an entire month, what a boring, negative topic, right? When I announced what my topic was going to be one commenter kindly asked why I couldn’t  just do 31 days of home decorating tips.  A valid question. I hope you […]

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Day 30 They Really Are Lovely


Besides being a wife and having children, all I ever wanted was to own a little house with a garden and make it pretty. I loved making beauty out of something scorned and unexpected so much that I thought it would be fun to help others in their homes.  But we never settled down and […]

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