During July….

NOT TO DO

During July, The World’s Worst Barn is beginning a full shake-down, scrub down, paint all over, makeover. This thing is going from a hillbilly tractor barn to a beautifully imperfect gathering space for us all to come and simply BE. I’ll tell you much more about it later but for now, I couldn’t resist to […]

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Weekend Links to Inspire & Encourage

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Gumball Drink Stirrers // studio DIY Our Mini Home Makeover: Before & After // Candace Cameron Bure The Upside of Downsizing // Be More With Less What I Learned from Painting a Wall // Conversion Diary A Bit of Instructions on How to Live a Good Life: How to be an Artist, a Parent, a […]

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Alison’s Thrifted Makeover:: All the Details

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photo: Alison after before I wanted to show a little more of Alison’s lovely house from our $250 thrift store makeover with Lysa. My job for this project wasn’t really to take photos, but to do the work of putting it all together so forgive me for the lack of lots of great finished shots, […]

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The Decorating Truths You Won’t See on HGTV

what can be done with less

Time. White Space. Imperfections. I know. Not as glamorous as Buy New Stuff, Paint New Stuff, Knock out Your Kitchen Walls With a Sledgehammer While A Camera Crew Watches and it all gets done in one week. But we are real women, with real fries on the floor of our cars, without big furniture budgets […]

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Turning a House Into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget

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I’m joining the How to Decorate Series 25 bloggers sharing great tips all week. If I were a billionaire, I’d still shop second-hand. Pair of chairs $35 each from Salvation Army, Dresser: $18 yard sale, Lamps: $8 each Thrift Store, Chalkboard: $1 Yard Sale with a $12 sea fan from HomeGoods spray painted white and […]

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Weekend Links to Inspire & Encourage

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Night Stand Tutorial : Ikea Tarva Hack @ Dear Lillie (and that LAMP!! I love everything about this!) Did you see Emily’s Summer House Tour? It’s a breath of fresh air. @ Jones Design Co. about beauty in the mist of it @ Sweetwater Put on that Swimsuit! written by my beautiful friend Jessica Choose […]

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A Painted Stump Table with Tacks

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Sometimes change comes in the form of five minutes, random acrylic paint and tacks. I used regular gold thumbtacks for this table, they lay more flat and are easy to push into the surface than my usual favorite: upholstery tacks. But there’s no wrong, you could use square upholstery tacks (I love these and also […]

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When You Need An Excuse to Gather Your People

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One of the things I’m looking most forward to this summer is hosting a baby shower along with a few dear friends for a friend of ours who moved away and is now expecting her first baby. There is just something about having this group of women in my home all together–the world will stop […]

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Weekend Links

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What a fun idea! Macaroon Wedding Cake for a styled shoot // Peter Loves Jane I pretty much want to live here: Renovated Church as a Home @ Domaine Painting Upholstery (these chairs turned out great!) @ Little Green Notebook 12 Projects to Make From an Old Leather Sofa @ Vintage Revivals DIY leather wallet […]

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18 Summers. How Many Do You Have Left?

the days are long but the years are short

  It’s the backwards count down that I make myself do every year. We have to. It’s horrible and also a wonderful reminder. Our oldest has 3 summers (I started counting the one after the senior year, I’m fooling myself counting that one, I know). The middle son has 6 more summers. Our youngest has […]

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