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Creamy off-white kitchen with copper accents, brown and black granite | 11 Magnolia Lane

Happy Friday!  My kids are on fall break this week, and next, because they’re on a modified year-round schedule, and it has been positively decadent to not have to get up early for school.  I had big plans to paint my bedroom–and I still think that will happen next week–but mostly I’ve been doing a million little things on my to-do list, which feels great.

Today I shot a bunch of photos of our kitchen; you might remember that I’ve painted it twice since we moved here in June.  I don’t have them all edited and ready to go yet, but probably by Monday or Tuesday.

Here’s what we started out with, kind of a gold color:


Here was round one of painting (Sherwin Williams’ Sea Salt), which I love in my daughter’s room but didn’t love in the kitchen.  The creams and browns of the kitchen just didn’t work with the cool undertones of the paint.

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White French country kitchen | 11 Magnolia Lane

I repainted using Benjamin Moore’s Edgecombe Grey and love it; it’s got warm undertones and works perfectly with the Revere Pewter that I used in my adjacent office and the garage entryway.

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I also took a bunch of photos of the fall decor I’ve added around the house and so I’ll give you a mini-home tour next week, too.  Here’s a sneak peek so I can show you the gold fleur de lis tassel I found at Hobby Lobby.  It was 40% off in their Christmas section so it was only $6, and it’s huge.

Gold tassel fleur de lis | 11 Magnolia Lane

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If you follow us on Facebook, then you’ve probably seen this photo of my son and Sunny, the older of our two rescued golden retrievers.

Boy and dog

The back story is that Sunny‘s arthritis is getting pretty bad; despite a knee surgery, daily medication, and injections, he’s still a 12-year-old dog who lived a very hard life before we adopted him at age 9.  He absolutely loves being outside, especially now that it’s cooling down, so even when he’s too tired to take a walk, Connor will go sit on the deck with him out back (there are always golfers who need to be barked at!), or they’ll go out front so Sunny can sit in the shade.  Connor takes his kindle or his homework and, as they’ve done since day one, they snuggle up and just enjoy being together.   [Read More…]

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It’s One Room Challenge Time!

I have been going back and forth about participating in this Fall's One Room Challenge because while it is so much fun and motivates you to knock out a room redo in a short period of time, I am still in the home stretch of our Kitchen Makeover so that is kind of enough for one month, right? Last … [Read More...]

DIY walk-in pantry | 11 Magnolia Lane

DIY $10 Pantry Chip Rack

Of course we all want to maximize every inch of storage space in our pantry.  We just turned a closet next to our kitchen into a pantry {here}, and since it was originally going to be a half bath, it's by far the largest pantry we've ever had. For years, I've used two "real" chip racks in my … [Read More...]

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Quite a bit can happen in five years…

  Five years ago today this blog began. The first post ever started with the words: We are thrilled you have come by! In our home in the (cyber) world, we offer inspirational ideas for your life, home, family and self...   I had to stop and count a few times and check … [Read More...]

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Cancer & Chemo Gift Idea #PaintItPink

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Fall Fashion Basics and Other Favorites

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Update Your Floors Before the Holidays!

This post is sponsored by Mohawk Flooring. Deal alert--consider this a shopping PSA for anyone you know who needs new flooring, and please pass it along! As you all know if you've been reading for any amount of time, we are contributing bloggers for Mohawk Flooring's Creative Home blog.  In … [Read More...]

10 easy projects to decorate and personalize a rental home, military housing or even your own home.

10 Easy Ways to Decorate & Personalize Your Home {Even if it’s a Rental!}

  One of our top posts ever (of our over 900 posts!) is the post that Christy wrote here for {part of} discussing ways to make a plain vanilla rental home or military housing feel more like a home.   We thought we'd circle back to this topic again today … [Read More...]

DIY walk-in pantry | 11 Magnolia Lane

Organized Pantry With Built-In Shelving

As I promised last week, today I'm going to show you the walk-in pantry that we created in our garage entryway.  There's a video at the end so you can see the flow of the entire area, and I will also list some of the sources at the bottom of each photo, too. The space we started with was an empty … [Read More...]


Back to Basics–Creating a Printable with PicMonkey

  Today for our "Back to Basics" series I wanted to share how easy it is to make a Printable and create all sorts of other fun things using PicMonkey. While there is no shortage of ready-made printables on Pinterest, this is a great tool for when you want to make something personal. … [Read More...]

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Pear Martini {A perfect Fall cocktail}

  Happy Friday everyone! Today I am sharing a recipe for what may just be my new favorite drink, though we created this recipe at Christy's request. We drank these last year in Savannah and after she sweetly hinted that she would love for my bartender/husband to whip an easy version of a … [Read More...]

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