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Our New Home: Living Room Couch (and Lots of Pillows!)

Teal blue and gold living room

Living room in black, white, coral, and gold
Yep, I’m STILL working on our living room!  Here are a few more pictures to show you what I accomplished today.  Stick around because I think the entire room (instead of this one corner) will be ready to show the world by next week.

The other posts on this room are here and here.

I found a lamp that I loved (at Home Goods):

Blue chinoiserie lamp
I originally thought I might paint it white, but then I realized that adding another color into the mix would be fun.  So now, we’ve got black, white, coral-pink, gold, and teal green!

It’s kind of an eclectic mix, but it all seems to work.  Really, unless you get rid of everything and just start from scratch (and who can afford to do that?!), everyone’s houses are an eclectic mix.  I happen to think that makes them more interesting.

Teal blue and gold living room
The black bench was a Home Goods find, too.  We needed extra seating because we entertain frequently, so it’s half coffee table, half bench seating. [Read More...]

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Our New Home: More Living Room Progress and a Gold Garden Stool

I posted last week on Stage 1 of our living room update here, where we added faux built-ins courtesy of IKEA.  I'm just finishing that project up, having added all of the crown molding and other trim on Friday, and caulking and painting today.  If you want to see the before pictures, check that … [Read More...]

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Southern Living Southern Breeze “Mocktail” Punch

  Last weekend at the Haven conference, we enjoyed this fun green drink while we were hanging out at the Southern Living Plant Collection Booth.  Often on Fridays we bring you a favorite cocktail at our "It's 5 o'clock at Magnolia Lane" series, but today we wanted to change it up and bring you … [Read More...]


Summer Salad–Asian Chicken Salad

  I shared my favorite summer meals HERE, but this one also needs to be included.  Last year we stayed at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek near Disney World and I became addicted to this salad {they served it in a wrap}, I made it a priority to eat it poolside everyday {sigh...}. As soon as I got … [Read More...]

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets for Kids

  I have been trying to crack the homemade chicken nugget code for a while now. My kids have hated everything I've tried; they've complained that they were too spicy, the wrong texture or they just didn't "look" like chicken nuggets. Isn't a chicken nugget supposed to be made out of chicken? … [Read More...]

Living room Ikea "built-ins"

Our New Home: Living Room Progress and New Built-Ins

I haven't shown you many pictures of our new living room yet, because I haven't been happy with how it looks.  That's kind of a bummer, since this is the room that we use the most, with the exception of the kitchen. But, after our trip to Atlanta last weekend for the Haven Conference (read about … [Read More...]

Terry, Christy, and Amy

Girls’ Weekend at the Haven Conference

Phew!  The three of us are just getting home from a weekend in Atlanta, spent at the Haven Conference for DIY bloggers.   Amy and I went last year (Terry had a brand-new baby and obviously wasn't leaving him), and we had so much fun, and learned so much, that we all went back this year.  Imagine … [Read More...]


When Life Gives You a Twist… of Lyme Disease…

This is the post I have been trying to get the nerve up to write for almost a year. It also might be the longest post you will ever read on this blog.   I know that most of our readers visit us to see cute home decor ideas and yummy recipes, not to read about our personal issues. I promise … [Read More...]

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Tank Sprayer For After-Beach Clean Up: A Must-Have for Summer!

How great is this idea?  I can say that because it came from a friend.  It's seriously genius, though! If you live near the beach, like we do here in Savannah, then consider this part of the essential list of things you own for your trips to the shore.  Right along with your chairs, umbrella, … [Read More...]


Creative Computer Station Ideas

Back in January, as part of our Operation: Organization series, I completely overhauled our computer armoire (aka the center of my universe) and made it look like this: and this: … [Read More...]

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Professional Tips for Hosting a Budget Savvy DIY Wedding

I have been writing and re-writing this post inside my head for over a month now because I am beyond excited to finally share my thoughts on how to host a budget friendly do-it-yourself (DIY) event.  DIY weddings are all over the internet these days; many of those tips may be DIY, but they are not … [Read More...]

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