~Thrift Store Tray Gets a Bright Makeover~

Watermelon pink monogrammed breakfast in bed tray (thrift store up cycle)

A few months ago, I was making my usual weekly stop into Goodwill, when I came across the cutest breakfast in bed tray.  It was dark red and $5, which seemed expensive to me (for a thrift store, at least!) but I saw potential.  I debated painting it white or black, my usual colors, and using it in … [Read more...]

Kitchen Hutch Makeover {Craig’s List Find}

kitchen-hutch1-after

I am jumping right to the "After' for this, but after months of searching, I finally found the perfect piece for my kitchen on Craig's List. It was perfect in size, look and best of all--price, it was only $30!!! It had been donated to a church, and it was even relatively close by, I couldn't get … [Read more...]

Garden Butterfly 1st Birthday Party

Custom made party hat for baby Siler

Garden Butterfly Party This past weekend Amy and I were invited to our dear friend Trinity's home to celebrate her daughters first birthday.  I'm not sure if you all remember but Amy and I threw Trinity a baby shower in honor of this sweet little blessing last June (click here to check it out).   … [Read more...]

Carnival-Striped Side Table for My Big (Little) Girl’s Room

Pink, green, and aqua awning striped table

  My 8-almost-9-year-old's room is getting another facelift--not a huge redo, just a little tweaking.  When we moved to Nashville last summer, she told me she was done with the pink and green bedroom she had in our old house (below): Sigh.  I loved that room!  But, I understood that she … [Read more...]

The Empty Nest {A wonderful new shop}

Back Camera

  Terry and I were so excited when we heard that our 'blog' friend Janet from The Empty Nest was opening a store on Main Street in Warrenton, VA. We couldn't wait to see all her beautifully painted furniture and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in action. I was in the same area last week {working on … [Read more...]

A Craft/Workroom in Progress

basement workroom before

I was beyond touched when my Mom asked me if I would makeover her craft/sewing/ironing/wrapping/decor storage {from here on out I will just call it her "workroom", as she does!} room for a birthday present this year. Here is the before... The room, which is in their basement, was finished by the … [Read more...]

In the Kitchen with 11 Magnolia Lane: Middle Eastern Vegetable Salad

Middle Eastern Salad Courtesy Ina Garten

Middle Eastern Vegetable Salad I have to give credit to Amy for sharing this tasty and healthy little salad with me.  It is perfect for summer, a wonderful side to share at your next pot luck, and a high protein vegetarian meal tossed in one bowl.  This salad comes from the Barefoot Contessa, How … [Read more...]

Christy’s Powder Room Redo–Just Add Beadboard!

white beadboard in powder room

  Drumroll, please, because this is my first room redo in a long time (since the kitchen photoshoot, I think)!  Let me first inform y'all that this is only Part 1 since the room isn't quite done (are they ever?) but it's good enough to show it off a little bit. Our downstairs powder room … [Read more...]

Get Organized~~Simple Decoupaged Bulletin Board!

decoupaged bulletin board

  I've been saving this project for awhile and it seems perfect for summer.  In some ways, summer is even busier than the school year for us, because we have no set schedule and it seems like we spend a lot of time away from home on various vacations and trips to visit family (not that I'm … [Read more...]

Summer Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out

A few weeks ago I hosted a Kick-Off Summer Girl's Night Out Party. I wanted to get my new neighbors and friends together before summer got in full swing. It was a great night, and even more fun because Terry came down to help me pull it off and put her signature stylish touch on everything. We … [Read more...]

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