How to Paint Upholstery Fabric–Black Velvet Chair

Black velvet painted chair

If you're a regular here, then you've seen that I'm working on updating our living room, with a palette of black, white, gold, coral pink, and a little teal green/blue.  Doesn't that sound like a wild color combination?!  I promise, it's going to work!  Here's a sneak peek: You can see pictures … [Read more...]

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

Teal blue and gold living room

  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 … [Read more...]

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

Golden garden stool in living room

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...]

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

Living room Ikea "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...]

Girls’ Weekend at the Haven Conference

Terry, Christy, and Amy

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...]

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

H2O Only vinyl decal for tank sprayer

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...]

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe–A Summer Favorite!


Blueberries are in season, and if even if you can't pick your own, they're inexpensive in the stores right now.  My daughter eats them by the pound, so that's good for us! We usually pick our own when we visit family in Michigan in August, but we can't make it up north this summer due to some … [Read more...]

My Fourth of July Front Porch

Fourth of July front porch with red, white, and blue bunting

July 4th is right around the corner, and I've had my front porch decorated since Memorial Day! I don't think that makes me a slacker; after all, we had Memorial Day, then Flag Day, and now Independence Day.  I'll take it all down next week and go back to my lime green or pink color scheme {see … [Read more...]

Monogrammed Swim Suit for My Tween Girl

Monogrammed tween girls swim suit

I've been drooling over the cute bandeau-style monogrammed bathing suits I've been seeing this summer ( had one a few weeks ago, although I didn't buy one and probably should have).  My daughter's been drooling over them, too, but she's a girls' size 8 and ladies' sizes don't have a prayer … [Read more...]

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