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 spousebuzz.com {part of military.com} 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...]

Outdoor Room Decor

TGIF, everybody!  I am (mostly) taking the day off from blogging because I am painting a few rooms in our new house--my downstairs office (right off the kitchen) and the hallway that leads into the kitchen from the garage. I have big plans for this hallway; I want to put built-ins in the pantry, … [Read more...]

How to Make That Boring Rental House {or Military Housing} Into a Home: Top 10 Decorating Tips

This is the article that I wrote for SpouseBuzz.com (they're the spouse side of Military.com).  You can read that article {here}.   They made a few tweaks and changes, so I thought it would be interesting to publish the original draft.  Plus, the pictures are all linked to my previous posts, so if … [Read more...]

Versatile Pieces for Entertaining AND Decorating

It seems like we entertain a lot in my household!  We are lucky to have friends and family who love to drop in for a few days (or longer).  We do tend to see them more when we're stationed in fun locations--Virginia Beach and Nashville have kept my guest room full--and I'm guessing that Savannah … [Read more...]

Turquoise, Pink, and Purple Bulletin Board

My son's very best girl friend recently turned 7.  Hannah the Banana is a sweet girl near and dear to all of our hearts, especially my oldest son's.  They grew up together, born a couple months apart, and have been connected ever since.  It is such a sweet relationship, one that I hope never … [Read more...]

Bible Study Brunch {Easy Entertaining}

This post will kick of a new series here at 11 Magnolia Lane called "Easy Entertaining," which will offer our menus, recipes and tips to easily pull together events in your home. This spring I volunteered to host a Bible study. I am really excited to have such a wonderful group of ladies come into … [Read more...]

Decorating for the Next Ten Years

First off, I am by no means an expert, or even a professional decorator, but recently I find myself more frequently having discussions with friends about ways to update their homes (especially their kitchen and bathrooms) and not: hurt their resale value do something they won't like in a few … [Read more...]

Home Goals for 2012

This is a great blog challenge--one where you can sit down and outline what you plan to tackle in your home this next year. We are joining in at The Nesting Place "Home Goals" challenge today and sharing what is topping our  home "To-Do" lists as the new year begins. *********************** I … [Read more...]

Home & Garden Tour

Yesterday was a fabulous girls day. Terry & I and our friend Lydia, went on the Garden & Home Tour here in our area. As Terry was the smart girl who remembered her good camera, she will have to follow-up with the good pictures. But here is just a taste of what I caught with my phone. The … [Read more...]

Builder Kitchen Island Makeover

  While I never loved my builder cabinets, I especially hated the fake looking wood on my very standard kitchen island. So, a few years back I took a paint brush to my island thinking I might eventually redo all the cabinets. Well, life happened {and my third child} and my kitchen island … [Read more...]

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