Versatile Pieces for Entertaining AND Decorating

Hobby Lobby hanging chalkboard

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

Big Girl Bedroom with New Custom Made Cork 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

Christy's Kitchen Re-do

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

terry basement

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

This is just the garage/guest house, wait until you see the rest.

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

The "After", So much better...

  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...]

I {heart} IKEA…

Back Camera

Last week Terry and I got ourselves a babysitter and went off on a field trip to IKEA. I was in search of new family room curtains (you can read about my Ballard failure HERE) and some more storage to make my soon-to-be "for sale" house less cluttered. Terry is creating a fabulous … [Read more...]

And Finally…A Headboard

headboard 1a

While you can certainly find upholstered headboards galore in "Blogland," I am so pleased that a) I got around to making one and b) that it came out just how I wanted it to,  so I had to share!   For YEARS my husband and I have needed a real grown-up bed, and we have been planning on … [Read more...]

Model Home Inspiration

Back Camera

Yesterday Terry and I (along with our friend Trinity) stopped off at a Model Home in our area. It's been awhile since I had been in one, but this one was an amazing source of decorating ideas. We were "oohing" and "ahhing" and had our i-phone cameras snapping away throughout our visit. Terry is … [Read more...]

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