A Simple Porch Party for Six

Last week something tremendous happened that called for a party:  my baby turned 20.


No more kids around here, just grown up adults.

So I threw a grown up adult party.  Kind of like if we were having friends over and just hanging on the porch being all casual like.  Bonus if there’s a bonfire afterwards. [Read more…]

The Number One Thing You Must Do Before Your Next Furniture Makeover

This is so simple, I hesitate to write a whole blog post about it, but this is the number one take-away everyone thanks me for after classes and workshops.

It’s my first suggestion when people ask me what color they should paint something.

It’s what I didn’t do for a long time, until I got smart and realized how much time and energy I could save.

It’s what designers do all the time.

Ready for the big secret? [Read more…]

My First Visit to Round Top

I just got back from Austin and my very first visit to Round Top!  Friends, it was beyond…beyond, beyond.  I have been to antique markets and shows, but this was like all the pretty things ended up in the Elysian Fields of antiquedom and we mere mortals were blessed to meander and shop amongst them.

Mom and pop pickers sat right alongside dealers with containers of French antiques.  And not just one I happened to luck out and find this cool thing, but piles of architectural salvage, zinc pots, hand carved dough bowls, farm tables, French chairs, antique doors, metal signs, tobacco baskets, artwork, crystal chandeliers…


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How to Mix One Step Paint and Create Your Own Custom Colors

Hi all…

I have a very informative blog post for you this week on how to mix One Step paint to create your own custom colors, but first…

Next week I’m traveling to Austin, Texas again to teach Amy Howard at Home paint classes with my beautiful and talented friend, Mari Johnson of Back Home Living.

Iphone download 220 [Read more…]