A Beginner’s Guide to Designing the Home of Your Dreams

Lately I’ve been looking at my home with a critical eye.  We’ve been here for 12 years and it has just sort of evolved as I had the time and/or money to tackle different areas.  Some rooms look great, a few are completely neglected (because I could never get a vision for that space), but most are almost but not quite finished because I got stuck.

Stuck picking out a durn rug or figuring out what to hang on the walls like I did here.

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Or stuck when I lost steam because I didn’t have the heart to tell my husband that I hated the paint color I had picked out and sworn to love.  Ahem.

And a lot of people get stuck right here.

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A Simple Porch Party for Six

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

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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…]

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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