Holiday with Matthew Mead

I’ve got some exciting news to share! Yours truly has been invited to submit a holiday decorating idea to Matthew Mead’s new book-a-zine, “Holiday with Matthew Mead”.(“Book-a-zine” meaning, it’s a cross between a book and a magazine.) Some time after Christmas last year, I had a cool decorating idea that I thought I’d save and […]

Easy, Affordable Ways to Add Character to a Newly-Built Home

(Courtney’s Kitchen) ————————————————————————————- I tooootally hear what you’re saying Courtney! Kevin and I lived in a brand new house a few years back, and I, too, was faced with the dilemma of finding ways to justify replacing the “new stuff” the builder picked out, with things that suited our personal style. My opinion is this. […]

Sealing the Butcher Block Countertop

We fiiiiinally took the time to seal our new butcher block countertop over the past couple of days. Yesss! We didn’t stain it, (we’re going to have natural-colored hardwood floors in the dining and living rooms eventually) and we don’t plan to use it to chop or prepare food on, so we just used two […]

Our Blank Slate Master Bedroom

A couple of months ago, I wrote an article for HGTV.com that focused on master bedroom decorating ideas for small, medium and large budgets. And while I was thrilled about the opportunity- I did have to chuckle a bit when presented with the assignment because, you see, I myself don’t actually have a beautifully-decorated master […]

Open Cabinetry

I get a lot of emails from folks asking me for my advice on open kitchen cabinets. To remove the doors…or not to remove the doors. That- is the question! I think it’s really a matter of personal taste. I, for one, happen to like the look. I like it ahh-lawt… To me, open cabinets […]

Mission: Barn Art

They say there’s opportunity in every moment. And when you come across an old barn, housing a rickety old truck- you gotta seize that opportunity, man! I’ll never forget that day… While the last few minutes of our “adventure” involved prying my husband away from the oh-so-incredible scene, the first few minutes involved some good […]

Working Out, Kitchen Switches and a New Hue for Hyacinth

Alright- show of hands, Who loves Springtime?! (My Knock-Out roses, preparing to explode.) There’s really nothing like it, is there? Especially days like today when the sun is shining and the birds are singing their little hearts out. I. LOVE IT! (One of my favorite houses in town, completely surrounded by Spring!) All this wonderful […]

Designer Spotlight: Jane Coslick

See Jane… See Jane save tumbledown cottages by the sea on Tybee… Jane has relocated, rebuilt and rescued over three dozen cottages on the island to date. The Tybee Historical Society officially declared her their “soul and inspiration”. Check out some of her incredible interiors… The first cottage she saved is called “99 Steps”, because […]

Tybee Island – Day Six

It’s almost midnight and I’m laying on a bed in Paula Deen’s guest room.I’ve got my laptop in front of me, my cell phone next to me, and eight pretty pillows behind me. I should also mention the two extremely heavy lids located above my eyeballs- today was a whole lotta fun, but like most […]

Tybee Island – Day One

Greetings from Tybee Island! We pulled into town around 2:30 yesterday, and we’ve been go, go, going ever since! First up on our agenda was “The Last Song- Flip Flop Red Carpet Premiere Party” at the YMCA. The entire movie was shot on Tybee Island last year, so of course the media was there to […]