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  • Monthly Archives: April 2010

    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 … Continue reading

    Easy, Affordable Ways to Add Character to your Rental Home or Apartment

    I received this comment on my last post “Easy, Affordable Ways to Add Character to a Newly-Built Home”… …so I thought I’d tackle Gail’s dilemma here today! First off, check with your landlord to find out whether or not they’re … Continue reading

    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” … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    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, … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    Paula Deen’s Beach House, Writing a Record and Mess Hall Magic

    After a scheduling mix-up last Monday, we wound up crashing at Paula Deen’s place the last night of our trip… Paula rents the house out through Mermaid Cottages whenever she’s not using it, and since no one else had rented … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    "Just Beachy" and the Beach House and Chapel from "The Last Song"

    We’re home! It was a whirlwind of a trip, and we had an absolute blast getting to know Tybee Island. And although this was more of a work trip for us than a vacation- it was definitely one of the … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading