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  • Hallway Makeover – Design Plan

    At the top of the steps, and beyond the blue door, there's a 3' x 11' hallway... Our laundry area and walk-in closet are on the left side of it, and our master bedroom sits at the end of it: The folks from Dutch Boy paint are flying down to document the whole makeover for a new campaign they've invited me...

    Navy | White | Mint | Pistachio | Grass Green

    Our Boys Bedroom – Decorating Update

    It's been a while since I've been able to post an adoption update, but it sounds like the things are fiiiiinally starting to move a little down there in Haiti! We're hearing that  appointments for Children's Court (a new step in the Haitian adoption process) are going to start happening soon (or maybe some already have?),...

    Tuxedo Cat | Boys Bedroom

    Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint – Mint Green Secretary Makeover

    I painted the secretary this weekend and I just love the way it turned out! Thanks again to Marian for creating such a sweet color for me! (Here's a link to her post about it if you're interested in mixing up a batch of your own: Finding Layla's Mint) Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint is so much fun to work with! Because...

    Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint | Laylas Mint | The Lettered Cottage

    Debbie’s China Cabinet Makeover

    Today's post was written by my friend, Debbie. We met at church a couple of years ago, and she has been such an inspiration to me! We worked on a piece of furniture at her house recently, and I thought it would be fun to invite her over here so that y'all could meet, too! :-) *** It's amazing what a little paint and wax...

    red geraniums

    Accent Tables Are My Favorite

    I've been refinishing the top of our coffee table this week... I've got a thing for accent tables. Sure, I love a nice sofa or chair, but it's the tables next to them that really make my heart sing! My friend Ashley, feels the same way...but lucky for her, she has a whole shop (Parish) to fill them with!...

    Succulent in Tarnished Silver with Stones

    Decorating The Kitchen – Farmhouse Art

    So, remember a couple weeks ago when I mentioned that I wanted to re-paint the secretary that I pulled into the kitchen? Well, my mint green milk paint is on its way here (woo hoo- thanks again for creating "Layla's Mint", Marian!) and I'm looking forward to knocking that project out real soon! I also mentioned that...


    Embroidery Hoop Art

    It started with really good intentions, y'all. Intentions to create a fun piece of art to hang in our sonny boy's room. It started with a four dollar embroidery hoop from JoAnn's... ...and a yard of pom-pom fringe, and a cloth napkin my friend Traci used to wrap something up for me last year... It started...

    Pom Pom Fringe Hoop Art

    What Love Looks Like (Part Two)

    “The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.” ―Rick Warren *** Wow, y'all. Your comments on Monday's post (What Love Looks Like) were so powerful to read! Thank you so much for taking the time to contribute to that conversation. :-) There are still several...

    What Love Looks Like

    What Love Looks Like

    “Love to be real, it must cost. It must empty us of self.” ―Mother Teresa *** "You know that Love looks like something, right? " "It does", Pastor Tommy said at church last week. "Love is action...and it usually costs us something." And with that, my pen flew into high gear. I couldn't scribble...

    Sunset Cross Crucifixion

    Cottage Kitchen Update – Milk Painted Secretary

    Remember the secretary I painted and planned to use in the sunroom? Well, it's in the kitchen now. :-) I never really did end up using it as a full-time computer desk, so I thought I'd try it over here for a while. I can still pull a small stool up to it when I want to write out a thank you or hello card/need...

    Spoon Art

    Stairwell Decorating Update – Cottage Style Console

    Remember how the top of our stairwell looked when I started thinking about how we could personalize it back in January? And remember this inspiration drawing I Photoshopped together for my Stairwell Decorating Ideas post back in February? Well, not long after I posted that pic, I was able to partner with...

    Hydrangeas | Ikea Lantern | Rope Lamp from Land Of Nod

    The Palmers Turn 10

    "I love every part of you, every thought and word... the entire complex, fascinating bundle of all the things you are. I love all the seasons of you, the way you are now, the thought of how much more beautiful you'll be in the decades to come. I love you for being the answer to every question my heart could ask." -L....

    Kevin and Layla 10 Year Anniversary

    How To Faux Paint A Faux Stone Planter

    I'm in a plant-y mood lately, are you? I picked up this faux stone planter at Jo-Ann's Fabrics & Crafts last week when I saw that it was 70% off... (Snapped that pic before the kitchen faucet went back on- ha!) It wasn't quite the color I was looking for, but I really liked the shape & size (and price!) of...

    Faux Painted | Faux Stone | Planter | Tutorial

    Kitchen Update – Frosty Carrina Countertops

    I blogged about one side of our newly-painted green/gray/blue kitchen island last week... ...and I'm back today with a few shots of how she looks now- all topped in Caesarstone's Frosty Carrina! I love how it picks up on the old paint on the corbels...which we are not painting, by the way. (A few folks asked...

    Old Corbel | Tuxedo Cat | Heather Gray Kitchen Island

    Kitchen Update – Island Makeover

    Did I say Rosemary Gallery? I meant Heather Gray. ;-) Kevin wasn't 100% sure about painting the island such a deep green, so we went with a color that we both felt 100% about instead. (I'm a paint color junkie, so switching it up wasn't a big deal and I'll probably use my Rosemary Gallery on a piece of furniture...

    The Lettered Cottage Kitchen | Heather Gray Island | Gray Owl Walls | Simply White Cabinets and Trim | Cottage | Farmhouse