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Wreaths From Garland

Dear Friends, I struggled with wreaths for my new double front doors this year.  I was tempted by a few at HomeGoods, drooled over many in catalogs, and almost bought fresh boxwoods at Fresh Market.  The cost factor was a killer though.  The HomeGoods wreaths were a great bargain but weren’t exactly what I wanted […]

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Simple, Serene Christmas Tablescape

Dear Friends, I enjoy creating a Christmas tablescape for our annual brunch.  Of course on Christmas day, there will be more people and a leaf in the table and all of the craziness but that is what the holidays are all about.  For now I can enjoy my little slice of nice when I pass […]

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Christmas in the City House

Dear Friends, Christmas has come to the new house.  It has taken me longer than usual to decorate because it is always harder in a different home.  Some things go in the right place easily but others take longer to find their spot.  I’m calling it quits as of today.  We have a lot coming […]

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A Banquette Surprise

Dear Friends, Is is Christmas or what?  Mr C’s parents graciously gifted us with the banquette of our choice for the dining room.  I know- I’m a lucky girl.  A sofa and a banquette all in a few month period. Isn’t it funny how things go in cycles?  No big furniture purchases for years and […]

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Cyber Monday Deals + Thanksgiving Fun

Dear Friends, Ready to shop?  Or are you all shopped out? I should have posted Black Friday deals instead of waiting for Cyber Monday.  It seems that Black Friday shopping is just as big online now.  In fact, I bought a few things that I was considering on Friday because I was nervous they wouldn’t […]

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Creative Ways to Get Extra Seating

Dear Friends, Holidays make me think about entertaining.  Although we don’t host Thanksgiving, I do have other times where there are a lot of people in the house.  A crowd in your home is all about space and logistics.  I thought I’d pull some photos from around the ‘net where people have made great use […]

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Current State of the Kitchen

Dear Friends, With Thanksgiving next week, it is only appropriate to check out the current state of the kitchen.  Honestly, we travel for the holiday so mine will not be in service but we can pretend it relates.  It is without a doubt the most used space in our home. This is the biggest kitchen I’ve […]

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When Trends Don’t Work for You

Dear Friends, Earlier this year, I had a mini-blog crisis where I wasn’t motivated to write.  Part of it was moving, part of it was the summer schedule, but a big chunk of that was a lack of motivation regarding home decor.  I just wasn’t excited about the usual makeover madness.  I aimlessly flipped through […]

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Family Room Progress & Reveal

Dear Friends, I’ve got a whole pile of photos for your viewing pleasure today.  The family room has been a half-complete spot for awhile but the arrival of our supermodel sofa kicked my booty into gear. I did a little more fiddling, another bout of rearranging, and then settled for not half-bad. Actually, I’m simmering […]

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A Supermodel Sofa

Dear Friends, Big news!  I’ve been holding out on you – after a dozen years we finally got a new sofa.   She is sitting in my house right this very minute.  Ready for the back story? When planning Mr. C’s office space, at the top of the list was a sofa.  I’m thinking that […]

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