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Open Console Tables + Square Ottomans

Dear Friends, My brain has been working overtime.  Mr. C, be very afraid.  This is fair warning. For my dead space in the family room, I’ve decided I’d like an open console table with ottomans underneath.   I’ve thought about this a lot actually – probably more than any normal human being should.  I think […]

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My Work Space off the Kitchen

Dear Friends, I have always been a fan of the kitchen desk.  It may not always be the prettiest part of the kitchen but the function is a must in my book.  In all of our homes, I’ve created a desk area when I didn’t have one.  This home was the first to have it […]

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Photo- Induced Reflections (Project 2015)

Dear Friends, I’ve recently received an unexpected gift disguised as drudgery. I’m center storm in a tornado of photos from four+  years ago and it is like living in a time warp.   Every day I get to sit down at my computer and spend an hour going through 200-300 photos moving chronologically by month […]

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Kitchen Fixture Re-do

Dear Friends, I knew from the time I bought our kitchen fixture that I wanted to paint it.  That seems a little crazy with a brand new light so I let it be for a while.  And then the New Year enthusiasm got to me,  and as soon as normal post-holiday life returned I got […]

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Winter Sale Collection

Dear Friends, Gosh, I love a good sale.  Catalogs and stores are bringing in the spring and hauling out the winter.  Of course, real life couldn’t be more opposite but we can happily daydream about sunny spring days via the not-so-realistic magazine bubble.  Every other day there is a stack of fresh finds in the mailbox […]

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Blank Space, Baby

Dear Friends, Clearly I’ve got Taylor Swift on the brain.   The title is perfectly appropriate though.  January is the month where empty spaces look appealing and full of potential.  With the Christmas tree gone, I’m focusing on the cavernous space in front of the windows in the family room.  I’ve got enough room there […]

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New Year, New Goals

Dear Friends, I said I wasn’t doing resolutions this year.   I stand by that statement but am setting a few goals which probably falls in the resolution camp anyway. So much for being cool and counter culture. Well, maybe I’m going against the grain since it is the 8th of January.   I’m not […]

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Christmas 2014

Dear Friends, Christmas hoopla has receded and winter break is officially over.  We had a quiet but relaxing, family-filled two weeks.  It goes by in a blur and before you know it the dark-thirty alarm is blaring and lunches need packing.   The week before Christmas we were hit by a firestorm of illness (flu, […]

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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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