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Ode to School & September

Dear Friends, Well, I can’t let the whole month of September pass without acknowledging back to school time for the kiddos .  This year was particularly special because I have a kindergartner and second grader.  That means everyone is in the same spot for the first time ever.  It feels like a big milestone as […]

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Open Shelving in My Kitchen

Dear Friends, I’ve drooled over many a magazine picture with open shelving in the kitchen.  However, as you know by now,  I’m a hopelessly practical gal.  I’ve never been able to convert.  I like to hide my junk, you know what I mean?  Keep the clutter behind the cabinets! Regardless, in this house there are […]

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Going Gray

Dear Friends, This summer I started a collection of gray paint swatches. It started off innocently with a card or two but spiraled into a burning need for more, more, more.  I may have contracted a case of paint swatch perfectionism.  I’ve got every brand known to man and yet I couldn’t pull the trigger […]

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Designer Home Tour : HomeArama 2015

Dear Friends, I had the pleasure of touring several HomeArama homes in Mint Hill, NC this summer.   It was magazine and tv worthy goodness that still has my creative juices flowing.  I just love a good home tour but barn doors, planked walls, and painted cabinets are surely the way to my heart. Area […]

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Going Bold in the Family Room

Dear Friends, August is here and the last few weeks have just flown by.  We spent a week at the beach and had a week of Vacation Bible School- both were equal parts fun and exhausting.  Teaching VBS reminded me to be extra thankful for those classroom teachers come fall. I’m finally catching my breath […]

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Family Room: New floor lamp

Dear Friends, Back in the spring I did a round-up of floor lamps.  I was looking at the swing arm style for the family room.  Well, for once I actually placed an order instead of just virtual window shopping. I got the arched bridge arm lamp from Shades of Light. The price was doable at $179 […]

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Lacey is 8: Annual Birthday Questionnaire

Dear Friends, Lacey is officially eight years old and I’m full of cliches about where the time has gone.  Part of me can’t believe I’ve had this Mom gig for so long.  I still feel like a newbie yet I’m halfway to the driving years.  I have no doubt the second half will buzz by […]

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Summer Touches

Dear Friends, Independence Day has come and gone and we are barreling toward mid-July.  I’m kind of shocked yet I know that summer is just another swift moving season.  I feel like I’ve been hanging my head out the window of a moving car.  Wind-blown, content, and disheveled at the same time. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our […]

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Where We Are: The Covered Patio

Dear Friends, We have been hit with a major heat wave here in the Carolinas.  It has been nearly 100 degrees everyday this week.   That is typical for August but not early June!  It has put a damper on the outdoor activities for sure.  I can usually be found on my porch in the early […]

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Summer Days

Dear Friends, It isn’t officially summer by the calendar but it has arrived at our house.  Triple digit temperatures are forecasted for today and school is over for both kids.  I’m not sure it gets any more legit than that.   We have already started watching Mr. C at church softball games, itching and sweating, […]

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