Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Get Me Outta Here!

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Yes, snow days are nice, that is until you have SIX IN A ROW and are stuck inside with teenagers who demand that you venture out into blizzard conditions to take them to the mall! I did not do that, mind you, but it wasn't because my girls didn't try. They did have multiple "play" dates, though, and I spent a good chunk of the week driving them all over creation.

At the last second, my husband and I decided Calgon would not cut it. We had to get away for real. And just so you don't misunderstand, my husband would go dirty for weeks rather than take a bubble bath, but I digress.

Anyway, we headed to Maryland's Eastern Shore for a one-night stay in this gorgeous place,

Okay, so it wasn't summer, and there were no hydrangeas blooming, but it was toasty and heavenly just the same. We had a wonderful time, and when we returned, we found the teenage drama right where we left it.

In case you can't get away just now, feel free to use these images to take you away.

Yes, it was heavenly! Only 24 hours, but heavenly nonetheless! I hope you're all surviving this 



Thursday, January 28, 2016

What Does Your Home Say About You?

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There are many things I'd like to change or rearrange in my home. Right now, we need a new sofa, and I am dreading the process and transition. I'm also starting to feel the urge to paint things. Oh, boy… But there are certain corners in my house that I love all over again all the time, those spots and angles where I feel like I got it right somehow.

I've confessed here before that I keep my decorating magazines FOR YEARS. Seriously. And there are certain homes and vignettes that I go back to again and again, much the same way I return to certain blogs over and over.

What does this mean? That I am too cheap to buy new magazines? Definitely not. I have way too many, though not all of them become a part of what I call the "permanent collection."

I think it means these corners and spaces tell a story of some kind. They make the viewer feel they are being invited inside the lives of the people who reside there. This is my theory anyway. Here are a few corners I still like!

I love this desk and the painting and the silver box and the faux pears and the corner cabinet and the new (old) chair and that pink striped pillow.

I love the fresh, clean look of the white dental molding and the Tiffany lamp and the yellow chair, and I still really, really love the draperies I had made for this room.

There isn't much flowers and candles can't fix. They can lift a dull room or a bad mood.
I also love the match holder, a recent find.

Usually, I try indoor plants during the winter months. Sometimes this goes well.
Sometimes not.
But I like this little guy in my window.
What do plants say about a home?

While my family room (see below) drives me crazy this time of year because it is WAY TOO SMALL, I never
tire of the vistas on this hill.

Living in the country has many perks, and this is one of them.

What does your home say about you?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sick of Snow? Then Take a Look at My New Lamp!

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Apparently, you can never have too many lamps. I've blogged about this previously. How many lamps is too many lamps?

Putting up the Christmas tree involves rearranging things. Y'all know the deal. So, I ended up with the living room lamp in my dining room for a while. I have to admit, I like seeing that glow when I pull into the driveway.

The tree came down. The lamp went back to its usual place, but I missed its cheerfulness in the dining room window.

Buy a new lamp is the solution, of course. Some women are shoe people. Some women are lamp people. I'm a lamp person…and maybe a pillow person…

Check out this curvy girl! I love the light green next to my walls, and the colors will work elsewhere in my house if I decide to switch things up down the road.

As you can see, we are in the midst of clearing out from the Snow of 2016! It's only been one day, but I already have cabin fever.

Wishing you all a happy, productive, snow-free week!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

These Girls of Mine

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While I'm glad to have the tree down and the decorations tucked away, 
I am missing my time with these three.
Oldest daughter flew in from California for a nice long visit, 
and it was heavenly 
to have 
all three girls
under one roof! 

It was also a little strange.
They are sisters, after all.
I have no idea what it's like to have a sister.

But it's a special bond (and a weird one), and I am a lucky mama!

The best times are when we are all together.
Nothing special.
No big deal.
Watching movies.
Eating popcorn.
Talking about everyday things 
doing nothing at all.

But it's everything to me.
It's all I need to be happy.

These are my people!

 Here's to family time in 2016!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Year, New Sofa?

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It's time. When your sofa has been in your husband's life longer than you have, it's time. When every single time you plop on the sofa and it groans, it's time. When you have a sentimental attachment to your sofa, like, think of it as a member of the family, it's time. Yes, it is time for a new family room sofa, which means I might actually have one by this time next year. We take a long time to pull the trigger on such purchases.

You've seen the images. Oh, it looks fine.

But beneath that cheery slipcover is a nest of dust mites and pet dander and probably petrified goldfish from Y2K.

We've reupholstered. We've slipcovered.

Alas, it's time to say adios, amigo.


Ah, the angst!

My husband wants a print of some sort. I want neutral. I've promised, sworn, vowed, and declared that if we get a print, I'm redecorating the rest of the room—new rug, new paint.

Feel free to weigh in on this decision!
I hope all my blogger buddies had a wonderful holiday.
I wish you all a Happy New Year!

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