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So, we’ve worked hard this week and added the cabinet doors AND took up all the Ram Board so we can finally see the gorgeous floors!! (FREAK OUT!)


Are you just dying? I’m dying. And, let me show you a little secret on the other side of the cabinet: a built-in wine rack.  This was just a spur of the moment decision – we had a skinny opening that we were planning to just close off and not use for any purpose at all. And, well, that sort of waste of space just does not fly in a small older house like mine! So, I went into my closet and grabbed an empty bottle of wine (I’m not a wino who has empty wine bottles everywhere, I promise. I just use wine bottles to stuff my tall boots so they don’t fall over in the closet).  The empty cupboard was the perfect size for a wine cabinet – truly meant to be.  What do you think? Adorable, right?


Next post I will show you the new counter tops –  We are getting there!


We ended up having to totally restructure the fireplace, which was sad but has led to two good developments in the project:

1) We are going to repurpose the old mantel and use it as a decorative piece on the front porch – so excited.

2) We are going to use an unfinished-edge piece of vintage lumber as the new mantel!!

We started thinking about the possibility of using a vintage piece last week, and my brilliant mother knew exactly where to go: Woodstock Vintage Lumber. After wandering through the yard without any pieces really speaking to us, the owner Brent got a funny look on his face and disappeared. He then came back with the most unbelievably gorgeous piece of Tennessee Red Cedar. It was the perfect size, shape and color for the mantel! Here is what it looked like before sanding and planing:


It was love at first sight, so we purchased the piece. Billy, one of the Vintage Lumber geniuses, took the piece and planed one side so it would fit against the wall and sanded the whole thing. Here he is showing off his handywork:

And a closer look at the finished mantel:


And my cute mom (who hid from the camera), holding the piece over the unfinished fireplace:


So thrilled about this find!!

Oh, you guys, it is happening. Today was demolition day in my kitchen!  You can see in the before pictures, it wasn’t a bad kitchen. But we really wanted the island to be an actual island rather than a peninsula, and I’m dying to have two-tone cabinets. So all of this had to go:

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And after demolition today…

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Look at those stunning vintage tiles we found beneath the old fireplace hearth!  Not sure if we can salvage them yet, but I’ll keep you posted!

I recently put together a light and simple brunch tablescape for the Gatherings Magazine blog. And, well, I was too excited about the table to NOT share a couple of photos before it gets published over at Gatherings. What do you think?




I am thinking about updating my kitchen in the not-so-near future, so I’ve been culling some inspiration. Meryl Streep’s kitchen in “It’s Complicated” has got to be my all time favorite dream kitchen. Truly, everything about it is perfect – the white marble island, the farm table, the industrial bucket lights, the open shelving.

Let us drool:


Kickstarter: Gatherings Magazine

Help my beautiful and inspirational friend Heather launch the print edition of Gatherings Magazine!  It’s a gorgeous publication!  A $20 donation gets you a first edition copy!

The front porch is one of those Southern institutions that transcends time and era and age. If you were to put one hundred southerners in a room together and ask them to find one thing to agree upon, that thing would be the glory and beauty of sitting on a front porch at dusk.

This weekend was one of those perfect-weather weekends for sitting on the porch. Saturday was sunny, but not too hot with a light, gentle wind. This morning was rainy in that perfect-for-coffee-on-the-porch-watching-the-storm kind of way. These two days have really made me appreciate my front porch. It’s a wrap-around, victorian porch. Not too big, but just right for me and the pugs. I recently did a bit of work on the porch – replaced the rotting floorboard with composite planks and added a railing and gates.


View from the corner of the porch….Target table and loveseat, vintage flower side table.



The front of the porch.


The pals standing guard.


Side of the porch…complete with two old chairs I updated with some bright yellow paint and a vintage singer sewing machine table.


My beautiful sweet friend Jessica sitting with Nora.


My roommate Jack and sweet Jessica. Totes in love.


Nora, saying “Adios!”

I finally (FINALLY) finished the back gravel patio!  In addition to the couple of tables and chairs I already had, I was totally inspired at World Market’s 15% off outdoors a few weeks ago and I found some great side tables and pillows.  I also found some great plastic Adirondack style chairs at Publix of all places for only $30 a piece, so I ended up buying 6 of them. Then, at trusty Lowe’s I found two great 50’s-style chairs and a fire pit!  Total budget: $400. Take a look! And, see how the final result compares to my inspiration post.

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It’s almost spring, and my very first tulips are starting to emerge from the ground, so it’s time to tackle my backyard project.  I have a fenced-in yard with a parking space off the alley that juts into the yard.  And, opposite this parking space, I have a square, gravel-filled section inside the yard that I dream of making into a lovely patio/garden area with a fire pit, benches, a grill, etc. It has exactly none of those things currently and looks so very odd – just a patch of gravel in the back corner of the lot:


I am starting to work on some ideas, and I always use the “Wishlist” on various shopping sites to act as my inspiration boards. I suppose I could just use Pinterest, but I’ve been using the Wishlists since before Pinterest. [Insert something about old habits or old dogs.]

Well, here are a few of my favorite Wishlist items from I won’t be able to afford all of these items, specifically, BUT I will be keeping an eye out for bargains and DIY versions. I am hoping to get this garden project started quickly and underway in the next month! Progress photos to come 🙂

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