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Happy Thanksgiving, Pilgrim.

November 25, 2010

From the SNM household to yours….

My niece, Hopie.


Good advice…

November 24, 2010

… from Miss Mustard Seed

 It is as if she peered into my soul and then wrote this post

Photo Credit: Miss Mustard Seed

Louis Louis

November 19, 2010

You have all seen the Louis XVI chairs around and about.  And if you haven’t, I’m not sure where you’ve been….

I was on the hunt for one of these bad boys so that I could attempt to recover it.  I finally found this one at Ubberhaus last Winter:

However, at $75, I wasn’t sure I wanted to attempt anything with fabric.  Someday I’d love to get this recovered in a nubby linen fabric (like the Wisteria version below) but until then,  I had to get rid of that dark mid 1990’s wood.


To begin, I taped off the fabric.  Then RIPPED OFF the tape and went at it full force. (Note to other DIYs — that “Frog Tape” that people praise?  Yeah, it’s shitty — don’t buy it).

In some places, I literally pushed down the fabric, painted, and let go.  I am shameful…

So,  you ask, are there small bits of paint on the fabric?  Yes.  Can the normal everyday person see it?  NO.  ‘Nuff said.

I do love a little of the dark wood peeking through on the arms and top.

(although I don’t like that bit of dark wood peeking out above.  That, my friends, is just a plain old-fashioned mistake…)

What do you think?   Right color?  Does it need more distressing?

Linking up to Chic on a Shoestring, Finding Fabulous, Perfectly ImperfectCottage Instincts, Keeping it Simple, Between Naps on the Porch/Met Monday, Today’s Creative Blog,and Miss Mustard Seed

Rooms to Enjoy…

November 13, 2010

Trying to gather a few thoughts for the Master Bedroom post; however, in the meantime, here is some eye candy for you to nibble on:

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via Cottage Living

Atlanta Remix via Greige

Timothy Whealon

via BHG

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Awesome Photography Post

November 11, 2010

If anyone out there is trying to hone their photography skills, like me, head over to Katie’s place for a great list of photography resources.

Katie has a down-home sense of humor and doesn’t take herself too seriously.  And, I don’t think I have ever seen her write the word “swoon” in her blog which almost always makes me want to unsubscribe to a blog…(meOW).

Anyway, ENJOY!

Oak No More!

October 22, 2010

I wrote a post once about my great finds at Ubberhaus in Dublin, Ohio.  One item that came home with me was this ugly oak-y bench.  $40.  


Which looking back seems like a lot, but then I took a gander at this one at Restoration Hardware and now I don’t feel so bad ($295 – $455).  


Well, oak isn’t my thang.  Sorry, it’s not.  When I see oak, I feel the need to pair it with country goose blue and a Longenberger basket and then I want to vomit.

Instead of that drama, I painted it.  SW Steamed Milk + some glaze + some stain  = a newly fake-French bench.

Perfect for sitting on to tie-up your laces or for young kids to spring themselves into your bed.  

Thoughts?  This bench or a vomit-filled Longenberger basket?

Someday, after a few stiff drinks and a dose of motivation, I may try to make a linen-padded top like the Restoration Hardware bench.  HA HA HA!!!! No, really — I think about it.  Seriously.

Linking up to: Chic on a Shoestring, The Shabby Nest,  Miss Mustard Seed, Finding Fabulous, and Just a Girl.

My Version of Fall Decorating

October 15, 2010

My favorite Halloween/Fall images of all time.

Mini white pumpkins are added to a vase for a centerpiece.

I still have these pages from Cottage Living.  Every Halloween, I long to recreate this look. And every Halloween, I am left with the same boring old orange pumpkins tossed haphazardly in a row on my front porch.

Mini white pumpkins are added to a vase for a centerpiece.

I want an abundance of greige-y green and white pumpkins coupled with nailhead trimmings.

Pumpkins with patterns of decorative nails

I want a giant vase (vah-ze) like this one that won’t get knocked over by a Buzz LightYear toy. And won’t have fruit flies buzzing around short of a week.

Mini white pumpkins are added to a vase for a centerpiece.


(All images via from Cottage Living)