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Dining Drab turns Dynamic: Before & After!

I am working on this dining room right now and it is turning out beautifully! The ‘before’ picture is drab and completely dated. We painted a cool grey and dark blue, added a beautiful wood cornice board with raw silk steel grey drapery. We kept the old table but changed the chairs out. We upholstered inexpensive chairs and a bench (not shown) with a gorgeous grey and tan ikat fabric and tufted end chairs. And what a difference a beautiful chandelier makes! The brass sconces sitting on the table  in the ‘after’ photo I found on Ebay and put on the wall on either side of the mirror. I’ll show you that wall…later.

And after… Gorgeous!


I’m Registered to Win!

I just registered to win this sofa on Apartment Therapy. My track record with winning things is, um, purdy bad. I know some people who win things, though, so that’s something. It’s a gorgeous couch. Would it go in my house? Hmm. Not really. It’d be a switch from my mid-century style sofa but I might be willing to glam up the casa a smidge. An impact piece can really make a room or stick out like a sore thumb. If I do win it though,I’ll invite you over and we’ll all share a good laugh while sitting on this sore thumb. Have you ever won anything big?


Little People on the Wall

This family gallery is in my hallway and it makes me smile daily.  I wanted to mix color and black and white prints so keeping the style of photography and the color of frame similar (even though they are each unique) is what brings it together. Someday I look forward to larger mats and frames for these pictures that will make a larger statement on the wall, but right now these need to be out of easy reach to little hands and bouncy balls (we encourage playing ball in our house). I love our little family!

Much of the photography is done by


Seasonal Garland DIY

The Knick-Knack Nancys met again to craft up something fabulous. I hosted at my house and the project I chose was garlands (that’s the rule – each hosts picks the project and gets the supplies). I can’t say how much I love garlands (see header up ^ there). Sure, they’re great for a mantle during the holidays but they add such a great touch of whimsy and playfulness anytime of the year. I love them in a kids room but they are great in any room over a doorway or swooped across a wall or over a piece of art. Give it a try. It’s easy and, as shown below, can be made into a party!

Your supplies are as unique as your creation and your craft box! Here I have fabric remnants, scissors (‘fabric only’ identified with a ribbon), paper, punches, twine, and a bamboo pole with oodles of ribbon piled on. The colors! The textures! The possibilities!! (Also, I may be a bit of a ribbon addict. This is my cry for help…or for you to send me ribbon.)

Hard at work but these Nancy’s are all smiles.

Kelly shows off her fall leaf creation made of twine and felt.

RheaAnn used her fancy Cricut machine to craft her “Merry Christmas” banner. She glued paper to a block of red felt and a loop of green striped ribbon to attach to the twine.

Christy used a mix of paper and fabric in stamped circles and pendants for her creation.

And last but not least, for my holly holiday garland I hot glued my leaves (free handed but could easily have been a stencil if that would work better for you) and berries to each other and made a small slit with scissors in a portion of the cluster that could not easily be seen. Then I strung the clusters on the twine. Holiday happiness!


Under Mr. Haverty’s Dining Table

I happened to be at the Haverty’s corporate office today and had a meeting at J.J. Haverty’s own 100+ year old dining table. I am relatively sure I couldn’t handle this kind of intensity in my own dining room but it’s pretty awesome. I wonder what would happen if crumbs were dropped from the table?


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