Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Over the weekend, this little blog had a birthday!  Since my first post three years ago, this blog has become more than I ever imagined, providing me with opportunities I never thought I'd have.  Most of all, I've gained a host of new friends who don't mind my rambling about all things home related!

So, for this celebration, I think a bit of reminiscing is in order.  Since I started a little guest post series this summer, I thought I'd share my own Favorite 5 posts with you over the past three years.

I loved this DIY Drum Shade because I felt like I truly took almost nothing and made something terrific out of it!  I completely love my thrifted vintage chandelier, but it wasn't quite the right scale for our Office.  Adding the shade gave it the bulk it needed, while updating the fixture just a bit at the same time.

Emily's Rainbow Ruffle Polka Dot Confetti Cake was one of my favorite birthday cakes that I've made.  Although it's a lot of extra work, I enjoy making my kids' cakes every year, and we usually gear them around what their interests are at the time.  They aren't stellar, but I also posted round-ups of all of Caleb's birthday cakes and Emily's cakes from previous years.  More than anything, it's fun for us to look back at their cakes and have great memories of that time in their lives!

Our Painted Built-Ins are one of my favorite house projects, mainly because they've made such a dramatic difference in the look and feel of our living room.  I also love that they show how change and home design happens over time - we lived with the oak for 3 or 4 years, then after the initial paint job, I went back about a year later and painted just the backs a different color and changed out the hardware.  Now I really love them and don't want to change a thing.

Last year's Fall Tablescape was one of my favorites ever!  I can't put my finger on my favorite part, but I think the mix of color, patterns, and texture worked out just right.  And, it's probably my first tablescape where the Dining Room was actually finished!  Making pretty tables using what I already have are some of my favorite things to create, you can see more under the "Tablescapes" category on the right hand sidebar.

Finally, you know I couldn't do a favorites round-up without including my Reupholstered Vintage Cane Wingback Chairs.  They were my first upholstery overhaul project, and I'm still so happy with them.

I honestly can't believe that 3 years have passed since I began this journey.  There's no way I'd still be here without all of you encouraging and supporting me along the way!  So, you should have a huge part in this celebration as well!  How about a giveaway?

I'll choose three winners, who may each take their pick of any of these $25 gift cards from some of my favorite stores...

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter below.  Everyone gets an automatic entry (just say Hi or enter your name when the box pops up), and if you'd like more chances to win there are additional entry opportunities.  This is quick giveaway... it will close tomorrow night at 11:59 p.m. (Wednesday evening, 9/3).  I'll announce the winners on Thursday, thanks again for reading and following along!

**So sorry... I'm having issues with the links for the Pinterst and Bloglovin entries.  You can follow by clicking the icon at the top of my sidebar, and then click that entry on the rafflecopter.  I'll trust you!

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Friday, August 29, 2014


It's Friiiiiiiiday!  Woo-hoo!  And even better, a holiday weekend!  How about we kick it off with some awesome projects and reading material for all of your extra lounging time?  Sounds like a good idea to me!

My favorite project from August was a recent one, my newly recovered fur ottomans.  If you missed that post, I used a fur coat that I had from the thrift store and a hefty dose of inspiration from a very pricey Horchow bench.

Although summer is nearing an end and we were all still super busy with activities, but my co-hosts managed to crank out some amazing projects this month.

Kris hung a set of vintage-inspired nesting crates on the wall in her kitchen.  In addition to adding some warmth and texture, they are super functional!  They double as storage for her high-use items for the table.  Smart and beautiful!

Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor

Lisa drew inspiration from a special trip with her husband, and made a vintage looking sign to represent one of their favorite vacation spots and all of the memories they've shared there.  I think it's the perfect addition to her gorgeous dining room! She also included a great tutorial for an easy way to transfer the custom graphics.

Lisa @ Shine your Light 
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Pam got very creative (as usual!) and made some DIY artwork for some gallery wall frames...with fabric!  She proves once again that great design doesn't need to be complicated or expensive!

Pam @ Simple Details
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So, we want to know...what have you been up to this month?  Link up your best project from August You only need to link up on one blog, and your post will show up on all four blogs.  And don't forget, even if you aren't a blogger you can still participate.  Just post a photo on Instagram and be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag #bestofthenestparty.

There are just a few guidelines to remember...
*Link to your specific post, not your home page.
*Please make sure that your project is from THIS month (August).
*Only ONE link per person!
*Please link back to one of the hosts in your post.  Only those with a link will be considered for a feature!  You may include a text link or use the button below. PRETTY PLEASE...EVERY MONTH THERE ARE LINKS WE WOULD LIKE TO FEATURE, BUT THERE IS NO LINK BACK.  SORRY!
*Spread some comment love - please visit and comment on at least two other links in the party.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014


Call me crazy, but if I came across just the right piece, I think I'd switch out my china cabinet.

I still love it, but this image has me dreaming of a slightly different style...

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Some furniture is never safe for long around here...much to my hauling-back-and-forth husband's chagrin.  Let's just not tell him about this post.  OK?  OK!!

One Kings Lane


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City Girl Arts

I don't know what my thing is with bamboo style furniture is lately, but I can't seem to get enough! See the proof here, here, here, and here.

If I did find the right piece, I still love the color enough that it would probably go green again!

My Green China Cabinet

Hope you guys have a great Thursday!  Remember to be checking in on the fabulous Blogger Stylin' Home Tours this week, and don't forget to check in tomorrow for this month's Best of the Nest Link Party!

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