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Family Drama: Your House Has a Role, So Give It a Name!

One of my earliest literary epiphanies came when I was 8 years old. I had read stories about precocious kids getting into scrapes before, but I had never heard of anyone who lived in a house with a name. Then I read Anne of Green Gables. When the House Becomes a Main Character in Fiction And really, it […]

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How Far Would You Go for Cheap Upholstery? — My Secret Source

When we decorated the library, I originally had a second-hand, sorta wobbly chinoiserie tea table in front of the fireplace. The price was right and our budget was gone after paying for upholstery and built-ins, and it looked nice from a distance. However, with two rambunctious boys (even though they had to be on good behavior in

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The Knotty Pine Paneling Problem: 3 Alternatives to Painting It All

    Knotty pine wood paneling has long been a staple of summer cottage/cabin construction and, the 1950s-1970s, was completely ubiquitous in even primary residences. Look around the web, and you’ll find tons of blog posts about why and how to paint over pine, but today we’ll go through when it’s appropriate to keep it

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The Freshest Summer Palette — And It Isn’t Blue and White!

Recently, we vacationed with my husband’s family in Hilton Head. The company was fantastic, the shore gorgeous, the water warm, and my kids emerged sans the blue lips they usually sport while swimming up here. Then, one night while we were eating some ice cream before bed, a TV special about the beauties of New Hampshire

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Home Style Compatibility QUIZ!

Have you tried decorating your home with that all elusive “mix”…

yet nothing seems to work?