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Restored 1912 Cottage with Beadboard Walls and Gorgeous Lake Views

Beautiful Lake Home

As I get ready for bed this evening, this is what the thermostat in the upstairs part of my home reads. That's a huge improvement over what it was all day yesterday and today, which was 90 degrees. It cooled down a bit after it rained today. Midday on Sunday, the upstairs A/C ceased to work, it just gave up the ghost! I called my heating and air company right away and the person who answered said the first available appointment they could give … [Continue Reading...]

The Metamorphosis of a Limelight Hydrangea

Boxwoods and Hyrdrangeas for the Front Yard Landscape

Welcome to the 388th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Independence Day! Hope you're having a fabulous one! Thanks for sharing all your experiences in the comments on yesterday's post about my Windows 10 update nightmare and the following scam telephone call I received. I learned yesterday from two different readers that someone actually sued Windows over the damage their update caused to their computer files. It will be interesting to see what … [Continue Reading...]

Today was the Closest I’ve Ever Come To Being Scammed


I'm not going to say I'm unscammable, because no one is, but I try to do everything I possibly can to avoid being hacked or scammed. I never click on links I don't recognize in emails. I have my phone number listed on the National Do Not Call list and I don't answer telephone calls from unknown numbers. I have long and complicated passwords for everything, as well as two-step verification for everything under the sun that offers it. Did you … [Continue Reading...]

Nautical Decor & Tablescape for a 3-Season Porch

Blue & White Medallion Rug for the Porch

Welcome to the 406th Tablescape Thursday! Just wanted to say, thanks so much for all your ideas and suggestions for dealing with the mess left behind on my wood flooring from the seagrass rug I was using in my master bedroom. Appreciate those so much! If you're having a similar issue, be sure and read the comments left on that post to see how others have dealt with similar problems. You'll find that post here: How a Seagrass Rug Ruined My … [Continue Reading...]

How a Seagrass Rug Ruined My Hardwood Flooring

Tartan Plaid Bedding

When updating or making improvements to your home, do you ever feel sometimes like you take three steps forward, only to take two steps back. You get a few things done and start to feel like you're making some headway, while unbeknownst to you, little gremlins are at work messing something else up. I tell ya, home ownership is not for weenies! Recently, I had hardwood flooring installed in my guest room. I had been wanting to do that for … [Continue Reading...]

Tour a 1730 Historic Stone Cottage That’s Storybook Perfect

Cozy window seat in historic 1730 stone cottage

Welcome to the 387th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings! How was your weekend? I think a lot of folks must be on vacation around here because traffic has been much lighter for the last few days. Maybe they got a head start on the long 4th of July weekend that's coming up. I don't have a Before and After to share this week. If you saw my "list" in Friday's post, you'll know I've kinda been on a "Before and After" spree for the last 6-7 weeks. … [Continue Reading...]

Add Color & Whimsy to the Garden with Colorful Planters and Sculptures

Garden Shed

Happy Friday! Have any plans for the weekend? I hope to do something relaxing this weekend, feel like it's time to stop and smell the roses gardenias that are blooming in my yard right now. The last month and a half has been a whirlwind of activity around here. I sat down the other day and listed all the things I had gotten done since returning from the Netherlands the first week of May. Here's how that list looked: Painted and replaced 19 … [Continue Reading...]

Celebrate Independence Day With a Nautical-Themed Table Setting, Plus An Amazing Find

4th of July Table, Sakura, Warren Kimble Colonial Dishware

Welcome to the 405th Tablescape Thursday! I have to start off this week's Tablescape Thursday with an incredible find. You know this nautical, sailboat flatware you've seen me use so often in table settings?   I just found it available this morning for $26.99 for a 20-piece set!!! I know I paid way more than that when I purchased it several years ago. I think I paid $99. I've never seen it for $26.99 for a 20-piece set! So if … [Continue Reading...]

Tour a Coastal Dream Home Designed by Historical Concepts, Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff Home Designed By Historical Concepts_wm

This morning I fell down a rabbit hole, a fascinating, although slightly bitter-sweet, rabbit hole. I came across this beautiful home designed by my favorite design firm, Historical Concepts. I love their designs more than words can say.   If you don't already have their book, you'll want to check it out HERE. It's wonderful! I hope they write another book one day, I'll preorder it the moment I hear about it, if they do! Back to … [Continue Reading...]

Periwinkle Blue for a Whimsical Potting Bench

Periwinkle Potting Bench With Three Shelves

Welcome to the 386th Metamorphosis Monday! When I ordered this potting bench, I had plans to give it a few coats of marine varnish. (Potting Bench can be found here: Potting Bench.) But somewhere along the way I changed my mind and decided to have a little fun with it. I wanted to paint it, but what color? I searched online for painted potting benches and found lots of cute ones, but still didn't see a color I really liked. Then I came … [Continue Reading...]

How To Make a Tiered Planter From Terra Cotta Saucers

3-Tiered Terra Cotta Plant Stand

Yesterday for Tablescape Thursday, I shared a table setting featuring a 3-tiered planter or plant stand as the centerpiece.   Today I'm sharing detailed instructions showing how I made the planter, in case you would like to make one, too. This is one of the easiest DIY projects I've ever made and it only took about 1-1/2 hours to make. Well, maybe a little longer for the jute part, more on that in a sec.   I first … [Continue Reading...]

Spring Table Setting with Ma Maison and a DIY Tiered Planter Centerpiece

Summer Garden Party on the Porch

Welcome to the 404th Tablescape Thursday. Happy springtime to you!   We're out on the porch for this week's Tablescape Thursday.   You've been seeing these butterfly napkin rings a lot lately. They seem to be my favorite choice for the tablescapes I've been creating this spring. I must be in a "green" mood right now. Maybe it's from all the gardening I've been doing. lol   I pulled out my favorite … [Continue Reading...]