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Really Simple Spring Cleaning

A room-by-room checklist for removing dirt and germs from often-overlooked surfaces. I confess I’m a bit of a crazy-clean when it comes to my house. But I’m also practical because I don’t have a week to focus on pulling it apart for cleaning then putting everything back. So this year, I compiled a really simple […]

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My Laundry Room Redo

Minor changes make major visual improvements. A few things have changed in our main level laundry room since moving into our Alabama stone cottage.  It’s my “pretty” (and functional) laundry room, a well-deserved space after occupying a corner in the unfinished basement of our last house for 20+ years.  I started looking for the perfect […]

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Rebooting the Front Porch Floor

I was able to have our beaten up floor properly repainted before all the autumn leaves fell. The project began last Spring when I noticed the 10-year old boards on the front and sides beginning to rot. The culprit, I believed, was the water-based porch floor paint which didn’t properly seal the surface. Our porch […]

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Vintage Painted Shutters

Antique shutters brought much needed color and texture to the dining room. Three years ago, Jane gave a tour of my Alabama Stone Cottage.  Several rooms have been tweaked since then – accessories from antiquing and traveling have been added, upholstered pieces moved and artwork shifted.  I’ve always had a thing for painted pieces, and […]

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Magazine Picture Wall Progress

Two years ago I began clipping magazine pages to use on a picture wall inspired by botanical prints. Shortly after we moved into our house, we sold most of the contemporary art I’d owned for years. My walls were happily bare. My aim was to find low-cost replacement art from the high-quality English magazines I […]

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