new direction

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I’ve started posting my daily outfits here. I may go back to decorating again someday, just not sure when exactly. I will say that this blog played a HUGE part of making my home into a happy lovely place.

Thanks for reading.


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01/08/2011 at 4:33

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shag’s back anyway, right?

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Since moving into the pleasant house, I’ve been thinking about new flooring. I went from wanting to splurge on hardwoods to considering alternative wood products to just leaving it. There is one option that has been on my mind the entire time and yet I’ve been afraid to think too much about it. But, the truth is, I want carpet. Carpet?! Nasty allergy-inducing, impossible-to-really-ever-get-clean carpet?! Yes. And, umm, not just any carpet but thick shaggy carpet. Carpet so thick that your fingers get tangled up and lost in the nap.

And so today, I dragged myself and Son down to Lowe’s and signed up to have the house measured out. I also came home with the sample.


I have not picked a color yet, but it is sure to be warm and fuzzy. And, naturally, I reserve the right to freak out and change my mind.

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09/22/2010 at 4:33

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gift giving, diy style.

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It is never too early to start thinking about the holidays! This year, I’m revisiting an earlier wordle art project for my kids’ classroom teachers.


– Your child will pick words that describe their teacher (funny, helpful, nice, pretty, good singer). Your child can choose as many words as they want. Might also want to include the name of school, year, your child’s name and the names of other kids in the class.

– Have your kids decorate the frame (I prefer clear glass document frames) with markers, stickers, brushes. In the above example, I used two different spray paints and just layered them with short strokes.

– If you are so inclined, pair with a batch of your favorite holiday treats and you’ll be sure to have a happy teacher. Maybe even a bit weepy! Enjoy.

p.s. Don’t be surprised if you see your gift hanging in your child’s classroom.

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09/17/2010 at 4:33

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no (good) excuses.

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Between summer trips, school starting and getting back to my light treatments, I have not had much time for interior decorating. And although this entry is not about decorating, it is about interior modification so let’s just pretend it counts.

Earlier this week, I asked my daughter what she worked on in class that morning and she told me about an activity involving a pink box of cards. One set had words and the other set had pictures. Her work was to match the correct picture with the correct word.

Got it.

So this morning when she was at school, I came up with this idea for the house.


This project can be made much cuter by printing out labels and using clear tape or a bright pushpin. I used what I had – black sharpie, painter’s tape and a scrapbook paper block. I may change it up in the future.

And if you are not keen on labeling your entire house, how about just your child’s bedroom, bathroom and playroom/yard?

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09/16/2010 at 4:33

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a villa in tuscany

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Turns out that there are villas to rent in Tuscany and they are real, and they’re spectacular!
I’m still so thankful that this was our home for 8 nights of our 10 day Italian summer trip.
The pool was amazing, but I somehow completely blanked on taking any pics of it. Doh!

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08/19/2010 at 4:33

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what I want on aug. 18th

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08/18/2010 at 4:33

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Clutter, be gone.

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No photos because I’m spending the day in DECLUTTER heaven! I challenge you all to do the same. Grab a tote or a box and start collecting everything you have not used, played with or worn in the last 6 months. The Salvation Army/Goodwill will thank you for it and so will your heart and mind.

And a quote for today:

“Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.”

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08/06/2010 at 4:33

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