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Design Dilemma: Adding Character to a Newer Home

Recently, a blog follower asked me to give her advice about adding older pieces to a newer home.  Blending the old and the new is a challenge faced by many people who find themselves living in a newer home, but wanting it to have the character and feel of an older home. Here are a…… Continue reading Design Dilemma: Adding Character to a Newer Home

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Haint Blue Porch Ceilings

For generations, it has been traditional to paint porch ceilings blue. In the South, the pretty blue-green color often used for porch ceilings is called haint blue. The Gullah people in South Carolina believed that by painting your porch ceiling, windows and door trims a watery blue, you would scare away the haints (like “haunts”)…… Continue reading Haint Blue Porch Ceilings

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Great Finds for the Home at T.J. Maxx Online

Did you know that you can shop online at T.J. Maxx?  T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are some of my favorite off-price retailers for home decor items and although I love to visit their brick and mortar stores frequently (too frequently according to my husband!),  I was thrilled to learn that I could also shop T.J.…… Continue reading Great Finds for the Home at T.J. Maxx Online

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What I’ve Read and Watched this Winter

The Chicago winter is long—here are some of the books and TV shows that have gotten me through it so far! What I’ve Been Watching: 1. The Crown on Netflix. The first season of this fabulous biographical drama about Queen Elizabeth II was so good that I recently watched it all over again because I wanted my husband…… Continue reading What I’ve Read and Watched this Winter