Painted Furniture

Not your grandmother’s secretary

secretary

We all have them. Pieces of furniture either passed down from family members or picked up years ago when we needed furniture quick and on a budget. Or, a special piece found at an antique shop that you fell in love with and had to have. We live with these pieces because they are functional and quality. Sometimes though, you…

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Decor, Garden

Evergreen, Pomander and Pineapple Planter

evergreens, pomanders and pineapples

We have a pretty amazing front porch here on Fairmount Terrace.  When weather permits, we’re on it.  It’s got an outdoor sectional, a bed swing, chairs, rockers, side tables and coffee tables.  We’ve been known to throw a porch party or two.  It’s the best “room” in our house.  At Christmastime the porch shines with white lights and is draped…

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Food

Easy holiday 2 ingredient dip

It’s the holiday season and we’re all very busy.  We’re planning, shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, and on and on.  We are also partying. It’s the season to gather and celebrate friendship and love.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  That being said, we all need short cuts and tricks to make all the celebrating a little bit easier. …

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Decor

Upcycled Candle Sticks

upcycled candle sticks

If you have ready my About page you know that I am not capable of driving by a tag sale. This is also true for Estate Sales, Goodwill Stores, Habitat Stores, Salvation Army, etc. etc. It drives my family crazy. But lucky for them I stopped the car this week and scored these pretty candle sticks…which have since become my…

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Decor

Wreath on a Mirror

wreath on a mirror

When it comes to holiday decorating less is more for me. There are two reasons for this. 1) I am lazy. I don’t want to lug a ton of decorations out of the attic and then have to put them away after the holidays. 2) My children mess with and often break the holiday decorations that I do put out.…

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Garden

Putting the Garden to Bed

My favorite time in the garden is when the buds start bursting open and plants start emerging from the ground. Seeing all my perennials coming out of the ground after a long winter makes me happy. My second favorite time in the garden is putting the garden to bed. As much as I love springtime and flowers, things start to…

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Food

Wednesday Night Chicken Thighs

wine shallot lemon rosemary

Dinner is a challenge. It used to be fun when it was just my husband and me. I’m assuming it will be more enjoyable as the kids get a little older. Right now though, dinner is a challenge. It is a challenge because we have four little humans with many different likes and dislikes. When I stumble upon a meal…

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Painted Furniture

Prepping furniture for paint

Prepping furniture for paint

I love painting furniture.  My excitement level goes up with each coat. And the thrill of seeing the finished piece. I do NOT love prepping furniture for paint. Not one bit. Proper preparation, however, the most important step when painting a piece of furniture. And a step that can not be skipped. A while ago I asked my Instagram followers…

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