New Dining Room Chairs and Some Updates

New Dining Room Chairs. Pretty brass rings on the back of the dining room chairs.

Okay so I blew the surprise - I got new dining room chairs! Why do I need new dining room chairs you might ask? As if my life doesn't already have enough upheaval in it, I have added another level of crazy. Let me explain. A few weeks ago my friend and neighbor Darlene approached me with a proposition. Long story short - we opened an antiques booth together at a local shop. We are both in the midst of purging and downsizing and it seemed like ... read more

Summer Front Porch Tour and Garden Hop

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Summer Front Porch Tour and Garden Hop There is something about home tours that energizes and excites me. It's a chance to start with a clean slate, a new season, and a fresh look. Even though this is an outdoor tour I have changed things up quite a bit since last years tour. Having lived here at the lake full time for an entire year now, I realized that the old patio set-up just wasn't working for our lifestyle. We needed more space to ... read more

Plastic Bucket Transformation with Decoupage Peonies – Zero Dollar Challenge

Plastic Bucket Transformation with Decoupage Peonies

Plastic Bucket Transformation with Decoupage Peonies Welcome back to another installment of the Zero Dollar DIY Challenge. Every other month we create projects that cost no new money. This month I have to thank Honey Bee for my inspiration...and to divulge a secret about him. Well, it's not really a secret to everyone that knows and loves him. He has a GIANT sweet tooth. He just can't help himself - cookies, cakes, candy and bubble ... read more

Creamy Corn Salad – Summer Salad Series

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Do you like to cook? I do, especially in the summertime when fresh vegetables and herbs are more plentiful.  Sometimes I try to make dishes that don't require me to turn on the oven. Here in the South it gets pretty hot, especially as the summer progresses. There's no need to swelter outside of the house as well as inside in my opinion. Typically for supper Honey Bee grills out fish, chicken or shellfish and I make the accompanying side dishes. ... read more

Wicker Demijohn Bottles – Thrifty Style Team

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We are firm and staunch believers that thrifty style does not mean  you have to scrimp on design or home decor taste. It doesn't even mean that these items necessarily have to come from a thrift store either. So what is thrift style? For us it means finding items that we love for a great price. Take for example our wicker demijohn bottles. Each bottle came from a different place. Collectively in a vignette they make a beautiful display. 2 Bees ... read more