When asked “What would you take from your house in case of a FIRE?” – I have always replied – “My Loved ones and My photos” This is still true BUT if I could also take ONE PIECE of furniture – it would be, without question – my Round Oak Coffee -Table. WHY you ask?… Read More MY VERY FIRST PIECE OF FURNITURE
Recently, on vacation in Maine, we were sitting around the table playing cards and talking about funny things the kids did when they were little. My almost 21 year old son just casually mentioned that one of his WORST childhood memories was how upset I got when he wrote on the refrigerator — and through… Read More “DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF”… “JUST LET GO”…. “LIFE IS SHORT” – AND OTHER BRILLIANT ADVICE I WISH I HAD LISTENED TO
THE #1 PAINT COLOR THAT PEOPLE AGONIZE OVER IS.. WHITE ….Once upon a time – I used to think ALL WHITE paint colors were alike – I have long since let go of that notion! ALL WHITES ARE NOT ALIKE! There are hundreds, thousands of whites to choose from. It can feel overwhelming. One way… Read More WAY “COOL” WHITE PAINT COLORS
HAPPY FOURTH!!!! 11 DAYS UNTIL WE GET THE NEW PUPPY! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The fireworks and the barking last night reminded me of our sweet Muffin and how much she HATED Fireworks and storms! She was such a quiet dog – EXCEPT during storms when she would bark and run around the house, sometimes for hours…. THUNDERSTORMS!… Read More HAPPY JULY FOURTH! – DOGS AND THUNDER AND FIREWORKS!
Life is funny, during those months and months of preparation and anticipation of their impending departures – THEIR LEAVING occupied my every thought…every moment was “THE LAST TIME” sniff, sniff, sniff, and simple events took on extra significance… …but NOW that we have successfully launched them both – I see that IN TRUTH, while they… Read More DORM SHOPPING – and PHOEBE’S “MUST HAVES”
THIS is the first summer in 3 years, that I will NOT been preparing to send a child OFF to college. Fall 2015 I sent a son to college and Fall 2016 I sent a daughter. Their basic needs – bedding, toiletries, food – were about the same. My daughter was a bit more invested… Read More COLLEGE BOUND – and My “REVISED” DORM PACKING LIST
This post was originally posted 4 years ago TODAY. It popped up on my Facebook, you know how they do that? It is as if THEY KNEW what I was thinking! Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The DIY School Desk Island has transformed our kitchen…just one problem… ….The kids kept dragging the big ole Dining Room chairs in… Read More DIPPED STOOLS AND TIMELESS STYLE
CHOOSING A SOFA IS A FUN problem to have – BUT OFTEN DAUNTING TASK! HERE ARE 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A SOFA. LOCATION /ROOM SIZE – WHERE IS IT GOING AND WITH WHAT? BUDGET STYLE ARMS SEATS PILLOWS SKIRTED OR VISIBLE LEGS 8.DURABILITY COLOR SLIPCOVERED OR UPHOLSTERED 1. LOCATION / ROOM SIZE, LAYOUT,… Read More CHOOSING A NEW SOFA? 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER
(original AIR date – November 2013) I LOVE SUBWAY TILE…. I have Loved it for years.. ….ever since my New York City Subway days… In 2012 – I was “HOUSE CRASHED” BY John and Sherry Petersik from BY YOUNG HOUSE LOVE –. In preparation for the photo shoot…I was like my own little “While You Were… Read More YES YOU CAN – TILE OVER TILE!
Remember Summer Reruns? Well – Welcome to My Old Country House “Summer Reruns” Starting today – My Old Country House will be “on hiatus” Until August 1 – I have never taken an official time off – I have NOT blogged for pieces of time…but I am committed to getting my New Website up and… Read More SUMMER RERUNS