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
MY HANDS ARE SWEATY. I have never invested this much in MYSELF. It feels a tad like jumping off a really high diving board…like the kind in the Olympics that they do 12 flips and then knife the water. I am anxious and excited and I PRAY I do not do a belly flop. So… Read More 9 DAYS UNTIL THE NEW LESLI DEVITO PAINTINGS WEBSITE IS UP!
I GOT MY NEW CHAIRS!!! Something this insignificant in the big scheme of things should not make me THIS HAPPY – BUT they DO! IT has been tough for a Decorator and Color obsessed person such as myself to abstain from buying things for the house…or making even the slightest change while the house is… Read More MY NEW PINK CHAIRS – NATE BERKUS FOR TARGET
Almost EXACTLY two years ago – I wrote blog post about BLUSH PINK. MARIA KILLAM , MY FAVORITE COLOR GENIUS, had just returned from the Spring High Point Market and was reporting on “TRENDS AND WHAT IS IN FOR 2016” and based on what she had seen – BLUSH PINK AND DEEP BRIGHT PINK WERE… Read More THIS IS 2017 and BLUSH IS EVERYWHERE!
I grew up during the Vietnam war. In the 1970’s, we wore Prisoner of War, POW Bracelets and Missing in Action, MIA Bracelets bearing the name of a captured or lost soldier. We did this to keep this person in our hearts and minds, even if we did not know them personally. We proudly wore… Read More MEMORIAL DAY. HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED AND I REMEMBER MY M.I.A.
I am not blessed with a GREEN THUMB. I can look at a dilapidated house, with rotting floors and sagging walls…and see POTENTIAL. I can visualize the path to beauty! But give me a yard full of weeds and overgrowth and poison ivy and trees and all I see is – overgrowth, weeds and poison… Read More ONE ROOM CHALLENGE – GUEST STARS – DINING ROOMS AND EXTERIOR SPACES