Home Accessories: What You See Is All We Have

Home Accessories: What You See Is All We Have

I have finally arrived at my personal home accessory goal: if you don’t see it, we don’t have it! I am a former tiny accessories shop and large decorative painting studio owner. I love accessories. Scouring flea markets, barn sales, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, everywhere. Maybe I just like the final results when they are styled to my delight. They can be moved from room to room on a whim while in my jammies, coffee in hand, reading a pile of magazines.

Over the past year, and during COVID-19, I have whittled down my passionate collection to what you can see. We don’t have a garage, yay, or a basement, double yay, but we DO have an giant attic. Fortunately it is accessible by a pull-down door in the back hallway. Only items of a certain size can fit. But that is still a LOT.

Our two grown daughters are settling into their own precious homes, and, we have similar tastes. Therefore, I was able to pass on items I could live without. Now, when I visit them, I enter their homes where the décor reflects Mom. But I love that!

My other passion is plants. The ones I have discovered that I can actually grow: neon pothos, cactus, snake plants.

Adding Moroccan touches to my living room

They are like live, happy, breathing accessories. I never feel remorse when dragging home one more plant do you?

I do have a confession to make. Working at home, and since crazy triple-toe surgery this summer, I crave getting out of the house to barn sales.

Last weekend, at the monthly Chartreuse Barn in Thomasville, NC I bought this large wooden lantern. Who knows why. It spoke to me. I justified the not-expensive piece as one that we can use for my daughter Mia’s barn wedding next June. We can add mini lights, pine cones, glass balls, who knows what to it in an arrangement.

After I placed it here in the kitchen on Saturday, hubby walked in from playing golf and I heard him say, “That’s pretty, where did you get it?” Truly I almost fell off the couch!

After cleaning out the attic, kitchen cabinets, closets, and drawers (we have empty drawers!), I confess I am enjoying the mental uncluttering. We are using “the good stuff” regardless of the three rascally rescue kitties who have no regard for glass lamps, treasured pottery, or the good china. Three lamps down, one shattered pottery piece, and clawed leather furniture backs, I have made peace with imperfection: I am OK with a little loving damage. It’s life!

How about you? Is perfection a must in your home? Do you have a bulging garage? Or are you minimizing a bit like me?

Updates To Our 20 Year Old Kitchen Reno Add Big Style

Updates To Our 20 Year Old Kitchen Reno Add Big Style

Steve and I bought our 1977 brick ranch home in 1990. It was a great neighborhood for our family, but it featured a dreadful dark kitchen. The cabinets over the peninsula were so low that we had to bend over to talk to the girls at the kitchen table. The photos below are from 25 years ago, after I painted the very dark cabinets white, and even painted the old faux butcher block countertops so we could temporarily stand to look at them.

With a busy family, a limited budget, and hubby and I working full-time, the kitchen languished until 2000.

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Old Columns Add Texture And Interest To Our Home Decor

Old Columns Add Texture And Interest To Our Home Decor
Adding Moroccan touches to my living room

I have heard it said that if you have three of something, it’s a collection. So, I realized over coffee here in our living room this morning that I have a collection of crusty old columns. Certainly, I have no idea how that happened, because it was not a conscious decision to seek them out.

That said, bought over time at barn sales, architectural salvage stores, antique shops and flea markets, these lovelies ended up gracing opposite sides of our living room.

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My Skinny Cabinet Find For Our Narrow Hallway Entry

My Skinny Cabinet Find For Our Narrow Hallway Entry

I am easing back to work after foot surgery and excited to share my recent skinny cabinet find for our unusual entry hallway. I wrote about our courtyard entry that features an odd long but wide hallway a few weeks ago. Since then I have had NO conscious intention of shopping for anything new. But, one day I woke up and realized my driving days were about to end for a few weeks. Off I went to my favorite stop near the High Point Furniture Market, Blue Ocean Traders.

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Styling Our Miniscule Master Bath

Styling Our Miniscule Master Bath

If you’ve been reading along here on my newest blog journey, you know that we live in an updated 1977 ranch home. We’ve lived here for 30 years, and contractor hubby Steve and I have made some amazing changes in some rooms, and not so much in others. Take our master bath. We could have turned its miniscule self, with no window or special features, into a closet. Then we could have broken through the wall to the nearby small fifth bedroom to create a fancy bathroom with all of the amenities everyone on Pinterest seems to have. But no. We did not.

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