How We Brightened Up Our Front Courtyard

How We Brightened Up Our Front Courtyard

BEFORE

We have an unusual 1977 brick ranch home with a deep courtyard. We love it. We hate it. There is always deep shade on the left side and bright, hot sunshine on the right. Planting flowers over the past 30 years has been a huge learning experience. And, I have painted the dirty-looking sidewalk twice to clean and lighten it up. You can see that didn’t last long. Ugh!

Then, a flash of brilliance! Spray our little chairs and tables black and add them to the sidewalk. It was better, but not good enough. Another flash. Add pea gravel on top of the messy sidewalk to brighten up even more, and add texture.

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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.

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My Home Office Features Crusty Old Barn Doors

My Home Office Features Crusty Old Barn Doors

Years ago I owned a little recycled finds shop called Feather Your Nest with three of my best friends. For years we converged for coffee in the wee hours on Saturday morning, then headed out to junkin’ adventures hither and yon. After awhile our collections were taking over our homes so it only seemed natural to open up a shop to sell our overflow treasures. During one of our junkets, Laura and I each purchased one of two matching old barn doors, then joined them together with hinges to make a wonderful display at the shop.

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