A Give-Away Just for You!

I hope that you were inspired by the make-over of my master retreat! To help you get started on your own room make-over my good friends at CSN Stores are offering a $50. gift card for their website to one lucky winner. Whether you are inspired by their classic quilts or their modern duvet covers you are sure to find something that fits with your personal decorating style.

Simply visit their website and leave a comment on my blog letting me know what would be on your wish list. A winner will be selected 9pm Pacific time this Sunday, January 23rd.

Good luck and thank you for stopping by my blog!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Congrats Deb, I'll email you the gift card code to use at CSN Stores on-line!


Fluffing & Ruffles

My master bedroom make-over "on the cheap" is now complete! A little fluffing, painting, drapes and even some ruffles and now my little retreat is fini... All of the bedding is from the Simply Shabby Chic line from Target. I love the sheets with the ruffled edges and the airy look of the duvet cover. The white quilt at the foot of the bed was an $8. yard sale find - it's a king size quilt in fabulous condition.
The throw pillow adds just a touch of my favorite color red to the serene whiteness

This vintage piece of art was also a steel at $7. The details of the frame looking like tiny ruffled edges.
The dress form is wearing an apron that belonged to my grandmother - I don't have many things that belonged to her but I do love this apron!

The old window with shelf was another garage sale piece that I picked up for $25. Our wonderful handyman hung it for me - I could have tried but I would have been afraid of it falling on us in the middle of the night. I love this piece and am so glad that I kept it.

The roses are from my garden and I just love the color. Do you think if I ring the bell someone will bring me a cup of tea?
I splurged on white deep pocket drapes from Pottery Barn and we painted the walls a creamy antique white. We had a ceiling fan installed which I love during the warm weather; we kept it very simple with just a basic white fan, no light fixture. I did not want the center of attention to be a ceiling fan.

Thanks for visiting! Our next project is an are in our back yard that we are planning to add pavers to and a spa. I'm so excited about this and promise to take before and after pictures.
I will be offering a give-away on my blog later this week.


A Real Sweet Chick!

I recently received The Farm Chicks Christmas book and it is definitely a book that you should add to your collection! Serena has done it again with her 2nd book! The photographs are so wonderful and she provides you with a glimpse into her home decorated for the holidays along with the homes of some of her dear friends and former business partner Teri. I can't wait to make these adorable little meringue stars!

There are many recipes that I cannot wait to try for my family. There has been a little chill in the air this week and it makes me want to bake and put a pot of soup to simmer on the stove.
Serena is so talented! She has recently opened up a Farm Chicks Shop in Spokane and of course hosts a wonderful antiques show annually with the most amazing dealers from around the country.
I thank you for your friendship Serena! It was sweet of you to bring me a copy of your book and spend some time during your recent visit!


Behind the Picket Fence

For all of you So. CA girls I encourage you to come out to Costa Mesa next Saturday, November 6th for this show "Behind the Picket Fence". I will be there with some wonderful items for your home; everything from vintage kitchen scales, vintage jewelry, furniture, and much more! Hope to see you,


Shop Update

Many new items have been added to my Etsy Shop! Lot's of wonderful shopping this weekend at the Flea Market. Many, many more items will be added this week. Go ahead and take a peak!



Thank you Jana for the blog and Etsy make-over! If you too are in need of a little fluffing please do visit Sugar Berry Studios!


French Press

In our house we use one of these….

every morning….there’s just something a little more romantic about a French press on the table accompanied by a generous pitcher of half & half (the fat free is actually very good by Land O Lakes)…plus I don’t really want to clutter my counter with a coffee maker but I would clutter it with one of these ....someday....
….but until then we use our French press, we have several but prefer the insulated one we purchased a few years ago…my recent dilemma has been our tea kettle…I put the kettle on a few weeks ago and when I went to pour the boiling water into the French press half of the handle detached from the kettle….it had melted off….I purchased this kettle about a year ago and I did not pay much for it…in fact I probably paid the min for it at the maxx…don’t get me wrong I love me some TJ Maxx…where was I? CSN recently asked me to review one of their products and the timing was perfect…I just received the tea kettle that I ordered….
is it not darling! It’s from the Paula Dean line of products and the quality seems very good and I don’t believe the handle will be melting off anytime soon. In fact the handle is very comfortable almost like a silicone grip and it stays cool to the touch…I love the look of the kettle with the vintage goose neck. This one holds 2 quarts of water which is perfect for a pot of coffee or tea…CSN has a fabulous selection of tea kettles and the shipping was very speedy.