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House Makeover, Before and After

House Makeover, Before and After

The Padres bought a house. The first time we went to see it, the previous owners still hadn’t quite moved out, and it was a perfect pit of chaos and grime. The floors looked like they hadn’t been washed in months, if not years, the walls were painted garish, uneven colors, and the smell was unpleasant at best. They must have loved color, because the entry was blue, the kitchen red, the bedrooms chocolate brown, purple, and hot pink with…

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An Impulse Purchase That Actually Turned Out Well

An Impulse Purchase That Actually Turned Out Well

I’m blaming Pinterest, with its perfect little bohemian houses. But whoever made me do it, somehow I ended up buying a mandala throw instead of a traditional beach towel when I was doing my pre-beach shopping last summer. Turns out, it was one of my favorite purchases all year. Allow me to tell you why. One. The light, cottony fabric is perfect for wadding into a little ball to stuff into your beach bag or picnic basket. It folds up much…

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Kitschy Apartment Tour

Kitschy Apartment Tour

Hello all. A lot of people express interest in my house, maybe because they find the thought of living above a music store in a historic downtown almost as fascinating as I do. (Side note: I know the above photo of the town is over Christmas time, but that’s when Mocksville is the most beautiful, in my opinion.) Since I can’t have you all over, I thought I’d give you a little virtual tour of the place. I live in…

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Decorating for Fall From the Dollar Tree in Five Easy Steps

Decorating for Fall From the Dollar Tree in Five Easy Steps

Go to the Dollar Tree. This is very necessary, for obvious reasons. Buy some of the less plastic looking bunches of leaves, leaf garlands, and some spicy candles for good measure. Go home and paw through the stuff you already own. Pull out things like old books, those wooden candle holders you know you have stashed somewhere, and other things that look somewhat autumnish. Maybe collect a few sticks or berries outside as well, if you live in the country.  Throw the…

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