Blue Willow

I have such a thing for dishes. They may be one of my love languages. I’ve written before about brown transferware and white dishes. I also have some green Bordallo Pinheiro plates that I love.  Recently I saw some blue and white dishes paired with red and white linens on Pinterest, and the combination was […]

Around the House

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I love a good secondhand find. I’ve done my fair share of shopping at estate sales and on Craigslist, but recently I tried shopping an online auction and came away with this little chest for my living room. It was a local […]

Summer Book Report

Last week was our public library’s big annual used book sale, which they conveniently hold in the gym of the community college near my house. My mother-in-law and I spent an hour or so browsing through the books, and I came home with the stack pictured above. A couple of notes about my picks: Two […]

A Few Estate Sale Finds

I did almost no estate sale shopping over the winter. I saw nothing in the ad photos that motivated me to leave my house in the early AM, which is when you have to get there to get the good stuff.  But just when I began to wonder if I had completely lost my estate […]

Grilled Shrimp and Sausage Packets Recipe with Some Tweaks

Last night we had a rare weeknight dinner for six, a mixed group of family and friends. I made these grilled shrimp foil packets from Delish.com and they are without doubt going to be a summer go-to for us. I’m already eager to make them again! Delish says they “take their inspiration from the beloved (but […]

A Family Baby Shower

Back in February, my sisters-in-law and I threw a baby shower for our niece Emily. I had forgotten how much fun baby showers are. It was a treat to host this one. My sister-in-law Julie (the other Julie in our family) and I created a shared Pinterest board, started pinning all things baby shower to […]

A New Job, Some Travel, and a New(ish) Gallery Wall

Gosh, it’s been such a long time since I’ve popped in here. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying Spring! I have a new gallery wall in the living room to share with you, but first, since I’ve been gone a while, I thought I would give you some life updates. Part of the reason […]

What’s Going On at Our House and Some Christmas Favorites

Happy December! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are enjoying the start to the holiday season. I’m sharing this photo from our living room last year because, as you may know if we’re connected on Instagram or Facebook, we’re undergoing some renovations at our house. Last month we had the popcorn ceilings removed […]

Big Cedar Weekend Getaway

Last weekend Tom and I went to Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozarks for a little getaway. It was a work trip for him, but there was no work involved. The best kind. We were thrilled to get to go because Big Cedar has been on our places to go list for a long time, […]

Fall Favorites

Last Thursday was the first day of fall, so all of us who call that our favorite season can stop sneaking mums and pumpkins into the house and enjoy the fact that fall is officially here. To celebrate, I’m indulging in pictures of some of my favorite things about the season. I love blue and white almost as much as […]