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    Trending: Original Unpainted Woodwork and Stained Trim

    trending woodwork stained trim

    Unpainted woodwork and stained trim is trending now!  Says who? We the decorators! In the last year I have noticed that the popularity of original, unpainted woodwork seems to be on the rise, and the bloggers who are showcasing their homes with original or stained trim are just on the verge of this huge trend. I have also noticed more and more homes with light, neutral walls and unpainted woodwork turning up in decor magazines after at least a decade of all white rooms.  As much as I love white, I find this stained woodwork trend very refreshing!

    wood ceiling coffered ceiling woodwork

    I consider myself a very lucky homeowner to have original woodwork. After years of living with all white decor and trim, it was a bit of a transition to decorate with stained trim and it took some getting used to. When we first put in an offer on our historic yellow brick home a few years ago, we loved many things about it— but the stained woodwork was not really one of them! We had originally planned to paint it once we moved in, but later decided that we just couldn’t erase 96 years of history with a few coats of paint. The darker woodwork was new decorating territory for me, so I headed to Pinterest for inspiration. It was there that I stumbled upon Finding Silver Pennies blog, and my passion for unpainted original woodwork (and a true love of our home) really began. Read more

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    Neutral Cozy Cottage: Spring Living Room Tour

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    Welcome to our neutral “cozy cottage” living room decorated for spring!

    amazing painted stairs painted stair runner grain stripe

    Come on in! The first thing you see when you walk through our front door is our staircase with painted stair runner and gallery wall.

    gallery wall with old mirrors and frames painted stairs

    I really love this little gallery wall. I used antique mirrors and vintage picture frames, two of my favorite things to collect!  I am always on the lookout for more! When we removed the carpet the stairs were in really bad shape. There wasn’t time to redo the floors since we were moving in right before Christmas, so we decided to paint a grain stripe runner with colors inspired from some of my old vintage suitcases. Read more

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    Create and Craft

    Spring Wreath Tutorial: Bonnie Blue Roses and Thistle

    Hello everyone! Today I am happy to be sharing a little spring wreath tutorial for my latest wreath design, “Bonnie Blue Roses and Thistle.”  In my post,  Floral Arranging: Finding Inspiration In The Little ThingsI discuss how I often use small treasures or one particular flower type to inspire a floral arrangement or wreath design.  A little bird and some bonnie (pretty) Scottish thistle and blue roses were the inspiration for this natural looking, Celtic-themed spring wreath.

    Gorgeous spring wreath grapevine wreath with thistle and moss blue roses diy

    How to make a gorgeous bonnie blue roses and thistle spring wreath with mossy nest, bird and birds eggs

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    4 Easy Tips To Make Tulips Last Longer

    It’s tulip time! Tulips are my favorite flower! They only bloom for about a month and I am always sad to see them go in late spring. Cut tulips are also short lived, but through trial and error I have discovered four easy tips to make tulips last longer and I am happy to share them with you!

    Farmhouse kitchen with ironstone and tulips

    In my previous post I shared these lovely white tulips that I received for my birthday. Anytime I have fresh tulips I like to make them last as long as possible. Over the years I have found a few little tricks to keep them around the house for a few extra days.

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