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The Best Painted Fireplaces

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I recently wrote about how I was going to paint my living room fireplace. In an effort to determine what color would be best, I started to look for what others were doing first. To my surprise, fireplaces have been painted every color - blue, gray, and even red. Yippee for me! That was reassuring…

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Painting A Fireplace

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I have a small confession to share with you. It's not bad but people seem to "gawk" when they find this information out about our home. I have 4 fireplaces. Yes, four separate fireplaces! One in my living room, one in my bedroom, one in my master bath, and one in my dining room. The…

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Fall Mantel

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The cold weather seems to have settled in southern Louisiana. So, it's only fitting that I finish decorating the mantel for the season...the fall season.  And no, it is not winter yet...winter doesn't start until late December! But, I can promise you this mantel will be around through the winter.  This is how it looked last…

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Spring Mantel Is Up

After a while, the decor on shelves and mantels gets stale and needs some updating. For me, it's actually very satisfying to change the mantel up a couple of times a year. It tends to set the tone for the entire area and I love that about having one. I finally got around to finishing the decor…

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Preparing For a Spring Mantel

As I've been contemplating how to change up the living room mantel for spring, it occurred to me that I never shared the current set-up.  Ha! Believe that! I never shared my fall/winter mantel with you. So, now that the mantel is clear and ready for updating, I figured it would be the perfect time to share…

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DIY: Rope Vase

  A room can always use some natural elements to bring texture to it. That is why I love working with burlap. I love trends that are timeless and go with any style you have in your home. This project was one of those. It will always work in your space, because it's using a…

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Chicken Wire Frame

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In my efforts to be resourceful, I try to look for creative ways to use what I have to make something useful. Over a year ago, I bought a big antique frame and it sat in my shed for several months.  At first, I honestly had no idea what I was going to do with…

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Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Wall

*Since this post was first published in 2013, we've updated the post with some pictures of how we use it. It's holding up very well and we still love it.  Several months ago, I was really inspired by what Carmel at Our Fifth House did to her entry foyer. (See here post here.)  She used magnetic primer and…

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Before & After: Antique Stool Transformation

When it comes to doing things around my home, there is nothing better than seeing a transformation take place. Most of the time it takes patience for things to fall into place. I've said it before and will say it again...Patience is key to making a space your own.  Lots of planning can be involved…

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My Love Affair | All Things Burlap

In addition to my open relationship with Annie Sloan chalk paint, I have a secret affair going on with burlap. Burlap ribbon, yards of burlap, burlap sacks...anything burlap-related.  I purchased 4 large burlap sacks in Canton for $10, which I was so excited about.  At $2.50 per sack, that was definitely a great deal!  I'm…

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About Me

I'm Crystal and I write.

I'm Crystal and I write.

I'm a Louisiana native who loves to style food and drinks, take photographs of non-moving things, and I'm also a Houzz Writer. Family and life keep me busy but that's the way I like it.
I'm Crystal and I write.