Add Spring From Inside to Out

Spring Birds Vignette

I visited Shannon at Belle Bleu Interiors last week to see her easy spring vignette, her spring foyer, and her creative decorating idea.  Such lovely spring changes!  And, you’ll be tickled by the bunny in her foyer. Shannon inspired me to make some changes to my foyer table, which is my great-grandmother’s vintage sewing machine.. […]

Come Along for PAM’s Kitchen and Dining Tour

Subway Tile

Don’t put things off!  When you know you’ll need before  pictures, take them right away.  Immediately.  (Do as I say, not as I do…because I’m a terrible example to follow.) April of 2014, I visited PAM (Painter Artist Mom) and HBD (Handy Builder Dad).  PAM was looking at granite pieces for their kitchen counter top.  […]

Woodland Rustic Tablescape

Woodsy Rustic Tablescape

I explained recently that I ordered my favorite buffalo check flannel from JoAnn on-line in October, and it didn’t arrive with the Leg Lamp fabric (Our Christmas Story Tablescape).  It wasn’t back ordered.  They just didn’t fulfill the order – at all – with no promises for future delivery. Who opened the floodgates on demand […]

Fresh for Christmas – Why Not?

Everyday Living Christmas Arrangement

I’ve come across a couple of fresh outdoor arrangements to share with you this week.  I am very intrigued by it all.  Do you make fresh arrangements for your Christmas outdoor decorations? Just look at this fresh arrangement that Butch Richardson (at Everyday Living) makes at their home (his and Pam’s) every year on their […]

DIY Necktie Lamp Shade

DIY Necktie Lamp Shade

Have you noticed men’s necktie projects on Pinterest? While I shrunk the monstrous red lamp this summer, I was mulling over different shade possibilities.  When I remembered a shade frame PAM (Painter Artist Mom) had given me, this necktie shade idea came to mind.  I collected old neckties from HH (those corporate years of wearing […]

Updates: College Apartment Decor and PillowCubes Delivery

Apartment Decor

I mentioned recently that I might be taking a week or two off soon from blogging.  I’m sure you weren’t standing by holding your breath, but I wanted to let you know my posts will continue as usual.  (What can I say…I’m addicted to staying in contact with you.) For the first UPDATE, Fun Son […]

4 Steps to a Rope Trimmed Pillow

DIY Rope Corded Pillow

After sharing my applique pillow technique, I realized I should write a tutorial for adding rope trim.  It’s very similar to sewing piping or fabric-covered-cording into a pillow, except that it’s actually easier. So, here’s the quick run-through for putting this pillow together. Step 1:  Sew Rope Cord to Side One Attach the zipper foot […]

Tassel-Button Pillow and a Charles Faudree Classic

Tassel-Button Pillow

I could hardly wait to show you the pillow I found at an antique mall last weekend.  It’s not old at all, and I couldn’t resist the twelve dollar price. The center button is actually a short, fat tassel – so fun and unique, and the colors are a perfect blend with the other family […]

I Hadn’t Thought to Decorate Our Staircase Before!

Staircase Landing Decoration

Remember earlier this week when I showed you the wooden boxes I stacked to hide an electrical outlet (Practicality Rules in Our Family Room Arrangement)? I mentioned I no longer need the boxes to hide the outlet because new drapery panels will cover it soon. Also, since moving our chairs across the room, our lamps […]

Working the Puzzle of Furniture Arrangement

Family Room "Before"

Did you enjoy your Easter weekend?  For us, it was a weekend filled with spiritual blessings.  I hope it was for you, too! Now that it’s Spring, and we’re venturing out of our “winter hideouts”, let’s take a moment to look back to our indoor surroundings.  As we dig in the dirt and sweep our […]

Bedroom Redo in Nature, Navy and White

Leaf Pattern Fabric

I’ve been working on this upstairs bedroom, creating a theme that started by hanging a large Manzanita branch over the bed.  Painter Artist Mom gave it to me last year.  For the longest time, I struggled with what to do with it.  Due to its size, it needed a special spot. The idea to hang […]

Joining the Tartan Plaid Craze

Tartan Plaid Fabric

Have you noticed an explosion of Tartan plaids around Blogland and Pinterest recently?  Tartans are a classic, so they never are considered “out”.  But, with the recent “in”, it may only seem  they were out for a while. In the midst of preparing my Thanksgiving Dining on Tartan tablescape this week, my Tartan meter was […]

Fabby Shabby Telephone Table

Shabby Telephone Table

Trash to Treasure Has a friend ever called you early in the morning with an alert? Hey, besty…the house across the street has a pile of furniture at the curb. It appears that no one is home.  Like maybe they’ve moved. Something’s been going on over there, but I don’t exactly know the story. Maybe […]

Laundry Room Decision – Wallpaper Reveal!

Accent Wall Decor

Finally, the day has arrived…the day you’ve been waiting for…for over a year. The original post about my laundry room decision was in May of 2013.  Aren’t I amazing?  Don’t I knock your socks off with my fast-moving and decisive decorating changes? Help!  Opinions, Please? Many of you offered wonderful (and varied) advice about the […]

Laundry Room Toile – Stuck in Stall Mode?

Sink Cabinet Wall

I usually don’t publish a post on Saturday, but this is no normal Saturday.  My plan was for early morning landscaping duty.  The crepe myrtle trees are growing shoots from the base that need  eliminating.  I stepped outside at dawn’s early light (5:30-ish) and turned around immediately back to the inside.  Oppressively hot, humid, and […]

How to Jazz Plain White Napkin Rings

Decorating Napkin Rings

While preparing my Memorial Day Blessings Tablescape, I pulled out my white ceramic napkin rings.  Pure white looks so nice and clean.  Do you agree? To make the rings special for our occasion, they needed a little something – a little jazz. I use Sharpie™ markers to write Bible verses and special quotes on white […]

Making the Master Pillow Shams

New Pillow Shams with Flange

It’s a bright, sunny Monday morning here in The Land of Making Do – a beautiful beginning to our week before Mother’s Day. I mentioned recently that I’d finally found fabric for our master bedroom pillow shams to coordinate with the room.  If you’ve been following along, you’ve seen the three phases of window treatments […]

New Bedroom Draperies – Phase Three (Horizontal Pleat Valance)

Horizontal Pleat Valance

You may remember that I’ve (slowly but surely) been working on our master bedroom draperies and shades.  Here is Phase One – The Panels, and Phase Two – The Hobbled Shades. I finished our bedroom window treatments by making this door valance – the final window in the room (and the master bath area). It […]

“I Love you, Valentine” Tablescape

"I Love You, Valentine" Tablescape

Valentine tablescapes can vary greatly. When we collect things red from throughout the house to embellish our table, there’s no telling what will come together. All cultures may not celebrate love on Valentine’s Day like we do in America, but many are represented on my table.  It’s an eclectic mixture, which is my favorite way […]

Welcome to Our Christmas Home

Red Bird Plates

You’ve seen a few pictures of our home here and there…but it occurred to me yesterday that I’ve not shared our home in a Christmas tour type of post. I’m timid about doing tours of our home…because we don’t have the latest and greatest of everything.  It’s our safe haven, our refuge, where many memories […]

Window Treatment Style and 2014 Color Forecast

Maybe you thought I’d lost my mind. Maybe I did, temporarily. I knew I had seen the drapery style somewhere – the style of my New Bedroom Draperies – Phase One.  (This post appears to be a lot of words and few pictures, y’all, but keep reading – there’s a nice surprise later.) When the […]

Gardner Village Inspiration

I feel like a reporter today, y’all. “On location, Curtain Queen will now bring us the exciting details of the quaint shops at Gardner Village in Salt Lake City, Utah.” Ahem…                          Ahem… Sorry, I can’t do it – camera shy, y’all.  I can write to you all day long.  But, put me in front of […]

Clip-On Valances

Today was glorious!  Snow everywhere.   As I hung these valances upstairs this afternoon, this was the view out Fun Son’s window. Don’t you love the symmetry of those nice straight rows?  Wish I’d gotten a picture about 9 o’clock this morning.  Total white-out!  Later today, I took this picture at the back corner of […]

Nostalgic Christmas Table

Will you be putting together your dining table decorations  soon?  Perhaps you’ve completed yours.  I’d sure love to see it!  I love to get fresh ideas and try new things, don’t you? This year, just as I did with my Christmas Mantel,  I’ve gathered items from around my home and from my Christmas storage boxes, […]

Unique and Treasured Tile Work

Unique and Treasured Hand Made Tiles

While visiting friends in Damascus, Virginia, over the weekend, I inquired about the tile work in our host’s kitchen. This tile was specially crafted by artist Nancy Patterson Lamb of Damascus, founder and originator of  Iron Mountain Stoneware.  She specialized in glazed brick and custom tiles designed for kitchens, bathrooms, on floors and fireplaces.  Now […]