Author Archives: Kristie Barnett

A Lavender and Gray Bedroom Makeover

This is a picture of how my bedroom looked when we moved into this house 8 years ago.  Dark green walls, very bad floral border, ceiling fan.  Oh my.  The first thing we had to do was strip down that border, which was apparently put up with superglue. 

Wall Stickers

Over the last couple of years, I have noticed some promising developments in wall design that doesn’t involve the expense and permanence of wallpaper, painted murals, and the easily-cheesiness of do-it-yourself stenciling. Yay for vinyl wall stickers! Michaels carries some called Hip in a Hurry.  Most are geared for children’s rooms, but there’s one that has […]

Scrabble Tiles

I love to come up with interesting ways to use everyday items in decorating.  Yes, I have even been known to go through my children’s toy box for styling ideas.  Who doesn’t have a game of Scrabble  somewhere in their home?   Scrabble tiles are a great way to graphically express a decorative thought, especially for holiday […]

Vintage Portraits

I have a fabulous oil portrait in my dining room.  If you’ve ever been in my home, you’ve seen her.  If you’ve looked through my blog much, you’ve probably spied her in the corner of many of my pictures.   No, she’s not my grandmother or favorite aunt.  I found her on the side of the […]

Glass Vases, Vessels, and Cloches

You’ve seen how trendy it is to have glass vases, hurricanes, and domes, and cloches on tabletops and in tablescapes, but some of us have difficulty coming up with ideas of what to put into them.  So, here are some ideas for you to try.  I often load them up with fruit like apples or pears […]