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Christmas in July!

July 21, 2018

I just had the best weekend ever! When I was growing up in Ohio, I had four great friends I hung around with in school, girl scouts, church and everything else important in our 8-14 year old lives:

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I am on the left if you could not guess. What do you think of my orange plaid pants? LOL I moved away from my group of friends when I was only 14 years old. Went clear across the country to MA with my family where I am still around. It was a very hard time.

But can you believe that this past weekend, after 45 years! we got together here at my home in NH! We clicked right away again and brought up old memories and laughed and laughed and laughed all weekend!

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We are reversed in order from the first photo. Such a great time we had. Somehow we starting talking about  parties. Did you all ever hear of a Christmas in July party?

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I never have but can’t wait to have one! For those who do not know what Christmas in July is, around July 25, people have a summer party get-together and the theme is Christmas.

Food:

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More food:

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Decorations:

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Lights:

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And Centerpieces:

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I think it is a great idea for a summer party! I found all kinds of ideas on Pinterest here. So much fun! I love the idea. Have you ever had a Christmas in July party? Please share details!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Updating Your Trim/Molding

July 14, 2018

Are you wanting to change your look in a room, but stained molding is stopping/preventing you from getting the fresh, clean and updated look you are yearning for? I have another solution. No, I am not talking about gorgeous historical or custom made trim work like this:

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I am talking about the too small and thin stained molding that looks like eyeliner on the top and bottom of your wall:

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A solution? Read More

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron

July 10, 2018

If you are searching for a rich, warm black that adds drama, then Wrought Iron 2124-10 is the perfect choice for you. You will absolutely love this color!  :

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Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron is a black/gray paint color that is less harsh than black. Many think of this color as a black, but  I think it can also fit in the category of charcoal gray:

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It is a deep dark gray with a softness and warmth to it. When compared to other blacks it is noticeably lighter and more gray:Read More

Lessons On the Other Side of Buying/Selling a Home

July 7, 2018

fter all of these years giving advice to people buying or selling a home, it is very strange being on the other side of the fence . I have learned a few  interesting facts I thought you might enjoy.

For instance, I thought my home was decorated well:

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But not to the realtor. She made me take everything down and now it looks so empty to me:

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She did that in almost every room. At least I have good wall colors! I just read an article that said that grays and whites are best and red is the worst color to paint interior walls because it is strongly disliked by many. BUT, the same article says red is a great front door color and it is universally well received. Speaking of front doors,  the biggest boost came from a black or charcoal gray front door—studies found that homes with a front door in one of these colors could sell for $6,271 more than expected! sourceRead More

Home Office Bookshelves Complete & How to Find Stuff for Styling Bookshelves

June 30, 2018

The original plans were that our new office would be finished by the end of May. What is the date today? July 1. Has this ever happened to you? Of course it has.

But it  is coming out beautifully. My husband Mike has put a lot of time and work into designing and building these shelves. I thought before the final show of the room, I would give you a few ideas on how to find items to display to make your bookshelves beautiful!:

new shelvesBefore I can even start to decorate; BIG TIP: When you hire electricians for a job, make sure you tell them exactly where the plugs will be. I assumed, wrong, that they would put the plugs close to bottom of shelf or anywhere else besides where they put them in the middle of the wall. Duh. So before I do anything, I have to cover the plugs:

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Better. My first place to look for items to style the shelves is shopping my own home. In closets, basement and cupboards. I have tons of stuff from over the years! I knew that the very top shelf of the bookcase would look best with one simple accessory that one, looks good and two, takes up room. That can be a tray or I like to use a basket:Read More