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Around My House

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I rarely have time to think about my house.  You've probably noticed that I talk a good game of planning to do things, but truth be told, there just isn't time.  After spending the day planning colors, fabrics, and floor plans for others, I don't have much juice left in the tank at the end of the day for major home improvements.  However, my wheels are turning constantly!  Do I sound like I am complaining?  I'm not - thankful would be more like it.  Just sometimes I wish there was more time to start and finish something in a reasonable amount of time.

All this to say, here is a little glimpse of things around here.


Sometimes changing pillows out makes me feel like I've accomplished something.  I did a little pillow swapping last night and it felt so good!


I changed out a few pictures too and really like the results!  This is from the latest Lulie Wallace calendar.  This bathroom is giving me a time.  The black walls have been great, but I'm feeling a change coming on.  I'm thinking something a little more serene, like maybe sea salt or healing aloe.  And, my fingers are crossed that square tile comes back into vogue before I take my out my sledge hammer.


The other day Mr. and I explored a new to us antique mall.  I scored this little lovely.  My blue and white collection is growing!  Have you found any goodies lately?

P.S.  Have you entered the giveaway?

23 comments:

  1. Pretty photos Rene. Your home is always so nice!

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  2. I love your bathroom tile! I have pale yellow and baby blue! :(

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  3. Oh my goodness, that little ginger jar is adorable...I'm always looking for things like that and usually not finding them--lucky you!

    ~ESM

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  4. looks so good! I've framed three of my Lulie Wallace calendar months so far! I just can't stop! I'm praying that square mauve tile comes back in style asap. I just love the black and white!

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    1. If anyone can make square mauve come back in style, you can Julia! :)

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  5. The square tiles should be back soon, imo. No one has installed them in a decade or two, right? Today's twenty-somethings surely think they are cool - They are so very 70's - so I am guessing they are vintage, now.(fingers crossed for you!)

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    1. These were installed in the 30's so...
      I would like them better if they were staggered. At least they are black & white I suppose.

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  6. Ahhh the black tiles, yes I have a row of them against our white tiles so I am with you on "bring them back".....LOL My walls are just white and in need to painting so not sure what other lighter color I want to use, want to be able to mix things up. I was almost thinking like a sea foam or mint greenish color.

    Oh yeah and I LOVE pillows so you can do no wrong changing them around. :-) Have a blessed day! :-)

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  7. I vote healing aloe, and 4x4" tiles are always stylish, especially in good condition and in black and white! Add your skilled touch and viola!

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  8. So excited about the calendar. I hope the images fit in a standard frame. Must go get one! Love your home.

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  9. Your home looks so beautiful and welcoming!

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  10. The blue and white ... I am on a mission ... it is new to me, so I am a beginner ... but loving the adventure! xo

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  11. I love your black & white bathroom, Rene. I had a black & white tiled bathroom in my last house, and I painted the walls about 10 different colors before finally settling on black also…..which I found so neutral. So easy to change out the art and accessories isn't it? Your home is so pretty.

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    1. So true Lisa - black is easy to work with. Thank you!

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  12. Just picked up 2 blue and white pieces at a flea market. They're so classic. Good find!

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  13. Your home is lovely and I'm considering a soft minty green for my office. With black & white! and maybe some gold. No shopping time lately - feel like I'm missing out!

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    1. Sounds like a fun combo Kim! Thank you!

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  14. Adore your KUBU chair! What is your source?

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  15. I'm right there with you standing at the wishing well, debating square tiles' fate. My bathroom is sporting gold-flecked though. You're jealous, I know.

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  16. When you say you and your husband explored an antique mall I have to tilt my head like a dog....not seeing that happening in my future with mine....he would rather take a nap in the car:) Oh yeah...loving the changes!

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