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Cottage Makeover: Interior Paint and Finish Work

Welcome back! Bad weather has slowed progress on the exterior of the house. However, things are shaping up inside. Electrical, plumbing and painting work are basically finished.   And the wood floors have been refinished and sealed.       Looking from the main living room into the den, you can see how dramatic the barn wood accent wall is.     […]

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Chipped Mutton: A Western Kentucky Treat

Not too long ago, while driving through western Kentucky, I enjoyed my first encounter with one of America’s great micro-regional barbecue specialties: chipped mutton. Barbecued mutton of any sort is hard enough to find. Of the 160 joints Wes Berry visited when compiling The Kentucky Barbecue Book (2013), he found mutton at just 18. With the exception of a few […]

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What Color Is This Dress?

If you think it’s gold, think again… Just kidding! Love it? We do too. Click here to buy. Happy Friday!  Love, your friends at Southern Living

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28 Days of Kitchen Giveaways: Day 27

Every day in February, we’re giving away the essentials you need to stock and update your kitchen. Check in each day to see what it is, and enter for a chance to win! The pots and saucepans in IKEA’s FAVORIT 7-piece Cookware Set ($79.99) are all entirely made of metal, so they’re safe in the oven and on any cooktops, including […]

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Set Your Site on Reese

Roots are in this spring—specifically, those of the Southern variety. Though Reese Witherspoon is just the latest star to jump on the lifestyle site movement (enter Goop, Preserve, etc.), Draper James, her iteration on the Hollywood trend du jour has our attention. We received another scoop yesterday via parenting site Cricket’s Circle on what we can expect from the Nashville-native’s […]

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Crepe Murder Winner #2 — Would You Pay A Dollar For This Tree?

Oooh, the irony of our latest example of crepe murder is just too good. Here we have a most sadly abused plant growing right in front of a Dollar Tree — a store that sells everything for a buck. So the question you must ask yourself now is, “Would I pay a dollar for this tree?”

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Cottage Makeover: Painting the Exterior

Oh, my goodness! I can hardly believe my eyes. We have finally started painting the new brick exterior. As you know, the color is Sherwin-Williams’ Black Fox, and I just love it. It is a muddy, dark gray/brown, and it really gives the house the character I was looking for. We are also making good progress on the back entry porch. […]

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28 Days of Kitchen Giveaways: Day 26

Every day in February, we’re giving away the essentials you need to stock and update your kitchen. Check in each day to see what it is, and enter for a chance to win! We’ve got just the package from World Market for cold brew aficionados, hot coffee devotees, and tea drinkers, too! The Bonavita 1-Liter Stovetop Kettle ($44.99) will sit pretty […]

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Have You Heard the Idea House Buzz?

With five months until the grand reveal of our 2015 Idea House, the countdown is on. An all-star design team is already hard at work planning every last detail of the new modern farmhouse located at Bundoran Farm by Natural Retreats, just outside Charlottesville, Virginia. Our 2014 Custom Builder of the Year Jayson Collier of Summit Custom Homes is the […]

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Belle Chevre: The French Do It

The French do it. Not just at night, mind you. As a general rule, they begin their day with it. Get your mind out of de gutter! Of course, I’m talking about cheese. Cheese for breakfast. Chances are you didn’t grow up having cheese as a main course for breakfast. Growing up in Alabama I certainly didn’t. Eggs and bacon, cereal […]

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