Paint Colors: In Photos vs ‘Real Life’

I’ve gotten lots of emails asking for paint colors used in various rooms/ specific projects.  And I’ve been so terrible about answering them.  (I’m sorry!!)  My first excuse is that when I don’t remember them off of the top of my head, I put off going down to where our paint is stored or opening a […]

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June 28, 2010

Congratulations Class of 2010

This past week, Fairfax County’s seniors, the Class of 2010, graduated.  My husband, David, teaches English at our local high school, and was voted by the seniors to give the Commencement speech at the graduation ceremony.  He was introduced at graduation as “hard & crunchy on the outside but soft & chewy in the middle.”  The student speaker […]

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June 26, 2010

Justin’s Baptism

We have family in town so I need to be quick but wanted to share a couple of pics from Justin’s Baptism yesterday.  (above) Also, I’ll write more later about THE BEST SANDWICH EVER (pictured below) Hope your weekend was great!! […]

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June 22, 2010

Truth in Design

Honesty in art & design…  It’s often a very elusive thing to achieve.  I find that I’m constantly searching for an understanding of how to create honest, true, “real” designs.  It’s not an easy task and one that I’ve made it a goal to get better at through the years. {Darryl Carter in his DC townhome featured […]

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June 19, 2010

Outdoor Harvest Table

Last week my husband, Dave, surprised me with a huge truckload of weathered old barnwood.  A barn nearby had fallen down and the owners were looking to unload some of the wood…  And he made a massive (15 plus feet) outdoor harvest table!!   We currently have no place to put it but are working on a gravel […]

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June 16, 2010

Hosta in the House and Some News

warning: please ignore water drops & baby formula powder on counter! It’s been a typical morning here! 😉 As you might know, I’m all for easy, simple prettiness.  I love using what we have to make the house feel good, and right now, we have some massive hosta leaves.  My mom gave the plants to us last year […]

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June 11, 2010

The Fun-Shed

We’ve pretty much finished our shed/playhouse project and we are having so much fun hanging out in it!  To check out all of the inspiration sheds, check out this post here.  When we bought the house (about a year ago) this shed (below) was on the property sitting on a concrete slab.  It leaked and […]

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June 9, 2010

"What We’ve Learned" at Velvet and Linen

It’s Monday already and time seems to just be flying by!! We had a perfect chill weekend – just what we needed and now I cannot wait until school’s out for the summer!!  (My husband, Dave, teaches…  and it’s quite possible that teachers love summer vacation even more than the students.)   {Brooke & Steve […]

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June 7, 2010



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