A New Duvet and Bed Skirt

I have been wanting to replace my old bedding as it’s getting pretty worn.  We have a king-sized bed and everything I liked was expensive.  I had recently bought the Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic petticoat Euro Sham,and I loved it.  (Read about it here.)  So I ordered the petticoat duvet.

(picture from Rachel Ashwell's shabby chic website

(picture from Rachel Ashwell’s shabby chic website

It was beautiful, absolutely beautiful.  Just like the euro sham I had ordered previously.  And I hated it.  I think it was just too many ruffles and it is extremely heavy.    It is 100% linen.  And truly beautiful.  It just wasn’t me.  I requested a return number, which is required to send it back.  And they were very gracious about it and quickly refunded my money.  I will still purchase many things from them as I love her products and find them to be of excellent quality.

I was disappointed, but continued my search.  I looked at Soft Surroundings and fell in love with their cotton/linen blend duvet with one ruffle.  I ordered it and the bedskirt at very reasonable prices and I’m thrilled with them.


The picture above shows the ruffle on the duvet.  Below is the bed skirt.



And here’s the bed itself.  We’ve had this bed forever and it is very tall.  I’m a tall woman and I still use a step stool to get into it.  One of the bedposts even has a bullet embedded in it but that’s a story for another time.

DSC_2688As usual, I didn’t put up all of the cords and miscellaneous items that aren’t picture-worthy.  Please don’t judge, people.  We really live in our house.

UPDATE – the duvet got dirty (no surprise with 3 dogs in the house) and I washed it and dried it. It shrunk so much I was unable to use it. I was really disappointed. I’m on the lookout for a durable, washable replacement.


A Beautiful Gift

A few month’s ago, I emailed Laurie at Heaven’s Walk and asked her to make me a dream catcher.  Laurie makes some of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen.  During that time, Laurie’s mother and father died, and she was heartbroken.  I told her not to create the dream catcher until she was ready.  I wanted her to have time to mourn.

A little while later, the ;package came in the mail.


It was beautifully wrapped.


It even had a sweet note tucked in the ribbon.  I opened it and was amazed at the beauty she created.


I’d given her very little direction, asking her to make it from her heart, and if you know Laurie,  you know she has a beautiful, loving heart.


So I asked that a heart be incorporated into it.

DSC_2667I also asked for a cross.

The rest she put together.



But that’s not all that came from Laurie.  There was a second package, also beautifully wrapped.


And inside was a beautiful, sacred heart that Laurie made out of clay.  I was so touched and so happy to have it.

DSC_2681It’s on the silver tray.  Do yourself a favor and visit her website.  She lives in a wonderful farmhouse with amazing gardens.




My daughter, Kathryn, loves Halloween best of all the holidays.  Her brother feels pretty much the same way.  She decorated the interior of our house as well as the exterior. Let’s check out the exterior first.  It’s overcast and thundering today so the pictures aren’t the best.

First, outside.  Hidden in the hedges are all kinds of creepy creatures:



Be careful when you come to our front door:  According to the sign, there’s a vampire on duty.


And he’s not alone.   The witch is also in.


And that’s only if you happen to get by the lovely couple on the porch:


And there’s a few ghosts:



And now to the inside.  The top of our antique buffet is covered in various items.



And here is our mantel:




The grate in front of the fireplace:

The skeleton hanging between the mantel and the television:

Obviously we use skulls in our decore:




Some members of the family just aren’t impressed:








Bella the Wonder Dobie was not available for a picture. She was snoozing out in the sun.

So, if you’re feeling brave, and maybe wearing some garlic, come on by!


New pillow and sneaky dog

New Pillow

New Pillow

I have been craving some new Shabby Chic style in my bedroom and finally broke down and ordered the Petticoat Teal Euro Sham.  I love it!  It wasn’t cheap but so worth it.  It’s beautifully made and HUGE.  I love the muted color.  I want to slowly build my bedding so that it looks like some of the beds I see on other blogs.  I haven’t mastered the art of the messy bed yet, and yes, it is an art.  To have it unmade and look lovely is not easy.

Laurie's guest bed

Laurie’s guest bed

Notice the casual way the pillows are laid on Laurie’s guest bed?  The picture above is from her website, http://heavens-walk.blogspot.com/. Please go visit her site – she makes the most beautiful dream catchers and her home is such a peaceful, serene, beautiful country home.

Sneaky Dog

Sneaky Dog

Notice the little dog curled up between the pillows.  Pilar helps to “style” my pillow selection and make it a little less serious.



Pilar is an adorable Chihuahua who prefers my bed to her’s.  She feisty and fun and spoiled.

Messy bed and armoire

Messy bed and armoire

Amanda at notsoperfectmess.blogspot.com has mastered the art of the messy, casual bed. It makes me want to crawl in it and grab a good book and relax. And I love, love, love her armoire. We saw one like it at the antiques fair at Round Top but it was too tall for our ceilings.

Our bedroom

Our bedroom

I do love our bedroom, but I’ve grown tired of seeing the same old, same old.  I want to redo it in stages, beginning with collecting beautiful bedding and moving on to painting and replacing some furniture.  Although, in a shocking move, Farm Boy said he didn’t care if I painted our furniture white.  He’s been against it for years!!!

Urban Farmgirl's guest bedroom

Urban Farmgirl’s guest bedroom

I absolutely adore this guest bedroom at Urbanfarmgirlandco.blogspot.com. I love the planked wall, the finish on it, the Cabbages and Roses fabric, the light coming through the nearly sheer curtains, the white furniture…..because the Cabbages and Roses fabric can be pricey, I ordered some pillows off ebay. I ordered 3 of them in different colorways and played with them on my bed, but in truth, it just didn’t work for me. I knew I wasn’t going to plank the wall because we may decide to sell this house and that would be a whole lotta nail holes to patch. We keep blinds and curtains on our bedroom windows and don’t let the sun shine through too much because it’s so hot here in Texas. I could paint my furniture, but without the planked wall and the sun shining through it just didn’t work. My heart didn’t sing.

New Pillow

New Pillow

When I opened my euro pillow sham from Shabby Chic Couture, my heart sang, my eyes opened wide and I smiled.  And I knew this was the direction I was meant to go in.

And that’s the wonderful part of blog land.  You can see so many different ideas on the various blogs and pinterest until you find what works for you.  I have even ordered a dream catcher from Laurie because it feels right.  What about you?  Do you have a specific style that makes you happy, whether it’s “in” or “not”?