Blue Hydrangea, How I Love Ya'

It's no secret that I have a soft spot for pretty flowers, especially when I'm able to clip them from our own yard. Do I love gardening? Not really. It gets very hot and humid here in Tennessee during the summer months and I try to avoid activities that make me sweat profusely. So pulling weeds and coddling plants is definitely not my thing. But I do love pretty flowers, especially hydrangeas and peonies, which we are fortunate to have both in our yard. 

Designer DIY - Kitchen Soap Dispenser Bottle

Here's a super simple project that you can do in no time. It's a recycled, upcycled, DIY, designer project that will make your kitchen a little prettier and needs no tools or paint! Sound too good to be true? It's true, I promise!

15 Fresh Ideas for Small Entryways

Let's face it, we don't all live in mansions with large entryways or mud rooms. So sometimes it takes some very creative thinking to carve out a stylish landing zone for your keys, mail, shoes, purse, etc. Our 1960's home has a really small entryway and it's been quite a challenge to make it functional while keeping it pretty. 

Need some ideas for your small entryway? Then keep reading because I'm sharing some beautiful small entryways with wonderful ideas for storage and decor.

27 Reasons You Should Be Using Wallpaper

Wallpaper! Here's a great resource for wallpaper terms, types, and sources. - Postcards from the Ridge

Have you noticed? Wallpaper is making a big comeback. You've probably seen it recently on Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, and other popular decorating shows as well as in trendy home decor magazines. And it's definitely not your grandmother's wallpaper. There are some amazing designs and some papers that are actually easy to remove. No joke. In my previous retail career I sold wallpaper (and lots of other home improvement things) for over 25 years. I've learned a lot about it and am sharing some of it in this post. I'm featuring 27 winning wallpaper patterns here today along with some tips and terms and various types of wallpapers.

How to Shop Estate Sales Like a Pro + 23 Fab Finds

Great tips for estate sale hunting! Plus ideas on how to get good prices, where to find certain treasures, and what you should expect to pay.

It's estate sale season! Shopping at estate sales can be so much fun. They're like a treasure hunt and a midnight madness sale all rolled up in one. I've been shopping at them for 20+ years and some of my favorite things have been estate sale finds. When I first started going to them it felt a little weird and sad to be going through someone else's belongings, but then I realized that I was giving these items a new lease on life and keeping them out of the dump. By the time an estate sale happens the family has usually gotten everything they want from the home and anything you buy is helping them to empty the house and get it prepared for new owners. The ulitimate in recycling! Today I'm sharing my best estate sale shopping tips and some of my favorite finds.

Designers' Favorite Cool Neutral Paint Colors

Designers' favorite cool neutral paint colors from Benjamin Moore with room photos. They all coordinate so nicely! Postcards from the Ridge

Since my last post was sharing how NOT to choose paint colors (go here for that), today's post is a roundup of some of the most popular cool neutral paint colors from Benjamin Moore. Cool neutrals are (ironically) the hottest paint colors these days and they're what you see on shows like Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop. The colors shown here can all be used together as a palette or any one of them would be perfect for the entire house. There are photos of each color so you can get an idea how they look in a room setting. Let me know which one is your favorite!

5 Ways NOT to choose a paint color

How NOT to choose a paint color. Plus the best ways to pick them. Great tips for narrowing down the gazillion choices! Postcards from the Ridge

We all want that perfect paint color. You know, the one that makes your home look like it should be featured in your favorite magazine. But while there are always several good paint color choices for your space, there is not one perfect color. I'm sharing some of my best insider tips with you today on how not to choose a paint color as well as the best ways to make a good choice.

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