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52 In Decorating

The Art Of Arranging Everyday Elements

Hello Beautiful! Yes that would be you Dear Friends:) I want to Welcome you to my brand new site and say a huge “Thank You” for coming over for a visit.  Shall we start?

As a little girl growing up on my family’s farm in Arkansas, I learned the beautiful art of arranging every day elements together to enhance my surroundings. Many summer days were spent running barefoot through the garden picking pink Zinnia’s that later would be placed in jelly jars for the kitchen table. A warm breeze gave way to spending time sipping sweet tea on the porch while fashioning clover chain necklaces. Summer was also the perfect time to construct a make shift house using one of my mom’s hand stitched quilts. With the quilt hung over a clothesline, it was then adorned with a collection of found heart shaped rocks.

A love of design assembly and knack for “putting things together” was forged from those early childhood experiences in Arkansas. My career path as a photographer and stylist has been a natural progression that has allowed me to share my inspiration with others.

A little “pop” of purple is the perfect contrast to crisp white sheets. I placed a blooming hyacinth bulb in an old berry basket and used purple tissue paper to hide the dirt. One of my favorite vintage tricks to decorate with is to use a framed print as a tray to hold objects by the bed. In this case, it was the right size for my purple hyacinth. I picked up the framed print (8 x 12) at a flea market for $5.00.

Notice the two pillow cases behind the plant? They are thrift store finds that I dyed to get a couple of shades of purple. In the projects section of my site, I will give you a couple of ideas on how to dye your own linens.

Dried lavender is always wonderful to use as well~ the smell and tiny pellets of color is lovely especially next to your bed.

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52 Comments

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    listen to this podcast
    August 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    The 6-foot-8 Fister managed to do it at.

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    Ariel Skjei
    August 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot. I’m hoping to offer one thing again and help others such as you helped me.

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    article spinner
    February 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    nice post and very informative. definitely worth bookmarking

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    Debbie mangual
    February 16, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Hi Carol I just love All your work … Your pictures are so amazing… kudos on everything you have accomplish !!!

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    Travel Offers
    February 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Man I like this comment and it is so good and I am gonna bookmark it. One thing to say the Indepth analysis this article has is trully remarkable.Who goes that extra mile these days? Well Done.. Just one more tip you caninstall a Translator Application for your Global Readers ..

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    Tammy
    February 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Who needs coffee in the moring to get my eyes in focus. I can come here and soak in all this beauty and charges my battery for the day. My goodness, you sure do have an eye for photography and layout. The site is pure perfection.
    God bless your day and adventures.

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    Leah
    February 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Carol, I am a RN who loves all the beautiful things that you do. Am looking for courage to build a venture around that beauty. Love this site and would feel blessed to have advice from you.Leah

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    Susan Hemann
    February 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Love your blog. Have always been a heart collector. I even have a heart shaped rock! I have4 lavender plants in my garden and this year, if Spring ever comes, will be planting more!

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    Samudra
    February 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Good day! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects? Thank you!

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      admin
      February 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Thank You so much~There are so many try doing a blog search on Google and you will find a ton of inspiration:)

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    lisa
    February 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Carol,
    Just beautiful. I’m so interested in learning your tips on coloring linens & fabric. The shade of lavender is perfect, not too purple-y. Can’t wait to meet you in May.
    Lisa

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    Judith
    February 8, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Congrats on the new blog. It is beautiful. I look forward to visiting often.

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    Alice
    February 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    What a beautiful place you made for us here! I enjoyed reading about your childhood memories, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for us.

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    Judith
    February 7, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Hello Beautiful yourself! The site is gorgeous, but that was no surprise at all – looking forward to following you here too!

    Hugs, Judith

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    andrea
    February 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I adore your new site….and love the direction your going. And might I add…am sooo loving your pale purple linens…can’t wait till you show us how to do that.

    xoxo, Andrea

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    Anne-Fiona and Twig
    February 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I am so excited for this new adventure of yours, Carol!
    If anyone deserves to be a dot.com, it would be YOU! 🙂

    Looking forward to all the inspiration you will be providing!

    Hugs,
    Anne

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    Vicki
    February 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Carol
    The New site is just so elegant! How lucky are we that you will share your talents!

    You mentioned coloring pillowcases,I wanted to try ritz color remover…any suggestions?

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    Laura
    February 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I found it….duh! Here is where I leave my comment raving about your new site! It is positively gorgeous and I shall be glued to every post! Thank you for sharing all your tips and creative talents!
    Lots of love, Laura

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    lori miller
    February 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Oh Carol I just love the new site! What a fresh look. I am on the hunt for some help and ideas for a re-make of my site. Is that part of your new offerings???

    Love the pillow cases….just a hint of color.
    Lori

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    Jody
    February 5, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Congratulations! The photos are beautiful and just the reminder I needed that spring will arrive again 🙂

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    Cathleen alyce
    February 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Carol,
    Your new site is just beautiful…of course! You are such a talented lady and so very helpful with all your tips and ideas. Looking forward to your tips on fabric dye.
    Thank you so much…
    Cathleen

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      admin
      February 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Hi Cathleen~ So sweet of you and Thank YOU so much for the continued support:) Blessings, Carol

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    Pam W
    February 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Carol- As always I am amazed by your talent-the site is beautiful, and I can’t wait for the tips on fabric dye! Thank you for sharing!

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      admin
      February 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      Thank You so very much Pam~ Hopefully I can get that post up soon:) Blessings, Carol

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    gabrielle messina
    February 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Carol, it’s a stunning room! I’m in love with the hand dyed thrift store pillows!!! They just say “spring”!! You always have such beautiful ideas! your new site is lovely… sigh

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      admin
      February 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      Well Thank You so much Gabrielle:) Those thrift store pillows are really easy to do plus not much cost involved:)) Blessings, Carol

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    Holly
    February 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Hello Carol
    This is just lovely….I could almost smell the fresh sunshine dried linens and feel the breeze blowing in through the curtained window. Thanks so much for the “touch” of spring!

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      admin
      February 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Ahh Thank You Holly~ Just needed a bit of Spring to counter the blizzard and cabin fever:) Blessings, Carol

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    pamq
    February 4, 2011 at 7:36 am

    ooooo…this is going to be fun!

    Love the framed print/tray idea….

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      admin
      February 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks so much Pam:)) Just love those simple decorative ideas:) Blessings, Carol

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    Angela
    February 4, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Very nice! Congrats on your new venture!

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      admin
      February 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Thank You Angela:) Blessings, Carol

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    Theresa-Garden Antqs Vintage
    February 4, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Carol, so excited for you about your new site. Can’t wait to see more. Will you be in Texas for the Spring show, T

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      admin
      February 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Thank You Ms 411 Sweet T:)) I’m not sure about Texas this spring but you know that you’re always close to my heart:)) Hugs, Carol

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    Stephanie
    February 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Gorgeous images as always, but I loved reading about those idyllic summer days of childhood. Tell us more, more! (Please!)

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      admin
      February 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Oh Thank You~ I did have a fun childhood Thanks to my sweet Mom:)) Blessings, Carol

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    Shar Y
    February 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Carol, the new site is just lovely. I really look forward to more. I have followed your posts for well over a year now and always am delighted when I see a new post delivered to my Google reader. Thank you for sharing your beauty and talents with us.

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      admin
      February 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Thank You so much Shar~ you just brought a smile to my face. Blessings, Carol

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    Boom
    February 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    So beautiful..I am bookmarking this new site. Thank you for sharing.

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      admin
      February 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Thank You so very much:) More to come:) Blessings, Carol

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    Lisa Hajda
    February 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    What fun, Carol! This is so exciting!

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      admin
      February 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Thank You Lisa:) Blessings, Carol

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    April Nichole
    February 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    The new site looks great! Congrats!

    I love that you featured purple. 🙂 I just re-vamped my totally light green bedroom by trading out some green for warm white and soft purple. It’s perfect now…and those purple accents are so calming. Glad to see that I wasn’t too far off the mark! 🙂

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      admin
      February 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Oh April what a beautiful Your bedroom really sounds so pretty:)) Thank You, Carol

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    Deb
    February 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Congratulations honey. I know what work this took and I am proud of you for your tenacity! Onward!

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      admin
      February 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Thank You Darlin:)) Hugs, Carol

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    Debra@CommonGround
    February 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Carol, love your new site. Enjoyed hearing about your childhood. Mine was similar, a rural farmhouse here in sw Missouri. Gorgeous photos as always, I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re up to at your store!
    xo,
    Debra

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      admin
      February 3, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks so much Debra~ I hope to bring lots more about that childhood:) Hugs, Carol

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    Sarah
    February 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Carol,
    Your new site is absolutely gorgeous and I really enjoyed reading your childhood memories and how they have helped you with the beauty you create now.
    I have really enjoyed following your blog…it was one of the first ones I started reading and have been taken with you ever since. Everything you do is just beautiful and so inspirational ~ I’m excited with this new blog!
    Sarah xo

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      admin
      February 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      So sweet of you Sarah~ I hope to share lots more on both of the blogs:)) Many Blessings, Carol

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    chasity
    February 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    this is beautiful carol…
    i enjoyed going back with you on your journey to childhood.
    i have many sweet memories like these~
    it’s nice to visit there when it’s so cold and dreary out.

    i look forward to all your new blog will bring.

    best wishes~
    chasity

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      admin
      February 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you Chasity:) Still trying to learn my way around the new site but should be fun:) Blessings, Carol

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