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Dining in the New Year: Boyd Street Bungalow

Already wishing for a new dining nook area here at Boyd Street Bungalow to allow more space (what I have now) and here is what I would like to do.  Found the table at but now need to figure out how to make the corner seating.  This will all begin in the new year.  🙂  Just tucking this away to remind me.  Stay tuned..


Designing with the Rule of Three

We all have our special collections or nicknacks sitting around our home, right?

Heaven knows, I have plenty!  Too much, in fact.  Trying to pare down now here at Boyd Street and at my other old house but that’s another blog for another day… 🙂

The question is.. how do we keep these objects from looking like a hodgepodge of what-nots or thrift store finds and instead display them in an eye appealing,  cohesive design?  Lamps Plus has given 3 good decorating tips in their blog for achieving this look.  The first is the Rule of Three as pictured below.  The concept is that items grouped in threes have more visual appeal.

"Decorating Design Tips"


The triangle in the picture above shows the group of three and how the bottom objects lead the eye to the picture.  For more tips, be sure to click on the LampsPlus link above.  I found it very helpful!


Happy Birthday Lucy: I Still Love You!

I grew up watching I Love Lucy. 

Of course, every home did not have a television set but it helped that my Dad sold TV’s at his butane business in my small Mississippi hometown of Hazlehurst.  He always boasted that we had the first color TV in Hazlehurst.  I don’t know this for a fact but I do know my little face was glued to that TV set for as many hours as my parents would let me watch.

"Happy Birthday I Love Lucy"

And my favorite show was I Love Lucy.  I still watch every re-run I can catch.  It takes me back to a time when life was less complicated, wholesome and somehow, a slower pace.  It calms me down.  Lucy made you laugh when you were sad and happier when you were happy.

Today would have been Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday.  The Early Show had a video of Lucy this morning which is worth watching…

We Still Love Lucy on her 100th

"I Love Lucy"

As a tribute to Lucy, Boyd Street would like to jot down here just a few of her amazing quotes showing what a strong, independent, hard working woman she was…

I’m happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.

If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.

Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’ t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. 

Lucille Ball

Happy Birthday, Lucy!!  I still love you!

Speaking of Dogs: Pets & Designer Rooms (BHG)

No sooner had I posted this morning about decorating for my dogs

I read about Pets and Designer Rooms over at Better Homes and Gardens.  I am a pet lover and truly believe you cannot have a real home without a pet.  Take a look at all the rooms at the link above.

Here’s a pooch sitting on a chintz chair..

"Designing a Room with Pets in Mind"

Better Homes and Gardens

and, of course, we can’t forget those cute felines.  Here’s China the Cat with Ming fabric.

Better Homes and Gardens


A Pop of Orange: Wonder What It Is

Had to say goodbye yesterday… one of my favorite furniture resale stores, Poor Ol’ Bob’s Gettin’ Place in Fairfield, Illinois.  After ten years, they are going out of business.  Bob and his wife Barb have such a flair for selecting pre-owned furniture and decor.   Mostly gathered from estate sales in the St. Louis area, their inventory changed every week and you never knew what “I Can’t Live Without” piece of furniture you would find next.  It definitely kept you on your toes for a good bargain and kept you coming back week after week.

While I was there picking up a piece of furniture I had purchased last year (more on this later), I had to buy one last thing for the road, so to speak.

"Coffee Table Landscape"

Do you see it?  It’s that big pop of ORANGE sitting on the table!  Whatever is it?  You can remove the top so it would be good for storage.  What about to house remotes or paint it at Halloween?  🙂  I don’t know but it was unique enough for me to say “I gotta have it.”

Regardless, it is at home at Boyd Street now and will always be a reminder to me of the good shopping days at Poor Ol’ Bob’s Gettin’ Place.

Decorating for the Dogs: Who Me?

While drinking coffee this morning…

..and reading the latest posts on my Boyd Street Bungalow Facebook page,  I happened upon a post by Lamps Plus talking about decorating for the dog days.  That title perked up my attention thinking they were sprucing up for the last days of summer.  But no… actually it is all about making your pets comfortable in your home.  Had to laugh because I share my office with my best buddies, Milo, Buffy and Abby (or they let me use the room.)

"Decorating for your Dog"

This small room off the kitchen can also be used as a spare guest room when needed.  Just take off the protective dog blanket and whoola, you have an extra bed for overnight guests.

Note to self:  Must paint paneling!

Seems Abby got kicked off the bed…

There was never a doubt I would make a special place for the dogs in my house.  Do you have a special place for your pet?

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Kitchen Catch-All: Solution to a Messy Counter

I don’t know if your home is like Boyd Street’s…

but somehow keys, mail, magazines, grocery lists and heaven knows what else always seem to land on the small kitchen island.  No matter how hard I try to organize and clean each day, it still looks like a mess.

But… the other day while shopping in the office section at Walmart, I came upon what I think is a great solution!

"Kitchen Catch-All"

It’s made of canvas, has metal grommets and hooks and is made to be hung on the wall or as I did here, on the side of an island or desk.  Not too bad for $14!  There are pockets for magazines, bills, grocery lists, and hooks for keys, etc.

I really think someone “handy” could make their own.  If I had my rathers, the bottom pockets would be deeper to hold a business size envelope vertically and the large compartment could have ties on the side to expand or hold items tightly.  Could have been a brighter color, too 🙂

But for now . . .

the messy counter has been eliminated.  Will let you know how long this lasts!  Do you have special ways to keep your counter tops clean?  Would love to hear about them!


Boyd Street Tomatoes: Nothing better..

Was it just about a month ago …

I was wishing for the taste of a homegrown garden tomato?  Well, now I have tomatoes GALORE and am loving it. This year I only planted those nice big ones.. Big Boys and Better Boys.. where one slice will just about cover a sandwich. Nothing better than the distinctive taste of a ripe tomato, still warm from the sun, with a little salt and mayo on bread. Bacon and lettuce are nice but I like the simplicity of just the tomato.

"Homegrown Tomatoes"

The only problem is they are all getting ripe at the same time and am wondering what to do with all this homegrown produce.  The weather is too hot to do much canning.  I really need some easy solutions to save these rare treats.

Help me out here.. What is your favorite ways to use an abundance of tomatoes?

Happy Thursday…

House Crashing: Style For Miles (Young House Love)

Read about at one of my favorite DIY blogs, Young House Love

"Young House Love House Crash"

Young House Love

Take a look at what Sherry and John are up to now… another house crash… this time in the Richmond area and a house so beautifully decorated that they use it for commercials and photoshoots.  Love the painted ladder on the front porch.  Click the photo above to read more…


A Cottage Home: White and Blue Make An Impact (BHG)

White has always been a favorite of mine in decorating but when paired with blue, it really pops (told you I was coming around to liking blue.)  A recent post by BHG shows unique ideas in this decor and thinking outside the box.  Five stars for this BHG post and I’m putting this living room and kitchen in my “inspiration” box!

"White and Blue Cottage Living Room"

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

This kitchen makes me want to start baking something.  What a neat idea for an old window!

"White and Blue Cottage Kitchen"

Better Homes and Gardens


Be sure to follow the link above to see all the pictures of this inspiring cottage re-do.


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