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Make Your Own Perfume

You guys, I have a treat for you today. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on turning AKA into a blog full of contributors. But today I am giving the floor to my sweet friend, Rebecca MacIntosh. I met Rebecca a few years ago shortly after Dean and I started going to our church. She and I didn’t get to… 

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Happy DIY Kitchen

This room was originally a 1980’s traditional kitchen, wood and tile everywhere! Katie totally overhauled this space on a {DIY} budget. She painted the cabinets herself, going from light wood to White Dove, added sleek IKEA drawer pulls, installed new stainless steel sink and faucet. Katie installed marble mosaic back-splash and hired professionals for our… 

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Family Photos

This weekend we got to be the stars of our very own photo shoot. Kinda sorta. Dean and I are really bad at making sure we get family photos done regularly. I think the last ones were several years ago, like when Megan was a baby. Bad parents, I know. Anyway, we bypassed Walmart and… 

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Light, Bright Traditional Bathroom

This bathroom is tiny but Heather has tried to keep it airy, light and bright with the decor. She used repositionable wall decals to give the space a touch of nature. Green damask towels in pretty green and white and a basket of starfish and capiz balls add a spa like feel to this bathroom…. 

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Country Kitchen Restoration

Cindy and Gary’s home is 113 years old. They began restoring and renovating 10 years ago while living there so they gutted one room at a time: rewiring plumbing, insulating, replaced windows and doors etc. Cindy says, “It is our passion to restore this home to its former beauty.” Visit Glass Slipper Restorations for more… 

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Chalkboard Subway Tile Backsplash Kitchen

Angela’s home had standard builder grade oak cabinets when she purchased it. With some paint she completely transformed the look for less than $300. New hardware, a faucet, blinds and paint are all Angela used! Visit The Blooming Hydrangea for more of Angela’s Chalkboard Subway Tile Backsplash Kitchen.

Southern Screened Porch

Christy built her home in 2004 so this porch was a blank slate. It has evolved over the years with the addition of vintage restored iron furniture, thrift and consignment store finds, and added treasures along the way. It is a family and friend favorite! Nothing beats a southern styled screened porch! Visit Our Southern… 

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4 Burlap Projects

Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? We were incredibly busy, but it was a fun couple of days! We shopped (for summer sports equipment and clothes), we ate out (a lot!), we celebrated a friend’s birthday, we worshiped and we had family photos taken by a fabulous photographer (we’ll show you those later)! In the meantime,… 

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Budget Media Room

Leslie cleared the room of toys and unusable furniture and replaced with “new” things collected over several months from thrift stores, Craig’s List etc. The big item in the room, the sectional was bartered for painting services. It truly is a room on a budget. Visit Paper Daisy Designs for more of Leslie’s Budget Media… 

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Friday Love List

TGIF! I so love Fridays! I have a sweet friend coming for tea this morning… But then I have to work on our Taxes. Ack! It’s my goal to hire an accountant again next year instead of DIYing it like we have for the last couple of years. This week’s Love List has a new… 

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Shabby Chic Laundry and Mud Room Combo

Anne took a bare bones space and turned it into a pretty, bright, functional laundry and mudroom combo with a garden theme and inexpensive storage! Visit DesignDreams by Anne for more of her Shabby Chic Laundry and Mud Room Combo.


Build Your Blog | Thistlewood Farms | KariAnne

Last week I had the extreme pleasure of talking with KariAnne of ThistleWood Farms fame on the phone. You know, the girl whose house looks like this: Um, yes. Drooling much? I’ll wait while you wipe your chin… Well, if you’ve ever visited Thistlewood, you know that KariAnne has the most amazing story-telling ability. She… 

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Cottage in the Oaks Dining Room

The place Daune’s family gathers many times a day (and spends a lot of time homeschooling) is their dining room. They built a wall-length sideboard to house all of their serving pieces for entertaining; as well as extra dishes and appliances. Visit Cottage in the Oak’s for more of their cottage dining room.    … 

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