The Moving Chronicles: Exterior + Path

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Hello Monday… how are you doing on this 27th day of July? I hope your weekend was good.

This is what mine looked like…

Exterior home staging tips

…this photo sums it up, hard work and DIY sweat to start getting our house ready for the real estate market.

If you haven’t read my posts in a while, Ed and I made the decision to move. We don’t have a new home yet, but are planning a trip in the early fall to find a perfect abode along a lake or river somewhere south of Pennsylvania.

For the next few months, I will keep you updated on our progress and journey along with a few staging tips.

House-staging-tips

Ed and I moved 5 times until we landed at this house. We became quite good at packing and moving.  We have sold 4 houses before and know what it takes to get a house ready to sell. We moved his parents 3 times and mine once. It takes work, a long list of “To-Do’s” and LOTS of decision making.

After Ed lost his job and didn’t find a new one in the area, we knew we would eventually move and have been getting rid of un-wanted stuff for a while now with basement, attic and garage purges. Even with all that done, we still need to purge more. A dumpster is arriving in our driveway this week. I have a thrift store picking up lots of items and am even putting a few items up on Craig’s List…. 

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Five For Friday

Yay it is Friday! - Fridays are consistently the day most of us look forward to each week and that's even more true during the summer months. I am taking the day off from projects and am sharing five things with you today about myself that you may not know.  A … Continue Reading...

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Clothes Closet Organizing Ideas

What's behind your closet door?  Are there neat piles of folded sweaters and orderly rows of shoes?  Or do you have a single, straining closet rod filled with squished clothing and one shelf filled with toppling stacks of sweaters and t-shirts? Most of us … Continue Reading...

Have you taken the Summer Tour of Homes this year. 25 bloggers share their homes. This is always an inspiring tour every year.

Summer Tour Of Homes 2015

Summer has not officially begun on the calendar, but it has in my house, both inside and out. Today I am taking part in the Summer Tour of Homes, hosted by Gina of The Shabby Creek Cottage. If you are following the tour and coming from City … Continue Reading...

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Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

Are you ready to celebrate the arrival of summer?  I am!  A few friends, along with Ed and I, headed over to our good friends, Harry and Toni's house this past weekend for some casual outdoor entertaining in the form of a "no-dining table dinner … Continue Reading...

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How I Changed the Color on Rush Seat Chairs

If you follow me on Instagram...do you remember these chairs I posted about that I saw at HomeGoods? I love them and want them, but want is different from need.  I have perfectly nice dining room chairs that were handed down to me from my mom and … Continue Reading...

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Hand Lettering a Card for a Wedding Gift

It is that time of year again...the season of weddings, graduations and more has begun. I have been invited to two weddings at the end of May, as my luck would have it they are both on the same day. :-( Ed and I always like to give the newlyweds or a … Continue Reading...

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Smiling Bookshelves in My Bedroom

I completed the last big part of my bedroom makeover last week.  If you have been following along, I didn't do anything drastic to the room, but did update and refresh the space so that it would be more bright and airy. I don't have a before photo of … Continue Reading...

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day

I am posting a quick hello to you this Mother's Day weekend.  If you enjoy my blog, posts and projects, you have one person to thank.... my mom. She is no longer living, but she had a huge influence on me and my designing life. You can read all about her in … Continue Reading...

How to set up a bloggers photo studio in your home

Part 3: Blogging Journey

If you have been following my blogging journey posts, Part 1 and Part 2. I am continuing the series today. I am sharing the part of blogging I love best; well second best since you are my favorite part of blogging.  I know this part of my journey may be of … Continue Reading...

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House Sweet Home

I hope you had a nice weekend. It was a beauty here on the east coast - perfect 80 degree sunny days. Bliss.  I spent Saturday getting the outside of the house cleaned up and prepared for outdoor living. Ed and I hit the garden store twice. He worked harder … Continue Reading...

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Part 2: My Blogging Journey

Today I am continuing to Part 2 of my post about my blogging journey. If you missed Part 1, you can read it, here.  Before I pick up where I left off, thanks for all the emails and comments you left last week. XO I am happy to know that you enjoyed the … Continue Reading...

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More Free Artwork for My Bedroom

If you ever read the "About Me" page on my blog, then you know I adore old movies, especially ones with Cary Grant, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Audrey Hepburn, and Rosalind Russell. These are my favorites...Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, Sunday in New York, Roman … Continue Reading...

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Roll Into The Weekend…

Do you have any plans to paint this weekend? If you do, the May issue of HGTV magazine has lots of inspiration for you.  It is filled with ideas using paint, along with new tools, tips, and creative DIY painting projects to help you imprint your style on … Continue Reading...

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Part 1: My Blogging Journey

I have been blogging for 6 years and have only written piecemeal about why and how I started In My Own Style. Last week, I was reminded of my blogging journey when I read a post Ed wrote on his blog.  Did you know that my husband has a website? He does. I … Continue Reading...

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How to Paint a Vinyl Floor + Linen Closet

This week I passed a huge milestone in my life.  I was able to cross off the last space in my house on my declutter/purge list.  If you have been following my blog, you know this has been an ongoing project... decluttering every room. It started with my attic … Continue Reading...

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How to Organize in Style Using Dollar Store Baskets

Remember the before image of the linen closet I showed you last week?  Well, I don't quite have the full reveal to show you yet.  It has been warm and sunny here the past few days.  After the long and cold winter, it felt so good to spend time outdoors in the … Continue Reading...