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A Gracious Traditional Dining Room

Decorating a gracious traditional dining room with aqua blue walls, wainscoting, french provincial details, and luxury fabrics

We have been in our new house almost 10 months! Wow! I can hardly believe it.  We have accomplished so much least of which is new wiring, new kitchen appliances (the old ones all quit within about a week-ha), and about 40% of the wallpaper is gone! I’ve been slowly working on decorating plans for …

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8 Tricks to DIY Wainscoting

DIY Wainscoting in the Dining Room. Learn the tricks to putting up molding on penderandpeony.com

Progress is finally being made on our renovations! Progress you can really see! Over the weekend S. and I completed our dining room DIY wainscoting and chair rail project. Who am I kidding? S. did most of the work; he is a jack of all trades: a mechanic, a carpenter, and one hell of a …

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Color Scheming: Why I Chose a Home Color Scheme

515 Vista Color Scheme. See more at penderandpeony.com

Choosing paint colors, as I’m sure you agree, is one of the most fun and difficult aspects of home decorating.  You get to play around with color and use your imagination.  Plus paint collections have such creative names — who doesn’t want their walls tradewind blue or sea salt gray or indigo batik?  But this …

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The Benefits of a Home Design Collage

A Home Design Collage is really useful. Learn more at penderandpeony.com

I  Southern Living, and I know y’all to do! This month’s issue featured the Southern Living 50th Anniversary Idea House.  Its gorgeous. Go check it out if you haven’t.  Anyway the spread inspired me to do an actual home design collage or mood board instead of just a digital one for my whole house. …

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Liberate Your Walls! Wallpaper Removal Tips

Have you been putting off wallpaper removal in your house? Do you find a million other things to do every time you think of tackling it? Is the fetal position one of them? Well, if your growing accustomed to those acid colored daises in the kitchen or you find yourself naming those cute little ducks …

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Master Bedroom Design Board

Master Bedroom Design

We are about to hit the four month mark living in our new house!  While S. is busy replacing all of the old technical/electrical systems, I am daydreaming about decor and tackling the dated wallpaper.  In general, I have vague ideas for what each room in the house will look like or how it will …

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Remodeling and Decor Inspirations

We’ve officially been in our new house two months!  Here are some design inspirations for our remodeling plans:                   As I finish this post, some important design themes are popping out at me: First, my desire for a black, white, and gold color scheme in the bathrooms …

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New Adventures in Tennessee

In March S. and I embarked on a tremendous change. We left good ole Caroline for the Tennessee foothills. That’s right I no longer live under a Carolina sky. We’ve traded our blue for orange, and we are learning the lyrics to “Rocky Top.” But the view of the Appalachian valley from our new house …

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