Here is just a small sampling of the photos that Tiffany Burke took for our friends, Kelly & Cherisse, on their wedding day.

Tiffany makes me wish that Will and I could do our big day all over again, just so that she could capture it all for us!

Enjoy the photos...

So pretty.

And so Kelly & Cherisse!

She captured them perfectly.


A bit of info for the locals:

Tiffany is based up in Bellingham, but she travels to take photos! Yep, even all the way down here. Our friends' wedding was in Puyallup. So don't hesitate to send her an email if you're interested!

Click on the links to check out her website and her Facebook Fan Page where you can see much more of her beautiful work.

Hurry, Ladies!

Janell over at Isabella & Max Rooms is having a Stella & Dot Sample Sale and the items are flying off the shelves!

And why wouldn't they?

Not only are they so pretty, but you'll get them for 70% off their original prices!

Go check out what she's got left!

And if you missed your chance, let her know. Maybe we can convince her to do this every season before the new collections come out!


Click here to see the sale!

Summer is keeping us busy around here!

We're having a good time and the weather has been playing nice and actually cooperating.

Thank goodness for that!

Oh! And I got the go ahead from the photographer to show you more of the photos from our friends' wedding! So I'll be posting those shortly.

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!


Something always draws me back to the beautiful coast of Maine. Perhaps it is the spectacular ocean views against the rough and craggy rocks, but I remain quite taken with the Maine coast.
Recently the historic "Summer Cottage", Sea Cliff came on the market. Sea Cliff, built in 1914 is perched high on the rocks with panoramic views and overlooking the Portland Lighthouse. The stone work in the house is amazing. Notice the original fireplace above. With such a striking wall of stone, the owner needs to do very little decorating. The masonry speaks for itself.
Of course the original kitchen from 1914 has been thoughtfully renovated.
The breakfast room has outstanding views. You can see the lighthouse through the main picture window to the left.

The home retains many of its original features, which have been untouched over the years, including the second floor landing. The wainscotting and beamed ceilings are so beautiful. I like how they turned this area into a mini gallery space.

The upper deck also has amazing views. The railings are interesting with clear Plexiglass. I wonder if they get cloudy from the ocean salt spray.
To see more of this wonderful, historic home click here. Are you as in love with this Maine "Summer Cottage" as I am?

(all photos mls)

I got more compliments from people on this sign at the wedding than I ever imagined I would.

(You can see the first sign that I made for this wedding by clicking here.)

Simplicity was key on this one.

The basic structure was about as simple as it gets.

A 2x4 cut down to 2" x 2" that stands 6 feet tall, surrounded by 1" x 4" boards to keep it stable...

The directional arrows were 1x4's cut down to about 20" long with one end cut to form a point...

Everything got a single coat of white paint. Imperfections in the coat added to the character and charm of the overall sign...

I added the letters to the arrows the same way that I do all of my lettering around here (click here for the "How-To"), minus the carbon paper. Pine is pretty soft so as I wrote on it I was left with an indentation in the wood...

Since I was going for a definite handwritten look, I skipped tracing the letters perfectly and chose to freehand it a bit...

Using my trusty paint pen, I wrote out each word on the front and back of each arrow...

The arrows all got a coat of poly since this would be an outdoor sign...and just in case the rain decided to show up at the wedding...

Luckily for all of us, it didn't!

Two screws in each arrow was all it took to keep them in place...

And here it is at the wedding!

It took a bit of time to make, but mostly it was just waiting for paint to dry...and I am always impatient when it comes to drying paint. Other than that it was really quick, easy and super cheap to make!

The wedding was fantastic! I am talking with the photographer right now to see if she'll let me post more of her photos from that day. It was sunny and gorgeous and the grounds were stunning!

We'll see. Fingers crossed that she'll let me show you more photos!

(No pressure or anything, Tiffany!)


In the mean time, you can check out her website:

and her

Facebook Fan Page

Congratulations, Kelly & Cherisse!

We love you!

P.S. I am linking to:

Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative
Get Your Craft On Tuesday at Today's Creative Blog
Show & Tell Day at Blue Cricket Design
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Thrifty Thursday at Tales From Bloggeritaville
100 Under $100 at Beyond The Picket Fence
Get Your Craft On Thursday at Life As Lori
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Make It Yours Day at My Backyard Eden
Inspired By at The Inspired Room
DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land

This week kicks off the Brimfield Fair; the famous antique show in Massachusetts. I am always excited to head west of Boston, but recently its not because the Brimfield Fair, but because of a secret shopping spot I found along the way.
The store is called DOMUS and is open year round. It is filled with wonderful treasures. Gorgeous antiques, unusual reproductions, fabulous accessories. It is one of my most secret spots for finding wonderful unique items for the homes of my clients (and myself!).
DOMUS formerly known as HOME, located in historic Sturbridge, MA is the brainchild of the famous Alex Pifer of the hugely successful SERAPH store. If you are a fan of the primitive, colonial decorating style you will know that Alex is icon. Over the years she has been featured numerous times in Country Living, Primitive Homes and several other magazines. Her eye and attention to detail has made the most discerning collector come back to the SERAPH again and again. But, Alex is a multi-dimensional and multi-talented designer and buyer. She has ventured into the world of Swedish, French and Belgian decor. And, as you can guess like everything else she does, her new venture is outstanding. Let's have look:
On the property right next to the SERAPH, Alex and her charming husband had a spectacular Post and Beam shop built to house the gorgeous DOMUS inventory. Here a pair of gorgeous armchairs are covered in grainsack slipcovers. Notice the garden table and statuary and how wonderfully it goes together.
Here is a beautiful reproduction chaise covered in linen. The finish on this piece is incredible.
The displays in the store are worth seeing. Alex and her staff, including the talented, Laura, do a fantastic job of putting things together. You can guess how much I fell in love with this vignette.
DOMUS has an incredible selection of antique mercury glass, grainsack covered furniture and Swedish antiques.
But if you like a more refined look, you can find it here as well. Another fabulous vignette; and it has a completely different feel. With such an incredible collection to choose from its easy to find spectacular items for myself and my clients. The store is very large. Here is a more contemporary look. I just adore the linen sofa.
DOMUS is not limited to living room and dining room decor. Above is a beautiful French bedroom set. Notice the lighting as well, Alex has chosen a wonderful mix of lighting options for the most discerning customers.
On my most recent visit I was enamored with this dining room table and chairs. Notice the urns and the birdhouse.

It is a common theme at DOMUS to mix garden items with more formal indoor items.

This mirror stopped me in my tracks. Isn't it stunning? You will rarely see the same thing twice here.
Alex prides herself in obtaining the unique. So if you want to find something extraordinary that no one else has, this is the place. So of course you are thinking that wonderful unique items like this are just too expensive and out of reach - I almost don't want you to know...the prices are very reasonable! So my secret is out - I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!!
DOMUS is a 45 minute drive from downtown Boston. To see more of their ever changing inventory click their Facebook page here. To get directions click here. And when you head out there, do tell Alex and Laura hello from Gina at Willow Decor. I know you will be glad you made the trip. (Out of state customers can call the store directly as they ship anywhere in the US!)

PS. Sturbridge is wonderful town to visit - plan to stay for lunch at one of the many little cafes and inns.


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