the scoop #186-stonegableblog.com

THE SCOOP #186

Welcome back to THE SCOOP! This week is the very last unofficial week of summer!!! Some of your are bummed but some of you are thrilled, like me, to welcome back fall! Fall is my very favorite season. I love that nip in the air and the gorgeous changes in the leaves and all the warmer weather recipes! The Scoop is already reflecting the upcoming season! Fall is not only in the air but abounding at THE SCOOP! I have a fun FALL HOME TOUR to get you in the mood for fall and give you lots of ideas and inspiration... … [Read more...]

EARLY FALL AND GREEN APPLES- The perfect kitchen table display for early fall. So simple to make-stonegableblog.com

EARLY FALL AND GREEN APPLES… A KITCHEN VIGNETTE

The tips of our maple trees are turning an ostentatious  reddish orange and the corn on the side field is beginning to sound like a taffeta ball gown rustling in the wind! These are the very first signs of fall here at StoneGable! Another sign of fall are the apple trees dripping with juicy Autumnal fruit! What a happy sight! Don't you love apples... their taste, their smell, how versatile they are to decorate with? They remind me of September! So in honor of early fall, let's get our apples out of the frig and create an early fall vignette featuring these fall beauties! … [Read more...]

WHAT IS EVIL?

LET’S TALK ABOUT… WHAT IS EVIL?

  Have you ever thought about this question... WHAT IS EVIL? Wow, weighty question! And one that we need to answer in our lives. Do you know and can you define what evil is. True evil… not accidents or mistakes… but moral evil.    This is not necessarily a feel-good topic but today I want to talk about …  WHAT IS EVIL?    Oh boy, did I pick a topic that is thick with theology and much debated and explained by scholars who talk and think way above my head!  This is not the definitive word on evil …. or even a thorough definition… and it will not even begin to scratch the surface of this topic… but it is an easy to understand and a good way to think … [Read more...]

FALL PILLOWS-Enjoying the beauty of fall in your decor-stonegableblog.com

FALL PILLOW LOVE… DECORATING FOR FALL WITH PILLOWS

  If you love pillows then you will be wild about this post!!!! You know it's fall (I start early) here at StoneGable when I bring out the fall pillows! Oh, how I love pillows. And pillows can add a big pop of season to the decor you already have! Each season I get a new pillow, on sale of course, to add to my collection. This year's pillow came from Pier I and it features pumpkins in the softer tones of the Autumn season. Today let's look at some of the fall pillows I've collected over the years and I'm sharing some great fall pillows on the market right now for fall. … [Read more...]

GREEN APPLE CENTERPIECE- a 10 minute apple centerpiece-stonegableblog.com

GREEN APPLE CENTERPIECE

  I love love love green apples... for decorating! Yes, these darling tart beauties are a very economical and an oh, so pretty way to fill our homes with color and texture! And I love love love decor that is easy to do and takes only a little time to create! So, today I'm combining my love for apples and easy to do decor and showing you how to make a green apple centerpiece that only takes 10 (okay... maybe 15) minutes to create! … [Read more...]

TIPS FOR KEEPING A WREATH FRONT DOOR WORTHY-stonegableblog.com

TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR WREATH “FRONT DOOR PERFECT” and A GORGEOUS WREATH GIVEAWAY!

  Wreaths are like jewelry for your front door! They begin the "welcome to our home" and are our home's first impression! They fill our front door with life and interest and tell the outside world a little something about the people who live inside!  I'm so thrilled to be partnering with Melissa from DAISY MAE BELLE for a gorgeous WREATH GIVEAWAY! One lucky StoneGable reader will win a beautiful wreath of their choice from Melissa's Etsy Shop. Look for the giveaway at the bottom of this post. But first let's talk about keeping our wreaths FRONT DOOR PERFECT  with just a little care! … [Read more...]

THE EVOLUTION OF A LIVING ROOM- A total makeover from the floors up! Lots of inspiraiton-stonegableblog.com

THE EVOLUTION OF A LIVING ROOM

Decorating is a s-l-o-w process here at StoneGable. As many of you know, we are gutting every room in our home and making it over from from floors up... and doing most of it ourselves! Because we try to fit our room makeovers in between living our busy lives and work and family they usually take a back seat and are a long process. Our living room is the perfect example. We began this makeover just before our son got married two years ago and we worked on it. In between knee cap surgery, my son's pelvic surgery, golf season, hunting season, gardening and lots and lots of family and company!!! Here's the evolution of our living room... … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #185

    Hi Friends! So glad you are joining us at THE SCOOP!  I just got back from a vacation! I spent last week with my daughter who lives on Capital Hill in DC. Her husband was traveling so I got her all to myself. So fun!!! And I got to stay in their beautiful home on the Hill that they totally gutted and renovated! What a joy!!! She is a natural at decorating and can run circles around me in the organization department! I'll be making her a wreath for her front door as a thank you! Maybe like the one above!    … [Read more...]

HOW TO CREATE YOUR VERY OWN PRINTABLES AND A GIVEAWAY-stonegableblog.com

HOW TO MAKE YOUR VERY OWN PRINTABLES WITH GRAPHICSTOCK AND TWO GIVEAWAYS

I love love love to create printable graphics. And since I signed up for a FREE trial of GraphicStock I have been downloading and creating fun printables like cards and gift tags and fabulous food labels and lots and lots of Autumn designs ready to be frammed! Today I have some of my latest creations for you to download for free AND I'll show you how you can make your own creative printables using Graphic Stock too! You can sign up for a 7 day FREE trial and download tons of great graphics to use for all your projects! Don't miss the TWO giveaway's going on at the bottom of the post! Big fun!!!! … [Read more...]

OUR NEED FOR A KING- Lets discuss the spiritual truths about our KING-stonegableblog.com

OUR NEED FOR A KING

    Let's talk about our KING! Yes, we have one. And even if many people don't recognize Him, he still is KING... OF EVERYTHING including us!!! The bible is replete with scripture that identifies and shows us just who our King is and what He has done for us!  One of my favorite biblical books for giving us a wonderful view of Jesus as King is the book of Matthew!  This book is so full of the imagery of the “kingdom of God” and what this everlasting kingdom will be like… no wonder the theme of Matthew is “behold, the KING OF THE JEWS”… for every kingdom needs a king!  The Jews of Jesus day knew that there would be a time when they were no longer under the bondage … [Read more...]

5 MUST KNOW TOPICS FOR BEING A FABULOUS HOME DECORATOR- this is a storehouse of helpful tips and lessons for the home decorator-stonegableblog.com

5 MUST KNOW TOPICS TO BE A FABULOUS HOME DECORATOR!

If you are visiting me, here at StoneGable, then I have a pretty good idea that you must love all things home and decorating! ME TOO! Today's post is a clearinghouse of ideas and tips and images to help you (and me) love decorating even more, do it more effortlessly and thoughtfully and become a pro!!! I've spent decades compiling a decor knowledge base by reading and trial and error and decorating my home over and over again. I have never gone to school for decor, but the time and effort I have put into this passion has honed my home decor skills. I hope you will like these references and use them in your home too! … [Read more...]

NEW LAMPS IN THE LIVING ROOM-one decor change can make a big difference-stonegableblog.com

NEW LAMPS IN THE LIVING ROOM

Did I really NEED new living room lamps. Truth? NO! But I have been looking for the just-right ones for over a year. I really, really wanted new lamps. Gorgeous lamps, big lamps, neutral lamps with an unpainted, painted finish. Lamps that would be on the most incredible sale (like everything else I purchase). Lamps that would fit into my living room decor so so well that I would sigh every time I walked by them! Guess what, I found THE lamps! And yes, I bought them. Sometimes we just need... or want to do that sooooo bad! … [Read more...]

NON ALCOHOLIC BAR CART- Use your bar cart for non alcoholic beverages too-stonegableblog.com

FUN FABULOUS NON ALCOHOLIC BAR CART AND HERB CITRUS MOCKTAIL RECIPES

  When most people think "bar cart" they think loaded up with luscious alcoholic libations! What if you want to go "virgin"... with no alcohol at all. I know perish the thought! But, there are those occasions that we may want a little bit of pop, fizz and non alcoholic pizzazz and still have a fun bar cart set up! My inspiration for this fabulous mocktail bar cart were these oh, so bright yellow sunflower and lots of fresh herb and cold citrus sips! A very sunny post! … [Read more...]

THE SCOOP- Hundreds of great home ideas and lots of inspiration from around the web-stonegableblog.com

THE SCOOP #184

Hello Friends! So happy your stopped by THE SCOOP!  Here at StoneGable I'm busy getting ready for fall! Or should I say that I'm TRANSITIONING into the fall season. Gone are the days when every nook and cranny of our homes looked like the hay wagon dumped it bounty all over! Now I'm gently working my fall decorations into what I've already styled! I love the word transitioning when it comes to decorating! It's just so so smart! And speaking of decorating... I am sharing THE VERY BEST DECORATING TIP YOU WILL EVER GET... REALLY! Do this one thing and it will make such a difference! This is a must-read! … [Read more...]

THE ART OF HOME-A course on artisinal living-stonegableblog.com

ART OF HOME

My hearts desire is to help women of all ages and backgrounds love their homes! But it's much more than that. I want all of us to  feel inspired, and find joy in what we do to make our homes and lives beautiful and practical and artful. To find good and deep contentment and satisfaction in each day and to love our homemade homes! To make a nest and sanctuary for ourselves, our family and those we invite in! I'm talking about the ART OF HOME … [Read more...]

PERFECT PESTO- The taste of Summer! -stonegableblog.com

PERFECT PESTO THE TASTE OF SUMMER!

Do you know what time it is? PESTO TIME!!!! It's time to make pesto and use up all those big bushy basil plants! It's so easy to turn basil and a few other fresh ingredients into scrumptious green-gold! I love love love pesto! And I can't imagine going through the year without a big stash in the freezer. So, before all of my basil plants are done for the season I'm picking every leaf and turning them into the most delicious thing in my frig and freezer! … [Read more...]

A WEDDING AND A FUNERAL-They have more in common than you think! stonegableblog.om

A WEDDING AND A FUNERAL

A couple weeks ago I attended a wedding and a funeral all within 24 hours. I was so struck by the similarities of both! Yes, I could find many common threads between these two momentous occasions. First, they were both Christian affairs. God glorifying and uplifting! They were both in a church and guest were invited and a meal was served. There was also a pastor and music. There were both laughter and tears and speeches and prayers. A wedding and a funeral have much more in common than we think!  Jesus himself talked about the connection between a wedding and going into glory the night before He was crucified. It's an amazing connection and one worth sharing! … [Read more...]

THE BEST DECORATING TIP YOU WILL EVER GET-Do this ONE THING first!-stonegableblog.com

THE VERY BEST DECORATING TIP YOU WILL EVER GET

I'm just about ready to start decorating our Master Bedroom and Sitting Room! Believe me, this will be a long process just like all the reno's go on all the other rooms at StoneGable. There will be lots of diy's and long weekend projects and life in between decorating. Because Bobby and I do most of the work ourselves it's a very long process... that is just how we decorate.  Did you know that I have already decorated the bedroom and sitting room over and over in my mind a hundred times? Yes! And each time I've honed the look and made changes and added and edited decor... all in my mind!  Today I'm sharing MY VERY BEST DECORATING TIP! One that so many home decorators skip but … [Read more...]

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NEW AND BETTER THINGS AT STONEGABLE!

  Please read to the bottom of this post... I need your input! I hope you are enjoying StoneGable's new header? It's part of a mini makeover to update and bring a fresh new look to my blog! I've been wanting to have more of a "brand" presence in the blogging community and one that you, my fabulous readers, can pick out and associate with all that StoneGable is and hopes to be! If this sounds lofty... well, it is! I am all about and committed to making StoneGable the very best blog/brand it can be! And this I do with YOU in mind!  … [Read more...]

HOW TO KNOW YOUR DECOR STYLE- Knowing your decor style will help you decorate your home beautifully! stonegableblog.com

HOW TO KNOW YOUR DECOR STYLE

I have a very important question to ask you... here goes... DO YOU KNOW YOUR DECOR STYLE? If you are like most people you sorta know what you like and what you don't. You can tell me what what you think your style is, but you probably can't tell me with confidence and conviction! I think it's important to know what styles you love and live with and what styles you aren't fond of and perhaps are living with in spite of that fact! Let's work together and try to get a good idea of our own personal decor style! Knowing your decor style will help you create a home you will feel comfortable in and love! … [Read more...]

FABULOUS, FUN, FUNCTIONAL CAKE PLATES- Ways to use cake plates in decor and everyday life other than cake! stonegableblog.com

FABULOUS FUN AND FUNCTIONAL CAKE STANDS… NOT JUST FOR CAKE!

I collect cake plates...the pedestal kind...  and white ones... and ones with detailed edging... and any size at all. They speak to me. I think pedestal cake plates are fabulous! Only on a rare occasion do I actually use them for a cake! Not only are cake plates fabulous, but they are very very functional too! They can be decorative or utilitarian or just plain fun! Let's think out-of-the-cake-box and find lots of creative ways to use the oh, so beautiful cake plate! … [Read more...]

THE SCOOP #183- hundreds of creative ideas and inspiration-stonegableblog.com

THE SCOOP #183

Hi Friends! Welcome back to THE SCOOP! Last week was a huge week for us! We had 531 fabulous entries! We are all thrilled because that means all the more inspiration from our favorite bloggers! I spent all week enjoying fabulous recipes, diy's, home decor, sewing projects, painting projects and lots more! What fun! I hope you are leaning and being inspired by all the hard work of the great bloggers who share right here! … [Read more...]

FAB FALL DECOR FROM 7 BRILLIANT BLOGGERS! Get inspiration for fall decorating from 7 decor bloggers-stonegableblog.com

FALL IDEAS AND INSPIRATION

Change is coming... I'm talking about the change of season, of course!  Some of us are thrilled about this and some are clinging on to the last little snippet of fall! I am a huge fan of fall and greet it every year with a big happy virtual hug. To get inspired and feeling creative with fall in mind, 7 bloggers have teamed up to bring you 7 great fall ideas. I'm so excited to share them with you!!! … [Read more...]

NO SEW MONOGRAMMED LEATHER-LOOK COMPUTER CLUTCH CASE-A polished, easy to make clutch style computer sleeve-stonegableblog.com

NO SEW MONOGRAMMED LEATHER-LOOK COMPUTER CLUTCH CASE

  It's almost back to school time and the perfect time to be thinking about gathering up school supplies. And while we are getting our families ready for school... let's not forget about ourselves too! Who says that we can't enjoy some back to school perks! Today, I'm sharing how to make this sturdy and stylish... and MONOGRAMMED... clutch style computer case! It can be made in a couple of hours and will probably last a very long time! Wouldn't you love to whip your computer out of this pretty thing at the next school meeting? … [Read more...]

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NATURE’S WORSHIP SERVICE!

  We have a family of Mockingbirds that have been living at StoneGable for as long as we have. I really think they were here before us and have welcomed into THEIR LIVES. Mockingbirds are such interesting little fellows. They have a very a long expressive tail that bobbles up and down when they sing. … [Read more...]

10 SCRUMPTIOUS PUFF PASTRY RECIPES-Delicious and crispy puff pastry works it's fabulous magic on 10 great recipes! stonegableblog.com

10 SCRUMPTIOUS PUFF PASTRY RECIPES

I love puff pastry! It's buttery and has lots of crispy layers and can be used in so many ways. Puff pastry is always in my freezer! And making a recipe with puff pastry almost guarantees an absolutely scrumptious dish... almost like magic! Puff pastry is family friendly and company worthy and can be used for every meal! Here are 10 oh, so delicious, mouthwatering recipes that incorporates puff pastry and the best ingredients! Like a mini PUFF PASTRY cookbook just for you! … [Read more...]

CHIPPY BURLAP CANDLESTICK DIY-An great pair of candlesticks made from easy to access things-stonegableblog.com

CHIPPY BURLAP CANDLESTICK DIY

Do you love candles? I sure do... and candlesticks too. I'm always on the lookout for amazing holders to put my candles in. Ones that will work with my decor and have a little bit of that WOW factor! I found a pair of little chippy pillars not long ago and thought they would make the best base for a pair of candlesticks. When creating a recent Transitional Vignette for my living room I used the pillars to make a pair of one-of-a-kind candlesticks with a little burlap element. This was such an easy project and I'm excited to share with you! … [Read more...]

HOW TO MAKE AN INEXPENSIVE PIECE OF FURNITURE WORK IN YOUR DECOR-Simple ways to make a piece of furniture look for expensive! stonegableblog.com

HOW TO MAKE AN INEXPENSIVE PIECE OF FURNITURE WORK IN YOUR DECOR

I recently ordered a little bench for my foyer. I didn't pay much for it and did realize that it was not going to be a piece that would rock my decor world. But I liked the simple styling of the little bench and the color and it's little baskets. When we (and when I say "we" I mean Bobby) put the bench together... now that should have been a hint about it's quality... it became very evident that this piece did not even meet my minimum standard for something I would want in my home. HOWEVER, I decided to keep the bench and see if I could make it work! Sorta like a design challenge! … [Read more...]

8 THINGS TO DO NOW FOR FALL-Ideas and inspiration and transitioning into fall-stonegableblog.com

8 THINGS TO DO RIGHT NOW FOR FALL

  Fall is my favorite season! So, I look forward to Autumn's beauty and earthy decorations and by now I'm happy to leave Summer behind!  Today I am sharing eight things to do right now... even if you love love love summer and are still swimming in the pool or eating summer picnic food or picking summer's bounty out of your garden or going on vacation or doing fun summer activities.  Eight things that will inspire you and help you get ready for the upcoming Autumn season. So keep your toes in the sand and your heart loving summer but make a little room in your head for planning for Fall!  … [Read more...]

THE SCOOP #182- HUNDREDS of great ideas and inspiration! stonegableblog.com

THE SCOOP #182

I'm so glad you stopped by! Can you believe it is already August? Where did this summer go! We have had such a great summer here at THE SCOOP! Ton and tons and thousands and thousands of ideas and great inspiration. They have really gotten my creativity sparked! Make sure to check out my FACEBOOK PAGE to see the entries that catch my eye! I post them throughout the the week! Did you see my post 10 TIPS FOR DECORATING ON A BUDGET? It's the perfect way to think about decorating your home even if you are not looking for budget friendly ideas! … [Read more...]

HOW TO CREATE A TRANSITIONAL VIGNETTE- Creating a look to last from season to season! stonegableblog.com

HOW TO STYLE A TRANSITIONAL COFFEE TABLE VIGNETTE

Can we all say VIGNETTE together? Yes, this is one of the sweetest decor words in the dictionary. Vignettes add detail. Vignettes add sparkle and life. Vignette add so much interest and beauty to a room! Think of them as your personal decor stamp! And they are so easy to create!!!! It's time to create a coffee table vignette that will transition from now until Thanksgiving! Really...and with very little change up involved! Transitional is another word I just love!!!! Going from one season to another. Let's get started and create a BEAUTIFUL transitional vignette! … [Read more...]

HOW TO KNOW FOR SURE YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD-stonegableblog.com

HOW TO KNOW FOR SURE YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD

Did you know that I was not always a child of God? That's right.  Yes, He created me and I was His creature... but not His child! I was not always certain I was a true child of God.    And that bothered me. I thought that if I was a child of God I should know. Not just guess I was… or think I was…or have someone else tell me I was. Shouldn’t I be certain of this very basic and very important fact?  Yes, I needed to be certain and I hope you do too…   … [Read more...]

10 TIPS FOR DECORATING ON A BUDGET-Getting the look you love for less!-stonegableblog.com

10 TIPS FOR DECORATING ON A BUDGET

  I love love love to decorate. But I'm not a fan of spending tons of money doing it. And I don't have too because I am a keen budget decorator... and proud of it! We all can get the decor looks we love for lots less! It's all a matter of having some tools, tips and guidelines to help us and keep us thinking a little smarter about what we put into our homes. Here are ten easy to do tips for fabulous, budget decorating! … [Read more...]

AGING TERRACOTTA POTS WITH MILK PAINT-An easy way to get a time worn look-stonegableblog.com

PAINT WASHING TERRACOTTA POTS

I have a big crush on aged terracotta pots! The more distressed the better. I leave mine outside all year long so they develop a beautiful patina! But, sometimes I just can't wait for nature to take it's course and I help the process along along a bit! A little milk paint on a pot works wonders! So much better than any other paint. So put away the acrylics and chalk type paints and go for milk paint when aging terracotta. You will be so pleased with the results! I'll show you how... … [Read more...]

PATIO POND- a self contained pond and squirter-stonegableblog.com

A PATIO POND AND A POND GIVEAWAY

I've always dreamed of having a pond. The sound of running or spitting water is so relaxing and enjoyable to me!!!! I've dreamed of darting fish and floating plants that dance on the water when it moves! I have always loved the idea of a pond! I've wanted the fun and beauty a pond offers, but I really did not want the upkeep. Happily some dreams do come true... and my pond dream has in the form of an Aquascape patio pond! I've been enjoying the cooling sound of running water and the pleasure of feeding my shy but friendly little fish for most of this summer. AND YOU CAN TOO HAVE ONE TOO!!!! GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST! … [Read more...]

THE SCOOP #181. HUNDREDS OF CREATIVE AND INSPIRING POSTS.

THE SCOOP #181

  Hello everyone! Here at StoneGable we are in the "dog days" of summer! It's the 3 H's that I dislike the most... hot, humid and horrible! So, the weather is pushing me indoors and I'm in a decorating mood! I'll be sharing lots of decorating ideas in the upcoming weeks. I hope you are ready to be inspired! And if you can't wait until then, just browse through our Scoop friend's posts! I'm always so excited to see what great things our contributing friend's bring to the party! … [Read more...]

HOW TO CLEAN YOU HOME IN 30 MINUTES A DAY! Tips for a clean house-stonegableblog.com

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOME IN 30 MINUTES A DAY!!!!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Dirt Devil, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DirtDevil360Clean http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Okay, I just need to say... I mostly hate cleaning. But I really hate a dirty house even more....and I love love love the idea of a clean and tidy home!!! I have been cleaning my home in 30 minutes a day for decades!!! It's easier than you think to have a clean home if you have a plan and execute it daily or almost daily! It's all about quick cleaning tips! I set a timer for 30 minutes and get to work and when the timer goes off I am done, done, done for the day! Here is my 30 minute quick … [Read more...]

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WHAT IS MERCY?

 Do you talk to God? I sure do!!! Lately, my dialog with my Father goes something like this... “Father, help me…. Father, have mercy on … Father, forgive me… Father, have mercy on me… Father, help fill-in-the-blank… Father, have mercy on this country… Father, I praise you… Father, have mercy on us…”   … [Read more...]

HOW TO PLANT SUCCULENTS- Easy planting tips for keeping succulents healthy-stonegableblog.com

HOW TO PLANT SUCCULENTS BEAUTIFULLY!

  I must admit, it took me awhile to warm up to succulent. But once I did I fell for them in a big way! Succulents are plants that are the most easy going ones in a greenhouse! With just a little care when planting, succulents will reward you by adding interest to your outdoor AND indoor rooms! Let's take a look at these fat little plants that can be planted in almost anything! … [Read more...]

10 GARDEN TO TABLE RECIPES-Farm fresh, capturing the flavor of summer-stonegableblog.com

GARDEN TO TABLE AT STONEGABLE… 10 FARM FRESH SUMMER RECIPES!

The garden at StoneGable is riotous! Lots of veggies have been picked and frozen and other "put up" in mason jars! And there's plenty more to be picked! Eating garden to table is one of the simplest pleasures of the summer! The flavors are the freshest and the colors peak-beautiful!!! You don't need a garden in your backyard to serve and eat like you do! There is plenty of farm bounty this time of year in local markets and farm stands... and so many delicious recipes to highlight summer's best. Here are my 10 favorite garden to table summer recipes and some pictures from my garden! This is your mini summer cookbook! … [Read more...]

TEXTURED MOSS BALLS DIY-Create beautiful moss balls. Better than store bought-stonegableblog.com

TEXTURED MOSS BALL DIY

  What do you do when you need just a little something extra when you are creating a vignette or an arrangement. What do you put in dough bowls or on top of cake stands or in trays  or trophies like the one above? Think MOSS BALLS!!!   Moss balls are a fabulous "decor filler". They are fluffy and round and beautiful and organic and fill up space in the most textured, mossy way! They are also very very easy to make!!!! You don't need to be crafty... anyone can do this project and they are a hundred times nicer and cheaper than store bought. … [Read more...]

EVOLUTION OF A DINING ROOM- From gut to makeover-stonegableblog.com

THE EVOLUTION OF A DINING ROOM

It's been about two and a half years since we first started the dining room makeover! Since then this space has gone through lots of changes... and that's an understatement! And I'm still not done! For me, any big decor changes are more of an evolution than a makeover! Here's a look at how the dining room has  "evolved" and how it looks from season to season! … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #180

Hi Friends! Welcome back to another edition of THE SCOOP! I just got back from Haven, a huge blogging conference in Atlanta, and I'm so excited to try new things and make StoneGable an even better blog! While I was at Haven I hung out some of your favorite bloggers! It was amazing!!! Now that I'm back and refreshed and recharged expect just a couple of itty bitty changes here at StoneGable and lots of great posts! Did you see the post I did last week on my wall and trim colors? … [Read more...]

GARDEN FRESH STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOAT- Scrumptious, easy to make main dish. Perfect for summer!-stonegableblog.com

GARDEN FRESH STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS

It's zucchini season at StoneGable! And I have a fabulous, filling and oh, so good main dish recipe for you! Stuffed Zucchini Boats are the perfect way to use up all those garden and produce stand zucchini that are profuse this time of year! Stuffed Zucchini Boats have a delicious, Italian spin! And they are so good for you! Even if your family does not care for zucchini they just might like this dish! The zucchini is tender and stuffed with Italian sausage and cheeses and yumminess! … [Read more...]

5 TIPS FOR FINDING THE PERFECT PAINT COLOR

6 TIPS FOR FINDING THE PERFECT PAINT COLOR AND STONEGABLE’S COLORS

  I get lots of emails asking about the colors of my walls and trim at StoneGable. Even though I found my perfect paint color I did not always make the best color choices! I used to almost get sick in the pit of my stomach when it came to making a paint color decision! It seemed so daunting! What if I painted a room and did all that work and didn't like it? Believe me, that happened more than I like to admit. Then I'd repaint the room... and sometimes repaint it again! But I've been learning a lot over the years about finding the perfect paint color. Now I'm not nearly as fearful and I can say I almost enjoy the process of finding a perfect paint colot! Here are 6 tips that helped me … [Read more...]

6 TIPS FOR A FUNCTIONAL AND FABULOUS KITCHEN-Use these 6 tips for a kitchen that is functional AND fabulous!-stonegableblog.com

6 TIPS FOR A FUNCTIONAL AND FABULOUS KITCHEN

The absolute heart of my home is my kitchen... and it's also a huge magnet for most everything that comes into my house. If you are a cook like me and your kitchen is a busy hub for breakfasts, lunches and dinners as well as entertaining then you know that cooking and prep space is at a premium! AND if you are like me you also want your kitchen to be a wonderfully decorated space to enjoy while you are in it!!! There is a way to balance fabulous and function and here are a few tips that will help! … [Read more...]

THE SCOOP #179-stonegableblog.com

THE SCOOP #179

The sumer heat and humidity is chasing me indoors these days... at least until evening! So that means I'm organizing and cleaning and decorating. Lots and lots of decorating! We are just about to start a new makeover... a total gut really! It seems to take us FOR-EVER to complete a project! It's a good thing I am a patient woman!!!! Our latest makeover was a blue and white bedroom. Sorta chippy, lots of soft colors, and upcycled furniture!  … [Read more...]

NO SEW CHAIR BACK COVERS- Great embellishment for any chair-stonegableblog.com

NO SEW CHAIR BACK COVERS

Here's a way to bring a little summer farmhouse freshness to your kitchen or dining room chairs! These fun chair back covers easy to make because they are a NO SEW project!!! I found a great blue and white striped tablecloth at HomeGoods for under $10.00 and made 4 chair covers out of it! You can also use the material of your choice, a table runner or even great dish towels to make these decor changing chair covers! If you have a chair that needs to be covered.... this project is for you!!!! Here's how I made the summery chair back covers! … [Read more...]

EVERYONE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES-7-12-15

EVERYONE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES

Right now I'm doing a study on the book of Judges. Yes, Judges! That Old Testament book that is sandwiched in between the books of  Joshua and Ruth. I would guess that Judges is not one of the top 10 favorite book in the bible.  I love the Old Testament as much as I love the New. It's important for all of us who call Jesus our Lord and Savior to know the full council of the word of God... and that includes Judges! The book of Judges is about a very very dark time in the history of Israel. … [Read more...]

DECORATING WITH NEUTRALS-Easy tip for decorating with neutrals.-stonegableblog.com

6 TIPS FOR DECORATING WITH NEUTRALS~ DECORATING 101

Whites and neutral decor is such a classic. In the past several years it seems to have resurrected itself and this classic has become a white hot trend... pun intended! When we think neutrals we should not just think "white". Neutrals run from black to browns to taupes and beige and gray and bone and ivory and whites and everything in between! We all love the calm and uncluttered look of neutrals working together and the clean serene feel it gives us! Neutrals are anything but boring... if done right! There are a few easy to follow rules for keeping neutral decor compelling and interesting and beautiful! Here are 6 of the best ways to mix neutrals in decor... … [Read more...]