Category Archives: design

Garden tours make me green with envy

Our local Master Gardeners group recently sponsored a garden tour at a house I’ve been curious about for years. This garden has is only 11 years old and takes up the same space we have. Oh, do we have a … Continue reading

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The new door and the badass list

We have a monster master list of “things to do for the house” that reaches from here to New Orleans. And when that badass list gets to New Orleans it will order a drink or two on Bourbon Street, dance … Continue reading

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Our hearts are broken

Sad, sad news here at Lydia Street. Since this has been the year for unpredictable weather it’s hard to know what to expect next. We had a mild winter and an early spring, a devastating hail storm then temperatures reaching … Continue reading

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Bringing the outdoors in

Inside the house you’ll find reminders of the outdoors. A vase of flowers, fresh picked vegetables on the kitchen counter, and a bowl of rocks in the living room. I don’t know why we seem to collect rocks. After a … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Today

This week’s challenge asked us to pick up our cameras, look around, and shoot a photo TODAY. What a good challenge — to observe our surroundings, to find beauty in the everyday. Very zen. These smooth stones are stacked in … Continue reading

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Outdoor rooms? Porches are wonderful

Most of the houses in our neighborhood were built in the era when front porches were essential outdoor rooms. Our porch gets full shade all afternoon and evening. On our porch we added comfortable seating, tables for cool drinks and … Continue reading

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How to build a bouquet

We’ve planted our garden, not as a traditional flower cutting garden, but as one that will flower for at least three seasons. When we’re gathering cut flowers for an arrangement anything that’s blooming is fair game, even things from the … Continue reading

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Who says ceilings must be plain? Go wild with color and design

With a little paint (okay, a lot of paint) and some talent (okay, our friend Mary is a professional) and inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright we were able to transform our plain white ceiling into something much more interesting. Our … Continue reading

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Stained glass


Having a stained glass artist in the house is a delight. This piece hangs in our front window.

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