August 2018 - Dimples and Tangles


Occasionally I have several things to tell you that aren't necessarily post worthy by themselves, so I throw them all together to keep you updated on what's happening around here.  Here are a few things that we've done over the Summer at our house!



Earlier this year I posted My Five Favorite Summer Essentials, and one of the things on my list was a homemade ice cream maker.  After sharing that our family's favorite is homemade Butterfinger ice cream, I had several requests for the recipe.  With a holiday weekend and family gatherings right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share that with you today. 

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I only have four favorite things to share with you today rather than my regular Five Friday Favorites, but they're good ones!  (*This post may contain affiliate links, which means I might make a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Read my full disclosure policy here.)

Mules are definitly the "it" shoe this year for transitioning from Summer into Fall.  I bought this leopard pair several weeks ago and have already worn them multiple times.  You know that leopard is a neutral in my book so they go with almost anything! (rug here)



Now that we're back to school, obviously the kids aren't home as much... our schedules are busier and we're all going different directions more often.  So, on the occasions we are all home in the evenings at the same time, we find ourselves playing one of our favorite family board games.  Whether we have 20 minutes or several hours, it's always a good way to reconnect (without screens!). And knowing that dark, cold winter evenings will be here before we know it, we always welcome fun new game suggestions so I thought you might enjoy seeing some of our favorites if you want to add to your collection too!



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After having it on my to-do list since my master bedroom makeover over 3 years ago, I've finally written a tutorial for how to make your own upholstered headboard!  I'd hoped to share before now, but somehow can't find my images that I took while making my headboard (what's that tell you about my digital photo organization?).  So when I made another for my daughter's room, I made sure I did everything necessary to be able to share the process with you!

how to make an upholstered headboard with curved top



I know back to school has already happened for some of you while some have several more weeks of Summer, but for us school starts this week!  I honestly think we blinked a few times and our Summer break was over.  Mamas with young ones, I know you hear it often, but believe it when you hear that the older they get the busier your kids are and the less you see of them!  We are thrilled that they are happy and thriving and wanting to spend time at so many activities and nurturing relationships with friends, yet we're wanting their time as well and have to take advantage of every spare moment we can spend with them.

My son will begin his Senior year this week (we won't even talk about that right now...waaaahhh!) and my daughter is settling into High School for her sophomore year.  She is a fun-loving girl around her friends but also a very conscientious student at school, and we always want her to feel well prepared, confident in her abilities, and ready to tackle anything that comes her way.

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Sandals here (very limited sizes) or here also  ||  Striped Shirt here or here  ||  Similar Jeans here or here



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I ordered this bamboo flatware a while back and it has since arrived, I love it!  It comes in a set of four (5) piece place settings and the best thing about it... it's dishwasher safe!  Although it's a great price right now on the site I bought from, a sweet follower tipped me off that the very same set might be found here for a slightly better price depending on coupons and discounts available.



When we remodeled our patio three years ago, a brick outdoor fireplace was one addition we knew we wanted to incorporate.  Unfortunately, the brick used on our over 20 year old home exterior was no longer being made, so I chose new brick that was as close of a match to the original as I could get.  The color was similar, but the new didn't have the patina that our original brick has and the slight difference in material always just bothered me a bit.  Early this year I finally made up my mind to just paint it, and now I only wish I had done it sooner!  Here's a quick recap of how we painted our exterior brick fireplace.  It's such a straightforward project, and  I would use this same process for interior or exterior brick.

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Welcome to My Five Favorites today! Pam from Simple Details, Lisa from Shine Your Light, Kris from Driven by Decor and I are all thrilled to share with you today.  I'm so excited about our theme this month because my decorating style and the pieces in my home are all about the mix of old and new furniture and accessories.  When used appropriately, I think older pieces have a certain way of bringing personality, interest, and character to a space with a collected feel that truly can't be achieved with all new items.

We're happy to have Melanie from My Sweet Savannah as our guest host today.  Her home exterior is one of my long time favorites, I mean how good can it get when you have a lake and wooded area adjoining your property?  Fantastic!  Melanie has a casual, collected style and a definite knack for incorporating old finds into her decor while maintaining a fresh, inviting design.


If you've been a reader any time at all you might have picked up on the fact that I love unique second hand vintage furniture.  I update older pieces for a new look one of three ways- either with paint, by changing the fabric, or just by making sure that the piece is styled in an updated way.

Old dresser mixed with new lamps and rug-

Old chest mixed with modern art and plant-

Old China Cabinet updated with color-

Old mirror updated with paint and mixed with new sconces-

Old console table mixed with new fabric-


I think artwork is always a fantastic opportunity to mix new and old together.    Adding older pieces into gallery walls always gives a more interesting, more collected look.  And all the better if the older pieces have some family history or sentimental value!

The shadow box was mine as a girl (my Dad made it) and we mixed it in along with a few other vintage pieces for my daughter's gallery wall.

Other than the actual artwork, I like a mix of old and new for the frames themselves.  I tend to mix in detailed vintage frames right along with newer ones that have more modern, cleaner lines.


Whether it's a vintage chandelier mixed in with a more modern room design or simply a good vintage lamp makeover, it's so simple to have a good mix of old and new lighting in your home.

Here's a peek of the vintage chandelier in the breakfast nook mixed with the new pendants in the adjoining kitchen-

Here I mixed an old clock turned ceiling medallion with a chandelier that has clean lines, then added round bulbs to make it more current-

Old lamps given new life with a bold color and new shades-


Setting the table is probably my absolute favorite opportunity to mix old and new! Vintage linens can be mixed with newer dishes and glassware, or vice versa.  Or put fresh flowers in an older container for the centerpiece. Or mix in old and newer accessories (candleholders, vessels, knick knacks, etc.) for the centerpiece. Such an easy way to experiment, be creative, and use what you have.

Vintage milk glass  and silverware mixed with newer dishes, textiles, and centerpiece decorations-

Vintage brass mixed with new crystal-

A mix of new and old dishes, old flatware, centerpiece pups, and tumblers, and new textiles-


Lastly, decorative accessories are the perfect place to mix old and new.  I think the key is to have a good combination of both.  Make sure there are some fresh pieces mixed in with older so that your vignette or table decor looks updated but interesting.

The Reader's Digest volumes of the 70's, vintage brass and gumball machine mixed with newer pieces-

Old champagne bucket, lamp, and sconces mixed with newer pottery and art-

Old coffee table mixed in with new accessories-

I left this vintage dresser alone except for some touch-ups, but mixed it with new lamps and modern accessories for an updated look.  I also used a different mirror than the dresser came with for a mix of old+new.

Do you enjoy mixing old items in with new? Be sure to check out all of the great old and new mixing and matching ideas from these lovely ladies today too!

Missed any previous My 5 Favorites posts? Catch up here!

My 5 Favorite Paint Colors
My 5 Favorite Home Decor Accessories
My 5 Favorite Pillows
My 5 Favorite Fabrics
My 5 Favorite DIY Projects
My 5 Favorite Ways to Use Mixed Metals
My 5 Favorite DIY Artwork Projects
My 5 Favorite Tabletop Accessories
My 5 Favorite Recipes for the Holidays
My 15 Favorite- Holiday Wish List
My 5 Favorite Organizing Tools
My 5 Favorite Thrifted Finds
My 5 Favorite Ikea Products
My 5 Favorite Paint Projects
My 5 Favorite Home Gadgets
My 5 Favorite Summer Accessories
My 5 Favorite Beauty and Hair Products
My 15 Favorites- Holiday Gift Guide

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