Paint Colors in Shalia’s House

One of the questions I receive the most is about the paint colors in my house. For me, painting is the quickest, most inexpensive way to update a room, if you do it yourself. I am almost embarrassed to say that I have repainted my entire house, by myself (I am too frugal to pay someone) at least three times in the past 11 years.…

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Hello, friends! Christmas is just a few short weeks a way. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! Giving is so much more fun for me than receiving, and I hope it is for you as well. To help you find the perfect gift, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things for girls and guys and rounded up…

Our Trip to MacKenzie-Childs

We are so happy to share our recent bloggers’ retreat trip to Aurora, New York, with MacKenzie-Childs  for #CampCourtlyCheck. When we were first invited to attend this once-in-a-lifetime trip, we were humbled and confused…why us? We knew other bloggers would be attending but did not learn who they were until a couple of days before the trip. Though neither of us owned any MacKenzie-Childs pieces…

So, How Do I Juggle Two Jobs?

You Learn What You Live Growing up, I do not recall one time watching my parents sit down and just watch television.  They were not idle people.  My energy and drive come from them.  At the age of 10, I got my first summer job:  mowing at a putt putt golf course for free Cokes and games. I have held a job in some capacity…

Rug Swaps for a New Look

Why Here? The dining room is the first room people see when they enter my house.  It is also one of the most boring rooms in our house.  I like to make it feel new by swapping out the rug in the room.  Plus, I’m a rug hoarder.  I hate turning loose of my rugs, so swapping out rugs gives me an excuse to hang…

Simple Summer Dining Room Update

What led to this project? I honestly don’t have to have a reason to redecorate, but I like to give my husband lame excuses when I get new decor. If you saw my garage and closets of old decor I’m not willing to part with because sunflowers may come back in style, you would totally understand why I come up with stuff like “summer updates”…

My 30th Anniversary Trip to St. Maarten/…

Why Here? My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in March, and we are beach lovers.  We wanted to visit a place we had never been.  We were fascinated by St. Maartin because half of the island is owned by the Dutch and half is owned by the French.  On a previous trip, we had traveled to Amsterdam  and had fallen in love…