0 Reader Redo: Matt & Jackie’s Dining Table

>> Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Around these parts, furniture flipping envy is real. Really real. So when I caught sight of what my client-friends Matt & Jackie had been up to, my highly competitive DIY side was kicked into high gear. Check out their killer dining table makeover below…


Are you kidding me?!

Clearly, I had no choice but to rush out and pick up at $20.00 table of my own to whip into shape…


After all, imitation is the sincerest form of all-consuming-gotta-have-it-in-my-life-or-I’ll-just-explode jealousy. Check back soon as I knock off Matt & Jackie’s rehab for my own self.



0 Just Sold: 11 Pine Tree Loop

>> Monday, November 28, 2011

Congratulations to Matt & Teri on the sale of their home…and a very happy birthday to Teri!

The best news? Even though their house closed, I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with Matt & Teri all over again! Excited to move on to a historic fixer upper, I can’t wait to see which home we find to be their next project.

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0 Happy Thanksgiving!

>> Wednesday, November 23, 2011

With so many things to be thankful for, I am super excited to roll on into Thanksgiving this year, so I’m going to take today’s blog post to ramble a bit about just what those things are…in other words, this is one of those self-indulgent posts that no one really reads, so go ahead and get back to baking pumpkin pies for the fam...

My job. Waking up everyday to do what you love is truly priceless. It’s true I’m slightly house obsessed, so the world of real estate is definitely the right place for me, but being able to write about all things home (and be taken somewhat seriously as a semi-expert on the topic) is quite the honor.

My house. Much more than a roof over my head, I’m so thankful for the creative outlet that comes with destroying and recreating my own space….and, let’s be honest, the tax write off doesn’t hurt either.

My nieces and nephews…that I don’t have yet but fully expect in the near future…hint, hint sister. 

Holiday commercials. The Campbell’s Soup snowman that melts into the little boy? The long lost sibling that sneaks in before the family is up and wakes them with the smell of a fresh pot of Folgers? Gets me every time.

Target. Like an abusive boyfriend who asks to borrow $5 and takes $50 instead, a Target trip definitely breaks the bank but I keep coming back for more. You just can’t beat a one-stop shop for toothpaste and curtain panels.

Family. What would LTHL Dialogue be without them?…especially Gran. In fact, since we’re feeling so thankful, let’s revisit a personal favorite of mine from Granimal…


At the closing table, as Gran was about to sign the final papers to close on her house last fall…

Cara: Gran, aren’t you so excited to have your house sold?

Gran: Oh yes. I am sooooo thankful for that, and I’m thankful to you, and your mom, and your dad, and your Uncle Russell, and everyone for all they do for your dear old Gran.

Cara: Aww, Gran. That is so nice. We are thankful for all that you have done for us over the years, too.

Gran: Well, you should be. If it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t be here. Never existed.

Friends. Who hold your hand through the rough patches and cheer you on through the good times. I have lots of these. Way more than one girl deserves.

LTHL readers. I’d be here even if you didn’t show up to check in on my life, but it’s way more fun to have you all join in on the craziness.

…and of course…

My June Bug. What I lucky girl I am to be the mother of the sweetest little bearded gremlin who sleeps through the sounds of power sanders and knows how to maneuver her puppy paws around open cans of paint.


Happy Thanksgiving, y’all…and go Hogs!




>> Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I’ve noticed lots of my Facebook friends bragging about how today is their Friday, so I too have decided to jump on that bandwagon.

I’m officially taking the rest of the week to sit around and do absolutely nothing except eat and read magazines…and maybe rake leaves, go with a client-friend to close on their house, install trim, catch up with an old friend on a wine date, plan a kitchen remodel, watch the Hogs crush LSU, put up a Christmas tree, paint a dresser, feed my cat-nephews, install a light fixture…but definitely eat and read magazines.


Happy Tuesday…I mean Friday!



1 Pretty in Pink: The After Shots

>> Monday, November 21, 2011

Oh goodness. The pink bath before….

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One week after deciding to give this bath a mini-makeover the after shots are ready for viewing! Keep scrolling for the after shots and head on over to At Home in Arkansas’ blog for a rundown of the project.


  Cara Wilkerson of Live the Home Life gives her pink bathroom a mini-makeover! Some sanding, a coat of paint, and a few cute accessories transformed her 1960s bathroom into a girly respite. Check out Cara’s blog for more before images, and read on for the big reveal!…click here for more about this makeover on At Home’s blog.

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0 The end of an era…until next year

>> Friday, November 18, 2011

With the last home game for the fabulous Arkansas Razorbacks just 24 hours away, I’m a little bummed. Football season in this neck of the woods is an all around good time. Spending time with friends that I don’t see nearly enough, the tailgates never disappoint and most importantly, I’ll miss all the home talk. Nothing makes me happier than chit-chatting about furniture flips and home how-tos over a bloody mary around a tailgate, especially while catching up with good friends. This fall I’ve loved diving into everything from what to do when a furnace breaks to installing wainscoting with family, friends, sorority sisters and strangers alike. The dark months of winter will be rough. Really rough. So keep the home talk coming and email a sister from time to time, won’t ya?

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Murr & Cara

Happy Friday, y’all and Go Hogs!



0 Cabinet Talk

>> Thursday, November 17, 2011

After much sanding, priming and painting, the cabinets in the pink bath are finally a wrap…

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Check back soon for the pink bathroom mini-revamp reveal!



6 Just a Thought: What’s in your fridge?

>> Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I’ve always been amazed by people who are able to keep a fully stocked fridge. My friend Kristin is one of those people, and every time she wins the friend-of-the-year award for cooking dinner for this poor little do-it-yourselfer, I’m amazed at what she has tucked away in that refrigerator of hers.

My sister is one of those people, too. Whipping up fabulous soups, dips and (most importantly) mac & cheese on command. I think about returning the favor, but then I remember what’s in my refrigerator…


So what’s your fridge style? Are you a bulk buyer, meal-by-meal shopper or dedicated fan of the Chick-fil-A drive thru?



0 A Pinterest Pick Me Up

>> Monday, November 14, 2011

What’s happening in this neck of the woods sure ain’t pretty…yet.

Sanding and repainting the cabinets in the pink bathroom has been a beast…


…so let’s take this Monday post to re-inspire ourselves with few personal faves from my DIY Pinterest board while I try not to inhale any more lead-based paint dust.

A fab dresser rehab from DesignSponge

Super simple DIY pillow project from Miss Martha


$40 paneled wall how-to from Decor Chick


DIY fire pit from Home Road




4 How to Save a Mirror for $20

>> Friday, November 11, 2011

Walls painted. New light fixture hung. Time to tackle the massive mirror. 

Mirrors this size can run a pretty penny, so there was no way I was going to chunk this one in favor of a new purchase. All it needed was a little sprucing in the form of a frame.


A few pieces of trim would do the trick. After measuring my mirror and cutting the wood to size with a miter saw (No saw? No worries. A hardware store can make the cuts for you.), a quick coat of primer was added to the back since they would be taking up residence in a wet area. No moisture damage wanted here.


Once dry, I made sure all of the pieces fit together nicely…


Then ran a bead of glue along the back joints.


Looking good! Time to hang.


Using a super glue/Gorilla glue combo, I attached the frame to the mirror. Super glue to quickly position the mirror in place while the super sturdy Gorilla glue had time to dry.

Once dry, I filled in the ugly cracks with caulk.


And followed up with a couple coats of white paint.

All finished and much improved for a measly $20.



Have a great weekend, y’all and go Hogs!


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