Hi! I'm Carolyn, Queen of Chaos! I love decorating with pretty things that are practical and can withstand the wear and tear of my 4 young sons and our big dog. I hope you'll join me as I strive to create a beautiful home amid the chaos.
Going to Germany
- Published on Thursday, 16 May 2013
Guten Tag! (Good Day!) I'm trying to learn some basic German phrases, because next month I will be vacationing in beautiful Germany!!
I am so excited about this trip. I haven't been to Europe since before I had kids, and I have never been to Germany. I will be traveling with my brother and my 12 year old son. My...
Kids' Bathroom Reveal
- Published on Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Today I switched out the brass door hardware with oil rubbed bronze knobs and hinges. I think it helps complete the vintage, cottage look I was trying to achieve.
The nasty shower faucet was replaced with a satin nickel one. This was a huge undertaking, requiring several trips to...
Kids' Bathroom Update
- Published on Thursday, 09 May 2013
- Published on Friday, 26 April 2013
Authors:I don't mess with my mantel much.
I put a farmhouse print on the mantel 6 years ago, and I haven't taken it down since.
Oh sure, I added some pumpkins in the Fall (sometimes)...
and put up garland and stockings for Christmas...
but that was pretty much the extent of my mantel decorating.
(I think everyone who attended a Southern Living party...
Home Goods Rugs
- Published on Thursday, 25 April 2013
Authors:It's no secret that I love shopping at Home Goods. It's like going on a little treasure hunt.
I dug up a chevron rug this week.
It adds a nice finishing touch to the guest bathroom.
These 100% cotton rugs come in lots of fun colors and patterns. This size was $14.99. They do need a rug pad underneath if you're using them on a hard surface. I...
Paneled Walls in Progress
- Published on Thursday, 18 April 2013
Authors:A big thunderstorm is rolling in, so I'll keep this short and simple.
Just wanted to let you know that we decided to move forward with paneled walls in the kids' bathroom.
The guys were here installing it yesterday. They used Evertrue planks from Lowe's. We needed something real thin, because the baseboards are tile. We didn't want the...
Something Old, Something New... and Something Blue
- Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Authors:Sometimes the very thing you're looking for is right under your nose. Take this ladder, for example.
I've had it leaning against my family room wall, draped with quilts, for ages. But, it looked like this...
It was a little bit country (like Marie Osmond) and too dark for my newly-painted and lightened up family room. So, it was banished to...
God Bless America
- Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Authors:I just can't write about decorating today. Frankly, it just seems trivial in light of what took place yesterday in Boston. Any time there is an act of terrorism, I am shocked, saddened and angry.
My heart and prayers go out to all those who were injured or killed, to their families, to the first responders, to the witnesses, to all those...
Beautiful Desert Home Tour
- Published on Friday, 12 April 2013
Authors:In my last post, I promised to share pictures of Courtney's Arizona home.
Today I'm delivering on my promise.
Hold for a moment please.
Okay, thanks. I just had to pat myself on the back. You see, sometimes I promise to post about something and then veer off in another direction. Apparently, my decorating ADD carries over into my blogging....
- Published on Tuesday, 09 April 2013
Authors:We are back from Carefree, Arizona, where we were truly carefree for several days.
Our only concerns were whether we should go walking,
We did a Pink Jeep tour in Sedona. It was one of the highlights of our trip. The views were amazing, and the...