Reader Question

“You were my original inspiration for my house almost 6 years ago. I found you on Pinterest. What is a good time frame for redecorating?”

Hi Friend! Thanks for your question on Instagram (if you are not following me on Insta meet me there at Blueeggbrownnest and find me on Pinterest too! They have a lot of new features).

I love this question.

The small, less-pricey items like pillows/pillow covers and accessories like books and planters, rugs you can easily replace without breaking the bank. There are so many places to shop now. I probably do this every 2-3 years.

A step up from that is counter stools, coffee tables, lamps and chairs I replace or reupholster around 5 years.

The big, expensive items like couches is about 10 years.

And when you are stuck in your house being safe from COVID, after 10 months, I give you permission to change all of it! Kidding, but I know it’s hard being indoors and staring at the same furniture.

I thought it would be fun to do a little trip down blog memory lane. So many of these furnishings have been sold or replaced minus the bigger items. Pix start from 2009….

Those couches lasted 10 years in a super high traffic, crazy household! The rugs and pillows were changed out. And I kept all the animals and added to the zoo in that time! xo

…i’ve been working on a lake house

Hi Friends!

I am here, but I am a busy bee this summer. I am working on our little lake house and will be for most of the summer. I am going slowly because, well, I want to play in the lake!


Yes, there is a part of me that would just like to “fix”, update and redo everything around me, and there is another part that wants to experiment and try something a bit different. I don’t want to have the same exact decor here as I do at home if that makes sense. I want to create a feeling that will refresh my family, calm us and help us recharge. At first I had the idea that I was going to literally paint everything in eye sight white – including the floors, which I still want to do.

This is what I was envisioning.



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Can I get an amen?!

And I plan on doing many of these things as inspired by Pinterest. I will eventually paint the kitchen cabinets, a fireplace, some wood furniture. But, part of me wants to incorporate the shades of blue that I am noticing in every catalogs that comes in the door. Like this:


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I think the risk is that with a lake or beach home, you don’t want to decorate too literally. Some blue and make one pillow referencing a lake is okay, maybe a few shells, but you don’t want to overdo it because I think it can be come a bit too much. I want it to be a subtle nod to the water around us.

I think when planning out a space you need to collect pictures that inspire you. You may not know why you feel moved by them, but that does not matter right away. What you want to get an idea of is the tone of the space. Pinterest is a great place to make a motivational board or even a three-ring binder with magazine clippings. I have at least two of these going at all times. If I see something in a catalog or magazine, I will tear it out and stuff it in the binder. It’s not very organzied in there, but it is all in one spot. I found myself really loving some of this gold, white and blues. Now, how to work it all together?

I keep going back to the movie “Something’s Gotta Give” with Jack Nickolson and Diane Keating (one of my fav movies!). The Hampton’s Beach home was literally to die for. I think I’ll start there. Oh – and she was a writer! Like she wrote her plays at the beach house – can you imagine? I can think of nothing better. Truly inspiring for this gal.


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PS – It wasn’t until I started looking up these images that I found out that this very beach house is an extremely popular search for its decor.

…favorite things friday – pinterest

I heart Pinterest. For those of us that are visual it is like candy! I don’t make the recipes or do many Pinterest projects, but I do get inspired. I thought I’d share some of my favorite inspirational Christmas images and things that you can do to your own home. Simple is better and so is adding nature when you can.








Lovely, yes?

Now. Before clicking to your next email. I want you to stop. Pat yourself on the heart and thank your body for all the work that it has done up until this point. Then, I want you to call a family member and tell them how much you love them. Let’s feel Christmas this way.