Hoosier Girl….takes the plunge!

HOOSIER GIRL . . . takes the plunge!

To paint, or not to paint?  That is the question many of us face when it comes to “out of style;” or even ugly brick in the house.

Love the cute shape of this fireplace.  Tapering to the top gives it a fun personality!

Love the cute shape of this fireplace. Tapering to the top gives it a fun personality!

  Our new home has the cutest brick fireplace.  The shape is cute, the color is not.  I spent some time   thinking about decorative ways to spruce it up.  So after a few days deliberation, I decided that we were going to have to paint it.

Let the painting begin!

Let the painting begin!

  Would I be happy with my decision?  There’s no going back.  That’s a permanent choice!  I told the painter to go ahead; and I left the house for a few hours before I lost my nerve.  

  When I came back, she had a good portion of the top of the fireplace primed.  Enough that I could see the beauty coming out and too much to reverse my choice.  I was sure I would love it when all done.


It took a whole day just to cover it with primer (Zinsser 1-2-3 worked great!).  

There's no turning back now!

There’s no turning back now!

"Operation: Fireplace Painting" complete!

“Operation: Fireplace Painting” complete!

And then, another whole day to finish the top coat (latex semi gloss).  But, wow, it’s absolutely beautiful!!  I chose to paint it with the same clean white that covers all the trim.  It keeps it simple, clean, and classic.

Deciding to paint something like brick can be a daunting decision; but when done right, can be a wonderful change.  So if you’ve ever thought about it, I say, go for it!  I think you’ll love it!

CAUTION: I will say that most men will not sanction this decorating choice, so you may want to wait til they’re on the fishing trip of a lifetime with their buddies to hatch this plan.  😉

Stay tuned….

Hoosier Girl

Hoosier Girl…..formulates a plan!

So many times people have asked me how to start a decorating project.  It’s hard to give a direct answer but my usual mode of attack is to select something that you love and want to use in that room.  It can literally be anything from a painting, to a pillow; from a chair to china …which is where I began.

These decorative plates bring back wonderful childhood memories!

These decorative plates bring back wonderful childhood memories!

I was lucky enough to inherit my maternal grandmother’s Friendly Village china set.  I remember eating off of these beautiful plates in her home outside of Toledo, Ohio during family gatherings when I was a little girl. They were so dramatic compared to the everyday plates we used at home.  So now that they’re mine, I want them to be the centerpiece of our home.

Even before Mr. W. and I closed on our new home in Indiana, I started gathering fabrics for upholstery that will be in the living room.  And even though these dishes won’t be used in the living room, the dining room is open to it and I want it all to blend seamlessly.

The colors of this fabric match-up so perfectly with grandma"s plate!

The colors of this fabric match-up so perfectly with grandma”s plate!

  First, I found this beautiful muted floral linen fabric that echoed all the colors in the dishes….earthy charcoal and taupe, muted sage, quiet aqua, and even a touch of petal pink.  How lucky!  I had my starting point for the room.  The next fabric selections were not necessarily as easy.

  What did I want the sofa to be?  Since it is such a big anchoring piece in the room, I needed to take my time,   think it through, and really try to visualize what it would look like.  I had my heart set on a tufted back style   in a burlap type fabric; but in the end, I decided that I needed more depth of color and chose a charcoal leather with dark brass nail-head trim. The brass will contrast the leather just enough; and give the sofa a vintage feel.  Now I was free to use the burlap on the cocktail ottoman.  We purchased our first cocktail ottoman years ago; and  have never had a regular coffee table since.  When it comes time to relax, I love the luxury of putting my feet up at the end of the day.  Add a pretty tray to make it useful for magazines, remotes, and a cup of tea.

A soft sage plaid for a comfy arm chair keeps the room from being too “sweet.”  But to make it special, I added a new treatment of contrast taping and spaced nail-head to the bottom of the chair.  Wooly fringe around the back pillow set it off from the rest.  These accents, while sometimes adding to the price of the piece, can make it your own.  No one else will have it.  To me it says that I took the time to think about the details, the “jewelry” of the room.  When working with an interior designer or furniture salesperson, ask them about little details that can take a piece from great to knock your socks off!”

The Living Room flooring, fabrics, paint is coming together!

With the furniture pieces selected, I went on to paint, carpet, and wallpaper….   

For the carpet, I chose a pattern, of course!  Why go solid when there are so many beautiful patterns available?  Although not right for every room or style, for me it was a no-brainer.  Soft gold in an arabesque pattern was the perfect choice.

Because there are so many paint color options, I tend to save it for the end.  Paint colors are endless, fabric choices are not.  I went with a soft dusty spruce blue/green.  With white trim, it will be a fresh and quiet backdrop to my furniture selections.

I LOVE WALLPAPER!  I know it’s not as much in fashion as it was 20 years ago, but I can’t live without it.  It can add so much to a home if strategically used.  Proper placement is key! So I ordered a blue/grey/ oyster damask print.  The paper looks like old ripped fabric; and will go on the foyer wall and all the way into the open dining area.


It’s coming together and I’m so excited!  Once the furniture is here and in place I’ll send you some pics….  But for now I’m having the painting and wallpapering completed; and the carpet just went in this week.

I can’t wait for you to see it!

Talk to ya soon,

Hoosier Girl

Invite Nora Fleming to Your Table


Jane, Nora and Cheryl at the Atlanta Gift Show!

 There’s something special that happens when the hostess of a party pays attention to the  display as well as the menu.  Recently, a longtime friend hosted a dessert and game night  for her lady friends.  Her table and buffet were beautifully set with yummy goodies and  drinks.  But what stopped me in my tracks was the creative displays she used serving her  food.  The time and thought my friend gave to this gathering made all of us feel special and  the evening was a great success!



nora fleming upclose display

Wide variety of platters and minis to choose from.

Entertaining can be intimidating for some of us.  Not only preparing the food, but presenting it can seem daunting; and keep us from hosting our family and friends.  However, easy entertaining is right at hand with Nora Fleming serving-ware.


Brother and Sister working together to create these adorable serving pieces!

This brother-sister team has created customizable serving platters easily used for any holiday or season.  Both agree that their team works to achieve one goal…to bring joy to every table and event.

What makes me so excited about this product is the fun, colorful minis.  Each serving piece is created with a hole, to insert a mini, reflecting the occasion. Party ends…the mini comes off for storage.  A keepsake box which stores the minis is also a part of Nora’s line.

nora fleming display

Keepsake Box Makes a Great Gift!

I think its fun to own unique pieces for entertaining and an easy gift for my family members.  You can check out our line of Nora Fleming in Sweet Bee. We carry the serving pieces and a large selection of minis.  Spot a mini you really like?  You might want to purchase it now instead of waiting.  Nora does retire minis, while creating new ones for her fans.

Let’s celebrate the end of winter…

and the start of warmer weather!

Only a few more days until Spring.  Are you ready for entertaining?

It’s easy if Nora is at your table!