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Front Yard Facelift

This week has been a mad scramble and I feel like I have been able to get anything meaningful done.

I’m getting a facelift! Ok, not really but it sure feels like it. Our house is. Last week we jumped in head first to a total front yard makeover. And, today we begin. This is where we’re starting from . . .


FrontYard Makeover - before


Disclaimer: I had nothing to do with the green shutters/door. Don’t they show off the green that has grown on the siding over the last year? Lovely. But by tomorrow it will be dreamy! We’re starting the over haul by having the house power-washed and the shutters/door painted a sleek and sassy black. Eeeee! I’m giddy with excitement! My contractor, Tim, who was the muscle behind the kitchen reno is coming to wave his magic paintbrush and make our sad little Cinderella into the belle of the ball!

And! He’s adding a flower ledge (if I don’t chicken out before he gets here). I think every Southern girl dreams of flower boxes on every window and I’m no different. However, Hubbs is pretty convinced I’ve lost my mind but he’s going along with the plan anyway. I found this adorable ledge idea on Pinterest (from Chiot’s Run)  and I’ve worked out a plan to put one on the large upper window over the garage (far right-side). It’s our bedroom window so I’m thinking it will also be really lovely from the inside too! When I saw it, I realized I already had the brackets (from Ikea) on hand for a different project. The brackets only $4 each and the wood I’m using for the ledge was $10! (proper tutorial coming soon!) FYI - my ledge will be 80 inches wide so we’ll be using 3 brackets instead.


Pinterest - Window Ledge with Plant Pots from Chiot


How stinkin’ cute is this right? I love this idea! Somehow it feels like it belongs in an adorable little French village.

In the weeks to come we’re adding sod, new flower beds, new plants, and a front porch update! If you’re wondering about the sod after looking at the pic. All of that lovely green in the front yard is actually moss. Yes, ALL of it. So, stay tuned for more of the fun!

See you soon!


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Spring Dining Room Inspiration

Whew! I think we’re all finally thawing out, and drying up from the nasty winter we just had. And, low and behold, Friday will be the first day of Spring!! I normally don’t mind wintertime but this year has been so darned gray and depressing. I’ve been watching all of the adorable Spring/Easter projects popping up all over the net and I just haven’t been able to get excited about attempting any of them. I may not get any Spring-y projects put together for the blog (we’ll just have to see) but I do intend to get brighten up my dining room. It desperately needs some sunshine. Kind of sad, since it’s white, tangerine, and lime!


Dining Room Inspiration- White Tulip Designs


Here’s a bit of dining room inspiration showcasing an array a bright, Spring colors!




Here is a beautiful example of some rustic blues from Miss Mustard Seed. I’m in love with the cow painting over the sideboard, aren’t you?


Savvy Southern Style - dining room


How can you resist a lovely farm-inspired dining room with buttery yellow accents from Savvy Southern Style? Gorgeous!




Linen grays and whites from French Country Cottage. Perfect backdrop to highlight fresh flowers!




Leafy greens and a romantic outdoor dining “room” from Stone Gable. Don’t you love dining outside in warmer weather?




You can’t have Spring inspiration without an adorable pink option from AttaGirl Says! I love how the pink is displayed in subtle accents in various shades and hues.


For more Dining Room inspiration hop on over to my Pinterest Dining Room page:


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Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/22/2015 - 10:00 am

Thanks for stopping by, Pamela!

Pamela-FromMyFrontPorchToYours - 03/22/2015 - 1:39 am

All wonderful inspiration dining rooms. Have fun making your space over!

Book Review - Happy Home

If you remember my review from a few months ago (see here) you know I have a weakness for crafting and DIY books. My plan is to share reviews of my favorites. I have bought my fair share of stinkers but we won’t talk about that. Today I want to talk about “Happy Home” by Jennifer Paganelli.


Happy Home


I bought “Happy Home” quite a while back, ironically enough, before I had discovered her beautiful fabrics.  The entire book is like an impromptu journey through the countryside with old friends. It is a book of 21 projects where every one is filled to the brim with vibrant pictures of happy people enjoyed the final piece and surrounded in sunlight.

The tutorials and directions are clear and easy to follow. She includes projects for different skill levels. Some can be projects to work on with your little ones and some can be great starters for the teen novice. And they all feature her luscious and bold fabrics!  The book features a fantastic list of resources for a multitude of  sewing and crafting supplies. And, before diving in to the projects she provides a complete glossary of sewing terms as well as detailed tips to get you started. Thankfully, she also includes a selection of patterns!

If you’re an avid seamstress, you’re probably familiar with Jennifer Paganelli’s amazing fabric collections. Since discovering her book I’ve become a huge fan. She seems to be quite a prolific artist. I highly recommend this book to anyone with and interest in textiles and DIY projects.

You can buy your own copy of “Happy Home” here and find out what you’ve been missing!

Come see more of Jennifer’s fabrics and where you can buy on her blog, SisBoom!

For anyone with a little girl, Jennifer also has another book, Girl’s World (Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls)!

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!


Grocery List and Bonus Project

Finally!  I’ve picked up my pens and paints and started doing some sketching again. I’m working on lots of different things to share over the next few months. To start with I’ve put together a printable grocery list. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now. I love the longer narrow ones you can get almost anywhere but there’s never enough room for notes, etc. So, I created my own to use with a mini-sized clipboard. And, as a bonus I’m including a quicky project for a matching pencil!

Grocery List Project from White Tulip Designs


Simply download the printable PDF onto regular copy paper, cut, trim, and mount on your clip board! You can print as many as you like.

Grocery List from White Tulip Designs     Grocery List from White Tulip Designs


Download printable PDF here!!

And now for the pencil. You’ll want to start with a mechanical pencil (the cheaper plastic ones work best) and your choice of fabric tape (about 1/2 inch wide).


Pencil project from White Tulip Designs            Pencil project from White Tulip Designs


Pencil Project from White Tulip Designs


  • 1. Pull (and twist a little) the plastic clip off of your pencil leaving only the portion that attaches to the pencil.
  • 2. Cut your tape at an angle and, beginning at the top, wrap the pencil until you reach the bottom. Use a length of roughly 2 inches (with no angle) to finish the wrap at the bottom of the pencil.
  • 3. Using smaller pieces of the fabric tape, cut into strips, wrap the top of the pencil being sure to cover the tab.
  • 4. To attach to a clip board, tie a length of twine to the top of the pencil (below the tab). Then, knot it and use your decorative tape to tape it in place. Tie the opposite end to the top of the clipboard.

Grocery List / Pencil project - from White Tulip Designs


I hope you like your new printable list! Enjoy!!


Grocery List Project - from White Tulip Designs


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Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/30/2015 - 10:22 am

Thank you Benita! I’m so glad you like it. Stay tuned! I’m working on some new printable projects for the weeks to come.

Benita - 03/30/2015 - 9:17 am

This is adorable!! I love it. I can’t do too many crafty things, but printing, cutting and taping are right up my alley! 🙂

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Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/20/2015 - 10:34 am

Thank you Amy! Stay tuned, I have lots more printables coming up in the next few weeks.

Amy | Canary Street Crafts - 03/19/2015 - 4:17 pm

How cute is this?! I have to shop with a grocery list or I forget half of what I need. I need to print some of these…much more fun than the random envelope or paper I jot my list down on. Thanks for sharing!

Wasted Spaces

Don’t you hate it when you have something that you keep losing track of because it doesn’t have a proper home? For me it’s my little collection of food magazines. I have a rather small collection and some of them are a few years old. But I do like to keep them on hand for reference when I creating new recipes. They are a bit big and floppy to keep on the shelf with my cookbooks so I’ve been tucking them in various places around the kitchen. Bad plan, believe me.

Magazine Rack

I’ve been plotting to add a few little shelves for spices along the side of the top cabinet that falls behind the door anyway. Looking at some mighty adorable ideas for children’s book storage on Pinterest, it hit me that I could use a similar strategy on the lower cabinets to keep my favorites magazines safe and sound. And I can do it by using what was basically just wasted space! Score!


Mag Rack - cover


I used a Bygel rail from Ikea (here’s a similar one!) that’s part of their kitchen wall organization system along with a piece of leftover trim (free is my favorite!!) and painted it out in the white trim color (Bistro White from Valspar).

Mag Rack 1


Since I knew it wouldn’t need to hold much weight (I mainly just collect food mags when the mood strikes) I didn’t worry about anchoring the rail or the wooden ledge at all. I used 2 small corner braces under the ledge to attach it to the cabinet wall and they are quite sturdy.

Here’s what the space looked like before . . .


Mag Rack 2


Nothing wrong with it but still a bit of wasted space. And now . . .


Mag Rack 3


See! Sweet little project in no time flat and my magazines are all safe and sound!!

 While you’re here don’t forget to check out my built-in spice rack, cabinet organization or take a tour of the whole kitchen!

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You are certainly welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 01/22/2016 - 9:05 am

Thank you John! I’m so glad you stopped by!

John - 01/21/2016 - 10:47 am

Great use of space! Here’s a tip: Flip the angle brackets over so they are hidden by the magazines, rather than showing from the bottom. I see several places where I’ll be building this around the home and office.

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 11/02/2021 - 2:07 pm

Hi Kimberley, thanks for stopping by! Links for all of the kitchen colors and details are included here: Kitchen Reno Tour

kimberley - 11/01/2022 - 7:07 pm

Any idea of the paint color brand & name on those cabinets? Love it!

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 09/05/2021 - 8:22 pm

Thanks for including me!

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 08/28/2015 - 9:03 am

Thank you Steph!

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Fabulous idea, and I love the coloring of your kitchen!

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 08/06/2021 - 12:29 pm

Thanks for stopping by! I would highly recommend taking advantage of having that bit of extra kitchen storage!

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what a great little extra spot!

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 04/23/2015 - 8:07 am

Thanks! I use it even more than I thought I would.

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Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/21/2015 - 10:21 pm

Thank you!See you then!

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Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/17/2015 - 10:40 pm

Hi Kelley,
Thanks for stopping by! I love this for book storage. I may have to try this in my little man’s room.


Kelley - 03/17/2015 - 1:43 pm

That is a great use of space. My family and I live in a relatively small home ( 1600 sq/ft for 5 ) and every bit of space is precious.

Here is one of my favorite space savers. I am sure it can be downsized for any use: http://www.trekkiemom.com/2014/06/flat-book-shelf-how-to.html.

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/11/2021 - 9:45 pm

Thank you!!

Joy @ Yesterfood - 03/11/2021 - 6:39 pm

Jennifer, I love this idea so much….partly because I have never quite found a satisfactory spot for cookbooks and such…and partly because those are my favorite cooking magazines you have pictured! 🙂 Now I want to put your little rails and ledges everywhere. Thank you for sharing this terrific idea with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned and also shared on G+!

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