Family photo week

That’s right, you read correctly it is family photo week here at HMI. I am officially crazy to tackle this mammouth and controversial subject but here we go!

First off, to set the tone, i want to share this…something very precious to me.


my great-grandparents, holding my grandmother (cousin Janice, i hope you are reading, that is my granny correct???) i love this photo, it is not in good condition but it is just so precious for so many reasons, another blog post in itself. Bottom line, photos like this are gold to me as a decorator, whether in my own home or others..I would rather see this somewhere than some piece of junk from PB or even a fine antique..A HOME WITHOUT PHOTOS IS LIKE A HOME WITHOUT BOOKS..NO SOUL, in my humble opinion.

SO, I want us to have a discussion on family photos, gallery walls, etc… This will NOT be a totally comprehensive manual on dos and donts and how tos…hopefully i will share some interesting thoughts and ideas but dont be dissapointed if i dont cover it all… PLEASE leave comments with each post about your own challenges, concerns or things that have worked for you.

Last but not least, i hope to not offend a single reader with statements about family photos and how to display. At the end of the day, it is your home and you do whatever you want..there are no right or wrongs, only ideas and hopefully that is what we will generate this week..

So get ready to comments, what is your favorite tip for using family photos in the home??

Polka dot pumpkins


[note: this post is a rerun from a post on my private blog from last fall..thought i would share here, stay tuned for the giveaway later today and upcoming post on kitchens (i dont just work on nurseries yall!) and more updates..and please note, this “research” on prices was from last year, who knows what pumpkin prices will be this year…how about leaving in comments what kind of prices you are finding in your area??!!!]

Forget oil and gas…what is up with the price of PUMPKINS??? (or “puh-kins” as Drew says) We have three fruit stands in my little town..one was $10-11 for a medium/large pumpkin and basically .79-.89 cents per pound on everything else..and NINETY NINE CENTS for ONE of those little tiny pumpkins..nuts! One of the other fruit stands had the same big pumpkins for $6.99 each and I bought TWELVE of the tiny white pumpkins for $2+..that is better!(at the local grocery store they are 8 in a bag for $5.99 (I think) that seems soo high)..THE BEST fruit stand (and the last one i went to of course) had a wonderful variety and the CHEAPEST prices..

everything was roughly .59 cents a lb..nearly half from the other places..but their tiny pumpkins wer 2 for a $1, not so good..so interesting to compare..then yesterday at Home Depot they had medium size pumpkins for $4.97..of course i would rather buy them from the local fruit stand and pay more than from a chain (especially the stand that buys peas and watermelons from my father in law) BUT not at $10-11 each..that place was nuts!

I love all of the interesting varieties..like the one in the picture above..it almost looks striped..i also love ones with bumps and warts..and the variety called “fairy” and “ghost”…. my “assistant” and I added dots to some (of course there are great instruction/examples on how to do the dots the “right way” in various shelter mags and online BUT we just freehanded and it is not perfect but thats ok and its done;)..we went a little overboard but had fun..my next project is to decoupage pumpkins with book pages..i saw this on a metal pumpkin in a store for $45..now that is crazy!

If you live near Houston and travel hwy 6 or 290, email me and I will tell you where to find the best!

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