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Jennifer Farlin


Dear Gentle Frost Bitten Snow Covered Reader, I just realized I started this blog two years ago this month. Let’s look back, shall we? My FIRST post.  Eek. Three Simple Decorating Tips to Get You Unstuck Drop Cloth Chic.  Another post coming like this one… Making Art Out of the Everyday, Or…Ode to A Green Purse 5 Minute Spring Decorating Chandelier Love. What Door Do You Use and One Door’s Journey, A Follow-Up The McTray Tartan Love  How To Style A Bookshelf For Normal People Mason Jar Chic Tweaky Tweakerton  Camping Sold! My House in Pictures. 11-11 Hey Pottery Barn… The Addams Family Vs. The Munsters Surrender Spooooky House  Thankful Thursdays Almost Wordless Wednesday Locker Love Paper Source New York I Love You How To Make Temporary Housing Feel Like Home My House. Carlisle. Matchbook Love What’s In…What’s Out. Green! Chairs To You  Downsizing Part 1 Life You Want Weekend  Murder Mystery at My House Color Inspirations  I’m Sorry You Aren’t a Military Family–So Put That In Your Pipe And Smoke It I Am A …


Thank You 2014

  525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes – how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes – how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? Measure in love. Seasons of love.  ~Rent   Today is Veteran’s Day.  As a wife of an active duty service member my thoughts automatically shift to all those who are serving their country far from home, away from family and friends.  As a mother, I think of all our children who have moms and dads risking their lives and who have to accept that mom and dad won’t be home, again, for_____fill in the blank.  Time crawls for those who are missing someone.  I know firsthand.  And yet, how is it when the clock is counting down for the next departure–time speeds up and moments move at lightening speed? It’s true when they say you don’t know what you have until it is gone, isn’t it?  After all …


Throw Back Thursdays: Hurricanes

  Way way back many centuries ago, well, 1998, there was a hurricane coming straight towards Corpus Christi, Texas.  Naturally, I was there.  I was living on a Navy base, off of the Gulf of Mexico, with my husband.  And, naturally, when a hurricane is expected all of the active duty service members are suppose to leave the women and children behind and evacuate with the aircraft. So it’s midnight and there is a tank like truck with a mega phone and flashing lights driving around a pitch black base announcing a mandatory evacuation of all people.  I knew like 3 people and my husband, who was one of them, was leaving at o-dark-thirty to fly to Dallas (where he would later eat steak while I stood in pouring rain in said hurricane boarding up a house with cedar.)  (I so do NOT hold grudges and I have totally forgave him for his so called stomach flu in 1993 that required me to drive 500 miles while he puked out a window in a stick …


I’m Sorry You Are NOT a Military Family–So Put That In Your Pipe And Smoke It.

  I’m in TJ Maxx and somehow I find myself talking to a stranger about the Navy and I become exasperated. I’m so tired of hearing people say to me “I don’t know how you do it–I could NEVER do it”—referring to the fact that my husband is in the military. I can’t help but feel really annoyed.  I know there is a complement in there but it still bugs me.  To me, it’s saying “Wow I feel sorry for you because your life is so hard”. And, again, I know the intent is not to make me feel bad but it does.  My family might have different challenges than you but we all have challenges. Yes, I have experienced deployments with small children.  This gave me the opportunity to flipping dig deep!  Want to know what you are made of?  Get rid of your safety net.  That’s what deployments do.  You are on your own and you have to figure it out.  Sometimes you are in a brand new place too.  And it’s hard. …

Ralph Lauren

I Dreamed A Dream Of Ralph Lauren

I was listening to Les Miserables last night while looking at a magazine spread of Ralph Lauren interiors. That is obviously what inspired the dream I had. I dreamed a dream of Ralph Lauren When hope was high And life worth living I dreamed that he would decorate my house I dreamed that he would be not expensive Then I was young and so naive So dreams were made and used and wasted There was no mortgage to be paid No song unsung No college tuition But the budget talk comes at night With my husband’s voice soft as thunder As they tear your hope apart And they turn your dream towards Target And still I dream he’ll come to me That I will live the years with velvet But there are dreams that cannot be And there are storms we cannot weather I had a dream my life would be So different from this budget I’m living So different now from what it seemed Now Ralph Lauren’s fee’s have killed The dream I dreamed …


Downsizing Part 3

  This is the third part of the series Downsizing or why my impending displacement feels like a game of whack a mole. Moving is like a game.  The object is to get your stuff into your next house before your spouse starts their new job (so that you are not unpacking alone), before the kids start school in the fall, and before your household goods get lost, stolen, blown up, rained on, driven over, crushed, broken, cracked and/or mutilated. The rules of the game require packers to come into your house and in a cyclone of frenzied activity pack everything in sight including your car keys, shoes, and garbage.   Need a toilet brush?  Well it’s probably packed with your children’s toothbrushes (which you forgot to extract beforehand), inside the waste paper basket, underneath all of your shoes, in a box labelled “guest bedroom.” This will take 3 days. Then the movers show up. At this point you are so exhausted and drained that you are mere putty in their hands.  The movers proceed …

Kate Spade NY

How To Not Screw Up Paint Colors

I get asked all the time really specific questions about paint colors. “I have an open floor plan, with this color floor, and this color furniture, and the pillows are this color—-so what color should I paint the bathroom?” I really don’t know.  I’m not in your house.  But I can tell you what NOT to do. IF you are super challenged with these type of things then here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts. If you are Candace Olsen or Nate Berkus (read Professionals or someone with a great eye for design) then you can disregard this post and do what you want…you’ll figure out a way to make it all work. Otherwise. If you want a yellow room, don’t pick a yellow. Do pick a white with a tint of yellow.  Same goes with all the other colors.  Blue? Pick a white with a hint of blue.   How do you do this?  Go to Lowes or Home Depot and pick up one of the “Whites” pamphlets. There’s like 70 “Whites” all …

Bella Home Staging

My House. Part 3

  So we are in Winter Storm Nika, not to be confused with Maximus.  Today this was as far as I made it outside.  Pretty everywhere I looked.  Kids were going door to door offering to clean cars of snow and ice for donations.  Last I looked there were 7 kids working on my car.  And one dog. Inside is where I am content right now.  You saw Part 1 and Part 2 of inside–here’s the continuation… Clearly this is not today.  It was taken in September, and it made me happy when I saw it.  So I’ll end my house tour on a sunny note.  As I mentioned, in previous posts, this house is for sale and we’ll be moving to DC in June.  Happiness to the new owner who gets to live here:)  

World War 2


    It’s November 11th.  (That’s 11-11.) If you are reading this at 11:11 (on 11/11) did you know that on this day at this hour in 1918 World War 1 formally ended? Today is also Veterans Day, a day to say Thank You to all who served and serve in our military. So on 11/11, Veterans Day, I’m thinking about how the Navy sent us to the US Army War College for 11 months.  Not 12 months, not 10 months—11 months. There’s got to be something to number 11.  So I googled this 11 phenomenon.  The word Synchronicity kept popping up.  Apparently, when 11’s are involved repeatedly someone is trying to tell you something. Synchronicity, according to wikepedia, is the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, whereas they are unlikely to be casually related.  The subject sees it as a meaningful coincidence, although the events need not be exactly simultaneous in time. The concept of synchronicity was first described by Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s. Jung was transfixed by the idea that …


The Addams Family vs The Munsters: Where Would You Live?

  You know I am hard pressed to figure out which house I could live in comfortably. On one hand… …the Addams family is quite wealthy.  They have amenities, like Lurch, the butler.  They have a large house–space to spread out.  Morticia had a nice green house.   On the other hand, the Munsters seem to be a bit more “normal” than the Addams family, so less to worry about in the middle of the night?  And Marilyn, she seemed nice…we could be friends.  Although, there was Grandpa.  He was a vampire–that kind of freaks me out. But back to their house…it seemed a bit cozier.  No bed of nails.  Just a dragon, that lived under the stairs…   Then again, on the OTHER hand…the Addams family seemed quite cultured.  Lurch was always playing the organ.  Morticia spoke french.  I believe they liked Broadway and Hollywood…they had a show created after them and a movie. I don’t know.  What do you think? Here are the outside of their houses:     Master bedrooms:     Living …