Camp-O-Ween! Haunted Woods/Camping Halloween Display


post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I hinted at this on Instagram quite awhile ago, but this year’s Halloween theme is….Haunted Camping! You know, because of the new trailer and all. I was actually planning to use a vintage toy camping set I found at the thrift store, but it turned out the tent from that was … Continue reading

Shopping Spree


You certainly wouldn’t be able to guess this by looking in my overstuffed basement or garage, but I often go a remarkably long time without buying anything that doesn’t come from a thrift store (I mean, except, like, food and gas and electricity. You know what I mean!) But this week, I bought SO MANY THINGS. Like two. Well, more … Continue reading

Halloween Decor Season Begins


Honestly? THIS is about how much Halloween decorating I wanted to do this year. I’m feeling sort of overwhelmed this fall, and there are so many things that need to be done in the house, that over the top seasonal decorating seems like a luxury I don’t have time for. But I set a dangerous precedent with our Edgar Allen … Continue reading

Fort Yargo State Park: Mistakes were Made


I’m viewing our weekend at Fort Yargo as our first official trip with the trailer, since we stayed two whole nights and actually did things other than sit inside and listen to the rain like we did in Chattanooga. And… was fun! And also sort of full of near catastrophes! I’m going to break the post into two separate parts, … Continue reading

Stenciled Bison Curtains for Abe’s National Parks Room


post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I’m just going to go ahead and say right now that this project took 100 years (or at least a weekend or so) longer than it should have because it was incredibly tedious and I had a hard time making myself do the second curtain panel after I finished the first. … Continue reading

And the winner is……(Abe’s new dresser + a bison)


A couple of weeks ago, I asked everyone to vote on a new dresser for Abe’s room, and the votes were pretty evenly split between this campaign chest: And this mid century dresser: (I also had put his current dresser, repainted somehow or other in the running, but no one voted for it). And we decided to go with….. NEITHER … Continue reading

Control Any Plug-in Light with a Wall Switch: A Quick Ikea Light Tweak


Post contains an affiliate link. If you go buy the awesome thing I am about to tell you about, I’ll get like 10 cents or something. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I’m not sure I’ve ever been as excited to see a long weekend as I am right now. This whole school year promises to be extra crazy, between Dave … Continue reading

Our First RV Trip: Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga West KOA


I won’t say that everything that could go wrong did, because I can think of an awful lot of things that could have gone wrong and didn’t (for which I’m grateful)…..but a lot of things went wrong. And it was still pretty fun! So, yay–first trip with the trailer=success(ful enough that we don’t want to sell the thing yet)! We … Continue reading