Abe’s National Parks Room: Updates Already

National Parks themed boys room with pillows and poster from Uncommon Goods

I can’t leave Abe’s room alone. I posted the reveal back in August, but I’d been working on the room for a full year before that, on and off, and apparently I can’t quite shake the habit. Also I wanted more pillows. I always intended to have more fun pillows on Abe’s bed than the couple that were around for … Continue reading

Dec-O-Ween! A Decomposing Composers Halloween

decomposing composers: antique violin case

It’s here! Dec-O-Ween week is here! This is my first time hosting a blog hop of any sort, and it’s been so much fun reading everyone’s posts and seeing the great Halloween decor they’ve all come up with. Make sure you take the time to check out all the other posts after you finish here! The kids and I had … Continue reading

Vintage Horror Movie Posters: Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Decorating

free printable dracula poster and halloween decorations

I should probably note for the record here that I do not enjoy horror movies. But I do enjoy their posters, at least their posters from old times. Actually, I could probably watch these particular movies, even, without being haunted for decades. Like after I made the mistake of watching Scream twenty years ago. I’m so fragile. We have a very … Continue reading

Sunroom Updates: A New Rug and a Cluttered Mantel

mantel with lots of vintage finds

We last visited the sunroom back in May (what?! how did that happen? I would have absolutely sworn it was July. Stop it, time!) when we had just moved Abe’s tent down there and made a kind of tossed together play area in one side of the room: Today I’m here to show you the slightly more pulled together, intentional … Continue reading

Five Halloween Decorating Ideas: Ghosts of Halloween Past

gold snake halloween wreath

I’m excited about Halloween decorating this year! I have to confess that I wasn’t entirely feeling it last year. Actually, I confessed it last year, too. I posted about a small Halloween vignette in my foyer and said, “Honestly? THIS is about how much Halloween decorating I wanted to do this year.” Unvarnished truth is what I give you here … Continue reading

My Home Style Before and After

campaign chest and gallery wall in master bathroom

I’m excited to be participating in the My Home Style, Before and After Edition blog hop this week, with a whole bunch of fabulous bloggers. If you’re coming here from The DIY Mommy, welcome! And if you’re a regular reader who’s been around for awhile, you’ve seen my bathroom before, but we’ve made a few updates recently and I’m going … Continue reading

My Fujifilm X-T10 : A Very Non-technical Review

fujifilm x-t10 review

It’s been around ten months, I think, since I upgraded my camera from a Canon Rebel T3i to the mirrorless Fujifilm X-T10, so I thought it was about time I said what I think about it. I love it. Very much. I’d had my Rebel for about three years (and it was an upgrade from another Rebel before that). I … Continue reading

Someday It Will Stop Being a Zillion Degrees and We’ll Do Things in Our Yard


This is the time of year when people are all over social media posting pictures of flowers blooming and kids swimming and going on and on about how they don’t want summer to end. Bleh. I am totally ready for summer to end. There are things I like about summer: school vacation, road trips, long days, thunderstorms. But by August, … Continue reading

Abe’s Colorful, Modern National Parks Room: The Reveal

Preschooler's National Parks inspired bedrooom

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! 2016 is the National Parks Service’s 100th birthday (and, in fact, the actual birthday is August–this very month!) and we’ve been celebrating all year by decorating a National Parks inspired room for our three year old, Abe. We didn’t really mean to keep the celebration going quite THIS long, but….these things … Continue reading