a few answers for you

good morning friends~

i wanted to try to answer, hopefully all, the questions you’ve asked since my post about how i began to declutter things around here & ultimately simplify our home.  and allow me to add here that i try as often as i can to answer questions here, on fb, instagram, etc but there are days where i fail miserably at balancing life…so if i haven’t gotten back to you please forgive me.  it’s not unusual to receive questions about choosing ikea furntiture vs pottery barn- will i share where we’ve stayed in seaside and can i recommend food places -do i recommend canon vs nikon & can i share my fave spots here in atlanta. last week i was completely overwhelmed because i realized i couldn’t keep up with social media dialogue and get anything else done. if you’ve sent one of the earlier mentioned questions & i’ve never answered you i apologize….i’ll do another post on those biggies at another time. pinkie promise.

ok. you’ve asked & here goes~~

1. where do you purchase all the chippy white frames?  dryads dancing   they also have a facebook page.

2. what color paint did you use? ok friends. this may be our deal breaker because my answer will disappoint you. kilz brand satin cashmere white. from walmart. yep. see i told you! nothing fancy.

3. where are your kitchen chairs from? the table/chair/stool in your studio ? world market, primarily the jackson collection. and lucky you, all their furniture is currently 50% off!

4. where did you purchase your dining room slip covers from?  pottery barn. at the time i purchased the monograms were free too. sweet.

5. you mentioned you don’t use window treatments. isn’t that weird knowing everyone can see inside?

well not really weird at all.  the back of our home is private. so the kitchen and family room are just that, private. during the winter when all the leaves have fallen off the trees, the light flooding in during the morning hours is warm and beautiful.  the front of our home received late afternoon light. unless it’s dark outside & our lights are on you really can’t see in. during that time we pull down our shades. while i hate the look of shades, plantation shutters were not in our budget for 14 windows in the front of our home alone. so shades it is. they’re the thickest brand available which lets no light in. which answers anyone’s questions regarding how on earth we keep our house cool in the summer. well, we won’t win any ‘go green awards’ here. its blistering hot in the summer. and our a.c. bill shows it!

6. how did you decide what to keep & what to giveaway when  you began to declutter your home?  well i mentioned i wasn’t super methodical. but bottom line, if i didn’t absolutely love it, it went. if keeping it meant finding a place for it over & over again, it went. if it didn’t really blend well with my cottage meets shabby chic meets industrial and white feel, it went.  my friend ashley has a fabulous post about this very subject here.

7. you mentioned you don’t keep your collections out at all times. where do you store things you aren’t using?  ok. that gets a tad tricky. we don’t have a basement, which let me say this decluttered girl is so thankful. it would only become a dumping ground for all things “in between” where they’d all surely die a slow death. we also have very little storage/closet space. so, basically i try to store like things together. for example, i have a large plastic storage bin where i keep frames that i trade out ( bottom of linen closet). i keep a file of all art prints and change them out seasonally or whenever the mood strikes. i store my mercury glass all together when it’s not in use in a small cabinet in our teensy tiny laundry room. christmas is all together in a small attic area . large pieces like humongeous bowls, lanterns etc are all out in our garage waiting on their turn to play indoors.  basically because i gave so much away i don’t have a zillion things to store, just the things i absolutely love.

as far as closets, for most of us i trade out much of our seasonal clothes and keep what we’re not using ( but will-give the rest away) is in big plastic bins in the attic.

8. how did you make your photoboard? ya’ll. it’s as simple as it looks. cork board covered with whatever fabric your heart desires. i have a few of these, some with linen, some with burlap. stapled in the back.  for my jewelry board i used upholstery tacks from lowes around the border and nickel type thumb tacks. for my photo board i just have the plain old clear thumbtacks. the end. you can see here too. the one i use in our kitchen held all our christmas cards & some christmas ephemera.  it currently has 8×10’s of the girls on it now and i love that look of the larger images. i usually just have loads of snapshots.

ok my friends….oops…this image just reminded me…the bottle brush trees were collected over a few years but many are cody foster & can be purchased here and the deer image i posted in christmas tour was from janet hill studio

i’ve been slowly working on my portfolio up top in the menu section. so i’ve added a little gallery of images around our home here too.

thanks ya’ll!

January 17, 2013 - 8:44 am

Amy Avery - Paige, you simply are fabulous! I love your straight forward honesty and I “pinky promise” I think you are all the cooler that your wall paint is Wal-Mart brand. LOVE that photo of the sun streaming in through your window. You captured that shot beautifully! Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!

January 17, 2013 - 8:46 am

Lori H - Thanks for taking your time to answer all those questions!

January 17, 2013 - 10:51 am

Deborah - great post and beautiful pictures. I wondered where you got the bottle brush trees. The question I had is how is your daughter’s arm. I hope she is well.

January 17, 2013 - 11:49 am

Lemonade Makin' Mama - That was a great newsy post. Loved it! Thanks for sharing and for the sweet photos and inspiration.

January 17, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Kerri - Hi Paige! I love this post, especially #6 and #7! And I just wanted to tell you I am really enjoying following smk’s journey with God! I can only hope Ava and Caroline continue in her footsteps! XO

January 17, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Karen - Where did you get your Happy Birthday Jesus?

January 17, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Janet Lawson - Your home is beautiful and I agree,if you are not using it de-clutter someone else will put it to good use in their home..So glad I found your new site and figured out how to comment..Not really computer savy here..LOL..Have a wonderful week..

January 17, 2013 - 8:43 pm

DebZorn - I’m so glad I found your blog. Your home and your photography are beautiful. Your girls are adorable. Thank you for sharing.

January 17, 2013 - 8:57 pm

tara - very helpful posts…
wanted a few of those links!

January 17, 2013 - 9:28 pm

Liz Mullenax - I have stumbled onto your blog and love it! I know your busy, especially with a big family but sometime can you share where you got the “O Holy Night” picture/sign. I adore it! It is simple and to the point, would love that for my 2013 Christmas!


January 18, 2013 - 12:00 am

jodi - love the post…i am going to get my tushie in gear and simplify our home. I always LOVE all of your photos, seeing your home always seems so cozy!
As for the no curtains….I have a bay window that i do not cover either…I love the sun coming in.

Take care and hope all is well! 🙂 I have been MIA lately and hate it.


January 18, 2013 - 11:50 am

LLH Designs - You made me laugh with your “we don’t win any go green awards here” comment. Too funny! I wish I could’ve donated our plantation shutters to you! Our house felt too dark, so I took them all off. Only 2 more remain…in my bedroom. But those will soon go, too. I felt so guilty for a moment knowing how much they cost and how Southern and desirable they were to me at one time. But letting the full sun in felt more important. 🙂 Happy Friday, sweet blog friend! xo!

January 18, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Bonnie Solid - Soothing.
Your home is like balm.
I love balm.
I adore how you honor & reflect our Lord in your life dearie.

January 18, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Mary - Paige- Thank you for answering our questions and sharing your sources. I can’t wait to check out the picture frames.

January 19, 2013 - 12:24 am

courtney defeo - you’re a little saint. i don’t have questions. just applause. just praise. i just love ya. love seeing a slice of your life. i take a snapshot in my brain and save it and then try to pull out my wanna be paige when i’m shopping or something. i don’t need details – my inner paige comes out every now and then. 🙂

you’re a trooper to put up with all of us women that really want to be your friends. and we know you have a full, crazy life with oh so many real friends, real kids and a real dog and husband.

SO, never ever ever feel guilty to leave a comment, question, anything unanswered. you’re gracious, wonderful and lovely. and i know it.

love ya friend.

January 19, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Kelly Jackson - Paige:

I love your blog and enjoy reading it when I can. I have only two daughters and can relate to all the drama! Never a dull moment with these little laides around, for sure.

One comment I would like to make. I am a teacher and just cringed when you went to all small letters in the body of your blog. I know this is a such a small, dumb thing to comment on, but I really have a hard time staying focused, because my teacher-brain constantly tries to “correct” while I am reading! Just a small thought.

Thanks so much for such a beautiful and uplifing blog.

January 22, 2013 - 11:55 am

Lucy - I came to the original post from Simple Design, I think. I love your blog! I have been trying to simplify and struggling mightily. Even before I saw your post, I’ve been planning to paint my whole main level white. I too have lots of color everywhere and am just ready for some calm. It was really cool to see how you’ve done what I’m thinking of doing and how beautiful it looks. And I was going to ask you how you chose your paint color, so I was glad you answered that question in this post! I’ve been having a heck of a time choosing a white and I’m sure I’m over-thinking it. My problem is that I have cream-ish counters and floors (which I want to change – but hasn’t been in the budget yet). But I probably just need to choose a color and get on with it! LOL! Thank you for posting so many beautiful pictures.

October 24, 2013 - 8:32 am

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