Room Renovations, Faux Greenery, Travel Tips & More – The Weekly Edit 6

Welcome to this weeks edition of The Weekly Edit, your weekly digest featuring design, decor, fashion, beauty and links to love! Keep scrolling for some great stuff this week and say hi in the comments below!

If you are a newsletter subscriber then you’ll know that it’s been busy around here and we are about 80% finished with the kitchen/family room renovation! What’s not finished is the fact that we will be waiting until most likely late summer for the new fridge and a couple of other details like missing a cabinet panel coming soon. As the years go by I’ve learned to become more patient about things that are out of my control, so we wait and hope that the 20+ year old fridge holds out. Also, I continue to pare down and organize and am finding my decor aesthetic to be relaxed and quiet, just as I prefer my life to be these days. I’ll be styling with a few things most likely from our garden and shooting photos to share soon!

We’ve done as much DIY as possible in this kitchen and here is my husband installing the hood fan


I’ve been obsessed with beautiful room renovations of all sorts for months and thought that I’d share a few favorites today.

This kitchen is the epitome of a European farmhouse and is home to avid DIY enthusiast Deb of Seeking Lavender Lane. We’ve featured a tour of her NJ home here on the blog in the past, so check that out. Find Deb on Instagram for updates, as she prepares to sell her home (which I just noticed) and more!

I haven’t followed Joanna Gaines a whole lot in the last few years but I am wowed by “The Castle” renovation that she designed in Waco. This one is unlike much of what I’ve seen her do and probably why I love the look as she took on a different vision! See that here (also on the Magnolia Network) and let me know what you think of this project.

One of my favorite contemporary designers is Marie Flanigan. This kitchen is from her Little John project that is a must see modern day French farmhouse style home and you’ll get lost in this project!

As mentioned I haven’t taken photos of the renovation just yet, which includes the family room. I have been purchasing a few things and wanted to link this faux palm tree in case you were interested. This brand has the best faux greenery that I’ve had to date, and trust me that I’ve had A LOT over the years! They do have a website but the prices seem to be better on Amazon. This 7′ Paradise Palm cost me under $125 and was over $200 on their site. I also ordered this gorgeous white orchid arrangement and it’s currently half price (not sure how long this price will last), so check it out. If you’re a fan of cherry blossoms they have these really pretty cherry blossom spring front door wreaths at 40% off at the time of writing my post!

If you’re a fan of shopping at Wayfair, their President’s Day Sale is now live. I have a few things in my cart to finish off the family room area, including this leopard performance runner rug, or possibly this blue leopard runner or this navy and white runner leopard print rug (which do you prefer?) I also am looking at this softly muted beach painting on canvas which would go well with my coastal French vibe and fill a blank space I have.


I’m headed off on a trip next week and while my carry-on is far from glamorous, it holds a lot, lasts forever and is the number one best seller on Amazon! I did purchase a set of this new concept in packing cubes that are compression, kind of like those vacuum storage bags. What an awesome idea this is! Another set that I just received for travel is this set of four TSA approved squeezable/refillable silicon travel bottles which I plan to use for shampoo & lotions, etc. As always, I do appreciate when you visit and make purchases from my Amazon storefront and thank you to those who do ☺️


I’ve gotten sucked in to binging The Durrells In Corfu on Amazon Prime and am currently in season #3. The PBS Masterpiece series is based on naturalist Gerald Durrell’s much-loved trilogy of novels, The Durrells in Corfu (Greece) sees impoverished but sparky widow Louisa Durrell making the radical decision to leave 1930s England to seek out a new destiny for her eccentric family.


Interior Design Trends That Are In For 2023 & What’s On The Way Out – According To Vogue

Is chocolate good for your heart? Finally the FDA has an answer – kind of

12 Scenic U.S. Train Rides for Fall Foliage Views – yes, I’m planning travel for the year now

Why We Lose Our Friends As We Age – The Atlantic

Madonna Is Pissed That People Focused on Her Face at the Grammys (thoughts?) – via Allure


When a baking recipe calls for greasing the pan, always use unsalted butter. Salted butter has a tendency to make food stick to the pan.


It’s still cold out in many areas and comfort food reigns! Check out our post 20 Hearty Instant Pot Recipes Using Ground Beef for some dinner ideas.

Get Inspired With This DIY Farmhouse Makeover!

Gardening season is on it’s way and if you’re looking to make a potting bench, check out my rolling bench DIY project here!

Until next time,

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  1. Beth Wachter says:

    Hi, I don’t care for the Little John Project but I do like the Castle!
    Thanks for all the work you put into Shabbyfufu, I love it and look forward to seeing it in my e-mail, especially French Country Friday!

    1. Thanks for chiming in about the projects Beth, much appreciated! And I’m thrilled that you enjoy the blog ☺️