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bleak to chic: a baltimore renovationFirst, I love the name:  Bleak to Chic.  And the blog has a great look – from the cursive-y post titles to lots of white space and lovely photos.  This Baltimore blogger knows what she’s doing.   And take a look at her fab buffet table re-do.  Very inspiring. 

Have you heard about feral houses?    Author James Griffoen says “Nothing I have ever done has resonated as much . . . as the quickly dashed-off blog post written while children tugged at my sleeves <that> ended up capturing the attention of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. . .” 

Until today, I was not one of them.  Now I understand.  These photos are haunting.

photo by James Griffoen

And then, the opposite of feral houses:  Thursday Tablescapes, a weekly blog party hosted by Between Naps on the Porch (another great name, especially if you love naps like I do. . . .I really love naps).  I also love dishes, serving platters, and table linens, but I did not know that one could actually be a “dishaholic.” 

This week, over 100 people showed off beautifully set tables to mark the end of summer and begining of fall.  Serious dishaholics.  

I”ve settled on plain white dishes so I can change up the colors with linens and accessories, but if I had the storage space, I’d be one of those people. 

Here’s an interesting conversation at Hooked on Houses:  What 5 Changes Would You Make to this 1950′s Ranch House?  The post is a few weeks old, but it seems they play this game pretty often over there.  Other great stuff this week, too.  Teaser:  do you like beamed ceilings? 

Long Beach-den

And lastly, two quickies: 

Have a great weekend!

by Lisa Oram

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  1. Julia @ Hooked on Houses
    Thanks for the shout-out for my blog and for all these great links to check out. :-)
    September 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink
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