31 Days to a Beautiful Home: Day One

31 Days to a Beautiful Home - Marty's Musings

    I'm going to share something with you today that scares me half to death. Are you ready? I'm joining The Nester and tons of other writers who are committing to writing 31 days for the entire month of October. I know I'm a little melodramatic. Why should this scare me so much? Because I'm an A personality who … [Read more...]

Beach House Decorating Ideas

Beach House Decorating - Marty's Musings

Our family spent last week in Emerald Isle, NC enjoying some good food, family fun and as much sun as we could handle! I find the older I get the less enthralled I am with hours on the beach burning to a crisp. Since this was our second year at this specific house I took several pics so I could share some great beach house decorating with … [Read more...]

The Shabby Chic Style in Four Easy Steps

The Shabby Chic Style in 4 Easy Steps - Marty's Musings

  Many years ago when I was "merely" a stay at home mom (totally said tongue in cheek) I had no time, energy or money to keep up with the latest decorating trends. Yes, this was before Pinterest. ~horror~ My decor consisted of cross stitch pictures and handmade, cutesy seasonal items that totally either matched perfectly (uck) or was … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies - Marty's Musings

  Sometimes you just know when a relationship is going to be beautiful. That first moment you gaze into the eyes of your child and realize what a huge responsibility and amazing privilege mothering is going to be. How unprepared you are. A bundle of nerves and fears. Yet somehow you memorize the moments as the … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Bedroom (for Practically Nothing!)

How to Decorate a Bedroom for Practically Nothing - Marty's Musings

  When I shared my master bedroom makeover a couple of weeks ago I told y'all it was a budget makeover where everything except for one or two items  (and I mean EVERYTHING) was either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down. Now hopefully y'all know I'm a painfully honest person (just ask my family) but I thought … [Read more...]

Apple Cake Recipe: Perfect for Fall!

Apple Cake Recipe - Marty's Musings

Can you hear it? Can you hear it? I can! It's the wind calling to me saying, "fall is coming!" Okay, maybe the wind isn't actually talking to me, but I do so love fall and am completely ready for its arrival. Well, maybe I'm not ready for fall decorating and projects and Christmas breathing down fall's neck. But other than … [Read more...]

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

  The day is finally here! Begun back in February, I'm finally finished and able to show all the details of our gray and coral bedroom makeover! Desperately in need of reviving and updating, this room has my heart and soul poured into it. We had lived with the same furniture arrangement for 23 years. Yep, that's right. 23 … [Read more...]

Embracing New Motherhood: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known

Embracing New Motherhood 5 Things I Wish I had Known - Marty's Musings

I am walking through a season of life that is new and exciting yet also terrifying. I am no longer "merely" a stay at home mom. I am a work from home, homeschooling mom of teenagers. I am a soon to be a grandmother. A nana. A lover of a precious new gift. As much as I enjoy and embrace these days I also find myself floundering at … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Projects for Fall

Easy DIY Projects for Fall - Marty's Musings

Sweater weather. Beautiful falling leaves. Slow cooker soup recipes. It wouldn't be much of a stretch to say I love fall! It's my favorite season of the year. Since so many of you are new to Marty's Musings I thought I'd give you a roundup of all of my easy DIY projects for fall that I've posted this year and last. All in one … [Read more...]

Fence Board Pumpkins

Fence Board Pumpkins - Marty's Musings

  Just last week I shared with you my humble home all decked out for fall. Fall is everywhere in my home, but one of my favorite places is the way we greet friends and family with a good ol' southern welcome!   Here's my DIY hubby to give you all the details on our fun fence board pumpkinsYou loyal readers of MM's will … [Read more...]

Small Kitchen Ideas

Small Kitchen Details - Marty's Musings

Welcome to my Kitchen Tour featuring all of my small kitchen ideas. A virtual tour at least. Which means I don't have to shove all the dirty clothes in the closet or scrub the countertops or wash any more dishes. Y'all just sit back, relax and enjoy all these pics of a clean house. Never mind that they weren't all taken at the same … [Read more...]

Small Bathroom Remodel

Small Bathroom Remodel from Marty's Musings

If you follow me on Instagram or facebook you know we've been in the middle of a bathroom demolition for several weeks. We live in a 2000 square foot house that was built in the 1950's. Need I say more? The bathrooms are tee-ninesy. That's Southern for "if you sit on the toilet your elbows touch the wall and your arms can reach the … [Read more...]

Jiffy Corn Bread with Creamed Corn

Jiffy Corn Bread with Creamed Corn - Marty's Musings

Even though I'm a southern gal I have never been much of a corn bread gal. Usually too dry for me. But since I am Southern and Southerners love corn bread I went on a hunt to find the truly "best" recipe! Everybody has their "best and easiest" cornbread. I'm here to tell you that this Jiffy Corn Bread with Creamed Corn recipe really and … [Read more...]

Branch Candle Centerpiece for Fall Table

Branch Candle Centerpiece

To further illustrate my love for all things Pinterest, I talked my hubby into making me a branch candle centerpiece much like this one. Here are his instructions. From my hubby: Not really a lot of rocket science involved here, once the proper branch is selected.  Don't be afraid to prune in order to get the right balance on … [Read more...]

How to Make a Gallery Wall

How to Make a Gallery Wall - Marty's Musings

  We have transformed several areas of our home in the last three months and I want to start out sharing the one that tickles me the most.   Since I got hooked on Pinterest a few months ago (you can follow me by clicking on my side bar) I have incorporated some of the ideas I've pinned. My inspiration for my project is found here. I … [Read more...]