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The Pioneer Woman: Decorating Adventures

by | Apr 1, 2010 | Decorating Inspiration, Details | 23 comments

The Pioneer Woman: Decorating Adventures

The Pioneer Woman:
Decorating Adventures

This Christmas I bought myself a gift from Santa. It was The Pioneer Woman Cookbook. You all probably know by now that cooking is not really my thing. I dream about having a delicious pot roast in the oven after church, but end up with basic hamburgers on the stove instead. Gah, domesticity FAIL.

So why did I buy another cookbook? Somehow having The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook sitting on my shelf gives me hope that maybe I’ll have a roast in the oven some Sunday afternoon. It could happen. It might.

Well, I’m not always the most enthusiastic cook, but I do love a good design challenge. I’d decorate a room over cooking a roast any day. So when the opportunity to offer some e-decorating help to The Pioneer Woman’s BFF Hyacinth came my way, I only had to think about it for maybe a whole second. Me help PW’s BFF with some design challenges? No brainer. I’m in. Pot Roast Schmot Roast. Dinner can wait. Again.

Hyacinth has been struggling through a few decisions and design regrets over on The Pioneer Woman blog, including a situation with an ill-fated rug! She has been reaching out for help and through the amazing power of blogs, a design team has been formed. Don’t you just love blogland? I mean, where else would this happen?

The Pioneer Woman: Decorating Adventures

Introducing: Design Team Hyacinth.

Last week on The Pioneer Woman (this is sounding a little bit like a soap opera), Hyacinth introduced the first member of our team, Holly Mathis, who is affectionately known as our team leader.

Layla, from The Lettered Cottage, Holly, Hyacinth and I will be working through the crazy and hopefully inspiring process of creating a new look for Hyacinth’s family room, one step at a time!

I’ve really enjoyed working with Hyacinth these past few weeks. We’ve talked on the phone, chatted it up on email and our team has laughed ourselves silly over a few things you might hear about later. Hyacinth is the perfect client for me because she LOVES to express her personality in her home. No issue there! Eh hem.

You know I am all about taking the seriousness out of decorating to make it meaningful, not foofy.  I think we can laugh, poke fun at ourselves and come up with a room for her that is truly HOME and not some designer version of a show house!

So I guess that means I can now say I am a BFF of PW’s BFF? This is kind of like one of those six degrees of separation, right? A Kevin Bacon thing?

I hope you will join me in this FUN decorating adventure (no, we don’t take this too seriously!) over at The Pioneer Woman!


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  1. Grace

    That sounds like so much fun. What an amazing group of people she has assembled. I’m looking forward to hearing the details.
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..My Moose =-.

  2. Strawberry Cake

    Melissa, I clicked on you from PW’s site. How exciting! I see my good friend Dee has a ad on your site! She is awesome. I actually am doing a Red Letter Word giveaway starting next week on my blog. Come check it out and send your peeps! : D

  3. linda

    Fun…can’t wait to watch!
    .-= linda@LimeintheCoconut´s last blog ..Drifted finds… =-.

  4. Holly

    great post…so glad we are on this journey TOGETHER!;;


  5. the BLAH BLAH BLAHger

    I’ve been seeing little hints about this…SO EXCITING. Now, can you get me to the Lodge and introduce me to one of those cowboys??? : )
    .-= the BLAH BLAH BLAHger´s last blog ..It’s Time for You to Go! =-.

    • Melissa

      I’ll work on it! :-)

  6. Mary Joy

    What a neat experience, Melissa!!! I can’t wait to see all of the great before and after pictures!!!

    Thanks for sharing your exciting news! I have some of my own…we are eloping next weekend!! Just thought I would share!!

    Joyfully in Jesus,

    Mary Joy
    .-= Mary Joy @ Life Moments´s last blog ..We are getting ready to elope!!! =-.

    • Melissa

      Congrats, that is exciting news! Many blessings on YOUR new adventure!

  7. Puna

    Thank goodness she has you board! I was dropping some not so subtle hints over there about the rug…
    .-= Puna´s last blog ..April 1, The Best Side =-.

  8. Ashley

    I absolutely adore PW! Congratulations!

  9. Kat

    So do you have a crockpot? If so then a Sunday roast is a no brainer.

    Buy a pot roast (ask the butcher which one is best) put it in your crock pot before church. Add a bag of small carrots and peel a potato or two of each of you and cube and throw in. peel an onion and slice in half and throw in and now add 1 pkg of brown gravy mix and 1 cup of water and turn on. Put the lid on and go to Church.

    You are now a cook.

  10. Jennifer

    Sounds like an exciting adventure! I look forward to following all of the excitement of decorating!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Little Touch of Spring =-.

  11. Brandie

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see this develop. You are, of course, a rock stah!

  12. Melanie

    I am cooking my way through PW’s cookbook. It has been fun so far. I love to cook though:)

    I also love to decorate and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Just a shout out… =-.

  13. Sandy

    I finally figured out my authentic look this last year, when we moved from our formal (Washington DC) home to a log cabin in the Tennessee mountains. I said, “why not?” and put my cherry dining room table, china cabinet, and English-style chintz couch into the log living room. I think it looks pretty good — a little like “English country cabin”, if there is such a thing. I’ve managed to incorporate some of the things we’ve collected on our travels, and — it’s MY home now.

  14. meg duerksen

    well WE are bff’s and i met her in oklahoma at a book signing…4 hours into her night…so that is definitely part of the six degrees…right??? :)
    .-= meg duerksen´s last blog ..i am so weak. =-.

  15. Ann Voskamp

    Doesn’t God have the wildest, grandest plans??!!

    I just couldn’t be more happier for you, Melissa!! :) Sitting here smiling from ear to ear! :)

    May you continue to be abundantly blessed, Melissa…

    !! :) !! :) !!

    All’s grace,

  16. Suzy

    Just stumbled across this post. I’m in a deco rut with our farm house. We’re in Eastern Washington so if you’re ever in this area … HELP! :-)

    In all seriousness, would love to pick your brain, get ideas, etc. What are some good starting points are far as ideas? I have pictures in my mind, but just to get them out.



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