About Me

  • I am a 30-something year old strawberry blonde.
  • I am 5’2″.
  • I strive to be taller than I am wide.
  • My birthday is Nov 25th.
  • I got married Nov 2012.
  • My husband and I are currently updating our 1980’s home.
  • I work at a materials lab as a glorified office admin.
  • My husband and I work for the same company, in the same office. People think we are weird, but we like working together.
  • I have two step sons, 16 and 18.
  • I own an overweight Chihuahua named Poppi
  • I am the oldest of my six siblings
  • And I don’t do crafts.

To put it simply my passions are shopping, thrifting, cooking and home design. 

I have held my administrative job for eight years now. I combat office boredom with dreams of my next decorating project or new recipe. It helps keep me sane.

You will never see magazine worthy pictures on this blog because:

  • I am a terrible photographer.
  • Magazine worthy photos are not realistic. And personally, I find them annoying. No one lives in a magazine worthy house all the time. I like to feature realistic ideas and decorations that anyone can relate to.

My Food: I like to feature delicious recipes from all over the web, as well as post some original family recipes. I love working with fresh ingredients and prefer to make things from scratch, but it’s not beneath me to use a box cake mix every once in a while.

My Style: I love things with age. Vintage purses, furniture, artwork etc.

  • Shiny new things make me uncomfortable.
  • I enjoy the search as much as I enjoy the design. 
  • Most of my design in my own home are collections of things I have found over the years. I dable in DIY, but I tend to decorate with things as is. I am always on the hunt for ready made items at a great price!
  • DIY home projects that look like craft projects are a pet peeve of mine.

And I don’t worry about current trends in design. I just decorate with what I like and somehow it always works out.

There is a distinction between investing in “things” for the sake of having stuff and a creating a beautiful place to call home.  It is healing and restorative to the soul to have a nice place to relax.

Why a blog?

For years I have received questions via emails, phone calls, and notes from friends, family and clients about all sorts of home projects, shopping advice and tips for great recipes.

This blog is a way to share what I have learned mostly through trial and error, personal research and retail therapy.

You will also find that I share family stories, traditions and recipes.

I hope you find my musings interesting or at least go away with a smile on your face.
Happy reading.

Rene' Peery Beagle, thedomesticlady.com

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6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! Shinny things give me headaches and I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who would rather see real life as opposed to magazine pics. :)

  2. Love the blog! We have the same birthday! :) I totally agree on your point about magazine pictures. Life is messy and our house is not perfect, but it is home! I look forward to reading more!

  3. Wendie Schneider (pantrydr.com) and I (gapcreekgourmet.com) are starting a Greenville Blog Society and we’d love for you to join us! Find me on Facebook and message me so I can add you to our group!

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