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laura janning

My blog is an expression of who I am, what I love to do and how I like to do it. I hope to inspire you with my decor tips, my craft ideas gardening and my DIY projects.

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4 Simple Tips to Care for Your Orchids

By laura janning on Oct 23, 2013

The Orchid. A beautiful and exquisite flower. Some plants look too perfect to be real. And contrary to what most people think, this perfect looking plant is not very difficult to maintain. In fac,t some... Continue reading

deck patio & porch, seasonal

Design Files: Presenting the Fall Porch

By laura janning on Oct 15, 2013

Welcome to the 2013 Fall Front Porch Tour. I am so happy that you stopped by Top This Top That. It's no secret how much I love the Fall season, the outdoors, nature and........ my... Continue reading

repurposing, outdoor structures, diy

From the Community: Repurposing the Fire Pit

By laura janning on Jun 24, 2013

Well, after 3 years of collecting mosquito larva on the back patio, I thought it was about time to make some use out of a metal fire bowl that I had bought before we installed... Continue reading

deck patio & porch, design

The Kind of Front Porch You Never Want to Leave

By laura janning on May 30, 2013

I know what they say.......that the kitchen is the heart of the home. The place where family and friends congregate, laugh and celebrate. But for me and my family it's right here on our front... Continue reading

flooring, maintenance, cleaning

Saving the Life of Your Hardwoods

By laura janning on Apr 08, 2013

I know, I know.... Hardwood floors. Boooorinnnngggg. Not a subject that we talk about frequently, but one that needs attention from time to time. If you don't fall into the category of having hardwood floors,... Continue reading

diy, paint, furniture

Before and After: Painting Built-In Shelves

By laura janning on Feb 07, 2013

Ever since my latest paint project here, my confidence with my paint brush is soaring to try new things, to be bold, to be daring, to go places I have never been before. So I... Continue reading


Cottage Kitchen Renovation on Dog House Lane

By laura janning on Jan 17, 2013

Part of the dream my husband and I had when we purchased our property in the country, was building a guest cottage for extended stays for our family and friends. The Cottage sits on 'Dog... Continue reading

diy tales

A Family Room Renovation Journey

By laura janning on Jan 10, 2013

It's the place where housewives from Beverly Hills, New York, and Miami are witnessed being venomous, catty, and cruel (all in full make-up); Phineas and Ferb doing the most amazing activities to keep my kids entertained; and... Continue reading


Top This Top That's Journey of 2012

By laura janning on Dec 29, 2012

What a year!  I have enjoyed this journey of 2012- Immensely! I have appreciated the support you have provided by taking the time to visit me, chat with me and laugh with me and for... Continue reading

decor, seasonal

Outdoor Christmas Lights

By laura janning on Dec 14, 2012

No, it's not the Vegas Strip, even though its bright white lights may suggest that And believe me: what happens out here in the country really does stay in the country And no, it's not... Continue reading