Thursday, January 21, 2021

Winter Decor 2021

Happy New Year, friends!

I'm blowing the dust off of my blog and trying to revive it a bit! Admittedly, Facebook and Instagram are a bit easier to interact with, so my engagement has been over on those platforms.  However, I've missed my little blog, so ....

"Welcome" back to our home, where Winter decor is hanging on a bit longer, like here in our foyer.

After having lots of vibrant red fill our home over the holidays, I really like to "reset" our spaces and have more of a calm palette.  (I shared our full Christmas home video tour on my Facebook page, if you'd like to take a peek.  My Facebook link can be found in the upper right hand corner of this page ... just select the Facebook symbol).  

Over on this side of our foyer, the neutral look continues!  

Don't you just love these cute birch trees?  I thought they'd be a nice way to bring the Winter outdoors in (even if they're faux)!  They're really pretty lit up at night, too.

In our neighboring little sitting room, it's light and bright ...

Of course, I had to add one too many pillows for lots of seasonal, cozy comfort.  Annnnd the large woven basket adds a little bit of texture, too.  

In our sunroom, Winter white continues.  On a whim, the other week, I brought these two chairs and pedestal table in, which had been in our kitchen.  In fact, this view had been our breakfast area for most of last year!  Don't you just love when the "itch to switch" sets in?  

Over the Summer, I painted our windows black ... we're really enjoying the contrast they add with the white walls!  I saved a tutorial to my highlight reel on my Instagram page, in case you're interested in seeing the process.

I'll be back next week, sharing more of our Winter decor! 

Have a great day,



Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Our 2019 Christmas Home Tour ...

Greetings, friends! 

Oh my goodness, can you believe that Christmas is one week from today?!  I can't ... time is going by too quickly!  Well, before the season ends, I wanted to share our holiday home tour!

Welcome to our foyer, where the star of the show is this fabulous sign from Ginger at Teal Barn Signs.  After I hung it, I knew that I wanted to play off of its vintage feel ... so I added our carolers, snow, deer and music notes down below.  

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Then, I added lots of red, green and white ornaments to the tree, along with both "vintage-y" and plaid ribbon to tie it all together.  On the wall, I hung picture frames that I lined with plaid wrapping paper and nostalgic Christmas carols. 

As we leave the foyer and step on into the great room, I attempted a cozy, lodgey look!  To make our little flocked trees seem a bit "bigger," we added mirrors behind them ... love the reflection of the Christmas lights!

And would ya' look at this beautiful tree from King of Christmas!  It's the 8' King Flock Pre-lit Christmas tree, and we love it!  It's so realistic looking ... nice and full ... and the height is perfect!  I hope I did it justice!

And as to not take away from the tree too much, I tried to keep it simple over on the fireplace!

Let's walk on over to the kitchen, where it's all things gingerbread whimsy!

On the island, I brought out a couple of glass canisters and a cloche and  then added these cute gingerbread houses and trees to them.  

Now, since it's highly doubtful that we'll have a White Christmas, I decided to create one here in our little sunroom.  The "blue hour" night sky is always the perfect backdrop, too!

Our dining room got a bit of a fancier look than the other rooms and is dressed in all things silver, gold and white ... with a *side* of faux greens. 

Of course, we have to have a nativity to acknowledge the true meaning of the season.

Our simple tablescape is ready for a holiday meal.  I snuck in a little bit of whimsy in here, too, by adding a bit of tinsel.  Remember the days of trees covered in it?! 

Lastly, in our living room, lots of red, green and gold have taken over. 

And on our fireplace, our nutcrackers are standing guard until the big day!

Well, friends, that's the end of our little tour.  I hope you enjoyed it and that you  have a very Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Thank you Pioneer Woman ...

Greetings, friends!

I love Ree Drummond ... so imagine my sheer excitement to see our Christmas mantel included in her magazine "The Pioneer Woman Home for the Holidays" edition (on stands now)!  

Now, if only I could cook like she does, lol!

I hope you have a great day,


Thursday, October 10, 2019

A Little Halloween Whimsy in the Sitting Room ...

Happy Friday!

Can you believe that Halloween is only three short weeks away? 

Well, to celebrate the upcoming holiday, it appears that bats, spiders, mice and skeletons have taken over our sitting room! 

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Now, while I'm not a fan of *gory* Halloween decorating, I do love adding a whimsical spooky look, instead!  How about you?

See, this little lady isn't scary!  I mean, come on, she has a fancy hat to prove it, right?  

As for seasonal art, you guys know I love easy (and free) projects ... it took all of five minutes to tape these cute felt bats to the picture frames.  

Over on our mantel, I grabbed the tape again and mounted these paper bats to the mirror.  I then added a couple of black trees, pumpkins, mercury candle holders and just a little pop of orange to finish it off.

This little black and white polk dot pumpkin adds a little more whimsy into the mix (yay for Target Dollar Spot). 

And, as a finishing touch, I layered black/white buffalo check fabric over our existing white curtains.  

Suffice to say, I think we're officially ready for Halloween ... well, except for candy.  We tend to wait until the last minute to get all of that ... if we didn't, it would be devoured by my fellas, lol!  

Thanks so much for stopping by,


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Our 2019 Fall Home Tour ...

Hello, hello ... is this thing on?!  My goodness, it's been awhile ... hope you're doing well!  Yes, I’ve been neglectful of my blog lately, so I'm back to breathe life into it again!

"Welcome" to our Fall home tour, where this year, I decided to incorporate both neutral tones and traditional seasonal colors.  I'm mad for plaid, too!  

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Since we don't have a large front porch where I can scatter straw bales, I added a couple of them here in our foyer, instead.  I then tossed in several pumpkins to tie in with the cute sign.  One big colorful Fall arrangement in the middle finished off the (hopefully) whimsical look.

In our family room, a neutral palette won again ... as did more plaid and a bit of mercury, too!  I also brought in this larger rug from our basement to layer over the seagrass rug.  Gotta have lots of layers this time of year, right?

Now, if you don't have a dough bowl in your life, you need one!  They are the perfect accessory to add seasonal "goodies" to!  Over on our mantel, I kept it fairly simple looking with just books, corn stalks and a few baby pumpkins.

In our kitchen, I brought in a bit of mustard, cranberry and green.  I also added in a few pieces of copper (which is a "must" this time of year)!  And for those of you who have been with me for a while, you might have noticed our microwave is gone from above our cooktop (it's now in a closet).  Yep, we took the plunge and built a wood range hood.  Even though it's far from perfect, we couldn't be more thrilled with the new look!  

You know that it wouldn't be Autumn around here if we didn't have our decorated Fall tree tucked in this corner!  Although, unfortunately, I couldn't find the family pictures that I always hang on it!  Hope I find them soon!  

In our sunroom, I tried to make it cozy by adding ladders filled with throws.  And since we don't have beautiful trees in our view outside of the back window, I added tall, colorful Fall stems to glass demijohns on our console table to make it look as though we do (ha)!

The dining room is *dressed* in traditional Fall colors, but I also decided to mix in a bit of blue.  I really like how it plays nicely with the shades of orange.  Oh, and may we just stare for a moment at the beautiful pendant light that my sweet husband recently surprised me with for our 24th wedding anniversary!  Love it!

Lastly, in our sitting room, I kept the traditional seasonal colors going.  As for the wall "art," I simply framed faux leaves to tie in with the rest of the room.  Even though I love this look, I'm getting ready to add in a bit of Halloween ... can you believe tomorrow is October 1st?!

Well, friends, I hope you enjoyed our Fall tour!  Unfortunately, because of lots of uncontrollable "spam," I've had to turn off my comments feature.  So, if you have any questions about sources/paint colors/etc., feel free to reach out to me on Facebook (click HERE) or Instagram (click HERE), where I post almost daily.  I'd love to hear from you.

Have a great day!


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Still Loving Our Basement LVP ...

Happy Thursday!  

Whenever I walk down to the basement, admittedly, I'm still pleased by the refreshed view that greets us!

Thanks to The Home Depot and their TrafficMASTER Allure Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring, our basement has an entirely new look!

BEFORE: functional but basic carpet ...

AFTER!  Wow, what a difference!

BEFORE: keeping our eyes on the prize!

AFTER!  It doesn't even look like the same space!

For those of you who are considering luxury vinyl plank flooring, I'd love for you to read my blog post HERE where I share my easy installation process!  I promise ... if I can do it, so can YOU!

Thanks for stopping by,


*I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in The Home Depot Pitch Partnership 2018.  As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own wordsMy post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Our 2018 Christmas Tour ...

Greetings, friends!

How in the world is Christmas only two weeks away?  I can't believe how fast this season has flown by!  Well, before the big day comes and goes, I wanted to share a bit of our home dressed up for the season.

This year, I added lots of traditional holiday colors to our foyer.  

Since I didn't want to take our balloon print down for the holidays, I mixed in a bit of gold, dark pink and blue to the tree ... hopefully, it all ties in together.

Traditional colors continue in our kitchen ...

 along with cute gingerbread trees and Santa, of course!

The whimsy spread into our breakfast room, too.  When my sweet hubby surprised me with two of these cute flocked trees, my first thought was to leave them untouched.  Well, that didn't last long because, somehow, gingerbread men, cookie cutter ornaments and "cookies" made their way onto them!

Festive red spread its way into our bedroom, too!  A fun change from the coastal blue that I normally add this time of year.

As much as I love the festive colors, I toned it down a bit in our great room and gave it a "Winter Wonderland" feel.

I kept the simple vibe going into our sitting room.  This is our "reason for the season" space, where I added a beautiful angel, the "star of Bethlehem," nativity, framed music sheets and a tree filled with musical note/instrument ornaments, angels and stars.

Of course, my favorite time of day during the holidays is night time ...

Nothing like a Christmas tree all aglow ...

or the beautiful blue evening sky ... perfect backdrop for our snowflakes and flocked wreaths.

I hope you all are enjoying a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends!

Merry Christmas!