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!


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Thank You Country Sampler Magazine!

Happy Sunday!

For as far back as I can remember, I've purchased Country Sampler Magazine, especially this time of year.  Their issues always have beautiful and creative decorating ideas!  

Never in a MILLION years, did I think that our home would grace one of its pages!  

I'm truly thrilled to be a part of the "Cozy Up" article in their special "Autumn Decorating" issue!

Thank you Country Sampler!

I hope you'll take a peek at the magazine, which is on stands now ... lots of beautiful and fun Fall decorating ideas!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

LVP is the New MVP in our Basement Thanks to The Home Depot!

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot as part of their Pitch Partnership 2018.*

Greetings, friends!

For quite some time now, I've wanted to give our basement rec room a makeover, starting with the flooring.  While I liked our carpet, it was a bit lackluster and had welcomed accidentally spilled drinks and pizza into its lovely fibers on more than one occasion ... can you relate?  Needless to say, I was ready for something attractive, durable and DIY-friendly.  Thanks to The Home Depot (and their amazing TrafficMASTER Allure Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring) our rec room has a brand new look, and we absolutely love it!

BEFORE:  Bye bye carpet!

Just wait until you see the AFTER!  We still can't believe the transformation!

I hope you'll join me at The Home Depot's blog (just click/select HERE) where I'm sharing lots of pictures, along with my easy DIY installation process!  

Have a great day!


*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 words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fall Home Tour Blog Hop ...

Happy September!  

Fall is my favorite time of year, and I'm excited to be joining 11 amazing ladies as we share parts of our home ready to greet the new season!

If you're joining me from Lindsay's home (at Arataria Home), thank you so much for stopping by!  Isn't Lindsay's Autumn dining room simply gorgeous?  She is so talented!

Welcome to our Fall kitchen!

**For those viewing this post on their smartphone/tablet/ipad, the images may appear a bit grainy; however, if you tap on a photo, they will enlarge and appear much clearer.**

This year, I challenged myself to avoid the "shopping temptation" and use things I had on hand to decorate our kitchen for Fall.  So, I raided my cabinets/bins ... pulled out our copper pieces, along with a few other goodies ... and got busy! 

I absolutely love copper, especially this time of year!  There's just something about it that reminds me that sweater weather is on the way!  On our kitchen island, I grouped this pretty hammered copper pitcher with faux Fall stems, Mr. Roo and simple white pumpkins.

Then, I pulled out a few green leaf plates and placed them on our shelves ...  

 and our wall rack.  I'm loving the copper, green and white together!

And what a fun surprise that I completely forgot I nabbed these copper measuring cups last year after the season (love when that happens)!  I knew as soon as I spotted them that they'd be perfect in our glass canisters!  

These cute white ceramic pumpkins are from Target's Dollar Spot (last year) ... isn't it nice that Fall decorating doesn't have to break the bank?!

In fact, how easy is it to hang a dish towel (with seasonal color) on a hook and call it "done!"

Over by our coffee area, I grabbed another hammered cup I had on hand and plopped some spoons in it.  I love the bright reflections on the copper.

Lastly, for anyone who has seen my Fall decorating in years past, you'll know that our Fall family tree is a staple.

It's when I decorate a tree with Fall ornaments, family pics and familial sayings.

I like being *surrounded* by family ... especially this time of year!

Well, friends, I hope you enjoyed our simple Fall kitchen!  

I truly appreciate your visit, and hope you'll stop back by in the days ahead as I share more of our Fall home!

The next stop on our Fall Tour Blog Hop is the beautiful and talented Sarah (Dreaming of Homemaking). Just wait until you see how she decked out their camper for Fall ... so inspiring!

And to visit all of the tours ...

Have a great day!