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Monday, November 23, 2015

Snippets of Our Christmas Decorations ...

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Happy Monday!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  Do you have your elastic waistband pants ready to go?  I sure do!

In the meantime, I'm sharing a few snippets today of our holiday home!  

I've loved adding in a few new members this year, like our cute deer from Home Goods ...

and this cute nutcracker from Target.  He joins our collection of a few others, and they have all taken over the dining room.

The beautiful flocked tree that my husband surprised me with is spreading "snow" in the sitting room and is now all decked out in red, black and white.

My favorite little reindeer from the Dollar Store (along with cute reindeer prints) helped me set the theme in our sunroom, where I've mixed lots of red, light blues, gold and silver.

Yes, it's all about the "JOY" of the season, 

Christmas songs from the carolers,

and, of course, lots and lots of festive red!

It's a good thing Santa remembered his sunglasses ... he needs them this morning with the sunshine streaming in!  

I look forward to sharing more of our holiday home and can't wait to see yours!  

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Our New Breakfast Area Chairs ...

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Sometimes, I'm slow to catch on ... like when it came to the French Tolix chairs that I've been seeing quite a bit lately.  I know that they've been around forever ... like starting in the 1930s ... BUT they seem to have made a serious come back in the last few years.

I love all of the fun colors they come in ... how vintage ... industrial ... and, simply cool chairs that these chairs are.

I also love mixing old with new ... look how pretty they are in this dining area paired with those awesome wicker chairs.

I knew I had to have a couple of these for our kitchen table.  So, after perusing the internet, I scooted up to Target and purchased two of their Carlisle chairs.  What a bargain at two for $99!

Unfortunately, when I get them home and put them together, the scale of them was a bit too small for what I wanted. Bummer!

Soooo, back to the drawing board I went.  After seeing many for $150+ a chair, I thought I'd have to wait awhile to purchase them.  And, just when I was about to give up, I stumbled onto Restoration Hardware's website.  Their version of the Tolix chair, the Remy, is on sale for only $79 a chair (originally $99).  It was the right height, the seat was a bit larger and the price was doable!  I added two to my shopping cart and anxiously waited for them to get here.

They arrived fast ... required no assembly ... and have wasted no time getting comfy in our breakfast area!

I love them so much that, on a whim, I painted our table top AS's Pure White (like the base) to allow them to take center stage a bit more!

Now, to add a bit more wax to the table ... enjoy our chairs ... and add a bit of Christmas to the newly painted table top!

Moral of my little story ... keep on clicking around the internet because, eventually, you'll find exactly what you want and can afford!

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

It's That Time Again ....

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Greetings, friends!

Now that Halloween is over ... you know what "that" means, right?  

Yes, dust covered bins are slowly making their way up from the basement ...

Trees are being placed, and mesh is slowly taking over the place!

Pinterest is "stuck" on my computer for fun inspiration!

And, I'm testing out new color schemes.

Even though, every year, I say that I won't buy anything "new" and use what I have, SOMEhow this new friend jumped into my cart and came home with me. Oops.

And, while I should be focusing on one thing at a time, I couldn't help but to stop and visit with Santa and our future hot coffee station.

Ahhhh, the joys of the pre-Christmas decorating madness!

I hope I'm not alone ... look forward to sharing our holiday home in the coming weeks!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Our 2015 Fall Front Porch

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Hi, friends!  

I'm not used to greeting you out here, BUT, because Halloween is this weekend, I wanted to show your our little front porch dressed up for the trick-or-treaters.

Let's start on over here, where I put together our fall pumpkin topiary.  I've done these for quite a few years, but since, sadly, my other matching urn broke,  I only got to make one.  Off in the distance, you might see little window box I ordered from Ebay ... we're going to paint it the same color as the shutters on the 2nd floor ... until then, I added a simple bunch of leaves to dress up our window a little bit.

These *nuisance* crows are picking and pecking away at our leafy garland and windows!

And, I couldn't help but to make my signature "BOO" wreath again this year ... hoping that the magnetic hook that is holding it up doesn't come crashing down!

Our little witch is ready to cast her spells, so watch out!

Don't worry ... as you can see, she's a "good" happy witch!

Maybe she can cast a spell and make these large, scary spiders go away!  

They've taken over our house ... and the yard!

Honestly, I love having fun with the creepy crawlers this time of year ... hope our little guests approve!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Our 2015 Halloween Sitting Room

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Happy Day, friends!

Can you believe that Halloween is only 2 1/2 weeks away?!  

I'm really excited to share what's going on in our sitting room, especially since I'm not really one to decorate a lot for Halloween.  

Yup, my son was thrilled and surprised when I took a stab at a Halloween mantel, which then turned into Halloween room, dressed in black, white and orange!

Not only is it all ready for Halloween, but there have been a few other changes, too!  One thing you might notice is that I replaced our curtains with this awesome fabric from IKEA ... I seem to be having a little romance with buffalo check these days!

My sweet witch was happy to come out of our stuffy bin and onto our mirrored accent chest, where she can watch over everyone ... we better be good or she might open the pages of her book and cast a spell!

Of course, it's not Halloween without teeth rotting candy corn, now is it?

Another change in this room is that we added floating shelves!  I'm a big fan of them ... you get the "look" or function of a bookcase, with the expense.  

Our little Martha Stewart mice have had fun playing around on them.

Another big change in here is that we added plank above our newly added faux fireplace!  Woo Hoo ... we love it!

Lowe's cut our wood for us, and then my hubs and I knocked it out in a few hours ... big impact without the big price tag!

Of course, I *had* to add my favorite faux brick panel behind the fireplace surround and then painted it with leftover Rustoleum gloss paint.  And, of course, a roaring "chalk" fire was in order, too!

Over on this wall, I added two black and white prints from IKEA to each side of the "Pure White" vintage secretary that I recently moved in here.

And, because I had painted the back of the secretary duck egg blue some time ago (annnnd didn't feel like painting it again), I simply taped black and white scrapbook paper over top of it to tie in with the black and white theme!

It won't be long before the orange will be replaced with Christmas red!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Our 2015 Fall Sunroom

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Happy Friday, friends!

Welcome to our little sunroom ... set off of the kitchen ... and a place where I  tend to spend a lot of time.

And, having painted this room Ben Moore's "Palladian Blue" earlier this year, I decided to keep our Fall decor more on the neutral/minimum side ... so that this room would, hopefully, still give off a *calm* vibe. 

I also decided to, temporarily, remove our white slipcovered wing chairs and replace them with the smaller arm chairs from our dining room ... I hope to add skirts to them soon.

You won't find too much orange in here ... just a couple of faux cotton branches (Kirkland's) and little white pumpkin (Michael's).


A few Fall magazines add a little bit of color on the lower shelf of our new (super inexpensive) coffee table from IKEA.

And, off in the distance, a beautiful new pillow I ordered (designed by Lucy from Craftberry Bush), adds just the right amount of Fall to the loveseat.

I also brought back the seasonal artwork (from Home Goods) to dress up the walls.

I love the autumnal scenes of them ... the calmness.

Yes, this room is simplistic (compared to what I normally do), but still hopefully welcoming of the new season. 

I'll be back soon to share lots more of our Fall home.

Thanks so much for visiting,

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