I don’t know about you, but during the last week of the year, I can’t help but think and plan on things I want to do and accomplish in the new year. Reflecting on the past year, surfaces thoughts on all the accomplishments and things the year brought. I think sometimes I can fall into the trap of feeling discouraged or disappointed on the things I wanted to accomplish but didn’t. That’s when I need to take the reigns of my thoughts and focus on all the good the year brought. I’ve talked about comparison before, and for me that’s one way the door can crack open on falling into the trap of comparison. So I do my best to recognize it right away, for what it is, and surround myself with thoughts and scripture that continue to motivate and encourage me forward. “My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” ~2 Corinthians 12:9. His mercies are new every morning, and I can’t help but feel that more as each new year begins. It’s a time to reset the focus and all the planning and striving, and take a moment to be still and see what He has in store for me. [Read more…]
A very Merry Christmas Eve to each and every one of you!! We are soaking up every bit of Christmas that we can this week, and have had some surprise family guests come to stay with us, which make Christmas traditions even more special. So it’s been a little quiet over here, just because we are soaking in time with family, and I hope you all get a chance to slow down a bit, and rest, and enjoy being with loved ones as we celebrate the holidays! I asked a few of my blogging friends what their favorite Christmas tradition was, to share with all of you, just to enjoy this holiday season! I have loved reading each one of the things they love most about the holidays and think you will too! [Read more…]
I am so excited for my friend Laura over at Finding Home! I just love seeing when someones blog, not only inspires a hobby to become a career, but when that career becomes successful, it’s time to celebrate!! I would say that I don’t like to read, I do like to read, but reading is not a sport of mine. As much as I love a great inspiring book, most of the time I’m just itching to get my hands into a project! I’ve shared before that I have a problem with sitting still. And usually that means I find busy work. Do you know someone like that? Or perhaps thats you! Well then you are going to love Laura’s new book! It is packed full with all sorts of fantastic DIY projects that you can dive right into! [Read more…]
I know this week we are in full blown Thanksgiving Tablescape mode with the TOUR, but I wanted to share a little Christmas sneak peak with all of you! Now before you say pump the breaks, the reason I’m so excited about these new holiday wall hangings from Vol. 25, because all through the month of November if you purchase a holiday wall hanging you are automatically entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Vol.25. Here’s the cool thing, you can buy something to decorate with for the holidays, or buy a christmas gift for someone, and then if you win the gift card you can get something for you, or give it to someone as a christmas present! I know I would love to get that as a gift! They are so unique, and personable, and you can’t find them in the store, which in my opinion is even better.
Hello Friends!! I’m so excited for today!! Well giddy with excitement for this whole week as we kick off the Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour. We have such a line up in store for you, which I shared HERE. I will also be sharing links and some photos each day this week so you can follow along with every home involved. I’ll be honest with you I was a bit smitten with last years Mercury Glass Tablescape that I was wondering how I was going to top it? Then I remembered something sweet about inspiration. It’s not about topping the one you did before, or always making it bigger or better. It’s about creating a welcoming and inviting place for those you love to join you in gathering around the table to share life with one another. If I look at my tablescapes like an artist looks at their paintings. They don’t approach each painting with the thought of how to one up the painting they did before. Each blank canvas provides the opportunity to create something beautiful. Something different than what they did before. So this year I went for something different. I get so inspired by beautiful tables set outside, surrounded by natures beauty. So that’s just what I did. I hope you are inspired as well! [Read more…]
I’m so glad you guys have been enjoying this new “Houses on Instagram” series! It’s been so much fun, and I just never get tired of seeing beautiful homes, do you?! I feel a little extra special sharing today’s home with all of you, because I actually got to meet this sweet ray of sunshine at Haven this past summer! It was so great!! Getting to meet someone that you chat with, and have connected with over IG is just awesome! Give a warm welcome to Erin from Sunny Side Up. [Read more…]
I know that sometimes the thought of decorating for fall can seem like a great idea, but not so easily done. Wether it’s lack of motivation, decor, or funds, sometimes decorating for fall looks great when it’s done by other people in their homes, but not so much a reality for you in your home. Decorating for fall doesn’t have to mean a complete house overhaul. Quite differently from my fall home tour, I’m going to show you some vignettes and glimpse’s around our house, that emulate fall without breaking the bank! AND I’m teaming up with some of my dearest friends, who are also sharing some of their fall decor, for even more inspiration, so make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom 🙂 [Read more…]
Happy Monday Friends!!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! I had something pretty amazing happen over the weekend on Instagram, and I will be back tomorrow to share more on that. Don’t worry it’s nothing ground shaking, we aren’t getting our own HGTV show (because that seems to be the trend lately), but something to me on a much deeper level, and I can’t wait to share more on that tomorrow. Speaking of Instagram thought, I have another installment of Houses on Instagram! With so many blogs out there these days, it’s not as common for you to cross paths as much as it was in the earlier days of blogging. That’s another reason I love instagram. You can cross paths with so many people you might of never seen online, but in this closer knit community of people, some blog, some don’t, but we are all there with one common purpose. We love home decor, and encouraging one another. That’s why I started this series. To share beautiful homes with all of you, that I found from Instagram, and have grown to love their feeds, and the beautiful people behind them. [Read more…]
I seriously cannot believe how fast this week went by!! I feel like I blinked and here we are at Friday all over again! That means it’s been one week since we arrived sleep deprived in sunny Florida for the Lowe’s Fall Makeover. We had a comical theme of delays with all of our flights, that just exaggerated our travel experience, but when you are traveling with your best friend you can’t complain too much 🙂 I can’t wait to share that project with all of you!! Itching to share it more likely, but don’t you worry the reveal is coming soon! Now with that big project behind me, I have one thing gnawing away at my brain . . . C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. Now before you roll your eyes, or gasp out loud “WHAT?!” let me explain. When things get busy, and I mean crazy, hectic, you forget your own name busy, you start to get into a groove with that form of “busy”. It’s not healthy to stay in that place for long, but for this doer who loves to go-go-go, I get used to it. So I was sharing with a friend the other day, I’m so used to it being so busy, now that I have a little breathing room, I’m afraid to slow down because I’ll loose my momentum. You know like when you’re running, and if you’re like me it takes you the entire first 2 miles to even get into a groove, and fight all those thoughts in your head that are telling you “you’re nuts” “why are you even running in the first place?!”, ya that feeling. [Read more…]
Ohhh Friends, did we have a fun, busy, exhausting, exciting, blessed weekend!! If you caught my post last week, than you knew we were headed out to do the Lowe’s Fall Makeover. We left Thursday, the hubby and I, and came back late late last night. Our flight there was delayed, setting us back quite a bit, and our flight home was delayed. So I think it’s safe to say we will be laying low the next couple of days and catch up on some much needed sleep 🙂 It was so much fun, we had a fantastic time from start to finish, and I can’t wait to share the reveal with all of you!! Today we have another installment of Houses on Instagram. For our second house in this new series we have the lovely Melinda from House 214. When I first stumbled across her feed, I adored her farmhouse kitchen, and basically drooled over every detail, and I think you will love it too!! [Read more…]
Today I’m going to share with you the design plan for the Lowe’s Fall Makeover we will be implementing. First off, I want to say thank you to all of you who submitted a project. It was not easy narrowing down through all the applications. I feel so honored to be partnering with Lowe’s on this project, and can’t believe that we will be completing the makeover at the end of this week! I feel like it was just yesterday that we were announcing this amazing opportunity, and now the time has finally come. The fun part, as I like to call it. Before we head off to do the makeover I wanted to share the design plan with all of you! The space we will be making over is a dining room, entryway combo. It’s actually one big long room when you first walk in their house, so it was fun to come up with a design plan that not only accommodates the space, but gives them a multifunctional space as well. [Read more…]
One of the things I think I love the most about Instagram, is connecting with other people! It’s instant, it’s easy, and I have made so many connections with people I probably normally wouldn’t have crossed paths with, or had the opportunity to chat with! As much as I get wonderful comments from people who find my house on Instagram, I feel like I find just as many wonderful new people on IG. To me it doesn’t matter how many followers somebody has, it’s their pictures that speak for them! And you all know what it’s like to stumble across a feed of a “new to you” account and stop dead in your tracks! Well yeah, I feel the same exact way! So I’ve recently reached out to a few of those feeds and asked if I could share their beautiful home tours on here with all of you! And you know what they said … “YES!” So I’m so excited to kick off a new series here on the blog, called “Houses on Instagram”, because lets face it, I probably wouldn’t have seen them if it wasn’t for Instagram, and I just absolutely L.O.V.E. their spaces! [Read more…]
Happy Friday friends!! Wait? WHAT? Is it really Friday already!! You know for a girl who can’t move around that much these days, this week sure did fly by! We’ve had a pretty exciting week, our new product line launching, and of course joining some of my friends on Monday to bring you our free fall printables! I’m so excited because the fun gets to continue next week! Monday we will be kicking things off with Kelly from Eclectically Vintage sharing our Fall Home Tour 2015, and on Tuesday starts the Art of Home! I’ve shared with you all about this amazing online class that I’ve joined up with 4 other amazing bloggers to share our hearts and homes with all of you, but just in case this is your first time here I will catch you up to speed. First you can check out this post, and this one, to read more of my heart for the course and what it’s all about, but when Jeanne shared her vision with me about this online course where women can come and be inspired and reconnect with their homemaking skills, my heart strings were pulled. I immediately felt like I was meant to be apart of this, there is so much more behind just having a pretty home, but really discovering why it is we nest, and desire a comfortable, relaxing environment for our friends and families. As women we love to nurture and take care of those around us, and I believe our homes can reflect that. I love discovering traditions that were handed down to me from my mother and my grandmother. I have so many wonderful memories of being in my grandmothers kitchen while she baked, and playing with this tiny antique iron that her mother gave her. [Read more…]
Thank you so much for all of your kind words and congratulations on Sundays announcement! It truly is a dream come true, and I just feel so honored and full of gratitude to even have this opportunity! I’m still making my rounds through all the beautiful fall vignettes and free printables from Mondays post, but oh man it has got me in the mood for fall now! Even though we still have scorching temps in the high 90’s this week, and humidity like you wouldn’t believe, our leaves have already started to change colors, and it gets me SO excited for what’s too come. Fall in New England has to be one of my all time favorite things about living here, and growing up here, it truly is magical, and in a few weeks we will be at our peek season! I wanted to pop in today and share a few items in the new product line that I love and why I picked them! As you all know I love using vintage items and repurposing old things into modern day decor, and that is just what I had in mind with these. [Read more…]
I love you guys! I love getting all of your responses from my last post, and the one before. It is so amazing to share your heart and intimate thoughts, and have it so well received. Thank you for allowing me to share my faith and feelings, and I’m so glad that it has encouraged and inspired so many of you!!
Today I wanted to share some beautiful fall inspiration with all of you from some of my blogging friends. I know some of you might not be ready for fall, but I am 🙂 I’m over the heat, and the humidity. I’m ready for cooler temps, crisp mornings, pumpkin spiced latte’s, and sweaters. I know it can be hard some times to get in the mood for a new season when the temps haven’t started to change yet, but hopefully today will spark a little inspiration for what’s right around the corner. [Read more…]