2015 sure brought some fun and exciting things in my life regarding this blog and the business that goes with it. It’s been almost 4 years, and even though I still struggle with saying the actual word “blog” (still sounds weird to me) I finally tell people that I have a blog, LOL! I love looking back each year, and reflecting on all that has happened. It always sparks feelings of accomplishment, and even more so gratitude. Because without you here, there really wouldn’t be much of a blog, and so for that I am SUPER grateful! Grateful for this online community, and friends that I’ve made. Grateful for a place I can unload all my design thoughts and ideas into a circle of well receiving friends. This year sure has brought a lot, here are my highlights from 2015! [Read more…]
Once all the decorating is done, and the boxes are back in the basement, it’s time to start up with the Christmas traditions. Other than decorating, it’s one of the things I look forward to most during the holiday season. From baking, to Christmas movie watching, driving around and looking at Christmas lights in our pj’s. We have so much we enjoy doing each year to soak in everything about this holiday season. One tradition that I grew up with was making home made gingerbread houses. My grandmother was a cake decorator for many years, so going to her house was always a “sweet” treat, especially around the holidays. Gingerbread houses for us was an all day event, that started with many days of prep work. [Read more…]
Thank you so so much for all of your kind words from yesterdays Christmas Tour. It was truly an honor to be apart of Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk this year. A blogging goal of mine for many years, and a dream come true! Today I’m going to share with you how I put together the centerpiece on our coffee table. I’m a big fan of using trays, or baskets, and bowls for coffee table decor. Especially if you don’t have a large coffee table, and you want the convenient of having something styled on your coffee table, but that is also easy to remove quickly if little hands are around, or you want to put your feet up! Today I’m teaming up with some crazy talented blogger to bring you another installment of 10 Minute Decorating – Christmas Edition!
So it’s the day before Thanksgiving. THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING!! I feel like I say this every year as the holidays arrive, but seriously time flies! I guess it’s a good thing we are having fun!! I’m so glad you enjoyed our Dining Room mini-makeover. I still have a few things brewing that I want to add, including finally getting an area rug for that space! We will see what 2016 brings. I was chatting with the hubby this morning, and I told him that infamous hair across my butt that shows up every now and then itching for a project … IT’S BACK! LOL. I have a laundry list of things to do today, never mind the 6 loads of laundry I did yesterday, that still need to be put away, and you know what I want to do more than anything right now?! [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…]
So back in the summer I had started updating our daughters room. She was wanting something a bit more girly, and who can blame her 🙂 I shared THIS inspiration with all of you and while I got off to a great start, then I broke my foot! And everything came to a screeching halt. So while I don’t have everything done, today I wanted to share with you the gallery wall in progress in her room. It’s about 95% done – meaning I have 2 things left to add, but I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you! [Read more…]
I am so excited about today!! I’m teaming up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share some easy 10 Minute Decorating ideas for fall. Sounds fun right?! It is!! We have all come up with a different fall themed decor idea that you can complete in 10 minutes or less! Today I have 3 different fall themed vase fillers you can complete for whatever type of mood you are in. Sometimes it’s just the little simple tweaks and changes we do that makes our house feel like it’s changing with the season, instead of going full blown FALL everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I like to decorate for fall, but I also like my decor to feel a little more subtle and gradual. [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…]
OH the weekend went by too quickly sweet friends! I know we probably all feel that way every weekend, but this past weekend for us seemed to go by without even a regard to time itself. Non the less we keep moving forward right?! Our weather has finally started to feel like fall for us here. Low 70’s for a high, a sweet chill in the morning. The kind of chill that makes you want to curl up in a chair with a cozy blanket and a hot cup of pumpkin spice! One of the things I did earlier this year in our fall decor was paint some faux pumpkins I already had. I had picked these up 2 years ago on clearance at the end of the season. So the decision to paint them was easy because I wasn’t afraid to ruin them. If you’ve been around here awhile, that you know of my love for neutrals and grays. However I didn’t feel like painting them all white or gray. Call me crazy but I was craving something different. Another color I tend to gravitate towards is navy blue. I call it my third neutral, lol! [Read more…]
If you caught my post Monday, than you have heard about the exciting news! Just to catch you up to speed if you missed it, myself and four other bloggers have teamed up with Lowe’s Home Improvement across the country to provide someone with a Fall Home Makeover. You can click here to submit your entry now, and you also get the option of working with the designer of your choice! How sweet is that. The bloggers that teamed up for this amazing opportunity are : Julie Blanner, Inspired by Charm, The Makerista, and East Coast Creative, and of course myself! How fun, right! [Read more…]
When you think of the word “home” what comes to mind. Some words that I think of are inviting, warm, comforting, peaceful, safe, refreshing. Maybe some of my words were ones that you thought of too?! It’s no surprise that we long for a space that is comforting and refreshes you as you spend time in it. When you think of your home, whether it’s a 3 bedroom house, or a studio apartment, does it reflect those words that you think of when you close your eyes and dwell on the word “home”? To me home isn’t about the size or status. We use words like “own” or “rent”, “apartment”, “rent a room” or “house”, “single”, “married” to describe our status, but it doesn’t matter what your status is, any of those places described can be turned into a “home”. I’ve lived in all of those situations I described as a status. From renting an apartment, staying in just one room all by myself as a guest in someones home. Having an apartment with roommates when I was single to renting a 3 bedroom apartment that was “home” for 5 years as a newlywed, to owning. All of those places had something in common though – they were “home”. They were home because I made them home. [Read more…]
Hi Friends!! I have loved getting all of your feedback from my post on Monday, Creating a Space you Love. I know sometimes it can be intimidating seeing all these beautifully completed spaces styled perfectly on Pinterest. Sometimes you see something you like, but have no idea how to transform your space to resemble the ones you love that you see in pictures. I certainly don’t claim to have a magic formula, but I do have a thought process, and it’s one I use not only in my own spaces but when I’m working with clients as well. Point in case, the gallery wall in our living room around our TV. [Read more…]
A few weeks back I had the honor of joining my good friend Jen over at City Farmhouse for the Lowes Spring Makeover event. You can catch up on Jen’s post explaining more about how people entered to win the makeover here. If you follow me on Instagram you got a few sneak peaks, but have been SO patiently waiting to see the full reveal. Let me just tell you, we had a blast! Jen is just as sweet in person as she appears online, but even more so. She is so kind-hearted we hit it off instantly. For me this was such a fun project because I got to go and just assist her. Usually when I’m working with my own clients I have all the little details to worry about, but it was nice going just to lend a helping hand and an extra eye in design. We said over and over again how much when you love what you do, it totally doesn’t feel like work. I feel like that was the theme for this weekend. We were there for 2 days with handful of volunteers from Lowes to help us get the job done. I was shocked when Jen sent me the before photo to show me the space we were working with. Let’s just say a bit taken back, shocked may sound drastic, but there was definitely an “Oh boy!” said once or twice. Take a look at the before: [Read more…]
I’m SO glad you all have been enjoying my Summer Home Tour this year! It’s been so much fun joining Gina’s Summer Tour of Homes, I feel so honored to be apart of it. And it’s been so nice to see a few new faces around here as well, I’m so glad you found me through the tour. In case you missed it, you can catch the tour here, and to go back to day one and catch up on the beginning of the tour you can click here. Tomorrow is the last day of the tour, and it’s been so fun seeing everybody’s house for summer, even though actually saying the word “summer” still feels a little foreign. I talked a little bit in my Summer Home Tour about some of the projects we’ve done around our house to not only make it work better for us, but also disguise some of the not so glamorous parts. We live in an 1846 Farmhouse, so there are bound to be some imperfections that no matter how much work goes into it you can’t change.
Hip Hip Hooray it’s Friday!!! We have had outstanding weather this past week. Like perfect, dream of it, no humidity, weather! It could not have been any nicer. And in celebration of it being friday and the weekend being here, I figured it would be fun to do a GIVEAWAY today as well!! So stay tuned at the end of this post for instructions on how to win. Some of you have asked what the hallway looks like at the bottom of our front staircase when I shared our gallery wall. I had mentioned in the before & after posts, in a desperate hope to keep the original paint color we added some board & batten around the front door and to that little hallway. So today I’m going to share a little tutorial with you on how we did that. [Read more…]