Christmas Bedroom: Holiday Decorating

Old Man Winter gifted our neighborhood with almost a foot of snow yesterday. The mini blizzard created an opportune moment for staying indoors and adding a bit more holiday decor to the rest of the house. My Christmas Home Tour was shared last week but I didn't include a Christmas bedroom, so today I'm sharing one of our under-the-eaves bedrooms.   My daughters slept in here when they were much younger, but there were two twin beds as … [Read more...]

English Cottage: Charming Home Tour

How many of you fell in love with the little stone cottage featured in the movie, "Holiday"?  Cameron Diaz plays the starlet who vacations in a charming cottage to escape her Hollywood life for a couple weeks. An English cottage is featured in today's charming home tour, but this one has been updated. (All photos by Chris Snook, found on Houzz.)   You'll find a recurring theme of decorating with neutrals throughout this lovely English … [Read more...]

Pine Cone Christmas Trees

When I see a gathering of pine cones on the ground, I envision what I can make with them. They're the perfect craft project because they're easy to work with and they're free! Today I'm sharing how to make Pine Cone Christmas Trees! You've probably seen similar little trees on Pinterest or in the pages of your favorite crafting magazine.   First of all, don't buy pine cones at the store since you can get them for free almost anywhere … [Read more...]

My Christmas Home Tour ~ 2016

Glitter is flying everywhere, ornament boxes are strewn about the floor, and kitties are chasing errant curls of ribbon around the house. My favorite season of blogging is finally here and once again I'm honored to participate in Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday Housewalk, sponsored by Wayfair. The past few weekends have been a little chaotic getting things ready, but it's all been worth it. Welcome to my Christmas home tour; I'm so happy to have you … [Read more...]

Deer Table Setting for Christmas Entertaining

I've set literally thousands of tables in my lifetime, and that's not an exaggeration. In high school I held a part-time job as a food server and waitress in Arthur Andersen's training center. Some of the banquets were fancy and everything had to be perfect; it's an art form. A beautiful tablescape combines form with function to create an enjoyable dining experience. I always enjoy putting a table setting together, so I'm happy to join a group of … [Read more...]

Christmas Mantel: A Snowy Village

Did any of you get out for some Black Friday specials last week? Hopefully you found some bargains and can now focus on your holiday decorating. I try to avoid the crowds and spent the Thanksgiving weekend finishing up my decor. Usually I have a plan, but ended up changing what I had in mind for my Christmas mantel. My glitter houses were going to grace the mantel, but I ended up creating a snowy village with a Scandinavian vibe. My Christmas … [Read more...]

Swedish Country House: Charming Home Tour

Today we're heading across the pond to visit a beautiful Swedish country house. I have always loved the simple elegance of Scandinavian decorating. You'll often find a generous use of white paired with rustic elements or bright colors. Homes also have large windows to let in as much sunlight as possible during short winter days. The result is a cozy space with timeless appeal. (All photos by www.adddesign.se as seen on Houzz.) Paper type … [Read more...]

Frosted Mason Jar Votives

My Christmas home tour is next Wednesday and I'm hoping to finish up my decorating this weekend. It always takes longer than I think, as I move from room to room and see projects needing completion. At the last minute I decided to make Frosted Mason Jar Votives for my stairway. It's become a tradition now to line my staircase with some type of candle. The frosted votives are so easy to make and don't take much time either.   Start with … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipes and Turkey Day Tips

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  Are you ready?  If you'd like to try some new Thanksgiving recipes this year or are in desperate need of a few tips to get you through the crazy days of cooking and baking, look no further!  I've rounded up some tasty recipes for you and at the end of the post I have a couple of infographics to help alleviate the stress of the holiday and allow you to enjoy your time with loved ones. When I host Thanksgiving, or any … [Read more...]

Charming Older Homes in Riverside, Illinois

Last weekend was my grandson's first birthday! My daughter decided on a lumberjack party theme and rented a little log cabin in Riverside, Illinois. It was such a cute party and I took lots of pictures which I'll share in a future post. After the party, hubby and I toured the tree-lined streets and of course I had to snap photos of the charming older homes. I love me a red house, and a gorgeous Victorian charmer is right up my alley! So much … [Read more...]

Eclectic Australian House: Charming Home Tour

This weekend has been filled with holiday decorating and I'm overdosed on glitter and sparkle.  So today I'm sharing an eclectic Australian house decorated in neutral tones. The home of Kara Rosenlund has an organic vibe with earthy elements. (Photos by Kara Rosenlund, featured on Houzz.) You'll find plenty of texture throughout Kara's home, which is important when you decorate with neutrals. A mix of finishes adds depth and interest to each … [Read more...]

Roasted Carrot and Fennel Soup

To make guests feel special at your Thanksgiving meal, offer a beautiful bowl of Roasted Carrot and Fennel Soup. The complex flavor and rich color make this soup an impressive start to any meal. Sweet carrots are balanced by fennel to bring you a unique starting course. You'll be amazed how easy it is to make!   I love making vegetable soups, especially creamy ones with amazing color. To start a big meal like Thanksgiving, you only need … [Read more...]

Moving Tips and Furniture Rental Options

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. In the midst of getting ready for Christmas, hubby and I have also been planning the sale of our home this coming spring. I'm anxious to purge ourselves of a lot of stuff, but it's a challenge because I don't want to get rid of things we might need. I'm making a list of moving tips now and have considered the possibility of temporarily renting … [Read more...]