Christmas Decorating Details and $250 Cash Giveaway

Creamy Christmas Poinsettia

What a weekend!  I spent at least 10 hours each on Saturday and Sunday decorating the house and photographing it for my holiday home tour this Wednesday!  I have over 70 photos and need to pare down the selection. Since I can't use all of them, I've decided to share some of the Christmas decorating details today in anticipation of Wednesday. I'm also joining Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road and her creative team to offer a $250 Cash Giveaway!  Who … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Beneath My Heart

Open Shelving in the Kitchen

We're full swing into decorating the house for Christmas and right now, I could use a break from choosing ornaments and deciding what goes where. So it's with a welcome relief that Sunday is here and it's time for another charming home tour!  Today we're visiting Traci at Beneath My Heart. She has a light and airy home that I just adore and I'm pretty sure you'll fall in love with it too, if you haven't already seen it! Traci shares inspiring … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Christmas ~ Get the Look!

How to Create Farmhouse Christmas Style

Farmhouse style is all about practicality and simple decor. Early farmers in America didn't have extra money to spend on home accessories so their interiors utilized functional things to add beauty to the home. Walls were often painted white due to lack of a paint budget. The early farmhouse was cozy and organic and easy to recreate. For today's Farmhouse Friday post, we're focusing on how to achieve the Farmhouse Christmas look, just in time for … [Read more...]

Decorating the Christmas Porch: 19 Ideas

Christmas Decor on my Farmhouse Porch

Today is Thanksgiving Eve and I'm glad my daughter is hosting dinner this year so I can focus on decking the halls (and porch) for the holidays. It's going to be a busy weekend! My holiday house tour is next Wednesday, December 2nd and I'm scurrying around putting final details on everything. But for now, I'd like to take a little break and share a collection of pretty ideas for decorating a Christmas porch. Here's my holiday porch from last … [Read more...]

Vintage Christmas Paper Chain Garland

Vintage Christmas Paper Chain Garland

Little by little I've been chipping away at getting the house decorated for Christmas. I like to have carols playing in the background to keep me in the mood while working. I also light an evergreen candle to bring the sensory experience full circle. We set up the tree a couple days ago and the first piece of adornment was a vintage Christmas paper chain garland that I made from a kit. This year marks a new look for the Christmas tree. I … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Seeking Lavender Lane

Redecorated Kitchen

Yesterday Old Man Winter decided to dump his frosty self all over our neck of the woods to the tune of about 5 inches of snow. I'm not quite ready for it, but rather than wallow in my sorrow, how about a charming home tour instead? I think you'll love Deb's home. She blogs over at Seeking Lavender Lane. Pretty neutral tones set the stage for Deb's living room. A textured rug pulls the furniture together and details like the Blueberry sign above … [Read more...]

13 Handmade Christmas Ornaments

13 Handmade Christmas Ornaments

About 5 weeks remain until Christmas which means there is still time to make handmade Christmas ornaments for your tree or to give as gifts. Today I'm sharing a round-up of ornaments that you can make by yourself or with your children. Some of the DIY ornaments are mine, and some are the beautiful creations of my blogging friends. I hope you find a few you'd like to make yourself! I've got a couple on my to-do list!   Adorable Cookie … [Read more...]

Kitchen Holiday Gift Guide

Nesting Stoneware Mixing Bowls

This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods. All opinions are my own. Giving gifts is fun and when I do my Christmas shopping, I anticipate the reaction loved ones will have when they open their gifts from me. I always try to buy something they'll love and enjoy surprising them with something unique. I stumbled across Uncommon Goods and found several kitchen items to include in a holiday gift guide. My favorite find is this Ombre Stemless Glass … [Read more...]

Christmas Printable: A Child is Born

Free Christmas Printable. For Unto Us a Child is Born

I love Christmas. I love Christmas Carols, decorated trees, lights that brighten yards and homes, Christmas memories, and just the warmth and coziness of Christmas. When Kristen at Ella Claire asked me to join a round-up of Christmas printables, I couldn't resist. I thought about what I'd create for you, and on Thursday last week I had my answer. My daughter gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on a stormy night and I knew my printable would be "For … [Read more...]

Coffee Lovers Gift in a Mason Jar

Coffee Lovers Gift in a Mason Jar

When the holidays roll around, I like to have a few gifts on hand that I can share on a whim. The recipient might be a neighbor, the running coach, a co-worker, or someone else that I've appreciated over the year. Today I'm joining my blogging buddies to bring you oodles of handy gifts that fit nice and snugly in a mason jar! You can find links to all their gift ideas at the end of this post. Next Sunday we'll get back to the Charming Home … [Read more...]

Fall Leaf Art

Fall Leaf Art

One day I'm blogging about Fall, the next day it's all about Christmas. Today we're back to Fall ... it's that "what happened to Thanksgiving" time warp. I decided to add a bit more fall decor to the dining room for Thanksgiving, and this leaf art project is super quick and easy. A collection of leaves from the forest preserve add just the right touch of fall color in this corner. It was simply a matter of pressing the leaves in a book, gluing … [Read more...]

Home Exteriors: 13 Beautiful Examples in Geneva, Illinois

Historic Clapboard House in Geneva, Illinois

I should have been an architect. I love looking at historic homes and buildings, but I also love contemporary structures too. My cousin is an architect in Vermont and he designs green homes. My favorite small town for taking a walking tour of historic homes is my birthplace of Geneva, Illinois. There's such a great variety of home exteriors to enjoy. I love love love this clapboard house!  It has all the charm of yesteryear and it's … [Read more...]

DIY Hanging Snow Globes

Snowman and Bottle Brush Trees in Hanging Snow Globe

November is kind of an awkward month for bloggers.  We've got one foot in the Fall and Thanksgiving season, and another foot in the Christmas season. We try to showcase Christmas decor early to provide inspiration, kind of like the stores but we don't start quite as early as they do!  Today I'm sharing DIY hanging snow globes that are ridiculously easy to make and look so pretty, too!  It's part of today's Celebrations of Home hop (you can visit … [Read more...]