Christmas Inspiration from My Blogging Friends

Over the past few years I've noticed I've been turning less and less to decorating magazines and more and more toward my fellow bloggers for decorating ideas.  My blogging friends are truly amazing and they inspire me every day! So I thought it would be fun to share a bit of Christmas inspiration from my blogging friends with you. Hopefully you will find a new blog to follow while you enjoy these examples ... My friend Shannon at AKA Design … [Read more...]

Vintage Christmas Mantel

When I think of Christmas, I think of glitter and sparkle ... the way pure white snow sparkles in the sun. I love color at Christmas, including silver and gold. I found some beautiful, blingy holiday pieces to create a vintage Christmas mantel. I'm sharing my holiday mantel today along with some of my blogging friends. Links to their Christmas mantels are at the end of this post. I have always loved these sparkly Putz houses and finally … [Read more...]

Patriotic Decorating ~ My Dining Hutch

Normally I don't do a lot of patriotic decorating for 4th of July. Not because I'm unpatriotic, but because summer is always busy and we usually go to someone else's place to celebrate the holiday. But the other day I found a patriotic bunting and some flags and yadda yadda yadda ... I now have a dining hutch fit for the 4th of July. (Oh, and as promised, today I'm announcing the winner of the Decor Steals gift card giveaway ... at the end of … [Read more...]

10 Ways You Can Create Cottage Style

Cottage style seems to be growing in popularity these days and I think part of that is because people are yearning for simpler living. I have elements of cottage style in my own home ... bead board, painted furniture, and light colors to name a few. To help you see how you can create cottage style in your own home, I scoured Houzz for some pretty examples and came up with 10 ways you can create cottage style.  1. Cheery Fabrics Farmhouse … [Read more...]

Romantic Decorating Details for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's week is finally here and that means adding romantic decorating details in the home. When you think of romance, flowers and candles immediately come to mind. I prefer pink and white for Valentine's Day since we had plenty of red at Christmas.   Last summer I found this elegant, wrought iron candelabra at the local flea market.   This graceful candelabra is perfect for adding a touch of romance.   To add color for … [Read more...]

Welcome to My Christmas Home Tour!

Welcome to my Christmas Home Tour ... coordinated by the "All Things Home" group!  I'm so excited and honored to have you visiting my humble abode during the holiday season. This past week I've felt like one of Santa's Elves scurrying about in a flurry preparing for Christmas! I hope you'll take time this week to visit all the houses on this week's virtual Christmas Home Tour ... there are 30 in all, filled with Christmas eye candy galore just … [Read more...]

Creatively Made Home {Home for the Holidays}

I have some good news to share with you! My friend Jen at City Farmhouse is part of the upcoming Creatively Made Home {Home for the Holidays} e-course along with 8 other highly talented bloggers!  The course begins October 15th and I'm giving away 2 FREE spots in this online course! You'll be able to watch videos chock-full of gift giving ideas, decorating projects and favorite family recipes presented by women who painstakingly create beautiful … [Read more...]

Christmas in the Family Room

As we get closer to Christmas, I've been showing more details of each room that's been decorated. Today I'm sharing the family room. I'm saving the Christmas tree in the living room for last, although I showed one pic of it in my Holiday Home Tour post. Anywho ... on to the family room. Sticking with my "Keep It Simple Stupid" theme this year, I didn't get too fussy with the decorating in here. In fact, I used a couple kitties to decorate. My … [Read more...]

My Holiday Home Tour

Normally I would wait until closer to Christmas to reveal all of the house decked out for the holidays, but I wanted to get everything ready for Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday Home tour party on Monday, December 10th. This post is an overview of my holiday decor, with more detailed photos coming soon. Needless to say, I've been busy scurrying around pulling everything together. Without further adieu, here's a sneak peek of Christmas 2012 at Town and … [Read more...]

Tis the Season for Dining and Decorating

Taking indoor photos continues to prove challenging, to say the least! Pulling my hair out a little while getting acquainted with my Nikon D3000 and figuring out what aperture to use and blah, blah, bah humbug! Tis not the season to be wrestling with a new camera. I'm ready to sit down, eat, drink, and be merry! This is the dining room that's getting a makeover that I mentioned in an earlier post. The chairs are wearing a new coat of Annie … [Read more...]