Favorite Christmas Decorating Ideas

Have I told you how anxious I am to share my Christmas decor with you? The holiday decorating is done and photos have been taken. I'm waiting until next week to share what I've done, but I'm really in the Christmas spirit and feel the need to share something festive. So I've rounded up some of my favorite Christmas decorating ideas from years past to hopefully inspire you as your deck your halls.Snowy Christmas Villages My favorite Christmas … [Read more...]

Tips to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

This post is sponsored by Bona. All opinions are my own. Every year at this time I tell myself I'm not going to stress when getting the house ready for guests. A few tips - five to be exact - help me keep my sanity when getting everything ready. Today I'm joining four other creative bloggers to bring you tips to prepare your home for holiday guests. That makes 25 simple tips to help you breeze through the upcoming holidays.My five tips that … [Read more...]

Cape Cod Renovation in St. Louis Park

Cape Cod homes are cozy and cute, but sometimes "cozy" can mean cramped living spaces. Today's home tour features a charming Cape Cod renovation by Anchor Builders out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota. They kept all the charm of yesteryear while creating a house that keeps up with today's trends and lifestyle. The exterior of the home now has curb appeal that makes you want to step inside and take a look around. Photo by Anchor … [Read more...]

Cozy Cottage Kitchen

Last Saturday we toured a black and white kitchen renovation and today I've got a cute blue and white kitchen to share with you. Last week's kitchen was on the classic elegant style, while today's tour is a cozy cottage kitchen that's light and bright. The charming kitchen enjoys blue lower cabinets and white uppers. Photo by Standard Kitchen & Bath   A classic farmhouse sink is a focal point in the kitchen. Floating wood shelves … [Read more...]

Christmas Table Setting Ideas

Avoid last minute holiday stress by planning your Christmas table setting ahead of time. I've collected several ideas to inspire you and get your wheels turning. Whether you prefer a simple holiday table, or a more elaborate setting, you're sure to find something here that suits your fancy. When in doubt, turn to traditional holiday decor like red and green in plaid prints. Note the clever details like candles in coffee mugs and small presents … [Read more...]

Vintage Santa Ribbon: Christmas Tree Decorating

When it comes to Christmas trees, I'm kind of like Kevin in "Home Alone." Holiday trees are magical and beautiful. As a kid, I couldn't wait to get home from school to turn the tree lights on and just bask in the glow. A few months before Christmas I start dreaming about how to decorate my tree. It's the starting point for my holiday decorating. This year I was struggling ... until I spotted a pretty vintage Santa ribbon.  This ribbon … [Read more...]

Arts and Crafts Home Turned LEED Gold

Today's tour is a little unique as well as quite appealing. A classic Arts and Crafts style home was renovated with a green focus in mind. The result is a LEED certified home. If you're not familiar with LEED, it stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. So basically there are environmentally-friendly (aka "green") finishes and details. The home is charming and stayed true to many of its original elements during the renovation by … [Read more...]

Christmas Decorating: Front Doors

One of the easiest Christmas decorating projects is the front door. A favorite wreath, a holiday bough, maybe even a pair of ice skates have graced your own front door for the holidays. I haven't yet decided how I'm going to decorate my door this Christmas, but for the time being, I can admire other Christmas doors to become inspired. I hope you enjoy these selections, too! A very full wreath adorns a blue Victorian door. When a wreath is this … [Read more...]

Beautiful Kitchen Remodel Tour

Do any of you dream of a remodeling your kitchen sometime in the future? I love my old farmhouse kitchen but I do dream of a kitchen remodel some day. You know, a kitchen where there's more storage space and a better work flow. I came across a beautiful kitchen remodel by H2 Design + Build that I think you might like! Seems we're seeing more and more two-tone kitchens, with dark cabinets on bottom and light cabinets on top. Do you like this … [Read more...]

Candlelit Mantel for Early Nightfall

My house is transitioning from fall decor to Christmas. My holiday home tour is the last week of November which is why I need to start decorating now. I was playing around with the mantel after removing my brown bottles, and started to set up my candle holders. I've started collecting wooden candle holders and thought a candlelit mantel might be perfect for early nightfall now that we've turned back the clocks.  I love the intricate … [Read more...]

Cotswolds Cottage: Charming Home Tour

What is it about the English countryside that captures your heart and never lets go? There's something about those little stone cottages dotting the rolling hills of the country with sheep baying in the background. Didn't we all fall in love with the cozy little house featured in the movie, "Holiday" with Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and Jack Black. I think you'll find today's Cotswolds Cottage by absolute abode design just as … [Read more...]

Cozy Living Ideas with Candles and Blankets

Welcome to the first month of our brand new Cozy Living series! Eleven bloggers are joining together to share cozy living ideas with you the first Saturday of each month. We hope to inspire you to create memorable cozy moments at home for you and your family. Each blogger (I shared who the cozy living bloggers are last week) will share simple ideas for enjoying that particular month. Links to everyone's ideas are at the end of this post, so … [Read more...]

How to Grow Herbs Indoors

Fall is such a beautiful season and I enjoy it immensely. But once the first frost comes I really start to miss my garden. I love stepping outside to grab tomatoes off the vine and clip some herbs for homemade marinara sauce. Since this option is no longer available, I'll move and grow herbs indoors and clip them when needed. Growing herbs indoors isn't as easy as letting them thrive outside, but you can be successful with a few helpful … [Read more...]

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