Monday, January 23, 2017

green and bright

Always around this time of year I start to long for spring and I find that I treat myself to flowers more frequently in January and February. A little green goes a long way though. It brightens my home which in turn brightens my mood! Treat yourself or someone else to something green and bright this week! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

rooms to tackle in 2017

I made a list last year of rooms to tackle in 2016 and in many ways, I do feel like I did at least make progress in each of those rooms.  I am a list person. It keeps me focused,  so once again, I am creating a 'house goals' list this year. 

I plan to spend some time creating a sitting area in our playroom. Currently, the walls are lined with toys:) That is what a playroom is for though, right? I go back and forth on whether or not it makes sense to spend lots of effort on this room right now mainly because I would like to create a homework area in this room for when both kids are doing homework. Although I'm sure they will always end up doing their homework in the kitchen:). So for now, I am going to concentrate on making it look slightly more adult friendly. There is a great nook in the room just like the one pictured below and one day I would love for it to have a window seat!

Our playroom is not too big so whatever seating I decide on, it has to be small and functional. I like the idea of a daybed so it can double as a sleeping area for guests. That's exactly where all our guests want to stay....our playroom:). It does have it's own bathroom though. 

This project is already in the works. We are adding some functional storage to our closet. Currently, our master closet has just your regular builder-grade wire racks and we are running out of space. Paul mainly pushed for this project and I happily obliged! It will be installed in just a few weeks so I will keep you posted on whether or not it actually helps keep our closet clean! 

We did add new bedding to our master bedroom last year, but I am still on the hunt for some artwork, new lamps, and a dresser for Paul. I keep swooning over these curtains and I cannot get them out of my head for our room along with a pillow or two in this same Sarah Richardson fabric! 

Lastly, my main mission this year is to find and commit to two chairs in our living room. Our olive green/tan 8yr old chair has seen better days and it is time to let it go. I want something fairly neutral, but with a tad bit of color too. I just cannot pull the trigger on a solid chair or a neutral chair with a subtle pattern. The debate continues. I am up for suggestions/advice/thoughts here! Chairs are a big commitment and I want to make a purchase that we will like and enjoy for many years. 

Oh, my garage is always on the list.  One day it will actually see improvement:)

all pictures via Pinterest

Saturday, December 31, 2016


As the year comes to an end, I like to reflect on the blessings that 2016 brought as well as think about new goals, house projects and travels for the upcoming year. I wish blessings to you and your family in 2017! 

I always look forward to my new Karen Adams calendar. It really is so beautiful! 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

a christmas alleluia

Merry Christmas! Glory to God in the Highest! 

The Heavens Roar
The Angels Sing
All Glory to Our GOD and KING
O Night Divine forever more

Saturday, December 10, 2016

simple christmas touches in our home

My Christmas decorating is always fairly simple and traditional. Fresh greenery with either berries or pinecones mixed in are a nice way to add little touches of Christmas to your home. 

Welcome to our foyer!

I am not a huge poinsettia fan, but I would have to say that the pink poinsettias are my favorite. 

This year, I stopped by Dollar General and picked up these gold bells. I believe 8-10 came in a pack for $1.50. What a great way to dress up your plants for Christmas. 

One of my favorite traditions is Christmas cards. I just love sending and receiving them! I also enjoy displaying them all over my house. I even displayed my own card this year so I can enjoy it too! I know some people who keep them either in a bowl or basket so they can look thru them all year long. I may do that this year!

For our mantle this year, I decided to mix magnolia leaves and cypress branches. We just got Graham's silhouette made so I decided to place both the kids' silhouettes above their stockings. 

In case I am not back on here before Christmas, let me take a minute to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! 

Monday, November 21, 2016

advent wreath

We are quickly approaching the start of Advent, which falls on Sunday, November 27 this year. I have never put an advent wreath in our home, but I like these beautiful versions of the advent wreath. Each Sunday, a new candle is lit until all four candles are lit the Sunday before Christmas! What a lovely way to incorporate the true meaning of Christmas in our homes! 

all via pinterest

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

old to new and lots of blue

Here is a beautiful old to new Farmhouse with lots of blue! I sure do love the color scheme in this home, especially the blue bookshelves in the study. I would have to say the mudroom and the study are my favorite. See more images of this lovely home here