Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day Decor

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching
and while I don't do a lot of decorating for this particular day,
I do like to add a little something to honor it.

I decided to give my dining room hutch a little 
"love treatment."


It's all very simple,  yet after decorating for Winter in mostly
white & gray, I have to say I'm enjoying the pop 
of color the red is bringing me.

Happy Valentine's Day, sweeties!



Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter Vignettes

Hello friends!

Winter is in full swing.  
We were lucky this time though, the big storm passed us by.  
What a nice change! 
We always get hit by the big snowstorms.

I'm sharing some winter vignettes from around my house.  
I'll keep the chit chat to a minimum. 
Grab something warm to drink & enjoy!

Living room:

Coffee table:

Entertainment Center shelves:

Dining Room:  

Sitting Room:

Wishing you a warm & cozy day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Winter Mantel 2016

Happy New Year, friends!

We are bracing for "a significant Winter event,"
as they like to say on the news.
I know this best as a BIG SNOW STORM!
We shall see what develops.

Honestly, up until right now,
we really haven't had much in the way of typical
New York winter weather.
I guess we've been far.

Now that all the excess of the holidays has been
stored away until November,
I took the opportunity to get my Winter on
with a very simple mantel.  

It all started with the wreath from Lowe's.
I found it after Christmas and I thought I heard it scream, 

 "Buy Me! I'm not just for Christmas, I'm for Winter, too!"

Obviously, I listened.  I'm glad I did, 
because I love it.

See the white metal houses?
Guess what?
They also screamed,

 "Buy me!" 

Again, I listened.

Lowe's needs to tell its merchandise to quiet down.
Perhaps I should get my hearing checked? 

 I do love how they look lit up at night...kind of magical, actually.
I should have taken a photo for you.

I added some mercury glass votives & pinecones to break
up some of the white, but overall, it was the simple, pared down,
Winter look I was going for.  

Do you decorate for Winter?


If it is Winter-like where you live,
stay warm!
Otherwise, enjoy your nice weather!


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

May the New Year bring you 
good health, 
happiness and love.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Year in Review

I could not decide whether to post a year in review or not. 
As I looked through my 2015 blog posts, 
I realized there are quite a few projects from 2015 
that I haven't even shared with you, yet! 
I've been a bad blogger.

I decided to go ahead with the review anyway.
In place of all the home projects I've neglected to share with you,
(get ready to see them in 2016)
I have added special family events instead.
Here goes:

In March, I posted how I made a

My son went to his Junior High semi-formal dance.

I put together quite a few costumes in 2015.
The first was
"Edwina Scissorhands" 
for a party my daughter attended in March.
They had to dress like a character from a movie.

In April, 
 I was completely honored to have my umbrella wreath

In May, my daughter was inducted into
The National Honor Society.

Also in May,
my daughter went to Prom and was
crowned PROM QUEEN!
(We were so surprised!)

In June, my son graduated from Junior High.

In July, I rescued a little side table that was perfect for my living room.

In August, I shared our

Back to the costume creations...

In October, my daughter had another costume party to attend.
This time, she wanted to be the 
Mad Hatter.
We channeled Johnny Depp's version here.

Then for my final costume of the year,
my son had a costume concert at school.
He plays cello & wanted to dress as a garden gnome.  

In November,
we took a trip to Orlando, Florida
for a well deserved vacation. 

 That pretty much sums up 2015 for us.  

I'm looking forward to 2016
and sharing a lot of projects with you!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Much love,


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Home Tour, Part 4 (Kitchen & Hallway)

This is the final part of my Christmas tour.

You have all been so kind 
with the wonderful comments you've left for me.
I appreciate each & every one of you!

Here's the kitchen:

I have had a kitchen tree for the last several years.
However, I found the need for a slightly larger tree this year.
(I guess I've collected a few too many ornaments!) 

This larger tree is now
sitting at the end of our kitchen table.  

I'm not a fan of looking at the tree stand, so I'm
hoping to find something to pop the tree into eventually.

I fell in love with this gingerbread cutie.
The red spatula & cherries pulled me right in!

I played a little with my kitchen light this year.
I hung gingerbread cookie cutters from baker's twine
& added a garland of red berries.

My cabinets with the glass doors are
always fun to decorate in red & white.

The hallway:

I have always loved snowmen.
This year I decided to make a snowmen tree
because I have so many snowmen ornaments.


I hope you enjoyed my tour this year.
I do have more that I would like to show you, but
I'm not sure if I'll actually get the time.
I'm getting ready to begin a
cookie baking marathon very soon.
I'll be in a flour haze for days & nights on end!  
Fun, fun fun! 

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