Living with White

white couches

I just moved...into a house we built that I am in love with.  It's basically a dream come true, living here.  And I'm working on a full tour post but that requires a lot of cleaning that I haven't done yet!  That will come soon.  But for now here is a little glimpse... I have TONS of white in my house.  I have white couch slipcovers--three of them (two IKEA Ektorp couches, one I made myself), white kitchen cabinets, white countertop, white … [Read more...]

Ho Ho Ho Christmas Marquee Sign

holiday marquee sign

I love marquee signs--don't you? They are so fun and cheerful.  And so is Christmas, so why not combine the two?  Marquee signs are not as hard as they might seem.  And for an extra Christmasey effect, I candy-cane striped the board.  And now- here's how to make your own Christmas marquee sign. Supplies: 1 1x12x6 2 1x2x6 6 large craft store chipboard letters (3 H's, 3 O's) Round Christmas lights Drill Nail gun, strong craft … [Read more...]

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

thanksgiving board centerpiece

I have a few easy Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas to share today.  They really are so super simple, don't require many elements or know-how, and are still beautiful and elegant. The first one is a 1x8 board, stained dark walnut, with some burlap over the top.  I added different rustic fall decorations on top and played with it.  The possibilities are endless and what's nice is that sometimes centerpieces are too tall for good conversation, … [Read more...]

Decorating for Real Life

decorating for real life book

My beautiful and talented friend Wendy Hyde has just written a book.  And it's an incredible book too.  I received it last week and couldn't put it down.  I've read other decorating books and they seemed to be filled with the same types of design.  So if you don't happen to like that style, then too bad.  It's called "Decorating for Real Life." Wendy's book is filled with all different sorts of design styles, inspired from real people's … [Read more...]

Simple Thanksgiving Mantel

thanksgiving mantel closeup

I don't think I have ever decorated for Thanksgiving.  I'm always too excited for Christmas to give Thanksgiving a proper presence in my home.  This year, I feel like I've been too busy to even get excited for Christmas yet.  I have so much going on--a wedding to plan (my sister's), a house to move into in 5 weeks, tons of blog projects, and most recently, a funeral to help plan, execute, and attend.  My husband's mother died last week after a … [Read more...]

Spooky Halloween Signs

rustic sign

I've teamed up with a group of 75 bloggers to share tons of Fall Harvest Ideas with you! From crafts, to recipes, to home decor and more...we have you covered for Fall inspiration! One of my favorite parts of my Halloween party was the signs I made--which I haven't shared yet, until now.  I had several pieces of this old very rustic wood, and I knew I wanted to do something with it.  I wasn't sure what since I didn't have a whole lot of it. … [Read more...]

Halloween Front Porch Decor

spooky halloween front porch

So technically this is the back porch, but it's MY front porch (the weirdness that comes with living in a basement apartment.)  So probably no trick-or-treaters will be coming to the back porch, but it's still fun to be able to decorate.  And I was given lots of Command hooks to use, so check out my Halloween front porch decor! Command hooks really are the easiest way to decorate your house for the holidays (inside AND out, but especially … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour

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I'm excited to be a part of Cherished Bliss's Fall Home Tour!  I just love looking at all these beautiful fall decorated homes and feeling so cozy.  I just wanted to snuggle under a blanket with a cup of hot apple cider!  If you just came from The Golden Sycamore, welcome! It's finally late enough in the season to stop saying 'I know it's early, but I've decorated my house for the fall."  And even though my house has been decorated for … [Read more...]