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farmhouse holiday series | fall family room

In this second installment of the farmhouse holiday series, we're all sharing our fall family rooms... I've said it before and I'll say it again, but I don't do much in the way of fall decorating.  I'll put out a couple of pumpkins, a bowl of apples, etc. and just leave it at that.  In the case of my family room, I just put a mum in a bucket and added a couple of faux pumpkins in a wicker  (read more …)

farmhouse holiday series | red wine risotto

This year, I was invited to be a part of a farmhouse holiday decor series with an amazing line-up of bloggers, so how could I say no to that?!  Over the next few weeks, we'll be sprinkling in some seasonal farmhouse-style blog posts to (hopefully) inspire our readers. This week's theme is "farmhouse kitchen and fall recipe". I've shared this before and I'll share it again that other than  (read more …)

apple orchard picnic shoot

Today was a whirlwind, but packed with activities that were good for my creative soul. Photo shoots are one of my favorite aspects of my job.  If you read my very, very early posts, I share how much I love "playing magazine".  I loved that I had an excuse to take pictures of pretty things and share them.  And I have never grown weary of it! Today's shoot was for an "apple orchard picnic" table  (read more …)

a christmas song | what a glorious night

It's become of a bit of a tradition (every other year, anyway) for me to share a Christmas song here on the blog.  Last year, we just couldn't pull it together, but this year, I heard a song that I thought would be great and I had just the group of people to do it! I asked Kriste and her husband, David, if they would be up for joining me, Jeff & the boys, my parents and my brother &  (read more …)

milk painted ornaments

I spent most of my day wrapping presents and working on some cleaning to get ready to host Christmas.  I'm sure many of you were doing the same. I have also been insanely motivated to purge and organize.  I'm not sure what has kicked into me, but I have been in a mood.  A get-rid-of-80%-of-everything-and-organize-the-rest kind of mood.  Usually this mood hits me in January, but it is, very  (read more …)

living & dining rooms | Christmas 2015

My favorite rooms to decorate for Christmas are the definitely the living and dining rooms.  It's hard to believe how dark these rooms were when we first moved in over nine years ago and now how light-filled and fresh they feel. For Christmas, I just add some fresh greenery and a few wool pom-poms.  That's about all these rooms need. I shared video tutorial HERE showing my trick for dressing  (read more …)

gingerbread-ing it up

Would you believe that I have never made gingerbread houses or cookies from scratch?  Ever?  I have made them out of graham crackers or bought the pre-made kits to do with the boys, but I've never made the dough and the icing and rolled and cut everything myself. Until Tuesday. I've been so in love with the simple and pretty gingerbread houses I've seen spotted on Instagram that I decided I  (read more …)

master bedroom Christmas decorating

I don't decorate every single room in the house for Christmas, but our master bedroom is right off the family room, so I like to bring a few festive touches in the room. I decorated the room pretty much as I did last year.  I don't feel like I have to keep things the same, but I also don't feel like I have to change what looked really pretty the previous year. My dress form is wearing an  (read more …)