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Room Refresh & Renew with Birch Lane

I have shared in the past that rugs are my nemesis when it comes to decorating.  It's just so hard to find a rug that works with everything happening in a room.  I threw in the towel and had pretty much all jute and seagrass rugs in the house.  I love the look of them and I have found certain styles that feel comfortable underfoot, but the one that was in our bedroom was not one of those.  It was  (read more …)

Christmas tree 2.0, paper whites & a blue truck

This year, I really took my time selecting the Parsons' family Christmas tree of 2016.  It was the perfect height, fluffy, and full...just like I wanted. I was practically giddy as I put on over 1200 lights, the garland, and ornaments.  It looked beautiful. Here is how my glorious, perfect tree looked yesterday morning... The tree was totally dried out and the branches were sagging,  (read more …)

Calvin’s Christmas Bedroom

I took some time a couple of weeks ago to put some finishing touches on Calvin's room and, while I did that, I added a few Christmas decorations. I finally swapped out the brass curtain rod with this matte black single curtain rod from Birch Lane.  This one is pretty heavy duty just in case someone thinks it's a good idea to hang on the drapes.  My boys generally don't do that sort of thing,  (read more …)

Christmas in the family room & a paper manger

I shared how our family room is looking these days a few posts ago and I thought I would share some of the details of my Christmas decorations.  As I've said repeatedly, I really keep things pretty simple when it comes to Christmas decorating.  It does still take a lot of time, but I have grown to love the look of fresh green garlands, wreaths and swags, and just adding a few key decorations to  (read more …)

a grain bin turned coffee table

When I shared the industrial-style coffee table a few months ago, some of you called it.  It just didn't work with my style.  While I like the table a lot and it was very functional, it was too large for the space and the longer I lived with it, the more it felt off with everything else in the room.  Great piece, wrong space. Since I realized that, I've been looking around at antique stores and  (read more …)

Christmas Living Room 2016

I was trying to write this post last night and my mind was just mush!  I found myself in a mid-sentence daze and I finally surrendered and went to bed. So, now that it's a new day, here is my living room dressed for the holiday season.  The living room is probably my favorite room to decorate for Christmas.  It has beautiful light and this is the room that is most "me".  This is the room you're  (read more …)

Christmas Master Bedroom 2016

Friday was a productive day working at home.  I had a lot of little things I needed to catch up on and check off the to-do list and I wanted to get some more Christmas decorating done.  So, I bounced between doing things I needed to do and things I wanted to do and was able to make some nice progress in both categories. One thing I completed was the Christmas decorating in our bedroom.  I used to  (read more …)

Noble Fir for the Living Room

I decided to get two Christmas trees this year. I have done just one large one the past few years, but I was really looking forward to Christmas decorating this year, so two trees seemed fitting! I got a 8.5' Fraser fir for our family room from a local tree farm and I partnered with Green Valley Christmas Tree farm to get a 7' Noble Fir for my living room.  I was excited to get a tree variety  (read more …)