I’m Dreaming of a White Entry

I’m Dreaming of a White Entry

Of course I dream for more meaningful things like world peace and cures to epidemic diseases but on a less substantial note right now I’m dreaming of a white entryway. There is something beautiful about a foyer that has been worked over in wood trim and white paint. What once was a normal blah entry (as can be seen in the before and after below) is now a fresh, stylish foyer. Before via Traditional Home After via Traditional Home Amazing transformation, right?  Inspiring, right?  But let me be honest I’ve wanted to paint my foyer white for awhile now, however, fear has caused me to drag my feet a bit.  Me being nervous about a DIY project may surprise you since I am usually abnormally fearless. An all white or even mostly white entry seems like a bold statement to me but I can ‘t deny that I love it in all these photos below.  So I’ve decided 2015 will be the year for painting my foyer and hallway WHITE.  In fact I’ve already started as you may have noticed in the Christmas Tour. …

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Christmas Home Tour

Christmas Home Tour

*****  I am participating in Jennifer Rizzo’s fabulous Holiday House Party so be sure to check it out and be inspired!   Welcome to our home!  I’m glad you are here for our Christmas home tour.  If you are new here don’t hesitate to ask questions.  I do a lot of DIY and bargain shopping so if you see something you like I probably have done a tutorial for it already and can share a source!   We will start with our hallway where previously a closet is now a makeshift mudroom.  We love being able to drop our coats, boots, and bags here. I purchased the live wreath from Costco just for the (sm)ell of it.:0)  We don’t do the live tree thing yet so it has been so nice to have the pine fragrance in our home.  It was only $15 which is an amazing deal considering it is so large and attractive.   To the right of the entry is our living room. I added red bows to my diy topiaries and the diy table top trees on the coffee table are made out of foam board and…

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A Coastal Christmas Tablescape

A Coastal Christmas Tablescape

I had fun this past week creating a coastal Christmas tablescape. It’s part of our dining room Christmas décor and will be used in a couple of weeks when family comes into town. I’m not a prim and proper person. I love elegance but for me it has to be balanced with a large dose of casual, a style I call casual elegance (and which I explain more here). Dining rooms are often the most formal rooms in a house. I’ve noticed that I like to throw a bit of coastal into my dining room decorating perhaps it’s to keep the vibe of the room on a more relaxed note. Christmas decorating this year was no exception. I came across this fern tablecloth at Walmart on clearance for only $4 (yep I’m not too good for Walmart or wrinkled tablecloths).:-) I coupled the green ferns and other greenery with a rich, deep blue hue found in the plates, table runner, and drapery.   The table runner was made from fabric I found for 40% off at Hobby Lobby.  I…

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Holiday Wreath Card Display

Holiday Wreath Card Display

If it hasn’t started for you already I’m sure it will soon.  What will start soon??  The ensuing trickle of Holiday cards in the mail, of course!;-)  It is the only time of year I get “good” mail and I love it! Instead of placing the Holiday greetings I receive in a stack on the counter (like I use to do) I love using them as festive Holiday home décor. Over the past couple of years I have hung lighted greenery around our powder bathroom door in the hallway and have added the Christmas greetings cards we receive with double-sided tape around the door. It is fun to see how each day the doorway becomes more and more full of color and happy reminders of loved ones.     This year I was inspired to try a new way of displaying our cards.  As I was flipping through the winter Pottery Barn catalog I came across the space below.  There is much to love about the photo– the stone, the oversized windows, and the layered bedding exuding a Christmas vibe.  But what…

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DIY Sparkling Pinecone Ornaments

DIY Sparkling Pinecone Ornaments

  This week I fell in love with this beauty! Isn’t she captivating??  I didn’t know I had a thing for sparkling pinecones but apparently I do.:-)   As often is the case I got the inspiration to make my gleaming pinecone ornaments from a recent Ballard Designs catalog. via Ballard Designs   I think they are beautiful and charming and they weren’t horribly priced at $19 for a set of 6 but I wanted to save some money and try doing them myself. My goal was to make some for myself and some as teacher’s gifts.  I don’t know about you but what to give teachers for Christmas and end of the year presents has always been a pain in the buttewey for me! I just wish that with all the paper work we parents receive at the beginning of the school year that there was a handout with the below survey filled out from each teacher.   It would take a lot of the guess work out of it and then they might actually get something they want!    Oh well, hopefully they will…

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Favorite Interior Designers Series – Martha O’Hara Interiors

Favorite Interior Designers Series – Martha O’Hara Interiors

Martha O’Hara Interiors is a Minneapolis based design firm which was started over 20 years ago by…let’s see if you can guess.  Yes, Martha O’Hara. Although Martha still works with each client she also has a team of designers that share her serious knack for putting together beautiful, well-orchestrated spaces. I first laid eyes on their work a couple of years ago as I perused Houzz.com.  The picture that caught my eye was of this family room.  I saved it to my “ideabook” on Houzz with the caption “I love the color of the room and the use of color and patterns.”   Martha O’Hara Interiors via Houzz   At the time when I first “met” Martha I was very comfortable with my almost all neutral décor palette.  Neutral walls, neutral accents, with a little bit of soft blue is what my ideal spaces consisted of (and which I still love).  But as I have studied the work of Martha and her team I have come to love the use of a bold color or pattern here and…

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My Rustic Christmas Mantel & A DIY Pallet Project

My Rustic Christmas Mantel & A DIY Pallet Project

It was about this time last year that I received a Ballard Design catalog in the mail which inspired my Rustic Mantel DIY. It was the photo below found on the front cover to be exact!   I loved the cozy cabin feel and wanted to create a similar ambiance in my family room for the Holidays! But, how?? The idea came to use a pallet. I had seen loads of pallet projects and had always loved the idea of doing one given the “free” nature of pallets. Here are the results!           This pallet project is fairly easy (the hardest part is probably locating a pallet). I found my pallet behind a strip of stores. It was leaned up against a dumpster 100 feet f rom the back door of the store. It was obviously being thrown away. There is almost always a back alley behind stores where the trucks go to deliver new products. When I drive back there I often see pallets discarded behind stores. Just be sure…

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Warm Wishes- Easy Crockpot Chili & 12 Cozy Spaces to Inspire

Warm Wishes- Easy Crockpot Chili & 12 Cozy Spaces to Inspire

Hi Guys!  I’m popping in this weekend to share a delicious recipe and some cozy design inspiration!  Temperatures outside plummeted this week and it got me yearning for my favorite chili (as well as my couch, throw, and design magazines)!  My husband was introduced to this recipe by a college roommate–it was a family recipe. 5 years ago my husband signed us up to bring a pot of chili to our church’s Chili Cookoff.  I told my husband that since he signed us up he would need to be the one to make it!!:-)  He was actually excited about it because he had an idea to add a bit of barbeque sauce to the already awesome chili recipe. The Chili Cookoff was held on a Friday night so I decided I would go ahead and make it since my husband would only have time to swing by from work and pick us up.  I added the bit of barbeque sauce trusting my husband wouldn’t lead me astray. Well,  I  we won the Chili Cookoff that night!!:-)  Out of 30 pots of chili 6 judges concluded that ours was the best!…

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