Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Today I'm so thrilled to participate with some of my blogger friends in a Holiday Gift Guide Hop.  Here are some of my top gift suggestions, many tried and true by our family.  Have fun checking out my picks, and then make sure to visit the other bloggers participating at the end of my post for their top gift picks, too. Many thanks to Rebekah from A Blissful Nest for organizing this fun hop!

My husband owns this watch, wears it almost daily, and gets stopped by friends and strangers alike who compliment and want to know more about it.  Beautiful watch.
Hubby thought it was funny and I should include it... and all proceeds go to charity, bonus!
Even though we just added an outdoor fireplace, this would be great for the dining side of the patio, and especially for those chilly winter days when we're cooped up playing ping pong in the garage.
Personal and Professional Development book- I highly recommend!
We own this speaker, use it all over the house and on the patio, and absolutely love it!

1- Home Decor Coffee Table Books

Habitat by Lauren Liess
Modern Mix by Eddie Ross
Styled by Emily Henderson
Take your pick!  All must haves this year.

Duh!  They go with everything.

Great for layering necklaces.  This one is on my personal wish list!
I own this and wear it just about every single day.  
A travel staple!

1- Hoverboard Skateboard
My daughter is begging (she'll have to chip in lots of her own money!).  I suspect this might be at the top of many kids' wish lists this year.  

2- Bachmann Rail Chief Starter Train Set
My son has become quite the model train lover.  He recommends this one as a good starter set, appropriate for 10+.

3- Light Up Frisbee
A back yard favorite of ours!

4- Ticket to Ride Board Game
Board games are ALWAYS under our tree.  This one is on our wish list this year.

5- Razor Ripstik Caster Board
Another outdoor toy kid tested and approved in our family.

I haven't shared details about it yet, but I switched my living room light out for this one several months ago and I. LOVE. IT!  Really, this shop is packed full of lighting goodness.

I can't resist a good striped anything.  Just saw this one in person at Target and it's fantastic.
Quirky.  I love it.  Has been on my secret wish list for quite a while.

4- Custom Name Pencils from Design Gem
Who doesn't love to have their name on anything... this Etsy shop has lots of other darling stationery and accessories as well, I've got my eye on a new custom address stamp.

I just added one to my home, and it's the most beautiful, textural, fun wall art ever!

Holiday Gift Guide Blog Hop 2015

Don't miss our other hostesses in our Holiday Gift Guide Blog hop!
Whimsy Girl Design

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Monday, November 23, 2015


Well, at the end of my last post I told you I'd give you a Cruise Report today, but that didn't happen.  I've received a few professional photos from our events, but am waiting to see the bulk of them so I can share them with you.  So, that will be coming up soon!  We had such a great time, and I'm just now beginning to feel like I'm not moving constantly.  

Instead, how about a good before and after today?  About a month ago I gave you a sneak peek of one of my latest projects.  I've had a long time desire to paint shelves somewhere in my house dark, but hadn't considered the living room until recently.  

The color of the built ins no longer matched any other cabinetry in the house, it was different than the crown molding, the kitchen, and the walls.  It felt out of place and although I had originally planned on painting them to match the kitchen cabinets, I had a change of heart.

Urbane Bronze, painted oak cabinets, living room shelves, family room cabinets

And I'm so glad I did!

Urbane Bronze, painted oak cabinets, living room shelves, family room cabinets

There was so much neutral going on (walls, kitchen cabs, carpet- and this may be a hint on what I chose for our new sofas which should arrive any day!) that I felt totally comfortable making a statement with the built-ins.   A few months ago I painted the mantle in Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, and decided to continue a dark color along that entire wall of shelving and cabinets.  I played around with black or dark gray.  As much as I like black furniture pieces, it just seemed too stark in the space. 

So, Urbane Bronze was the winner.  I like that it works really well with light, colorful accessories, but the few black pieces that I have still show up too and don't get lost.

Urbane Bronze, painted oak cabinets, living room shelves, family room cabinets

I used my Homeright Finish Max Paint Sprayer (love it!) outside for all of the doors and shelves, and rolled the remaining portions with a foam roller, using a good quality brush for the edges and corners.  

Urbane Bronze, painted oak cabinets, living room shelves, family room cabinets

Full before and after shots-

Urbane Bronze, painted oak cabinets, living room shelves, family room cabinets

I have a little mini-living room makeover that's dragging out over several months.  As soon as the new sofas arrive it will be just about finished up, and I'll give you all the details.

Urbane Bronze, painted oak cabinets, living room shelves, family room cabinets

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Thursday, November 19, 2015


So after spending the day here yesterday,  it's a little hard to remember that Thanksgiving is a week from today!  We're having such a blast Sailing with the Scotts... Sharing our love for pretty design with 2000 other guests on board, Meet and Greets, VIP Parties...  Premier Vacations & Events is taking such good care of us!  But, any time I check in on social media, I'm reminded of the fact quickly that the holidays are just around the corner!

Today I wanted to share a round-up of all of my Thanksgiving past tables, just in case you need a few ideas for the big day.  First up, in case you missed it earlier this month, I shared 2 different ways to set a pretty Thanksgiving table with a gingham tablecloth... one more rustic and one more glam.

Last year's table was probably my favorite ever- 

Fall Table with Pops of Color and Striped Runner- Early Fall 2013

Warm traditional colors with pumpkins- Early Fall 2014

Plaid Blanket, Chevron Burlap, and lots of texture- Fall 2013

This was a Christmas table, but could work just as well for a modern Thanksgiving look, especially if you switched out the sprigs of pine for magnolia leaves- Christmas 2013

Several years ago we did a pretty traditional setting at my Mom's house with Friendly Village and Bordallo dishes, lots of brass candlesticks and wheat down the center.

The kids' tables were SUPER simple... drawn on placemats and crayons to keep them entertained.

Finally, I pulled some old shutters out of the garage and used them as table runners - 

I hope you got a new idea or two and are inspired to set a beautiful table next week.  See you Monday for a full cruise report.  

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