Thursday, February 11, 2016


Generally my husband and I go out before the actual day of Valentine's Day, but we like to celebrate as a family with a special dinner the night of.  I set a festive yet simple table and we usually have a small gift for the kids.

DIY Candelabra Tutorial from Pam of Simple Details 

Several years ago we did a very small part in helping move my husband's Aunt out of her home when she could no longer live on her own.  I am thrilled to have been able to pick out a few special treasures from her home, and this green vintage tablecloth was one of them.  I've always loved the colors and the green, red, and pink mix fit right in with the color scheme that I apparently have for Valentine's Day this year. 

So, working around the tablecloth, I wanted there to be a vintage vibe to our Valentine Table this year.  Although I love my gold, silver accents seemed to fit better with this table.

 To continue the vintage theme I used these old fashioned soda glasses for our drinking glasses, they're too cute to keep tucked away in a cabinet!  

One thing that my Mother-in-law got from her older sister was her set of silverplate flatware.  She has since found another 8 place settings at an antique shop, so we always use it for special occasions and holidays at her house.  I've always admired the pattern (William Rogers Eternally Yours) with it's sweet flowers on the tip of the handle and heart shaped cut-out.  So, I was so excited to come across my own set of 8 place settings recently on Craigslist for a steal.  

Along with the silver flatware and chargers, I used accents of mercury glass, with some cup candleholders in the center of the table as well as these tiny scalloped mercury glass pieces for treats.  

A garland that I made several years ago adds a festive touch to the china cabinet.

Our kids will be at a youth event all weekend, and although I'm sure they'll be ready to crash Sunday night we'll still have our family dinner after church that evening.   Hopefully they'll be full of fun stories to share!

Need some ideas for something sweet to share on Valentine's Day?  These recipes are both winners!

I hope you all have the happiest Valentine's Day, and are able to share it with someone you love!

Two things before I go:

*I hope you'll come back tomorrow... I have a super fun post lined up along with a fabulous group of bloggers.  We've all handed over the reins to our husbands, who will be spilling all of our blogging secrets for a special "So I Married A Blogger" post.  (I'm slightly nervous...!)

*I let two big occasions totally slip by last Fall- my 4th(!) anniversary of blogging, and I topped 10,000 followers (now over 12K, yay!) on Instagram!  To celebrate how much I LOVE having you all here, I have a giveaway going on over on my Instagram account that you might want to check out... just sayin'... it might be worth your while if you could use some extra $$$!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Even in this digitial age where a good deal of my time is spent online looking at pretty images, I still enjoy flipping through the glossy pages of a beautiful magazine.  I have a few subscriptions that I still take, but for whatever reason many times I don't get around to looking at an issue for several months after it's arrived in my mailbox.  

That was the case with this issue of House Beautiful from May of last year, which I didn't get around to fully flipping through until probably November.  I thought it was an exceptionally good issue, but one home tour sucked me right in.  I pick up my copy every time it catches my eye and just study the pages from this perfectly collected, styled, colorful, grown up yet kid friendly home.  Today, in my amateur decorator opinion, I thought I'd share some of the things I love about Krista Ewart's home.

Living Room Takeaways:  One thought to start with, I love the furniture arrangement in this room!  My living room furniture actually has a similar arrangement right now and it works so well for our family, as well as making it easy for conversations when we have guests over.

Painted Coffee Table-  I have a new-to-me coffee table waiting in the wings for a makeover one of these days, and I'm trying to decide what to do with it.  The article explains that Krista painted the finish, choosing this cheery green rather than it's original white.  Granted, the details on this one are special and it was probably a high end piece to start with, but I see glass top tables that are similar enough to this one all the time on Craigslist that would be instantly updated with a fresh coat of paint.

Upholstered Stools:  I have my own set (actually 2, I'm a sucker for a pair of ottomans!), and although I removed the ribbon trim that I originally added to mine, I love the patterned trim along the bottom.  It's a nice detail that complements the pattern of the fabric, and I've got an eye out for a pretty pattern to add back to mine.

Bookshelf Takeaway:  Store books horizontally rather than vertically.  This arrangement hints at more of a display look rather than a library look.  I'm also filing away the idea of that gorgeous molding and centered hardware on the cabinet door for future reference. 

This piece is in the corner of the living room, under the stairwell.  While the wood finish lends a traditional look, the clear knobs modernize the piece a bit.  Krista also mentions in the article how she's always on the lookout for unique vintage lamps... me too!

Dining Room Takeaways:  First of all,  LOVE the shape and presence of the Dorothy Draper china cabinet.  I'm not opposed to switching out my china cabinet one of these days, and if I came across something like this I'd do it in a second!  

My takeaway here- the striped pattern lining the back adds color, lightens the piece up, and adds interest with a bit of playfulness.  Love the oversized lantern fixture and the vintage dining chairs, too.

Breakfast Nook Takeaway:  I need some gorgeous wallpaper somewhere in my life, like... now.  When I stripped the wallpaper off of our kitchen walls, I textured them lightly before painting.  Starting to regret that decision.  Our powder bath is just about my only option for wallpaper, and someday a makeover there will come... with a bold colored paper for sure!
(There's another cute lantern, too!)

Desk Nook Takeaway:  One of these days I'll also find an exquisite gold framed mirror (my second-hand wish list is looooong!).  Some day.  
The basket for storage underneath adds some whimsy and keeps the space from feeling TOO sophisticated.  I've wanted to DIY a pom pom basket like that forever but haven't come across just the right basket that I had in mind.  My friend Jen beat me to it and made some really cute ones, though!

Patio Takeaways:   Ahhhh.  This space just could not be more fabulous!  The colors, the mix of furnishings, the flowers, the landscape, her skirt... yes please!

The variety of different bouquets in different vases down the center of the table is a cute idea.

I really like this free standing iron piece for storage.  We don't have a lot of wall space on our new patio that would accommodate a buffet like I might like to have out there, but something like this could go almost anywhere and would be handy for serving.

There are a couple of bedrooms that I didn't included here, but you can see more of this house tour here, and read House Beautiful's full interview with Krista Ewart here.  What's your favorite takeaway?

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Friday, February 5, 2016


Hi friends!  Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my little Valentine's Mantle that I posted yesterday.  Can you believe that the holiday is just over a week away?  I think I have a few things to take care of in the next couple of days!  Today I'm sharing a few things that have caught my eye from around the web lately.  

Can you even stand how cute these Valentine's treats are?  You might be surprised at what's under the frosting!

Now this is a tablescape I could really get behind for Spring.  See 4 fresh table setting ideas here.

House Beautiful, photo by Patrick Cline

This helpful guide is a great resource full of 50 tips and ideas to increase your home's value.  I was asked to share my 2 cents and you might see a few of your other favorite bloggers' suggestions in the line-up too.

Do you ever buy a book for it's cover?  I sure would for this one!  Not sure why I don't have this yet... it's destined to live in my house!

Did you see my darling friend Mallory's home tour on Glitter Guide?  I love this lady and her home keeps getting prettier and prettier!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend, and if you need some great snack ideas for the big game on Sunday, be sure to check out this post!

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