Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mantel; Take 2,849

Shockers! The o' mantel has gone through another overhaul. Seriously, though, it's 70 degrees outside and the sun is shining brightly. That means, "So long, winter décor!" Tomorrow we will probably have a snow storm. This winter has been very unique.
I've been craving simplicity and less clutter. So, I rummaged around in the things I already had. Naturally, I'll have to fix the spot I removed them from, but it's what I do. HA!
Farmer's Market Sign: Down Grace Lane
Windmill: Hobby Lobby
Topiaries: Christmas Tree Shops
Candlesticks: Michaels

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Upstairs Find

The carpet upstairs had reached its prime. We'll just leave it phrased that way.
Hubs had talked to a guy that lived here as a kid and he remembered there being hardwood floors. You know what that means. We commenced ripping and tearing out. Sure enough! It needs some work, but I'm contemplating painting it for less work.
I have talked with fellow bloggers about what they used and how it held up, so I'm leaning further toward that being my decision. They had positive things to say, if you use the right paint and follow instructions.
There is not much natural light up here because of the roof line only allowing small windows. It would lighten the area up, which would make my heart happy.
Naturally, that led to switching things up a little around my desk.
The majority came from yard sales.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Winter Touches

Anyone else struggle with taking Christmas décor down and knowing what to put up next? It isn't time to bring out the spring blooms and greenery, but then most winter items look Christmasy.
Our friend, Zenia, has some beautiful prints that took care of that dilemma. She has more than just snowy pictures, but since I was in need of something for my go-between, that is what caught my eye. Every time I drive by an old barn, it grabs my attention. I love them, so it was a no brainer I would get one as a print.
I styled it on my mantel, first.
But, I kinda like how it pops against the color on my dresser.
She is kindly offering a coupon code to her shop HOLLY LANE PRINT SHOP for 20% of off $20: THANKYOU.

It's snowy and cold here, but I'm enjoying the change from gloomy and rainy. At least it's bright!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

O Christmas Tree

One of my favorite things is the glow of the Christmas tree. Something about sitting on the couch in the evening and watching the lights give off a warm cozy feeling around the room. I love driving by houses and seeing their trees lit up in the window. There is something calming about it for me and it makes me a little gloomy when it gets put away for the next year.
 The tree décor is basically the same as last year, with the added exception of a couple new ornaments. You win a prize if you can find them...hahaha.
 Pillow: So Vintage Chic
One of our "tree" traditions is to take the kiddos pics around it. I incorporated last year's pic into my mantel décor this year.
Here is this year's pic.
 I found the skis at Hobby Lobby on clearance. I'm contemplating doing a winter themed mantel after the new year, but my intentions don't always come to reality. Perhaps if I hint at it, who am I kidding?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Looking for that perfect gift?

We've already told you how much we love Jord's wood watches. Well, now they've made them even better. They are now offering a wood engraving option! You can choose to have the engraving done right on the watch itself, or on the beautiful cedar wood presentation box that comes with the watch. 

 My hubby and I recently celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary, and I wanted to give him something extra special. He's been my best friend for the last 18 years, and we've gone through a lot together. The good, the bad, the ugly...we've been through it all, and I can't imagine doing life with anybody else. True story. I chose the Conway watch in dark sandalwood and burgundy because I knew he would love it. It's absolutely stunning. 

I chose to have the engraving done on the box, so it would be larger. You can choose block lettering or script, and since I wanted it to look personal and more like a hand written message, I chose the script style.
If you're struggling to find a perfect gift for someone special, I promise you can't go wrong with one of these! My hubby was just speechless when he opened it. He was so impressed with the entire package- everything about it feels like luxury. The packaging is incredible, the wood engraving is perfect, and the watch itself is masterfully crafted. Hands down, it's the perfect engraved gift this season. My guy loves this watch, and it is definitely a keepsake. I hope that every time he wears it he'll be reminded of how much I love him.  

And now the fun part. 


And everybody wins. How awesome is that?! Everyone that enters will receive a $25 gift code good toward anything on the Jord website.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Ok, so I'll be the first to admit this season is just flying by. I've been quite pathetic at keeping up with everything, blogging included, unfortunately. But not to worry, we're all still alive and well, and a bit of Christmas cheer has been sprinkled around the old parsonage.


I'm still loving my old door, and it was fun to dress it up for Christmas.

So that's my little Christmas Home tour. I was craving simplicity this year, and I ended up putting 90% of my decorations right back in storage. I decided to only use my absolute most favorite things, and I'm so glad I did. A few strategically placed pieces can go a long way, and still look festive without filling the entire house with a bunch of meaningless stuff that just ends up in the way. I think in the past I had the mindset that it just wasn't Christmas if every inch of the halls weren't properly decked. But by the time New Year's rolled around, I could not wait to pack all that stuff up, and get back to my simple and neutral decor. After all, the true meaning of the Season isn't found in the decorations anyway. I want to put my focus on the true Reason for the Season, and celebrate Jesus and the wonderful hope that He brought to the world.  I hope you all are having a lovely and blessed Christmas season! 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Chippy is my love language.

Happy Saturday, friends! 
I saw this perfectly chippy and gorgeous old door out by the road in our neighborhood, so naturally, I begged my hubby to run over there and grab it for me. 
Isn't she a beauty???
But wait.  It gets better. 
Oh yes, it does.
When he went over to get it, the old man came out and said he had 11 old doors if he wanted them, too. Yes, ELEVEN. Say what?! Um, yeah, we want them! There's even a lovely chippy aqua blue one in the pile. That made my heart sing for reals. 

I'm already excited about decorating this corner up for Christmas! 

I'll leave you with a piccy of my sweet Ollie boy, because he's just so stinkin' cute. Even if he stole my favorite chair and claims it as his own...