Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mini Cedar & Pine Trees

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Remember last week when I shared our Stained Cedar Shingled Christmas Tree? Well in that post there were pictures of some cute little cedar and pine trees that I created in a matter of minutes and I wanted to share the details of them with you all today.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

White & Stained Vintage Country Hutch

Morning friends!

If you're a regular reader than you know I hold General Finishes paint in a special place. It is simply my go to. I was trying to think about why I loved it so much the other day, as it has been a few projects since I've used it. As soon as I painted my first stroke on this hutch, I remembered. The ultra smooth application and satin finish cannot be matched.

So with that said...I completed this hutch for a client of mine who loves using family pieces in her home (in fact, I did a coffee/end table set over the summer for her in a similar style).

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Advent Calendar Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY with Balsam Hill

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Welcome everyone!

If you are coming over from Just a Smidgen, don't you just love that blog? It's new to me and I have spent quite a bit of time pouring over Barbara's wonderful content.

Also,  I'm so thrilled to be partnering with Balsam Hill again this holiday season! This year, I've paired with 23 other bloggers to share with you all why we love Christmas so very much. (Check out the full list of participants here.) I find Balsam Hill products to truly have a timeless quality that I just adore. In fact, when I started pulling out my Christmas decorations this year, my very first thing I grabbed was my Balsam Hill tabletop tree. You can see it on my dining room sideboard in my 2015 Holiday Home Tour here.

Countdown to Christmas

Today, I'm here to share with you what Christmas means to me. It isn't about gifts. Or about having an over the top festive house (although, I do my fair share of decorating and crafting this time of year). It's really about family and being around those that you are closest to and have an unbreakable bond with.

Monday, December 14, 2015

My Top 5 Ways to Decorate Beautifully for Christmas on a Budget

Hey friends!

I want to talk about decorating for Christmas on a slim budget today. I know finances are tough for a lot of people this year. Me included. Between moving to a new state, renovating this old house and getting the boys everything they needed to start school there wasn't a ton left to splurge on holiday decorations this year. (Let's not forget Christmas gifts need to be do birthday gifts in this house as both my sons have b-days within a week of Christmas).

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Stained Cedar Shingled Christmas Tree

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Welcome friends!

I wanted to share a cozy little nook in our living room with you all today.

It's very simply dressed for the holidays in neutral colors and natural elements.

Our cedar planked tree takes center stage. While these reclaimed wood trees are popular in the blogging world, we tweaked ours a bit to make it more unique. I'm completely in love with it, by the way!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Easy Rustic Shim Star Garland

Hey everyone! I'm feeling so inspired to decorate differently this year and to add Christmas cheer to every finished or (almost finished) space in our new to us farmhouse!

I have a list of simple and inexpensive holiday crafts to share with you all in the coming weeks, and these rustic stars are the first in this series.

Monday, December 7, 2015

My Love for Undecorated Christmas Trees

On Friday, I participated in the 2015 Holiday House Walk tour. I shared a few areas of our home, that are relatively finished and decorated for the holiday season. (If you missed it you can read the original post here.)

I truly loved decorating this year! And, while I wish I could have shared more, I am absolutely in love with what I did accomplish.

One thing you may have noticed was that, while I did decorate our main tree (with fresh winterberry branches and ornaments in red and white), I left our smaller tree and various pine clippings untouched. And, that is something that I just adore.

Here are some of my favorite examples...

Friday, December 4, 2015

2015 Holiday House Walk

I'm so thrilled to be a part of the Holiday House Walk again this year! It has been an amazing week! I have thoroughly enjoyed ever single home, especially Susie Harris who you may all be stopping over from.

And, we would love to welcome you all to our new to us 100 year old Connecticut farmhouse!

We've only lived here for just about two months now and I've very slowly been making it our home.

To me, Christmas isn't about an abundance of gifts and decorations, but instead, a time to reflect on the past year and spend time with those you love most.