Make Yourself a DIY Farm Dining Table

For some time now we’ve been looking for a different table in our kitchen nook. I thought about re-doing the oak oval pedestal table, we had but never could find the inspiration. We tested every vintage table I brought home to refinish in hopes it might be “the one,” but nothing was ever right....more

Wrapping Paper to Vintage Science chart (the best $3.50 I ever spent)

Our friend Shannon at Defining Details Portrait & Paper Studio sells the most gorgeous wrapping paper, stationary, party supplies, and gifts.  Every time I go in I find all sorts of things I just can’t live without.  Recently she had thick, vintage looking wrapping papers.  I bought two, a world map and common breeds of beef....more

7 Ingredients You Already Own to Create Feng Shui at Home

“Chi Chi” is just one of the many absurd names I call my dog, Ice Cream. “Chi” without my high pitched baby voice and when left unrepeated actually refers to the positive “life breath,” or essentially the energy present in life. Chi runs through the limbs of your body, our Earth, the heavens, your home.“Sha,” however, is the opposite of Chi (or Qi) and is generally negative. Phone lines, highways, canals promote Sha. Chi is more associated with organic or less uniform, curvey shapes. The more Chi your dwelling harbors, the more positive your life’s setting can be....more

Style // Change the look of your bedroom with bedlinen

Looking for a quick, easy and cheap way to give your bedroom a new look? The best way is to renew bedlinen. Bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers not only “dress” the bed but the whole room. So, if you wish to update the style of your bedroom without spending a fortune, keep reading…...more

Interior Styling // How to make a small room look larger

A great way to liven up small spaces are mirrors: hang them on a wall, or  just prop them on the floor.  Mirrors brighten up any room, as they reflect light, and this is perfect for small spaces which appear larger. Here you find a guide to choose the best mirror or mirrors for your room…...more

Chic Country Christmas

What’s up, girlfriends?  Today I’m linking up to Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk Link Party…  Have you heard of link parties?  They’re pretty intense.  Once you get locked in you can (and will) party ’til the break o’ dawn in your “yoga” pants, or robe, or… what-evs.  Do not say I didn’t warn you....more

Down-to-earth, uncomplicated holiday decorating inspiration

I have a mini panic attack whenever I see those big plastic bins people use to pack up their Santas, ornaments and wreaths for 11 months out of the year. I don’t have it in me to worry about the whereabouts of snow globes and porcelain nativity scenes during the off-season. It all just seems like too much of a commitment. How am I to know if I’ll still feel the same way next year about a set of Christmas dishes?! I just can’t get locked in like that, man....more

1 sweater, 7 projects

1 $3.99 Goodwill sweater = 4 mason jar votive covers, 2 to-go coffee cozies, and 1 pillow.Step 1: Gather your materials.  I purchased a size small sweater at Goodwill and washed it but if you have an old sweater of your own, even better....more

On being Envious of Other Bloggers

It's a natural part of humanity to have a little bit of envy for others.  They may have the clothes, the lifestyle, the home, or the car that we want.  A little bit of envy never hurt anyone- it gives you goals to work toward....more
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Apple Spiced Pumpkins

Last weekend, during our mountain roadtrip, we stopped in a quaint little country decor shop. While perusing the lovely items filling the store, I spotted these adorable little pumpkins.Upon a closer inspection, I realized the pumpkins were made of applesauce/cinnamon dough. Having been a kindergarten teacher for 10 years, I have made my fair share of applesauce/cinnamon Christmas ornaments & easily recognize applesauce/cinnamon dough creations....more