Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Around the House ~ 2014

Every year it seems I can't get my Christmas decorating done until the last minute - and this year is no exception. Does anyone else feel like this has been the shortest December ever? Mine's been especially busy….I started the month with a trip to NYC (maybe more on that later), my dear Father-in-Law passed away while I was gone, and we had our annual Christmas concert at church that I head up - and ALL of this was in the same week. It couldn't have gotten anymore chaotic. Anyway, I finished decorating this week just in time to host part of a progressive dinner, AND to link up to some awesome house tour parties. If you are new here, thanks  for stopping by!  

First up, the outside. As always, I have to defend our ugly yard. We are in a severe drought and everything is dead or has been removed because it died. Don't judge. HA! And yes, we still have a gutter leaning against the house, waiting to be moved since we added shutters. Life is real here, y'all. 

Uh…yeah…those dead ones haven't been removed. :) But I had to show an up close picture of my dad's old bicycle. Isn't it great?! 

When you step inside, this is the view of our living room.

I was lacking inspiration this year, but finally got started when it hit me at midnight one night for the mantel. I really like the way it turned out this year. 

I had plans to use my Cameo Silhouette to cut a template for my chalkboard, but for some reason I cannot get the silly thing to work lately. Anyone else having that problem? 

My splurge this year was these fantastic Anthro stockings! 

So far, I've only had time for making these gold burst thingies. Do they have a name? I just hot glued some cake pop sticks together and spray painted them glossy gold. 

I love reflections of twinkling lights….

I love my nativity set, but it's hard to get a good picture since it sits up high. 

No pretty presents under our tree yet. But I have a feeling if there was, two two-year-olds would quickly have them unwrapped! 

Moving on to the dining room…

Do any of you ladies recognize that blanket scarf there on the table? It's only the most famous scarf in blogland this year! And I didn't pay the $40 price…I got it for $12 on eBay. Straight from China. We had a party this week and the table looked bare. I thought fast about 10 minutes before guests began to arrive and dug this out of my closet. I did make sure it was clean first. :)

This piano is always hard to decorate for some reason, and I'm loving the way it turned out. 

Hubby hates this piano and says he's going to tear it up and carry it out the back door and use the scraps for something else. It's too heavy to move...

A few shots from the kitchen.

That's not dust you see…it's glitter. It's everywhere. Much to Hubby's dismay.

I finally did something else to this chalkboard, since it's been the same since February for Valentine's Day! All I did was rearrange the pictures….

The last stop is the bathroom. Y'all, these pictures are awful. This room doesn't get much natural light and all of our days have been overcast lately. I had to turn the lights on, which made the walls look weird, instead of the pretty mint green they are. 

And that concludes my Christmas House for this year! Hope you've enjoyed it. 

til the next time,

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Chair Crush / One Kings Lane

Recently, I was contacted by One Kings Lane asking me to tell you what my "chair crush" is.  First of all, if you aren't familiar with One Kings Lane, they are a website that offers flash sales that change daily. Check them out..they've got a lot more than chairs to crush on! 

If you've seen my "Blue Monday" posts, then you know my favorite color happens to be blue…more specifically aqua or turquoise. One Kings Lane has these incredible chairs right now that I would LOOOOOVE to own! I think they'd be great alongside my yellow sofa! I've got to deal with brown leather for now since Hubby and I had to compromise (although we went with a style I could live with). Maybe for the bedroom??? ;-)

Looks like 3 out of 4 give a nod to mid-century design. I think my tastes might be changing! :) 

til the next time,

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fall Around the House

Oh boy, this blog has suffered lately. Can we say busy?? I finally had a chance to put out a few (and I do mean few) fall decorations. Fall is my second favorite time of the year (Christmas coming in at first), so I like to put out a few things to be festive. I don't get quite as festive with it as Christmas, though. 

I added a few mums and pumpkins on the porch as I always do. Our drought here in Texas is so bad that we are not allowed to water AT ALL, unless you have a source such as a water well. We haven't bought anything to catch rain and store it, but we have buckets lined up in the backyard (redneck, I know) that catches what little rainwater we get. That's what we use to water our flowers. Hopefully, when we get our laundry room done, we will be able to use greywater for watering the yard. Anyway, back to my decor… :)

Please excuse the leaning gutter! There's always a work in progress around here! 

On to the inside, where I kept it very simple. (Nevermind the yellow-tinged photos. I forgot to turn the lamps off!)

Have you tried the fall candles at Bath & Body Works?? I don't normally buy them because I use Scentsy, but I walked by the store in the mall the other day and it smelled like a bakery! I had to go in and buy some!

Moving to the dining room…I finally found some curtains I really like and switched these out. Thank you, West Elm!

I normally have a chalkboard on the piano. I took it down to write something "fall-ish" on it and when I laid it down on the table, I had this idea….It's now my table runner.

I decided not to set the table this time. I kind of like the sparse look of it right now.

Well, that's it for my fall decor.
Happy Fall, Y'all, and Happy Halloween!!

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til the next time,