This is something that doesn’t happen every day in Florida, even during the winter months! With lows in the 30’s, I thought I’d go ahead and document the rare opportunity we had to get cozy by the fireplace! Since Miss Summer didn’t quite get all of the spotlight she deserved in my recent posts, it is only fair that she takes center stage in this one. I hope you enjoy her expressions as much as I did! :D
It’s time for Part II of An Elegant Christmas Home Tour Blog Hop!! Last week I showed you the foyer, dining room and living room. This week, I’ll be continuing the tour past the foyer, as seen below, and into the master bedroom on our first stop!
The temps have cooled and wine is on my mind! I’ve partnered with Winc, a really fun company that delivers wine straight to your doorstep, and I want to give you all the details! What I love is that each selection is curated to your personal taste! Just take the quick palate profile quiz and the experts at Winc will give you wine suggestions based on your results. Over time, Winc will learn your preferences in taste and their bottle selections will be based off of your own ratings when you review the wine after you’ve tried it. So, you can let Winc choose for you, or you can modify each order with your own manual selection! Pretty cool idea, huh?
This year will be my fifth Christmas spent living in Florida and my oh my how my style has changed! Granted, the first year we lived in a rental home by the beach and I used my fairly ugly and cheap Christmas tree along with any and all colored ornaments I already owned. And it was still a lovely Christmas. The last few years my husband and I have been in our first home together and with each season I am able to collect a little more Christmas decor. This year I have 4 Christmas trees, several wreaths, a gazillion ornaments and gorgeous new outdoor decorations! My point is that no matter what stage you are in, your Christmas can still be lovely and magical.
That charm of the South has drawn me in and I’m fully embracing it in my Christmas decor this year with the help of The Jolly Christmas Shop! Being just an hour from the Georgia border in northeast Florida, we still feel very much a part of the South. The Jolly Christmas Shop is located in Loganville, Georgia, so if you’re lucky enough to be in the area, definitely go stop by and check them out! They have a total Christmas wonderland set up in their shop!
I am beyond thrilled to be teaming up with Balsam Hill to bring you my fresh & festive front porch with Floridian flare (say that ten times fast) this holiday season! Although they’re known for their gorgeous, lifelike Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths, etc., I was still pleasantly surprised to find an absolutely perfect array of outdoor decor for our northeast Florida home! I know I’m not the only Floridian, Southerner or other warm climate dweller who has struggled with what in the world to put on the front porch during Christmastime! I mean, we’ve got palm trees and green grass and somehow those standard faux pine garlands just were NOT cutting it! Prior to this year, my front porch decor was pretty comical. Or sad, depending on my mood. ;) But now, I’m proud to show it off with the help of Balsam Hill’s gorgeous outdoor collection!
Can you hear those sleigh bells jingling!? Oh wait, I think that’s just the sound stuck in my head from two straight weekends of Christmas music on Pandora playing throughout my home as I get it holiday-ready! :D You do know what pairs best with Christmas music, don’t you? Wine! So, I’ve got my bar cart stocked and I’m joining six lovely bloggers to bring you the Merry Little Bar Cart Hop! Don’t forget to stop by each of their blogs at the end of this post to check out their unique bar cart styling!
Having a "first look", where the bride and groom privately see each other before their actual wedding ceremony, and often photograph this special moment, seems to be a trend that has grown over the past few years. I debated whether or not I wanted a first look with my soon to be husband before we actually saw each other at the alter on our wedding day, but ultimately decided to do it because of the reasons I’ll outline below.
A couple weeks ago I posted my Touches of Fall Home Tour and included my dining room with new dining chair slipcovers from Comfort Works! Today, I’m posting a full review that will hopefully answer any questions you might have about them. :)
Over the past several weeks, I’ve been blogging about all of my fun finds at my local andThat! store as part of a fun shopping challenge! This is my 4th challenge to make all of the things cozy this fall for just under $150! My favorite thing about andThat! is that it won’t break the bank. You can walk out of that store with a cart full of goodies and feel great about the value you’re getting!
This might be my favorite challenge yet, because “coziness” comes in all shapes and forms, doesn’t it? Perhaps “cozy” is also in the eye of the beholder, so I’ll just show you what cozy looks like to me! ;)
Fall is officially here and I’m really happy to be bringing you my fall home tour in a blog hop with 5 other wonderful bloggers that I’ve been blessed to connect with and get to know! At the end of my tour, all of the other bloggers and their fall home tours will be linked up. Shall we get started? Come on in!
I'm so thrilled to be joining these sweet and talented bloggers for the Loveliest Looks of Fall Tour! It's September in Florida, which means we are still having 90 degree days! That's one reason I like to keep my decor feeling light and airy while starting to add in some cozy touches. It's my way of transitioning our home from summer to fall.
You may remember a few posts back that I made some changes to my living room. Now, with the help of Lo Home (which I'm absolutely in love with), I have carried that serene coastal style into my foyer! I cannot wait to show you the details! Come on in!
Pets are family! (And all the pet-owners said, "Amen!") Amiright? If you've followed my blog or Instagram for any length of time, you probably already know how we feel about our sweet Summer girl who just turned 6 in June. She's a Great Dane and English Mastiff mix weighting about 160 pounds at her leanest weight. What a joy it is to come home to that darling face and happy wagging tail. Our fur-babies grace us with their presence here on earth for far too short of a time and it's important to make that time count.
This really could not have worked out more perfectly! I looked in so many places for some ginger jars that would "match" my decor and was just about ready to give up on my search when Lauren Haskell reached out to let me know she had just added a brand new line of soft and colorful ginger jars to her store, Lo Home! While I absolutely adore the look of blue and white traditional chinoiserie ginger jars, that pattern and color just doesn't fit into the soft palette in our main living spaces - but, soft gray-blue? Now we're talkin'!
Queue the drum roll! It's officially Pumpkin Spice Season!! I was a closet pumpkin supporter. Little pumpkins have been popping up in my decor here and there but I was too afraid to post them for fear of the angry internet mobs railing against the inevitable disappearance of summer. But when Starbucks says it's okay, then it must be okay, right? I'm totally rolling my eyes at that sentiment because (don't shun me) I'm not a huge fan of Starbucks. So, I created my own cute and delicious little coffee station with the help of andThat! ;)
You know those plain, builder-grade mirrors that come with a lot of homes, right? Our home had a few of those not-so-pretty things when we bought it and I couldn't seem to find a great option to replace them. When Frame My Mirror asked me to try one of their products, I was really excited because I knew they would have the perfect solution for our guest bathroom, which I began to update last year.
Whether you're creating from scratch or redesigning a room, Corian Moodboard Maker is a great place to begin! After all, there are SO many details when it comes to what you will put in a space; the colors, textures, patterns, fabrics, etc. It can all be overwhelming if you don't know where to start. So, let's start here and I'll walk you through the three easy steps!
I bet you had NO idea that your local andThat! store is a great place to grab the cutest food and drinks for a get together! Some of their products give me quite the chuckle! They're fun conversation starters and also made me feel pretty nostalgic. Check out some of the finds I photographed while perusing the store and you'll see what I mean:
First of all, "re-poofed" is a word. At least in my house it is. Let me explain...I thought I knew what love was. But I was wrong! For years I've been saying the only pillow inserts I like are down-filled, but they have now been demoted to my second favorite type of pillow insert. And quite frankly, they don't even compare. They're chopped liver. Thanks to Lauren of Lauren Haskell Designs and her new online shop, LoHome, I now have a new favorite pillow insert and I cannot rave about them enough!
I've made a few changes over the last several weeks to our living room! I'm trying to emphasize a little more of the "chic" side of a coastal chic style. Soft blues and neutral tones create a serene atmosphere. Pops of green from freshly trimmed palms add a little vibrancy. I don't think I can live without my palm fronds. ;)
I'm really excited about this series of blog posts in partnership with Christmas Tree Shops andThat! When I was asked to participate in a series of decor-related challenges, I of course said yes. Sometime last year I realized we had an "andThat!" store just down the road from where I worked and have loved perusing through it since the first time I went in. The first challenge is decorating a small space.
Every time we go on vacation or leave for a long weekend, I'm concerned about my plants that are sheltered under the patio or porch, since most of them need to be watered at least every other day. Recently, I discovered these awesome planters through Jackson & Perkins that are designed to hold water in a separate compartment so that the plant can get as much moisture as it needs.
Do you want to know what one of my biggest summertime struggles is? Great, I'll tell you. Balancing the inside temperature with the outside temperature - good grief what is up with the freezing interiors in the summertime? Am I the only one that struggles to find a balance the whole house can agree upon? My side of the bed at night ends up looking like a giant heap of blankets and then I wake up too warm once the sun has come up and the room has heated up (hello, large husband and giant dog) from all the body heat overnight. Tell me I'm not the only one with this problem. Alright, I’ll end my rant with some good news!
I never really thought much about having a home office until I started my blog. I began using my laptop all the time and I got tired of seeing it on the kitchen desk counter. We have a built-desk in the kitchen which just ends up being a catch all for mail, bills, etc. You know how that goes, right?
It's no secret that I love staying home. I also like saving money, so win-win for me when my husband agrees to a night in! Whether you just want to save a few bucks or you have kids and can't find a sitter, I hope you'll feel inspired to make the most out of your nights spent at home.
When you think of summertime, what comes to mind? For me, summer is a time to kick back and relax, visit with family and friends and take part in some good, old-fashioned R&R! We are about to head off to one of our favorite beach bars for dinner and drinks, but first, let me give you a little tour! Oh, and I hope you have a refreshing beverage for the tour...some crisp Riesling is doing the trick for me. ;)
I've gathered quite a few kinds of decorative and functional baskets over the years in a variation of shapes, sizes and colors. Rather than get rid of these dark brown baskets that didn't quite match the lighter grays and driftwood hues I wanted in my home, I just added some starfish to give them a more "beachy" feel.
I never miss the chance to celebrate, in my humble opinion, living in the greatest and freest country that ever existed! Thank you to the men and women who have served in our armed forces and who have made the ultimate sacrifice to fight for and preserve our God-given rights! What a beautiful thing to celebrate, right? Many of us gather with our friends and family to enjoy the summertime weather that is now upon us and ice cold brews and American flags are surely a part of any Memorial Day festivity. So, I used them both to decorate my bar cart with a fun patriotic theme!