2015 Word Of The Year


"The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust We get new eyes on Thursday! :-D If we want them, I mean. 2015 eyes- wow! A brand new year full discoveries just waiting to be made. Guess it's time for a new Word of the Year! … [Read More...]

Creating A Cozier Living Room

Living Room | Planked Walls On Sides Of Room

“Create with the heart; build with the mind.” ― Criss Jami I'm meeting with the fireplace man this week, and I am crossing my fingers my plan to build out our fireplace will work! See how it's flat against the wall in the (before) photo below? In order to create a fireplace/built-in … [Read More...]

Merry Christmas 2014

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"For a child has been born—for us! The gift of a son—for us! His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings." Isaiah 9:6 (MSG) Well, Christmas is almost here (can you believe it!?), so I wanted to wish you a very one before the festivities really start to … [Read More...]

Shutter-Style Doors For The Living Room

Old Shutter Doors | Country | Cottage | Christmas

“I dance with hopes and sing along with possibilities.” ― Debasish Mridha My friend, Tenesha, texted me about a pair of old, shutter-style doors at Southern Homes & Gardens on Friday afternoon, so Kevin and I went to check them out on Saturday morning. It was love at first sight … [Read More...]

I’m Dreaming Of A White Fireplace

Country Living | Stone Fireplace | Arizona Home

See that dirt under your fingernails? My friend, that is beautiful. That is remarkable. That is significant. You could have let go. But you didn’t. You could have given up. But you didn’t. You hung on. And hung on. And here’s what I believe: I believe 2014 was not your worst year, but possibly your … [Read More...]

Suzanne’s Dining Room/Home Office – Pick My Presto

Living Room Inspiration | Home Office | Built In Cabinetry

…and while we're on the subject of Suzanne, I put together a presto change-o picture for her today, and thought I'd share it here too, in case you might be in the market for a similar kind of inspiration. Did I tell you that she and her husband (Billy) bought Two-Story Blue? Yep. It went … [Read More...]

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

Ina Garten Apple Crisp Recipe

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ―Marcel Proust Times like these, I wish you were here. I'm making a pan full of apple crisp! Peeling and chopping... Zesting and squeezing... Cinnamon and … [Read More...]

More Christmas Touches

Entry Table Decorating for Christmas | Cottage Style | Farmhouse

"Your life, right now, today, is exploding with energy and power and detail and dimension, better than the best movie you have ever seen. You and your family and your friends and your house and your dinner table and your garage have all the makings of a life of epic proportions, a story for the … [Read More...]

Life Is Better Together & Obsessed With My Nest T-shirts

Life Is Better Together | T-shirt at BlogThreads.com

Okay- it's Blog Threads day! :-D Like I mentioned yesterday, this month's fundraiser family is the McGurn family from North Dakota: Jess blogs over at BrightGreenDoor.com and after she and her husband, Matt, had their second son, Mason, they felt like adoption might be next on their … [Read More...]

December Designs

Life Is Better | IG

Hi! I don't normally publish posts on Tuesdays, but I wanted to give you a quick heads up about the December Blog Threads t-shirt sale. It's going to start tomorrow morning (Wednesday) and end Thursday night at 10pm (CST). Blog Threads is a small business that Kevin and I operate out of our … [Read More...]

Christmastime Decorating In The Living Room

The Lettered Cottage Christmas | Living Room | Checks and Stripes

Well, I misted it and misted it, and it looked (and smelled) great for about three days, but unfortunately the fresh-cut garland I created doesn't look like much like this anymore: It was fun for a minute though, and since I had never experimented with live greenery like that before, I really … [Read More...]

Christmas Centerpiece Vignette

Country Cottage Christmas | Centerpiece

Decorating our entry table inspired me to add a little sump'n-sump'n to the center of our dining table this week. I started with a cable knit runner (TJ Maxx) because I'm a sucker for anything "sweater" right now. Next, I placed a small rosemary plant (potted in one of my Grandma Beth's old crocks) … [Read More...]

100 Winter Decorating Ideas

Cookie Jar Christmas Craft | Epson Salt | Picket Fence from Hobby Lobby

Happy December! I’ve teamed up with 24 creative gals to bring you 100 winter-themed project ideas today! We 're each sharing four of our favorite posts of Christmas past. These are the ones I submitted to the link up... Christmas Cookie Jar Craft Winter Tablescape Ideas Festive … [Read More...]

Winter Decorating

Plaid Gift Wrap | White Birch Bark | Paper | Cottage Christmas Decorating

Happy Thanksgiving! Did you have a fun one? :-D After a nice, big lunch with family, I finished decorating the entry table with things I gathered from around the house today. I started with this strand of red glass ornaments... …and then added in some wrapped boxes and some paper … [Read More...]