Christmas Home Tour 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014

 
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Merry Christmas friend.

So happy to have you here today for a Christmas tour of the farmhouse.  If you’re hopping over here from Bliss at Home….welcome.  

It’s nice to officially meet you.

Me?  I’m in the middle of watching the Hallmark movie about the girl who gets a job as Santa Claus and falls in love with the head of the menswear department at the store where she works but he has absolutely no idea that she’s playing Santa and he keeps going to Santa (who is really the girl dressed up) and asking for relationship advice.

Confused?  Oh good….me, too.

And I can’t decide which is more random…that no one in the entire movie questions the girl’s obviously fake Santa voice….

….or the fact that the guy in the movie keeps asking Santa Claus for dating tips. :) Continue reading


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Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen

Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen

 

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Hello cold, wintry December morning.

The day ahead is full to the brim of activity and spilling over with to-do lists.

And what’s on the list?  Are you curious?

Here’s my mini list of what my December day brought to me (and a little Christmas decorating in the kitchen).Continue reading


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I’ll Have a Blue Christmas

I’ll Have a Blue Christmas

 

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This weekend I fell head over heels in love….

….with Elvis Presley.

Seriously, y’all.

He is the bomb diggity.

Somehow I missed the whole Elvis thing growing up and by the time I arrived on the scene the original Elvis was a distant memory replaced by impersonators in white sequin suits with sky-high, greasy, pompadour hair-dos and tinted sunglasses jumping out of airplanes and always saying, “Thank you.  Thank you very much.”

Can you understand why I wasn’t impressed?Continue reading


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Make Sure Your Village Always Has a Story Teller

Make Sure Your Village Always Has a Story Teller

 

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hospitality// n.  Friendly and generous treatment and entertainment of visitors and guests

Thanks Webster….perfect dictionary definition.

But what does true hospitality really mean?

Beyond the dictionary.  

Beyond the cookie cutter answer.

Beyond the simple definition.

I have a story for that (Of course I do.  You knew I was going to say that….didn’t you)

….oh and there’s a little Christmas decorating to keep the story company. :) Continue reading


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10 Minute Decorating Ideas for Christmas

10 Minute Decorating Ideas for Christmas

 

Ten Minute Decorating Ideas

This we had the first snow storm of the year.

It was all over the news with warnings about days of freezing snow and ice and frigid temperatures.  And so I did what everyone else in the county did when faced with the prospect of spending extended amounts of time indoors due to inclement weather.

I went to the Dollar General and bought milk and bread.

Of course, I did.  Wouldn’t you?

And after I shopped, I thought to myself.

….why?

Why not oranges?

Or pop tarts?

I can’t explain it.  And I’m not even sure why instinct drives us all to the dairy aisle.  I just know I feel better knowing if it’s 10 degrees with snow covering the ground and I want a glass of milk….

….I can.

And maybe a piece of toast to go with it. :)

So if you are snowed in like me and starting to decorate for the season….

….here are some 10 minute decorating ideas for Christmas.

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Room Reveal:  Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Room Reveal: Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Thanks so much to Sherwin-Williams for sponsoring this post and this incredibly fun partnership.

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Have you ever watched the Academy Awards?

(I know…silly question…right?  Are you rolling  your eyes at me now?)

If you have then you’ve seen the part in the show where someone famous (and preferably George Clooney) stands up and reads off the names of the nominations in different categories to much fanfare, excitement and general hullabaloo.

The announcers make awkward banter with each other and show the pictures of the actors up for the award and the occasional random silhouette of the embarrassing nominee who can’t even take time off of filming in Rome to show up.

Then slowly a hush falls over the crowd.Continue reading


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Four Simple Tips for Decorating With Trays

Four Simple Tips for Decorating With Trays

 

Ideas on Decorating with Trays

Third grade was a banner year for me.

I learned how to walk my hands all the way down the brick wall on the side of the school until I ended up in a back bend.

I won the contest for walking the farthest around the edge of the playground while hula hooping.

I came in second in the school multiplication bee (total aside:  I lost on 12 x 13).

No one ate paste in our class anymore.

And I discovered how to paint-by-number.Continue reading


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Christmas Decorating Ideas – Joss and Main Sale is Live!

Christmas Decorating Ideas – Joss and Main Sale is Live!

 

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly.

Or burlap ribbon.

Or wheelbarrows full of glitter.

Or barn doors.

(total aside:  nothing says Christmas like a barn door).

Or this amazing tufted armchair I fell in love with for under $300.

I’m so excited to be one of the Joss and Main Holiday Hostesses and the sale just went live…..

….and wait until you see all the little bits of farmhouse decorating  I have for you. :) Continue reading


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