Christmas decor dining room


(you can see the rest of this house tour I photographed last year….here)

I just decided at 7:46 am that this is my favorite day of the year.


I’m looking at Thanksgiving in my rear view mirror and giving thanks and celebrating family and still full from turkey and dressing.

And tomorrow?

Tomorrow is full of holly and jolly and Christmas lights and decking the halls and rocking around the Christmas tree.

But today?

Today I’m sitting in a quiet, still kitchen with a heart full of joy next to the glow of lights on the tree with a tiny yorkie curled up at my feet and the smell of sage evergreen filling the air listening to the rain falling outside my window with a barn door on the back porch waiting to be painted.

The calm before the storm.

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In the middle of middle-school homework, an intense on ancient philosophers ensued.

Who was the greatest?

Who was the wisest?

Who knew the most and said it in the most precise way?

Heavy stuff when you’re in seventh grade and you spent the last thirty minutes telling me plaid and hair bumps were in this fall.

“My favorite is the one who reminds me of when I was little,” one of the twins announced mid-conversation.

“When you were little?” I said.  “Which one? Socrates?  Aristotle?” 

“Nope,” she said.  “I like the one called Playdough.”

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DIY Faux Galvanized Tray (For under $5.00)

DIY Faux Galvanized Tray (For under $5.00)


galvanized tray

My friend Laura wrote a book.

It’s called DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts.

There are 187 pages full of ideas and projects and metal creations and to say it is inspiring and exhilarating and creative is like saying the sky is blue.

All day long and twice on Sundays.

This, however, is not a project from her book.

It’s a project I made up from the book I may or may not write one day called, “How to Buy Things for Under $5.00 and Make Them Look Like They Belong On Fifth Avenue in New York City.”

I think it just might be a best seller.

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winter farmhouse n snow with a red door

Random Christmas questions (and one breakfast question) on a Saturday morning:

1.  What are your thoughts on antlers on the Christmas tree?

Too much?

Not enough?

2.  What are your thoughts on going all old school with red and green and adding plaid?

3.  What are your thoughts on McDonald’s serving breakfast all day and leaving the sausage biscuit off the all-day menu?

4.  What are your thoughts on Christmas sweaters that blink?

And what if they sing?

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My Favorite Candle and a Giveaway

My Favorite Candle and a Giveaway

fall wreath



There is a whole lot of something going on with that title.

I’m so excited that I don’t even know where to begin.

It reminds of the first time I walked into IKEA and got my first IKEA shopping cart with the odd wheels that are super hard to push wandered the giant aisles and stared at the overwhelming rows and rows of pillows and rugs and plates and mugs and chargers and place mats and I had to press the pause button….

….because I didn’t know where to start.

Just like today.

So let me go all Julie Andrews and start at the very beginning.

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DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland

DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland

diy magnolia leaf garland project

Our family spent yesterday playing “Would You Rather?”

Have you heard of it?

It’s a game (ours was an app on the phone) that asks you to decide between two things.

Like…..would you rather life a life without elbows or a life without knees?

Or would you rather have the flu for two days or a cold for two weeks?

Or would you rather be able to read a book or read a mind?

Or would you rather give up coffee or your phone?

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Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas


Hello friends!  Welcome to the Thanksgiving table idea factory.  You can see all the Thanksgiving tables starting at Bre’s.  If you are visiting from French Country Cottage,  I’m so happy to meet you.   Now let’s get the table tour started.

centerpiece for Thanksgiving

I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year.

That involves a whole lot of me decorating and a whole lot of someone else cooking.

Here’s what’s on our menu in case you are in Kentucky and make the wrong turn and the Min-it Mart and want to stop by.

turkey (obvi)


corn casserole

broccoli with cheese sauce

cranberry sauce

cranberry bread

homemade biscuits

mashed potatoes

and homemade apple pie and pumpkin pie for dessert

Yes, please.

And while everyone else is working in the kitchen, you and I can pull up a chair to this table and grab a cup of coffee and talk decorating.  I don’t really know my way around a pan of stuffing, but I can chat up centerpieces every day of the week.

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The Superhero of DIY Fabric Pumpkin Tutorials

The Superhero of DIY Fabric Pumpkin Tutorials

fabric pumpkins

To the untrained eye this simply looks like a post about fabric pumpkins.

But it’s not.

It’s a post about finding a solution to an obvious problem.

It’s about facing pumpkin adversity and coming out the victor.

It’s about trying, failing, getting up, dusting yourself and your pumpkin off….

….and getting back into the game.

Can you tell I’ve been watching a little football lately?

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