Snow Day 2018

Snow is a special treat here in southern Virginia. We got 12 inches in one day. I had to capture the snow surrounding our home because it is rare. I love the contrast of dark and white. The boys were “game” for a photo, too. An even more rare moment in time! We live on…

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Old Bench Love

Are you in love with wood benches like I am? Before Christmas I found this bench that maybe went with an outdoor picnic table in a previous life. It was red and nicely aged. Since I wanted to use it inside I painted it a color that goes with my neutral color scheme. It sits…

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First BIG Snow 2015

Hello Friends! Check out the snow on our deck. Isn’t that so amazing? Do you remember our fire bowl scene from last week? What a different a day makes. The snow came in on Sunday night and it’s still going on & off. It may seem like an over reaction to some of you but…

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Kindling & Nature Bucket Decor

Today I am sharing this bucket filled with what might be kindling for a fire and some cinnamon scented pine cones. The ornament is a branch cut into half inch pieces and a number stencils to one side. The natural textures and patina on the metal bucket speak winter…and we all of the sudden got…

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Winter Mantel with Metal

Changing our mantel is long over due. We have a huge hole in the wall above the mantel to hold a television. The TV was too high for viewing for my family so I place this large lettered window there to cover the opening. The window frame is wood so layering other decor with it…

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Christmas Porch 2013

Here are some pictures of our front porch. I like having a glass front door for function but the glare is horrible for picture taking. So you get to see my neighbors house across the street instead of my boxwood wreath on the door. It’s pretty simply decorated – compared to last year. But I…

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Nature Inspired Winter Decor (re-post from 2012)

It is strange to look back on posts from last year at this time. I miss living in our old house. Connecticut winters are so long – I don’t necessarily miss that. Here in Virginia – it has been around 60 degrees. We even put mulch down in our flower beds yesterday and I have been wearing…

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Wintery Welcome & Wine

 A few weeks ago I picked up a wine box at Costco.  It was all natural wood. I stained it with dark walnut wood stain.{shhh – I asked REALLY nicely and got it for free} Filled it with used wine bottles and white spray painted twigs. Placed candles in the bottle tops and sprayed faux…

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Candles in the Window…..

Aren’t these cute? In my office / craft room I am getting ready for Christmas. Wrapping gifts to send off to family and friends. I keep my magazines under my desk in an old milk crate – for inspiration. I put some candles in my window that looks out to the backyard. I used frame…

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Foyer Christmas Mantel

Our fireplace mantel is taken up by a television. So I made this table for my foyer that I like to decorate. The wreath is made of natural boxwood sprigs. Scented pine cones sit in an aged bucket and silver beads drape the table over mismatched hooks. Since we moved last summer I haven’t wanted…

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{Mistletoe} in the Bedroom

Our bedroom got a little holiday refresh. I’ll show you a few photos of what was added. A {mistletoe}…of course. (our twin 10 year old boys can’t handle having this kissing ball placed anywhere else in the house) green garland and wooden star silver beads An extra comforter along the bottom makes it easy to…

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Winter Mantel 2012

2012 mantel…..  How do you make a mantel with the TV as the focal point beautiful? (sigh) I made an attempt to do so while keeping it simple but sparkly for Christmas. (I don’t like to show off electronics – but this set up is  functional)You can see how I framed in the TV here.…

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Homemade Winter Garland

 I have been decorating my fireplace mantel. I will show you the whole post on that here but today’s feature is the winter garland. Here’s what you need… Twig Roping (from Joann’s $9.99 – use a coupon – it’s never on sale) 50 ct. string white lights (Target for $2.50) Cottonballs (Target – .99 cents) Pine cone…

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