I’ve been using touches of green in my home for three years now. It started with this vintage writing desk I stumbled upon at one of my favorite second hand stores….
Welcome! I’m so excited to finally give you a peek at our new home! It seems these days, I’m a day late and a dollar short but here I am with a glimpse into our house dressed up for Christmas day. It might be sunny and almost 70 degrees on December 22nd, but that’s okay because, “This is how we we roll in the South!”
*I’m so thrilled to be sharing my family room Shaw Floors makeover with you today*
Can we just all agree that home renovation and decorating TV shows have given us such a false sense of reality? These so-called reality shows are anything but.
They’ve created this illusion that we can all just wipe the slate clean in our homes and start from scratch. And it will all be done in 2 1/2 days right down to adding the last accessory. But, the real reality is that when most of us are making improvements to our homes, we have so many different factors to consider, not the least of which are budget and time constraints. And what seems to really be lacking in these shows is anyone who has to think about how the new will match up with the old. Because, let’s face it, the majority of the time we don’t have the luxury of simply starting over. Most of us have to take into consideration how a newly renovated space will blend into our other spaces.
This is exactly what I encountered when it came to making flooring decisions recently. You see, I’ve partnered with the amazing folks at Shaw Floors to try out one of their incredible new flooring lines (jackpot right?!) and as I was going through the selection process I was even more aware of the fact that I couldn’t simply choose what I loved or what was trendy. I had to take into consideration my entire home; it’s style and it’s existing flooring.
You guys! I’m so excited that my new door from Window World will be installed very soon!
There are a lot of exciting happenings at my house and the beautiful new back door I’ve selected is just one of them.
Today, I want to take the opportunity to let you know how amazing it has been to work with my local Window World retailer. Most of the time when I’m working with a large corporation I don’t get to enjoy the benefit of more personalized attention.
*This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot. I have partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. for this post. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own.*
There seems to be great debate out there about Christmas decorating. Frankly, I’m shocked at how vehement people get when discussing this ‘issue’. And, I’m perplexed as to why it’s an issue at all.
You see, everyone seems to have strong opinions when it comes to whether or not it should be acceptable to hang even one single strand of tinsel until after Thanksgiving.
Not too long ago, I sat and flipped through the pages of a fancy-schmancy home decorating magazine. I have no idea where I was at the time and how I happened to have a fancy-schmancy home decorating magazine in my hands but I can only assume that a) my children were nowhere near me because they rarely allow me the luxury of sitting down with a magazine and b) I wasn’t in my own home because I don’t subscribe to fancy-schmancy home decorating magazines. ANYWAY, as I flipped through the pages I happened to come across an interview with a well-known interior designer who was discussing the use of family photos in home decor.
She was ‘hinting’ at the fact that she thought that family photos should be kept to a minimum. I’m pretty sure I let out a loud ‘ppffffttt’ when I read that.
That whole concept of it never hurting to at least ASK, is so true, isn’t it? Because more often than not, the answer to the question is a ‘yes’.
My kids always know that when they ask us for something and there is a pause followed by a ‘we’ll see‘ it means that the odds are probably ‘ever in their favor’. 😉
This post is sponsored by The Home Depot…
The holidays are fast approaching, and with them often comes house guests. I love having company stay at our home, especially when they know exactly how long to stay! 😉 My mother-in-law is the Hostesses with the Mostess! She has had more company over the years, than just about anyone else I know. One year we gave her a fun sign to honor her willingness to open her home to just about anyone…
“The art of hospitality is making others feel at home…when you wish they were.” … grin!
As wonderful as it is to be able to make guests feel at home….in OUR homes, there’s always that dreaded moment when you realize you are going to have to do a little (or a lot) of housecleaning. When you know you have company coming you tend to look at your home with fresh eyes. All of those little nooks and crannies and areas that you might neglect in you everyday cleaning, all of a sudden show their true colors….or true dirt!
Whenever we travel with our kiddos my daughter does something that is both hilarious and slightly terrifying at the same time.
Upon arrival at our destination, she immediately unpacks. As in, clothes in drawers, book on nightstand, stuffed animal on bed, toys carefully arranged in a corner or on a dresser and toiletry bag in the bathroom.
It’s hilarious because she’s only 7. And it’s slightly terrifying because she’s only 7. 😉