Monday, February 6, 2017

Interior Dutch Door

We recently swapped our boring, flat panel, hollow core door for a beautiful new Dutch door.  I absolutely love the look of Dutch doors.  They're so charming and nice way to add a bit of character to your home.

Traditional Dutch doors aren't cheap.  To make this project affordable, we purchased a new wooden door and had it cut it in half.

 Our contractor friend, also chiseled out an additional hinge and added the latch hardware.

 I couldn't decide whether to go with a stained finish or a painted door.  Stain is so messy to apply, but I was afraid paint would cover the wood grain.  In the end I decided to paint the door a classic black.  The color works well in our small hallway.  And thankfully the wood grain is still visible!
  
One change leads to another... You may have noticed that we covered up the stripe pattern on the wall.  I adored the stripes, but it was time to say goodbye.  I couldn't quite bring myself to paint over all my hard work though.  I had leftover (removable) wallpaper tiles from a bigger project in my daughter's room and thought, why don't I use them here.  In some areas I had a hard time matching the patterns.  I plan to hang art to hide the imperfections!

 We have a new puppy!(I'll share more about her in another post.)  The bottom half stays closed when we have company and need to keep the dogs away.  So much nicer than using our previous baby gate.     
Our puppy is potty trained so I didn't want to use a crate.  On the other hand when we're not home, I need to keep her safe and avoid coming home to another chewed up rug.  The door has also been a functional solution until she's mature enough to be left loose in the house. Design and function!! 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017


Happy New Year, friends!

 Wishing you a magical New Year. I hope it brings you a lot of joy and happiness.

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  Because truthfully, I don't follow through.  If something motivates me, I should commit to it now, right?!

But I need to develop healthier eating habits, be more active and remain consistent throughout the year.  As I get older taking care of my health should be a priority.

As I look back, there is so much to be grateful for.  I'm thankful for you guys.  Thank you for being so nice to me.  Your support, comments, emails, words of encouragement mean so much.  May 2017 be our best year yet!! 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas From My Family To Yours

Hello friends!  I sure hope each of you had a relaxing, wonderful and very Merry Christmas.  Just popping in real quick to share a few simple holiday touches from around our house.  

As much as I love to decorate, this year I had the desire to keep our holiday decor completely simple.  My daughter is a December baby.  I had fun decorating her room.  She loved the cedar garland draped around her bed.  She said it felt like she was sleeping in the forest!

I switched out the decor in my wooden bowl and decided to load it up with bleached pine cones and fairy lights.

Listening to Christmas music on my old-school IPod while I filled out holiday cards.  Thought I'd share my alternative to sealing envelopes.  I fill a small bowl with water and use an art paint brush to moisten the seal. Works like a charm!

A preserved boxwood wreath (Target) hung with black and white ribbon.

I made sure the bar cart was stocked and ready to go!!

The weather was so nice on Christmas Eve that we decided to sit outside around the fire pit.  We made smores and sipped on eggnog.


Warm and cozy under the stars!

I topped my coffee table with a tray filled with silver dollar eucalyptus, a wooden box and ornaments for an easy centerpiece.

The ornaments are from the dollar store.  It gives me peace of mind knowing they're toddler-friendly!

We're tired of traditional holiday meals.  We had store bought lasagna for dinner Christmas Eve and enjoyed crab legs along with take out for dinner tonight.  A little unexpected, but dinner was simple and easy. Clean-up was a breeze!  We decided to make this a thing.  Maybe next year we'll set up a taco bar!!
  
Merry Christmas!  I hope you are surrounded by good food and the people and pets you love!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Awesome Wall Decor for Your Home and Office by Pixers



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I love art prints, wall murals, paintings and photography. Within a few moments of scanning through Pixers' inventory, I was impressed by their selection and prices. The team behind the site truly cares about the magic that goes in every piece so that all customers are satisfied. Customer satisfaction creates loyalty. You can read past purchasers' reviews here.




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Let's talk about the products Pixer offers. Their wall murals are as diverse as their buyers. Scandinavian Style, Contemporary, Futuristic, Minimalist, Industrial; no one's taste goes unnoticed as there are wall murals for all styles imaginable. Though I like to view my style as simple and easy to accommodate, it can be quite difficult to find art that compliments my space.



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I like things very minimal. I'm drawn to monochrome patterns and natural art images. Pixers has artwork that I would love for my home. Even for the pickiest of picky, you could upload a photo you love and have it transformed into a work of art.

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**This post was made possible through a partnership with Pixers.  All opinions expressed are my own words.

Friday, December 16, 2016

My Christmas Table

 We'll have Christmas dinner with just the 4 of us again.  I'm thankful that my daughter attends college in state and won't be commuting for the next few weeks, so we can spend the holidays with her.


My son begins his break next week.  Tomorrow we're hosting a few of his friends for a sleepover.  Yikes!  I'm sure I'll have my hands full keeping those guys entertained.

 With so much going on, I decided to keep my tablescape simple and within budget.

 I had fun shopping the house and using things I already had.


 The gold flatware is from Ballard Designs.


The plates are a mix from Target and Dollar Tree.  Yep, Dollar Tree!

 I just love the shape of these delicate glasses.


They're a recent flea market find.
  
 The paper runner is from Hester & Cook.
  

I love using it to dress up my table.  It also can be used as gift wrap.

 I love the simplicity of the dough bowl filled with fresh greenery.


I added the Guinea fowl feathers and dried berries for a nice arrangement.

Now that the table is set, I can focus on planning our meal.  We're over turkey and stuffing.  Wondering if lasagna would be too strange?!

Doesn't really matter, as long as we're gathered together.

That's what's most important to me; relaxed and pleasant conversations while being together as a family.

I hope you're inspired to have fun setting a welcoming table of your own.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Designer Wood Watch from Jord

I like to think I have giving Christmas gifts down perfectly.  My daughter is always a no-brainer, my son is simple to please, and other relatives are satisfied with whatever I come up with.  My husband, however, is quite a challenge.

Tastes changing frequently and naturally picky, he is hard to pin down during the holiday season.

So, a little observation and extra thoughtfulness was needed this year and I finally found him the perfect gift.  A JORD watch was an obvious choice.  Knowing my husband, he loves unique watches and sporting special pieces.  A men's watch made with beautiful cuts of wood was perfect for him.   

The dark grain complements the ivy green watch face extremely well and matches with his laid-back style.  It's a cool watch; timeless, yet one-of-a-kind, a look my husband regularly dons.

It is one of those pieces that will never run out of style.  The watch was such a beautiful early Christmas gift that he and I collectively adore.  I have to say I am slightly jealous!  

If you have any loved ones in your life that are fashion savvy, into accessories, love unique accents, or merely enjoy watches, a JORD watch is a great option.  With so many styles provided, it's hard not to find anything to love.

As a little holiday bonus, I've partnered with JORD Wood Watches to share a handful of instant e-gift codes worth $25!  If you've had your eye on one of these lovely wood watches, enter here to redeem your code.  Be sure to share with your friends and family.  The e-gift code link will close 12/18 at 11:59pm. The $25 instant e-gift code will expire on 2/28/2017.

*This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches.  All opinions expressed are my own.