Our Love Will Keep Us Warm

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


 I've never been very good at Valentine's Day. I just don't like stores telling me when I should be romantic, cuddle, or buy chocolate... although my waistline would probably appreciate it if I only ate chocolate on February 14th.  So on one January evening, when it was 54 degrees outside, I was feeling kind of valentiney (it could be a word) and cuddly, and thought, "What a great night to snuggle by the outdoor fireplace!"


 

I'm also not very good at building a good fire in the fireplace...but Charles is!  So while I was waiting for him to come home from work, I lit a few candles, one of which was in a mason jar with a burlap heart and ribbon tied around it.


 Added a few books and a lantern...


 A bunting made by adding ribbon and burlap hearts to card stock paper.


and began thinking about "the story of us".


 Our story began in high school, even though we've known each other since kindergarten, and continued through college. 
(The sign was purchased at Retro Signz.)


Every story, every love story, has a beginning and a middle, but "a true love story never ends".


Two hearts in a tree and a cozy place to snuggle.


A tray with hot chocolate and marshmallows.


Now all we need is the fire in the fireplace and with each other's help we can remember all the chapters which brought us to this point in an unending love story. ( I can hear my children mockingly gagging right now!)


Hoping you celebrate Valentine's Day and your love story on whatever day you're feeling, well, valentiney!


Don't forget to visit At Home with Jemma on January 30th for more Valentine's Day inspiration!


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A Valentine and a Blog Hop

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Have you been thinking about that special day coming up on February 14th? Do you celebrate the day by decorating, baking special treats, or making that special someone a Valentine's Day card? 

I wanted to send my readers this Valentine made from photos from a past post.  In that post I pulled together a vignette by painting and decorating an antique birdcage and adding a framed valentine which I gave to my husband when we were in grade school together. 




Next week, Jemma from At Home With Jemma and I will be sharing some Valentine's Day inspiration.  Hope you will hop back over for the fun!



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All Is Calm, All Is Bright

Friday, December 12, 2014


Calm ivory and silver with a punch of bright blue best describes the theme in the great room this Christmas.  I thought I would share a few pictures from the room's Christmas decor.




Blue packages and ribbon...


are added to the more calming colors of silver as seen in this collection of ornaments (both new and vintage) along with ivory ribbon used throughout the room.


The bright blues used in the tree topper match the packages under the tree.



 Finally, silver and ivory houses are added to the console. A collection of ivory bottle brush trees complement the trees beside each house.


A quick glimpse during this hectic time of year...hoping you have a little calm to balance out all the excitement the season brings.
Merry Christmas!

I will be joining:
Craftberry Bush


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Takin' A Cotton To Christmas

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


There's something about the soft, white and natural look of a cotton boll vine that just says Christmas.  So this year I have added them to the greenery and wreath on our banister along with a small tree on the console at the bottom of the stairs.








Adding sheep and antique spools of thread just seem to complete the cotton vignette.



I have a collection of sheep handmade by Colin's Creatures. He is located in Asheville, NC and travels the world sketching and studying all breeds of sheep before he begins carving and creating the flock.


The spools of thread came from an old cotton mill which once stood in our town.


 A peaceful spot to count my blessings instead of sheep.


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Coastal Christmas Dining Room

Saturday, December 6, 2014


Merry Christmas!

On this rainy and cold Saturday in North Carolina, I thought I'd warm things up a little by celebrating Christmas coastal style.

  


 I added coastal touches to our dining room this summer and decided to "roll with the tide" and make things festive incorporating the existing decor this Christmas season.


 A clam shell with an assortment of shells and two vintage ornaments which belong to my grandmother, coral, a seahorse, candle, present and tree were added to this wicker tray on the side buffet.


I did a little gasp when I unpacked the box of ornaments from Mimi's house to find two the perfect shade for our dining room.  I think they look like giant colored pearls among the shells.  I always light a candle for my dad when I'm missing him.  No better time than Christmas to place a candle in honor of the ones we love among our lovelies.


A starfish placed on a Japanese fishing float and a driftwood star bring Christmas and the ocean together.






The linen and burlap ornaments on the tree came to me last December after I stumbled onto a fellow blogger's post and commented that I really liked them.  The comment entered me into a drawing.  If you, dear blogger, were the one who sent these to me would you comment or send me an email. I can't tell you how I've looked for the card that accompanied them and searched through emails looking for your name and the name of your blog. I would love to give you credit for the beautiful ornaments and sweet gesture.  Burlap and blue ribbon along with shells also adorn the buffet tree.


I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy on this cold December day.  Thanks so much for visiting!

I will be joining the following blog's party:
Pieced Pastimes 
Mod Vintage Life
The Scoop
A Stroll Thru Life
Coastal Charm
Wow Us Wednesdays
From My Front Porch To Yours


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Christmas Corner

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Merry Christmas!

I am sharing a little corner of Christmas decor in our bonus room today.


As you can see the plaid pattern is repeated many times in this vignette. The inspiration was this little Santa at the bottom of the tree. A similar Santa is a topper for the tree as well.


 Plaid ribbons were added to our flocked tree.



 Do you see the date on this Christmas ornament that belongs to my husband? That's right, 1983. My mother was actually the one who purchased this for Charles our senior year in high school.  This ornament, along with a few others, is a type of miracle in our home.  It is one of the few sentimental Christmas decorations that made it through our house fire in 2008.


The books and lantern are all antiques.


The lantern belonged to my husband's grandfather.  This red keepsake had to have a place in our Christmas decor this year.


I really enjoyed adding all our girls' ornaments and a few that made it from our youth to our family tree.  The flocked tree was purchased at Lowes and is a new addition this year. Man, oh man, I never knew how easy decorating an artificial tree is.  My father had a Christmas tree farm when I was young and to this day we always get an Ashe County tree the day after Thanksgiving.  Our real tree is in our great room. I will share that tree in a later post.  But let me say that after zipping through decorating this tree, the decorating of the real tree seemed a little frustrating on hour number four! But as the tree farmers say, "Real trees make good scents"!

I will be partying with the following:
From My Front Porch to Yours
Feathered Nest Friday
Craftberry Bush


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Hometalk: Bathroom Shelf Design Ideas

Friday, November 14, 2014


Happy Friday! 


I was excited to be asked by Hometalk to curate a board featuring bathroom shelf design ideas.  It really was a lot of fun searching out all the creative ways people have added interest and style to their bathrooms with this design feature.  I picked 15 of my favorite shelf designs  (along with our recent addition of a shelf in our master bath) and would love it if you jumped over to Hometalk by clicking here to get a closer look at bathroom shelf design ideas.




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