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New Year

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Today is the last day of 2011 and I cannot tell you how excited I am for the new year.  Do you have big plans tonight?  Whether you are partying it up on the dance floor or watching the ball drop in your pj's, I wish you the happiest of New Years!  Thank you for reading my blog, commenting, sharing projects & tours.  Thank you also for sponsoring, shopping in my etsy store, and calling on me to help with your homes. I cannot thank you enough.

As promised, I put together my top ten favorite posts from other bloggers.  There are many, many more, but these are the ones I read and re-read.  You know - borderline stalking ;).

Before & After Bathroom via Pink Wallpaper

Caroline and her husband recently bought a new house in Nashville and in this guest post we get to see how it is coming together.  I love her style!


I adore every post from Trina at Country Farm House, but this patio is my favorite.


Being the mother of two boys, I cannot help but fall for a great "boy" room when I see one.  Love the patterns and colors in this room from Grace Happens.


There are so many before & after furniture posts out there, but the hardware and color Fran of Green Street used here is perfection.  The styling is the icing on the cake. 


This is by far my favorite apartment, ever, via Haute Indoor Decor.


You may remember when Rachel was my guest and shared her master bedroom.  In that post you could see a teeny tiny shot of the bathroom.  Well, here is the before & after - a must see.

We finally got to see Steve's gorgeous dining room.


Love, love, love this kitchen before & after via nest egg.


And last, but not least, this beautiful family room before & after from BDG Style.

A Year in Projects - Re-cap

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

And just like that, another year has flown by.  Sometimes it is easy to feel like I get nothing accomplished.  So, to make myself feel better I was going through some old posts the other day and put together a year's worth of project highlights. 

For anyone new to the blog or for anyone who would like to walk down memory lane with me, here goes.  I would almost like to forget one or two of these ;)

The Pleather Cube
Tutorial still to come, pinky swear.

Before & After Luggage Rack

I have so many ideas and projects in mind for the new year.  Thank you for your constant inspiration and support!  And just to keep things fair and balanced, I will posting my ten favorite posts from other blogs in the next day or so.  So, be sure to check back....

Get Your 2012 Calendars

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The official count down is on.  Can you believe that 2012 is almost here?  With the new year comes a new opportunity - a clean slate so to speak.  I don't know about you, but I have been purging and gearing up for the most organized new year ever.  Closets, drawers, unused decor - bu-bye.  Also, to get organized, I have downloaded my new 2012 calendar.  Last year, I so enjoyed my free 2011 calendar from Red Stamp.  Did you download one?  I'm really loving the new ones for 2012 found here.

There are so many pretty calendars available this year.  The prettier the better for keeping us on task. 

I adore these two (above) watercolor calendars by Oh My Deer.

I love the vintage feel of this wall calendar printed on a linen cotton fabric by Bookhou.

Peacocks always lend a welcome pop of color.  Love this one by Smock.

I fell in love with these wonderful calendars by Simplesong.  

And, last but not least, this mix of geometric and botanical patterns is perfect by Suzy Jack.

Have you picked out a new calendar?

Christmas at Mom's

Monday, December 26, 2011

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa brought you something extra special.  We have been relaxing and enjoying some serious "down time".  We always enjoy spending Christmas Eve with my family and Mom has the touch when it comes to decorating.  I thought you might enjoy seeing pictures of her Christmas decorations (if you aren't tired of looking at Christmas decorations yet).

This is a boxwood wreath, made by Mom, hanging on the inside of the front door.  She stuffed the top with feathers and in the bottom rests a peacock.  I adore this wreath!

In years past, Mom is known to make a centerpiece that is so tall that we cannot even see over.  This year, she went with a low arrangement of boxwood, golden pears, and white nandina berries.  I think this is my favorite arrangement she has ever made.

This is a table in the breakfast room.  Mom stuffed an old sugar cane mold with fresh fruit & greenery.  I need to remember this for next year.

Mom picked up these trees at a local florist and rested them on a bed of fresh cypress.  She added the gold beads, lights, and pine cones and it is simply beautiful.

 Mom has quite the collection of carolers.  This year she had them on display in the den which is a dark, cozy room with lots of built-ins and paneling.  I am not usually a fan of dark rooms like this, but somehow this room in one of my favorites.
I hope you enjoyed a little peek into Mom's style.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wishing you a safe and relaxing Christmas...

I am so glad to have gotten to know you all through Cottage & Vine.  Just knowing that you take the time to make this one of your stops means so much.  My posts will be less until after the new year while I make the most of this time with family.

Merry Christmas!


Hi There

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'm just popping in to check in.  Some of you are aware of recent events in our family, but I just wanted to give a little more detail so that no one worries.


Sunday afternoon, my husband and I received a phone call from a stranger who happened to be going for a walk where our youngest son was riding his longboard with a friend.  She told us that he had broken his arm.  While the break could have been much worse, it was one that required surgery as both the radius and ulna were broken and the skin was punctured.  This is gross, but the bones had come out and gone back in which means the wound was dirty requiring an additional procedure in surgery to clean out the area.  This also required a 24 hour IV with antibiotics which meant two nights in the hospital.  Surgery began around 10:00 Sunday night and ended around 1:00 am Monday.  He was then transported to a hospital that has a pediatric unit for his stay.

Until yesterday we weren't sure whether Parker would have full feeling and use of his fingers so yesterday  when those fingers all wiggled we were very happy.  We came home yesterday and have settled in to our new routine of showering, eating, etc.  He is right handed and of course the injury was on his right arm, but he is such a trooper that he never complains.  As a matter of fact if I say something like, "I'm cold", he tells me to quit whining with a big smile on his face.

So here we are, ready for Christmas only things are a little different now.  I am thankful for my friends and family, the kindness of strangers, and that this is no worse than it is. 

The Christmas linky party will remain open until Friday and favorites will be posted Saturday.  Enjoy your week.

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Welcome to the Room By Room Christmas Tour!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

 Welcome to the Christmas edition of the Room By Room series!!!  You are invited to link Christmas decor, recipes, gift wrap ideas, etc.  This is such a special time of year and it is always fun to share and find new ideas.  So jump right in!

Christmas at My House

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hi everybody!  It is officially time to kick back and enjoy the holidays.  The decorations are up and most of the presents are wrapped.  Ahhh!  I love it!  All that is left is baking yummy treats and enjoying time with family - the best part of all.

I thought that I would share some pictures now rather than hogging the party on Monday.  So here goes...

 Company is coming tonight and there is lots to do.  Gotta run!

***Revised to say that I didn't make the boxwood orbs.  They came from here and I love them!

My Tree & a Cottage for Sale

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I have lots to share with you today, but first wanted to say thank you to Rosa for this wonderful stationery that I won on her blog.  Do you know Rosa?  She is the talented creator of the JuJu hats that were featured on Design Sponge and her blog is a delight to read.  Thank you Rosa!

Moving on to the Christmas tree...
After countless trips to the store for more lights and finally finding a night when we could trim the tree as a family, here she is.  I snapped a couple of pictures in the late afternoon/early evening. 

Then, I tried taking a picture using this tutorial, but unfortunately my camera does not go there.  A good camera and improved photography skills are on my bucket list.

After playing around with picnik, I was able to make the lights whiter although it looks a bit overexposed now.  Do you have any tips or tricks to taking/editing a better picture?  I would love to add them to my tips & tricks pin board.

Last but not least, dear friends of ours are moving.  This gorgeous 2500 square foot home located in Greensboro, NC was built in 1939 and has three bedrooms and two baths.  If you would like to know more, email me

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