Christmas Tablescape

Well, you can tell that I am still a newbie blogger, because I could not, for the life of me, get my act together to blog about my Christmas decor before the actual holiday itself.  Blame it on being a full-time working mother, or the fact that I crammed too much into one already-busy month, or that I was still happily decorating up until our Christmas Eve dinner for nineteen people, but it just didn’t happen.

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Happy House: A Year in Progress

Happy House: A Year in Progress

We have officially lived in our house one year!  In honor of this little anniversary, I’d like to share a year of progress…


*Before photos were taken prior to move in.  


Living Room: A Year in Progress

I knew upon moving in that I wanted our living room very light and airy.  I wasn’t necessarily opposed to the initial wall color, but it was darker than I would have liked, and in the late afternoon/evening, could take on on an ugly army green.  Thus I dealt with it until I could stand it no longer, and then painted the room with one of my favorite colors: Valspar’s Winter in Paris.   It was the main color in our previous home, and I knew it would be beautiful.  The majority of the furniture, with the exception of the bar, was purchased new.  The Regent Place Sofa we found at Rooms to Go.  I bought various fabrics from Hawthorne Threads to recover the pillows, but as you can see, I have only done one (and that one didn’t even come with the couch–it’s an Ikea filler).  The Safavieh Natural Fiber Ivory Rug, as well as the Java Coffee Table and Pillar End Tables, we bought online at Wayfair.  The tables are part of the International Concepts collection and came unfinished.  They are solid wood and were super easy to put together.  Hubs and I stained them using  from Amazon.  They stained gorgeously, and due to the grey undertones in the stain, I was able to incorporate a lighter wood look with the rest of our dark furniture without it looking mix-matched.  I stalked those two Temani Wicker Chairs from Pier 1 all summer and swooped them up when they went on sale.  My mom and I made the three sets of curtains for this room.  We bought yards and yards of cheap Muslim and stitch tape, and set up a sweat shop right here in the living room.  I don’t necessarily recommend this, but it did save money!  The most difficult decorating aspect of this room was either side of the fireplace.  I knew I did not want shelving or anything that would look too heavy in the room.  The bar sort of bounced back and forth from one side to the other, but I finally decided on the left-hand side once the end tables arrived because there simply wasn’t enough room between bar and end table.

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A Muted Valentine Decor

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I had a lot of fun decorating my home this February.  I definitely went with a more muted color-scheme this year.  I wanted Valentine’s Day to blend in with the existing decor, so I chose to go with a very clean white look in the living room, and some muted corals and blush-tones in the dining room.

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How We Sold Our House in a Weekend

The short version of this story is as follows:  A “For Sale” sign went in our front yard on a Thursday afternoon.  Friday we had six showings.  Saturday we had an offer.  Sunday we had a bidding war going on.  And by Monday morning, our house went from “active” to “contingent” on MLS.

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A Simple White Christmas

Happy New Year!

I never (ever, ever) make New Year’s resolutions, but I am bound and determined to get this blog off the ground this year.  I don’t know if that’s a true resolution or not, but it certainly is this little itch in the back of my mind whispering, “Do it, girl.  Just sit down and do it!”

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Happy Goodbye

This blog begins with a move.

After almost ten years in our beloved first home, we decided to put it on the market.  When we initially built in 2005, we were just a family of three (mom, dad, and a 15 month old baby who didn’t take up a lot of space).  Having been told that most people only stay in their first home about five years, we chose one of the smaller models in our neighborhood: a modest 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath that seemed the perfect fit for our little family.  We relished in the things we had not before had: a guest bedroom, a garage, a decent size backyard.  We even had closets with NOTHING in them!  (This is a glorious feeling, by the way.  If you ever happen upon this opportunity, I highly encourage you to take the time to stare at the nothingness.  Step into the closet, turn all the way around, and enjoy the sparsity.  Because it will NEVER ever happen again.  Especially if you have kids.)

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