Art of Americana

  I used to avoid decorating for seasons and even holidays. In fact, I had a hard time sticking to themes in general; I loved too many styles and too many colors and too many neutrals and how could I ever choose?! I was the worst when it came to picking paint colors – especially […]

Home Decor

Once you’ve done the sensible things like visiting https://www.usahomewarranty.com/ for your home warranty, it’s time for the fun part’ the decor! Regardless of whether it is a current trend or not, my favorite home decor will always include greenery – potted plants, potted trees (I would LOVE to have an atrium, how cool would that […]

Home for the Holidays

We are home for the holidays this year and I’m in the spirit to prep our home for the guests arriving in the next few weeks. I love being a hostess, and it never hurts if I have the mostess (just kidding, but I do appreciate an original idea.) I love the holidays, and for […]

French Doors

One of the required courses for my B.A. was a drawing class.  You guys. I draw like a toddler.  Maybe using toddler as a descriptor is wrong, let’s say……a four-month old (who gives a baby a crayon anyway?!)  That is the level at which I can draw (it’s really, really bad you guys.)  You should’ve […]

Holiday Wreath

I love the holidays; the parties, the lights, the decorations, the incredible spirit of giving, and of course – gifts! Years ago, I took a quick quiz to find out what my Love Language was (see the book here.) While the quiz revealed that my primary love language is acts of service, gifts came in […]

Housewarming

More like House Warning. I think the worst thing in the world is showing up on someone’s doorstep with an awful gift. Housewarming gifts should be specific to the person whose home it is and luckily there are plenty of sites like giftsforpeoplewho.com which suggest gift ideas for all kinds of people. You wouldn’t buy […]

Simple Costumes

I remember the day I first heard about Savers.  They had just moved into an old space that used to be a grocery store and I knew absolutely nothing about Savers, although a quick google search revealed it was a thrift store.  A few weeks later, I saw a picture posted on Facebook of a […]

Patio Fire Pit

Last week, my quiet and tedious afternoon emails were interrupted by the ringing of the doorbell. My neighbor had just had something delivered – a birthday gift from his wife: a stone fire-pit. He needed to borrow the wheelbarrow to transport each brick down to the backyard patio, and we have no problem sharing tools […]

Living Room Ideas

Last week I attended a rather swanky party for the new RH Gallery (Leawood, KS.) Hosted by the Chairman & CEO of RH himself, Gary Friedman, benefiting the Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, with live performances by Larkin Poe and a DJ set by Rob Garza, this was easily the event of the summer season! […]

Pom – Poms

I fell in love with DIY tulle pom-poms a few years ago when my brother got married, and when you apply a similar (but so much simpler!) concept to yarn – well, you get a pretty darn fantastic yarn pom-pom!  I’m going to get wild and crazy (eye roll) and try some multi-color pom-poms this year. […]

Black + White

If you’ve been following along (hello if you’re new!), you know I’m business partners with Emily Walters (and Lisa Murie) of TheBlogGuild.com.  Emily has been in the wedding industry for years, as a florist and accessories designer.  She’s basically my secret weapon when it comes to all things floral (and she could be your’s too!)   […]

Destination Dinner Party

One of our most memorable vacations was to Turkey.  We started in Istanbul (so amazing!) and went inland to the Cappadocia region for a real look into the culture of the Turkish people.  We loved hiking, exploring the outdoor museums (so rich with history – thousands of years!), waking up to see the sunrise from […]

Living Rooms

I’m almost ashamed at how long it’s taking me to decorate my new home. Â I have yet to hang a single piece of artwork on the walls, but don’t worry – my sons have been sure to leave their marks (and sometimes holes) on these bare walls; we have to make it our own […]

The Bloom Academy

Spring is officially here, and I’m finding it difficult to patiently wait for the last frost before I spend a fortune on spring blooms.  Flowers are a two-way street for me.  While they are beautiful and fragrant and their own brand of therapy, they can also be expensive.  Expensive is nothing new to me – […]

Holiday Style

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. As much as I love styling for holiday parties, I have to admit that decorating around the home has – in recent years – become much more fun.  Sure, sugar-crashes […]