Wednesday, November 30, 2022

French Country Lantern Centerpiece




Welcome to the Christmas Dining Room, friends. This last several years I've been pushing myself a bit to come up with new ways to decorate this room. I have relied heavily on Tartan Plaid in my Dining Rooms for years, but recently I've tried to move toward a more French Country look that relies more on neutral, natural garden elements.


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Weekend Inspiration: What's Your Favorite Christmas Style?



Today I'm sharing a post from back in 2016 that is one of my all-time most read. I thought I might "refurbish" the content, but instead just added to it a bit to include "Cottage" style which has emerged this last few years. If it feels a little dated, decor trends have shifted and redefined themselves this last couple of years. You might even find some "new to you" blogs from the last decade. I thought it would be fun just to take a quick look at some of the different "Styles of Christmas".

Christmas Copper On the Hearth




Happy, happy day after Thanksgiving, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful day Thursday (and this weekend) with family and friends. Some of us still have family here so we're enjoying a bit of shopping, resting, and eating leftovers. How about you. Are you itching to get on with Christmas decorating?

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thanksgiving Welcome Home Tour

So glad you're here, Friends. I'm grateful and thankful for each of you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and weekend!


Hello Everyone, holidays have a tendency to creep up on my decorating schedule. Thanksgiving to Christmas is especially tricky for me because I really enjoy late Fall, Thanksgiving and November and don't like to get in a hurry to jump into Christmas with both feet.


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Weekend Inspiration: Nature Inspired Tartan and Transferware Tablescapes

Hi Friends, I know many of us are getting ready for Thanksgiving this weekend and that some of us are still in a bit of Thanksgiving mode at least till Thursday evening when we put the last dish away. These pics are from years ago in 2013 when I shared this for a Thanksgiving Tablescape. This theme is a basic idea that can be used for any season or holiday. 






Thursday, November 17, 2022

Copper Styled Thanksgiving and Christmas on the Baker's Rack

This last few weeks I've been straddling the fence with Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's the same each November... I love Thanksgiving, but I'm also ready for Christmas. Here's the baker's rack for Thanksgiving with a bit of a peek at Christmas. Here's the fun Christmas teaser...



Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Weekend Inspiration: A Christmas Home Tour

Hi Everyone, It's the weekend and time for a bit of Inspiration from the Archives. If you're like me "inspiration is inspiration", whether it's yesterday, last year, or a few years ago. This is a Christmas Home Tour from 2014, and one of my favorites.



Tuesday, November 8, 2022

All About Home #169: Welcome to November

Hello Friends and Welcome to the 
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When that calendar page turned to November I know many of us jumped off the sofa and ran for the Christmas tubs... yes I know, even me. I'm doing a hybrid Christmas this year. I'll share more later what that's looking like. I mentioned this once before at the party, but our first grandbaby is due sometime late November to mid December. The arrival date is fuzzy, but that little sweetie is ready to go, so we're trying to anticipate her making a surprise debut! 

Thanks so much for coming by and sharing all the fun stuff you're up to. Amber and I appreciate you all taking the time to join in on the party! We're going to have a fun time this next 2 months with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year on the horizon!





Sunday, November 6, 2022

Weekend Inspiration: Tips for Transitioning Fall and Thanksgiving to Christmas

Contemplating the Age Old Question...
When to decorate for Christmas; or more plainly... when do you start decorating for Christmas even when you love Thanksgiving and don't want to let that go. Well, I've learned some tips and ideas for making the transition starting to bring out Christmas things but still enjoy the look and feel of Thanksgiving and late fall.



Friday, November 4, 2022

Paint Refreshed Tote for a Farm Table Vignette

Hey friends, Here we are in November and it's all about the upcoming Holiday Season. Call me old fashioned or a traditionalist, but I can't bypass Thanksgiving. It's always been my favorite holiday and season so I'm sharing some late November decor posts and Thanksgiving, and then also bringing in some Christmas decor and inspiration too. Even though I love Thanksgiving, I too am ready to see some Christmas inspiration and ideas. Let's have both!!!


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

All About Home #168: October Wrap Up

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Glad you were able to grab a minute and make it to the party this evening!!

We finally made it out for a drive in the country Sunday to see some Fall leaf color and as I thought, the leaves were a bit lackluster. In town the color was much better but we are running early this year for peak, I guess because we had two hard freezes about 10 days ago. But it was nice to get out and roam the back roads in my hubby's Jeep. He has the "original" kind of Jeep where you feel like you're "off roading" even when you aren't. LOL!! (bumpy, but fun).
I've been decorating for Thanksgiving, because I REALLY love Thanksgiving, but I'm adding some Christmas decor along the way. Next week... On to the Holidays!!!!





Sunday, October 30, 2022

Gathered Together Thanksgiving Ideas

Hi Friends, I thought I'd re-share a post from a few years ago (2019) of a Thanksgiving Blog Hop that I participated in that was full of great seasonal ideas and inspiration. It's a bit of a Thanksgiving Home Tour from that year. 






Friday, October 28, 2022

October Fun in the Cookbook Cupboard

Can you even believe it's the end of October, friends?...
 It's finally feeling like Fall around here.

I'm fortunate to have several fun spots to decorate seasonally throughout this house. The hearth room, which is right next to the kitchen in this open concept area, gives me enough space to have a dedicated spot to display my cookbooks and some fun vintage kitchen related decor. 




Tuesday, October 25, 2022

All About Home #167: Fall and Halloween "Treats"

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Okay... how did it get to be the end of October? This has been a really crummy Fall here in the lower Midwest as far as weather goes. We've been in a terrible drought and only had a few short rains all of August, September, and now October. The leaves aren't showing a lot of color and most of them are just turning brown and falling off the trees in big clumps. We're supposed to be having a good rain event today so I'm hanging in there. Any pretty tree color where you are?
Are you guys going straight to Christmas decorating?... I'm not sure that I can. I find it hard to do Christmas so soon. So I'll be mixing some previous Christmas inspiration posts with real time late Fall/ Thanksgiving decor. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing the fun things you're up to. I look forward each week to see all your amazing Fall creativity! So glad you're here!





Sunday, October 23, 2022

The Holiday Cupboard Dressed for Fall

This week I'm doing some decor tweaking for Thanksgiving and gathering some ideas for Christmas, so I thought I'd share a few pics of the Holiday Cupboard dressed up for late October. I like to try to create something new each season here. Last year I put together a few shabby frenchy pieces and created "Romancing the October Holiday Cupboard", and two years before, the post "October Whimsy in the Holiday Cupboard". The first year here in 2019, I had finally organized the old piesafe and it became The Holiday Cupboard 2.0. 



Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Late October Mantel with the Snow Owls

It's mid-October and my mantel tends to change up a bit when the weather starts getting cooler. I have a few vintage critters that come out to play in late fall and this year I decided I wanted to give my vintage concrete owl a little refresh before he swooped in and took up residence on the mantel.




Tuesday, October 18, 2022

All About Home #166: Fall to Thanksgiving Ideas

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How's your Fall going, everyone? I hope you're having some lovely weather and enjoying all the fun that this season holds. The leaves are changing here in SW Missouri even though we're still technically in drought conditions. We usually hit peak leaf peeping in the last week of October and first week of November. I'm hoping for a day trip in the countryside to enjoy the season soon. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing the fun things you're up to. I look forward each week to see all the amazing Fall creativity! So glad you're here!





Sunday, October 16, 2022

French Cottage Kitchen Niche for Fall

I have this little cabinet niche here in the kitchen that I think was originally created for a TV/sound system by the former owners of our house. But I prefer a smaller TV on the counter, so we were left with either using it as display shelving or try to match existing cabinetry. I could use it as open shelving by adding another set of shelves, but I chose to leave it as "was" and just make a spot for seasonal kitchen display.




Friday, October 14, 2022

Dough Bowl Pumpkin Centerpiece On the Antique Sideboard Buffet

Hi Friends, this post is a bit overdue as I had wanted to get this out at the beginning of "Pumpkin Season", but I had to be out of town for a bit. I think most of us try to refresh our faux pumpkins every few years to keep them updated and looking crisp and new. I had a few in my fall squash stash that really needed a mini makeover.




Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Autumn Tray in the Dining Room

Hi Friends, welcome to the Autumn On A Tray Tour, hosted by our lovely friend, Katherine of Katherine's Corner. If you're following the Tour Links and are coming from visiting MaryJo at Masterpieces of My Life, then a special "Hello" to you and I'm so glad you came by to visit. 





Monday, October 10, 2022

All About Home #165: October Joys

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Ahhhhh... October is my favorite month of the year. I love the cooler days and changing leaves and all the amazing cozy decor. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing the fun things you're up to. I look forward each week to see all the amazing Fall creativity! It's the best season for fabulous DIYs, decor, and recipes. So glad you're here!





Sunday, October 9, 2022

Creating A Potting Bench with Reclaimed Wood

Hi Friends, welcome to the October edition of the Lifestyle of Love blog gathering where a few of us share our love for decorating with vintage items. This month our topic is using and decorating with items created with reclaimed wood. Our blogging bud Cindy from County Road 407 is our host and creator of this fun get together. If you're coming from Lora's Blog, Create and Ponder, thanks so much for continuing the Hop!



Friday, October 7, 2022

Autumn Greetings from the Front Porch

Decorating the front porch for Fall has been a work in progress this last month since we were gone for a week. It started in early September with a change up for the pillows on the metal depot bench. By the end of summer the porch and flowers start looking a bit tired and in need of a pick-me-up. I like keeping a lighter look in September because the temps are still really warm, but I'll add a few darker colors as it gets further into October.





Tuesday, October 4, 2022

All About Home#164: Autumn Design and DIY

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I hope you've been having a great "early Fall" and now that we're in to October we can all go a bit crazy! Thanks so much for coming by and sharing the fun things you're up to. You all know that this is my favorite time of year. I look forward each week to see all the amazing Fall creativity! Fall is such a great season for fabulous DIYS, decor, and recipes. So glad you're here!





Sunday, October 2, 2022

Fall Carts and Wagons and a Porch Peek

Hi Friends and Happy Weekend!

I've been decorating the front porch for Fall this week and was contemplating bringing out one of the goat carts to "fallify". I love using it as a focal point in Fall decorating. My hubby took me to buy a few pumpkins and mums at my favorite pumpkin barn; just a few... because we have hoodlum squirrels here and nothing is safe. Here are a few pics of the progress on the porch with most everything sprayed with peppermint concentrate. We live on a street with a lot of school traffic, so I guess I'll not try to put anything out here that I can't live without. So I'll share some Pinterest cart and wagon inspiration instead. Maybe I'll just put together a fun look out on the back porch.


Thursday, September 29, 2022

Savoring September in the Holiday Cupboard

The highlight of any season is putting together the ever-changing Holiday Cupboard. And since Fall is my favorite time of the year, it takes on a new and different theme each year. I put this look together for September a few weeks ago. At that time I wanted to keep the pumpkins at a minimum and highlight the wild little black-eyed-susans and bits of bittersweet and mini gourds. 





Tuesday, September 27, 2022

All About Home #163: Pumpkin Decor and DIY

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Thanks so much for coming by and sharing the fun things you're up to. You all know that this is my favorite time of year. I look forward each week to see all the amazing Fall creativity! Fall is such a great season for fabulous DIYS, decor, and recipes. So glad you're here!





Saturday, September 24, 2022

Bountiful Vintage Fall Baskets

Using baskets has been a fun and creative way for me to decorate since I saw the first issues of Country Living Magazine back in 1978. One of the best things about them is that they can be found at any vintage market, flea, antique shop or garage sale, usually for a price that will fit anyone's budget. Baskets come in so many varieties; mostly wood products, wicker, willow, and even metals. Since I turn first to vintage finds, I have a good stash, big and small, that I can choose from. 




Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Early Fall Entry with a Vintage Botanical Print

Hello Friends, time for an Early Fall look in the Entry since we're midway into September. The entry console changes up frequently as do most areas of the house. When we first looked at the house, now 4 years ago, the wall paper in the entry (and Dining Room) really pulled me in with it's traditional neutral taupe stripe. 





Tuesday, September 20, 2022

All About Home Link Party #162

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Thanks so much for coming by each week and sharing the fun things you're up to. Fall is such a great season for fabulous DIYS, decor, and recipes. So glad you're here!

This coming week will be a bit hectic for me as I'm going to be undergoing some intensive medical testing for the neuromuscular symptoms I've had for a while. I was hoping my two back surgeries would have taken care of them, but I've still had symptoms this last year. So hopefully I'll have some answers this week. I'll be sharing a couple of posts, just to stay in touch. Thankyou in advance for your thoughts and prayers that I'll get a solid diagnosis after these last few years. Thanks friends, Love you all!




Sunday, September 18, 2022

Vintage Laundry Basket for a Fall Centerpiece

The Fall Season brings out the creative vibes for me more than any other season. Here's a centerpiece I put together last Fall on the farmtable in the Garden Room. I knew I wanted to try something different on the farm table for early Fall for a centerpiece. I usually have my big wooden vintage ice cream bucket filled with faux florals, and I love it... just wanted something a bit different. When I find something that works well in a space I sometimes get a little lazy and do the minimum. But after my vintage shopping trip a while back I had some new inspiration and ideas to try.





Friday, September 16, 2022

Boho Quilted Throw in the Garden Room

Maybe you've noticed, I have a "thing" for quilts. Big, small, throws, runners... all sizes, colors, designs and ages. I've been blessed with a mother-in-law who quilted and gifted us with many, and I've been fortunate to find a few vintage ones in my antiquing days that didn't break the bank. I love the different prints and patterns, and even if they're frayed and a bit tattered, they still speak to me.



Tuesday, September 13, 2022

All About Home #161 Bring on Fall!

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Thanks so much for coming by each week and sharing the fun things you're up to. Fall is such a great season for fabulous DIYS, decor, and recipes. The temps are down a bit and it's actually feeling like September. I'm even seeing some gold leaves on the oak leaves. I've been working on the front porch so I'm getting there!





Sunday, September 11, 2022

Cozy Up to Fall in the Hearth Room

Welcome to my mish mash of early fall pics here in the Hearth Room. I shared my Mantel with Transferware and Ironstone earlier this week, so today I'm sharing the rest of the room. Things change pretty quick in September so I need to stay current week by week!





Thursday, September 8, 2022

September Mantel with Ironstone and Transferware

Does decorating for Fall sound better once it becomes September? I think there is a subtle shift in my brain's ability to bring out some pumpkins and leaves once we're officially past Labor Day. I've had my Fall tubs out for several weeks, but I just couldn't get excited until this last week. Plus the weather has cooled down a bit and the light seems to be making those longer shadows that don't happen till Autumn is on our doorstep.




Tuesday, September 6, 2022

All About Home #160: Let's Celebrate September

Happy Labor Day, and Welcome to the 
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Let me tell you, I'm thrilled to have changed that calendar page over to September!!! This has been one whopper of a summer and we've finally had some rain and lower temps. Our grass has even greened up and had a little growing spurt. I'm not a fan of hot weather so I'm usually over summer by the end of July. Not to say I don't enjoy the wonderful summer months, I just need to live somewhere where summer isn't all about the drought and scorch. 
Thanks so much for coming by each week and sharing the fun things you're up to. Now, after Labor Day we can have some great Autumn DIYS, decor, and recipes.





Sunday, September 4, 2022

Elegant Urns for Fall

If you're looking for a way to make a statement with your Fall decor, especially in an Entry, Dining Room, or really, anywhere you want to grab attention, use an urn as your focal point. Whether it's inside or out, urns command a second look and always seem to elevate the French Elegance factor. Today I'm sharing a load of inspiration and ideas on ways to create a one-of-a-kind decor centerpiece.




The Creeping Fig

Friday, September 2, 2022

Fall Beginnings in the China Cupboard

Some people like to create tablescapes, and some people like to style vignettes and bookshelves. Me? I like the best of both... to play with dishes in a china cupboard, cabinet and shelves. Although I don't decorate inside this cabinet as much as the Holiday Cupboard, I like to play around with some seasonal bits and bobs in here amongst the transferware.




Tuesday, August 30, 2022

All About Home #159: Farewell to August

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Countdown to September is on!!! Fall is popping out all over and I've been pouring over old Fall magazines and my Pinterest boards on Fall. I've been working on transitioning my decor on over to early Fall. I "do" Fall in stages, especially late August and early September. I like to use sunflowers and pears and just a few pumpkins. When it's still upper 80's and low 90's outside I have to take it slow. Thankyou all so much for coming by each week to share what you've been up to. I love seeing all your great ideas and beautiful inspiration throughout the seasons. 





Sunday, August 28, 2022

My 10 Tips to Transition to Fall

If you know me and have been a reader of my blog for long, you'll know that Fall is my favorite time of the year. I've always loved the cooler temps, changing leaves, and knowing that Thanksgiving and Christmas are on the way. It's a fun time to cozy up our homes and spaces. Here are my own Top 10 Tips to Transition from Summer to Fall.








Friday, August 26, 2022

Sunflowers Bucket on the Farmtable

Hi Friends, August is zipping by and decor is changing as fast as a chicken can peck a bug. Okay, I'm no chicken lady, but I bet it's fast! My momma and baby vintage chalk chickens have been out here in the Garden Room since mid July and I'm just getting around to sharing the farm table for Late Summer.




Tuesday, August 23, 2022

All About Home: #158: Late Summer Inspiration

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Gosh folks, Fall is creeping up on us, and this last week we had several great Fall inspiration posts. I think we're all enjoying the last of August and summer things, but many of us look forward to the beauty and transformation that Fall brings. (and cooler weather!) 
We had a visit from our adult kids from St. Louis, and our daughter and hubby who live here in town, joined us for a dinner out. We had exciting news, friends. A baby girl is on the way. We never thought we'd get to be grandparents, (younger daughter) but thanking the Lord for a precious new member of the family! 
Thankyou all so much for coming by each week to share what you've been up to. I love seeing all your great ideas and beautiful inspiration throughout the seasons. 





Saturday, August 20, 2022

Late Summer Sunflowers in Bloom

August is all about Sunflowers around here...  Mid Summer into Fall is their time to show their happy faces, mingle with some hydrangeas, and wait for some fall leaves to show up. By the middle of July they start mixing in with the early Summer arrangements and as Summer gets closer to Fall, they easily transition from light and bright into early Fall arrangements that are a little deeper in color. 




Thursday, August 18, 2022

Summer to Fall Garden Florals in Vintage Containers

Today I thought I'd share a few pics and posts with my garden grown Hydrangeas from this house. I've really enjoyed the large lush bush out front and start snipping those blooms in late June for display and drying. After a few weeks of enjoying the fresh cuttings, they can be dried into lovely delicate dried specimens that range from delicate pinks and greens to darker mauves and purples in the Fall.



Tuesday, August 16, 2022

All About Home #157: Late Summer Blooms and Projects

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As August hits the middle of the month we're starting to see a few posts on inspiration for Fall. I used to not be fond of the month of August, but I had an epiphany a few years ago... "Hey, next month is September, so instead of complaining, start thinking about ideas and transitioning to Fall!" Thankyou all so much for coming by each week to share what you've been up to. I love seeing all your great ideas and beautiful inspiration throughout the seasons. 





Sunday, August 14, 2022

Farm Animals in French Country Decor

Somewhere deep in my DNA I have the Farmer/Shepherd gene that has been dormant for many years. When I was growing up my dad always kept a few beef cattle at the farmhouse, but we weren't allowed to name them or pet them because well, you know why...  So, next best thing is to just collect cows and sheep to decorate with in my vintage Cottage, Farmhouse, and French Country decor.





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