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December 7, 2017


I can't believe the first week of December is already behind us.  Please tell me it's not just because I'm getting older but isn't time just flying by?   I finally finished decorating our cottage and am so excited to start sharing it with you. 

I really went with a happy cottage vibe this year and color is definitely front and center.  I have tried a more elegant look in my decor and while I love it, I am always drawn back to traditional reds and greens.

I love using seasonal books in my decorating because the graphics and colors are always so beautiful and they are kind of wasted if they are displayed in a traditional side by side manner.

Our white hutch is always my favorite to decorate and this year is no exception.  I try to use existing pieces and just add a touch of Christmas to each vignette.

I love decorating mini trees and this one that sits on the island between our dining room and kitchen turned out adorable.  I have been collecting these mini kitchen item ornaments for years and this tree made me smile as I added each little bobble to it.

The little tree on the buffet is probably the most elegant tree I have in the house in it's simple styling of shimmering greenery and pretty white ribbon.

I love how this display above our wine cabinet turned out.  It gave me a bit of a fit trying to figure it out but once I added that Jesus is the Reason (because he is you know)  ornament, it all came together.

I am not quite ready to share the living room with you because we haven't purchased our real tree yet, but I've added a touch of navy in there that I am anxious to show you.

We will be tree shopping this weekend with our grandsons.  We have a tradition of heading to our local tree lot and tromping around until we find just the right one.  I am not a picky tree buyer so I pretty much let them decide...pretty much, ahem...and then we come home and decorate it together with Christmas music blaring.

So how is your Christmas decor coming along?  Are you all done or just getting started?

I will be sharing our cozy kitchen and main bathroom in a couple of days, so be sure and stop back over.

xo, Patty

If you'd like to see a video tour of our dining room, I have linked it below.  If you are not a subscriber to my YouTube channel, I'd love to have you join my YouTube family.

November 21, 2017


I know December is supposed to be the busier month and November the more laid back, pre-holiday, dream and plan month but that hasn't been true around here.  It seems October ended with a relaxed little gathering of girlfriends and November rushed in with wave after wave of busy days.

Not that I'm complaining...at all.  It has all been good stuff including time with friends and family,

October 27, 2017


I invited a few girlfriends over for little Halloween gathering last night and I wanted to share all the festive decor I came up using mostly Dollar Tree or hand crafted goodies.  This shin dig has been in my head and the preparation stages for over a month so I've had plenty of time to gather a little of this and a little of that plus come up with a crafty gift or two for my guests.

The list maker in me loves a little party planning and this get together was no exception.  After

October 11, 2017


I haven't always embraced Halloween.   There was a time when I was careful to go the "cute" route with happy pumpkins and bales of hay (not that there is anything wrong with that) sticking to what would naturally occur in my decor.

Halloween decor

Maybe it's having grand boys around or maybe it's just not really caring as much what my house

September 27, 2017


I finally finished the last of the Fall decorating around the cottage over the weekend and now I can't wait to share it with you.  I love the colors of fall because they blend so beautifully with the existing color scheme of our home.

The biggest change this year is the hint of robin's egg blue I tried to incorporate into my mostly

September 21, 2017


One of my favorite things about fall is getting back to bible study at church.  We have just started Beth Moore's Entrusted study and I can already tell it's going to be a good one...convicting in all the right ways.

I wanted to give the ladies at my table a little something to encourage them to hunker down with the

September 15, 2017


It's finally beginning to feel a little bit like fall and I've started to put out a few things to celebrate the change of seasons.  I saw so many things I loved at Hobby Lobby, Target and the Dollar Tree that I had a hard time waiting for the weather to cool down before decorating for Autumn.

I bought a bag of pumpkin flavored coffee at Cost Plus World Market and lit my pumpkin spice