Christmas in Galena, Illinois

Snowy Sleigh Ride

One of my dreams is to take my family to spend Christmas in Galena, Illinois for the Christmas holiday. It's a quaint, historic tourist spot just 2 hours away and probably has more Bed and Breakfast homes than any other place in the U.S.  It's popular for antiques shopping and was home to Ulysses S. Grant. I've visited idyllic Galena numerous times in my life, but have yet to spend the holidays there. (Photos are not mine but links to photo … [Read more...]

Christmas Wreath Ideas

Pine Cone Christmas Wreath

Are you having company for Christmas and still don't have a wreath for your front door or fireplace mantel? I've rounded up a wide variety of Christmas wreath ideas for you ... some are mine, some are from friends, and a few are from the interior design pros. Links to the source of each wreath are included so you can see more inspiration and pin from the original source. A frosted pine cone wreath hangs on my back door.   Wreaths can be … [Read more...]

How to Make Floating Tea Light Candles

How to Make Floating Tea Light Candles for a Beautiful Centerpiece

With the holidays around the corner and Old Man Winter approaching, I thought it would be fun to tackle another candle project. I love candles any time of year, but I especially love them when the days are shorter and darker. They make the house feel warm and cozy. Today I'm sharing how to make floating tea light candles and arrange them with flowers for a pretty centerpiece. Candles are really easy to make and I love that you can customize … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ The Endearing Home

Back Porch with Dining and Living Space

When you take a tour of Lauren's house from The Endearing Home, you're going to feel like you're looking at the pages of a magazine.  Her charming home is impeccably decorated and everything flows together so beautifully. It has a very comfortable, homey feel to it, too. Ready to take a look? The fireplace takes center stage in Lauren's family room. Black and white buffalo check curtains add a little drama to the room.   From the family … [Read more...]

Where’s My Christmas Snow?

Snowy Red Barn Converted to House

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I'm definitely not a winter person. I like butterflies and warm breezes with the sun on my face. But when it comes to Christmas, it might as well snow so you get the full, magical effect of the holiday season. The forecast isn't showing much hope for Christmas snow between now and Christmas Day, so I thought I'd find a few snowy scenes over at Houzz to enjoy. Traditional Exterior by West Hartford Home Builders … [Read more...]

My Favorite Christmas Vignettes

DIY Home Decor at Christmas. An ironstone bowl filled with vintage Christmas ornaments.

Christmas is just one week away! Although I've been busy decorating and shopping, I never forget the true meaning of Christmas and the celebration of Christ's birth ... God's greatest gift to the world! I like to think the creative expression of decorating is a reflection of God's creative nature. After all, if we're made in God's image and God is creative, it follows that each one of us is creative in some way, shape or form. In celebration of … [Read more...]

12 Christmas Tree Examples ~ Part Two

Victorian Style Christmas Tree

This is the second part of beautiful Christmas tree examples that I have for you this week. I shared 10 Christmas tree decorating ideas yesterday and each one was unique and festive. Today I have 12 trees, so let's check out the rest of the inspiration waiting for you! First up is Bre's woodland glam Christmas tree you'll see over at Rooms for Rent. I love the galvanized bucket the tree sits in and the clever use of garland.   If a … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas ~ Part One

10 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Well, I started out looking for Christmas trees on Houzz in order to share a variety of Christmas tree decorating ideas with you. As I became increasingly frustrated because I couldn't quite find what I was looking for, I remembered I have uber-creative blogging friends with beautiful holiday trees. So after a quick inquiry, I found several of them willing to share their trees with you. In fact, there were so many that I'm going to divide this … [Read more...]

DIY Glitter Snowflake Ornaments

DIY Glitter Snowflake Ornaments

Christmas is less than 2 weeks away. Can you believe it? This year I got my decorating done early thinking I'd have more time to enjoy the holiday as opposed to rushing around. The time has gone by so fast!  If you need a quick and easy project to finish up your decorating, you might enjoy these DIY glitter snowflake ornaments. I love how these glittery snowflakes add a bit of bling to the holiday. Hang them individually on your tree, or make a … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Designing Domesticity

Breakfast Nook

Before I started blogging, I was reading several blogs and gaining inspiration from them. One of those first blogs that I read was Designing Domesticity. Liz lived in the Chicagoland area just like me, but has since moved to the low country of South Carolina. Although her house has changed, her beautiful decorating style remains intact. Liz has done an amazing job with her kitchen. She painted the maple cabinets and they look striking with her … [Read more...]

Red and White Scandinavian Christmas

Red and White Scandinavian Christmas

I can't pinpoint when I first fell in love with Scandinavian style. It might very well have to do with the fact that I was raised in Geneva, Illinois ... a quaint Midwest town west of Chicago with strong Swedish roots. I remember shopping as a child with my mother at The Gift Box , a Swedish store with those beautiful Dala horses that I always wanted. The Gift Box is still in business today, I'm happy to say. And they still sell Dala horses! … [Read more...]

How to Create a Welcoming Entry Way

How to create a welcoming entry way

They say you only have one chance to make a great first impression. The same can be said for your home so why not create a welcoming entry way for friends and guests? I turned to Houzz for a variety of examples to add style and warmth to your foyer or mud room. Farmhouse Entry by Acton Home Builders KISTLER & KNAPP BUILDERS This bright and elegant entry way makes a memorable first impression. Rather than load the walls with photos and … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Stencil Projects

DIY Stenciled Christmas Sled

Whew! I think all my Christmas decor has now found a place in my home for the holidays and I can start to focus on some fun stuff like these DIY Christmas stencil projects. My friend Jennifer Rizzo designed a collection of beautiful Christmas stencils and I had the honor of trying them out complements of Royal Design Studio. I'm sharing 2 stencil projects that were really easy to do. The first stencil project is this festive little Christmas … [Read more...]