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Updated: 2018-04-24T04:58:07.036-04:00


2018 Spring Tour, Part One ...


Happy first day of Spring, friends! I'm sharing the first part of my Spring home tour today ... so welcome, I'm glad you stopped by!Here in our foyer, we recently added board and batten to an otherwise long, plain wall.  We love the character it adds and has been a fun "backdrop" of sorts to dress up!  So, out came floral pillows and Spring branches.(**NOTE: If you're viewing this on your phone vs. computer, my apologies that the pictures may seem a little grainy.  If you tap on the pictures, they'll enlarge and be much crisper.**)I also added my favorite magnolia wreath (Magnolia Market).On the back wall of our foyer, which I recently painted Sherwin Williams' Iron Ore, more Spring branches and bunnies greet you.To the left of our foyer, in our sitting room, more SW Iron Ore made its way to the back wall.  I love the contrast between it and our white fireplace, shelves and cabinets.  A little drama can be fun, right?  Last week, I scooped up this pretty magnolia print from Kirkland's.  It has the same charcoal gray as the accent wall, annnnnd it ties in with the magnolia wreath across from it in the foyer.  How could I pass it up?I also added a new rug (Target).  While I wish it was a lot larger ... for now, I really like how it anchors the room.It's not Spring without a few faux tulips, now is it?Let's stroll on over to the dining room (where maybe one of these days I'll finish the picture frame molding behind the sideboard ... oops.).  Do you enjoy your Easter meal in your dining room?  Admittedly, we don't (we'll be at the kitchen table, instead), but I still like to dress this one up a bit.  I knew when I found this cute gray/white bunny runner (Home Goods) the other week that it would be a pretty base for our Spring table ...and that these simple napkin rings (Hobby Lobby) would be a fun way for me to bring a little unexpected greenery to our place settings.The accent piece below our plates used to be in our foyer (where our pew is now).  While I'm not sure it will stay in here ... for now, I like how the gray granite top ties in with the gray/white in the runner and rug.This year, I decided to use our pastel egg wreath as the table's centerpiece, so that it dresses up a simple soup tureen and adds a little *pastel-y* pop of color.  It's fun to repurpose, isn't it?Well, friends ... I've kept you long enough.  Thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you'll join me next week as I share more of our Spring home!Have a great day!Becca[...]

A Little Christmas Tour ...


Merry Christmas friends!Can you believe that Christmas is less than a week away?!  I can't ... not ready!Before the holiday comes and goes, I wanted to share a few pictures of our humble abode, dressed for the season!I'll keep my words to a minimum so you can pretend Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole is serenading you as you tour.Foyer ... Sitting Room ...Dining Room ...Kitchen ...Sunroom ...Great Room ...Basement ...Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!Merry Christmas and Happy New Year friends!Becca[...]

Autumn's in the Air Blog Hop


Happy Friday!If this is your first time here, "welcome!"  I'm Becca ... an avid, if not obsessed, decorator who lives here in Virginia with my husband and son in a house we've called "home" for the last three years.  Admittedly, this is my favorite time of year to decorate ... so I'm truly excited to be joining several amazing women for an "Autumn's in the Air" home tour, hosted by my kind and talented friend, Sheila, from Maison de Cinq.  If you're coming over from Annie's (Zevy Joy) absolutely gorgeous home, thanks for stopping by! When you first walk into our foyer, you might notice that I have a slight love for symmetry ... like here on our accent table.  It doesn't matter the season, this gal needs balance.You might also notice our Fall colors are more on the muted side ... a complete opposite of how I've decorated this space in the past.  While I love the bolder tones of Fall, change can be good, right?Over on our foyer's back wall, I filled an oversized wicker tray (Home Goods) with lots of pumpkins and leaves, and then flanked it with vases filled with faux wheat.  As much as I love real wheat, it is not fun to clean up, soooo, faux it is!  The paper leaf garland was made on a rainy day, from the pages of a book I had on hand.These cute fabric chevron pumpkins didn't "make the cut" for filling the basket, but only because I thought they deserved to stand out on their own. To the left of this table, you'll see our little church bench that has made the rounds in our house, most recently landing right here in this little niche ... I'm starting to think it was meant for this spot.  I wasted no time in covering it with lots of simple Fall goodies.  I then paired this gorgeous mirror (Kirkland's) with a beautiful magnolia wreath (Magnolia Market).  It's all about layers this time of year!Right off of our foyer is the sitting room where I continued the softer shades of the season ...I forgot I had these dark yellow pillows in my stash ... I just *had* to add them to our chairs (IKEA) to bring a bit of Fall life to them!On this side, our love seat (IKEA) serves as a neutral backdrop to a soft Fall throw (TJ Maxx).  Chargers (also from IKEA) and simple white plates fill the space above until I find something else ... for now, a super inexpensive way to add "art" and cool texture to your wall.I keep saying that I'm going to enjoy a lazy Fall afternoon in here, by the roaring "faux" fire ... maybe this weekend!When it was time to mix in a metal, I was going to add gold, but I couldn't turn my back on this cute owl when going through our Fall bins ... so mercury won!That then led to adding mercury pumpkins (Pottery Barn) ... annnd a silver tray (GoodWill) to tie it all together.  As a finishing touch, I always love adding Fall branches.  Real or faux, they look great in every home and immediately welcome the season!Let's peek into our dining room, which I've admitted numerous times before is the most neglected room in our home. You would "think" that this Fall tablescape is getting ready to be messed up by a delicious family meal.  Alas, no.I keep saying ONE of these years, we are going to "give thanks" in here!Maybe even actually fill this soup tureen with a warm soup or chili on a crisp Fall night ...and then enjoy it in our cute Fall bowls (Home Goods).  Maybe ... just maybe ... we'll have to pull up this wicker chair (IKEA) to the head of the table and enjoy a small feast!Yes, it's time these turkey plates were filled with meat and potatoes and then introduced to the dishwasher! Sounds good, right?Well, friends, that ends my little tour ... I truly appreciate your taking the time to visit.  I hope you'll stop back by in the coming weeks to see more of our Fall home, including our great room.The next stop on our Fall tour is at Styled with Lace!  I can't wait to see Kim's and Lacey's (a fabulous mother daughter team) gorgeous[...]

I've Been Spreading A Bit of Fall Around ...


Hi friends,Can you believe we're already halfway through September?!  My favorite month of the year!  Leaves, pumpkins, football and layers!  I love this time of year because ...roosters are making their return appearance ...our barn print is back(!) ...and our Fall family tree is decorated and full of lights, making our kitchen feel a little cozier!I also love the time of year because it's fun to "gather" with friends and celebrate the season.Annnnd, it's when I get to dress up our dining room table with candles, pumpkins, garland and shed antlers.  I look forward to sharing more of our Fall home in the days ahead!Thanks for stopping by!Becca[...]

Our Summer Home Tour, Part 2 ...


Happy Friday (and July), friends!Thanks so much for joining me last week for the first part our Summer tour.  If you missed it, but would like to take a peek, just click HERE.*This* week, I'm back to share a bit more of our Summer home.  So, come on into our kitchen, where (if you're coming from the dining room side) this cute chalkboard from Hobby Lobby greets you with a list of things that I don't really need.  I kept things pretty simple in here for the season, only adding a few little splashes of color ...whether it be faux greens, lemons or a hint of blue. I know many of you love dark cabinets and lots of color (I love that look, too), but, for me, especially in the Summer, I really like the simplicity and crispness of lots of white ... maybe too much, but that's okay ... right??Speaking of white, here on our island, I was recently tempted to paint the butcher block countertop white (I know, I know) ... ONLY because the yellow undertones it had was *fighting* with our floor.  In the end, I decided to whitewash it ... quick and easy project that satisfied my need to pick up a paint brush.We then took leftover MDF and had it cut to create a large tray on top (adding small bun feet to the bottom from Lowe's).  I'm on the hunt for cuter (thinner) feet, but these will do for now.  ;)Also, for the Summer months, I decided to paint the kitchen doors Behr's Whipped Mint.  It's such a fun, fresh color ... admittedly, they'll probably stay that way after we say farewell to the season.Here in our sunroom, blue and white pillows help continue the Summer look.  Recently, I painted our clock white to soften it just a bit.  I'm pretty sure there's nothing left in our house to paint!  Ha!I've wanted to add a bar cart in here for awhile, but couldn't find what I wanted at a decent price, soooo, when I spotted this cute tray table (Kirkland's) ... on sale ... I just couldn't pass it up!Over on this side, I added this cute metal "gather" sign above the door ... it had a galvanized look when I bought (Hobby Lobby), but it just got a bit lost on the wall ... soooo, I painted it black.Moving on into our great room, more shades of blue welcome you. The secretary (which was once in our sitting room) now takes up space in the back corner ... let's see how many more pieces I can cram in here!After adding the secretary to the corner, that then led to me pushing our sofa in towards the middle of the room.  Not only did it help create a cozier conversation area, it also allows this cute table (Home Goods) to not be hidden by the sofa.Our mantel got a little bit of a Summer "refresh," too, with the help of blue and white pieces I had on hand, along with this pretty fern print (Kirkland's).Lastly, these simple denim and grey/white checked pillows help complete our Summer look.  As a side note, let me just say that I love the pillow covers from IKEA ... they're inexpensive and they have such a great selection!  PLUS, they take up way less room than actual pillows.  I've told myself that I'm not allowed to purchase any more pillows (only covers)!  Wish me luck. Well, friends, if you're still with me, thank you so much for taking the time to visit our home, dressed up for Summer ... I truly appreciate it!   Have a great day![...]

Our 2017 Summer Home Tour, Part 1 ...


Hey, friends!My gosh, it's been *way* too long since I've posted.  It's time I breathed life back into my blog ... so, I'd love to share our Summer home with you.Come on in to our foyer, where I tried to give it a soft, neutral look for the season!A few little changes have taken ... like here on our back striped wall, where our church pew once sat.  I moved that on over to another wall and brought back this accent chest.  I still love having the shelves above, and knew that this "family" sign (Kirkland's) would be a nice focal point.  Have you been there lately?  If not, you really should swing by ... I must say that they've upped their game lately with cute farmhouse and coastal decor.Over on our buffet, a simple styling change, and added DIY book wreath layered over the mirror, take in the Summer afternoon sun.  I also added these "once black" frames that I had on hand above our French chairs (painting them a mixture of white and tan to give them a soft, coastal look).Across from the buffet is our sitting room that, no surprise, has seen a bit of rearranging, too.  The four seat configuration is taking a break ... buuuut I'm sure it will return. *wink*For now, a bit of coastal decor was an easy choice for me to add in here, as much as I love the beach.  A simple bowl full of shells and picture of shore birds help make me feel as though the ocean is just steps away ... ah, wishful thinking!This ocean print (Home Goods) has been hiding away in our master bath, and, while I like it there, it seemed only fitting that I bring it down to this room to be enjoyed more during the warmer months. Annnd, over on this side, where our antique secretary once was, our love seat (that used to be in our sunroom) is now taking up residence ... chargers from IKEA and inexpensive white plates (both of which I had on hand) then became "art" above ... gotta love "free" decorating! Back in our foyer, on our way to the dining room, we'll stroll on by where I recently moved our church bench.  I hope to add two metal baskets filled with greenery in place of the candle sconces soon.  I think a visit to Hobby Lobby is in my future.Here in our dining room, I mixed in a bit of blue with our predominantly white pieces to add a nice, crisp *Summer-y* feel ...of course, a few scattered shells were a must to add to this cute tray filled with glass vases (Kirkland's for the win again).Our mirrored piece was visited recently by my paint brush (trading the gold edging for white) ... pretty sure I've just about run out of pieces to paint!  Lastly, these cute blue and white striped pillows are from Target ... their "dollar spot" section.  The size is perfect to layer in front of larger pillows, and I love how they tie in with the blue and white china we have scattered around the room!Well, friends, I'm off to clean the other spaces I want to share next time as my Summer tour continues.  I hope you'll join me.Thanks so much for visiting ... truly appreciate it!Have a great day,[...]

I've Been Playing ...


Happy Friday, friends!Did you get snow this week?  I have to say I'm a bit disappointed in the amount of snow we have NOT gotten this year!  We usually have at least one big snowfall, but, alas, Mother Nature seems to have had other plans for us this year.  So, knowing that ... bring on Spring!I wanted to share what I've been messing around with over the last week ...Remember the new (to us) pew I wrote about (HERE), well, I was thrilled to have spotted this awesome tobacco basket at Hobby Lobby!  I knew exactly where it would go as soon as I brought it home!With the black accents I added to the newly added shelves above the pew, I wanted to bring in a bit more of that shade somewhere else in our foyer, so, I brought out these frames I totally forgot I had and mounted them above our French chairs:I also added a little heart garland to the buffet ... I can't believe how little I did for Valentine's Day this year!  Aside from that seasonal garland, and a little bit more I did here in our sitting room (and great room), I get a big ol' "F!" In our kitchen, I finally painted a little bench I scooped up awhile ago and tossed a few pillows onto it:In our sunroom, I replaced our coffee table with these lower footstools ... brought our clock back in ... and added a bit of gray:Back in our great room, I was so happy to have finally found an old door to plop in this lonely corner!  I then layered a pretty church print (Kirkland's) over it and styled a little vignette on this accent piece that used to be in our sitting room:Lastly, on a cold and rainy day, I made this book page wreath, along with a book page heart garland.  I was feeling crafty!Of course, since I snapped these pics, things have changed ... yet again!  ha!I hope you'll stop back by soon to see "those" changes!Thanks so much for visiting![...]

A New Addition To Our Foyer ...


Happy Monday!Today I'm sharing a new addition to our foyer!  But, first, I thought I'd step back in time a bit to see where we started 2 1/2 years ago.Here we are (photo courtesy of Hour Homes) ... right before we moved in ... a nice, blank slate.  While I loved the soaring ceiling and expansive wall space, I didn't want your eye to get lost traveling up those empty, expansive walls.  So, my goal was to draw your eye down and to the back wall ...However, first, we widened the wall to our sitting room and added columns.  Then, I got busy placing pieces from our last home so it looked like this:I loved having this secretary back there, but, after awhile, I decided it was just a bit too narrow for the space ... so, eventually, it found its way into our sitting room.In its place, I slid over the wider accent chest from a neighboring wall.  I liked it, but it still wasn't the focal wall I envisioned.That's when I knew it needed something fun ... and adding stripes might do just that (I hoped)!  It was quite the project for someone who can't draw, much less measure or paint, a straight line ... but we love them!  The stripes really helped to accomplish my goal of your eye going to the back wall instead of getting *lost* on our two story walls.Buuuuut, after time, something bothered me a bit ... there were three tables (one is around the corner to the left) in our foyer ... it needed something different!  THAT's when I knew a church bench was just what this space wanted!  So, after months of looking on Craigslist, the perfect one finally appeared last weekend and off my hubby went on an almost four hour drive (round trip) to get it for me ... love him!Here it is!I love it and couldn't wait to smother it with pillows!After staring at it for a bit, I knew that it needed a couple of simple shelves above to balance it a bit.  A quick trip to IKEA and Lowe's took care of that:I filled the shelves with things that I already had on hand ...I can't wait to add seasonal goodies and colors throughout the year to our new (hopefully, welcoming) spot!Just a little last step back in time to the before, before, before, before ...And our AFTER!Our homes are always evolving, aren't they?  Hmmmm, what's next?Thanks for visiting,[...]

A Bit of a Winter Look ...


Happy Friday, friends!Welp, it's been a month since I last blogged ... eek!  Every year, I promise myself I'm going to do better ... and, every year, I don't!  LOLAnyway, before I start to transition our home to welcome Spring, I wanted to share a few snaps from our Winter decor.In our great room, the mantel it ready to welcome snow! I gave our vintage wooden sled a little makeover by treating it to a nice coat of white paint so that it would "tie in" better! (The things we do in the name of decorating, right?)  Hopefully, we'll be treated to lots of snowflakes soon!I don't know about you, but I LOVE pillows ... lots and LOTS of pillows, especially in the Winter when we're trying to make our homes nice and cozy!  Who cares if there isn't any room to sit down, right?!  ;)In this house, we have no problem just tossing them off of the furniture to make room for lots of lounging!  Speaking of that, this is a favorite place of mine in this room ... by the fire, with a cup o' something warm and curled up with a good decorating book!In our sunroom, I went for a true Winter white look!  I know that many folks aren't into this color palette (or lack thereof) since it can be considered a bit stark, but since this room gets so much sunlight, the more white, the better!  Our paper stars from IKEA are still in the window ... wish I could just keep them up all year!In our neighboring kitchen, I kept these *Wintery,* glittery branches out for a bit and paired them with a simple apothecary jar, filled with wine corks from bottles I never enjoyed!  (Admittedly, I'm more of a beer gal, but I just don't think that beer bottle tops would look "quite" as pretty!)Over in our foyer, faux shed antlers came on over to hang out with more *Wintery* branches.  They'll soon be replaced with welcoming pineapples.  With snow not in the forecast, I'm ready for Spring!And, lastly, in our dining room, I've kept it a bit neutral ... added more slipcovered chairs from IKEA, along with their wicker chairs, which I placed below our shelves.  Not exactly a Winter look, buuuut ....I hope your homes are Winter cozy, depending where your live.  Although, I'm jealous of those of you who live in warmer climates right about now!Thanks for stopping by![...]

Our 2016 Christmas Tour, Part Two ...


Happy Tuesday!  Can you believe we're now only FIVE days away from Christmas?!  Yep, my holiday stress is in full swing as I have yet to finish wrapping, much less shopping!  Help!Before I get "too" crazy, I wanted to share part two of our Christmas tour (if you missed part one (full of traditional holiday colors), and would like to see it, feel free to click HERE)!   Come on into our dining room ... our "Winter Wonderland."  I decorated this room with lots of silver, white, gold and soft blue accents. And, rather than fill this post with lots of words, I'm loading you up with lots of pictures, instead.Here in our great room, I kept the wintery theme going a bit with more white, gray and silver, but also added a few "natural" pieces, along with little peeks of red.Oh, how I love the lights as the sun goes down.If you turn around, you'll see our kitchen, where classic holiday red has returned. Anyone care for a fake cookie or two?  They're easy on the hips, I promise!For a little change, I recently turned our kitchen table to line up with our island ... I think I just might keep it this way for awhile.Who's ready for a cup of hot cocoa? Finally, up here in our bedroom, I think I'd like to just crawl back into bed, when I "should" be getting ready for Sunday!  Is that okay?Well, friends, thank you so much for visiting our holiday home ... I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas![...]

Our 2016 Christmas Tour, Part One ...


Welcome to our holiday home here in Virginia ... come on in!When you step into our foyer, our tree is waiting to greet you.  This year, I decorated it in shades of red, white and green, with a bit of whimsy!Beside it on our buffet, I brought back our "BELIEVE" blocks that have made the rounds over the years from mantels ... to windows ... to shelves ... to right here!  A pair of lanterns from Kirkland's got fancied up a bit with greenery, ribbon and fairy lights ... hope they approve of their holiday attire!If you look past our tree, you'll see our *friend* bundled up in a festive red scarf.He joins us singing "We Say Merry Christmas!"To the left of our foyer is the sitting room ...   where I continued the same red, white and green color scheme.  While I toned down a lot of the holiday red in the other rooms, my hubby almost insisted we keep lots of the festive color in here.  Of course, I was happy to oblige.This year, instead of having a full-sized tree, we opted for this cute 4 ft. tree (Wal-Mart).  While I miss having a larger tree in here, I won't miss taking it down after the holidays!Here on our mantel, Santa is keeping watch over everything, and everyone, especially our 10 year old! ;)Speaking of the jolly man himself ... he just pulled up in his cute, little red truck to step outside onto the fresh *snow* and check his list ... again!I recently removed the glass panes from our antique secretary and then filled it with little metal houses and cute nutcrackers, who now have an easy escape!  Annnnd, just in case we do have a "white christmas," I'm ready to toss the greenery and skates off of our vintage sled and go for a cruise in the snow!Let's take a stroll to our sunroom, but please shut your eyes as we pass through the dining room, great room and kitchen (I'll share those next time)!  ;)Here in our back hallway, you'll pass by this cute accent table I recently found at Kirkland's.  I moved this pretty mirror (also from Kirkland's) from the great room mantel right here, and think I really like them together.  I'll probably make their pairing *official* and hang the mirror here after the holidays.Our sweet caroling family will serenade you with "Silent Night" as you walk by.Here in our sunroom, this is the first Christmas with the "somewhat" newly shiplapped walls ... I can't say it enough how much we love them!  They're the perfect backdrop for a bit o' holiday cheer (or "peace")!While I had first brought in grey holiday accents, I ended up replacing them with red instead ... there's just something about crisp red and white this time of year!Admittedly, I'm going to hate taking down these fun stars from IKEA ... sooooo, maybe I'll just keep them up a bit longer after Christmas!  I love how they softly illuminate the window at night ... they help make this little room pretty cozy! The sunroom really earns its name in the morning when the morning light streams in and "highlights" our holiday pieces.Well, I won't keep you any longer, but truly hope you'll stop back by to see more of our holiday home!Thanks so much for visiting![...]

2016 Christmas Snippets ...


Happy December, friends!!I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends and are now knee deep into your Christmas decor!I'm all finished (yay!) and just wanted to share a few snippets of our how our home looks right now ....Traditional holiday colors greet you when you walk into our foyer and look to the left towards our sitting room ... this cute, little red truck drove all night to park itself right here on our "snow" covered ottoman!Once you pass by the sitting room and walk towards the left, you're greeted by our "Winter wonderland" dining room ...Passing through the dining room, you're then greeted by our kitchen, where, of course, I had to add a bit of holiday red and whimsy!On the other side (but sharing the same open space as our kitchen) is our great room, where white, silver and "burlap-y" colors are dominating as this year's color choice in here!And, while I love the winter-y colors, I had to add more red in our newly shiplapped sunroom ... just love the red/white contrast in here!Our bedroom got into the spirit, too ... must be because of the new shelf I just added (and hope doesn't come crashing down)!I hope you'll stop back by in the coming days as I share more of our holiday home!Thanks for visiting![...]

Our 2016 Fall Dining Room


Happy Tuesday!Well, here we are ... two days away from Thanksgiving.  How can that be(?) ...  weren't we just celebrating the 4th of July?!Before the holiday comes and goes, I wanted to share our Fall dining room with you, where, this year, muted tones won out over more vibrant Autumn colors.Mr. Roo came out of hibernation to take center stage on our Fall table.  I hope he approves that I recently painted the top of the table White Dove ... it was time.  I had been fighting the urge for too long and finally grabbed my paint brush and just did it!He kept watch over our Fall table, including our "give thanks" bowls, which held faux pumpkins for a bit of seasonal whimsy.He took his job seriously, even keeping an eye on the corner cabinet, which also got a coat of White Dove. Over on our sideboard ... an old window, pumpkins and cotton helped to make it feel like Autumn is in the air!And since I wanted to add a bit more brass this year, I was happy to scoop up a pair of candlesticks from a local thrift store!Over on our mirrored accent chest, I kept it pretty simple and added texture by tossing a few wine corks into a wine glass.Now, while Mr. Roo might think he's the star of the show, I'd have to disagree by saying that our Fall tree is!I love decorating this tree every year (and, yes, it's an excuse to have a lighted tree added in August)!I embellish it with cute owls, pinecones and other seasonal ornaments ... but, most of all, I love decorating it with pictures of family.Admittedly, since we're not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I can tell you that our room looks nothing like this today!  Yes, it has already been transformed into a "Winter wonderland," which I look forward to sharing with you soon!Well, friends ... I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving, blessed with family and friends!Thanks for visiting,[...]

Jord Wood Watch and Giveaway


Happy Monday, friends!Recently, I was contacted by the kind folks at JORD to ask if I'd be interested in receiving one of their fabulous handcrafted wood watches to feature.  Well, of course I would ... it's always the perfect *time* (pun intended, ha) to enjoy a new timepiece, isn't it?!  When their watch arrived, I was impressed as soon as I opened the package to be greeted by this fabulous wood box!  A sign of things to come ...When you open the box, the presentation factor continues ... inside was the piece I chose (JORD's fabulous Frankie Dark Sandalwood and Slate watch, with copper accents).  I was so pleased ... especially since it looks exactly like it does on their website.I was also pleased with how featherlight JORD's watch is, especially compared to very heavy watches I've worn in the past ... truly a unique watch!JORD's attention to detail doesn't stop there ... their watches are powered by Swiss movement and an "uncomplicated straight line strap."  Their watches aren't just for women, either ... they have a handsome line of cool men's watches, too, which can be seen HERE!  And, thanks to their online wrist measuring guide, they sized my watch before sending it to me so that it was ready to slip on and be enjoyed as soon as it arrived!Look at the hand craftsmanship ... I still find it hard to believe it's natural wood!As a gal who normally wears "blingy" watches, I love how classic, streamlined, versatile and uncomplicated my JORD watch is!  I can dress it up ...or wear it by itself to take center stage!  Either way, this watch does not disappoint!With the holidays fast approaching, a JORD watch would make the perfect gift for a family member ... or yourself!  If you'd like to shop my Frankie watch (which comes in several other amazing options), please click HERE.I have a fun surprise, too ... JORD has generously launched a contest for my kind readers!  One lucky person will win a $75 e-gift code to use on JORD's website!  And, just for entering, everyone (except for the $75 e-gift code winner) will win a $20 e-gift code!  Please click HERE to enter ... you'll be glad you did!**The contest will close on November 27, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.  Both the $75 and $20 coupon codes must be enjoyed by February 28, 2017.**This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but all opinions expressed are my own.Thanks for stopping by and good luck!Wooden Wristwatch[...]

Our Fall Sitting Room ...


Happy Tuesday, friends!I'm continuing our Fall tour today and sharing our little sitting room, which is the first room you see when you walk through the door.  Come on in, toss the pillows off the chairs and grab a seat!I stuck with the neutral Fall tones in here this year (like I did in our great room), and, admittedly, I like how calm, yet seasonal, I hope it feels in here.Large ceramic acorns (from Hobby Lobby) join faux leaves and shed antlers, all tucked into a little "dough-ish" bowl:On our mantel, I took down the blue mirror from our Summer coastal look, and replaced it with this fabulous barn print from Kirkland's ... I knew I had to have it when it was on sale for 40% off! The barn art helped to set the tone for the muted colors I'd surround it with ....My apologies to the faux Fall branches that I took apart to nestle in between our white faux pumpkins.To lend to the mandatory Fall "cozy" feel, I brought back these handsome throws from IKEA to try and suck you into to sit here for awhile ... This cute pumpkin from Michael's helps bring a bit of the green tones from the mantel to this side of the room ... they have the best selection this year (it helps that all of their Fall goodies 40% off, too)!Just for fun, here's what our sitting room looked like this time last year! I think our son has *almost* forgiven me for not bringing back the Halloween mice and bats this year in here ... *almost* !! Thanks so much for stopping ... I still have more Fall to share, so I hope you'll join me in the coming days![...]

Our Fall Sunroom ...


Greetings, friends!Here we are ... already October 6th!  We'll be putting up Christmas trees before we know it ... but before that happens, I'm sharing a bit more of our Fall home.Come on in to our little sunroom, right off of the kitchen.  I know I've said it before, but this is the room where I find myself tossing pillows from the love seat ... grabbing a magazine ... and relaxing, well, if not snoozin'.Just for fun, let's look at where this room started the Fall we moved in two years ago ... we had painted the walls Manchester Tan and there was lots of seasonal color!Then, the next year, the walls *magically* turned Ben Moore's Palladian Blue ... and furniture, curtains and the rug were traded for other pieces we had in other spots in our home.  I loved this wall color and will be adding it somewhere else in our house!Then, not too long ago, the walls got a new "planked" look that were then painted White Dove, which we absolutely love and wish we'd done sooner!  At least there is one Fall "constant," and that is the pretty autumnal prints I found at Home Goods a couple of years ago.  See, I "do" keep some items!  When I put this room back together after planking the walls and removing the bamboo shades, the window just needed "something" ... that's when our oversized clock from Kirkland's came up from the basement to become a focal point.  I like how it "balances" the Fall prints, too!While there are a few little pieces of rust and orange, I tried to keep the soft muted seasonal tones going in here, too.A little bit of animal print made its way in here, too ... It's hard to believe that in just a few weeks, these prints will come down and up will go something welcoming the "most wonderful time of the year!"  I hope you'll come back then to visit!Thanks for stopping by,[...]

Autumn's In The Air Fall Tour Blog Hop


Greetings, friends!  I'm excited to be joining several incredibly talented ladies as they share parts of their beautiful homes dressed up for Fall!  A big welcome if you're coming over from Jennifer's gorgeous home at Grace House Interiors! Here in Northern Virginia, I'm a bit addicted to decorating our humble abode, especially this time of the year!  Admittedly, it felt strange adding corn stalks, leafy garland and pumpkins here to our front porch a couple of weeks ago when it was still in the upper-90's ... this milder weather is much better!There's so much about this season that I really enjoy ... sweater weather ... comfort food ... football gatherings with friends ... and jeans!Mother Nature's color palette is gorgeous this time of year, too, and I love bringing the outdoor colors INside, even if it's with *faux* Fall branches (tossed in with a bit of my addiction to symmetry) here in our foyer.Have you visited Target's *Dollar Spot* section yet?  They have the best budget-friendly Fall decor (like these cute squirrels) that I couldn't pass up!There's also something about this time of the year that makes me want to "nest!"  Drawers, cabinets and closets become victims to my madness, with a yard sale and trips to Good Will rounding out the purging fun!  Can you relate?As much as vibrant Fall colors take over this season, I decided to try my hand at a more subdued Autumn palette in a few rooms, like here in our great room.And, while it might not "scream" Fall, I'm hoping that the lanterns, throws, pillows, pumpkins and wheat help make it look and feel seasonally cozy!Over on our mantel, a pretty mirror from Kirkland's takes center stage ...well, with a little help from this gorgeous wreath that I'm sure many of you recognize (and have) from Magnolia Market! Annnd, a rainy day inside led to me finishing our Fall mantel by making these simple book leaf and circle garlands ... thank you Pinterest!Our bookcases got a little dressed for the season, too ... again, with more natural tones, like these cute acorns ...and inexpensive orbs with lots of cool textures.Sharing the same space is our kitchen, where a few nods to Autumn have arrived, too!**A bit of useless information for first time visitors ... I still can't believe that it looked like this the day we moved in a little over two years ago ... yup, my desire for white cabinets, open shelving and inexpensive "blingy" chandies took over even before we finished unpacking!**  Now, with a bright white kitchen, seasonal decor seems to really stand out ... well, maybe not these white pumpkins, but they "did" when they were their original shade of orange.Last week, we gave our island its second phase of a face lift by adding a butcher block countertop (from IKEA) to it ... I like the farmhouse feel it adds, especially this time of year ... with a bit of Fall cotton in the mix!  These cute chairs (also from IKEA) are now draped with faux fur throw rugs to give them a bit of seasonal texture AND to hopefully make you want to sit at the table just a bit longer!Who else loves to "EAT" this time of year?!  I can just smell the chili now ... yum!Well, friends, that ends my little Fall tour.  I hope you'll stop back by in the coming days as I share more of our seasonal home.And, please be sure to hop on over to Courtney's gorgeous abode (The Hamby Home), along with these other amazing bloggers' houses on the tour ... you won't want to miss their beautiful and inspiring Fall homes:Maison de CinqBuckets of BurlapJunque CottageLittle Vintage NestShe Leaves a Little[...]

Snippets of Fall ...


Greetings, friends !!Now that September is here, I wanted to share snippets of our home where I've added a bit of Fall!  Have you torn into your Fall bins yet?Here in our great room, this year, I decided to go with more more muted Fall tones ... I kinda like how "calm" it seems while welcoming the new season!When I think of Fall, one of the words that comes to mind is "cozy."  And, for me, along with pillows and comfy throws, soft lighting is a must for the new season ... so when I spotted these pretty lanterns on sale at Kirkland's, I knew that I had to have them!  Here in our kitchen, I added a few stems of cotton ... another item that, to me, says "Fall!"Simple, neutral colors continue in here ... thanks to my paint brush turning orange pumpkins white!Maybe, just MAYbe, we'll "give thanks" here in our dining room on Thanksgiving!Since our great room mantel and room has more muted tones, my sweet husband wanted me to add more traditional vibrant Fall colors here in our sitting room ... anything for him!  Here in our sunroom, a cute plate from Target takes center stage ... love their Dollar Spot!Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins ... love this time of year!I hope you'll join me as I share more of our Fall home in the coming weeks!Thanks for stopping by,[...]

A New Look in Our Sunroom ...


Happy Monday!Have you ever dreamed of a DIY project over and over again, hoping that one day you'd have the confidence to take that task on, even if it meant venturing into unchartered territory?  That was me for quite some time ... until last week, when my husband helped me take on that project in our little sunroom!*This* is what happens when you play with a compound sliding miter saw, nail gun, a handful of nickels and lots of plywood ... all while saying several DIY prayers ... TA DAAAAA ... we now have planked walls!  Yay!Honestly, it wasn't as intimidating as I thought it would be and, while it's far from perfect, we couldn't be more thrilled with our new *farmhouse-y* spot!Where "seasoned" DIY-ers could've completed this in a day, it took us a bit longer than that.  It was smooth sailing on my own until it got tricky around the windows ... that's when my hubby stepped in ... he's my hero for making these daunting cuts! I was so excited as each board went up that I couldn't even wait for them to all be installed before starting to paint! The room is now Ben Moore's White Dove ... a color chosen to tie in with our neighboring kitchen cabinets that I also painted White Dove some time ago.When it came time to put the room back together (my favorite part!), I traded out the two Ektorp chairs that were in here for the Ektorp love seat that was in our front sitting room.  I then brought in two smaller slipcovered chairs to complete our little seating arrangement.  Lastly, I decided to take down our bamboo roman shades ... the added light helps to highlight our planked walls even more!Simple ... clean ... and a whooooole lot of white ... for now, anyway.I didn't even want to put added nail holes in the planked walls, but I couldn't leave them bare ... so back up went our French prints.And, to bring in more texture and help with the farmhouse feel, I brought home this cute, wicker trunk from IKEA to serve as the coffee table.  It was then that we "high-fived" and raised a glass here in our *new* room to celebrate our accomplishment!So, friends, if you've ever thought about doing this project, or one similar, but have been afraid to, don't be ... if "I" can get comfy with a big scary saw and loud pneumatic nail gun, so can you!  You'll be just as thrilled with the results as we are!I can't wait to add soft Fall colors in here and a big "something" to hang in front of the window in the coming weeks!  What can I say (?), I love our new walls, especially because we tackled this project ourselves ... onto the next project!  Thanks so much for stopping by!I'm partying with:Thrifty Decor Chick/October Before and After Projects[...]

Come on Down to the Basement ...


Greetings, friends!Can you believe it's already August?  Summer is going by way too fast!Speaking of going by "way too fast," I can't believe we've already been in our house two years!  We still have a lot of projects on our "to do" list, especially in our basement, which I haven't shared before.  So, come on down .... When you get to the base of the stairs, you can either turn left through a door into a nice sized storage room (which is too messy to share right now!) OR you can turn right into our rec room, which is where you can usually find my hubby on the weekends, watching sports (when it's too hot to be in his garage "man cave") or kids having pillow fights.While we plan on having a comfy sectional down here, for now, we have an Ektorp chair to plop down into, along with the sofa and love seat that were in the great room in our last home.To fill up this wall, we brought down the bookcase that used to be upstairs in our sitting room (before we added the faux fireplace up there).  I then lined the back of it with a navy blue/white fabric from IKEA to make it a bit more "handsome" (since this is where the fellas usually spend time).As much as kids (and flying footballs) are down here, I'm surprised (and thankful!) that these glass shelves and breakables are still in tact!  Across from the sofa and love seat is a console table from IKEA, which only had about 20 million pieces to put together!  Their selection and reasonable prices make the assembly requirements worth it (thank goodness)!The lamps, gray/white rug and coastal prints are from there, as well ... can you tell I LOVE that place?!This whimsical nautical print above the sofa was in our son's playroom in our last house ... it gives a nice bit of color to the wall, which is painted Ben Moore's White Dove.  The pillow covers (except for the "HOME" pillow) are all from IKEA, too!Thankfully, the oversized clock "just" fit in between the two doors ... visually, I wanted a large piece on that wall to balance with the big bookcase across the room from it. Behind the door to the left of the clock is a full bath where I continued the nautical theme.  One day I'd like to replace the lighting and frame the mirror ....Behind the door to the right of the clock is our kiddo's playroom, which we hope to have finished soon.  For now, he doesn't seem to mind the *lovely* white insulated walls and exposed ceiling ... that's probably because he's too focused on the toys or billions of Legos that are normally all over the floor or the video games that take over his TV!  Painting his console and replacing the wing chair with a pair of more suitable, matching comfy kiddo chairs is on my list, too!Once sheetrock is added, I'd love to add a Murphy bed in here (in between the bookcases) OR we might add more (lower) bookcases OR a bench in between the two taller bookcases ... decisions, decisions!Jax loves having this space all to himself (and his buddies), especially since he can make a huge mess ... and have a place to create and then "showcase" it all.In this corner, clear plastic bins house toys and lots of Legos ... board games and costumes live over here, too.  *One* day, this corner will be a closet, hiding it all away!Thanks for coming on down ... maybe one day I'll show you my messy accessories room behind the door to the left of the faux bamboo tree, along with the other storage room where our Fall and Christmas decorations are waiting to come out and play!Thanks f[...]

Our Coastal Sitting Room ...


Hi friends!It escapes me how fast this Summer is going by!  I feel like pumpkins will be replacing our seashells before we know it!So before that happens, I wanted to share our little "coastal" sitting room, which is the first room you see when you walk through the front door.I've changed this room around more than I care to admit ... just last week a love seat was parked in front of the windows.  Now, it's been replaced by an accent piece that was in our sunroom, along with two Ektorp chairs that used to be in our sunroom, too.We had this 4 chair configuration in here for awhile, and I really liked it, soooo I shouldn't be surprised it has made a return appearance!I left the vintage secretary in its spot and surrounded it with cute shore bird prints from Home Goods.Our little faux fireplace in its coastal *attire* is making me yearn for the beach!I'm more than ready to stick my toes in the sand ...and take the traditional walks on the beach to gather pretty seashells."One" of these days, I'd love to put a chunky buffet here with a wall gallery above ... for now, our vintage secretary seems to fill the space.  Whenever I look at our ship, I always think of the song "Sailing" by Christopher Cross ... nothing like the calming ocean.Summer, please don't go by too fast! Although, with this crazy heat, is it wrong to admit that I'm "just" about ready for Fall?Thanks so much for stopping by ... have a great week![...]

Our Summer Kitchen


Happy Friday!I can't believe that the 4th of July has come and gone ... Summer is flying by this year!Maybe that's why I only did a tiny bit of Summer decorating here in our kitchen ... like adding this pretty faux lavender bunch from Hobby Lobby ... I thought it'd be a nice bit of color for our otherwise white and neutral space.To keep our shelves on each side of our kitchen pretty *Summery* simple, I recently added inexpensive wire and cloth baskets (Home Goods) to the middle shelves ... easy fillers that require no thought (I like that)!This cute little "pie" sign made its way over here from behind the stove.  If only I were a fabulous baker, whipping up a Summer apple pie!  Oh well ....These glass canisters have been a staple in our kitchen for years ... they're just so easy to fill with whatever suits your cooking, baking or even decor needs!The cute antique silver sentiment salt and pepper shakers have found their way around the kitchen, with them most recently landing here by a glass lamp (Target).And for anyone who is curious, I'm still soooo glad we painted our cabinets white (and took down cabinets and added shelves)!  This time of year, they're bright and *Summery,* and in the colder months they're a great backdrop for seasonal color and goodies!Over in this little corner, IKEA came to the rescue when I found this inexpensive shelving unit there ... a great lil' piece until we find just the right corner cabinet.  The basket on the middle shelf is the rattan twin to these comfy IKEA chairs."Mooooo!"This is the view that greets us each morning when we walk in through the dining room ... bright Summer sun!I was so excited to find this sweet boxwood wreath from a fun (and dangerous) local shop called "Simply Beautiful Spaces."  I nailed the ribbon to the wall and then layered the wreath over the otherwise plain chicken wire/burlap.  I "might" have to go buy another wreath since I love it so much!And, well, it's no secret that I like to play "musical chairs" in here ... right now, the current players are these comfy rattan chairs paired with white simple cross back chairs (both from IKEA). And even though I'm not rushing Summer, it's hard to believe that, pretty soon, pumpkins and leaves will be arriving!  Can you believe it?Have a great weekend,[...]

Our Patriotic Great Room ...


Greetings, friends!Here we are ... just a few days before July 4th!  I wanted to share our simple patriotic great room before the day of celebration comes and goes.  While I know that many aren't fans of white furniture, I absolutely love it (especially this time of year when it's the perfect backdrop for red and blue)!On our mantel, a simple oversized star takes center stage above a cute patriotic garland I found at Target.I dug into our Christmas bins to grab a few small Christmas balls for the topiaries, along with the red tiny beads to fill the vase and add more seasonal color!Over on our sofa, a festive flag pillow dresses it up ... it's all about easy and inexpensive decorating!Our Christmas stash was visited again so that I could bring out our red and white checked pillow covers.How cute is this wooden "flag" that I found at a fabulous local shop "Simply Beautiful Spaces?"Over by the window, it took all of two seconds to tuck in flags I had on hand into this arrangement.  Christmas decor came out to play again with me propping this red star here in the corner.  What's that saying?  Christmas in July?Besides its patriotic nod to all things Americana, there's just something so "Summer-y" about our good ol' red, white and blue, isn't there?  I might have to leave it up a bit longer after the weekend's celebration!Thanks for visiting ... Happy 4th!![...]

Our Dining Room Today ...


Happy Thursday, friends!In a past post, I shared our dining room and mentioned how we never eat dinner in here, and that we needed to change that.  Well, guess what (?!) ... we still have yet to change that!  Poor room.I "did," however, change a few things ... like the paint color.  We had it painted Sherwin Williams' Perfect Greige before we moved in ... but then, recently, I decided to lighten it up and paint it Ben Moore's Manchester Tan like the rest of the rooms on our main floor.Over on our buffet, which used to have more of a cream distressed look, I added a couple of coats of Ben Moore's White Dove.  I then painted the top, too (which had a mahogany stain) White Dove, as well, and then added a dry brush coat of an almond color.  Our "once gold" mirror felt the wrath of my paint brush, too!Admittedly, it's only a matter of time before our dark stained dining table top gets painted, too.  For now, an oversized wicker tray, filled with a few white pieces, is guarding it from my paint brush.Another little project in here included adding picture frame molding below the chair rail ...Maybe one of these days, I'll actually finish that project over on this side of the room. Hopefully, our little plate wall and mirrored buffet distract from my lazy, unfinished job!A few months ago, I scored this cute corner buffet on Craigslist.I love the chicken wire the seller added.  And, well, no surprise that I painted it Ben Moore's White Dove, as well.The only other change I'd love to add in here is a different chandelier ... hmmm, maybe "then" we'll start eating in here!Thanks so much for stopping by,[...]

A New Arrangement for our Great Room ....


You know that saying ... one thing leads to another?  Well in this house (as I'm sure in many of yours), once I move one little thing, that leads to lots more destruction.Latest victim ... our great room.  We've pretty much had the same arrangement since we moved in two years ago.  Soooo, yesterday, I thought I'd give it a new look.  Over here, where the sofa used to be, I moved these two chairs in from our dining room to frame the accent table ... extra seating never hurts!I hope to have chair skirts made from the Berta Rupta fabric that I've just casually tossed on the chairs for now.Blue and white accents seem to be taking over in here, too. \Our IKEA Ektorp chairs, which used to be to the right (in front of the bookshelves) now flank our fireplace.  I tried to create a cozy, little conversation area, setting them across from the sofa. Soon a bit of patriotism will make its way onto the mantel.  For now, it's pretty simple with cute topiaries from IKEA and blue and white candle holders from And That.  I did a little bit of rearranging over on the bookcases, too ...Keeping with the blue and white theme, I brought in our "home" pillow (from Home Goods) for a crisp Summer look, pairing it with simple denim pillows (from IKEA).  Off in the distance is a little wall gallery that needs tweaking, and a floor lamp that needs a nice new coat of paint.It's nice to not see the sofa not blocking the window for a bit!Annnnd, speaking of our sofa ... to give the back of it a little visual interest, I slid this bench on over from our kitchen table.  Decorative books give it a little color and purpose if you want to take a seat and read a bit.  ;)So, there it is ... a new arrangement.  It might last a day, a week or, who knows, maybe the next two years.Thanks so much for stopping by,I'm partying over at Savvy Southern Style/WUW[...]