April 17, 2020

Hello from NJ and Some Spring Decor

Hello friends! I have received many lovely messages asking for more blog posts and you all have convinced me to take the time to put some thoughts together here once again. Thank you for that encouragement and for checking in with me. I had been posting much more regularly on Instagram but have hit pause on that over last couple of weeks mainly because I don't want to minimize this difficult time in any way. So many are struggling in so many ways, whether it be with health, finances or emotional well-being. I have many conflicting emotions and thoughts every single day and posting pictures of our home feels a bit insensitive and frivolous compared to the work that our friends who are health care workers and first responders are doing. Here in Bergen County, NJ, just across the Hudson River from NYC, we are fighting a fire that is still raging with this pandemic. So far, thankfully, our family has remained well. My husband continues to go to work (he's a retired police officer who works in security for the state) and our son volunteers as a firefighter in 2 towns. We are being as careful as possible to limit any other exposure but these are stressful times indeed and it is overwhelming to think about how different out lives will remain for the foreseeable future.

With all that in mind, we are all spending more time in our homes than ever before. I had decorated and photographed our home for Spring before this all began so I have some pictures to share with you. I hope they add even a small amount of brightness to your day. Let's start in the kitchen today and then I will put together a few more posts that include the other spaces in our home.
Farmhouse sink in cottage style kitchen with spring decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
I used a green and white lattice print tablecloth to make a sink skirt. On our windows, I hung curtains made from napkins that I purchased at HomeGoods. I wonder if HomeGoods misses me as much as I miss them? When I took these pictures, I had a big bunch of tulips that I had purchased at Trader Joes on the stool. I miss Trader Joe's too. We have been doing our grocery shopping as infrequently as possible in large orders at one store and it seems like keeping 5 people fed for all their meals day after day has become my full time job. Along with the constant disinfecting of surfaces, our dishwasher has never worked so hard and neither has our vacuum. How have you been handling grocery shopping these days?
Farmhouse style kitchen with spring decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
I brought up this runner that I had purchased last year on Amazon. I like the cheery colors and Dax enjoys lounging here when I cook. I think dogs everywhere are thrilled to have their people home with them so much.
Farmhouse style kitchen with spring decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
I found this old chippy yellow stepladder in one of my favorite shops called Foothills in North Creek, NY in early March. I like the vintage style and pop of yellow that it brings to our kitchen. I found the vintage tablecloth I have displayed on it there too.
Farmhouse style kitchen with spring decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
I picked up the little "Sunny Days Ahead" sign that is hanging on the rail (it's from Ikea and called Fintorp) at the end of our island at the Target Dollar Spot and I really had no idea how important hopeful sentiments like that would become as we moved through this spring. 
Ikea Fintorp rail on end of painted kitchen island - www.goldenboysandme.com
I received a new order of candles from Cultivated Candle Company a couple of weeks ago and I am enjoying their spring scents. This one is the Peachy Eucalyptus scent and it's poured into a vintage blue mason jar. I am enjoying the charm these candles add to our kitchen.
Cultivated Candle Company vintage mason jar candle in country kitchen with spring decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
I had switched our dining and living spaces around over the winter and this arrangement has worked out well for our family, especially during quarantine. We have 3 students (2 college/1 high school) doing online learning at different spots in the house each day and our split level has turned out to be great for everybody having their own space to work. 
Farmhouse style kitchen with diy pot rack andspring decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
I added a new indoor/outdoor rug from Target to the living room space for Spring.
Farmhouse style kitchen with diy pot rack andspring decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
Farmhouse style kitchen with diy pot rack andspring decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
Thanks so much for the visit today. I hope your family is hanging in there and weathering this storm as well as possible. One thing is for sure, home has never mattered more as a place to provide safety and shelter.  

January 14, 2020

New Year & Winter Kitchen

Hello friends! I hope your new year is off to a great start. I put away all the holiday decor and, while I was at it, organized all of the storage areas in our basement. I purged a bunch of stuff and am feeling much more ready to begin the new year. We also packed away my mom's Christmas stuff AND at the cabin. Phew, I am SO glad the holidays are over!

December 5, 2019

Our Christmas Family Room

Stone fireplace with white mantel and classic plaid Christmas decor - www.goldenboysandme.com
Today, let's take a peek inside our family room, all decked out for the holidays. I already shared our new European Fir Christmas Tree in an earlier post. I love how much cheer this large tree adds to this space.

December 4, 2019

Our Christmas Living Room 2019

Whimsical holiday decor in a Christmas living room - www.goldenboysandme.com
Our living room is always such a fun spot during the holiday season. I enjoy displaying our most treasured, collecting Christmas items in this space.

December 3, 2019

Our Christmas Kitchen 2019

Hello friends. Today, I am excited to share one of my favorite rooms to decorate for the holidays - our Christmas kitchen!
The old vintage sled is flying over the island once again. It's becoming a tradition for us at this point and I think we'd probably miss it if we didn't have it up there. I decided to go with a Gingerbread/Baking theme this year. I enjoy baking throughout the holiday season and it brings back memories of baking with my mom and grandmother. Like so many of you, we still use the same recipes each year that I did back then and I love passing that tradition down to my kids.

November 26, 2019

The End of a Chapter

I once heard it said that one of the wonderful things about having pets as a part of your family is that they help you to divide your life into chapters. I think that is so true.
Keeper joined our family at Christmas 9 years ago. We still had 3 young boys and her arrival was so exciting for us all. A highlight of our kids' younger years for sure!

November 18, 2019

A New Festive Fir for our Family Room

Balsam Hill 12 Bloggers of Christmas, European Fir, cabin Christmas - www.goldenboysandme.com
*I partnered with Balsam Hill for this post but, as always, all opinions are my own.

Today marks the official start of the most wonderful time of the year here on my blog! I am excited to begin sharing the Christmas decor that I have been hard at work on for this year. And today we are beginning with a wonderful new addition to our Christmas decor this year - our very first Christmas tree from Balsam Hill. Be sure to read through to the end of the post to enter Balsam's Hill Twelve Days of Giveaways and also to find a coupon code just for my readers!