November 29, 2013

Our Advent Calendar 2013

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!  Black Friday is always a favorite of mine, but not because of shopping.  Do you hit the sales on Black Friday?  I plan to hit up a few online sales, usually Old Navy and this year I am going to check out the deals at LandsEnd.  Other than that, we will be decorating for Christmas and eating leftovers and hanging out by the fire.  My kind of day!... 

November 21, 2013

Our {Latest} Kitchen Makeover Reveal

DIY mantel hood over kenmore pro 30"
Let me start by saying that I love kitchens.  Our kitchen is my favorite room in the house.  Buying a new dish towel or utensil can make my day.  I am just trying to explain why we felt the need to makeover a fairly new kitchen.  That we remodeled ourselves a few shirt years ago!  The range that was in here was a budget choice purchased when we moved in 7 years ago that we planned on replacing.  We have been in the market for a dual fuel professional style range.  We looked at Viking and Thermador.  Drooled over the beloved Wolf with its iconic red knobs.  And eventually stumbled upon the Kenmore Pro and we were smitten.  First, the price was less than 1/2 that of the others we were considering.  Huge plus! But I also loved the look.  I have been cooking on this range for two weeks now and it is as wonderful as I hoped so far...  

November 19, 2013

DIY Christmas Chalk Writing Pillow

 DIY christmas chalkboard writing sleigh bells ring pillow.
I combined two of my favorite things, throw pillows and chalkboard art, to create this chalk writing pillow.  Come see how I did it...

November 18, 2013

DIY 3 Tiered Kitchen Stand

DIY 3 tiered kitchen stand tutorial from

I have had my eye on this galvanized stand from Pottery Barn for a while.  The $69 price tag, not including tax and shipping, kept me from pushing that "place order" button more than once...

November 7, 2013

Stone Fireplace Details & Sources

One of my favorite things about this time of year is sitting by the fire.  When we remodeled our family room 3 years ago, the top item on our wish list for the space was a wood burning stone fireplace.  I wouldn't change a thing about it.  We use it almost daily from October through March.  It is one of the first things you see when you enter our home.  We read here.  Play games here.  Fold laundry here...
Corner stone fireplace with plaid Bassett chairs

November 4, 2013

Pallet Sign Tutorial

After spotting it on Pinterest last year, I knew I wanted to use this Emily Bronte quote on something this year.  It speaks to exactly how I feel about Fall...

November 3, 2013

Happy November!

Lately, it feels like there is so much pressure to get Christmas started before Thanksgiving.  Problem is, Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday!  We usually go to my brother and sister in law's house.  They live in a beautiful home on a lake and it's all about the family and food rather than presents and all the general craziness that comes with Christmas.  And then, we get to listen to Christmas music on the ride home (and my boys will groan) and the Christmas season will begin for our family.

This week, I put away the Halloween things and took out a few of my favorite Thanksgiving things... 

fall leaves in basket from