November 30, 2017

Our Red and White Master Bedroom at Christmas

I enjoy decorating the entire house for Christmas, but over the last few years I have come to find that our bedroom is the spot I quietly enjoy most of all. When I go up the stairs at the end of a long day, I love to see the twinkling Christmas lights on the tree there to greet me.

November 28, 2017

Our Classic Christmas Dining & Living Room

Good morning! I am continuing to share a few rooms decorated for Christmas before it is my turn to share at Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday HouseWalk on Friday. Have you been following along on the HouseWalk? This is always my very favorite blogging week of the year! For today's portion of my home tour we are in our living and dining room areas. It's always difficult to figure out what to call these spaces because of our open floor plan. If you are new here, our house is a typical 1950's split level that we knocked down many walls in to suit our family better.
I use the term "dining room" super loosely because we are not a formal dining room sort of family. This is our everything table - family dinner, homework, craft projects, puzzles, gift wrapping - no formal place settings here.

November 27, 2017

Our Christmas Kitchen 2017

Today I am so excited to share our kitchen with Christmas decor for this year. I have some fun new additions to share in this space, including a DIY pot rack and new barstools, as well.

November 26, 2017

Our Christmas Mudroom and Entryway

Welcome to my very first Christmas post for this year! I enjoy adding Christmas touches to most of the rooms in our home and will be sharing them over the next few days. Then, I will finish up with the big HouseWalk tour at the end of the week. Let's start in the mudroom, where both our family and most of our guests enter our home. This is always one of my favorite spots to decorate for the holidays.

November 14, 2017

Favorite Things 2017

Hello friends! Today I am excited to be joining Melissa from 320 Sycamore for her annual Favorite Things bloghop. I always enjoy reading these posts from other bloggers but this is my very first time putting one together myself. I hope you enjoy it and maybe get an idea for a gift - for someone special on your list or even yourself!

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November 9, 2017

Late Fall Mantel with a Metal Photo Print

It seems I always get an itch to fit in a couple of projects in our home in the fall before ALL THAT Christmas decor takes over. I enjoy putting away all of the fall decor and letting our home breathe a bit for a couple of weeks before decorating for the holidays. But I just can't leave our fireplace mantel empty so I added a new Metal Print that I recently received from Nations Photo Lab. It is an image of a barn in Keene, NY that I took shortly before it was knocked down. It was a sad day when I learned that this iconic barn would be removed due to safety concerns. So I am happy to have this print to remember it by. It is printed on metal and I love the mix of textures with the stone on our fireplace. I adore the cozy vibe it adds to our family room as we hunker down and welcome the colder weather.

November 2, 2017

Autumn in Vermont 2017

Hello friends and Happy November. Today is the day that everything magically turns to Christmas in blogland. Ha! Not ready for that yet so I thought I would pop in to share some pictures of a recent quick trip we took to Vermont.  It has been an odd fall foliage wise, for sure. But the tradeoff has been some amazing warm temperatures throughout September and October so I am not complaining. On this trip, we visited southern Vermont, an area that is farther to reach from our cabin in the Adirondacks. Billy and I escaped for a couple of days with Dax. We had a blast.
Ever since I first saw a picture of Sleepy Hollow Farm in Woodstock on Pinterest a few years back, I knew I had to experience it for myself. It certainly did not disappoint. It's definitely the stuff Vermont dreams are made of. I read stories of traffic jams and rude people during peak fall season on the road above the farm on the internet. Fortunately, it was just us, as the foliage was past peak. Dax and I spent a few minutes dreaming about what it would be like to live in this setting.
Quite frankly, this area is a bit too upscale for our taste to live in but it was a lovely place to visit. We also came across a covered bridge in Weathersfield that made up for all of the lackluster leaf color.
We headed down to the river's edge and Dax was itching to take a swim.
We stopped for lunch in the village of Grafton.  This quintessential general store is oozing with charm and, more importantly, the people there were friendly and kind. That hasn't been the case in a couple of other general stores we have stopped in. Vermont isn't always so welcoming to us flatlanders, but Grafton made us feel right at home.

 This village had me at their library. Seriously, can you imagine this being your local library??
 I have always dreamed of visiting Vermont in the fall and we will definitely be back next year. Thanks for living up to all the hype, Vermont! We will see you soon.