Sunday, December 18, 2016

Are You Ready to See Your Fixer Upper?

If you’ve not had the opportunity to read The Magnolia Story yet…get ready to fall in LOVE with Chip & Jo even more than before!

I had the pleasure of just finishing The Magnolia Story, so let me tell you a little about it.

Their addictive design show, Fixer Upper, airs on HGTV, and is proven to be one of America’s favorites. Their fun personalities, faith, and commitment to one another shine through all they do…in design and in life.

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In the book, they share the cute story of how they met, where they worked, and how different their personalities have always been. Joanna even calls Chip “her very first Fixer Upper”.  I enjoyed how the book is written as a conversational style…with Jo speaking and Chip chiming in with his take on events.


It’s really cool to read how their past experiences were preparing them to be stars on the series Fixer Upper. And it truly gives us “regular, non-famous” people hope that the Lord is working things out for our good. I admire them for giving God the glory!


I also felt a huge connection to Chip & Jo, while reading this book…in that they remind me of me and my husband. We work so well together, we love DIY home projects, and my husband keeps me laughing!! One day we sure would LOVE to meet the famous design duo that has brought faith and family back to TV…but until then, we’ll enjoy them on HGTV's Fixer Upper.


And speaking of Joanna Gaines… she partnered with Loloi to bring this amazing line of pillows that add such rich texture to any space. These are gorgeous IVORY textured pillows crafted by Loloi. You can purchase pillows from this line HERE at Magnolia Market.


You will adore the pillows! There are so many beautiful colors and textures to choose from!

Also, you can purchase a copy of Chip & Jo’s book, The Magnolia Story HERE.

I hope you are getting ready for Christmas! If you’re all set, I truly envy you Smile 

I have SO MUCH to do!!

Blessings to you all!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Dining


Welcome to the Styled Set Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour…hosted by Lory from Designthusiasm, and I’m so honored to be a part!

If you are coming over from the beautiful Ella Claire Blog… wasn’t her home amazing?

I am so happy you stopped by to see my home all ready for Christmas Dining!

At the bottom of this post, you’ll be able to visit many other homes on the tour.


For this table setting, I wanted to use neutrals with pops of gold & silver. I used a vintage grainsack table runner on our farm table, as a base. Then I added a French canning jar full of Fraser Fir branches as the centerpiece…with copper, silver, and mercury glass ornaments. I added small pieces of greenery to the napkins, and tied each one in pretty shiny ribbon.





Each place setting includes three different size plates with a knife and fork. The glass mugs are a family heirloom from my MIL. The C is for Cunningham. I love a simple table! Most of my Christmas decorations consist of fresh greenery and a few ornaments.


The beautiful fresh garland across the mantle is Lynch Creek Farm...where you can order fresh wreaths or garlands HERE. The little houses on the mantle are from the Dollar Spot at Target.


A last little detail…I added a mercury glass ornament on each chair back, using the same shiny ribbon. And the gorgeous chair ruffles are Pom Pom at Home.


One of my favorite things about Christmas is having our family over on Christmas Eve…we usually have brunch together and share gifts. It’s one of my favorite traditions. What’s your favorite way to set a table for entertaining at Christmas?


Take a minute to visit the wonderful Randi Garrett Design blog HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you find some inspiring entertaining ideas…enjoy your first day of December!!



Ella Claire


Buckets of Burlap


Randi Garrett Design


Savvy Southern Style


Stone Gable


ZDesign at Home


If you missed Monday's posts:

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Designthusiasm | Decor Gold Designs | My Soulful Home Kelley Nan | Driven by Decor | The Enchanted Home

If you missed Tuesday's posts:


Shabbyfufu | CitrineLiving | French Country Cottage Maison Decor | Sand and Sisal | Town and Country Living

If you missed Wednesday's posts:


Bless'er House | Cedar Hill Farmhouse | Design, Dining and Diapers Maison de Pax | So Much Better With Age | Zevy Joy

Coming Friday

On Sutton Place | Finding Home Farms | Life On Virginia Street Setting for Four | Sunny Side Up | The Wood Grain Cottage

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Real Deal: Green Valley Christmas Trees vs. Big-Box Store Christmas Trees


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Don’t you LOVE the smell of a fresh Christmas tree? Whether picked from a tree farm, or a tree lot…there’s just something so festive about having a real tree! Well…I had the pleasure of receiving a fresh 6 foot Fraser Fir tree from GREEN VALLEY Christmas Trees! It was delivered right to my door! It’s rather chubby at the bottom, and I adore the imperfectness of it. I decided to place it in our vintage harvest basket and put it in our master bedroom.


The tree arrived in a large box, all wrapped up in twine…and immediately my house smelled like a Christmas tree farm! I put some water in a bucket before placing into the harvest basket. Then I unwrapped the tree. It was very full and fit perfectly into the basket.


I did trim several branches around the bottom, as it was a little too wide. But the branches are strong and healthy, in such a beautiful green! And how cute is the quirky little top?

I used all white ornaments, to continue my simple farmhouse style. As expected, the tree shed some needles as I added lights and ornaments…but they vacuumed up easily.


I’ve added fresh water every few days. I love the look of the Fraser Fir from GREEN VALLEY Christmas Trees. It’s healthy and smells divine in our room! The best part was not having to go shop for the tree! The convenience of having it delivered to our door is priceless this time of year!


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Now…I’m going to show you the second fresh Christmas tree that I got this year. My girls and I picked this one out from Home Depot. It’s also a 6 ft Fraser Fir. The process to purchase a real tree is a quite time-consuming. After choosing this one, we brought it to the wrapping area, checked out inside the store, and then carried the tree to our car and loaded it as well.


We chose one of the slimmer trees…due to this small space I have available in our kitchen. I didn’t trim any branches off this one. We added water to a bucket, before placing in this vintage apple crate. It smells amazing too! I’ve added water every few days, just the same as the other fresh tree.


The branches are strong and healthy, and the color is a vibrant green. We added our gingerbread, Santa and elf ornaments, along with copper lights.


So, which tree is my favorite? I really don’t have a preference. Both trees are gorgeous in their own way...strong, healthy, and beautiful. However, I’ve decided that having the Christmas tree delivered from Green Valley Christmas trees is such a convenient way to get a fresh tree! Are you interested in getting one? You can order HERE...choose the type, size and date of delivery too! How fabulous is that??


Well, that’s a side by side comparison of two fresh Christmas trees…please let me know if you order a tree, I’d love to hear about your experience Smile

Come back soon…I’ll be sharing our Christmas dining room!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


(Green Valley Christmas Trees provided a tree and gift card, however, opinions of the trees are all my own)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving and Joyfolie

Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it’s here already!

This year has been different…tougher than others. Just life, you know?

Yet we are blessed beyond measure with amazing family and friends.

I’m especially thankful for God’s love and grace this year, his protection and His promises.


Are you planning a big shopping day tomorrow? I have some perfect gift ideas for you! You simply must check out this online shop, JOYFOLIE

Before we decorated our flocked Christmas tree from King of Christmas, we did a quick photo shoot with the bare tree and my Kynli was a great model for these sweet gift ideas.


JOYFOLIE has beautiful boots, shoes, and clothing that you will want to gift to all the ladies in your life Smile 


This cute tan boho fedora is one of my favorites! It goes with any outfit…and I must say it goes well with our red hair, don’t you agree?


And the booties are available in caribou and black. Wouldn’t these be perfect for a holiday party?





And the best news… Joyfolie's having a 50% off site-wide {excluding new} Black Friday sale! Happening Friday Nov. 25th at 12am (EST). There will also be a Steals & Deals category, that you won't want to miss!

Enjoy your family, some turkey, and football too! And THANK YOU for visiting my blog today!



Friday, October 28, 2016

Farmhouse Thanksgiving Table

Hi there friends! Welcome to my blog!

If you are visiting for the STYLED SET HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING blog tour, Welcome!

Our home is always busy around the Holidays…what a wonderful time of year to welcome friends and family! And of course, one of my favorite times to decorate our dining room farm table.

I’m not one to have any “Fall Decor” stored up in boxes…instead, I enjoy using natural elements that provide a vintage, country farmhouse feel.


I started with a beautiful vintage French sheet from ELSIE GREEN, draped over the table.

Using fresh fall leaves, I created a garland centerpiece… with gourd- Cinderella type pumpkins down the center of the table. I really like the subtle colors against the white.


I decided to keep the mantle very simple…French jars for another pop of color.


As chargers, I used my round French bread boards. They make a good contrast with the ivory China. And I used plain ball jars instead of traditional glasses.




I thought it might be fun to just place the napkins into the top of the jars. That way, each guest can grab their napkin before pouring the drinks. In the background here below, you can see our buffet table. It has a French bottle drying rack, an olive tree, and a few aprons hanging in easy reach. And there’s always a stack of extra dishes.


The last element I added, is the French pitch pots with candles and tiny pinecones. The candles are four different scents from Ivy and Stone Home…and make a pretty soft glow against the pinecones.


The pears were added at the end, and I thought they compliment the fall leaves so nicely. All my favorite colors, in one table setting!


And our table is all set for Thanksgiving! All we need is a kitchen full of turkey and dressing…and a table full of family.

I hope this inspires you to create something beautiful for your loved ones this Holiday season! Can you believe how fast the season is approaching?! Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on Fall decor. A few branches, fresh fruit, and pumpkins make a pretty, all-natural Thanksgiving Table, perfect for entertaining! Keep it simple, and enjoy yourself!


Thanks again for visiting me here today! Please see below the entire list of bloggers who are participating in this fun tour!

We’ll meet up again in November for our Christmas tour!

Blessings to each of you!


Sunny Side Up


Finding Home Farms


The Wood Grain Cottage


Setting for Four


Becky Cunningham


 If you missed Monday's posts:

Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour | Day 1

Designthusiasm | French Country Cottage | Cedar Hill Farmhouse Kelley Nan | Bless'er House | Maison de Pax

If you missed Tuesday's posts:


Town and Country Living | CitrineLiving | Sand and Sisal Zevy Joy | Life on Virginia Street | Design, Dining and Diapers

If you missed Wednesday's posts:


Decor Gold Designs | ZDesign At Home | Randi Garrett Design Ella Claire | So Much Better With Age | My Soulful Home

If you missed Thursday's posts:


Shabbyfufu | StoneGable | Savvy Southern Style Maison Decor | On Sutton Place | The Enchanted Home

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