Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Spring


Happy Spring everyone! I’ve been so busy lately with our small shop space in Canton, Texas that I haven’t been able to do a Spring home tour this year. So, before I do a home tour, I thought I’d share one of my favorite spring decorating tips.


One of my favorite ways to bring the outdoors in during Spring time is with blooming branches. I know there is a growing trend of “faux blooms” coming back into interior decorating, but there’s just nothing like having the real deal, don’t you agree?


I guess if I had to name an all time favorite spring blooming flower, it would probably be the purple wisteria growing in front of my MIL’s home. It’s gorgeous! The blooms smell so fragrant and sweet…and the bees are covering the whole bush. The bees make clipping a few branches an interesting event. So, I have to clip and leave quickly.


I make small bouquets and large ones too. It’s fun to place them all around the house and enjoy the scent for a few days. Of course, after a few days, the blooms start to fall and make quite a mess for me to vacuum. But it’s way worth it!


It doesn’t really matter what type vase you use. I love using French jars or ironstone for fresh flowers. But you can use glass vases, ball jars or even galvanized buckets.


Of course, fresh flowers look fabulous simply sitting in the kitchen sink, or in a market basket.

What is your favorite Spring bloom? Have you brought any inside yet to enjoy?


I’ll share a mini Spring Home tour soon…and more fresh flowers will probably be the highlight of my spring decorating.

I hope you enjoy your week! Thanks so very much for stopping by my blog today!

Please follow along on INSTAGRAM HERE for daily updates and inspiration.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Valentine’s Table

Welcome to the Styled + Set Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour, hosted by Lory from DESIGNTHUSIASMI’m so happy to be included with these talented ladies!

If you’re coming over from Finding Home Farms … thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Laura used beautiful tulips,  and she always has such great ideas!

At the bottom of this post, you’ll be able to visit all of the bloggers who are participating in the Blog Tour.


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Isn’t Valentine’s Day just the sweetest of Holidays? Although I don’t usually do any entertaining for Valentine’s, I do enjoy setting a simple table for a romantic dinner. I also try to make Valentine’s special for my own family with at least a yummy dessert. I’ve said it many times, and I’ll say it again…I LOVE setting a table! For this little romantic table, I used the palest of pink tulips and ironstone.  And the beautiful heart bay leaf wreath smells so good!




This isn’t our kitchen or dining room table…it’s just a small enamel farm table, that I thought would be a nice little setting for a romantic dinner. I simply added the blue French shutter door as a backdrop, bistro chairs, and a few favorite vintage finds.


We received this pretty China when we got married 24 years ago. And I can remember being in LOVE with each little piece. It’s crazy, but we still use it. I’ve never put it away in a cabinet. The blue is a perfect match to the blue French shutter door.



The vintage flax table runner was made by my sweet friend…and will be available in our booth in Canton, Texas (Canton First Monday Trade Days) next weekend Feb. 2-5th. We will also have a few heart-shaped bay leaf wreaths! If you are looking for a fun weekend…come shop with us and find something for your Valentine!


And before you go…take a minute to leave me a comment…I’d LOVE to know how you entertain for Valentine’s Day! Please remember to visit my blog friends below to see some beautiful inspiration.



 ZDesign at Home | valentines table scape with white and pink roses pink snap dragons gray washed dining table white dishes eternal gold flatware

Finding Home Farms


Becky Cunningham Home

Valentines Table 

Eleven Gables

 Eleven Gables Valentine's Table

The Wood Grain Cottage

 Valentines Day Table by The Wood Grain Cottage

If you missed Monday's posts:

Monday VD

Maison de Pax | Cedar Hill Farmhouse | Decor Gold Designs Life on Virginia Street | Bless'er House | My Soulful Home

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Shabbyfufu | Ella Claire | Zevy Joy Town and Country Living | Kelley Nan | Driven by Decor

If you missed Wednesday's posts:

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Maison de Cinq | So Much Better With Age | Sand and Sisal Randi Garrett Design | French Garden House

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VD Blog Tour Thursday

Designthusiasm | CitrineLiving | Setting for Four On Sutton Place | Design Dining and Diapers

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ZDesignatHome | Finding Home Farms | Becky Cunningham Home Eleven Gables | The Wood Grain Cottage | Fashionable Hostess

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)

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