I took some time to look back on my blog this morning and I kind of got emotional. Knowing that I’m going into my 9th year with this blog feels surreal. I remember sitting down in my paisley, b&w chair (so hot) when the kids were just wee ones, trying to figure out how to start a blogspot.com. That moment seems like moons and moons ago! There have been moments in this journey that I have wanted to quit. Moments when I felt less than capable of being a designer and blogger. A LOT of moments when I felt like a teeny tiny fish in a very large pond (which I still feel ALL OF THE TIME). But all of those awkward moments were good for me. I’ve learned to fight through insecurities, which come at every angle. I’ve also learned that consistency and commitment come at a cost, but it’s a cost that is worth fighting for. Being self taught is not the easiest gig in the world. It’s a lot of proving myself, working really hard and learning as I go. But friends, it’s worth following your dreams. And it’s REALLY worth stepping out of the boat, even when the waves are against you. Here I am 9 years later doing what I love and what I am passionate about. I have a feeling that 2016 is going to surpass our imagination, if we believe!
This is the time of year where the days are shorter and the nights creep up on us faster than ever. The coziest thing i’ve found are fire candles. The second it starts to darken outside every candle in my house lights up. The effect you get from a lit candle is immeasurable to anything else.
My animal skins are pulled out from storage for Christmas time and are placed under the tree, on my dining chairs and sofa. They add the perfect aspect of coziness that nothing else can give and the textures are breathtaking.
This one is pretty self explanatory…..cozy throws. I have a plethora of these lying around my home. With an open fire, christmas tree, and candles lit all through the home and throw blanket is the cherry on top. As our traditions have been kept throughout the years with opening gifts in our pajamas we like to cuddle up with pillow and throws all around us.
Christmas music surely cannot be overlooked. I love pulling out my old records and playing them over and over again. I may be the only one but Christmas tunes just never get old to me. I get excited with each song as if I’m hearing it for the first time.
Fresh pine clippings give off a tranquil atmosphere and the natural pine scent should be the mere definition of christmas. No candle in the world can replicate this aroma. Simply cut some pine and place them in vases or pottery. This also adorns your home with a christmassy atmosphere.
I recently installed a key free lock and I am loving it! The Schlage Sense™ has made our life so much easier. It’s an intelligent bluetooth-enabled lock and has the highest rating for security and durability. The best part is that it’s linked to my iPhone so it makes it extremely simple to lock or unlock. But it doesn’t end there. I can actually use it with my iPad or iPod touch. Living in a smaller city, this works out for our benefit. We store all of our bikes in our garage and during the summer our friends want to come by and borrow them. The Schlage Sense™makes this process uncomplicated.
The most annoying part about having a key free lock is changing the code, but The Schlage Sense™ has made it an easy process with simple steps. It has the ability to manage and schedule up to 30 access codes through an app. The app is super easy to use and permits me to create or delete codes, it also has other cool features such as checking on lock status, viewing activity, updating settings and checking battery life.
Now the best part of The Schlage Sense™it has a trendy look! You are able to choose from two different styles and various finishes. With all the available features it’s surprisingly affordable. AND today one lucky winner will be able to experience all its goodness for themselves. Follow these steps in order to enter the giveaway:
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I’ve partnered with Pratt and Lambert to bring you some hip, cool holiday decorating ideas!
Utilize what you already have around your home. These shelves are the perfect example of that. Adorn your shelves with some christmas love and call it good. Don’t be timid with your wall colors. This black on black is a great example of simplicity turned into extravagant. Black Watch Green from Pratt & Lambert is a great suggestion for this look. Dark colors make everything else pop, especially all your favorite gold and white holiday accessories.
If you’re looking to steer away from a traditional Christmas tree, add a fun Christmas tapestry and stack all your gifts in front of it. This look is clean and modern with a quirky twist. Tapestries sort of scream for attention so you won’t have a problem getting into the Christmas spirit. Plus it’s an easy setup and tear down and we all know we’re about that! (Try Maitland Blue from Pratt & Lambert for a similar wall color.)
We all know how much green is loved around this time of year! But let’s just talk about this glorious green room, it is the epitome of Christmas. I love how the tree is gently leaning against the wall in the corner. This space is so unorthodox but gets the winning prize for it’s originality! Don’t feel as though you have to conform to your traditions. Step out of your bubble this winter. For a similar color, Pratt & Lambert’s Shaded Spruce is perfect.
If you’re not into the traditional red and green combo this season, don’t be apprehensive to play with brighter colors. I love Christmas because there are a plethora of aesthetics to choose from. Be bold with your decision this holiday season and don’t look back. This bright hue of blue around the fireplace is not only exhilarating but is also so inviting. Delightful Aqua by Pratt & Lambert has a similar, fun tone.
Hi friends! Today I am partnering with GoFundMe for my cousin’s and their newly adopted son, William. Every adoption story is beautiful and full of life. This adoption story is no different. My cousin’s adopted baby William this past summer. He is going through more than any baby should ever go through. But he is a fighter and a MIRACLE BABY! We all know that adoption fees and medical bills are not cheap. And in the midst of paying for everything, Christmas has arrived. I want to bless this amazing family and give them a bright and generous Christmas. Go to my GoFundMe page to read their story. If you can, consider giving something to this amazing family and to baby William.
Also, let me encourage you to use GoFundMe for any cause you see fit in the spirit of the holidays! They are helping thousands and thousands of people achieve their goals and dreams daily. This Christmas season is as good of a time as any to use this amazing platform. xxoo
A few months ago a crazy thought popped into my head. I’d been itching to make some changes to the outdated spaces in our home and I said to my husband, “Let’s do a mini remodel on the kitchen!”. Because everyone wants to work on home renovations over the holidays, right??
In all seriousness, even though it takes a lot of time and effort, I’m already excited about the changes I’m seeing. In spite of the fact that I’m sitting here staring at cabinets with missing doors, drawers with no hardware, and a grubby looking linoleum floor, I can visualize the final product and it’s going to be so much better than what we had before. Now if only we can get it finished before the New Year!
If you’re also in the throes of a kitchen project, or just looking to take a little break from tinsel and snowmen, here are a few swoon-worthy kitchens that are fueling my inspiration…
Black cabinets are always such a sleek option, especially when paired with natural wood floors. Extending a tiled backsplash to the ceiling and opting out of upper cabinets makes a great design statement, while also allowing a smaller kitchen to feel more open.
Gray is having a major moment right now and it’s easy to see why. If you’re afraid of committing to bright white or deep black, gray is the perfect middle-of-the-road choice. It’s clean, neutral, and it looks terrific with brass accents.
This beauty of a kitchen has already been making the internet rounds for a while, but it’s certainly worth revisiting. I love the idea of combination cabinets, using a different color on the uppers and lowers, and this pairing of white and seafoam green is spot on. Not to mention the fact that I also sourced the same hardware, pictured here, for our own kitchen and it should be arriving any day now! Cannot. Wait.
Chasing Paper has to be one of my most favorite sources for wallpaper. They have a great selection of modern and cool wallpaper. Lisa Congdon, a featured designer for Chasing Paper, designed “Little Village” which I’m using for an upcoming project. I love the mix of old and new that Lisa has brilliantly brought to life.
It’s no secret that I live in Boise Idaho. It’s also no secret that I love it here! It’s a magical city with so much potential and room to grow. I moved here almost 17 years ago and wow has it changed since my first year here! The once sleepy city with not a lot of movement has become a hub of creative entrepreneurs who are in it to win it. Over the next few months, I am going to be spotlighting some of my favorite businesses and artistic individuals who make Boise so awesome. First up, Blush By Jamie Rose!
I have known Jamie Rose for awhile, and can I just say that she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside! Jamie fell in love with cosmetics at a very young age. It’s like she was created for this! When she was involved in theater, she was captivated by the artistry of makeup. From there, she pursued a career in the cosmetic industry and worked as a professional artist for years in Seattle, Southern California and Idaho. Her biggest venture was opening a Blush, and it is a true success!
When she first moved in to the space now called Blush, it looked like this….
It was a bit dark and dreary. Jamie had a vision to create a place that felt like you were transported to Paris for the day. She started the transformation by painting the walls the perfect shade of Blush and incorporating neutral floors and furniture. The store is designed to feel soft and light. You will find elegant accents of brushed pewter and gold.
The transformation is beautiful! When you walk around in Blush, you will see lovely details that make the space fabulous. French prints, vintage perfume bottles, gorgeous candelabras, and vintage frames fill the space to add life. Chandi designed all of the lighting. Meredith Clark, the owner and Boise resident, designs each piece with so much creativity. The building itself dates way back, so most of the architecture has a story to tell.
If I ever need my makeup done, I can’t imagine going anywhere else but to Jamie! She has magic fingers! She did my makeup for a recent photo shoot. I did NOT want to wash my face that night. I felt like Cinderella and almost cried when the clock hit midnight….
If you are a Boise resident or you’re coming to visit our amazing city, make sure to stop by Blush and say hello to Jamie Rose!
I’m sure that you’ve heard the news. Pantone announced that Rose Quartz and Serenity are the colors for 2016! I was a bit surprised by the news but I think if you do it right, these colors are great additions to your home decor. Above are my top picks for these two colors.
When I chose the flooring for this laundry room, it was a HARD decision! Pergo has a vast variety of colors that I’m loving right now. To narrow it down was a tad bit difficult. In the end I went with the tone that I felt matched the style of the room. BUT I still wanted to brag on a few other colors that Pergo has to offer. So below you will find a video of mysef telling YOU what 4 colors you should consider for your own space. AND in celebration of these four awesome floors, Pergo wants to send you two free samples (the larger size vs the tiny chips at retailers) of any of these four colors that I have chosen. All you need to do is go here and fill out your order. Easy as that. No cost on your end! So without further ado, see my picks below!
Today I am participating in “A Holiday with HEART”– a blog tour hosted by my beautiful friend, Jennifer Stagg. A group of us bloggers are sharing our holiday decor AND some of the meaning behind it. Check out Sunny Side Up who was first up today on the tour.
Christmas is my absolute favorite. It’s like that Christmas song “I’m too old to be so excited”. Sometimes my husband wonders if I’m more excited than the kids are! There’s just so much love, peace and cheer… I can’t contain myself.
Traditions are really a magical thing. I’m a firm believer that traditions are what makes a family special in their own way. We have this tradition every Christmas Eve where we come together with our extended family. We enjoy a variety of soups that everyone contributes too and we sing carols around a grand piano and a fire. The kids love being with their cousins and it’s just a joyous time to be together and celebrate. By the time we make it home it’s late and my husband and I let our kids open one gift. It’s pajamas and although they know this, they still open with so much eagerness. A gift is a gift even if it’s repeated year after year. So they lay down with their new Pj’s and barely sleep because of Christmas morning excitement.
One specific tradition that has really touched us every year is we choose a child to sponsor from foster care. Once a child is chosen the kids get to shop for their gifts. It’s always amazing to see the excitement in their faces and they have the best time picking out the presents.
We end our Christmas evening with taking a family ride around the city. Cruising around our streets with hot coco and snacks to look at all the beautiful lights each year is something the kids look forward too. It’s the perfect way to take everything in and reflect on the holiday season.
I love my family. Like a lot. Like I couldn’t imagine my life without them. My kids are such a blessing to my husband and me. When we adopted both Ethan and Eden Jo, our lives forever changed, for the best. They constantly bring joy and happiness into our lives. They also bring much energy, as do all children. All of this energy makes boring moments a rarity. I think all kids have energy that lasts for days and creates fun moments in life. But on the flipside, electronics have created big gaps in families. Though children have energy, they sometimes can focus it on items like iPads and Xboxes. I’m not saying electronics are bad. In fact, I’m thankful for them, especially on road trips and quiet restaurants. Can you blame me? But I do think that too many hours of the day spent watching TV or playing video games can do more damage than good. The biggest damage can happen in family relationships. We would rather spend our days playing Minecraft than spending quality time with each other. It’s a slippery slope. The J.M. Smucker Company believes in helping to bring families together. I’ve partnered with them in their Mealtime Movement, which encourages creativity in deeper connections between people through better conversations. We have adapted some rules in our home that keep the electronics at a minimum and keep the conversation at a maximum. Here are several tips that anyone can try!
1. Add “Tuesday night game night” to your family calendar.
Or any night of your choice. I have found that games create conversation sometimes more than even a mealtimes. My kids alternate choosing a game. We also go all out for snacks. What’s a good game night without the best snacks?
Choose a mealtime host.
Whether it’s for breakfast or dinner, assign one family member to host the meal. Some of the host’s responsibilities are creating fun conversation, keeping the glasses full, making sure everyone has what they need and making up silly mealtime games to establish some good comic relief.
End your day with story time.
Every night, we ask our kids to share their favorite stories from the day. Sometimes it’s one story and sometimes they share several stories. It allows them to think about their day and give us as their parents a snapshot of what happened. My daughter usually tells stories that go on and on and on and on.
Make meals together.
Kitchens always bring families together. Why not cook an entire meal together?! Assign jobs like setting the table, pouring drinks, grating cheese etc.? This can be a great way to spend some extra moments together while prepping for something that we all love to do, EATING.
Tell stories about grandparents and other relatives.
My kids LOVE to hear stories about their grandparents and other family members. They also love to hear humorous stories about their mom and dad. Kids want to hear snippets of our lives, about romance and about overcoming adversity. It gives them a sense of ownership.
Being a mom is my greatest joy. I always want to create moments where my kids feel comfortable and excited to be themselves, have fun and chat a whole lot!
This post is sponsored by Smuckers. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.
I am a wreath advocate. I love wreaths and I love how they make a room feel instantly cool. I prefer a more simple style with less details and more greenery. I have gathered some images of my some of my favorite styles of wreaths floating around Pinterest.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m all about Christmas decor right now! If you’ve created Christmas magic in your own home, tag your Instagram image using #simplystyleyourspace. I will be regramming lots of Christmas goodness this month! Speaking of Christmas decor, isn’t this Christmas living room dreamy? It’s from @carpendaughter. Go follow her!