Monday, November 30, 2015

Getting Cozy with Candles and An Air Wick Giveaway.

Tis the season for getting cozy with candles.  I love candles year round but 

during the Holidays they add a sense of magic as they flicker in front of Christmas trees and lights

It's even better when they smell as lovely as these Air Wick candles I am giving away today thanks to the folks at Air Wick! The fragrances are Emerald Woodland(green) and Apple Crumble(red). I have these in our home and they smell divine! The lucky winner will receive 2 of each! 

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Giveaway  opened to US and Canadian residents only AND ends Saturday, December 5th, 2015. Good luck everyone! XX

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Sneak Peek Inside the Home of Artist, Suzy Lindow.

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    Hello! If you celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope it was fabulous! Today, we're peeking inside a home full of flava!  I met Suzy, a talented artist on Instagram and immediately fell in love with her style. It's one of a kind and she most certainly has an eye for unique things as you can tell from the decorative items in her home. Suzy and her husband bought their colonial-style house in coastal Virginia about 8 months ago after relocating from the Southwest. Her husband is a pilot so they led a nomadic lifestyle and were renters prior, so you can imagine how excited they were to finally settle and become homeowners! In Suzy's own words, " It feels extra special, too, to call this house our home after uprooting our two young kiddos, ages 2 and 5, so much. We very much look forward to settling in for a longer haul and making a lot of memories within these walls."
Suzy,  also known as Winkwinkstudio is an artist and her home definitely reflects that! Check out her shop here! Ok, no more long narrative from me, here is Suzy telling you a bit about her home and her design style.

I would describe my style as eclectic maximalist. I love a mix of everything--patterns, textures, styles, and especially color. What would be considered a little too much for some people is juuust enough for me, and I think that one of the perks of getting older (there's only a handful, I'm learning--argh wrinkles and cellulite, why oh why) is that I care way less about what other people will think. There are many things in my house that are quirky and maybe a little kitschy, and while it may even be considered tacky to traditionalists, I'll just quote one of the greats and say: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." And boy, is that freeing. Because it gives you license to surround yourself with things that truly reflect your style and personality and things that only can you smile. I pay the bank too much money every month to live in a house that's decorated for other people!

Before moving in, my husband and I rolled up our sleeves in a major way and undertook a pretty extensive DIY face lift. There were 10 different kinds of flooring, 'interesting' paint choices (really, sometimes I just don't understand people), and outdated bad-brass 90's fixtures. He spent many a long day and night laying the engineered floors by himself, while I painted and updated things like doorknobs and outlet covers and overhead light fixtures. Wow, did that relatively small investment cost go a long way! There were also super ugly, poorly constructed corner built-ins in the living room that we promptly took a sledgehammer to. It enabled us to have a doorway between this room (which I think was initially meant to be a Family Room) with our adjoining TV room (which would have been the Formal Living Space in a traditional Colonial floor plan). When we toured the house while house hunting, we noticed the previous owners had the TV in this room with the fireplace--which is open to the kitchen--and the first living space nearest the front entry had an assortment of never-sat-on formal furniture. It was evident that literally no one ever went into the "Formal" living room, and everyone tended to gather in the family room with the TV and close proximity to snacks in the kitchen. This is a common mistake, I think, made by lots of homeowners that have their pretty little UNUSED formal living room so separated from the heart of the house. What a waste! To remedy this, in the hopes of really utilizing every square inch of our downstairs, we designated the first living space as you walk in the front door as our TV room--it's nice and cozy with a big sectional--and the big living room in the back that's adjacent to the kitchen as our formal entertaining room. Probably not how our mothers from the 60's would prefer, but I think it's a really great way to spread the love around your house, so to speak. Now, when we have other young families over, we love having the ability to entertain our adult friends in this room while our kiddies munch popcorn with a movie on just next door. 


My main goal of the space, style-wise, was to create a fun atmosphere that encourages long evenings with friends laughing, sipping cocktails, maybe playing some games around the coffee table. I wanted a space where people never got bored. I wanted it to look collected over time, a unique mix of midcentury modern, boho, industrial, maybe even a little 'crazy lady.' Before kids, my husband--once my high school sweetheart--and I spent a lot of time traveling the world, having big adventures, (also: sleeping in, ha!) and of course, collecting lots of sentimental goodies to remember it all by. Those souvenirs, along with a really (really) big dose of my prized vintage finds from antique stores, flea markets, craiglists etc, have been lovingly schlepped around the past 12 years and I thought it high time to finally create a space for all the goodness to be displayed and enjoyed. The big blank wall mocked me for about a month until I just took the plunge and installed floor to ceiling, wall to wall, shelving. We simply screwed brackets into the studs and stained pine boards my favorite yummy Walnut shade, threw all my hoarded treasures up there and never looked back. It gets constant rearranging--and welcomes new additions as I slowly discover new consignment/vintage store gems in the area--and I love that it holds so much interest not just to me, but to everyone who comes into our home. The best compliment I can receive when people first come to my house after they've gotten to know me a little is: your home is so YOU. 

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My favorite thing in the room is probably my vintage leather lounger chair I scored off craigslist for something nutty like $40 when we lived in Palm Springs--MCM mecca, believe me!. I've seen this exact chair on firstdibs and Chairish for crazy money, but I'd never have the heart to sell this thing, it feels like an actual friend in the room to me. The mushroom-toned tufted leather is buttery soft and the chair is the perfect place to curl up with some tea and a good book. 

Their beautiful girls. Adorable! 

Thank you Suzy for sharing a sneak peek of your beautiful home with us. What a treat!xx 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Our Thanksgiving Table and Some Turkey Recipes: Happy Thanksgiving!

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This is a glimpse of our Thanksgiving Table in progress. I posted a peek on Instagram yesterday. The runner is actually fabric I bought to use for pillow covers. Isn't it pretty? I went with blue and white for the dinnerware and lots of gold pop from utensils, candlesticks, etc. Also, we're hosting this year 

so this has been me for days! I get down on my knees and clean the baseboards too! Yep! 

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via health.com

Looking for ways to prepare your turkey? Here are 25 recipe ideas. Have a Blessed and safe Thanksgiving if you're celebrating tomorrow. xx



Friday, November 20, 2015

Getting Creative for the Holidays With Catamount TwistTail Cable Ties.

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Getting Creative for the Holidays With Catamount TwistTail Cable Ties.
I enjoy finding creative ways to use simple items. I never thought I would be writing a post about cable ties but these are no ordinary cable ties. I've used cable ties in the past and it can be so frustrating to cut them even with scissors.  The ones I showcase today are the Catamount TwistTail Cable Ties available at Home Depot. They are breakable so no struggling to cut them with scissors!

First up: How to Layer Your Garland


Getting Creative for the Holidays With Catamount TwistTail Cable Ties.
I like the look of a full garland with a pop of color. In the image above, it shows the steps using the cable ties. I first doubled the 20ft Noble Fir artificial garland so it would fit on the mantel and then layered it with light green tea leaves garland. They were held in place with the Catamount TwistTail Cable Ties. All it takes is a simple twist of the cable ties to break off the excess piece.

Getting Creative for the Holidays With Catamount TwistTail Cable Ties.
To add some color pop against the greenery, I added some purple shatter resistant ornaments  held in place with these ornament hooks. I also added the same ornaments in a variety of colors to an apothecary jar that I placed on the mantel. I love the full look of the garland and the variation of greenery.

Getting Creative for the Holidays With Catamount TwistTail Cable Ties.

Getting Creative for the Holidays With Catamount TwistTail Cable Ties.
The cable ties are camouflaged by the greenery and the completed look is festive and party ready! 

Prevent Accidents with The Christmas Tree

Getting Creative for the Holidays With Catamount TwistTail Cable Ties.
After putting up this 7.5 ft color changing tree from Martha Stewart, I added more of the gold, purple, red, and blue ornaments. The opening of the Martha Stewart glass tree topper was too small to fit on the tree, so I kept it in place with a Catamount cable tie. 

Dress up Your Tablescape

Getting Creative for the Holidays With Catamount TwistTail Cable Ties.
I borrowed some pinecones and berries from this wreath, added some greenery, then placed it all atop a white napkin. I used the black cable ties to hold everything together. I broke off the excess and i ended up with a stylish and festive accessory for my place settings. 

Getting Creative for the Holidays With Catamount TwistTail Cable Ties.
Simple and elegant!

There are a number of other Merry diys  that I plan on creating using these cable ties; both indoor and outdoor. I really love their ease of use. Have a great weekend everyone! xx


This post was sponsored by The Home Depot, but the views and opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mad for Plaid.

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Plaids are everywhere this season! I've always been a fan, and I have an array of plaids in my closet  and a number of plaid blankets and throws. Plaids are not only for country interiors. In the bedroom above, the plaid comforter and pillow covers are right at home in the space's modern design.

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festive and perfect for getting cozy by the fire

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Ralph Lauren Home plaids are always on point!

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plaids can be vibrant and fun. add some gold and you have plaid opulence!

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There's something about plaids that make them perfect for the Holidays! So cozy and welcoming.

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a festive tablescape made even more merry with plaids

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layer atop plaid with pretty pillows for pattern and color eye candy.


{images: 79ideas, raplhlaurenhome, pinterest, tumblr}



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Behind the Scene of Our Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Photo Shoot.

Our Merry and Bright Christmas Feature with Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

This is no doubt a pinch me moment right here! In March, the Better Homes and Gardens team came to our hood for almost a week to shoot our feature. The image above showcases our tree in the sun room. I didn't get a chance to snap too many behind the scene pictures because so many things were happening and I was getting in on the action too!

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Though a number of my own items were used, items/props were shipped from the BHG headquarters and else where. It was like Christmas; so much eye candy! 

Our Merry and Bright Christmas Feature with Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.
lots of diy-ing; these paper garlands were so fun!

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Fresh foliage and Christmas trees. They didn't skimp on anything. Not pictured were also an array of lovely florals.

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I cleaned like a crazy person before they came but you wouldn't know it from this picture. Furniture and accessories etc. were moved around. It's all a part of the process of getting "the shot."

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David Land, the photographer was amazing. He's obviously a talented photographer as you can tell from the images in the feature. However, what stood out most was how well he interacted with the boys. There is a glimpse of Ginger who stole everyone's heart.

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Speaking of Ginger, she also got in on the shoot action. Although she didn't make it in the magazine, she makes an appearance in the digital version of Better Homes and Garden that's available on IPad.



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Getting the shot process underway in the playroom.

christmas mural drawn by the hubby

The editors had requested that the hubby recreate the Three Wise Men on the chalkboard because they really loved it when they spotted it on the blog. Luckily he was around to do it. You don't see the entire thing in the magazine, but it was spectacular and I did not want to erase it! 

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I took a selfie because I had just gotten makeup and my hair done before shooting one of the scenes:-). Shout out to La Dolce Vita Spa!

Our Merry and Bright Christmas Feature with Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

Our Merry and Bright Christmas Feature with Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.


Our Merry and Bright Christmas Feature with Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.



Zion and Ian were such champs throughout the process of numerous takes.  I am thrilled with the feature and it is 100% me. Most of all, I am happy that I was able to share the moment with the hubby. A very big thank you to the Better Homes and Gardens team that came to our home;  Christina, Kim, David Land, and David Williams. Also to Jody Garlock who told our story so beautifully and to my sissy Nicole at Live Laugh Decorate for the referral.  Copies are on sale now wherever magazines are sold or you can download their digital version here. xx

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Warm Welcome for the Holidays with Air Wick.


A Warm Welcome for the Holidays with Air Wick.

I was invited by the lovely folks at Air Wick to share how I incorporate candles in my Holiday Decor. Well, it's no secret how much I LOVE Christmas and I am a candle fanatic, so this was right up my alley. Though I haven't started decorating for the Holidays, I can't wait to get started and today, I am showing you how I would use the Air Wick Scented Candles and Melts  in our home.

A Warm Welcome for the Holidays with Air Wick.

One of my no fail go to tips for creating a cozy and welcoming atmosphere in my home for the Holidays is with the use of Holiday scented candles. There is noting more welcoming than entering a home that smells great!  Well, it gets even better when it's Christmas time and your home is brimming with Christmas cheer and twinkly lights. I placed the scented candles in the foyer so that as soon as I opened the door for my visitors they would be greeted with

A Warm Welcome for the Holidays with Air Wick.
these festive holiday scents; Spiced Apple Crumble and Emerald Woodland. Let me tell you- these smell amazing! They are multi-layered fragrances. The Spice Apple Crumble touts pastry crust, spiced apple and vanilla while The Emerald Woodland exudes morning frost, evergreen, and sugar cookie. 

A Warm Welcome for the Holidays with Air Wick.
The melt versions are great and I have been using the Festive Green Ceramic Warmer with the melts to infuse the air elsewhere in the house.

A Warm Welcome for the Holidays with Air Wick.

A Warm Welcome for the Holidays with Air Wick.
Do you also use candles to create a warm welcome for your visitors? Do tell! Also stay tuned because I will be hosting a giveaway sponsored by Air Wick soon! Just in time for the Holidays! xx 


P.S. This post is Sponsored by Air Wick, but the views and opinions are 100% my own. 




Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Thanksgiving Gathering Inspired by Nature.

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The changing colors and the beautiful weather we've been having here in North Carolina were the deciding factors for bringing this Thanksgiving gathering outside. Our colorful handmade table provided the perfect backdrop for the tablescape.

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Fruits from the kitchen, fresh produce from a local Farmer's market, and greenery from shrubs  in the backyard were used for the tablescape. They mimicked the Fall colors that abound and brought this nature inspired table to life. 

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A thanksgiving gathering is not complete without wine and you know we love our wine here!

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The plates with their floral motif reflects  more of the nature theme.


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I couldn't resist snapping this pic during set up with our chickens roaming around!

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I love the texture of these candles and how they mimic the color of the grapes and wine. Do you have a theme for your Thanksgiving table?


Photography: Design Addict Mom
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