6 Fun Collections To Start

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Why not take a twist on traditional by starting a dinnerware collection in an unexpected shade?

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Might as well put those empty wine bottles to use as candle holders...plus, you now have a built in excuse to open a bottle of wine...

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If bubbly is more up your alley then display your corks in a clear vase or a Hurricane Vase with a candle insert

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A glass collection could really be fun to hunt down and makes a stunning display when grouped by color family

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Mercury votives displayed on a silver tray look pretty at the holidays or year round to create a feminine vibe

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Lanterns can be moved around the home and used outdoors as well to line walkways, or provide light for al fresco entertaining and cozy fire pit eves. 


 If you enjoy the thrill of the hunt then collecting could just be your next favorite pastime. Do you have any current collections?  xoxo

 

 

7 Reasons Why Farmhouse Kitchens Rock

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No. 1: Barn Doors

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No. 2: Chalkboards

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No. 3: Fireplaces!!!

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No. 4: Rustic Hood Fans

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No. 5: Wood Beams

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No. 6: Farmhouse Sinks

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No. 7: Open Shelving


Wishing you all a wonderful day! Which kitchen is your favorite? If you could only choose 1 of these elements, which would you pick? I would most definitely go of the fireplace!! xoxo

 

 

15 WAYS TO USE MINI PUMPKINS

So many pumpkins, so many uses...from seasonal displays, DIY candle holders and place settings, spruced up window boxes and sills...even Nutty Rice + Shredded Brussel Sprouts look lovelier when served in mini pumpkins...

AUTUMN INSPIRATION: ENTRYWAYS

A little inspiration for creating a warm, welcoming entryway that embraces the beauty of the season. Enjoy!

ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR A COZY GET TOGETHER WITH LOVED ONES

Last weekend a friend and I gathered around my Sister's fire pit and took in the crisp hint of Autumn in the evening air.  Fall is a magical season for me, it signals a new beginning to me even more so than New Years.  I think this belief stems from my childhood and the beginning of a new school year that always signified change. People talk about Summer love...for me it's always been October, there must be something in the air, other than blowing leaves, that makes my heart skip a beat for a new someone special.

I got to dreaming about the perfect bonfire/Autumnal soiree and thought you may enjoy some inspiration as well.

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Pumpkin Pies and Apple Turnovers will be pleasantly devoured by guests and pair perfectly with a mug of Mulled Cider or glass of Wine. Don't forget to leave out some cozy throws in case your guests get chilly...

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I love bundling up in cozy scarves or wraps and fall boots! Target has some lovely scarves that can be worn as blanket scarves or simply draped over the shoulders...the best part they are only $20 so might as well get all of them...I give you permission, (can't take it with you, might as well look good).



Little touches take anything from ordinary to outstanding, (and of course the company you invite)!  Adding small details like pre-made S'mores, roasting nuts on a cast iron skillet, or providing your guests with small comforts, such as blankets to keep warm with, let's them know you went the extra mile to make them comfortable and that you are grateful for them in your life.  Add your favorite music and repeat every weekend.

Do you own or want to own a fire pit? What are your tips for a perfect cozy evening with loved ones?

 

 

 

MY FAVORITE HOUSE + MY HOPES FOR IT

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This is my favorite house on the Vineyard. It may be my all-time favorite house ever. I didn't take this photo, but I have taken photos of this house during every season. I come across photos, like this one, on the web that confirm my suspicions that I am not the only being in love with this house. 

It has a big tire swing in the yard and I hope that there are Grandchildren filling the yard with laughter. The landscaping is immaculate and it makes me think the inside of the home is well cared for as well. This is a father-of-the-bride-movie sort of home. It holds very high expectations for me. I want it to belong to a close family whose members all love, support and accept one another. I want this beautiful home to provide what we all dream about within it's walls...unconditional love, family traditions, Sunday dinners, anniversaries celebrated, newborn children visiting with parents, holidays with singing and dancing...

I ask myself why is it so important that I see this house as a haven of protection and love? Too many of us are divorced, struggling, have lost our belief that marriage or long term relationships are practical - we no longer believe that the things we once believed in are a possibility for us. Although, I am comfortable with my new belief system and my family dynamics the way they are now, I like to think that other people still have an idealistic view and that the world that once was so important to me still exists for those who want it.

My heart can't bear the thought that this could be a home to alcoholism, hatred, divorce, illness, financial struggle, infidelity...I know it's silly, but I just want to believe that happiness and peace exists in such a beautiful place. Do you have a house that you love that you have put a story to? Where is it and what is the story you have given it?

 

LIGHTEN UP

Life can be hard...we don't need to make it any harder. Don't complicate things by worrying about things that you can't control or change today. Lighten up, life is as difficult or as simple as we make it.