Styling Baby Boy's Space. Creating a Nursery in the Master Bedroom.

I didn't really know what I was going to do but I had the idea of attaching greenery to circles and had no idea what that would end up meaning. First stop in the store I found this awesome sprig of artificial evergreen. I knew that I would be able to cut it apart and use it for the whimsical greenery that I wanted. So then I was on the hunt for something round and I came upon the grapevine wreath aisle - PERFECT! I was thinking I was going to have to go with embroidery hoops but this turned out so much better. They already have such a natural rustic feel to them.

New Season in Our Lives, Same Style Though

One of the reasons that I started this blog was I felt in myself and with talking to other people a disconnect between the person you truly are versus the person you put out into the world. This really manifests itself quite a bit in your personal style. Your style is kind of your way of saying “hey world, this is what I like.” You do this with the way you decorate your home and the way you present yourself with the clothes and accessories that you wear.

Spring Refresh in the Dining Room

To make the daffodil arrangements, I filled two special vessels with floral foam and Spanish moss. A trick with arranging faux florals in foam is to use a wire cutter and separate each stem - that way you are free to arrange naturally. I chose an antique crystal pedestal and my Grandma's old bread-rising pot as my vessels. The baby's breath is in different glass bottles and I love how that simple flower fills in the space. One of my favorite finds from Michaels is the little green wreath on the cabinet knobs.

Master Bedroom Nursery Combo Design Options

I am starting to hit the "oh my god, where are we going to put all of this crap" stage of pregnancy. Between the glider and things that my mom has given us, I am ready to start, what do they call that? Nesting. I am well aware that there is going to be a new sheriff in town in a few months and I am not going to be able to have things just the way that I am used to, but I am not going to let that stop me from at least attempting to make our spaces comfortable.

Hunt for the Perfect Crib: Best Gray Cribs with Vintage Elegance

This is very exciting. I've been doing some online browsing for cribs and have compiled some of the top picks below. All of these cribs have a few things in common: 1.) They are all gray. 2.) They have a vibe of what I am calling "vintage elegance." 3.) They are all convertible. Meaning, they all have the ability to grow with baby. Some convert into toddler and daybeds and most also convert into a full-size bed when it is time for that. (Crazy!) 4.) This may be the best common factor - they are all under $400.00.  Truth be told, my favorites are under $300.00 but I wanted to show you a range.

How we Customized our House with Spray Paint. Part One: Light Fixtures

My hope for this article is that you can start thinking about some big changes you can make in your own home without spending very much money at all. In fact, the grand total for re-doing all four of these lights was about $20 TOTAL! It can be done. We do it all of the time. And it is actually very, very fun to do this stuff. We hang a new light that we worked on and we just stare at it for a few minutes, proud of our work.

Styling with the Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman Paige china has a lot of really great attributes that we really love, not the least of which is how it looks. The china isn't our first experience with Pioneer Woman. Also on the table are our Pioneer Woman Adeline glass goblets. We have had these for a couple of years now and use them for everything from water to wine. We have them in both turquoise and plum (turquoise photographed). They've been such a hit in our house that my sister has started a collection of goblets for herself. These are heavy-duty glasses that make you feel like you are drinking something special. And because of that, we use them for breakfast, lunch and dinner - why use anything else? I'm serious. And knock on wood, unlike any other glass I have ever owned, we have not broken a single one of these goblets.

Holiday Home Tour 2016: Our Cozy Christmas Den

Unlike the rest of our house where we kind of get things bare before we start adding Christmas, our den is our "collection space" and we don't really want to do that in there. So because of that, we just add a few Christmas touches here and there to give it a cozy feel and also too add to the vintage vibe that is already happening. I strung up three old paper Christmas decorations that my mom used to hang in our house at Christmastime when I was growing up. We added a Christmas blanket and pillow to the papisan chair and we placed some of our favorite childhood Christmas books out on display on the bench in front of our shelves. Cozy is the name of the game in the den.

A Sentimental Rustic Christmas

Welcome to our 2016 holiday home! So that everyone is on the same page, here is a brief introduction (after all, you are coming into our house!): My name is Laurie and I am married to George. We have an awesome little pup, Bruiser. Our home is a townhouse located in the Garden State. I'm an attorney by day and a new blogger by night. I've always had a passion for home decor and am grateful from the bottom of my heart to have the opportunity to share our home with you! Come on in.

Holiday Home Tour 2016: A Traditional Winter Wonderland Living Room

While colored lights on the tree honestly would not have been my first choice, I accepted the challenge because that was important to George. I call it a challenge because photographing a tree with colored lights is really truly a challenge! It reminds him of being a kid at Christmas so how could you deny someone of that? Besides, I have plenty of white lights everywhere else. It is hard to capture in a photograph, the warmth that the tree really does put off. I did my best though. Underneath the tree is the tree skirt that George and I bought the first year that we were together. We have had a live tree together every single year that we have known each other - it is one of our favorite traditions (you can read about this tree by going to the article before this one on the design page). I wrapped a sheer gold lace fabric around the base of the tree itself. On top of the skirt I placed two red plaid pillows and beside the tree sits an old vintage mechanical Santa Claus.

Holiday Home Tour 2016: A Rustic Traditional Christmas Dining Room

Our Christmas dining room has just the feel that we wanted - rustic, snowy and with Christmas magic. We accomplished that with a lot of random items and a lot of tradition too. The china on the table from one of my grandmothers and some vintage ornaments in the cabinet from my other grandmother. The nutcrackers that my mom has collected for us on the buffet. All of the white greenery set the rustic wintry backdrop for the other items that tell a Christmas story.

Holiday Home Tour 2016: A Winter Wonderland Master Bedroom

As cozy as the room is during the day - it is even cozier at night with all of the little white lights glowing all around us. Decorating our master bedroom (aside from the whole "in November thing") was a whole lot of fun and I love the finished product. Going to sleep with the glow of white lights on the Christmas tree is all the much cozier from your bedroom than on the couch. It just makes sense to add the cozy feel of the holidays to one of the coziest rooms in our house.

An Earth Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape

I don't really think there is a way to screw up a Thanksgiving tablescape that is filled with the things you love and that mean “thankulness” to you! For us, this meant blending lots of elements from nature while adding a bit of rustic glam. We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving whether you are hosting it at your home or going somewhere else – either way, may you spend it with loved ones. This will be my last fall article of the season as we prepare to share our home for the Christmas holiday season. Please remember you can catch daily glimpses of our life by following me on Instagram. You can also stay up to date by reading our articles in the Apple News format. Thank you for stopping by and until the next time!

Rearranging Our Living Room Furniture

That is about all for now. One final tip: whenever you rearrange the furniture in a room, keep stepping back to take a peak at how it looks from every vantage point - including sitting in the furniture itself to see how it feels in its new position. If you do this, you can make little adjustments as your making the move so you don't have to redo the whole thing after you've done all of the heavy lifting. In the coming weeks, I'm going to be switching out Fall to welcome in Christmas so that I can incorporate some ideas that can hopefully give you some inspiration in your own homes. Before that happens though, I have to do some shifting in other areas of the house to prepare for the trees. I have a huge smile on my face right now.

Our Deep Blue Living Room, And Why We Love It.

Do I think that this color would work for everyone? No. It happened to enhance our style.  I think the lesson to take from this is that if you want to, you should try using color, color that you really love.  Maybe something that takes a bit of bravery to start rolling onto your walls. If you love something dramatic, give it a shot.  You can always paint over it.  Really.  Its true. 

A Gathered Stairway Gallery Wall

I hung our cast iron dutch oven campfire rod to add some vertical interest. I placed a couple of fresh fall sprigs across the light fixture and two mini white pumpkins atop the little candelabras to add a dimensional element and finish off the space. The light fixture is an actual working fixture but is not connected to electricity at the moment. It was the first item that George and I bought together when we made updates to our first home together and we brought it with us when we moved here. Some really simple additions that tell a little bit of our story, represent us and also flow with our style and up the stairway.

Simple Fall Front Porch

I chose red and gold colored mums and a variety of different colored and types of pumpkins to deck out our front door. Our local market is extremely inexpensive and has a wonderful selection of pumpkins including blues, cinderellas and fairy tales. Keep it simple by limiting your ingredients and focus on layering and placement. I think that you will like the results – walking up to our front door or opening the door to leave makes me smile every single time.