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Modern Farmhouse Holiday Porch Decor

Modern Farmhouse Holiday Porch Decor

Can you believe Christmas is almost here!?! These last few months have really flown by. I was very reluctant to throw out my pumpkins and put away the fall decor (I waited until December 1st) but I finally decked the halls a little bit around here and put out some holiday porch decor. We’re traveling over the holidays this year so we did not buy a big tree or decorate inside, but I do like to keep our porch current with seasonal decor, especially since we’ve done so much to improve the look of the exterior of the house. So, here’s how we decorated our modern farmhouse exterior with some holiday porch decor 🙂

Holiday Porch Decor

I kept it very simple. I picked up a couple of real wreaths from the Christmas tree tent for our main entry and tied bows using black and white plaid ribbon. I also grabbed a couple poinsettias – I’m not typically a poinsettia fan but since our rug has some red and maroon tones I thought it would work. I think it’s imperative that you take the poinsettias out of the cheesy plastic wrap they come in and put them in a different container.… Read more

Semihandmade Launches New Line of Custom Cabinet Doors

Semihandmade Launches New Line of Custom Cabinet Doors

Everyone has heard of IKEA, but have you heard of Semihandmade? Semihandmade is a company that makes custom cabinet doors to fit IKEA cabinets allowing you to have the look of a custom kitchen at a lower price point. Semihandmade’s newest line of custom cabinet doors was designed by blogger, designer and product creator extraordinaire, Sarah Sherman Samuel. She’s also the designer behind some pretty awesome wallpapers!

Inspired by classic beadboard because of its versatility, Sarah created a modern beadboard look. I love the detail the clean lines give the cabinets, while still looking fresh and sleek.

They come in 8 colors! 

And if the new custom cabinet doors were not enough, Sarah designed a line of brushed brass drawer and door pulls to go along with it!

Pretty awesome, huh?

I can. not. wait. to design my new kitchen!! If you or someone you know is about to tackle a kitchen reno, IKEA cabinets with semihandmade door fronts are an option to consider!… Read more

Things I’m Diggin’

Things I’m Diggin’

Hiya friends and Happy December! I was reluctant to throw away my pumpkins but I finally did. While I’m going very minimal with holiday decor this year since we’re traveling over Christmas, I did fall in love with some unique global holiday decor that you must see.

The Citizenry is a great company offering home goods from around the world – my favorite kind. They believe “our homes should be reflections of the journeys we take. Our personal spaces deserve designs with a soul, a story, and a purpose.” Isn’t that awesome? They partner with artisans from around the world and offer unique handmade global goodies.  The African mudcloth stockings and tree skirt is sooooo, so good. And that other geometric pattered stocking is from artisans in Peru, an amazing place I recently visited.

  1. African mudcloth stocking / 2. African mudcloth tree skirt / 3. Estrellas geometric stocking

And speaking of boho Christmas decor, check out my Christmas tree last year. I used lots of these cute little woven macrame ornaments, which I still love.

boho tree ornaments

Happy December you guys!… Read more

Black Friday + Cyber Week Sales

Black Friday + Cyber Week Sales

Tis’ the season of turkey, pumpkin pie and shopping! Here are some deets on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week sales going down.

Lulu and Georgia is having a great sale for Black Friday and Cyber Week.

11/23-11/27 get 25% off everything with code GOGOGO.

11/27-12/3 get 20% off everything for Cyber Week with code CYBER.

11-24-11/28 Black Friday sale:

15% off of orders $250 and higher with code BLACKFRIYAY15. 20% off orders $500 and higher with code BLACKFRIYAY20. 25% off orders $1000 and higher with code BLACKFRIYAY25.

 

World Market is doing site-wide 25% off sale 11/21-11/22 using code HOLIDAY25

Cyber Monday (11/27) Up to 40% off + Free Shipping on $50+. Use code CYBERSALE

Free Shipping on $100+ (11/23-12/24) with code SHIPJOY

 

Le Creuset has a few different deals going on including free shipping on everything this season.

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20% off orders over $199 for cyber week using code CYBER20 + free shipping and free returns.

 

Wayfair has lots of sales going on and One Kings Lane is offering 20% off site-wide.

Sur la Table is offering $50 off all full-size Vitamix blenders until 1/7!… Read more

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas & Hostess Tips

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas & Hostess Tips

Did Thanksgiving sneak up on you? Here are some last minute Thanksgiving ideas to help you have a stress-free and pretty Thanksgiving holiday complete with hostess tips and a pretty tablescape, obvi. 😉 Happy entertaining, friends.
Photography by Jacqui Cole Photography.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

Serve a welcome cocktail at the door. 

Welcome guests with a tray of self-serve cocktails. Prepare a large batch in advance and just before guests are scheduled to arrive, pour over ice and serve. Try a cocktail fitting for fall like a spiced pear cocktail.

Recipe: Spiced Pear Cocktail
12 oz Vodka
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean
Dash Cinnamon
Sliced pear for garnish
Blend & serve over ice
(makes 8 cocktails)

As you all know, I’m obsessed with tablescapes so here’s a last minute Thanksgiving idea for styling your tabletop.

Add an unexpected element. 
Impress your guests with a fun and unique element. We created individual charcuterie boards for each guest which is a cute alternative to a large charcuterie board. For another impactful moment, we repurposed a large round candle holder as a focal point floral centerpiece.
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Hanging Chair Roundup & Styling Ideas

Hanging Chair Roundup & Styling Ideas

I’m working on a design for an interesting room for a client -a yoga room! How often does one get to design an in-home yoga room? It’s been a fun space to work on and I’m so glad my client loved the idea of putting a woven hanging chair in there! You guys, I love woven chairs and hanging woven chairs are even better. They are fun, versatile and add a unique element to a space. You can use them inside or out. Just imagine them with a couple throw pillows and a fluffy blanket.  Since the hanging chair we originally chose for my client’s yoga room was on backorder for like ever, I had to find a replacement. I was scouring lots of hanging chairs so I figured I’d round some of my faves up for you guys. Hanging chairs come in different shapes, sizes and colors. You can even find double chairs that seat 2 as well (#8 below) as woven hanging benches (#10 below)!

Hanging Chair Options

hanging chair

1. Hanging Rattan Chair / 2. White Hanging Chair / 3.… Read more

Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week! While I usually go all out, we’re doing a super low-key Thanksgiving this year but that doesn’t mean you have to! Today I’m recapping some of the Thanksgiving tablescape looks I put together last year to inspire you to kick your Thanksgiving entertaining up a notch. 🙂 Click on the links to check out the original blog post with a lot more photos, tips and recipes for each tablescape.

Organic Boho Thanksgiving Tablescape

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See more from this tablescape here. This Thanksgiving tablescape features a soft, organic color palette of neutrals and green. A macrame runner provides texture and gourds and artichokes act as centerpieces. Floral arrangements of white flowers and succulents alongside speckled dinnerware and silver and wood accents create an organic yet refined Thanksgiving tablescape look.

Get the look:

organic-boho-tablescape1. Le Creuset Braiser  / 2. Boho Inspired Menu / 3. Wilder Dinnerware / 4. Silver Goblets/ 5. Woven Napkin/ 6. Wood board / 7. Mini white cocotte /  8. Macrame runner / 9. Metal Dining Chairs / 10. Ceramic vase

Moody Black & Red Thanksgiving Tablescape

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See more from this moody black and red tablescape here.Read more

Personal Thoughts on the Loss of my Father-In-Law

Personal Thoughts on the Loss of my Father-In-Law

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves memories no one can steal.”

I am sorry for being MIA the last few weeks but sometimes life happens. My family recently suffered an unfortunate event. My father-in-law, a great man, passed away after a battle with ALS. While he was sick, we thought we had more time with him then we ended up having. It’s very sad but we’re all trying to find joy in the memories we have with him. He always read my blog and so I wanted to just say a few words about him here.

Frederick Michael Daly was his full name, but I always called him “Mr. Fred” because when I first met him when my now hubby and I were in high school, “Mr. Daly” felt too formal but “Fred” too informal so that’s where I landed. He was the most patriotic person I ever met. He spent time in the Army during Vietnam and always flew an American flag in his yard. He was very thorough in everything he did. He was also very frugal.… Read more

Exterior Updates: Our White Farmhouse with a Metal Roof

Exterior Updates: Our White Farmhouse with a Metal Roof

Exterior Progress

My friend pointed out recently that a lot has happened to the exterior of our house that I haven’t shared on the blog. If you’ve been following along for a while, you may recall that we painted the exterior of our house (we DIY’d it!) and got our roof replaced this summer. We also painted the exterior doors and installed new outdoor lights. There’s a blog post on the black outdoor farmhouse lights we were considering at the time. The exterior is still not done, but we have come a loooong way and pretty much have our dream white farmhouse with a metal roof now!

Let’s take a look at some before and afters, shall we?

Not a huge difference, right?

Haha just kidding. The “way before” photo is what the house looked like when we saw it for the first time. We knew right away that it would look cute if it were a white farmhouse with a metal roof. I explained the whole backstory in my introductory blog post about the house, but the house was bank owned and had been vacant for a while.… Read more

My Favorite Pisco Cocktail: Chilcano de Pisco

My Favorite Pisco Cocktail: Chilcano de Pisco

Happy Friday, friends! This is my last post of my “Peru week” series. All week I’ve been talking our trip to Peru and I shared our trip report, the best things to bring home and an online shop where you can score some of your own Peruvian home goods. What better way to celebrate the end of the week with a cocktail recipe? A pisco cocktail, of course.

My Favorite Pisco Cocktail

Peru’s national spirit is pisco and the national drink is a pisco sour. Ever since getting sick from a pisco sour in Argentina I can’t seem to get past the key ingredient that creates the foamy consistency in a pisco sour – egg whites. Now, of course, I couldn’t resist my Peruvian bartenders’ insistence that I try his pisco sour, but I am just not a fan. However, I was delighted to discover a new cocktail in Peru that I do love, and that my friends is a chilcano de pisco. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Peru is all about their pisco. Pisco is a clear brandy made from grapes produced in Peru (and Chile).… Read more