The Best New Candle Scents of the Season

The Best New Candle Scents of the Season

 

candied-walnut-and-apple

One of my favorite things about fall is the smell.

I think every season has a smell…

…and fall’s is the best of all.

I love the smell of the air on a cool, crisp fall afternoon.

I love the smell of apples and cinnamon and pumpkin pie and the feel of a fuzzy wool scarf against my nose.

But when you write a blog, smell is a hard thing to get across.

So I put together a fun photo shoot for Yankee Candle that helps to illustrate the smells of their yummy new candle line called Wine Pairings.  It’s a really fun concept.  Each of the candle scents was meant to pair with a specific wine and cheese for the entire entertaining package.Continue reading

Twelve Fall Door Decorating Ideas

Twelve Fall Door Decorating Ideas

 
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This looks like a blog, right?

It’s not.

It’s actually an idea factory.

Especially if you have a door that needs a little fall?  This is the place.

(total aside:  I went all Grease The Movie in my mind with that last phrase.  Grease is the time.  Grease is the place.  Grease is the motion.)

Apparently, this is an idea factory that chases rabbits, too. 🙂

Are you ready for some ideas?  I have three different doors I created for Kirkland’s with three different looks and tons of easy, simple projects anyone can create in minutes.

So buckle your idea seat belt….

….because here we go.Continue reading

The Best New Addition to the Dining Room

The Best New Addition to the Dining Room

 
Dining Room Table Gray Chairs

Every couple of months, I’m lucky enough to get to go to the Kirkland’s corporate offices to tour all the behind the scenes.

I love those trips.

Everyone there feels like they should live down the street from me and I get to see all the upcoming collections and pretend like I’m a home and garden reporter in my head.

On my last trip, right in the middle of almost having a come-apart over all the reclaimed wood and this new vintage reproduction light collection, I spotted something out of the corner of my eye.

I couldn’t help it.  I skipped and rushed and ran to the back wall….

….to see this.Continue reading

Meet My Windows

Meet My Windows

 
family room windows

Six months ago this is where we started.

This is the family room hanging its head and its windows in shame.

The blinds were always down.

A big valance hid the top of the windows where the cracks were.

It was a pitiful sight.Continue reading

Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans

Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans

 
Fall centerpiece

Yesterday was learning day.

I learned that you can hollow out pumpkins and use them as vases and fill them with hydrangea.

I learned that a magnolia flower makes fall even brighter.

I learned that you can create this entire centerpiece for under $10.

And I learned that perspective?

It’s a really good thing.Continue reading

Meet My Laundry Room (and a Giveaway)

Meet My Laundry Room (and a Giveaway)

 

This post is sponsored by LG Electronics.

laundry room

Meet my laundry room.

We’ve had some adventures, my laundry room and I.

There was the day I added too much soap and the floor and carpet were covered in bubbles.

There was the time someone threw a mud covered shirt into the room and it flung mud all over the walls.

There was the time a stinky sock got stuck behind the door and I thought I needed to call an exterminator.

Good times.Continue reading

The Pride That Went Before the Fall

The Pride That Went Before the Fall

 
front room rug

If you are new here, let me introduce you.

This is my living room.

It’s showing off right now.  It’s been clean for about five minutes and it got a new rug and some new pillows and it kind of thinks it’s all that.

But you know what they say about pride.

It goeth before a fall.

Because this weekend I walked into this room and found this….Continue reading

The Day My Shutters Went All Gone With the Wind (and a 40% Off Coupon)

The Day My Shutters Went All Gone With the Wind (and a 40% Off Coupon)

 

This post is sponsored by Blindster.

master bedroom

When I was little my sisters and I used to play Gone With the Wind.

Or some facsimile there of.

We’d walk around in fancy costumes that came out of a barrel of old prom dresses some brilliant person handed down to us and wear hats and sip tea and pretend we were waiting to make clothes out of curtains.

I was in charge of everything.

So of course….

….I was Scarlett.Continue reading