Twinkle Twinkle Little Christmas Dining Room (and a Giveaway)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Christmas Dining Room (and a Giveaway)

 
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This wasn’t the post I was going to write today.

I was going to photograph the dining room with its Christmas dining room decor and give you some fun ideas for inexpensive decorating ideas for your room.

But just as I finished with the last branch and the last ornament and the last furry pillow on the last plaid throw, the sun started to set.

It took my breath away.

The setting sun.

The Christmas tree casting a warm glow over the room.

The tiny houses glowing in the coming darkness.

I couldn’t help it.  I had to show it to you.  I grabbed my camera and snapped and snapped and snapped away to try to capture that moment.

I hope you like twinkles as much as I do. 🙂
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Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover With the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover With the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

 
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I couldn’t decide which I was more excited about….Christmas morning….

…or this post.

Several months ago, Sherwin-Williams contacted me to see if I was interested in working with them to design a room around their color of the year.

Design a room?  Discover a new paint color?  Plan a new space?  Why, yes.  Yes, I would.

Especially when they told me what the color was.

SW 6039 Poised Taupe.

As soon as I saw the color, the room leapt into my mind.  Poised Taupe is a warm/gray brown with the slightest hint of purple.  It’s so rich and luxurious and I knew it needed wood and natural tones and a whisper of pull-up-a-seat-and-lets-have-coffee-and-talk.

Ready to meet my new dining room?

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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It’s official.

We are spending the weekend Christmas decorating.  We, as in me and the mouse in my pocket.

I’m not going overboard right now.  Just a little here and there.

Mostly because it makes me happy.

Mostly because I’m distracting myself from worrying (even though we are all on the mend).

Mostly because when the sun sets at 5:00 and the Christmas lights are twinkling…

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Changes and a Bay Leaf Magnolia Evergreen Holly Garland

Changes and a Bay Leaf Magnolia Evergreen Holly Garland

 
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Today I decorated the table in the dining room.

I added pumpkins and tinier pumpkins and a bay leaf garland and magnolia and evergreen and holly that covered the table and looked like fall….

….one last time.

I tucked the orange pillows on the chairs and fluffed the burlap curtains and straightened the dishes and swiped a cobweb off a woven, grapevine pumpkin.

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The Best New Addition to the Dining Room

The Best New Addition to the Dining Room

 
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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….

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Fall Tour 2016 (and a $100 HomeGoods Gift Card Giveaway)

Fall Tour 2016 (and a $100 HomeGoods Gift Card Giveaway)

 
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I can’t believe you’re here.

Actually, I think I should start with I can’t believe that fall is here….

…and that summer is about to leave the building.

But I digress.  That’s a story for another day.  I’m so happy you stopped by for the HomeGoods Fall Home Tour from Rhoda’s or Jessica’s or your kitchen or from just down the road.

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Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans

Hydrangea, Pears and Blue Jeans

 
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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.

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One Day They’ll Tell the Story

One Day They’ll Tell the Story

 
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One day my children’s children’s children will tell stories about me.

I can’t wait.

Truly.

I’ll be perched on a rocking chair with glasses and a gray messy bun still wearing yoga pants and red lipstick…..

….listening to every word.

This one will say this and that one will say that and they’ll laugh and giggle and roll their eyes and wonder if the stories are true.  They’ll talk about the time I brought the roast to garden club and the day I wore Lee Press On Nails and how I almost cried in a newspaper publisher’s office.

But the story they’ll tell over and over again?

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