Random thoughts on a cold almost Christmas morning:

1. The caroling party was last night. I don’t think you have lived until you have stood in a living room with 50 people divided into 4 groups playing Christmas charades all at the same time. The house was literally bursting at the seams with laughter and awkward pantomiming.

Christmas partying until the end of the decade.

2. I’m heading over to a house this morning to help pick out paint colors. It’s one of my favorite things. Especially when I’ve discovered my new favorite white, SW 7637 Oyster White.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check it out for 2020.

3. Can we also talk about how much I love typing 2020? You know it’s going to be a good year when the numbers sound cute.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We decorated the bathroom and took a tour of the house decorated at night and told the rest of a really good story and created a few last-minute gift wrapping ideas together on video.


That was a lot for the week before Christmas.

And now?

Wait until you see all the amazingness I found for us this week.

This is such an inventive project for closet doors.

I’m making this in 2020.

You can see the DIY here.

This last-minute gift idea.

A snowglobe treat box.


See the how-to here.

This last-minute gift wrap idea is so fun.

These are dollar store baskets.

Don’t they look so high-end?

See the entire how-to here.

And this beautiful dining room makes me so happy.

I love every detail—from the chairs to those slipcovers to the Christmas runner.

See the entire space here.


And in random news this week:

This simple DIY

This blueberry bread

The dream house of 2019

These simple tips for facing your fears

These jingle bell balloons

These cute New Year’s Eve cupcakes

This pretty New Year’s Eve table

Six ways to decorate with bells

(this one will always be my favorite)

This printable New Year’s Eve invitation

And this.

These wise words are a brilliant lead in to 2020

And one more for the road

Thank you so much for all your sweet e-mails and comments about the Christmas lights at our house.

For everyone who asked about the outdoor lighting, I got it from one of my favorite sponsors on the planet, Lamps Plus. I cannot recommend it enough. It was so easy to install and the lights are on a timer. I just set them and forget about them.

I ordered two sets of these lights for each side of the house.

And then I got two floodlights for each corner of the house.

It makes me so happy when I drive up and the house is glowing at me. If you have any specific questions about the outdoor lighting, just e-mail me and I’ll send all the answers I have your way.

(disclosure: please note that Lamps Plus is a sponsor of mine, but all opinions are completely my own.)

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Love all the ideas -thanks for the weekly wrap up! Merry Christmas to you and your familyπŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

  2. Image for CherylB CherylB

    Merry Christmas from central KY, girl! I hope your β€˜author-ness’ keeps growing you have a way with words , girl. Makes me think I’m sitting next to you and we’re talking sippin that sweet southern tea!

  3. Image for . Marty . Marty

    Everything is always so pretty with your decor and I love, love, love reading all your posts. I wish you a VERY MERRY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS. thanks for being such a treasured friend.

  4. Image for Nita Nita

    Your home is beautiful all lit up for Christmas! I wish you a Happy Christmas and a very Blessed New Year. However, I went back and read your story of dreaming of being a star in the school play and laughed and laughed. Sorry to me it was really funny, hopefully no offense, because I really do love following your blog!

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