Pre-Spring Décor: Brightening More Than Just Your Room

When its cold outside, and spring is still weeks away, home décor can lift your spirits and put a spring in your step. Pre-spring décor can brighten more than just your room.

Today is a dreary day. It’s cold, winter-looking out and a bit cloudy. I am in the mood to rearrange and shop my house for new-ish décor, but the weather is not lending to spring decorating. Perhaps it is because it is not time.

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Eight Ways to Fake The Smell Of A Live Tree

In my adult life, I have only had three live Christmas trees. I love the beauty, the un-perfect look, and the smell of a live tree. However, I don’t love the clean up, fire hazard, or the stress of stringing the lights.

Having a faux tree is a convenience, for sure. No needles on the floor. Faux trees, or forever trees, are also more economical because you can re-use the tree, year after year. And, if you buy a pre-lit tree, you have the ease of the lights, the ease of no stress of stringing the lights.

Eight Ways to Fake The Smell Of A Live Tree

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The Hunt and the Find-where I shop for farmhouse decor

Since moving to our new house in April, I have shopped, decorated and made our house a home, not just four walls. I am enjoying the hunt and the find. I want to share with you where I shop for farmhouse décor.

As much as I like to shop, I like to shop smart, at least I like to think I do. Some of my friends have asked me the same question, over and over, “Where did you get this? It is so cute!” Since we moved in our new house, I have added more farmhouse décor, both modern and vintage. I’ve shopped a bit, both online and in some of Waco’s local shops. Per my husband, too much maybe? I am enjoying filling our new home with items that make me happy and that make our house a home.

The Hunt and the Find-where I shop for farmhouse decor

 

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Easy Ideas to Turn your Blank Walls into an Inspiring Gallery Wall


Have you ever looked at a blank wall in your house and thought about how you will decorate it?  Did the blank wall scare you? Did doubt overwhelm you and cause you to leave it blank? I have been where you are and I will show you how easy it is to fill your wall with items you love.

Gallery walls are all over Pinterest but how do you turn a blank wall into an inspiring gallery wall?

First, I want to assure you I am no expert or decorator.  So, if I can make a gallery wall look easy, you can do it, too! I started collecting items for my office long before we moved.  I collected inspirational quotes and graphics, clip boards, pictures and memorabilia that would make me happy to look at while I was writing.

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ten simple ideas to put spring back in your step

Spring has sprung! It is spring again!

Spring wakes you up just as it wakes the earth. Everything is new again. Spring is a nurturing time, a renewal. Time to wake up and get moving. If you are going through a tough time, spending time outdoors will help your mood wake up, brighten up, and you will feel new again, too.

Sometimes when you are feeling down, getting up and cleaning will get that down mood turned around. Spring cleaning, both inside and out, will brighten your mood and brighten your world around you.

ten simple ideas to put spring back in your step

Here are ten simple ideas to put the spring back in your step. And your surroundings.

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Discover Hidden Gems Online With H&M Home

Most everyone has heard of H&M. If you haven’t–be glad you are reading this! There are some hidden gems at H&M. They are known for their fashion, most of which is reasonably priced, all over the world. Both online and in their hip stores. Now you will know them for H&M Home.

You may not have known about the hidden gems online with H&M Home.  It is lovely and is worth a look.

Discover Hidden Gems Online With the H&M Home
From H&M’s website

I first discovered the Home Line at H&M, two years ago, and my sofa and bed haven’t been the same.

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Magnolia Market at the Silos

If you are a fan of the popular HGTV show that has popularized the term fixer-upper, you probably have a dream of coming to Waco, Texas, to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos.

Magnolia Market at the Silos

If you are dreaming of visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos, in Waco, read my article published in Victoria Lee Magazine.

I started the discussion with Anna Kat, the editor, in October. Began writing the article in January. Visited Magnolia Market at the Silos twice to take pictures. Ate cupcakes once.

Magnolia Market at the Silos

Labor of love? Occupational hazard? The fruits of my labor?

 

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How to decorate your home with Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery

I have rarely paid attention to Pantone Color of the Year. I know about it, I know of it, but I have never cared that much about it. I am typically a red girl and I wouldn’t redecorate my house because Pantone says I should use a specific color.

Until this year.

Pantone Color of the Year
Image courtesy of Pantone Color of the Year

This year, the Pantone Color of the Year is “greenery”.

While green is by far not my favorite color, I do love greenery. Actual greenery. I love to accent with both live and faux plants in my house. Especially in January, after taking all the Christmas down, un-decking my halls, I like to fill the void with plants. It can wake up a room, bring it to life. And there are benefits to natural plants in your home.

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Decking the halls with Christmas trees. Many Christmas trees!

Christmas trees are the main element in my Christmas décor when I deck the halls at my house.

There is a quote I like a great deal; it sums up the way I started decorating for Christmas. “The Perfect Christmas Tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!” Charles N. Barnard brilliantly exclaimed.

Last year, I wanted a change in the way I decked my halls. I had used a lot of the same décor for years. Being empty nesters, and not having grandchildren yet, (YET!?), I was ready for a change. A grown-up change. I turned to Pinterest (duh?) and I found the change I was looking for in one picture.

It was a simple tree, in a simple wooden crate.

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Simple tree in simple crates

It was an ‘ah-ha’ moment! I have crates and baskets and tins, galore! I already use them year-round; all I had to do is buy more stick trees and that would be my new motif!

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laugh in flowers

When we were in San Francisco, there was a lovely man who owned a little sidewalk flower shop in the neighborhood of North Beach. (right down the street from the gelato shop!) We stopped and bought flowers from him and I am so glad we did.

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Mark buying flowers in San Francisco

He was an Italian and had a lovely accent and was so happy when Mark told him to keep the change.  He hugged Mark and gave Danni and I a long stem rose each.  It was a nice moment that I won’t forget.

I wish Waco had a place like this downtown.

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