Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snow Days

I'm a girl from the coast. I love the beach but I also love cold weather and snow. This week has been the BEST. We got snow!!

Everything in our small town shut down so we loaded up the family and off to the hills we went for some sledding. Poppy Joe found the perfect spot.

 My talented friend Abbie Franklin from CARTERelite Photography captured some images of our fun. 


I have been so thankful for this week. Fun times with great friends are priceless and we have truly made some great memories.

            Jake and his buddy Aiden                                                             Phil and Jake

                             Abbie and Allie wiped out, therefore adding some warpaint to the face.

          Phil and Jake getting a push from Al                                                   Allie and Ava

         Alaina and I.......we are now butt buddies because we bruised our tailbones while sledding! OUCH.

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          My husband, the barista prima.                                Our gear in front of the heater drying for round 2.

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It was a wonderful sight this morning when I looked out of my bedroom window and saw this impression of a snow angel. It was created by my little angel.

The song is ringing through my head "I am blessed. I am blessed. Everyday that I live I am blessed. When I wake up in the morning 'til I lay my head to rest, I am blessed. I am blessed.

Friday, January 24, 2014


I love to decorate with trendy items. You can take a traditional room and freshen it up with some trendy items like pillows, a new rug, or some accessories and it can give it a brand new look.

Some of the trends from 2013 were chevron pattern, gold, Greek key pattern, animal heads, and bamboo. Will these items stick around for 2014?

I think some certainly will. Some items that will be hot for 2014 are dhurries (which are flat, woven floor coverings), brass curtain rods, and sheep skin (rugs, pillows, and even furniture).

Some other items are:

-A touch of yellow in your space.

-The color Radiant Orchid, like on the pillow. It's Pantone's color of the year. Try incorporating in your space with a throw, a pillow, and a piece of art work.

-Hides, hides, hides, of every kind. Rugs, pillows, and furniture. I love it, love it, love it!!!!!!

-Anything knit, like the basket pictured above or with pillows and throws.

-Faceted lamps. They are geometric in shape and look great in bright colors.

-Nailhead trim furniture. To me, this is timeless.

-Round mirrors.

-Ikat pattern, like on the Radiant Orchid pillow. The pattern is not new, but it is great enough to stick around.

-Feathers, like pictured on the pillow above. You can also use them in art work.

-Global items, like the Kantha throw pictured above.

-Brass is the new gold. Brass is being paired with wood in coffee and side tables. Loving this look too.

Ultimately, it's about what you love, not what is trending. Surround yourself with the things you love and most of all, with the people you love. That will make a beautiful, happy home that will never go out of style.

Thank you,, for the inspiration.