Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Natural Holiday Scent

 I like to make simmering pots all throughout the year, but I especially love how it makes the house smell great at Christmas.

There's no right or wrong recipe.  You can use whatever fruit or spices you have on hand, fill your pot with water and simmer on low. *Watch carefully and refill water as needed.

 For this mix I used: orange slices, cranberries, fresh rosemary, pomegranate and a 1/4 cup of star anise.

Star anise has a strong black licorice scent to me.  The aroma can be overwhelming.  Use less if you prefer!

 It also helps to add moisture back into the air.

Also, to store the mixture, I've kept it in refrigerator for days without it going bad.  Once the pot cools down completely, you can cover it and place it in the fridge.  Then add water and reheat it again.

It smells so wonderful.  I love to open the windows, let the fresh air in and scent my home naturally!  

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tis The Season for Holiday Entertaining

  I love when my friends visit.  If I know in advance that they're stopping over, I like to put together something simple to eat.  It's also a good excuse to indulge in a few sweet treats.

The pastries are store bought.  The trick is to display them nicely. 

I garnished the desserts with rosemary and sage for fresh-holiday look.

Then topped the danish with cranberries to resemble a wreath.

Mini pies wrapped with ribbon inspired by Jenny Cookies.

Wood Ellis Stand is from Magnolia.  


I refuse to spend money on expensive tablecloths.  Instead I purchased 2 yards of inexpensive fabric and made one myself.  You can also cover your table with a pretty sheet found at a thrift store.

Also if you serve your treats warm, your guests will think they're homemade!!

A pitcher full of eucalyptus to add a little color to the table.


Merry Christmas!  Thank you for stopping by today.  

Friday, December 8, 2017

DIY Open Kitchen Shelving

I have always loved the appearance of open shelves in the kitchen.
  
Recently when I tackled my mini-kitchen makeover, I decided to incorporate the look.  The shelves were easy to assemble and a great way to add interest to this empty wall space, allowing me to display some of my pretty things.

I purchased a pine board from Home Depot and had it cut to size.  My tip: inspect the boards for damage and try to pick the straightest board you can find.  Originally I stained the shelves, but felt they looked too rustic.   I decided to sand them down and paint them white instead.   To seal the shelves, I used Minwax Polycrylic.


I had a hard time finding brackets that I liked.  Etsy to the rescue!  I was so happy to find the exact bracket style I wanted at a great price; hardware included!

Once I decided where I wanted to place the shelves, my husband measured and made sure everything was level before drilling the holes.

They're safely anchored into the studs.

As you can see, I couldn't wait to decorate them!
  
I have a small collection of pitchers that I wanted to display.   I played around with their placement until I was happy with the design.

Here's what they look like after I restyled them!  I wonder how designers make it look so effortless?  I've moved things around probably 10 times!



Most of the items you see here I've had, I shopped my house and shuffled decor from other rooms.

But I also took advantage of a couple Black Friday deals from Anthropologie and McGee & Co.

This ceramic salt cellar is from Crate & Barrel.

The berry box colander is from there too.

A bowl full of lemons to brighten these dreary winter days.





I love these ceramic egg crates.





My son is a huge basketball fan.  To get him interested in learning to cook more, I purchased cookbook co-written by a former New York Knicks' power forward.

I'm so happy with the new look.  It makes our kitchen feel more up to date.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas

Good morning, friends!  With the holidays right around the corner, I'm joining an incredibly-talented group of bloggers for a Deck The Halls Blog Hop.  I'm so grateful to be included in this diverse group.  We hope to inspire you as you begin your holiday decorating!

My daughter's birthday is the first week of December.  I decided to decorate her room to kick off the season.

I like to keep our holiday decor simple.  I don't have a lot of extra space to store things, so I use natural materials that can be tossed or planted in my yard.

Fresh greenery is the perfect holiday accent.  I love the smell!  Be sure to stop by Home Depot for free tree clippings(they're in a labeled bin by the Christmas trees).

I cut greenery from my yard and mixed in a few tree clippings, to create a free arrangement that will last much longer than flowers.
  
My mom loved wearing holiday brooches.  After she passed away they were given to me.  I placed one on display from her collection.

A past holiday card from my sister and these adorable wood trees are from Etsy.

A petite tree in an olive bucket for a simple holiday touch.

I decorated the tree with fairy lights and gold-glittered stars.

 I created a little spot in her room to enjoy hot chocolate and a classic book.


 




Our sweet puppy Autumn posing for pictures!  


My daughter and I have seen the Nutcracker together every since she was 5.  It's our favorite tradition.  

 


I switched out a couple of her botanical prints with holiday cards from Rifle Paper Co.








The white ruffled pillow covers are from Home Decorators; years ago on clearance.

The gray cover is a recent Pottery Barn purchase.

Thank you so much following along.  Below is the entire list of participating bloggers. Be sure to click through the links to see some amazing inspiration.