Happy Holidays

Christmas Decorating With Vintage Finds

The holiday season for my husband and I began on Thanksgiving day when we hosted a big family dinner. Following a Black Friday spent with friends, the remainder of my Thanksgiving weekend was spent in a decorating frenzy. It always takes a full day to put up the tree, sorting out and fussing over whatever… Continue reading Christmas Decorating With Vintage Finds

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House and Home

Giving a New Holiday Look to an Old Holiday Tree

My daughter Amy and I made our annual visit to a nearby Christmas shop the other day. We walked through the display of themed trees to get ideas for decorating our own. Those who have been using the same artificial Christmas tree for many years will understand the draw I feel to buy a new… Continue reading Giving a New Holiday Look to an Old Holiday Tree

House and Home, Organize It!

Organize It! The Kitchen Makeover

What began as an organization project with cleaning and sorting, recycling and donating, has somehow blossomed into a whole house makeover. One of the largest projects was a very messy kitchen re-do! We knew we needed a new kitchen floor. But a bigger problem was our sagging ceiling. It was too big of a project… Continue reading Organize It! The Kitchen Makeover

Home Decor

The Dressing Room: Making a Staycation-Vacation Retreat at Home

One of the reasons I love a vacation house is because it doesn't have a lot of clutter. When I decided to create my own "staycation-vacation retreat" and remake my home into something that feels more vacation-home-like, I knew I would have one huge challenge. To live in clutter-free spaces, I must face the problem of organizing and storing all of the… Continue reading The Dressing Room: Making a Staycation-Vacation Retreat at Home

Staycation Vacation

The Laid Back Living Room: Making a Staycation – Vacation Retreat at Home

I love those vacation rentals that are a little tattered around the edges but also wonderfully warm and informal. The sort of place where the curtains are beginning to fade from the sunlight and where you feel perfectly okay putting your feet up on the coffee table, shoes and all. I want to live in a… Continue reading The Laid Back Living Room: Making a Staycation – Vacation Retreat at Home

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Coffee and Tea Please: Making a Staycation – Vacation Retreat at Home

  Everyone loves a vacation house. Whether it’s a high end condo in a resort area or a weather-worn shack at the beach, vacation houses are an escape.  They are the relaxed, comfortable, stress-free zones that we dream about the other 50 weeks a year when we’re not vacationing in them. Since leaving my job… Continue reading Coffee and Tea Please: Making a Staycation – Vacation Retreat at Home

Happy Holidays, Home Decor, House and Home

“Make Do” Decorating: Dress your Mantel for the Holidays

When updating my home decor from season to season, anyone who knows me can attest that I am a big believer in "making do" with things that I already have or seeking out things I want and need at area thrift stores. My methods may not improve the state of the economy very much and may cause retailers to… Continue reading “Make Do” Decorating: Dress your Mantel for the Holidays

Happy Holidays

Make Do Decorating: “Snowy Woodland” Christmas Tree

Christmas has exploded at our house. Many years of accumulation has resulted in box upon box of mismatched Christmas decor. They are things that I love and can't bear to part with even if I don't have the room to display them. That isn't really true though, because I almost always display them all, somewhere… Continue reading Make Do Decorating: “Snowy Woodland” Christmas Tree

Happy Holidays, Travel and Day Trips

“Tis the Season” for Christmas Shops

Holmes County is the heart of Ohio's Amish country. You can easily spend a day here, or a week, touring all of its many shops and sites. One Friday morning in mid-November my daughter and I made our way to Millersburg, Ohio with a single destination in mind. "Tis the Season" lays claim to being Ohio's… Continue reading “Tis the Season” for Christmas Shops