All posts tagged: decor

Hotel Living at Home

I love staying at luxe hotels. They feel so special and glamorous. But a couple of years ago I realized that a hotel (where I do NOT spend most of my time) should not be more enjoyable to me than my home (where I DO spend most of my time). So, I decided that I should identify the specific details I love from my hotel stays and incorporate them into my home! Here’s how I did it…

Take a Bough!

If you haven’t noticed already, Christmas trees are being sold at every lot, corner, and Christmas tree farm as far as the eye can see! And…little did you know, those are the best places to….’take a bough’! Evergreen bough that is…let me explain…

Chic Home: Living Room

The living room is a very important room in a home. It is essential that it is both comfortable and very pretty. Regardless of how large your home is, you can never have enough storage, so I’ve come up with a chic way to organize our living rooms that maximizes storage AND makes it gorgeous…

Halloween Foyer

It’s here! Our first festive holiday of the fall season. I am ecstatic. I’ve been prepping for our little trick-or-treaters by making decorations, planning costumes, and buying candy. And today, it’s time to prep our foyer for the festiveness! Here’s my easy plan…

Halloween Hoopla!

Ghosts and goblins, spiders and bats,
Witches and skeletons, pumpkins or cats…

Whether you make elaborate or simple choices when decorating for Halloween, there are so many options it’s rather spooky. It always amazes me the amount of effort some people put into this bewitching day. I, for one, lean toward the simple side. But I must admit, to this day, I’m the elaborate one when it comes to the candy! What’s Halloween without the treats, right? I always manage to end up with 2 months supply, for that 1 day event, even though I know I’ll only get a handful of trick or treaters showing up on my door step. But I digress…

My Halloween requires only pumpkins, gourds, and Mums (one of the few fall flowers that actually likes the cooler weather)…and a seasonal wreath for my door. Oh, and a talking witch stirring her cauldron and a dancing, singing skeleton (I do that for my grandson and husband). Although, it does crack me up when listening to the witch list the ingredients that she’s stirring in the pot, and the skeleton’s ‘super freaky’ song!

Here are some ideas for your Halloween decor:

The Easter Lily!

As the saying goes…”To gild a lily is to attempt, foolishly, to improve on perfection.” Easter Day is a time for sunrise and church services, and families gathering to rejoice and celebrate a cherished tradition of life and hope on that glorious day of resurrection. The one floral symbol decorating homes and churches in abundance on that spectacular day is the Easter Lily! The pure white, trumpet-shaped flowers of the Easter Lily symbolize purity, and the fragrance is heavenly! bit.ly/1VnGB9z When buying the Easter Lily for your home, or giving as a gift, look for an average sized plant (not too tall or short) with healthy, green foliage from top to bottom. To extend the bloom time, make sure the buds are in various bloom, from unopened buds, to half-opened, to full bloom. Easter Lilies prefer bright, indirect light, and cooler temperatures away from drafts, heat, and drying air. Water when the soil feels dry, but don’t over water or let it set in water. Also, remove flowers as they lose their luster. When all the …

There’s a Little Bit of Irish in All of Us!

As luck would have it, with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I found a Shamrock plant, (Oxalis, the lucky clover). The lucky part about it? I found it at my local grocery store, and it’s easy to care for!     As a house plant, it loves bright, indirect light, cooler temperatures, and kept evenly moist and well drained.    This Shamrock plant has delicate, white flowers that set above a generous mound of dark olive green, 3-leaf clovers (leaves)! In the evening, the flowers close and the leaves droop down, but in the daylight hours, it perks right up again!    It will have a dormant period in winter, so don’t worry when it looks a little under the weather. Set it aside for 2 to 3 months until it’s ready to grow again. Link to bulbs (not grown plant): bit.ly/1QKeMVC   Not all clovers are alike, and this Shamrock plant is different from the clover I find on my lawn. I, along with my grandson, search for the elusive 4-leaf clover all the time, and although he has found a few, I have yet to be lucky enough to find one…..or is it patient …