Happy New Year!!! Thank you for bearing with me while I took a little break during the holidays, but I’m back now and ready to write, research, and share with you. I have to admit that I feel like I’m entering 2017 without much of a plan, I know some things I want to look into and share on the blog this year as well as projects I want to undertake and share with you but other than that I don’t have much of an idea of where to go or what to do. Here’s what I do know, there are a ton of projects we want to do around our house, some large and some small, and I definitely want to get some (or all) of them taken care of this year.
January 2, 2017
December 23, 2016
Happy December 23rd, I hope everyone finds themselves healthy and happy two days before Christmas. I have a few more errands to run today, you know there are always lots of loose ends to tie up before the big day gets here. I’ll be taking a few days off from the blog to be with family and friends but I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas. This has been a very tumultuous year for all of us, not only did we have THE most volatile and angry Presidential election in modern American history but there have also been disturbing events around the world. There are definitely times when I think the world was better off when we didn’t know what was going on at such a rapid rate, today something happens on one side of the earth and we know about it on the other side within minutes. I by no means think we shouldn’t be informed or keep ourselves ignorant but if nothing else we need to be more tolerant and stop and think before reacting to others. The morning after the election I thought a lot about my mother’s life motto, “Nothing is ever as good or bad as you think it’s going to be.” This has gotten me through a lot of things in my life and will as long as I live. But, there’s another phrase or two I think we need to remember, “Be Ye Kind To One Another” and perhaps the Golden Rule is the one we all need to practice a lot more, “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.” But, whatever you believe I think we can all agree that we yearn for 2017 to be MUCH better than 2016, for now, enjoy the holidays along with your family and friends. I hope you have good food and drink and a warm place to partake of it all and I hope I’ve inspired you somehow this year as we look at design in our lives. I’ll be back next week, but for now, have a Merry Christmas and Enjoy!!!
December 22, 2016
Happy Thursday everyone, if you’re wondering about the title of today’s post I called it that because today is my birthday. 50 years ago today I was born in the hospital at Weatherford, Oklahoma, and because it’s my birthday I thought we would take a look at what Christmas looked like in 1966. I LOVE Christmas decorations from that time, anything actually from the 1930’s through the 1960’s, back then Christmas trees were dripping with sparkly icicles and space-age looking ornaments. Join me for a walk down memory lane as we take a peek back in time and look at Christmas 50 years ago, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
December 19, 2016
One night last week we drove out to Yukon to see their beautiful Christmas In The Park light display, we wanted to go before the “Polar Vortex” arrived. Christmas In The Park has been going on for several years, it’s made up of over 400 lighted displays and over 4 million lights. Many of the displays are sponsored by businesses, individuals and families and all have a Christmas theme to them. Yukon is about a 15 to 20-minute drive west of Oklahoma City and is well worth a visit, especially if you have kids. We drove through the entire display but there are several places along the way that you can park your car, get out and walk among the displays and enjoy them up close. I wanted to share some of the sights from Christmas In The Park with you as we head into the week before Christmas. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!
December 16, 2016
Today we are going to tour in detail two more rooms in the White House all decorated for Christmas. First, we’ll look at the Lower Cross Hall, a hallway that connects the State Dining Room to the East Room and also allows you to get to the Red Room, Green Room, Blue Room and the Library. I’m sure this is a highly traveled area of the mansion and everyone has to smile as they walk past the smiling snowmen and if you look up you’ll see a ceiling full of winter delights. One of the rooms off the Lower Cross Hall is the Library, a room that used to be used for laundry today is home for books and learning. Because it’s the Library this rooms decorations have an educational theme to them, all done in fun bright colors. Hang on, here we go down the Lower Cross Hall to the Library, Enjoy!!!
December 15, 2016
Yesterday I shared images with you of the Christmas decorations at the White House for 2016 and today I decided to go a little more in-depth and share images of details of decorations in some of the rooms. Today we are going to focus on the Vermeil Room and the China Room, tomorrow we will focus on two other areas of the Executive Mansion. The Vermeil (ver-may) Room gets its name from the gilded silver collection that’s housed in cabinets in the room. The Vermeil Room is also home to seven portraits of former First Ladies, including Jackie Kennedy and Lady Bird Johnson. The room is painted a pale yellow and the room is customarily decorated in pale colors and the decorations usually have a feminine touch. The China Room is home to the various collections of china that are used in the White House for State Dinners and special occasions, this room also houses the portrait of First Lady Grace Coolidge. Mrs. Coolidge’s red dress has inspired the red background of the china cabinets as well as the rug, draperies, and the Christmas decor. Join me for a peek into these two elegant rooms as we continue exploring the White House at Christmas, Enjoy!!!
December 14, 2016
I have to make a confession, I sent in my application this year to apply to be one of the volunteers who decorates the White House for Christmas. Obviously, I wasn’t chosen but I’ll try again and we’ll see what happens. I always love seeing what the creative minds come up with who are in charge of decorating the home of the President and First Family for Christmas, they always come up with wonderful themes and work in great ways to pay homage and respect to certain groups, especially our women and men in uniform. This year’s decorations don’t disappoint at all, they are dramatic, bright and beautiful, just looking at the pictures I got a lot of ideas for not only Christmas decorating but other creative projects. I hope you’ll join me today for a tour of the White House all decked out for Christmas and check back with me later this week as we check out some of the rooms in more detail and take a closer look at just how all this beauty was accomplished. Enjoy!!!
December 12, 2016
I had seen this technique for making an ornament wreath online several years ago and had filed it away in the back of my mind and decided to give it a try this year using some of the great Shatterproof Ornaments available from At Home. You can find almost any color you can think of in these ornaments, so you can create wreaths of any color combination to go with your Christmas decor, I love the multi-colored one I created today but this would be just as beautiful all of one color. I’m definitely going to pick up other colors while they’re available so we can create other wreaths through the year for other holidays. I bought everything I needed at At Home except for my glue gun and glue sticks which I already had. Here’s several pics showing you the process to create the wreath and I’ll go into more detail with the pictures, Enjoy!!!
December 9, 2016
Christmas Candles are one of those things that give you a double “hit” of pretty, they’re beautiful to look at during the day because of their colors and the designs on them and they’re even more beautiful after they’ve been lit. When I was a little boy we had a red and white candle that was in the shape of Christmas Tree, we never lit it because we didn’t want to destroy it, I still think of that candle every Christmas. At Home has a lot of beautiful candles in the stores in whatever colors you’re looking for, whether it’s gold, silver, white, blue, or red they’ve got it. As you’ll also see today they have beautiful candles in great designs like the red and white candy stripes I’m featuring. Here’s a look at what you can combine and create using Christmas Candles from At Home, Enjoy!!!
December 8, 2016
I saw all these beautiful boxes from At Home and just had to mention and show them on the blog. The boxes are decorated beautifully and can be used for SO many different purposes and easily stored since they all rest inside of each other taking it down to one box to put away. So, without waiting any longer here’s a look at a few of the different boxes available from At Home and some ideas of how to make the best use of them. Enjoy!!!