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    Fabulous Fall Decorating

    Thanksgiving to Christmas Touches Around the House

    Happy day before Turkey Day! Wow, time completely escaped me during my bout with the flu, and here we are one day before Thanksgiving and I am just getting around to sharing some of my Thanksgiving Decor. Most bloggers and home decorators have already moved on to Christmas, but my friend Debra and I love Thanksgiving so we are getting together today to share one last fall hurrah with a bit of Thanksgiving inspo. 

    How to set a lovely, vintage inspired tablescape for Thanksgiving

    I have already started transitioning to Christmas using greenery, which is one of the easiest ways to get a head start on Christmas decorating if you are a traditionalist like me and wait to decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. Here are a few shots around the house on this early, sunny Wednesday morning! Read more

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    Christmas, Create and Craft

    Elegant DIY Christmas Ornaments Using Mod Podge and Paper Napkins

    Elegant DIY Christmas Ornament Dollar Tree Ornmanet Hack Mod Podge and Paper Napkin Ornaments

    Add classic elegance to your Christmas tree or holiday vignettes with an easy, inexpensive and Elegant DIY Christmas ornament using Mod Podge, paper napkins and craft ribbon.

     

    I am excited to once again be joining a talented group of blogging friends for a monthly Pinterest Challenge hosted by my sweet friend, Cindy of County Road 407. If you are coming over from The House on Silverado,  or if you just happened to stop by today, I am so glad you are here! Read more

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    All About Home Link Party, Christmas, Fabulous Fall Decorating

    All About Home Link Party #171

    Happy Monday and welcome to the 171st All About Home Link Party! It’s such an exciting week with the official start of the holidays and of course my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! I could not be more thrilled to have a week off to do spend time with family and do some holiday decorating! I am so glad you are visiting this week and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! But first, the party. I am sure this week is just going to be full of DIY holiday decorating ideas and recipes! Read more

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    All About Home Link Party, Fabulous Fall Decorating

    All About Home Link Party #170

    Happy Monday and welcome to the 170th All About Home Link Party! I hope everyone had a nice Veteran’s Day and weekend. I unfortunately have been battling the flu for several days but I am feeling a bit better. I am so ready to get some Thanksgiving and transitional fall-to-winter decorating done but I am still too under the wintry November weather. At least I can gather up some fun inspiration here at this week’s party. Read more

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    Garden Thyme, Home Improvement and DIY

    Fall Landscaping at the New House! Our New (Old House) Diary Weekend #3

    Fall Landscaping Azaleas and boxwoods

    Hello friends! We have officially owned the house for three weeks and we have made so much progress already! I decided to start a weekend diary to keep you up to speed as we go along (I will go back and add a post about last weekend’s progress in the next day or two.)

    While my husband and friends are doing some dirty work inside, I am staying outside doing what I can. This weekend I (with a little help from my husband and brother) completely re-did the foundation landscaping in front of the porch. If you are totally shocked and confused, you might want to check out THIS POST from last week where I broke the big news about buying a new 1926 home! Read more

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    Drum Roll… We Bought a New (Old) House! (Part 1)

    YES, you did read that right!!!! 

    Hello there friends! I have been spending the last month or so trying to find a way to break the big news that we just bought a new house, but I couldn’t come up with anything, so  I finally just decided to write a simple blog post about it instead of waiting for some big elaborate reveal! Don’t worry, I am still blogging here at our yellow brick home and will continue blogging on with all the decorating adventures at the new home. It will be several months of renovations, painting and decorating before we move in. I will tell you all about our new home and why decided to move over the next several posts,  but I know you want to see it first!

     

    Here is our 1926 Craftsman Foursquare! It’s a diamond in the rough, loaded with understated interior charm and lots of potential outside too! I promise the exterior is much prettier in real life, and we have big plans to really add some major curb appeal. We think it will be a real show stopper by  this time next year! This pic was taken the first weekend after we closed on the house. Those big piles beside the sidewalk are almost 100 years of overgrown ivy that my husband removed!!!!  I love English ivy but it had completely taken over the house and something had to be done! We plan to paint the brick  in the spring (not yellow…) but we are still deciding.

     

     

    This side view is my favorite! The windows you see are part of the enclosed porch sunroom (one of the rooms that hooked me in!) I can’t wait to paint the storm window frames, add window boxes and corbels and pergolas…and oh, Christmas wreaths on every window…but I digress…

    *Note: The orange car will not be parked  where it is in this picture and there will be a row of beautiful burning bushes that are being transplanted along the property line later this week. The car belongs to neighbors who can’t park in their driveway currently as they are doing some home renos of their own. It’s always something when you’re a homeowner!

     

    Back to the painting, honestly if it weren’t for the ivy roots, we might consider leaving the brick unpatined with a darker, moodier gray as another the accent color…but I digress. We will documenting the ENTIRE process of making this house our home over the next months (years?) and I am so excited to have you on this journey!

     

    So here is a  quick picture taken from my car window to text to the porch roof to a roofing company (we are going to have shingles put on the porch roof to match the rest of the home.) I had so many great before photos on my phone, but I dropped it and broke it last week! I lost so many great before photos that I had specifically taken for blogging. Luckily my husband has some on his phone.  While we are looking here,  I think the shutters need to go. What do you think? Or at least a more “cottagey” style of shutters.

     

    This house has so much beauty and potential! We are starting with curb appeal updates while we still have some good weather. The front door seemed like the very best place to begin. We are going to be spending a lot of time relaxing on the porch, so it’s going to get some extra TLC.  It is 44 feet long with beautiful forest views to enjoy, just like our current home. By the way, we are still in our beloved historic neighborhood…on the same street even!)  

    *I am not worried about the address plaque because these days anyone can find anyone with a simple google search!

    *That powdery mess was a failed  Youtube DIY for cleaning brick with baking soda/peroxide DIY…

     

    Two weeks after closing here is how things are looking:

    Check out our first in-proeess and before pic of the door and the molding we added! The sidelights will  be stripped to the original wood  and refinished (here they are covered with citri-strip and plastic.)  You can’t see the pretty original door because it’s opened into the foyer (the room I am most excited to get started on!) You can also get a glimpse of the beautiful original stained beadboard porch ceiling.

     

    So much more to come…

    In the next blog post I will share more about how we literally walked straight in through the open front door of the house during an estate sale and knew it was meant for us. It has been a difficult decision to leave our home, but we feel certain the Lord opened the door for us to make this move in more ways than one.  (Thanks so much Debra for praying with me about this move!)

    Five weeks after first walking in, and here we are ripping out carpets, knocking holes in walls, (carefully, using safety precautions!) restoring the original 1926 front door, adding gorgeous moldings, cleaning like mad, gutting the kitchen and baths, and planning and dreaming of the beautiful home this will be in the not to distant future. It is not in bad shape at all, but it needs love, so much  ike the yellow brick home did eight years ago.  Since we aren’t moving just yet, I haven’t allowed myself to get upset about leaving our current home. There is a small possibility we might not even sell it, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

     

    Well, I hope you are as excited as I am and that you will stick around for this home makeover and moving journey! I will be back to blogging much more regulary now, as there will hardly be a day that goes by that there will not be something new to share. I will document in weekly progress posts, so be sure to subscribe by email if you haven’t already. I would love to know your thoughts or any ideas you may have too!

    Thanks for visiting today!

    Amber

     

     

     

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    Using Dried Hydrangeas in Fall Decorating

    Happy fall my friends! Don’t y0u just love decorating for this beautiful and cozy season?  It is certainly my favorite time to decorate although my “methods and materials” for fall decorating has changed over  the years. Instead of using a lot of  cutesy store bought fall items, I have been using more natural items or things I can find around the house with fall themes. Dried hydrangeas are one of my must-haves in fall decorating, although I love using them year round too. Read more

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    Fabulous Fall Decorating, Summer

    Simple Sunflowers in Summer to Fall Decorating

    It’s the time of year once again when we start thinking about cozying up our homes for fall, but it’s still 100 degrees and sunny outside! If you are unsure how to decorate during August and September, think “Simple Sunflowers!” They are the quintessential transitional flower that will brighten up any area indoors or out from now through Thanksgiving! Read more

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    Simple and Festive Christmas Decorating Tips

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…SUMMER! Well, this summer might just be a bit too hot for many of us and thoughts of cooler, frosty December mornings seem like a welcome relief! If you are dreaming of cooler days or if you just love Christmas 365 days of year and want to get a head start on holiday preparations, you’ve come to the right place! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more

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    Beautiful Summer Decorating Ideas at Thursday Favorite Things

    Summer decorating and home decor ideas by top bloggers

     

    Happy JULY and welcome to Thursday Favorite Things! I am thrilled to celebrate my fourth year co-hosting this fabulous weekly link party for bloggers and blog readers with Katherine of Katherine’s Corner and a fantastic group of bloggers!

    If you would like to make some new friends,  grow your blog audience, or just find some weekly inspiration, this is the place to be! *Bloggers: Please leave a comment with the number of your link up for a chance to be featured at next week’s party. The hosts are all looking forward to what you’ll share this week! (If you missed the last party and the AWESOME features, you’ll find it here.)  To get the party started, here’s what I have been up to:

     

    beach decor coastal decor beach house decorating beach house decor vintage nautical vintage beach seashells decor

     

    I just got back from a wonderful beach vacation and I am missing my beloved seaside already! I have been busy unpacking, doing laundry and tending to my garden (luckily very little loss despite the hot weather here while we were gone). I haven’t had time for a new post, but I have been gathering “Pinspiration” for a fun coastal-themed blog hop on Friday. Here is one of older posts full of gorgeous beachy and nautical inspo: Pin Away Wednesdays: Coastal Style and Beach Cottage Decor.

     

    I hope you will stop by tomorrow to see some beautiful and refreshing coastal inspo. Maybe all the “breezy” beauty will help us all mentally beat the summer heat!

     

    Now here are some beautiful features from last week’s party!

     

    It’s Time for Tea and a Monthly New Series ~ Everyday Living

     

    Vintage French wicker tray on the wall. Guest Bedroom With French Country Accents.

     

    Guest Bedroom with French Country Accents ~ Thistle Key Lane

     

    Summer Garden Updates ~ Masterpieces of My Life

     

     

    Midsummer Entry with Blue and White Transferware ~ Common Ground

     

     

     

     

     

    Guest Bedroom Saga- I think We Have a Winner ~ A Stroll Thru Life

     

     

    How to Make Flower Pots Look Amazing ~ Everyday Edits

     

    Curbside Table Flip ~ Simply Beautiful by Angela

     

     

    Window seat with European inspired pillows and Belgian linen slipcovered dining chairs in a breakfast area of a French country kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio. #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #breakfastroom #belgianlinen #windowseat #serenedecor

    When You Need the Perfect Linen Slipcovered Chairs ~ Hello Lovely Studio

     

    Bonus Feature

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    Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix ~ Artful Homemaking

     

     

     

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    Fabulous Fall Decorating

    Fall Decorating with Hydrangeas

     

    Happy fall my friends! Don’t y0u just love decorating for this beautiful and cozy season?  It is certainly my favorite time to decorate although my “methods and materials” for fall decorating has changed over  the years. Instead of using a lot of  cutesy store bought fall items, I have been using more natural items or things I can find around the house with fall themes. Dried hydrangeas are one of my must-haves in fall decorating, although I love using them year round too. Read more

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    Interior Decor and Styling, Vintage Style

    How to Achieve the English Country Kitchen Look

    English Country Cottage Kitchens English Kitchen Style

     

    Quintessentially English, the humble country kitchen is a look many aspire to. Whether you dream of the classic English country farmhouse with stone flags, wooden beams, and Hunter wellies warming by the stove, an Edwardian terrace with ornate tiled flooring and high ceilings with intricate cornicing, or perhaps a modest new build with the pre-requisite French doors opening to an English garden, a perfect kitchen with English country vibes is a look that can be achieved in any property, old or new.*This post contains affiliate links and/or collaborative content. Read more

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