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    Hello and welcome back to another week of Thursday Favorite Things! I hope everyone had a beautiful and lovely Valentine’s day!

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    I am blessed to be joining Katherine at Katherine’s Corner and a wonderful group of bloggers as a co-hostess for this fantastic weekly blog party. If you are looking to grow your blog, make new friends, and be inspired each week, this is the place to be. If you would like a chance to be featured, please leave me a comment with the number of your link up. I am looking forward to seeing what you have to share this week! Before we start the party, here’s what I have been up to recently:

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    Interior Decor and Styling

    Traditional Dining Room Inspiration

    Gorgeous dining rooms

    Hi friends! The weather is a bit gloomy and cold here, so I am spending the day inside just looking online for traditional dining room inspiration. We have a traditional style dining room which is a separate room off from the kitchen, characteristic of 1920’s homes. While I love having a traditional dining room, a lot of the historic charm has been lost over the years, so I am searching for ways to add some classic character and updated style at the same time. For today’s post I am sharing some photos of beautiful traditional dining rooms and design elements that I find inspiring. I am also identifying some essentials for designing a beautiful, traditional dining room space. Enjoy! *This post contains affiliate links.

     

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    This gorgeous dining room has all the traditional design elements: beautiful furnishings, a classic tablescape with coordinating dishes and crystal stemware, candles, fresh flower bouquets, a mirror as artwork on the wall, and a gorgeous area rug. And just look at that chandelier! For each of the pictures in this post I have chosen beautiful chandeliers and light fixtures for inspiration, as well as examples of the other design elements pointed out here.

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    In this swoonworthy photo we get a peek into a dreamy dining room filled with beautiful treasures. I love the simple potted fern as a centerpiece, which doesn’t distract from the yummy cabinet filled with ironstone dishes on the far wall. The interesting light above the dining room table is stunning.

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    Vintage Valentine Vignettes

    Gorgeous Ideas for using vintage finds in Valentine's Day Decor

    Welcome friends! I am so happy to invite you into my home today to see how I have decorated for Valentine’s Day with vintage Valentine vignettes. I am genuinely so excited to be sharing this post as part of A Vintage Valentine Blog Hop along with seven other vintage loving bloggers!  You are in for a real treat today with all of the vintage goodness on this hop! If you are coming over from Laura’s blog, Decor To Adore, I know you have already been so inspired by her gorgeous post. Come on in and take a look around at some of my vintage Valentine treasures too!

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    It’s A Vintage Valentine Blog Hop And Link Party!

    A Vintage Valentine Blog Hop

    Hello everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start! Tonight I am busy finishing up a special post that I can’t wait to share with you tomorrow as part of A Vintage Valentine’s Day Blog Hop! Several of my vintage-loving blogging friends and I would like to invite you into our homes to see how we have incorporated vintage Valentine style. It is sure to be an inspiring hop!

     

    You’re invited to A Valentine Link Party!

    Tomorrow evening (Feb. 6, 2018)  you are invited to share your Valentine’s Day themed posts with us by linking up to the “Share The Love Valentine Link Party.” The party begins at 5:00 p.m. EST and will last through Valentine’s Day at 10:00 p.m. so there is plenty of time to link up, visit, comment and share some bloggy love with old and new friends!

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    There will be a round up of the most viewed posts on Friday, Feb. 16th, so please check back here to see if you have been featured. We can’t wait to see what you share! See you at the hop and the link party!

     

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    Natural Interior Design: Bring The Outdoors In

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    Spring is coming! I can’t wait to work in my garden and have fresh herbs and flower bouquets around the house again. Who’s with me? Actually, do we really need to wait until the weather warms up to bring the outdoors in? Of course not! Any time is a good time to add vintage garden style or natural touches to our homes.  I love looking in magazines, and on Pinterest at bright, beautiful sun rooms and garden rooms that capture this aesthetic. Today I am sharing some inspiring photos as well as tips for natural interior design, regardless of the type of home you may have. *This post contains affiliate links.

     

    Do you dream of a space that lifts your spirits and rejuvenates you?  Then you'll enjoy this collection of pretty sunrooms!

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    Vintage Style

    How To Add Vintage Style To Your Home

    Hello everyone! As promised I am working on bringing my readers more posts on vintage decorating style. Vintage decor is more popular than ever, and it can be incorporated into your home in so many easy ways. Even if your house is modern, vintage elements can still be worked in to add some cozy charm. Vintage decor and collectibles are great for making your house have a unique feel, and for giving it lots of character. Many vintage items evoke the countryside, and the farmhouse or cottage look, which so many people love. There is just something so homey and welcoming when we are surrounded by the timeworn items of yesteryear. *This post contains affiliate links.

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    Cozy Neutral Winter Home Tour

    Cozy Neutral Winter Home Tour

    Hello everyone and welcome to my cozy neutral winter home! If you are visiting from my dear friend Debra’s beautiful blog, Common Ground, I am so glad you are here! I am happy to share my home with you today and to celebrate the winter season. Being a lover of all things white, I certainly love the beauty of snow. If we must have a winter then let it snow! It may be cold outside, but it is easy to create a warm and welcoming winter home using neutral decor and woodland accents. Although I could do without the extreme cold, I love a crisp winter day with a bit of snow outside. Days like those are perfect for settling in and celebrating the coziness of home.

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    This morning I awoke to find around four inches of freshly fallen snow, our first big snow of 2018! As I came down the stairs, the living room was so bright and beautiful, as the magical white wonderland outside was bouncing light all around. It was a perfect day for capturing a few last minute pictures of my cozy neutral winter decor to share for the Neutral Winter Decor Blog Hop put together by Kathy at A Delightsome Life.

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    Charming Vintage Recipe Cards

    Collecting and decorating with vintage recipe cards

    We finally got our first real snow day here!  I really loved sitting in the breakfast nook “taking tea” and enjoying the snowy pines out the window. It was the perfect day to stay inside and finish up packing away all the Christmas decorations and to do some winter styling in the kitchen.

    Beautiful farmhouse kitchen on a snowy day

    One of my favorite yard sale finds is a collection of charming vintage recipe cards. Over the years I have used them time and time again in seasonal vignettes. As I was styling this winter  vignette on top of my old retro cabinet filled with Rae Dunn Pottery, I got the idea to do a little post all about my vintage recipe cards. *This post contains affiliate links.
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    Let’s Go Junkin’: Vintage Market Days

    Hello my junk loving friends! Vintage Market Days has just announced their Columbus dates for April 27th-28th and I could not be more excited! My mother and I attended Vintage Market Days in October and it was nothing short of amazing.  We still talk about all the treasures we regrettably passed up, and the beautiful booths!

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    Today I will be sharing some pictures from our trip and giving you some information on the event. I think you will be making plans to attend the next show near you after you see all of the beautiful vintage displays and merchandise. What is on your junkin’ wish list for spring?

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    Bits Of Vintage: Beautiful Decorative Accents For A Winter Home Refresh

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    Hello friends! I hope you are having a great week! Today I am excited to be sharing one of my favorite home decor shops, Bits Of Vintage! After the holidays I have decided that there seriously needs to be a “Winter Home Decor Refresh” around here! Although I am primarily a vintage decorator, I always try to incorporate a few stylish new decor accent pieces to keep my style from looking “dated.” Even though I junk hard to use mostly vintage and antique finds, in the winter it can be more difficult to get out and go junkin’, and there can be some “slim pickin’s” this time of year. That is why I am so thrilled to have discovered Bits Of Vintage, and I am proud to be partnering with them too! *This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy for details.

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    Christmas

    A Holiday Grand Finale: Christmas Home Tour 2017

    A stunning historic home decorated for Christmas with traditional and vintage style

    Happy New Year! How are you spending the holiday? Our family is comfy and cozy enjoying a quiet night inside. Over the weekend we had a light snow that made for some very cold and slick conditions, so we are just happy to be safe and warm at home together. This evening I am wrapping up the holidays here on the blog by sharing a Christmas home tour “grand finale” for 2017!

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    This year there were many “plaid tidings” and vintage Christmas goodies to explore in our 1921 yellow brick home! A very old and rare blow mold Santa standing on an antique, chippy pressed back chair greeted guests at the front door which gave a hint of what types of treasures awaited inside.

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    Come on in out of the cold and take one last look at Christmas 2017 with me!

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    Sing We Now Of Christmas: Holiday Music Room Tour

    Beautiful 1920's home decorated for Christmas music room

    Sing we now of Christmas, sing we here noel! Yes indeed, here at our home you will hear singing all through the holiday season! For a music teacher, vintage Christmas collector, and home decor blogger it is certainly the most wonderful (and busiest) time of the year! Today I will be sharing my music room for the It’s A Wonderful House Christmas home tours that I have joined with 19 other bloggers! If you have just come over from Slightly Coastal, I know you have already been treated to some amazing Christmas decor. A special thank you to Olivia at Reinvented Collection for hosting this tour and for all of the inspiration she provides on her beautiful blog too! I am also excited to be linking up this post for Jennifer Rizzo’s 2017 Holiday House Walk Link Party. There is truly so much inspiration in blog land right now. I hope you find this post inspiring too!

    Our holiday home is always busy and bustling with the sounds of the season! At Christmas time we have many guests and visitors who are greeted at the front door with a shabby wooden treble clef “wreath” that is on display year round. I simply change the seasonal floral and greenery picks for the seasons. This year I have created a simple, wintry welcome with boxwood, blue juniper and eucalyptus. Read more

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    Fresh Cranberry, Sage, And Bay Leaf Garland

    Well friends, here we are just one week away from Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season! I have been working on my Thanksgiving tablescape and adding lots of festive touches that will easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Last night I was thinking that I wanted to use cranberries and sage in my holiday decor, so I decided to make a beautiful, fresh and fragrant garland for my chandelier in the dining room.

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    Fabulous Fall Decorating

    Grateful Gatherings In The Kitchen

    Grateful Gatherings Simple Thanksgiving Decor

    Hello and welcome to the Grateful Gatherings blog hop! I am truly grateful for the opportunity to host this hop and to be inspired by 13 other talented bloggers who will be sharing their late fall and Thanksgiving decor over the next three days! If you are coming over from A Delightsome Life and Common Ground, welcome! If you missed Kathy and Debra’s amazing decor, simply follow the links at the end of this post. You will be glad you did!

    Thanksgiving Blog Hop

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Of course I am Christmas crazy too, but I think Thanksgiving is just so beautiful! It encompasses the last of Autumn’s splendor and the excitement of the holidays ahead, which makes it perfect in my opinion! Today I will be sharing some “Grateful Gatherings” of late fall and Thanksgiving decor in the kitchen, the heart of the home!

    *I have added some affiliate links throughout the post and at the bottom of this page for your convenience in case you see something that interests you!

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    Let’s Go Junkin’: The Country Living Fair Columbus, OH 2017 And A Special Interview With Rachel Hardage Barrett

    Let's Go Junkin: The Country Living Fair Highlights

    Hello dear junk loving hoarders and flea market foragers! Today I am thrilled to share a special post all about my dream day at the Country Living Fair  in Columbus, Ohio last month! Of course the Country Living Fair is any vintage junker’s dream, but it was a special interview with Country Living Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief, Rachel Hardage Barrett that really made it a dream day for me. In early September I contacted Carrie Carlson, PR director at Country Living about possibly covering the fair for my “Let’s go Junkin’!” series here on the blog. Carrie set me up with a free early bird ticket to the Columbus event, and some photos and documents pertaining to the history and specifics of the fair to use in my blog post. She also set up a time for me to meet and interview Rachel! The perks of blogging!

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    Let’s Go Junkin’: The Top 10 Booths At The Country Living Fair Columbus, Ohio 2017

    The top 10 booths at the Country Living Fair where to shop for vintage junk

    Welcome back to the Let’s Go Junkin‘ series! Last month I attended the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH and it was nothing short of amazing. In my previous post I shared all about my day at the fair and some fun highlights which included a special interview with Country Living Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief, Rachel Hardage Barrett! It was such a interesting post to create with the fun interview and so many photos of amazing vintage junk…you won’t want to miss it!

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    There were 200 vendors at the fair this year! I came home with so many wonderful pictures that there were just too many for one post, so I decided to create an additional post to share my top ten personal favorite booths. Take a look!

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    The Farmhouse Frocks booth display was my most favorite! A lovely chalkboard and old rusty bicycle parked on top of a shabby tent surrounded by autumn kale and heirloom pumpkins had me swooning!

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    A Simple Guide To Gardening Month By Month

    Year Round Garden Tasks

    Have you been waiting for spring so you can get back to work in the garden? While the more enjoyable garden “tasks” such as sampling vine ripened tomatoes and cutting beautiful bouquets may happen in late spring and summer, we gardeners are actually busy all year round. There’s always something to do outside, even in the winter months when you need to work extra hard to ensure your garden is protected in the cold weather. Here’s a simple guide to gardening month by month. Following this guide will help your outdoor area look great all year round! *This post contains affiliate links.

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    Five Exterior Home Improvement Ideas

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    Guess what friends? It really is almost spring! Yesterday as I was walking in the back door, I noticed my chives are already coming up in the garden and the birds were singing…sure signs that spring is on it’s way! This reminded me that it is time to start thinking about exterior home improvement updates and landscaping changes. This will be our fourth summer here at the yellow brick home and so far we have done very little to the exterior of our home other than a bit of landscaping and cleaning things up around the property. Our home is handsome on it’s own, but it could definitely benefit from some cosmetic changes to really make it stand out and give it some curb appeal. With that in mind I started thinking about all the areas that need to be addressed when sprucing up a home’s exterior. Here are five exterior home improvement ideas. *This post contains affiliate links.

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    Four Home Investments To Make Now

    Increase your home's property value

     

    Hello and welcome back to Home Ownership 101! Today’s topic is home investment. When we talk investments, we usually think about things that have an initial cost that slowly gain value over time. In terms of our homes, this can include big renovations, repairs and other design choices that just keep on giving many years into the future. With spring coming, many people are making plans to invest in their homes, but the to-do list might be overwhelming, so it is important to place priority on those projects that will yield the best return over time. Our home improvement list is pretty long, but we are really trying to make changes that will increase our home’s value. During my training to obtain my KY Real Estate license, I learned a lot about home investments and ways to improve future property value (appreciation). Here are four home investments to make now that will certainly pay off in the future. *This post contains affiliate links. Read more

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    Dreamy Bedroom Inspiration

    Beautiful and romantic cottage bedrooms

    Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you all had a sweet Valentine’s Day! Tonight I have been in the mood to explore some dreamy bedrooms on Pinterest and I am once again compiling a list of ideas for upcoming redecorating projects. The bedroom is not a priority on our list of home improvements, but it is still fun to get some ideas. From the feedback I have gotten from all of you, it seems you are really enjoying all of my recent interior design and styling posts, so I decided to create this post to share some dreamy bedroom inspiration with you too!  *This post contains affiliate links.

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    The bedroom should be a tranquil place, so I try to consider this aspect when putting ideas and design concepts together. I love rooms that incorporate calm colors and soft lighting and make the bed the focal point of the room. 

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    Home Ownership 101: How To Prepare For Home Emergencies And Disasters

     

    Recently my dear friend Jordan, blogger at A Blue Nest lost her home and all it’s contents in a house fire. Luckily the family was unharmed, but it has still been so heartbreaking to watch her go through such an ordeal. The event was also an eye opener, as I realized that disasters can strike at any time. (Please consider donating to the Khan family via the donation link included at the end of this post).

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    Jordan’s loss really made me start thinking about emergency preparedness and how to be ready for the various disasters that can affect our home which can leave us in difficult situations both financially and logistically. While it is not a “fun” topic for a blog post, I think it is a necessary one for all homeowners.

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    Christian Living

    Finding The Meaning Of True Love On Valentine’s Day

     

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    Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your day has been filled with LOVE. Yesterday I was taken aback at the crowds of frenzied and frazzled people rushing around doing their last minute Valentine’s Day shopping. It was almost as crazy as Christmas Eve! It made me stop and think about how silly all of the commercialism is, and what God must think about all the spending that goes into a holiday created to show people that we love them on one specific day a year!

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    I also started thinking about people who don’t have a “Sweet Babboo” (as Sally calls Linus), or elderly people who don’t have children or grandchildren to visit them. I thought about the hurting people who have been broken and betrayed by infidelity, or those who have lost a loved one. These types of situations can make Valentine’s Day truly miserable for certain individuals. How could I share God’s love with them? How could I minister the meaning of true love, God’s perfect love? Read more

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