Christmas in the Bedrooms 2017

I’ve been having such fun this season investing in some Christmas decor for the bedrooms, hopefully to be enjoyed year after year.

I’ve been on a mission to find timeless elements I’ll still like in 10 years (with a trend or two for fun). It makes me smile to think of future guests or future children enjoying the Christmas cheer all over.

Guest room 1Our larger guest room, which faces the front of the house, has been CRAMMED full with the addition of our oversized arm chair and ottoman. They had to be removed from the living room to make way for the Christmas tree. Guest room 1_2Pops of red (and a sweet little skiing mouse snow globe ornament) add some vibrant color. Guest room 1_3I grabbed these velvety shams at the Pottery Barn Outlet in Georgia. The duvet was from French Laundry Home and is good and HEAVY. It’s filled with cozy comforter, too. These things are musts for our guests because we keep our home nice and cool during the winter. The standard striped shams were also from PB a few years ago, and the quilted accent pillow was handmade and purchased at the Country Living Fair. Guest room 1_1This World Market basket is the perfect place to house a tiny flocked Christmas tree. The little frame is a welcome with our WiFi log in. Guest room 1_4Guest room 2_5Having a neutral backdrop has made it easy to incorporate vibrant Christmas reds in the tiny guest room. I even like the pale-blue Magnolia against the reds.Guest room 2_6This red quilt is from target, but it’s just folded over a fluffy comforter. I added a little extra mattress pad over each bed, and I can now say these beds are truly comfy. Maybe next year I’ll add some flannel sheets to our winter bedding rotation. Guest room 2_7Wreaths from Magnolia add a little more festivity. Guest room 2_8And yet another felt mouse snow globe. He makes me grin when I pass by the rom. Guest room 2_9The Santa signs were handed down by my Mom and Dad. 

And last but not least, our room got some holiday bedding. This quilt was a find on Joss & Main. The extra-wide pillow cover was purchased from the Hoosier Sisters booth at the City Farmhouse Pop Up Christmas Sale last year in The Factory at Franklin, TN.  master_1The other two fern prints that wouldn’t fit in the tiny guest room have found a home in our room. masterI sure hope Mr. S feels happy to be home when he walks in the door.

Your Sumner Magazine

Our home was featured in Your Sumner magazine this month.

It was a fun, unexpected adventure thanks to the sweet and smart Hollie Deese.

I had just about no time to prepare (clean and decorate), which I think made things more authentic for sure. 🙂

Screen-Shot-2016-08-11-at-2.52.22-PM-768x568.pngThis was the header they made. Though I grew up here in Sumner County, this was a warm welcome as new homeowners in the area.

Sources: paint color, Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray | dish pantry, Joss & Main | striped chair and foot stool, Ballard Designs | side table, World Market | tabletop, metal tray from Magnolia Market | turned-base lamp and copper lanterns, Red Tulip Gifts in Gallatin, TN | white chair and ottoman, IKEA Ektorp | Dresser, painted by me with Annie Sloan Old White | glass lamp, World Market | painting, me | mirror, Leaf & Petal | planters and lemon cypress, Long Hollow Gardens | tobacco basket, Antique Tobacco Barn | seagrass rug, Pottery Barn
Screen-Shot-2016-08-11-at-2.51.36-PM-768x509.pngOur room so far. Lots I’d love to add to soften this space someday, but I’m waiting patiently for just the right things at just the right price, not to mention waiting for our youngest pup to grow up.

Sources: paint color, Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray | thumbprint tree, Me | vintage mailbox and shutters: Southern Accents Architectural Antiques | nightstands, Target | lamps and bird pillows, Homegoods | demijohn, Hobby Lobby | bed, Restoration Hardware | buffalo check pillows, IKEA | boxwood wreath and linen duvet, Target | euro shams, Then & Again Home MarketplaceScreen-Shot-2016-08-11-at-2.51.04-PM.pngI thought it was sweet that they highlighted this quote, especially because it may have been the only time I effectively and concisely conveyed my meaning. 🙂 I’m the absolutely worst speaker, and my thoughts spoken aloud are often a jumbled mess. However, I hope and pray each person who comes into our home feels just like this,

Sources: paint, Sherwin Williams Sea Salt | tin vase, Then & Again Home Marketplace | concrete canisters, Tracery Interiors | floating shelves, Target | potted boxwood, Kirkland’s | wooden, whitewashed S, Target | twine and spool, Crate & Barrel | carved elephant, travels overseas| tissue box, Amazon | wooden bowl, Tracery Interiors

Screen-Shot-2016-08-11-at-2.52.36-PM.pngA little bit of my office (which I have since deconstructed).

Sources: wall color, Dovetail Gray by Sherwin Williams | chalkboard, World Market | lamps, painted by me, shades from Target | metal tool bin, Then & Again Home Marketplace | dresser, family piece, painted by meScreen-Shot-2016-08-11-at-2.52.49-PM-768x532.pngA view of our kitchen with the table Dad and Brother built.

Sources: coffee bags (framed), Southern Accents Architectural Antiques | lamps, Barn Trash from The Strawberry Patch Festival | side table, World Market | turned wooden flower pot, JBS Mercantile from The Country Living Fair | light fixture, Lowe’s | vase, Summer Classics Home | pedestal, Scarlett Scales Antiques | upholstered chairs, T J Maxx | end chair, Restoration Hardware

To read the article, click here!

Printable Christmas Gift Tag Freebie

Hello, All!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving this past Thursday; the Great American Holiday is one of my favorites. But, for me, it pales in comparison to what’s coming!

A thrill of hope
A weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks
A new and glorious morn’

I’m excited to share this printable set of gift tags to enjoy at home.

I don’t know about you, but gathering, buying, stashing, and wrapping gifts for people during this time of year is one of my favorite things. I love to show people I love and think of them. I actually get teased by my family because I cannot stand to wait to give a gift; I insist that my gifts are opened immediately. And keeping a gift a secret is a real struggle for me!

You’ll want to print this on plain ol’ white paper from your printer, or even better, card stock if possible. 🙂 Then, cut them out and glue or tape them to packages as you wrap away.

 

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Merry Christmas and much love from our family to yours; whether you are part of a family of one or twenty, I know our Heavenly Father has made a way for you to be part of His, too!

XoXo,
L

Deuteronomy 6:5

New Print available in Etsy Shop! IMG_7840One quote comes to mind:

I’m IN LOVE, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it!
~Buddy the Elf

Why? Because I love the nautical feeling of two trends; indigo and brass!

IMG_7843Inspired by these, I decided to create this little piece based on some earlier calligraphy practice with one of my favorite scriptures.

Isn’t it fun when multiple passions just go together like PB&J? Memorizing scripture and penmanship practice… Penmanship practice and Adobe Illustrator practice… Adobe Illustrator Practice and a love of home decor…

It all came together to inspire this totally IMperfect piece featuring a totally perfect scripture:

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6:5

Available for download at our Etsy shop here.


Hope this little printable brings you some encouragement in your walk to do just that!

XOXO,

Mrs. S

 

It is Well

IMG_7471Hi, friends! Just popping in with this little download for you.

We’ve been walking through one of those weird seasons in life. Truly, it’s never my intention to be vague or mysterious, but this time, the specifics don’t matter for our purposes. 🙂

Recently, we thought we’d come to the end of a challenge, only to find out we were merely halfway through.

But our hope isn’t in outcome out circumstance!

Whatever the Lord has in store, we can truly say, “Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,”

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Available for download at our Etsy shop here.

 

 

I’ll let this hymn’s lyrics speak to your heart, wherever it may be:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Refrain:
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Feel free to click the image to download, print, and enjoy.

With Love,
Mrs. S.

Valentine’s Printable

Is anyone else out there a(n obsessive) Wuthering Heights fan? I sure am! Not only have I read the book a few (too many) times, but I also even made my poor husband watch the latest BBC version. Oh, what a romance (I’m not sure if I mean Heathcliff’s maddening love for Catherine or Mr. S’s romantic-mini-series-enduring love for me)! 

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, who better to quote than Catherine herself? IMG_7011

I doodled this simple little image on Illustrator and thought I’d share in plenty of time for Valentine’s day.

When it comes to Valentine’s Day decor, I like to keep it simple! I may not go all out, but this sentimental heart cannot let the day pass without at least acknowledging it. PrintThis image is scaled for a 5″x7″ frame, but you’ll have to select 5″x7″ in your printer settings.

Enjoy!

XOXO

 

Christmas Preparations

Battling week 4 of a rather brutal cough/cold I simply cannot beat and almost healed from whiplash from an automobile collision.

I finally gave in and have taken two days off from work after much deliberation and have been feeling such a strong longing to be there, but know I will not get better if I do not rest. On pins and needles wondering how the day is going, but know that I have the best team teachers in the world.

Sadly, Mr. S has caught “the funk” from me, too. I suppose it’s the time of year in which that becomes an occupational hazard for all teachers. We are giving thanks for generally good health and for no serious injuries from the car accident. IMG_6300-1The day after Thanksgiving, we brought one of our nephews home for a slumber party. We watched Christmas movies, drank hot chocolate, and decorated for Christmas. We cherished the one-on-one time with him.

I sure was thankful to have two great helpers!
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We got the place ready for celebration. Mr. S specifically requested plenty of classic red, and I happily obliged.
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I got it in my head that we’d use a galvanized tub instead of a tree skirt for our tree, and it meant poor Mr. S was basically all on his own to find one and to situate the tree safely in the tub. Isn’t love grand?
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Little ironstone pitcher full of Christmas goodness. IMG_6312

Our simple little nativity scene brings me joy and makes me feel like a little kid again. I just play with the figures, scoot them around, and imagine what those present must have thought and felt! IMG_6303

We tied pine branches to our chairs to add a little something, too.

Merry Christmas to you, wherever you may be! Letting the true reason for the season fill my heart. No need to focus on events, parties, and fancy gifts.

Enjoying time with my dear Mr. S while he is home.

Now to get well!

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Just A Little…

I really do make it a steadfast rule that Christmas decor doesn’t go up before Christmas, but just this project couldn’t wait 4 more days.
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The sweetness of joy, apart from circumstance, comes into our hearts when we accept Christ!
My hope isn’t in outcomes in this world. I have fullness of joy, no matter the trial or season, because of this simple truth: God came to Earth as a humble baby, He died sacrificially for my sin, He rose again, and one day He is coming back!
Merry (early) Christmas, friends!

Get It Together

Blissful times are ahead as I prepare, with gladness, for that handsome hubby of mine to come on home after a long leave of absence for work.
To help make the reintegration of two busy lives as smooth as possible, I felt like it was time to update some of our organization systems. IMG_6111.JPGThis little write-on, wipe-off frame is used for evening meal planning. I simply doodled the text with a gold paint pen, used white chalk to highlight the letters, and popped it into the frame.
After trying a system in which I wrote every meal and snack on a complicated grid, I’ve realized that, for the two of us, simply having a detailed plan for dinner is plenty of meal planning.
I use a wet erase marker for writing and clean it off with a damp paper towel.

IMG_6125.JPGThis daily/weekly/monthly cleaning schedule sits below it and keeps me on track where cleaning is concerned. Having a visual checklist has always been very motivational to me, and it actually lets me spend less time cleaning by helping me to stay more efficient. I got it from The Art of Simple here and modified it a few years ago to meet our needs.

IMG_6128.PNGI snagged these wire drawers at Target and they help me to stay on top of all the mail and paperwork for work.

IMG_6129.PNGI decided it was time to make our cork board both prettier and more functional. I don’t know about you, but beauty really does inspire me in my day-to-day. This pretty brass clock, a favorite family photo, some fresh flowers, and a special necklace all bring me happiness as I pay bills and make plans.
I keep a personal planner for my schedule, but I’ve decided we’d benefit from a combined family schedule, too. I hope the calendar on the cork board will do just that. I like when I know things like whether Mr. S has to appear in court in the a.m., if there is an upcoming drill weekend or military special school, if we have social/church church commitments, etc.

IMG_6127-0.JPGThe last improvement around here is my favorite! Brother took the time to come over and build me a shelf above or washer/dryer. I cannot even express how nice it has been to have cleaning products off the washer/dryer! I finally have a flat surface for folding. Heaven! How blessed am I?
Hooray for making preparations for precious homecomings.
This heart is overflowing with praise!