homesweethome1Growing up in New York City, I knew that unless I had Rockefeller money, moving to the neighboring ‘burbs was my only option of owning a house. Yes, “house.” Not an apartment. Not a studio. I wanted a multi-level, detached H.O.U.S.E. I was fine with selling my city girl soul for some much needed living space (indoors and outdoors).

In April, 2005 (months before our wedding), Chris and I bought our first and current home in the ‘burbs………  read more here

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Garden Tours and Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop

I'm happy to kick off summer by joining blogger friends of mine in a special "Garden Tours and Outdoor Spaces" blog hop! It's no secret that my family and I practically live outdoors during the summer. How incredible is it that our living space immediately doubles...

10 Gorgeous Upholstered Headboards

Remember my master bedroom makeover I shared last fall? I'm so thrilled to share with you the news that my headboard (a DIY project I did for that makeover) was highlighted on Joss and Main's website! You can read all about it here. Joss & Main chose 10 bedroom...

Summer Mantel Decor

It wasn't long ago that I shared how our mantel was decorated for spring. Guess what? It's already time to decorate our mantel for summer already. No, no... I'm not drastically changing things around. In fact, I usually do a simple decor transition from spring into...

Reveal of our Tropical Dining Oasis Makeover – ORC Week 6

This spring edition of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling It Home has been an eye opener. A pretty big revelation developed last week. I no longer will allow myself to obsess over getting a summer vacation home. Who knew that in the midst of updating...

Tropical Plants – ORC Week 5 Update

It's Week 5 of my guest participation in the One Room Challenge (ORC), hosted by Calling It Home and I'm pretty much at the home stretch! In case this is the first time you’re hearing about the ORC, please catch up on these previous posts here: Week 1 // Week 2 //...

Bamboo Chairs – Tropical Outdoor Dining Oasis (ORC Week 3)

Welcome back to another edition of my guest participation in the One Room Challenge (ORC) hosted by Calling It Home. In case this is the first time you're hearing about the ORC, please catch up on these previous posts here: Week 1 // Week 2 // Week...

Tropical Outdoor Dining Oasis – ORC Week 3

It's week 3 of my guest participation in the One Room Challenge (ORC), hosted by Calling It Home, and it's definitely the week when panic starts to set in! How are we are already halfway through this challenge? That's part of the thrill and insanity of doing a...

Tropical Outdoor Dining Oasis – ORC Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of my guest participation in the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home! If you missed last week's post, you can catch up here. As I'm writing this, I'm actually on spring break with my kids. No, no, we're not away in some fabulous vacation...

Tropical Patio Makeover – ORC Week 1

Brace yourselves --- Beauteeful Living is diving into another "6 Week Short Makeover" and you’re all invited to witness the mayhem! In all seriousness, I'm thrilled to be a guest participant in the spring edition of the One Room Challenge (ORC), hosted by Linda of...

Spring Mantel – Flowers Galore

Today, I'm excited to join some blogger friends of mine in a "Spring Mantel Blog Hop," organized by the lovely Amy from My Life From Home. It may not feel like spring with the cold temperatures lately but today's post and blog hop should get you thinking about warmer...

Lucky Spring Floral Centerpiece

You know spring is near when you see St. Patrick's Day decor all around stores. I am definitely not complaining! I really love the spirit of St. Patty's Day and today, I along with some blogging friends, are all sharing DIY projects that we created to celebrate this...

Modern Halloween Decor

If you haven’t started decorating for Halloween yet, don’t fret because in today’s post

Summer Home Tour 2016

Today’s summer home tour is a continuation of my recent outdoor patio tour.

Our Inground Pool Preview

Ever since we purchased our home over 10 years ago, I’ve wanted to have an inground pool

Modern Rose Bloom Wreath

Lately, I can’t seem to get enough of projects using silk flowers. My fixation continues on the blog

Magnolia Flower Ball DIY

One of my favorite things about spring is seeing the beautiful blooms blossoming on trees this time of year.

DIY Wine Bottle Vases

Valentine’s Day must not be far away because it’s already time for another edition

Jewelry Pegboard DIY

On the blog today, I’m sharing a tutorial of the jewelry pegboard DIY

Christmas Home Tour

I’m so excited that the day is finally here for the full reveal

My Spooky Drink Bar

Being that Halloween lands on a Saturday this year, my husband and I decided

DIY Spooky Chandelier

Since I’ve wanted to make embellishments to my pendant chandelier for Halloween

Updating Our Foyer

I’ve wanted to make changes to our foyer for at least 2 years now.

Summer Home Tour

How is it that we’re into August already? Didn’t it seem like summer just started?

Summer Entertaining Tablescape

I’m so thrilled today to share how I decorated our dining room and created a tablescape for summer entertaining.

Our Kitchen Renovation

Today, I’m sharing photos from one of the first major renovations we’ve done to our home since purchasing it

Spring Banner DIY

Pennant banners are among my favorite elements in party decor.

Envelope Pillow DIY

I did it! I sewed my first pillow cover…an envelope pillow cover

Paper Fortune Cookie DIY

In my last post, I shared with you this Paper Fortune Cookie craft I did for a blog hop.

Inspired

If there’s a word I want 2015 to represent for this blog, it is “INSPIRED.”

Holiday Decor Tour

When it comes to holiday displays around our home, there are 3 main areas I focus

7 Tips on Decorating Your Tree

I love decorating our Christmas tree. After so many years of collecting ornaments and arranging them on our tree

5 Tips on Buying Pre-Lit Christmas Trees

Nothing truly beats a real tree. However, with 2 kids and 2 dogs in the house, artificial trees will have to do for my household. In fact, they more than just make-do. They can be pretty amazing if you ask me. Having lights already pre-strung, being less of a fire...

Frozen Costumes

Shocker -- my girls were dressed up as Elsa and Anna for Halloween last week. For every boy dressed up as Batman, there were probably 3 girls dressed up as Elsa. I tried my hardest to persuade my daughters to pick other characters but despite my best efforts, they...

Pumpkin Ballerina Birthday Party

Birthday parties in fall are extra festive because of all the fun autumn themes. In the past, I've always had pumpkins and the color orange as the main decorative elements in the parties I throw for our fall baby, Lauren. This year, with her enrollment in dance, I...

Loving a Second Child

Lauren, my youngest just turned 4 years old so you can imagine there will be an upcoming post about her birthday party (happening this weekend). In today's post, I wanted to share a few photos from the past 3 birthday parties we've thrown to celebrate her birthday....

Our Fall Exterior

It's hard to think of fall without thinking about mums and pumpkins. Is it any surprise that I love decorating the exterior of my home with them? Through the years, I've started a tradition on how I shop for and decorate my home's exterior during the fall season. Here...

Simple Fall Tablescape

Up until a few years ago, I used to think, "Ugh, why do people insist on decorating so early in the holiday season?" I did not need to walk into stores to know which holiday was approaching. All I had to do was drive down a block or two and inevitably there will...

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