Growing 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
Today, I'm thrilled 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...
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...
I had so much fun doing a workshop at the Philly Home Show last year (recap here) that I decided to do it again.
It’s already February and I’m especially excited about today’s blog post. Not only do I get to share
If you started this year on what feels like a snail’s pace, don’t worry. You are not alone.
In today’s post, I thought I’d walk down memory lane and share my Top 7 Holiday Posts
When I think of my bedroom makeover for this fall’s One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home
For the past week, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into my bedroom just staring at the details
Somehow we’re already into Week 4 of the One Room Challenge (ORC). Can’t believe in just 2 weeks
It’s week 3 of the One Room Challenge (ORC) and that means we’re halfway through to the finish line
It’s all about “CLOSET PLANNING” in my One Room Challenge (ORC) Week 2 Update.
The One Room Challenge is back and I’m really excited to again participate in this popular
If you haven’t started decorating for Halloween yet, don’t fret because in today’s post
With the drop in temperature lately, you can definitely tell fall has arrived
Last year, Halloween fell on a Saturday. Being that our Lauren was a October baby
On the blog today, I’m excited to share 5 Simple and Beauteeful Entertaining Ideas
It’s hard to walk into a store these days without seeing any Finding Dory licensed products
Today’s summer home tour is a continuation of my recent outdoor patio tour.
I’m excited to introduce you all to one of the many talented creatives I’ve gotten to know
Today’s the day of Beauteeful Living’s outdoor patio tour as part of the Summer
Ever since we purchased our home over 10 years ago, I’ve wanted to have an inground pool
Lately, I can’t seem to get enough of projects using silk flowers. My fixation continues on the blog
One of my favorite things about spring is seeing the beautiful blooms blossoming on trees this time of year.
Are you one of those people who love decor items hanging from ceilings?
With it being March already, the need for some serious “spring cleaning” is floating in my mind.
I had the best time last Friday hosting my first workshop at the Philly Home Show.
I won a decorating contest at last month’s Philly Home and Garden Show!
Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and if you’ve been following along
You may recall back in this post, a group of my blogger friends and I participated
Valentine’s Day must not be far away because it’s already time for another edition
On the blog today, I’m sharing a tutorial of the jewelry pegboard DIY
I recently joined a group of fellow Decor and DIY-loving bloggers
I’m so excited that the day is finally here for the full reveal
Earlier this week, I shared a Winter Holiday Wreath project on the blog
I love decorating for Christmas. This year holds a little more meaning
It’s been a full week since I last revealed Ellie and Lauren’s shared bedroom makeover
The BIG REVEAL of my Modern Girl Chic room makeover is finally here!
Today, I’m sharing an easy tutorial on how I created
Hi friends! If you’re following my posts on Instagram, you’ll notice
It’s week 5 of my guest participation in the One Room Challenge and I’m excited
For most of week 4, I’ve been doing a lot of organization and purging.
It’s time for another update on my guest participation in the One Room Challenge
I’m excited to share a simple DIY project I did as part
I’m back to report on the progress of my guest participation in the One Room Challenge
Being that Halloween lands on a Saturday this year, my husband and I decided
Hi! I am Carrie over at Curly Crafty Mom and I am a DIY/crafting blogger
I’m really excited to be participating in a popular design challenge
Since I’ve wanted to make embellishments to my pendant chandelier for Halloween
As if I haven’t posted enough fall-related decor posts …
I’ve wanted to make changes to our foyer for at least 2 years now.
I’m excited to be sharing an elegant tablescape I created for the fall season.
Welcome back to the third day of our Holiday Craftacular! I’m Becky and I blog at The Dempster Logbook.
Hi! I am Carrie over at Curly Crafty Mom and I am a DIY/crafting blogger
Welcome to the First Ever Holiday Craftacular Blog Hop!
Today’s a special day on the blog for me. I found out that my recent appearance on the Dr. Oz show
Being able to read the paper while I drink my coffee in the morning has to be …
How is it that we’re into August already? Didn’t it seem like summer just started?
The day is finally here for me to share all the details from the past weekend’s
With summer in full swing the past few weeks, I hope all of you are enjoying these warmer days and evenings.
Rounding out this week’s “Summer Entertaining Blog Hop” is a simple and incredibly useful DIY project from Reesa,
I’m so thrilled today to share how I decorated our dining room and created a tablescape for summer entertaining.
As mentioned in a previous post, I along with 2 blogger friends are doing a “Summer Entertaining Blog Hop”
We’re only a few days into summer and I’m already wishing the days to proceed on a snail’s pace.
I’m so excited to share photos of how our kitchen looks today… 8 years since our kitchen renovation!
I feel like I’ve been living in a flower shop for the past week and a half.
Today, I’m sharing photos from one of the first major renovations we’ve done to our home since purchasing it
One of my closest buddies, “G” did the sweetest thing for me recently.
There’s been some exciting things happening behind the scenes on the blog lately.
I’ve been meaning to share this upcycling project with you guys since last spring.
Earlier in the year, I stated in this post that I was inspired
You probably heard about the recent “Lilly for Target” collection…
I am officially experiencing spring fever.
Pennant banners are among my favorite elements in party decor.
Our sweet Ellie turned 7 over the weekend.
Valentine’s Day has been on my mind for a couple of weeks now.
I did it! I sewed my first pillow cover…an envelope pillow cover
I have always loved noodles and soup. Combine them together …
In my last post, I shared with you this Paper Fortune Cookie craft I did for a blog hop.
If there’s a word I want 2015 to represent for this blog, it is “INSPIRED.”
Now that the glitter dust of the holidays has settled, it is time to wrap up
I hope all of you have enjoyed this recent holiday break.
One of my favorite things about decorating the home is dreaming up DIY projects
When it comes to holiday displays around our home, there are 3 main areas I focus
I love decorating our Christmas tree. After so many years of collecting ornaments and arranging them on our tree
They say “the 3rd times the charm.” This definitely applies to the fried turkey Chris
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
Fall isn't just around the corner. It's right at our front steps, knocking fervently on our door. As much as this summer has been amazing, I'm not looking out the peephole reluctantly, while the fall season stands before me. I'm opening the door with excitement since...
Recently, my husband’s cousin, Roger and his business partner opened Brewology, a gastropub located in Speonk, NY (Hamptons). Although interested in the restaurant industry for years, it was only less than a year ago that Roger took the idea seriously. The day came...
Mornings are not easy. Seeing your favorite people and their faces (groggy as they may be) helps. Additionally, seeing your favorite things in your favorite colors certainly helps. Our mood is tied to so many elements. To me, color is undeniably a key element. One of...
Today, I celebrate 9 years being married to an incredible guy. A guy I've been calling my best friend for the past 18 years. Yes, we've known each other for a very long time, considering I'm still young relatively young. 🙂 I can go on about his amazing qualities, but...
When I envision a Lobster Bake, I think of this big gathering of people, enjoying a smorgasbord of seafood, corn and potatoes. It's what I call Good Eats, Group Style! But often times, most of us are not hosting large gatherings. Usually it's just us and our...
Back in a post from early spring, I mentioned how I couldn't wait to share some of my favorite flowers from our garden. Well, the day has arrived and I'm thrilled to show you 3 of my favorites. Not only will you see these flowers in their original form (planted in...
It took a mere 20 minutes into the start of our Fourth of July party for me to think, "This is why we throw this party." Seeing our close family and friends in our home, enjoying themselves and catching up on life are the reasons why we go through the effort of...
We hated it. The biggest eyesore in the backyard. We asked the seller to remove the eyesore, aka above ground pool, during our negotiations. They agreed on some of our requests but ridding the pool was not one of them. In hindsight, I'm so glad they declined! When we...
Not so breaking news: Summer has arrived. If you're like me, you're thinking about how with a blink of an eye, the season sails away. This is why every summer event is so precious to me. Fourth of July has always been a big event in our household. Once Chris and I...