Our 2020 Holiday Home Tour

Hi friends.  It has been a whirlwind of a holiday season here.  Better late than never-here is a glimpse into our holiday home which was featured on a local virtual home tour!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and get to spend extra quality time with those you love.  Out with 2020!  Here is to a new year and new adventures in 2021!

*Photos courtesy of Andrea Gunn Real Estate Photography.

Christmas Decorating with Nearly Natural

Hi friends!  I don’t know about you, but due to the pandemic and wanting to add some festivity to our home, I have started decorating for the holidays earlier than ever.  I suppose all rules are out the door since its 2020.  Believe it or not all the stores are selling fresh garlands and wreaths already.  I even found a Christmas tree lot open.  I still think that getting a tree before Thanksgiving is a cardinal sin.

I was thrilled when Nearly Natural offered some holiday decor for me to try out. They have a variety of Christmas items in their Christmas Shop including artificial trees, wreaths, swags and garlands.  In addition to Christmas decor, they they have artificial plants and tress for indoors and out for any season under the sun.  I spotted a faux fiddle leaf fig tree that was totally up my alley when browsing their site.  Oh my!

Up first is an amazing faux magnolia wreath with hints of gold for extra glamour.  It definitely makes a statement on my gold faux bamboo mirror.  I love the touch of gold.  No ordinary magnolia wreath here. I have had plain green magnolia wreaths in the past and they are just kind of ho-hum.  I once spray painted a real magnolia wreath after Christmas with gold spray paint and used it the next year.  So, I like hints of gold to say the least!

For our outdoor decorations, I opted for Nearly Natural’s Cedar, Ruscus, Magnolia and Berry wreath.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  The best part about this wreath is that it transitions nicely from fall to winter.  It could be placed in fall and eventually become part of winter and Christmas decor. I love the way it pops against our black door.  It is so life like you have to touch it to discover that it is faux. The white of the magnolia and red berries just pop against the black.

Here is a close up. Isn’t it amazingly life-like?

 

Well my Christmas decorating has just begun and thanks to Nearly Natural, it is off to a great start.  What about you?  Are you decorating early this year or not decorating at all because it’s 2020? I feel like most people I know are really getting in the spirit early this year, but I would totally get folding in the towel this year and not decorating at all.  That is what I did with fall decor this year.  Just felt uninspired.

I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving and are ready to start decorating over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Until next time!

**This is not a sponsored post.  Nearly Natural did provide wreaths for my review, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

2019 Summer Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done it again and has a team of 30 bloggers ready to show you their homes decked out for Summer. If you are heading over from Erica at Designing Vibes -Welcome! Don’t you just love what she has done with her outdated ranch style  home?  So fresh and modern.  It is hard to believe her before and after photos!

If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time.

So let’s start the tour.  We recently had some photos taken, so I thought we would formally welcome you!

Since we are already in the living room, lets talk about how I have changed things up.  First off, I added some new throw pillows.  They are from the Threshold brand at Target and I love the casual bird print.  I think they add a summery touch to our navy sofas.  I am also loving the combination of the hot pink from the peonies with the navy.

Here is the view from another angle.  You get a little glimpse of my obelisk collection, which I purchased mostly from Homegoods over the years.

Here is the view from the other side of the room that incorporates our fireplace.  I rarely show this side of the room because our television is over the mantle and I hate it!  #smallhouseproblems.

I also added this fun pierced white vase to my collection.  I love the modern contrast with the flowers.

Up next in the dinning room, I went with a Chinoserie vibe.  I just can’t get enough of it.  It really is timeless.

Some fresh flowers in the farmhouse sink scream summer to me.

Off our kitchen we have a small breakfast nook.  For this room, I went for something a little different for me with a 4th of July theme.  I thought it would tie in well with the wallpaper.

The plates are from Target and bowls are from Homegoods. The adorable rooster napkin rings were my husband’s grandmas.

We have this very small space on the side of our yard that I have never really done anything with.  This year, I added a bench, some new planter boxes from Home Depot, hydrangeas and some cute kids.  I think it is a good start.  It is such a charming space, I am just at a loss for what to do with it.

Thank you for joining my tour.  I hope you found some inspiration.  Up next is Andrea at Life on Cedar Lane.  Here style is totally up my alley.  Her home is a breath of fresh air.  You must check it out.  You can see the rest of the weeks tour here:

A Stroll Thru Life , Southern Hospitality, Far Above Rubies, Cuckoo4Design

Setting For Four, Pink Peppermint Design

Remodelando La Casa, Inspiration For Moms, ZDesign At Home, House By Hoff ,
Duke Manor Farm, Decor To Adore

Haneens Haven, Monica Wants It, The Chronicles Of Home, Follow The Yellow Brick Home
Thrifty & Chic Hymns & Verses

Clean &Scentsible , Sincerely Marie Designs , 11 Magnolia Lane , Thrifty Decor Chic

Seeking Lavender Lane, Our Southern Home

White Arrow Homes, Our Fifth House, Modern Glam, Designing Vibes
Decorating Delirium, Life On Cedar Lane

2019 Spring Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done it again and has a team of 30 bloggers ready to show you their homes decked out for Spring. If you are heading over from Carmel at Our Fifth House -Welcome! Don’t you just love Carmel’s home?  She makes it all look so relaxed, laid back and effortless.

If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  I for one, could not be happier that Spring is upon us.  I have had a rough start to 2019.  I broke my wrist in January.  My dog became very ill in February and it has been unseasonably rainy and dreary here in Northern California.  But now its, March, my cast is off and I am feeling optimistic again.  So let’s start the tour!

Up first is our breakfast room.  It is already blue and white, but I recently found fabulous blue and white china at Homegoods, so that tops of the theme.

 

 

My local Trader Joe’s had these beautiful anemone. Normally, I would need to go to a flower mart to get them.  Aren’t they stunning?

 

Over the holidays I purchased a new piece of abstract art from One Kings Lane and I love it.  Some pillows in a natural pattern and a new fiddle leaf fig top off the green Spring vibe.  The cool textured pot cover is from West Elm.

The dining room is decorated for a brunch with friends.

Finally, my daughter’s room is perfect to accentuate for spring as it is pink and green.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and that you walk away with some inspiration!

Up next is White Arrows Home.  She brings new meaning to vintage and cabin chic!

Be sure to come back and click on the links to the other tours going on all this week!

Monday March 18 

 A Stroll Thru LifeSetting For FourCuckoo4Design,  Pink Peppermint Design,Southern Hospitality,  Nesting With Grace

Tuesday March 19

Inspiration For Moms , Decor To Adore,  House By Hoff ,  ZDesign At Home ,  Duke Manor FarmRemodelando La Casa

Wednesday, March 20 

Our Southern Home The Chronicles Of Home,  Monica Wants It,   Follow The Yellow Brick Home 
Hymns & Verses Thrifty & Chic

Thursday, March 21

 11 Magnolia Lane Thistlewood Farms ,  Clean & Scentsible,  Seeking Lavender Lane

Sincerely Marie Designs,  Haneens Haven 

Friday, March 22

8 Drop Dead Gorgeous Valentine’s Day Tablescapes

Hi Friends!  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So far this February has been filled with a broken wrist, sick kids, and sick me.  My broken wrist is my right hand and I am right handed so I can literally do nothing. It’s driving me to drink and I can’t even open up a bottle of wine!! Given our current state, I highly doubt a beautiful Valentine’s Day dinner will be taking place around our home. So, I will just have to live vicariously through these beautiful tablescapes created by people much more inspired and mobile than I.  Enjoy!

 

Pizzazzerie

Arin Solange

Style Me Pretty

Randi Garrett Design

Fashionable Hostess

So Much Better With Age

Source Unknown

Pizzazzerie

I think it is funny that all of the posts I found with these tablescapes were about hosting a Galentine’s party.  Such a funny trend.  What about you?  Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day plans?

Until next time . . .

2018 Holiday Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done it again and has a team of 30 bloggers ready to show you their homes decked out for the holidays. If you are heading over from Anita at Far Above Rubies – Welcome!  Isn’t Anita’s vintage bohemian style amazing?

If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

Let’s start the tour.  Come on in.  Here is a little sneak peak of the living room.

My favorite vignette this year is our tree.  In the past I have done a “Merry and Bright” jewel-toned theme, but last year, I bought all new ornaments at post-Christmas sales and went with a Parisian Blue theme.

Here she is with the lights on at night.  Such a cool effect!

I was lucky to snag some magnolia that I spray painted gold for the top of the tree.

 

I bit the bullet and ordered two luxurious trims from Frontgate and Balsam Hill.  I love the fringed look of the gold trim from Frontgate.

The ornaments are from Frontgate and these photos do not do them justice.  The are of such high quality and are so beautiful.

 

My other favorite space this year is our breakfast room.  That is because for the first time ever we have a second tree in there.  I hosted an event for our daughter’s school and live Christmas trees were donated and I was able to bring one home.  I went with a simple silver theme.  We are a little cramped in the space, but who cares, it is beautiful.

My daughter’s room has a simple pink, gray and white theme.

Adding a little garland around our bed made the bedroom feel a bit more dressed up for the holidays.

Last but not least, I decided to play up our zebra centerpiece and go with a zebra tablescape.

I found these fun zebra appetizer plates at H & M of all places!

I hope you enjoyed the tour.  Up next is Jennifer at Dimples and Tangles.  I adore her colorful and fun style.  You are in for such a treat!

The entire line up is below.  You must check them all out!

Monday, Dec. 3  

 

Wednesday, Dec. 5

 

Thursday, Dec. 6

 

Friday, Dec. 7

 

Got Guests?

Hi friends!  Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is right around the bend.  I don’t know about you, but for us that means holiday guests.  We have a small home, so making room for guests is a challenge.  Being an excellent host or hostess requires providing your guests with all of the comforts of home away from home.  We do not have a designated guest room, so having guests usually means making our existing rooms that will house guests more comfortable.

Space-saving tricks such as a trundle bed or other small comforts such as a cozy throw and a candle can do the trick.  If you have the space, adding a reading nook with a chair and reading light is a definitely plus.  Another finishing touch is a bedside water carafe for your guests.  Nothing is worse being up in the middle of the night searching in someone’s kitchen for a glass of water!

Online retailer Joss and Main has everything you could possibly need for your home, including finds for the guest room.  You can shop my guest room essentials below.


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Having these essentials in place can make the holidays go much smoother.  Do you have any tips for hosting guests for the holidays?  Please share in the comments.  Happy Holidays!!

xo

2018 Fall Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done it again and has a team of 30 bloggers ready to show you their homes decked out for Fall. If you are heading over from Alicia at Thrifty & Chic– Welcome!  Doesn’t Alicia have the most amazing DIY ideas?

If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!  You will see what I mean when you tour my daughter’s new room!

I don’t normally do too much fall decorating.  Maybe it is because my birthday is in October and growing up I disliked orange and brown, and those were always the featured colors for my special month.  There are also some elements of my tour that are not per se fall, but I am so excited I wanted to show them to you anyway!  First off, we remodeled our kitchen and I am in love.  Second, I made over my daughter’s room.  I hope you enjoy and find inspiration in them even if they are not screaming fall.

So, let’s start the tour.  Starting first with our porch.  I was tickled pink when Trader Joe’s had pumpkins last week.  It is still soo hot here in Northern California, I was not sure if I could track down any real pumpkins.  This is about as fall as I get with our outdoor decor.  My girls are dying to have a graveyard and corpses for Halloween but it is sooo not me.

In the dining room, I went with rustic elements.  Eucalyptus just screams fall to me and I had these fun antlers to play into the rustic/glam vibe.

To the living room I just added some soft florals and added some new pillows.  I was so happy to find these pastel pumpkin pillows at HomeGoods. Orange and brown just do not go with the softer tones in my home.

To me nothing says fall like soup!  Our breakfast nook is where all of our cozy meals take place.  I adore these little lionhead soup bowls I found at Target.  I think they are a Williams-Sonoma knock-off.  I also used our vintage soup tureen to hold our fall-hued flowers.

Now here come the not so fall, but new spaces.  First  up is our kitchen.  We recently did a refresh by redoing the counter tops, backs plash, sink and appliances.

I will have a full post on it soon, but we went with Quartz counter tops that look alot like marble and beveled subway tile.  I am also giddy to report that I now have a deep farmhouse sink.  I was always sooo jealous of all of those Instagram photos of beautiful sinks with flowers haphazardly arranged (aka totally styled) in them.  Bam!  Take that social media.  I am now a flower in the sink kinda gal 🙂

 

Another one of my favorite features is doing one section of the back splash in this herringbone pattern.  Our floors are hardwood in a herringbone pattern, so I didn’t want to go crazy up top, but I didn’t want it to look boring either.  I think this small vignette is a compromise.

A few white pumpkins bring in a touch of fall.

Fall flowers were a bit sparse in our stores, so I went with the bounty of the season to display on our counter tops.

I also made over my daughter’s room and bit the bullet by wallpapering it in a wallpaper I have loved for years.  It is bold and bright and totally me!

So that’s it.  I hope you found some inspiration for fall and for seasons to come. Up next is Kristy at Starfish Cottage.  Her chic coastal style is not to be missed.  You can also find the full line up below.

Monday, Sept. 10th   

 A Stroll Thru Life  | Nesting With Grace  | Pink Peppermint Design  

Southern Hospitality | Decor To Adore | Cuckoo4Design 

Tuesday, Sept. 11

  ZDesign At Home  | Duke ManorFarm  | Setting For Four      

Simple Stylings  | Seeking Lavender Lane | Life On Virginia Street 

                                                                                          Wed. Sept 12

Our FifthHouse | Our Southern Home | Clean & Scentsible 

House By Hoff |  Follow The Yellow Brick Home 

 Remodelando La Casa 

Thurs. Sept 13

Inspiration For Moms | Life Love Larson |  Monica Wants It

Haneens Haven | My Sweet Savannah |  11 Magnolia Lane  

Friday, Sept. 14

Thrifty & Chic | Decorating Delirium  

 Starfish Cottage | Thistlewood Farm 

                                      Hymns & Verses Far Above Rubies 

Until next time  . . .

2018 Summer Home Tour

Hi everyone!  If you are joining us from Life Love Larson- Welcome!  Wasn’t Andrea’s tour so vibrant?  Her love of plants definitely came through.  A huge thank you to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for putting this blog hop on.  It’s so full of seasonal decorating ideas each time.

If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

I had big plans for this home tour, much of which did not come to fruition.  We went on vacation the first week of June, only to return with a bout of strep throat for my kids.  The rooms I am sharing here today are honestly the only ones that do not have suitcases and piles of laundry in them.  I am sure some of you can relate!

So, come on in and check out my less than perfect summer home tour.

First up is our entry way. I recently purchased these statement making candles in a vibrant pink.    They are molded out of branches.

In the living room, pillows in blue hues and tons of flowers say summer to me.  Add in some faux coral and poof we feel like we are at the beach.

Up next is our breakfast room.  I often get asked about the bold wallpaper.  It is called Denim Blue Tinted from Walls Republic.  I love it.

These summery butterfly plates were a Homegoods find a few years back.

Nothing says summer like pink to me.  We painted our master bedroom a very pale pink called Pink Ground from Farrow and Ball and I adore it.  Some grocery store orchids add a tropical vibe when combined with the pink.

Finally, is our dining room.  Anyone who has known me for a long time knows my love of collecting seashells.  I wanted this table setting to evoke a relaxed coastal vibe.

As you exit our home, Merle as we call him will greet you.  This planter is the only Spring/Summer gardening I have done all year!

Well that’s a wrap.  Off to go finish unpacking those suitcases.  Next up is Karianne at Thistlewood Farms.  You must go see her tour and read her story.  It is so inspiring! Karianne is a legend in the world of Farmhouse style. The entire week’s lineup is here:

Monday – June 11

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Setting For Four – Heather

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

Cuckoo4Design  – Julia

Southern Hospitality  – Rhoda

Tuesday – June 12

ZDesign At Home  – Bree

 Inspiration For Moms  – Laura

Clean & Scentsible – Jenn

Simple Stylings  – Summer

Life On Virginia Street – Sarah

Remodelando La Casa – Cristina

Wednesday – June 13

Our Southern Home – Christy

House By Hoff – April

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer

Decor To Adore  – Laura

Follow The Yellow Brick Home – Amber

Thursday – June 14

Haneens Haven – Haneen

Monica Wants It – Monica

Duke Manor Farm – Laura

My Sweet Savannah – Melaine

11 Magnolia Lane – Christy

Life Love Larson – Andrea

Fri –June 15

Decorating Delirium  – Jennifer

Thistlewood Farm – Karianne

Thrifty & Chic  – Alicia

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

Starfish Cottage – Kristy

Far Above Rubies – Anita

2018 Spring Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done it again and has a team of 30 bloggers ready to show you their homes decked out for Spring. If you are heading over from Vel at Life & Home at 2102 -Welcome! Don’t you just love Vel’s home?  She loves Chinoserie like me and her home is so open and bright.  She has the most amazing windows!

If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

So let’s start the tour.  We have had a ton of late rain this spring, so while I would love to show you our outdoor spaces spruced up for Spring, that was not in the cards this year.  So, we will start with our small entry way.  I think it is so important, no matter how large or small, to create some sort of entry space in your home.  This year, I decked ours out in classic sunny daffodils for Spring.

Come on in next to our living room.  I decorated in pastels for spring.  I added flowers, pillows and a fun throw in pastel hues.

The other side of our living room has a conversation area with two chairs.  I added these fun neutral pillows with tassels from Target for a clean Spring look.

In my daughter’s room I added this faux fiddle leaf fig from World Market.  I also added this fun bunny alarm clock from Pottery Barn Kids.  Cautionary tale:  It looks super cute, but is not the best design.  It is so top heavy it constantly falls over.

In our dining room I tried to create a garden Chinoserie vibe.

The pagodas are from Ballard Designs and I adore them.

The fun green trellis tablecloth was a Homegoods find.

The inspiration for the table started with these pagoda accent plates from Pottery Barn.  I added some fern branches and a flower for an added touch.

Every year, I always try and incorporate some Hunter rain boots into my tour.  This year I went for classic black.  Last year it was these purple boots and before that it was these pink boots.   Did you hear that Hunter is coming out with a collaboration with Target this April?  Count me in!

Last up is our breakfast nook.  Pastel eggs and some macarons made it extra special.  The fun bunny plates are from Target.

Well that is it.  I hope you enjoyed the tour and that you got some inspiration for your Spring home.  Up next is Summer from Simple Stylings.  Her style is so unique and bohemian.  You simply must head over and see what she has in store.

Here is the the entire week’s lineup.

2018 Spring Home Tour 

Monday – March 19

A Stroll Thru Life

Cuckoo4Design 

ZDesign At Home 

11 Magnolia Lane 

Nesting With Grace 

Pink Peppermint Design  

Tuesday – March 20

Clean & Scentsible 

 Inspiration For Moms 

Haneens Haven

Life On Virginia Street 

Setting For Four 

Remodelando La Casa

Wednesday – March 21

House By Hoff

Dimples & Tangles 

Our Southern Home 

Seeking Lavender Lane 

Our Fifth House 

Decor To Adore  

Thursday – March 22 

Life & Home @ 2102 

Decorating Delirium 

Simple Stylings 

Southern Hospitality 

Rain On A Tin Roof

Tidbits & Twine 

Fri –March 23

Duke Manor Farm

Thistlewood Farm 

Hymns & Verses 

Thrifty & Chic 

Far Above Rubies

Common Ground 

Until next time . . .