Saturday, December 26, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 89 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 89 of Sundays at Home! We hope you had a very Merry Christmas! And we are so thrilled you came by to join the party.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Nostalgic Christmas Tree & Making Memories

Christmas is almost upon us! Which actually gets me a little sad that this magical time will soon be over, but before it is, I wanted to share more details of our nostalgic Christmas tree and some of the memories we have been making this holiday season. 
I shared my full holiday home tour last week, but our tree is pretty special to me since we received several of my grandparents' ornaments. Both of them passed away earlier this year (my grandmother in January and my grandfather in March), so it has been a time of loss and remembering. I am grateful to have these small mementos to keep their memory alive in our home.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 88 Weekly Link Party & Feature

Welcome to week 88 of Sundays at Home! We are so thrilled you came by to join the party.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Home Tour 2015

This Christmas season has been special for me. With a three and four year old, it is absolutely the best time of year, so I have been taking things slow to savor all of the sweet moments and create lasting memories. I decided to hold off on doing a holiday home tour post for just that reason, but I'm happy to share it with you today.
I was invited to two large group tours and was a bit sad to turn them down, but I knew it would cause me a lot of stress getting our home all done up the week after Thanksgiving. I wanted to take my time and not get lost focusing on what everyone else would be impressed by, but what would make every day magical for my little ones. So that is what I am sharing today: our kid-centered, real life holiday home. I hope you enjoy the "visit"...

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 87 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 87 of Sundays at Home! We are so thrilled you came by to join the party!
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas in the Living Room & A $500 Raymour & Flanigan Giveaway!

I am proud to be partnering with Raymour & Flanigan for this post. I have previously received products featured in this post from them, and they are sponsoring this generous giveaway. All expressed opinions are 100% my own. Read my full disclosure.

Today, I am thrilled to be taking you inside our living room decked out for the season! Since I have yet to share a full holiday home tour, I hope you enjoy this "mini tour" to get a taste of how we are doing Christmas this year.
I am also very excited to be joining with four other bloggers, each with their own holiday inspiration, and giveaways for $500 to Raymour & Flanigan! You can find more details about that at the end of this post.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 86 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 86 of Sundays at Home! We are so thrilled you came by to join the party!
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Friday, December 4, 2015

DIY Advent Calendar & Festive Holiday Mantel

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Decorating for Christmas has always been a favorite pastime of mine. Some years, however, I let the pressure to have a "perfect holiday home" get to me, and lose the joy the season brings trying to get it all done. This year, instead of trying to tackle decorating our entire home and going over the top everywhere, I decided to focus on what would bring my children joy and fill their little hearts with wonder. What better way than a homemade advent calendar?
Today, I hope you are inspired by how I made it with some simple materials and I'm also excited to give you a glimpse of our festive mantel.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 85 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 85 of Sundays at Home! We are so thrilled you came by to join the party!
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 84 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 84 of Sundays at Home! We are so thrilled you came by to join the party and I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week!
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rustic Bohemian Thanksgiving Tablescape

I have received product from Raymour & Flanigan in exchange for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% my own. Full disclosure.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and devastating events taking place around the world, I have been spending a lot of time reflecting on all that I have to be grateful for. And there is so much. It is easy to get caught up in all of the "wish I had's" or "if only's" and lose sight of the blessings right in front of us. The beautiful real life I have right now. My little family, our health and the love we share.

That is what I plan to do this Thanksgiving:

See all of the big and little blessings in the here and now.
One blessing I had this past year, was the ability to give my dining room a mini redo thanks to the good folks at Raymour & Flanigan. If you have followed me for awhile, you may have seen my dining room before that only ever had thrift store and vintage finds.

That worked for awhile, but those pieces had definitely seen better days. I was really feeling it was time for some big changes furniture wise, which is when Josh and I headed out to see if we might find a brand new table that fit our style.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 83 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 83 of Sundays at Home! We are so thrilled you came by to join the party!
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Perfect Casual Seating Solution for Small Space Decorating

I have received product from Jonathan Louis in exchange for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% my own.

Small spaces can be some of the hardest to decorate. My living room has driven me all levels of crazy ever since we moved into this home in 2010 because of its awkward layout and small size. I am constantly rearranging pieces and swapping things in and out trying to find the solution to the design dilemma it poses.
Providing extra seating has been the trickiest problem for me. I can get a couch in here, but beyond that, I haven't known what to do. This has been the situation for several months, and today I am excited to share the perfect solution I found!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 82 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 82 of Sundays at Home! We are so thrilled you came by to join the party!
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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 81 Weekly Link Party & Features

Happy Halloween and welcome to week 81 of Sundays at Home! We are so excited to have you join us this week. Link up below for your chance to be featured at our next party. Make sure you link back to my site or Susan's somewhere on your blog (within the post, on your sidebar or a separate link party page) so you don't miss the opportunity to be featured. I had to skip a couple that I wanted to feature this week since no link back could be found. Sadness. And make sure you update those link party pages if it has been awhile!
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 80 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 80 of Sundays at Home! We are so excited to have you join us this week. Link up below for your chance to be featured at our next party.
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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 79 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 79 of Sundays at Home! We are so excited to have you join us this week. Link up below for your chance to be featured at our next party.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Creating a Personal & Cozy Home for Fall

Fall is in all its glory here in Western New York right now. My favorite time of year! The leaves are reaching their peak colors and just enough of them are falling off for the kids to jump and play. I shared my fall home tour last month, but today, I wanted to share with you how I strive to make this season personal and cozy for my family. I am joining in with some of my best blogging friends for Seasons of Home: Fall Edition. Be sure to visit them at the end of this post to see what fall inspiration they have to share!
Even just as a hint of this season is in the air, my whole spirit is lifted in a way I can't describe in words. I become alive all over again...my senses are awakened and my focus shifts to what matters most...enjoying every minute of this fleeting time.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 78 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 78 of Sundays at Home! Sorry for the slight delay this week! Of course the day I forget to get the post ready, Blogger acts all wonky on me to delay it even further! Sigh. So sorry! Remember, if I am not on time...you can always head to Susan's blog to link up! We are so excited to have you join us this week. Link up below for your chance to be featured at our next party.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Swap It Like It's Hot #4 {easy thrift store upcycles}

Do you ever feel like creativity is seriously lacking in your brain? Mine has been dormant for like...awhile. Not sure what happened these past few months. The role of mom is turning it into Swiss cheese or something. But when Charlotte of Ciburbanity invited me to join in for #SwapItLikeItsHot round four I said yes anyway! I love these challenges where bloggers send each other inexpensive thrift store finds to get made over.
Unfortunately, even getting some awesome thrifted goods from Bee of Windgate Lane did not kick my brain into gear. I have mulled over it ever since the items arrives, wondering what to do with the cool finds sent to me and the only thing I REALLY wanted to do with them, was leave them as is. But I know...I know...that would not make for good thrift store upcycling inspiration would it?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 77 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 77 of Sundays at Home! We are so excited to have you join us this week! Link up below for your chance to be featured next week!
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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 76 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 76 of Sundays at Home! We are so excited to have you join us this week! Link up below for your chance to be featured next week!
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Natural Bohemian Fall Mantel

Last week, I showed my most recent mantel vignette in the second part of my fall home tour. Today, I am showing you more details of how I decorated it for fall this year. It has some similarities to last year's...natural with vintage finds, but this time around with more bohemian style thrown in.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Log Cabin Home Tour: Living Room & Porch

Last month when my family went to the Adirondacks, we had the pleasure of staying at a beautiful private log home. I previously shared the kitchen and dining room in this post, but today, I am excited to bring you back inside to tour the comfortable living room and serene cabin porch.
Upon entering the cabin, the living room was off to the left. No frills or fancy vaulted ceilings or stone fireplace like what you might imagine when you hear "log home", but it was very inviting and had a mix of relaxed and eclectic pieces. It truly felt like a home.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 75 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 75 of Sundays at Home! We are back and we are so happy to have you join the party! Link up below for your chance to be featured next week. (Sorry for the delay tonight! I had a computer glitch that prevented my post from going live at 8!)
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Boho Eclectic Fall Home Tour

Welcome to the second installment of my fall home tour for 2015! I am so honored to be joining Kelly from Eclectically Vintage for her 'Eclectically Fall' home tour this year! There is so much inspiration in this group of talented bloggers!


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall Home Tour: The Porch & Kitchen

Welcome to the first installment of my fall home tour for 2015! If you came by way of Cozy Little House, I am thrilled you popped in for a visit. Be sure to head back over if you missed Brenda's tour. Today, I will be giving you a tour of our front porch and a rarely seen room on my blog...the kitchen!
I hope you enjoy your visit here today and do come back on Thursday, when I will share my second installment with the living room and dining room tours.

Let's get started...my husband and our two small children live in a tiny town just outside of Rochester, NY. The weather has been all over the place here lately, but just started to feel like fall. This is definitely my favorite time of year.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sundays at Home will Return Next Week!

Life sure does get busy once summer is over! I know that most of you are popping in right now to link up to our Sundays at Home link party, but due to lots going on for both of us and myself being under the weather, Susan and I are postponing the party until next week. We apologize from the bottom of our hearts for any inconvenience, and hope you will understand!
My sweet little Hazel started Pre-K last week (insert crying face here!). It was a huge change, but honestly, it has been a wonderful one for all of us.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Rustic Bohemian Light Fixtures {under $300}

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I have been trying to decide on a new light fixture for our living room for awhile now. The thing is...I am having a hard time nailing down exactly what style and finish I want. Eclectic? Rustic? Midcentury? Moroccan? Geometric? Wood? Beaded? Copper? Brass? Iron? There are so many options it almost feels impossible to decide some days. Then there is the factor of cost. Really beautiful and unique fixtures can be upwards of $2,000. Yikes! #aintnevergonnahappen.
I decided to do some looking online to start narrowing down styles that appeal to me to get the ball rolling. I have no idea yet what direction I will go in, but today I am sharing with you ten chandeliers and pendant lights that I think would fit perfectly with a rustic bohemian interior style. Each is under $300 (not including any additional fees like shipping or tax). I hope you enjoy these! Let me know your favorite at the end!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Oh, hello fall {free printable}

Fall is is pretty much here in my book (except for the extremely hot weather we are experiencing right now in Western New York), so, for me, it's time to start bringing the warmth and beauty of autumn all throughout my home. Today, I am excited to usher in fall with several other talented bloggers as we share decorating vignettes, along with free printables, for you to enjoy all season long!
I love, love, love this time of year. I really can't say it enough. So much beauty to behold and comforts that bring me back to the best memories of childhood: jumping in leaves, going to pick out pumpkins, selecting a Halloween costume, good food, family get-togethers, the scent in the air. There is pretty much nothing that I don't love about fall expect maybe that it is too short. It always seems to go by in a flash. Oh if I could just hold onto it for a bit longer. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 74 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 74 of Sundays at Home! We are so happy to have you join the party! Link up below for your chance to be featured next week.
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Friday, September 4, 2015

Casual Midcentury Bohemian {Living Room Design Inspiration}

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It's always fun to dream about how you could decorate a space. Especially if you could start from scratch and money was no object, right? Today, I am doing just that with this "casual midcentury bohemian" mood board for a living room space. My living room is quite a bit different, but I love styling furniture and decor in a variety of ways. Hope you enjoy this curated collection!

I am increasingly drawn to midcentury style furnishings and decor. They are finding their way into my home little by little and are now the items I am seeking out when going to thrift stores and flea markets. I have allowed my inner "bohemian" style to infuse itself into every facet of our home for the past year, and I love the two styles pulled together into one cohesive, relaxed look.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Goodbye Summer

Summer is almost over, and I am sad to see it go. But then...fall is my favorite, so I am definitely ready to sink right into it. Here is one last hoorah to summer with some random shots I captured these past few months and a look back on some of our adventures.
Overall, it was a busy, but relaxing summer. We were able to get away, spend time with extended family and most of all spend time with each other. With Hazel turning four and Owen on the verge of turning three, it feels like these little years a slipping right through my hands. Before I know it Hazel will be leaving me all day for kindergarten and Owen will follow along soon thereafter. And I'll just be sitting here wondering where the time went.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 73 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 73 of Sundays at Home! We are so happy to have you join the party! Link up below for your chance to be featured next week.
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Log Cabin Home Tour: Kitchen & Dining Room

As I mentioned last week, I have been preparing a full log cabin home tour from our recent stay in the Adirondacks. Today, I am so excited to get it started with the kitchen and dining room! If you missed the personal side of the trip, you can check that out here. I will have follow up posts with tours of the living room, master bedroom and more, in the coming weeks so stay tuned. For now, come on in and enjoy a virtual tour of this dreamy log home's kitchen and dining room...
My mom was actually the one who found this rental cabin listed on vacationrentals.com. I have a thing for log cabins and was so excited when my mom showed me this one. The reviews were great and it looked amazing in the pictures. It was honestly even better in person! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Vintage Bohemian Fall Decor Ideas

Fall is my favorite time of year, and it's just around the corner. I am already getting excited to prep my home for the season and share my fall home tour with you next month! Until then, I thought I would share some simple ways to add vintage bohemian flavor to your fall decor from seasons past. I hope you enjoy these!
Click on the links at the end of each description, to check out the full posts with even more photos and inspiration!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 72 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 72 of Sundays at Home! We are so happy to have you join the party! Link up below for your chance to be featured next week.
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Trip to the Adirondacks

Last week, we had the pleasure of going to the Adirondacks for a few days. It was the first time my husband and I had been there. We went with my mom, step-dad and uncle who had all been before. When my mom and uncle were little, my grandparents would take them up there since it was where my grandmother grew up. That made it even more special since both of my grandparents passed away earlier this year. It almost felt as if they were with us. Their memory definitely was.
We stayed in a beautiful log cabin, which I will be sharing a full home tour of...in installments over the next few weeks, so as not to overwhelm you in one post! I took just shy of a bazillion photos, I think. Today, I wanted to share the personal side of our trip and the sights we saw. Still might be picture overload, but I hope you enjoy...

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Art of Home e-course and a Giveaway!

Hey Friends! I am popping in today to share an amazing course that is coming this September, from Jeanne Oliver, called The Art of Home. As a contributor for Jennifer Rizzo (who is one of the talented instructors), I am able to offer one lucky reader a FREE spot to the class! I will be taking the course as well, and if you have ever taken one of Jeanne's courses, you know they are phenomenal. After taking Creatively Made Home, a couple of years ago, I can't wait to find out what is in store this time around!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 71 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 71 of Sundays at Home! We are so happy to have you join the party! Link up below for your chance to be featured next week.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Balancing Motherhood & DIY Blogging

The two most time consuming jobs I have ever had are as a mother and a blogger. And both pay the least. Go figure. But somehow I still love both roles enough to keep doing them. Okay, okay...well the first one is a full on heart commitment, right? Even on the roughest of days.
The other, I could let go by the wayside if I wanted to, and yet somehow I don't. I keep trucking on as a mother and a blogger and try to strike a balance between the two. It's tough though...I'm not gonna lie.

Today, I am sharing how I manage to make it work...


Monday, August 10, 2015

New Rug for the Bedroom {sneak peek}

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Today, I am so excited to give you a sneak peek of the new rug I recently purchased for our in-the-works bedroom makeover! I will actually be on a little getaway to Lake Placid when this post goes live, but I wanted to get it ready to show you before I left. Because I am seriously that in love with it. No joke. If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen it, but if not, here it is...drum roll...
Finding affordable and awesome rugs can be tricky. I see so many rugs that I would love to own, but they are often way out of our budget. Even the vintage ones with wear and tear. I saw one recently at an antique store that had seen better days and it was still $175. A smaller one in better condition was $250. {Insert my sad face here as I walked away empty handed}.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 70 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 70 of Sundays at Home! We are so happy to have you join the party! Link up below for your chance to be featured next week.
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Friday, August 7, 2015

25+ Ways to Decorate with Affordable Vintage Finds

I love decorating with vintage finds, mostly because they have charm and character but also because I am super thrifty. I love to find a bargain. Always have and likely always will. I scour thrift stores, flea markets, antique malls, garage sales and even the side of the road to find unique and affordable (or free!) pieces. Today, I am sharing a round-up of ways that I have decorated with and repurposed some of these vintage finds in my own home.
The majority of these images have appeared in previous blog posts, so be sure to click on the links beneath each for more details!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

You're a Hoot {Owl Lover's Gift Guide}

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We all know someone who loves owls don't we? I mean seriously...who doesn't? They are amazing creatures. I have quite a growing collection of owl decor around my own house. Today, I have a fun round-up of quirky products found online that would make awesome gifts for any owl lover. Or why not treat yourself if it's you?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 69 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 69 of Sundays at Home! We are so happy to have you join the party! Link up below for your chance to be featured next week.
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Vintage Bohemian Wall Hanging

What happens when you take a thrift store doily, hang it from a branch, and add some feathers? You get a vintage inspired wall hanging with bohemian style! I've had this crocheted doily hanging in my upstairs gallery wall for several months but decided to give it a little tweak. It already had some boho flare with the fringe at the bottom, but I wanted to enhance it even more and finally did...
This was nothing too fancy, mind you, and 99% of the work was already done for me, which made putting it together super easy. I am always amazed by the skill and talent of people who can crochet like this. Such tiny, intricate detailing! Definitely not in my skill set. But embellishing? Now, that I can do.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DIY Pet Rock Monsters {Crafting with Your Kids No. 3}

Once nice weather hits, I am all about bringing my kids outside to do art and craft projects. For this installment of Crafting with Your Kids, I have a simple and fun tutorial on how to turn ordinary rocks into "pet monsters." My youngest, Owen, is pretty obsessed with the movie Monsters, Inc., so I knew this would be right up his alley.
When I was little, I loved painting rocks, so I was pretty sure my kids would too. And the cool part about this project is, afterwards, they have a fun little "pet" to play with and display on a shelf in their room.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 68 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 68 of Sundays at Home! We are so happy to have you join the party! Link up below for your chance to be featured next week.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

How to Create a Rustic Bohemian Living Room {Source List & Inspiration}

Last April, I shared our living room redo with a new leather sofa. Overall the room has a rustic, vintage style with bohemian touches. Since I get a lot of questions about sources, I put together a list with several elements of the room, along with close alternatives for items that were vintage finds or not available online. I hope you enjoy this curated collection inspired by my own living room!
Note: Items are not shown to scale.
I am an avid thrift store, flea market and garage sale shopper, so many of the items that I decorate with are one of a kind or impossible to find online. This source list offers both items that I actually own, as well as close alternatives that have similar appeal.