Just a few random thoughts and pictures

Ohio weather can be so gloomy but I came home a little early a couple of days ago-the sun was shining and reflecting off the snow on the ground outside. The house just seemed to say, “time to grab a few pics Chris.” I try to pick up my camera once a week or so and just practice. ¬†These pics are the product of that practice. I would really love to take a photography class but there always seems to be something else that seems more important. Maybe one day……..

So I spruced up just a little corner of the house and snapped away.



I love decorating the fireplace mantel. I am not certain how many more restyles will be taking place on this particular mantel as there will be an inevitable move in my future so best to take as many pics as I can. There have been many, many good memories made around this fireplace and I will certainly miss it.



Love the silver pieces with the white candle sticks. The little pom and bell garland was from an after Christmas clearance at Target.


The first snow is always the prettiest in my opinion!


I recently made some new checked pillow covers. They’re reversible-one side is a soft flannel, they other is a checked cotton. I love doing this with pillow covers because it gives you more bang for you buck.


You can see the reversed flannel pattern here on the bed:

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And yes, I sort of move things around the house…a….lot.


Disclaimer: this final shot was NOT taken on my sunny day I first mentioned. This one was taken with artificial lighting because of another gloomy Ohio day but…..Roses brighten my winters.

And spring is just around the corner!!!

Take care and stop back,


A quick pop in with some winterizing tips!!!

Good Wednesday Evening-I guess you could say I’m a bit of a blogging failure!! LOL! How does everyone keep up with this?? I’ve taken a bit of a U-turn in my personal life which I may share with you at some point so needless to say I haven’t gotten around to posting.

I would like to share just a few tips for decorating spaces for winter. So here goes>>>>

Firstly, this year I was very organized with packing Christmas away. I kept like things together but also kept in mind what could still be used in winter decorating. Greenery-especially anything with pinecones seemed completely appropriate to me. So I set those things aside and didn’t store until I was sure I wouldn’t be using them.

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I’ve probably mentioned a time or two how much I love this open shelving we put up in the kitchen this past year. It is just so much fun to decorate. I went with a winter white theme. Added in the greenery and pinecones and just a hint of copper. Can you believe those Moscow Mule cups were originally $19.99 at Michaels and I purchased them on clearance for under $6.00? They had so many before Christmas that I felt pretty certain there would be some left over for the after Christmas sales. And I was sooooo right and glad I waited!!! Tip #2.




I wanted to use my dough bowl somewhere other than the floor. I thought it was probably too large for any of my tables but again, kept out some of the neutral Christmas stuff-greenery, twigs, pinecones and the trees that were on my buffet and just stuffed it full after layering in this faux fur rug:



I just love that little hoot owl. I think his face is precious!!


It’s a nice wintery transition for the dining room table which won’t be in use for some time.

I have this huge cabinet that houses the television and a vaulted ceiling, so I’m always looking for some way to fill this space. For Christmas I used the old, thrifted¬†wooden chair but wanted to change it up.



I propped my printers box with the same boxwood wreath (after a ribbon change out) and then slowly started to fill in with the other items pictured here.


The chalk board was the same one pictured on the console table with the nativity from Christmas. I flipped it “landscape” and added in a little winter scene. I was just tickled when I came across that little striped pitcher. I already had the big one from Homegoods and could not resist.


Most of what you see here are things I already had. Just moved them around my house. New pieces were the Moscow Mules, and the little Target pitcher. You can do this too. I promise. It works best for me to clear off a few spaces and just think of new ways to use the same pieces. Tip #3

See what you can come up with using items you already have. It’s economical!!

Best wishes and see you soon!