Winter home tour 2018

After Christmas comes and goes, I often find myself in such a decorating bind. My house is so decorated for Christmas that when it’s all taken down and put away, the house just looks naked. It’s awful.

But your house doesn’t have to feel naked. Here are some ways I’ve managed to recycle some Christmas decor for winter.

Our front entry is simple but pretty with this apothecary jar full of pine tree picks and winterberry, a small vase of winterberry and a candle. If you’re missing the glow of Christmas lights, use a candle to simulate that glow.

Natural elements like pine branches, pine cones, boxwood and winterberry evoke winter but not necessarily Christmas. Here’s a basket of pine cones that sit in our office.

We also have a vignette in the middl of our dining room table that is full of pine cones and pine branches. Pine cones add lots of texture to a room and they can be used in the fall, too. Plus, they’re really pretty.

This has been a very versatile vignette. I’ve used it for almost three seasons and simply switched out a few elements each time.

In our dining room, the sideboard features a doughbowl with candles, pine picks, and more candles. So simple.

The stoneware pitcher and saucer belonged to my great grandparents.

Our faux mantle is decked out with winterberry, candles, and the soft glow of lanterns. How cute is this terrarium?

I hope you have enjoyed our winter home tour this year. Come back and visit us soon!!

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Our plans for the playroom

I shared last week that we are planning to change the layout of our home. Currently, we have a galley kitchen, a nicely sized dining room and two bonus rooms. Our back bonus room is being used as a playroom.



 It’s a nice sized room with two big windows that let in lots of natural light. This room is located at the back of the house, and is right beside our current dining room.

Our current dining room looks like this:


What I want to do is move the dining room into what is now the playroom and make the current dining room the kitchen. 

There are some architectural changes to be made, but they’re minor. Our playroom has three large passthroughs that I would want filled in. 
And this weird little pass through between the dining room and playroom.


I’d love to turn this little pass through into a tiny bar, similar to this one. 


        Better Homes and Gardens
I really love these bar stools. 


Barstools: Wayfair
I’d change out the faux slate laminate we currently have and replace it with the red oak we have in the rest of the house. 


I would also add the same picture frame molding that we have on the walls in our current dining room. 


I’d also use the same furniture, drapes and rug.

Mainstays: Trellis Curtain Panel

                Rug: similar

I would leave the leaf in the table and get two upholstered chairs to serve as the head chairs. 


Wayfair: Upholstered Dining Chair
I’d also get a really nice chandelier, similar to this one:

Shades of Light
Let’s put all of that together with a moodboard. 


I hope you enjoyed the tour of our future dining room. Soon, I’ll share our plans for our kitchen. 

Oh, and P.S.: Guess what starts on Friday????


Yay!! Aren’t you excited??

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Fall home tour 2016 continued: outdoors 

I’ve been wanting some mums and pumpkins,  but here in NC, the weather has just now started to feel like fall. 

When I got off work on Friday, I couldn’t find my husband’s truck key, so I loaded my van up with mums. You do what you gotta do, right? Besides, my van smelled so good afterward. 

We have this great little area off to the side of our pergola and greenhouse landing. The previous owners of our home created it, but I love standing flowers here. 

On the back porch, I simply reworked what we already had.  I exchanged summery floral Pillows for these Pillows with red and orange.  I also put this pretty mum on the side table. 

And these two sweet pumpkins brighten up our bistro set. 

How have you decorated outdoors this fall?

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Small changes to our fall Décor 

Remember when I told you my fall home tour wasn’t finished and would be changing a lot? 

I have made one small change. Last year I really wanted some red berry wreaths but couldn’t find one. I recently found these wonderful wreaths at Factory Direct Craft. 

I hung one of them on my entry way mirror. 

And one of them on my dining hutch.

I absolutely love these wreaths and can see myself using them with my Christmas Décor as well.

Have a great week!!

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Christmas Home Tour 2015

As you well know, the name of this blog is “Organized and Simplified.” Christmas at our house is organized, but simplified? Ha.

We just had a baby last month. Anyone who is smart would simplify their Christmas and downsize from their usual Christmas decorating. I’m not that smart. I absolutely love decking the halls, and decided to go big or go home. Besides, next year we’ll have a mobile child who’ll be undecorating the trees, so I decided to save the downsizing for next year. I hope you enjoy the tour. I’m posting our outdoor decor next week.

First of all, when you walk in our door, here is our fake mistletoe. It’s fake because we have kids and pets.

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Beyond that, you see our main tree in the living room.

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Also in the living room is our nativity scene. The barn is special because my grandfather built it for us. The nativity figurines are one of the first Christmas decorations I bought when I purchased my first house.

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The DIY apothecary vases are filled with glass Christmas balls. I love the look of the glass and ornaments together. Plus, the Christmas bells were a cheap purchase last year, but were exposed to heat and moisture. Now they have this fantastic patina and they look old!

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I love this candle holder.

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In our office, we have a small tree with all of our personal ornaments. I love this tree. Yes, nothing on it matches, but I love the memories it contains. All of the ornaments here were given to us as gifts or given to us to commemorate milestones in our lives (vacations, new home, new baby, our jobs, etc). It’s so much fun to reminisce when we are decorating this tree.

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In our dining room, we have what is known as the music tree. This tree is special because it is a tree my mother used during my childhood. The ornaments were also my mother’s from when I was growing up. She didn’t want to use them anymore and I couldn’t let her get rid of them 🙂 This is also the tree that held up my home tour- every single strand of lights burned out about 12 hours after I put them on…and about 14 hours before my home tour. Boo.

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We don’t have a mantle in our house right now, so this ledge is the closest thing we have. I thought it would be a nice place to store our stockings.

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Our china cabinet is adorned with boxwood and a patchwork picture frame.

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In the kitchen, we have a cute snowman family.

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In the window between the kitchen and dining room, we have a tiny tree and antique candelabra.

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In our hall bath, we have more snowmen and a glass vase with mini ornaments.

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In our daughter’s room, she has her very own white tree! Each year, she gets her own ornaments from various family members and we love putting them on her tree each year.

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I made these sweet trees last year.

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Obligatory pictures of two trees in one picture.

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Stay tuned for pictures of the outdoor Christmas decorations.

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Thursday: Fall Home Tour (Indoors Only)

We are almost finished with the outside fall decorating of our home, but for now, I hope you enjoy our indoor fall home tour.

This is a fall wreath I made two years ago. I am currently making two new wreaths for our French doors in the back. 
Just behind our front door, we have our burlap art and clip frames. I swapped out our usual photographs to display some super cute fall art that I downloaded from On Sutton Place. 
Here is the sofa table in our entry way:
A bowl of pine cones on our end table. 
This is our kitchen: 
The candle trio is from Yankee Candle, the cutting board from a local antiques mall, and the jar and sunflowers are a DIY creation. 
Dining room: 
Our “mantle” in the dining room, decorated very similarly to last year: 
A simple tablescape using milk glass and gourds: 
Daughters’ playroom 
These prints are all free downloads from the Internet. One of them I talked about on Monday, and the others are from Etsy. I wanted some fall art in the playroom that would appear playful and cute 🙂
I really love the deer fawn. 
The squirrel and wellies are super cute, too, 
Home office/studio: 
This room will be getting a huge makeover in the next few months- we are changing its purpose entirely. But for now, here is how we decorated it for fall. 
We’ve had the “B” ceramic pumpkin since before we got married. I love it! 
The two small pumpkins are from Dollar Tree. There are also some seagrass pears in a chicken wire basket. 
Our hall bath: 
We’ll show you the outdoor tour next week: Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoyed our tour!

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Spring decorating

I love spring time. I love how everything comes back to life after a bare, bleak winter. I love seeing all the new baby animals and watching the trees and flowers begin to bloom. 
Since I can’t live outside, I like to bring as much of that brightness and liveliness into my home by decorating for spring. Last year, I decorated more with the holidays, but this year, I wanted something that would last through St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, and carry us on into summer. 


As always, I love natural elements. You’ll see lots of fresh flowers, blooming branches, birds’ nests, and white glass animals. Nothing overly Easter, and definitely decor that can stick around for awhile.

First and foremost, the kiddo does lots of fun and colorful spring themed crafts, and we even hang a few in her playroom. Here are the birds we made from her footprint. You may recognize them from this post. 

This is my entry way, right now. I am looking for a grapevine or boxwood wreath to put on the mirror.

Here we have a collection of ceramic rabbits, classic literature, and a rabbit print.
Some flowering branches from the yard, a bird’s nest with some colorful eggs, and an apothecary jar containing a nest and a white ceramic bird. 

In my kitchen, I basically shopped other areas of my house. The tray and grainsack print already live in my kitchen.  I stashed some lemons in one of my makeshift apothecary jars, and then I parked one of my bird nests and a book on this tray.

Remember the “antique” tool box I defaced? Turns out it looks really cool with some mason jars and tulips in it. It’s brightening up our table right now.


This pass through in my dining room is the closest thing I currently have to a mantle. It contains a galvanized bucket I found in my aunt’s basement. I popped some faux hydrangeas in it. I also used another bird’s nest with colorful eggs, a ceramic bird on nest under a cloche, and some flowering branches. The botanical print in the gilded frame? That’s a dollar store frame and a print from The Graphics Fairy! 
Hope you enjoyed the spring decor. I’m not quite done with it, but will be soon. 

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Falling into Home: 2014 Home Tour

A few weeks ago, I posted our fall home tour. I have since done some updating, and while there are things I would do differently next year, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. One thing I love about my fall home decor is the fact that there are so many natural elements. There are plenty of real pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, acorns and burlap. I just wish I had incorporated more florals and fall leaves.

We kept our outdoor decor simple this year. I wanted some mums, but I could never seem to catch them on sale, or when I did catch them on sale, they didn’t look like anything I wanted. Now it is getting colder here and I know they won’t last long if I do buy them. Next year, I’d like to have a little more fall decor outside.

I would definitely say the living room and dining room are where you’ll find the bulk of our fall decorating.

We have a small sofa table inside the door. We have two real pumpkins (one big one and one little one) and a ceramic pumpkin with a “B” on it, which was a present from my mother-in-law not long after we were married. I love this thing and I use it every year! The “autumn blessings” sign was picked up at Joann Fabrics during one of their sales last year.

I also found these great resin pumpkins at a dollar store, which I scattered around the house. Here is one atop my book vignette on our end table.

I also recently bought some seagrass pears from a mail order company and they are on our other end table.

Dining room:
Our dining room is quite full of fall decor. We haven’t found a new dining room table or china cabinet yet, so we are still rocking the two-small table and my wedding china is still at my in-law’s house. I have so many pumpkins everywhere, that I decided to just go with something different and use apples to decorate. I also have a bit of an obsession with gold and brass (shoutout to Michael Wurm, Jr. at Inspired by Charm! ) so I used gold charger plates and my brass candlesticks I picked up while in college.

We don’t have a mantle anymore, so the window between the dining room and playroom will have to suffice. Don’t you love how well my grandmother’s milk glass looks with the burlap and the gourds?

Kitchen:
The kitchen is small and there isn’t much counter space. I love subway art, so I made good use of this corner with some fall-themed subway art and a sunflower arrangement.

The sink window formerly held three pumpkins, which I liked, but there wasn’t enough variety. I got these glass candleholders and some vase filler (acorns, leaves and pine cones), and then brought in more faux apples to echo the apple tablescape in our dining room.

Guest bathroom:
Some fall art and a small glass pumpkin decorate the guest bath for fall without taking up too much space on the counter top. I also have a fall themed fingertip towel.

Office:
Those glass pumpkins truly are everywhere! Here are several of them in the office.

Playroom:
My daughter has these three painted, re-purposed frames that use I display her art work. She made these three fall themed crafts at preschool and I thought they’d fit into our fall house tour perfectly.

Here is the back porch:
Next year, I would like to do fall pillows in the rocking chairs in either orange or red, and gold chargers with red plates for the table. 

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Falling into Home: 2014 Home Tour

A few weeks ago, I posted our fall home tour. I have since done some updating, and while there are things I would do differently next year, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. One thing I love about my fall home decor is the fact that there are so many natural elements. There are plenty of real pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, acorns and burlap. I just wish I had incorporated more florals and fall leaves.

We kept our outdoor decor simple this year. I wanted some mums, but I could never seem to catch them on sale, or when I did catch them on sale, they didn’t look like anything I wanted. Now it is getting colder here and I know they won’t last long if I do buy them. Next year, I’d like to have a little more fall decor outside.

I would definitely say the living room and dining room are where you’ll find the bulk of our fall decorating.

We have a small sofa table inside the door. We have two real pumpkins (one big one and one little one) and a ceramic pumpkin with a “B” on it, which was a present from my mother-in-law not long after we were married. I love this thing and I use it every year! The “autumn blessings” sign was picked up at Joann Fabrics during one of their sales last year.

I also found these great resin pumpkins at a dollar store, which I scattered around the house. Here is one atop my book vignette on our end table.

I also recently bought some seagrass pears from a mail order company and they are on our other end table.

Dining room:
Our dining room is quite full of fall decor. We haven’t found a new dining room table or china cabinet yet, so we are still rocking the two-small table and my wedding china is still at my in-law’s house. I have so many pumpkins everywhere, that I decided to just go with something different and use apples to decorate. I also have a bit of an obsession with gold and brass (shoutout to Michael Wurm, Jr. at Inspired by Charm! ) so I used gold charger plates and my brass candlesticks I picked up while in college.

We don’t have a mantle anymore, so the window between the dining room and playroom will have to suffice. Don’t you love how well my grandmother’s milk glass looks with the burlap and the gourds?

Kitchen:
The kitchen is small and there isn’t much counter space. I love subway art, so I made good use of this corner with some fall-themed subway art and a sunflower arrangement.

The sink window formerly held three pumpkins, which I liked, but there wasn’t enough variety. I got these glass candleholders and some vase filler (acorns, leaves and pine cones), and then brought in more faux apples to echo the apple tablescape in our dining room.

Guest bathroom:
Some fall art and a small glass pumpkin decorate the guest bath for fall without taking up too much space on the counter top. I also have a fall themed fingertip towel.

Office:
Those glass pumpkins truly are everywhere! Here are several of them in the office.

Playroom:
My daughter has these three painted, re-purposed frames that use I display her art work. She made these three fall themed crafts at preschool and I thought they’d fit into our fall house tour perfectly.

Here is the back porch:
Next year, I would like to do fall pillows in the rocking chairs in either orange or red, and gold chargers with red plates for the table. 

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Falling into Home: 2014 Home Tour

A few weeks ago, I posted our fall home tour. I have since done some updating, and while there are things I would do differently next year, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. One thing I love about my fall home decor is the fact that there are so many natural elements. There are plenty of real pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, acorns and burlap. I just wish I had incorporated more florals and fall leaves.

We kept our outdoor decor simple this year. I wanted some mums, but I could never seem to catch them on sale, or when I did catch them on sale, they didn’t look like anything I wanted. Now it is getting colder here and I know they won’t last long if I do buy them. Next year, I’d like to have a little more fall decor outside.

I would definitely say the living room and dining room are where you’ll find the bulk of our fall decorating.

We have a small sofa table inside the door. We have two real pumpkins (one big one and one little one) and a ceramic pumpkin with a “B” on it, which was a present from my mother-in-law not long after we were married. I love this thing and I use it every year! The “autumn blessings” sign was picked up at Joann Fabrics during one of their sales last year.

I also found these great resin pumpkins at a dollar store, which I scattered around the house. Here is one atop my book vignette on our end table.

I also recently bought some seagrass pears from a mail order company and they are on our other end table.

Dining room:
Our dining room is quite full of fall decor. We haven’t found a new dining room table or china cabinet yet, so we are still rocking the two-small table and my wedding china is still at my in-law’s house. I have so many pumpkins everywhere, that I decided to just go with something different and use apples to decorate. I also have a bit of an obsession with gold and brass (shoutout to Michael Wurm, Jr. at Inspired by Charm! ) so I used gold charger plates and my brass candlesticks I picked up while in college.

We don’t have a mantle anymore, so the window between the dining room and playroom will have to suffice. Don’t you love how well my grandmother’s milk glass looks with the burlap and the gourds?

Kitchen:
The kitchen is small and there isn’t much counter space. I love subway art, so I made good use of this corner with some fall-themed subway art and a sunflower arrangement.

The sink window formerly held three pumpkins, which I liked, but there wasn’t enough variety. I got these glass candleholders and some vase filler (acorns, leaves and pine cones), and then brought in more faux apples to echo the apple tablescape in our dining room.

Guest bathroom:
Some fall art and a small glass pumpkin decorate the guest bath for fall without taking up too much space on the counter top. I also have a fall themed fingertip towel.

Office:
Those glass pumpkins truly are everywhere! Here are several of them in the office.

Playroom:
My daughter has these three painted, re-purposed frames that use I display her art work. She made these three fall themed crafts at preschool and I thought they’d fit into our fall house tour perfectly.

Here is the back porch:
Next year, I would like to do fall pillows in the rocking chairs in either orange or red, and gold chargers with red plates for the table. 

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