The Holidays: Thanksgiving Get Away

Here are a few pictures of the place we’re renting in WV. It’s so quaint. I can’t wait to get there and put our own touch on the place to make it feel more like home.












The plan is to have dinner in the crockpot for Tuesday. Wednesday is suppose to snow so we may just spend the day playing outside, hiking, fishing, who knows. Maybe we’ll visit the cute little town of Berkeley Springs or go skiing. I’ve already got my eye on a mid century rancher so maybe a drive by can be arranged. We’re going out to dinner that night for my husband’s birthday. Thursday is all about a yummy brunch, watching the Macy’s Day Parade (it’s a tradition), napping, cooking, puzzles, games and reading. What fun, especially with teens! Wish us luck!


The Holidays: Making it Special

My little family and I have chosen to run away to the mountains of West Virginia for Thanksgiving.  No other family, tiny cabin on 7 acres, no electronics, just us and the kids.  It’s my husband’s 40th birthday and after the stressful month we’ve had this idea has become more and more perfect.  I wanted to do everything I could to make this holiday soooo special since we will be without extended family.

I picked up the November Issue of Better Homes and Gardens to check out a home designed by Lauren Liess, a designer and blog I follow and love.  The home was amazing but so was the rest of the issue.  I found a wealth of inspiration.

There was a section all about making guests comfortable in your home.  I took these ideas to use in a cute rental for my own family to help make our holiday that more special.

Here’s what I plan to bring.


I’m hoping that by bringing some of home and a few fun activities with us that this holiday will feel relaxing and very special.  How do you make your holidays special?

Holidays: Ode to “A Christmas Story”

This beautiful living room by Martha Angus first caught my attention because of the positioning of the two couches.


Then, I realized there has only been one other place that I ‘ve ever seen this done, “A Christmas Story”.  My all time favorite Christmas movie.


Okay, I’m not sure it ‘s the only place but being that Christmas is fast approaching this scene instantly popped into my mind.  I’m sure the above designer would die if she knew I were comparing her living room to this one.  But, since there is a great vintage Christmas tree in the above picture I thought it would be fun to pick one out for the room below.


The chair could be easily moved to another corner, because that’s the perfect spot for a tree, especially if we want to mimic the living room from “A Christmas Story”.

Although, a water reference is used in the large pictures that are used to help divide the space, the room doesn’t look particularly beachy.  But, I could envision a beautiful beach themed tree in this space like this one.  Maybe there is a view of the ocean outside the window.

This room isn’t rustic or cottagey.  It is glamorous and sophisticated.

Ocean Reef christmas Collage

I love the vintage feel of the white tree and the blues of the ornaments.  I would add a hint of orange in the tree to help accent the accessories in the room.  Here are a few that would give the tree a completely different feel.

orange flower ornamentNatural

orange pinecone ornamentRustic

nauticalornament  Nautical

I did a few things to my own tree this year to change up the norm.  I swapped out a rustic tree topper and skirt for a little more glam look, a faux fur skirt and a capiz shell lit topper, but added the burlap garland for a touch of the rustic.

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What does your tree look like this year?  What’s your favorite Christmas movie?