5 Gorgeous Spring Tablescapes and a Tour

Bird's Nest Napkin Place Setting

I love spring and I think I can finally say that it's here.  The leaves are on the trees, flowers are blooming and the temperatures are a little more normal. Hooray! Even if it hasn't warmed up where you are, you can take heart by finding all things spring in blog-land.  Today I'm so thrilled to be taking part in a blog tour of Spring … [Read more...]

How to Find Affordable Lighting Solutions

via Restoration Hardware

If there is one thing I'm learning while browsing for all the different elements for our kitchen update, it's very easy to bust the budget. I have a special knack for choosing the most expensive item before even knowing the price.  Why is that?!  It's always a little deflating to get excited about something only to learn it's not even … [Read more...]

Easy Sharpie Monogram Art

sharpie monogram art

I started off this year by embarking on a room makeover for my oldest.  He just turned 12 and was living in a room that was a hodge podge of furniture and fabrics.  At one time, everything coordinated but as he grew things kind of became a jumble so it was time for a change.   His room is almost finished -- there are still a few … [Read more...]

Choosing Cabinet Paint Colors – Gray or Creamy White?

Nine & Sixteen blog

You have probably noticed that I have kitchens on the brain and it's going to be a hot topic for awhile.  As my regular readers know, I'm planning a small kitchen update and I am deep in the heart of choosing lighting (see my lighting post here), backsplash tile, appliances and paint.  I'm currently going around and around about paint … [Read more...]

Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Pottery Barn Bolton lantern

I am deep in the heart of planning our kitchen update. While overall it's exciting, the process can be overwhelming, dizzying and downright frustrating at times. My problem isn't a lack of ideas.  In fact, I almost have too many!  There are so many beautiful things and when all is said and done, you have to make a choice.  Choices … [Read more...]

Easter Mantel

Easter bunting/banner

You've probably noticed something about all of my seasonal mantel changes... they always include my arched window and my tall candle holders. Why? Because I like them there and don't feel compelled to find a different home for them.   I bought them specifically for their height and scale for my mantel space so they'll be there for … [Read more...]

Sugarboo Designs at Target

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You've probably seen these fun signs by Sugarboo Designs on the Internet, on blogs and in boutique shops...       I have been swooning over them for months and months. I was not swooning over the price tag...ranging from $150 - $300 or so per piece.  Yikes! If you follow me on Instagram, you already know about my … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Salsa

easy and delicious salsa

Growing up in Minnesota, I didn't eat a lot of spicy food.  I ate  a lot of meat and potatoes seasoned with good ol' salt and pepper -- no fancy herbs and spices.  Honestly, that's still my kind of comfort food, but I have to confess that I have become a Mexican food lover during my 20 years here in the great state of Texas. My … [Read more...]

I Love Red {Inspire Me Sundays}

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If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you already know that I love the color blue.   You may or may not be surprised to learn that I have an equal affinity for the color red.   Today I want to introduce you to some inspiring spaces that use the color red. You may recognize this beautiful bedroom.  It's by … [Read more...]

Spring Front Porch Inspiration

front porch ideas

It's the first day of spring and we finally have some beautiful spring weather!   The sunshine and warmer temperatures lift my spirits and get me thinking about my yard.   As a result, I have been busy getting my yard ready for planting and doing several yard-related projects.  We just finished getting a drip irrigation system … [Read more...]

Cool Kitchen Features: Inspire Me Sundays

inspiring kitchen features

It's been another busy week around here, but this time, the busy-ness has been all about Spring Break with my family. This year we decided not to go on our usual ski trip and we stayed home.  Best decision ever!  It's been so nice to leave our usual weekly routine and hectic pace of soccer practice, carpools, karate, dinner on the run, … [Read more...]

Dresser Makeover and a Question

drawer with pulls

A few weeks ago, I tackled a room makeover for my soon-to-be-12-year-old son's room.   We hadn't done much in there and his room really was a hodge-podge of furniture that was waiting to be made-over. As you may recall, I shared some of my pre-teen boys room makeover ideas here. Here's the idea board I came up with to get us started and to … [Read more...]

Spring Inspiration


My kids are officially on spring break as of yesterday afternoon and this year we have decided to stay at home instead of going skiing. I just couldn't stomach the thought of purposely going to cold, snowy weather after the abnormally cold and icy winter we've experienced here in North Texas.   I have spring on my mind and I am ready for it … [Read more...]

Spring Tablescape and The Scoop’s Mega Linky Party

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I think the entire U.S. is going to breath a collective sigh of relief and joy when spring finally makes its appearance this year.  It has been a long, stormy and cold winter across almost the entire nation. My kids stayed home from school today because of an ice/sleet storm yesterday and subsequent icy roads.  I think the school year … [Read more...]

Easy Chalkboard Art Anyone Can Do

easy chalkboard art

When I made my large chalkboard that resides in my dining room I was really excited about the prospect of changing out the artwork on it from season to season.   But, on my first attempt to write something on it, I got kind of intimidated.   What in the heck was I going to write to fill up all that space?  And, even scarier, how … [Read more...]

I’m Ready for Spring!


I think it's safe to say that most everyone in the U.S. is more than ready for spring. It's been the coldest and gloomiest winter that I've ever had here in Texas and this is my 19th year in this state. When the weather starts getting me down I like to treat myself to some fresh flowers. I picked up these tulips the other day at the grocery … [Read more...]

Inspire Me Sunday


It just seems so appropriate to blog about what inspires me on Sundays.  I think it's a great way to look back at the previous week and look ahead to the next.  It feels a lot like gratitude and I think there's nothing like a dose of gratitude to make a girl feel good inside.  Here's what's catching my eye this week: 1. … [Read more...]

It all started with ovens…

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It's funny  how one thing can start an entire domino effect turning one small project in to a huge one.   That's what's kind of happening at my house right now. My husband and I started talking about the need to replace our double ovens, microwave and cooktop and now we're talking about a kitchen RENOVATION! What?! If you have been … [Read more...]

100+ Beautiful Craft Projects {Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party}

simple and beautiful craft projects

A few days ago I shared my spring burlap canvas craft that I created for the Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party.   Today, I'm sharing all 100+ simple and beautiful craft projects that bloggers across North America created for the event. Be prepared to be blown away.  There are some amazingly creative people in this world, and I … [Read more...]

Burlap Canvas / Hometalk & Michaels Pinterest Party

burlap canvas

I don't know about you, but I am dying for spring to arrive. Today, I created my own little piece of spring with this super easy burlap canvas craft. It was sooo easy to make and it only took me about 30 minutes (details on the craft later). My little spring-inspired burlap canvas is a part of a super-fun event sponsored by Michaels and … [Read more...]