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I’m not sure if felty is a word, but let’s go with it. As I get my gift shoppe in order for the upcoming holidays, it’s hard not to think about what I will be doing in my own space for Christmas this year. Last year I had thoughts of redoing my Christmas tree. Yes, I am one of those people who has a themed tree. Ever since my first apartment in Philadelphia after college, I‘ve had the same tree with the same theme and mostly the same ornaments. I’ve added a few things here and there over the years, but it’s basically been the same. Well, I think I’m ready for a change. My current tree has a glittery, jewel-toned, elegant look. As much as I love it, I’m ready for something a little more fun and modern. Today I was working on a post for another blog (more on that later) and inspiration struck! Felt! 

I was searching around Etsy and found thousands, yes thousands, of felt ornaments and garlands. I was inspired. Could this be the direction I want to take my next tree? Now, keep in mind I’m not talking about the weird fake felt from Walmart. I mean the really nice wool felt. I hope you know what I mean because I’m clearly not describing it properly. Anyway, the more I searched, the more I really liked the idea. 


The only hard part about changing Christmas tree themes is that it can be either really expensive. really time consuming, or both. If I had five extra hours each day. I would just make a boatload of ornaments. Unfortunately, I don’t have lots of spare time right now. I could also start out slowly and build my collection over the years,buying a few things at time. However, with me it’s all or nothing. No matter how much I try to restrain myself, I will most likely end up going overboard and have the tree completed this year. Decisions. Decisions.

Anyway, I created a little round up of some of my favorite ornaments and garlands that I found on Etsy. Maybe this will help you visualize what I have in mind. 


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I also need to point out the fabulous Christmas tree and ornaments that my dear blogger friend Rachel of Funnelcloud made last year. Yes, she made every freakin’ ornament on her tree. There is even asparagus on it! How cute is that!? I remember loving her tree last year. I love it just as much now as I did then. 

via Funnelcloud 

Basically I want a fun, happy, colorful tree. Yes, my tree the past seven years has been gorgeous, but I think it’s time for a change. 

What do you think of a felt-inspired tree? Do you have a themed tree? Do you ever get tired of it? What does your Christmas tree look like? Any advice would be appreciated!


Oh, and Happy Halloween! Sorry, I’ve got christmas on the brain. 


I’m not sure if “felty“ is a word, but let’s go with it. As I get my gift shoppe in order for the upcoming holidays, it’s hard not to think about what I will be doing in my own space for Christmas this year. Last year I had thoughts of redoing my Christmas tree. Yes, I am one of those people who has […]




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I am so happy to announce that I have been asked to be part of Home Depot’s Fall Style Guide Blogger network! Too fun, right?

So here’s the skinny, Home Depot has these amazing Style Guides that give you a dose of seasonal inspiration and know-how. They have projects, trends, decor ideas, and home improvement projects. When it comes to your home, it’s in there. Even Sarah Fishburne, Home Depot’s Director of Trends and Design, highlights ways to incorporate seasonal trends into your home.


I was digitally flipping through the The Home Depot Fall Style Guide and was immediately inspired by their interior makeovers and fabulous wreaths. The guide shows how optical illusions can make any room seem just the right size while adding a festive touch to your décor inside and preparing the space outside. So amazing! 

When you subscribe to the Style Guide, you’ll receive updates each time a new edition is released. Plus, you will get exclusive Home Depot savings, offers, how-to project ideas, and much more. Have an iPad? You can make the fall season your own with The Home Depot Style Guide app



How I am involved? Well, I will be taking inspiration from the Fall Style Guide and creating some holiday-inspired projects of my own. I’m seeing a festive wreath and other cheerful decorations in my future! 



The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as me for their Fall Style Guide Blog Network. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

I am so happy to announce that I have been asked to be part of Home Depot’s Fall Style Guide Blogger network! Too fun, right? So here’s the skinny, Home Depot has these amazing Style Guides that give you a dose of seasonal inspiration and know-how. They have projects, trends, decor ideas, and home improvement projects. When it comes to your […]




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I’m do excited to announce that I have been invited to be part of The Home Depot Fall Style Guide Blogger Network!

he Home Depot Style Guides give you a dose of seasonal inspiration and know-how. Check out the best projects, trends and colors year round.

·       Sarah Fishburne, The Home Depot’s Director of Trend and Design, highlights ways to incorporate seasonal trends into your home in The Home Depot Fall Style Guide.

·       Subscribe to the Style Guide and get updates each time a new edition is released. Plus, you’ll get exclusive Home Depot savings, offers, how-to project ideas and much more.

·       Make the fall season your own with The Home Depot Style Guide app. Find the latest home improvement projects, design ideas, décor trends, budget-friendly updates and more. Easily browse, share and shop this magazine so you can start enjoying your space faster.

I’m do excited to announce that I have been invited to be part of The Home Depot Fall Style Guide Blogger Network! he Home Depot Style Guides give you a dose of seasonal inspiration and know-how. Check out the best projects, trends and colors year round. ·       Sarah Fishburne, The Home Depot’s Director of Trend and Design, […]




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Well, Operation: Making of a Christmas Shoppe is in full swing! It seems that a lot of you are enjoying the pictures via Instagram and Facebook. So many of you asked if I have an online store; unfortunately, I don’t. It’s something I started at one point, but the amount of work and time involved in running an online retail operation is something I really can’t handle by myself. Unless some of you want to work for me or I can be cloned in the near future. Also, I kind of just want you to come visit me. Anyway, I’m actually making excellent progress on my shoppe. I’m a bit more organized this year and I’m so thankful I gave myself more than three days this time around. I’m actually able to enjoy the process instead of being a hot mess.


Unfortunately, however, I haven’t been able to work on my shelves. As you may have heard, there is a storm coming this way so the weather hasn’t allowed me to do any sanding or staining outside. Based on the forecast for the next several days, moving this project indoors may be my only hope of getting it finished this week. 


In other news, I’m thinking about changing my hallway decor a bit. If you remember, this summer I put up a tie-dye ombre embroidery hoop art display. Well, I’m officially sick of it. If one of the hoops gets knocked off the wall, there is a domino effect of falling hoops. It’s like a mini-avalanche of frustration. I’ve also noticed that once a hoop falls and hits the floor, the fabric tends to pucker around the edges, and that beautiful, clean, wrinkle-free look is gone. Right now I am in the process of collecting and painting a bunch of white frames. I’m also purchasing some new art work and searching through my collection ofphotos so that I can actually display some images of my family and friends. You know how some people have too many pictures of their family and friends around the house? Well, I’m the exact opposite. I have none. That’s right, not a single one. All that is about to change. I’m hoping to have that project started and almost finished before Thanksgiving. 


And, on a more serious note, my thoughts go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy.

How was your weekend? Any fun plans for this week? Are you ready to turn the calendar to November?


Well, Operation: Making of a Christmas Shoppe is in full swing! It seems that a lot of you are enjoying the pictures via Instagram and Facebook. So many of you asked if I have an online store; unfortunately, I don’t. It’s something I started at one point, but the amount of work and time involved in running an online retail operation is something […]




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As promised, today’s post is a brief update on the shelf project in my pseudo living room. Not that there is really much new, but I did get the brackets hung. Baby steps. For those of you who have never hung shelves, this is probably the easiest way. Well, unless you can get a shelf with brackets already attached. Anyway, after a lot research and stress, I decided on these brackets from True Value. I just ordered them online. I played around with the idea of doing some sort of floating shelves, but ultimately decided I wanted a bit of bracket bling. I think it makes the shelves a little more interesting. I also knew I wanted five shelves in this area, or so I thought.

After some tedious calculations I figured out where I wanted each shelf on the wall. Using a level, I penciled in where I would be drilling all of my holes. I triple checked all of my measurements to be sure everything was level. I started from the bottom and worked my way up. After the first shelf, Sebastian came by to inspect my work and do a little yoga. I think this is the downward facing cat.

Because I’m impatient and need to see how things look, I cut the wood for each shelf as I worked my way up. The wood I’m using is basic 2 x 10 x 10″ pine boards. I actually had these on hand when I accidentally bought the wrong size boards for my dining room shelves.

Anyway, once I finally installed the fourth set of brackets, I stood back to check out things were coming along. To my surprise I really liked just the four shelves. The placement of the top shelf gave me room for bigger decorative pieces and artwork. So I channeled my inner Christopher Lowell and ran around the house grabbing a few tchotchkes to see how things would look.

I love it!

This whole time I was envisioning five shelves. Who knew four would be even better!? I just love when stuff like that happens.

My plan for this weekend is to get all four pieces of wood sanded and stained. I’m using a color that matches my hardwood floors and some of the other piece in the room. I usually prefer painted wood, so I’m really hoping I like how the shelves turn out once they are stained. We shall see. I will report back next week.

I also wanted to let you know that today is the start of my annual gift shoppe switchover! Yes, next week is the beginning of November and folks are already asking when I’m putting out the Christmas merchandise in my shoppe. If you’d like, you are welcome to follow along with my adventures.

Updates will be on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can follow along via #makingofachristmasshoppe. I’ll be posting pictures, ideas, thoughts, and other fun and completely random things. I’m sure I’ll need your advice along the way so please chime in with comments, replies, repins, and retweets!

And that’s all folks! Have a fantastic weekend!

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Wow. What a week! Things have been non-stop crazy! I hate to admit it, but I kind of like it that way. Keeps me on my toes. I somehow manage to get more things done when the pressure is on. On Tuesday I hung the brackets for the shelves in my room. I also cut the wood for the shelves. More on that Friday.  Today I’m sharing a very cool table runner that I made. You may have had a sneak peek of it Sunday on Instagram. Anyway, the fabulous folks at Plaid sent me a HUGE supply of Martha Stewart Craft Supplies and told me to have fun! 

As I mentioned last week, I got a new dining room table. (I still haven’t officially shown it to you, but you can see most of it below.) So, I decided to make a fall-inspired runner! 

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Wow. What a week! Things have been non-stop crazy! I hate to admit it, but I kind of like it that way. Keeps me on my toes. I somehow manage to get more things done when the pressure is on. On Tuesday I hung the brackets for the shelves in my room. I also cut the wood for the shelves. More […]




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Two weekends ago I was invited by Buick to fly out to Detroit and check out their newest vehicle, the Encore. This was all part of an event by Buick called Pinboard to Dashboard. They invited ten extraordinary bloggers to be a part of this experience.


After arriving in Detroit, all of the bloggers met for dinner and drinks. (A huge thanks to Buick for their superior hospitality). The following day we had the opportunity to tour the Buick Design Center and learn about the Encore. What an experience!



Not only did we get a sneak peak inside the Color Studio, we also got to hear all about this fabulous new vehicle.


After listening to the presentation, I was sold. Truth be told, I’m actually in the market for a new vehicle. The car I’m driving now is the same one I was driving my first year of college. That was almost 12 years ago, and it was a used vehicle when I got it. Yikes!


Anyway, I believe that things happen for a reason. I would have most likely never considered or even looked at a Buick. My grandparents always drove a Buick. While I loved their cars, I associated Buick with older people (No offense Gram and Pop.) or luxury that was out of my reach. Here’s the thing. After hearing about the Encore and why it was designed, I realized this vehicle was created for someone just like me. Buick is has a whole new image! I want and need a car that has room for me to throw in all my purchases after a day of antiquing. Though, I don’t want a huge vehicle that is hard to drive and maneuver. It needs to handle well. After working very hard and saving for so long, I want a vehicle that I am proud to drive. I also want to feel a little pampered. I mean, come on, who doesn’t want Intellilink, Park Assist, Pandora, Bose speakers, heated leather seats and steering wheel, and so much more. Surprisingly, all of this is actually achievable in my price range. I also want a vehicle that has a sophisticated yet sporty style. This is it, people! It’s luxury minus the snobbishness. Get it?


It goes without saying that come Spring when I’m ready to make my first-ever new car purchase, I will be stopping at the Buick dealership first.



After the presentation, Buick asked us to create Pinterest boards to represent our dream Buick Encore concept. What color would the exterior be? What would the interior look like? What would we do in our Encore? Where would we go? Who would go with us? What would we be listening to?


Two major things stood out for me from the presentation, and I knew they had to be a part of my design plan. First, I heard an amazing quote, “A life of significance, not status.” This was a total goose bump-worthy moment. The words rang so true to what I want out of life. Second, again as part of the presentation, folks were interviewed about what they wanted in a car and in life general. Every person said they just wanted to be happy. Above all, happiness was most important.


So, with these two thoughts in mind, plus a whole lot of Michael and Inspired by Charm style, I got to work and designed a car concept that I am proud of and passionate about. I hope you like it just as much as I do.


To make things a little easier to explain, I divided up my concept into five sections. All of these images were pulled from my Pinboard to Dashboard Pinterest board. If you need the source of any of these images, all of them can be found there.


Exterior: A big part of my overall design was to bring back beautiful pieces, designs, and ideas from the past, while still keeping the technology, feel, and style of today. (Much like how I like to decorate my interior spaces.) For the exterior, I pulled inspiration from Buick’s history. All of the cars (not the truck) in the images above are Buick. My Encore would be painted and trimmed to resemble these classics. A beautiful turquoise, a splash of creamy white, and lots of chrome bling. Are you seeing it?


Interior: Moving inside the car, I’m thinking yellow! Yellow is my happy color. It makes me come alive; it makes me smile. Yellow leather with touches of teal, including some beautiful and unique stitching (details Buick is proud of). Of course, in true Inspired by Charm style, there would be a little bit of chevron, but not in an overpowering zig zag kind of way, a bit more subtle. I’d finish things off with some tufting and more chrome bling.


Significance: To go with this fabulous design, my concept needs a purpose. I have dreams of driving across the country. Right now, I live in a small town in Central Pennsylvania. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing people online thanks to this blog and social media, but something is missing. I want to meet you all in person. So, here’s my plan. Get an adorable little trailer (we’ll talk more about that in a minute), pack it full of supplies including some fantastic food, and hit the road. A crosscountry adventure! When Buick asked who I wanted in my Encore, I knew my answer immediately. YOU! I want to take loads of pictures. I want to eat dinner in a field. I want to find the most incredible donut in America. I want to create beautiful memories. I want to see this beautiful country that I’m so proud to be a part of. Sounds pretty cool, right? Who’s with me?

Music: This was easy. Music is such a huge part of my life. This is only a sampling of the the music I will be rocking out and chilling out to. As I mentioned above, in addition to my classic design, I want modern technology in my EncoreHere’s where this comes into play. I’ll talk more about this below, but my concept would be a social media powerhouse. I want to use it as a tool to stay connected along my journey. Part of that powerhouse would involve a feature where all of you could create playlists and make music suggestions for my journey. How awesome would that be? I love discovering new music, and I think this would be an amazing way to do it. Then when I get to my destination, we could pop the trunk and dance along to our favorite tunes over dinner in a field. Are you seeing it now?


Accessories: This is when the fun begins. First, let’s talk about that adorable trailer. Unless I win the lottery, I’m going to need a place to sleep along my journey. How perfect would it be to have a matching teardrop trailer. Just enough room to sleep, store a picnic basket, and make a cup of coffee, right? It will be glamping (glamorous camping) at its finest. Also, as I mentioned above, I want this to be a social media powerhouse. (Yes, most of these features will only be available for use by a passenger or while the Encore is in park. Safety is important.) I would love to see a 360 degree camera placed on the roof of the vehicle. Perfect for taking impromptu photos on the road with a click of the button on the steering wheel. With ultimate connectivity, at the next rest stop, these photos could easily be uploaded to Facebook or Instagram. For those twitterholics out there, voiceactivated tweeting could also be implemented so that thoughts while driving will never be lost again. Sounds fun, right? It’s all about the accessories. 

So, that’s my design concept in a nutshell. What do you think? Would you travel with me? Will you join me for dinner? Can I crash at your place along my journey?


Although, I may not be able to make this vision happen exactly as planned above, a cross-country trip is on my Bucket List. I’m not sure when or how, but be on the look out!


Below is a picture snapped at Buick headquarters. These are the other bloggers, and now friends, who are participating in this opportunity. Do yourself a favor and check out their brilliant blogs. Honestly, they are some of the most talented people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! Click on their names below to be directed to their homes on the Web. 


On the left: Jessica SturdyKatie RodgersShannon AblesAly Walansky,  On the right: Julie Deily, myself, and Julie Thigpen.  Not pictured: Susie Anderson, Maia McDonald, Jeanne Chan

If you’d like to learn more about Buick and the Encore with its many luxurious features, please check out their website. You also can find them on Facebook and Twitter.


A ginormous thanks to Buick and their team for this amazing experience. I will be forever grateful. This is a big deal for a guy from Central Pennsylvania. Also, thank you for reintroducing me to the Buick brand. I am honestly and utterly impressed.

To see more of my design concept, please visit my Pinboard to Dashboard Pinterest board. I just love reading your comments and hearing your thoughts. Your likes and repins will help to bring this idea to life and hopefully get my design featured at the 2013 New York Auto Show!


This post is sponsored Buick. As always, the opinions and thoughts are mine.

Encore photos courtesy of Buick. 

Two weekends ago I was invited by Buick to fly out to Detroit and check out their newest vehicle, the Encore. This was all part of an event by Buick called Pinboard to Dashboard. They invited ten extraordinary bloggers to be a part of this experience. After arriving in Detroit, all of the bloggers met for dinner and drinks. (A huge thanks to Buick for […]




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Tis the season for shopping! With only 62 days until Christmas (yeah, it’s that soon), our real and virtual mailboxes are filling up with catalogs, advertisements, and some amazing products.


To my delight, this past weekend I received the new book from Nate Berkus as well as the Crate & Barrel Holiday Inspiration catalog. Also, as most of you already know, Nate’s line at Target launched this past Sunday. Since the nearest Target is about 1.5 hours away, I was thankful to see his collection online. Seriously, I’m not sure what I would do without the Internet.


Anyway, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things from both of these collections. How does that sound?


I always get a little nervous when I see designers bring their collections to the mainstream. Thankfully, places like Target and people like Nate Berkus do it oh so well! I wouldn’t say that my personal style is much like Nate’s, but he is clearly beyond talented and there are so many of his interiors or pieces of them that I just love. I may even love them a bit more after taking some time to flip through his new book, The Things That Matter. I am a huge believer that your home should be full of things that have personal  meaning and importance, regardless of whether anyone else likes them. How can you not enjoy your space when you are surrounded by things you love?


Anyway, I’m getting off track. Here are my favorites. And yes, some of these are currently in route to my house. I can’t wait!

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Also, a huge round of applause for Crate & Barrels catalog. This sounds really weird, but I was really impressed with it. It read almost like a magazine. Beautiful photographs and tons of smiling faces really brought the products to life. I could actually envision so much of their style in my own house. 


Let’s take a look at a few of my favorites.

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What do you think of my picks? Love them? Hate them? And, I want to know… what catalogs, books, or stores are inspiring you lately? What collections are you drooling over?


‘Tis the season for shopping! With only 62 days until Christmas (yeah, it’s that soon), our real and virtual mailboxes are filling up with catalogs, advertisements, and some amazing products. To my delight, this past weekend I received the new book from Nate Berkus as well as the Crate & Barrel Holiday Inspiration catalog. Also, as most of you already know, Nate’s line at Target […]




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Please tell me it’s not already Monday. This entire year has flown by, but October has gone so amazingly quickly! I  just went to my favorite local farmer this weekend to pick up a few pumpkins. My mom and I were thinking they didn’t have as many pumpkins as they usually do. Then we both remembered that Halloween is little more than a week away. Hello!


Anyway, I recently had the chance to review some craft supplies from my friends at Consumer Crafts. An excuse to craft and decorate? Sure! I’ll take it. You may find this hard to believe, but my supply of glitter was lacking. So I couldn’t pass on this huge pack of Martha Stewart Glitter, plus some washi tape, an amazing stamper, and some ink pads.

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Wow. Things have just been so busy around here recently. (Fall always is.) I thought I’d use today’s post to update you on a few of the latest happenings.

First, the amazing people at Better Homes and Gardens have asked me to be a permanent blogger for the Style Spotters blog! How wonderful is that?! You may remember I wrote this post and this post for them back in September. Moving forward I will be posting every other Monday beginning October 29. I have some other fun projects in the works for their site as well. Stay tuned for more.

I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of October. You know what’s just around the corner? Christmas. Having my little gift shoppe means that the holiday season has to start somewhat earlier than I’d like. Beginning next Friday, I’m going to be transforming my shop from fall to Christmas. Last year, I squeezed everything into three days. It was a bit of a nightmare. So this year, I’m giving myself a good week to get all the new products priced and set up. Like last year, I’ll be posting my progress on the various social media outlets if you’d like to follow along.

But before I begin to get ready for Christmas, there is an overflowing box of amazing Martha Stewart craft supplies that is calling my name. I don’t think I mentioned it, but I’m getting a new dinning room table. This one. Because my current table is in horrible shape, it always has to be dressed with a tablecloth. I’m not a big fan of tablecloths for everyday use, so I will be thrilled when I no longer need them. Tablecloth burning party, anyone? Anyway, I’m thinking about using my stash of craft supplies to make a fall-inspired runner. I have a plan in my head. Let’s hope it works.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m also hoping to squeeze in time to hang the brackets for the shelves in my room. I know I can’t get to the wood this weekend, but having the brackets up will be a huge step in the right direction. I’m really looking forward to getting these shelves finished. All my books have been boxed up in the basement for about four years. It’s time to sort through them and give them a permanent home.

Last but not least, I need to tell you about Buick. In 2013 Buick is launching a new vehicle, Encore. So, earlier this week, they invited me and nine other bloggers to their headquarters in Detroit to learn about Buick and the Encore. I had a fabulous 24 hours in Detroit and met a few of the most talented bloggers out there. Upon returning home, the goal of each blogger is to design a car via images on Pinterest. There will be at least two rounds, and one blogger’s design will be chosen as the winner. This design concept, not the actual car, will then be showcased at the NYC Auto Show. Pretty amazing, right? I thought so too. While I know nothing about cars, I figured this would be an amazing opportunity to stretch my design mind and skills to create something totally different. The completed Pinterest board will be ready this Monday and I’ll follow that up with a blog post on Wednesday. Until then, be sure to check out my board. I would really appreciate any comments, likes, and repins. We need to show Buick I’m the guy they are looking for, right? Thank you so much in advance.

So that’s the latest in a nutshell. What’s going on with you? Any big plans for the weekend?

PS. This may be the funniest thing I’ve read in a long, long time.


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Wow. Things have just been so busy around here recently. (Fall always is.) I thought I’d use today’s post to update you on a few of the latest happenings. First, the amazing people at Better Homes and Gardens have asked me to be a permanent blogger for the Style Spotters blog! How wonderful is that?! You may remember I wrote this post […]




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Time for a little update on my “almost” living room. First of all, since this is no longer a bedroom, I was able to finally coordinate the details of getting rid of the bed. Thank goodness. That bed took up a big chunk of the room. It’s nice to have a little breathing space now.



Secondly, you’ll notice a new addition. My loveseat arrived! For days, maybe even weeks, I searched and searched online for the right sofa, sectional, or loveseat. Initially, I wanted a sectional that would tuck into the corner. Unfortunately, sectionals just don’t exist in that particular size. That lead me to a loveseat. I knew I wanted to have a little room on each side, so I needed a piece that would be around 60 inches long. 


I know what you are thinking, a sofa from Overstock? Yes, I thought the same thing, but it was exactly what I was looking for, plus the price was right. After reading the reviews, I bit the bullet and ordered it. I really didn’t consider how it would be shipped or how it would arrive. I was a bit surprised when two boxes arrived on my back porch. I needed to put it together. This can’t be good, I thought.



Fortunately, and to my surprise, everything arrived in perfect condition and the assembly was pretty simple. 



So far, I’m loving my loveseat. (Pun intended.) The throw was one of last year’s Christmas gifts from my mom. I never had the perfect spot for it until now. 


I also need to find a few more pillows. My gold sequined chevron pillow cannot be on my chair and my couch. Maybe I should have bought two?


I’m still planning to hang my painting above the sofa, but I’m just not quite ready to pound any nails into my freshly painted walls. At least not until I get some more key pieces in place. Details on the light fixture can be found here.


Next on my to-do list is shelving (along with a million other things). I’m hoping to get started this weekend. Fingers crossed.



What do you think of the  new loveseat?




Time for a little update on my “almost” living room. First of all, since this is no longer a bedroom, I was able to finally coordinate the details of getting rid of the bed. Thank goodness. That bed took up a big chunk of the room. It’s nice to have a little breathing space now. Secondly, you’ll notice a new addition. My loveseat arrived! For days, maybe even weeks, I […]




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You folks are the best! Seriously. Thanks for all the comments and support you shared in yesterday’s post. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. I also wanted to add that I’m not giving up on happiness or my quest for it, just changing my approach. So have no fear, you will still find lots of happy and fun things here. I’m just removing the pressure of blogging about it for fifteen more days. I hope that makes sense. 


I still have to digest my trip to Detroit, which I know some of you are curious about. I’ll have more details in the next few days. For now, you are welcome to follow along on Pinterest. Basically, I’m designing a car. (Unfortunately not a car I will actually get to keep.)  Head on over to Pinterest and check that out. I’ll be sharing more details soon.



It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, so today I thought I’d share one of my favorites. I worked with another company to create some images for a fall-inspired project. This was the resulting recipe without the added company details.



Anyway, this is hands-down one of my favorite dips. Not only is it delicious, but it’s amazingly easy and a huge crowd pleaser. 



I wish I could take credit for coming up with this recipe, but the wonderful folks at Knorr are the true creators and I mentally thank them every time I make it. If you haven’t tried this before, give it a try. You won’t be disappointed! Enjoy.



Here’s what you’ll need:
1 10-oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 16-oz container sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1 8-oz package vegetable soup mix
1 8-oz can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
3 green onions, chopped (optional)



Let’s get cooking:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator about 2 hours.
Serve with blue tortilla chips or your favorite dipper. This is delicious in a bread bowl with cubes of bread as dippers. 



Have an amazing day, everyone! 


You folks are the best! Seriously. Thanks for all the comments and support you shared in yesterday’s post. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. I also wanted to add that I’m not giving up on happiness or my quest for it, just changing my approach. So have no fear, you will still find lots […]




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My plan backfired. In an attempt to create 31 Days of Happiness, I have managed to somehow stress myself out more. This probably isn’t a good thing. After returning  from Detroit last night and waking up this morning not feeling so well (physically and mentally), I realized that I actually need to start making some positive changes rather than just talking about them, or in a few cases, pretending to talk about them. 


So, here’s the deal. I’m throwing in the towel. I’m calling it quits. The 31 Days of Happiness Challenge failed. And to be honest, I’m totally okay with it. Sometimes in life we make the best choice possible at a particular moment. Later, we may come to realize that decision is no longer working. It’s just not making us happy. That means its time to pack up your experiences, lessons learned, and a cup of coffee for the road and move on. And while it’s okay to look back every once in a while, have no regrets. In my opinion, knowing when it’s time to move on, is often more important than hanging on for all the wrong reasons. 

As some of you may have noticed, I’m also applying this principle to other areas of my life.  Life is too short to be unhappy doing something you really don’t love. 




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Just a quick post today. As I mentioned on Sunday, I spent the last 36 hours in Detroit. I working on a really fun project with Buick. I can’t wait to share more about it! Coming Soon!

I had the honor to meet so many wonderfully talented bloggers and hang out with awesome team at Buick. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Now I need to get unpacked and reorganized! 

Hope your week is off to a great start! 

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Yes, I will be the first to admit that some of my recent posts really haven’t been geared toward happiness. Well, at least not as much as I would like them to be. Sorry about that. It’s been a crazy week around here and it’s about to get crazier. In a few short hours, I’m hopping on a plane to Detroit and then flying back on Monday. Crazy, right? It’s a fun trip, though! I’m excited and will share more about it next week. If you pay attention to Facebook and Twitter for the next few days, you may be able to figure out why I’m going. 


Anyway, I’m making some progress on my quilt. I have all of the half-square triangles pieced together. Now I need to trim them all to size. Unfortunately, I’m really not looking forward to this process. It’s going to be rather tedious and time-consuming. It also needs to be done with care so that the points in the quilt will line up once I start putting the rows together. My mom volunteered to help, and I will probably take her up on the offer! Dinner followed by trimming squares and watching a movie? Sounds good to me!


Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!


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I am so excited to share today’s post with you. A couple weeks ago, thanks to the fabulous folks at BlogHer, I was contacted by Shutterfly to check out their Home Decor products. Decorating my home with personalized products is always a surefire way to make me happy!

To be honest, I never realized the variety Shutterfly had when it came to home decor. After checking out their collection, I was more than excited to try their website and products. I wouldn’t consider myself a professional photographer, but photography is definitely one of my hobbies. Over the past few years I have collected a dozen or so photos that I love and hope to incorporate as artwork into my space.

As much as I shop at home stores and discount stores, the artwork section in such places always leaves me a bit disappointed. While some of their products could definitely work in a space, they lack uniqueness and individuality. I believe that artwork can often make or break a space. To me, the best artwork is deeply personal. When I hang pieces on my wall, I want them to be totally unique and maybe even a little unexpected or surprising, not mass-produced. I think photos are one of those elements that really make a house feel like a home. Thanks to Shutterfly, I’m able to achieve that look.

Typically, it takes me a couple months to find the perfect location for artwork, so I’m going to show you what I received and where it is now. I will probably change this a dozen times until I find that spot that really sings. Does anyone else do this?

The first things I ordered from Shutterfly were a few of their canvas prints. These pieces are amazing. It’s always so surreal to see my photographs turned into an actual piece of art. I used three different nature-inspired prints to create this look.



Beautiful, right? This would make a fabulous collection in a living room or dining room.


Each of these prints has special meaning to me, and I can remember exactly where I was when I took each one. I think this would be a perfect way to remember a special moment in your life, especially one shared with your family and friends.



Let’s get a little closer and take a look at the details. The quality, craftsmanship, and resolution are excellent!



Next, I ordered one of their Woven Blankets. Let’s check it out.


Yes, you may remember that photo from my Ode to Oz display. It was one of my favorites, and having it printed on an actual blanket is seriously mind blowing!

I love it so much so that I even ordered one for my mom!



I assumed that it would just be printed on the blanket, but it’s actually woven with different pieces of colored thread. I used a high-resolution photo as suggested, and the detail is amazing. Perfect for a bedroom or to throw in a backpack for a picnic.



Next up, you all know how much I love my quotes. So, I picked one of my favorites and had it printed on a desktop plaque for my soon-to-be office.


I actually took that photograph with my iPhone, edited it in Instagram, and added the text with my word processing program.



The 5×5 inch size worked perfectly! Cell phone photography has come such a long way. This is an amazing way to remember those little, but important moments.

Last but not least, I decided to try something a little outside my comfort zone. Going a little more modern, I ordered one of Shutterfly’s Acrylic Prints. I was actually inspired to try this piece from my dinner in New York City and their acrylic-inspired artwork.

If you want to bring a touch of modern into your space without buying a hot pink acrylic coffee table shaped like a dog, then this is your solution!



I think this is an ideal way to add a little drama and a touch of modern to any space. I chose a photo of a sedum bud for my print. Talk about awesome artwork for a bathroom!


I love how this is hung with the four aluminum posts on each corner. Totally unique and unexpected.

Now it’s time for me to go move one of these fabulous pieces around my house until I find the perfect spot for all of them. What do you think? Which one is your favorite? What area of your house would you like to personalize with Shutterfly Home Decor Products? By leaving a comment, you will be entered to win a $350 Shutterfly prize pack!


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This wasn’t easy.


I follow a lot of blogs. Though, I will admit, I have a few favorites. Some have been must-reads forever, some go in cycles, and some are new finds. As I’ve mentioned, Inspired by Charm is going to have a completely new look in a few months. Part of the preparation has required me to compile a blogroll. Over the past couple weeks, as I’ve gone through my Google Reader (what I use to organize and follow blogs), I’ve been adding favorites to my list. Again, this wasn’t easy. 


Because it’s been a long time since I shared any blogs that have really inspired me or made me happy, I decided today would be a perfect day to do so. This is in no way a complete list. It’s just a few favorites that are on my mind today. If any of these blogs are new to you, I hope you will take some time to check them out. Enjoy!



Yellow Brick Home

Brooklyn Limestone



A Beautiful Mess

 Enjoy it

 The House of Smiths

 Young House Love

I also wanted to thank you so much for your words of encouragement and blues-busting ideas yesterday! It means so much to me!

Also, a reminder that I still need your questions for the Ask Me video I am planning. You can read all about that here. The more questions the better!

Thanks everyone! Have a great weekend!

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This wasn’t easy. I follow a lot of blogs. Though, I will admit, I have a few favorites. Some have been must-reads forever, some go in cycles, and some are new finds. As I’ve mentioned, Inspired by Charm is going to have a completely new look in a few months. Part of the preparation has required me to compile a blogroll. Over the […]




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I’ve made up my mind. Kind of. To be honest, I’m still not the whole way there. I’ve been slightly down in the dumps the past two days. I’m not sure what’s going on.


On Tuesday morning, as I mentioned on Facebook, I got some head shots taken (the first time since high school). They are for the new blog layout, a new website, and hopefully, some other fun things down the road. The shoot was a blast. I was actually pretty nervous about the whole process. I wasn’t 100% sure what to wear. I was wishing I was a couple pounds lighter. Once things got rolling, however, I let my guard down and just enjoyed it all. It was such a fun morning and the little sneak peaks I got of the photos were great. I can’t wait to see the final product in a few weeks. 


Anyway, after I got home and cleaned up all the outfits I had decided not to take to the shoot, I was exhausted – mentally. I also got some bad news about an upcoming project I was super excited about. Now, I need to decide whether to tackle it alone or just move on. Bummer. Sometimes I let my brain get the best of me, and it just ate at me all the way into Wednesday. Does anyone else do this? 


So, for the past couple days, I had a little setback to my 31days of Happiness. Literally, the only thing I managed to accomplish was to watch hilarious videos of Ellen on YouTube (like this one and this one) and possibly set a record for how many times I checked all of my social media sites in one day. It may evenbe Guinness Book of World Records worthy. Pretty pathetic, right?


So, after sleeping in today and enjoying some coffee, toast, and jam, (Yes, I use a ridiculous amount of jam on my toast. Yes, I realize this is why I’m probably not a few pounds lighter.) I decided to stop moping and start being awesome and happy. I often look to others to get me out of my funk and always come back disappointed when they can’t or don’t even realize I’m in a funk. No more! It turns out, I am the creator of my own destiny. The creator of my own happiness. As the saying goes, “If you want to be happy, then be.” Clearly it’s up to me, and only me, to create a happy life. Can I get an Amen! ?


So, thank you for listening to me vent a little today. I know it’s not what you usually expect to find here. But, happiness is a journey, both good and bad, and that’s what I signed up for this month. 


I’m curious. Do you ever get in a funk? What do you do to get out of it? How do you create your own happiness?

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Almost a year ago I did a short Q&A series on the blog called Ask MeYou left questions in the comments section and I answered them. (After looking back I just realized I never did share The Answers: Part 3 of that series. Oops! Sorry about that.) When I first announced 31 Days of Happiness, I mentioned doing a video at some point. To be completely honest, I’m actually pretty nervous about a video. I have a few self-confidence issues that have prevented me from making one. Anyway, it’s time to tackle those fears and just do it! 


I’ve been trying to think of some ideas for videos. I have a few, but they just aren’t ready to happen yet, and I fear they may not be ready by the end of October. Plus, once I hit the publish button on this post, whether I like it or not, I’m committed. So, with that being said, I decided to turn to all of you for help. For my first videoI’d like to do a Q&A. You ask the questions, I’ll answer them. Sound good?


They can be short questions, long questions, funny questions, easy questions, or hard questions. The more questions, the better. I obviously won’t be able to answer them all, but I’ll do my best. If you feel a question is inappropriate or way too personal, it’s probably best not to ask it. Please leave all of your questions in the comment section of this post. It will help me stay a little bit more organized. 


How does this sound? Do you like this idea? Do you want a video?


Thanks in advance for all of your awesome questions! 


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Yes, it’s true that wine usually makes me pretty happy. Anyone else? What makes me even happier is to spend some much needed time with friends. 



Yes, surprised or not, I’m a huge LeAnn Rimes fan. 


Last Saturday my friends Emily, Krista, her hubby Jere, and I hopped into Emily’s van and took off for the day to enjoy five local wineries. All four of us are pretty bad at making decisions so the fact that we managed to make this all work was quite epic. 



t turned out to be the perfect day. We are just finishing up peak leaf season around here. Some of the trees were still in full color. It was beautiful!



Our first stop was Flickerwood Wine Cellars



Sweet Angel Red is probably one of my favorites from their collection, . It’s a little on the sweet side, but delicious! You can see in the picture above that they had a batch of it warmed up in a crock pot with some apple juice and mulling spices. Amazing! It tasted like Fall and Christmas all rolled into one. 





After that we headed to the Winery at Wilcox where they served our samples in a fun little flight. 




Cute, right? These were pretty big samples, but it clearly wasn’t a problem for us. Emily was the designated driver, and not a big wine drinker, so she passed. Thanks for driving, Emily!



We then found our way back to St. Marys and stopped at one of the newer wineries, Elk Mountain Winery. The lady pouring the sample was cracking us up! What a hoot.




Apparently, after this winery I stopped taking pictures. Oops! After that we headed to Wapiti Ridge Wine Cellars and Benezette Wines. Then, we got some dinner at a local bar and hopped to another for a nightcap. 


It’s rare for me to let loose like this and drink wine all day long, but it was definitely needed. Spending the day with friends was a huge stress relief and such a nice change of pace. It’s sad, but super important, that I literally need to pull myself away to enjoy a fun and happy day. 


What do you do when you and your friends get together? Do you have local wineries you like to visit? Any fun wine tours I need to add to my bucket list? Should I put together a blogger wine tour? How fun would that be?!

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Yes, it’s true that wine usually makes me pretty happy. Anyone else? What makes me even happier is to spend some much needed time with friends.  Yes, surprised or not, I’m a huge LeAnn Rimes fan.  Last Saturday my friends Emily, Krista, her hubby Jere, and I hopped into Emily’s van and took off for the day to enjoy five local wineries. All […]




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Today’s post is two-fold. First, since this month is all about happiness, let’s talk about that first. Being a now full-time blogger has opened up so many wonderful opportunities for me. As you know, I have the pleasure of working with BHG, PureHome, and many other fabulous companies. Being a full time blogger takes and incredible amount of time, energy, and work. I am so thankful for these companies that are out their supporting bloggers and working

Happy Monday, everyone! Today’s post is two-fold. First, since this month is all about happiness, let’s talk about that first. Being a now full-time blogger has opened up so many wonderful opportunities for me. As you know, I have the pleasure of working with BHG, PureHome, and many other fabulous companies. Being a full time […]




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Taking some time offline to quilt and make my first beef stew. A perfect and happy Sunday. Hope you are enjoying yours.

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Taking some time offline to quilt and make my first beef stew. A perfect and happy Sunday. Hope you are enjoying yours. This is the 7th post in my 31 Days of Happiness Series.  Start from the beginning here, or follow along on Pinterest at i Blog 31 Days of Happiness.




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I have this love/hate relationship with indoor plants. I really think that plants, flowers, or some living element is essential in a space. They give it life and movement. Plants also bring me a lot of joy and happiness, as I think they do for guests as well. I’d probably have an orchid in every room in my house if I had the right conditions. I also love the ever-popular fiddle leaf fig. You remember Bonnie and Clyde, right? They are doing quite well. 

Anyway, over the years I’ve tried many plants and have learned what works best for me. Because with that love, also comes the hate. Like most people, I think watering plants is a pain in the butt. Some plants are very finicky when it comes to light and temperature. No matter how much you care for them, they just may not perform well. 

With all of that being said, I decided to try a new plant for my new room – an air plant. It’s a plant that can survive without being planted in soil. They store water and nutrients in their leaves to survive. Anyway, a few weeks ago Joss and Main had an air plant sale. I was immediately attracted to the plants which were shown in their blooming state. I’d never beforeseen a picture of them blooming.  

Beautiful, right? 

I just loved the bright colors and thought they would be the perfect plant for my new room. Since Joss and Main was selling sets of plants, I did a little Google search and found the Air Plant Shop and ordered two of my favorites.

When they arrived I was initially disappointed at the lack of color, but then realized they weren’t blooming. Duh! 

These are the two varieties I purchased. 

For plants, I think they are pretty cool. I’m really hoping I can manage to keep them alive. Based on the  provided instructions, they seem like pretty low-maintenance plants. 

Now, I’m on the hunt for a really striking terrarium or vessel to put them in. I found a few options below from CB2 and Terrain. I may also search for something vintage. Any of which would work, but I need to get a few more things completed in the room before I start with any accessories. 

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As you can see from the picture below, some sort of housing is required as Sebastian has a love for any type of plant. I swear he was a florist in a previous life.

What do you think of air plants? Do you have one? Thinking about getting one?

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For me, fall is the beginning of the holiday season. It’s the time of year when a house really becomes a home. People move inside and get a little closer. We tend to gather around the table just a bit more. Food really takes center stage and we all put on a few extra pounds to keep our bodies and hearts just a little bit warmer. It’s also the time of year when seasonal decor and decorating is in its prime. It’s when we take time to showcase our joys, style, and personality. 

I love seasonal decorating. Just the thought of it literally makes my heart flutter. I can remember years ago when I was just a little kid, some of my favorite memories were picking out pumpkins, bales of straw, and cornstalks and tucking them in the corner of the porch at my childhood home. We’d hang those colorful cardboard cutouts in the windows – a witch in front of a moon or a black cat on a jack-o-lantern. 


While I still do a little seasonal decorating, it’s definitely something that has been put on the back burner as life gets busier. Life is so busy anymore, it seems that a lot of holidays and special events are gone before you notice. Do you know what I mean? I remember last year I barely decorated for Christmas. I miss those days when I would spend the day or weekend shopping and decorating with my mom.(Yes, even as a young boy I had a thing for decorating.) They are some of my best and happiest memories. This year I’ve decided to make seasonal decorating fun again. To make more happy decorating memories instead of treating it like a job or a pain in the you-know-what. I want that flutter and excitement in my heart again. So today, I’m making a little ‘happiness pledge’ to MAKE time for the seasonal decorating I loved as a child – and enjoy every minute of it! Who’s with me?


I shared this post last week via The Idea Room. With my new proclamation, I thought it would be the perfect time to share it here on IBC. I hope you enjoy it again or for the first time. Let’s decorate!

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Today I have twelve mini-projects to share with you. Yep, twelve! Old books and old book pages are popping up everywhere in blogland and the craft world. So I decided to take this idea and give it a festive twist. If you remember, last week I shared all of these idea with my blogger pal Amy of The Idea Room. I felt it was such a fun and easy project, that I wanted to share it here as well. 

To get started, I picked up a couple old books at a local thrift shop. (Book lovers, cover your eyes.) I tore out a few pages from the books and then grabbed my laptop. I hit up one of my favorite clip art galleries, The Graphics Fairy, and downloaded all the Halloween-related images.

Using two small pieces of double stick tape, I attached one book page to the center of a piece of standard card stock.

Using the word processing program on my computer, I selected one of the clip art images and printed it on the book page taped to the card stock.


Simple as that! I repeated those steps for all my images. With a stack of embellished book pages in hand, I started to get crafty. Let’s get going!



No. 1: Place Cards
Just add a name in your word processor before printing your page (or write it in later) and then cut to fit.

No. 2: Vase Update
I have this great rectangular vase that was begging to be jazzed up. I just cut around the printed image and attached it to the vase with double stick tape.

No. 3: Wall Décor Accent
I have a display of plates and mirrors in my dinning room. I simply tucked in a few of the book pages for a spooky new look! This could be done to anything hanging, be it a frame, mirror, or other wall decoration.


No. 4: Decorative Jar Candle
Have a simple looking candle? Wrap it with an embellished book page. After cutting out the image, I attached it with double stick tape.

No. 5: Vintage Wreath

This one is a piece of cake. Just tuck a printed page into your favorite wreath for an instant vintage touch.

No. 6: Put a Cloche on It!
Slide a mini-pumpkin and one of the pages under a cloche. Anything under a cloche always looks special and important.

No. 7:  Candle Wrap
Trim the page so there is just enough to wrap around the candle. I used double stick tape to affix the page. Being tall and skinny, the skeleton key graphic worked perfectly. Use caution if you do decide to light these as old paper and flames don’t really go well together.

No. 8. Jazz up Your Jam
I thought the paper would rip on this one, but it couldn’t have worked better! Cut a square out of your paper with your image centered. Place it on top of your jar lid and screw on the top. I then added a fun label to make the presentation even more special. In case you were wondering, that’s peach jam.

No. 9: Art Swap
This is another easy one. Swap out a piece of artwork for one of the pages, or add it on top of a piece of artwork that may be a little larger than the printed page.

No. 10: Specimen Jars
These vintage mason jars are always coming in handy for me. After I printed the orange and black butterflies, I trimmed the pages to size and tucked them into the jars. These would look great all year long.

No. 11: Boring to Bold
It’s all in the details! Take a boring glass of striped drinking straws over-the-top by sliding in a page printed with skeletons. It doesn’t get any easier than this!



No. 12: Goodie Bags
Last but not least, turn an old book page into a fun label for treats. I folded my page in half at the top of the label and cut it out, making sure not to cut the fold. Again, using double stick tape on both sides of the interior of my label, I attached it to a bag full of yummy pumpkin kisses.


That’s it! Simple, but totally fabulous and unexpected. It really is all about the details. I hope you can use some of these ideas for your Halloween and fall decorating. What other ideas do you have for embellished book pages?


This is the 5th post in my 31 Days of Happiness Series. 

Start from the beginning here, or follow along on Pinterest at i Blog 31 Days of Happiness.

I’m also linking this post up to this awesomeness:

I would be so honored and excited to be a Home Show Designers! 

Thanks to The Painted Home and the Philadelphia Home Show


For me, fall is the beginning of the holiday season. It’s the time of year when a house really becomes a home. People move inside and get a little closer. We tend to gather around the table just a bit more. Food really takes center stage and we all put on a few extra pounds to keep our […]




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