‘Tis the season

credenza with holiday decor

I have gotten so excited about Christmas decorations this year! I was really inspired by living up here near the mountains, seeing all the beautiful trees this fall, and just observing all the new nature around me. My parents came to visit for my mom's birthday, and I wanted everything to be really festive and magical for them, so I got busy and pulled the house together early this year. I made several fresh wreaths, swags, and such. I spraypainted branches with silver metallic paint for the Continue Reading

Holiday Decor

We went pretty low-key with the holiday decorations this year. It's reflecting my mood lately to pare down, minimize and keep things really simple. I got this glittery basket as part of a gift with bath & body stuff in it one year, and I love the way it looks with colorful ornaments inside. It's brightening up our kitchen table. Jade plant is festive. This is one of the few plants that has survived in my house, also known as the no-sunlight zone. Since Jimmy moved in, various and Continue Reading

Bake It Pretty


My good buddy Amanda, purveyor of adorable miniatures, has opened her own online store! Bake It Pretty.com is a veritable treasure trove of vintage-inspired miniatures, baking supplies, packaging and unique novelties. This indie business began in 2006 as A. Bel Emporium, a hugely successful Etsy shop. She now offers the same fare as that shop plus much more. She has worked long and hard to find adorable supplies for the baker at fair prices, and everything in her shop will be wrapped up for you Continue Reading

Holiday stuff from West Elm

So I had to kick on the heat at my house last night. Note to self: gas heat takes a long time to warm a house up from sub zero temperatures. All this cold weather is hinting at the fact that Christmas is soon. As in 2 months, soon. This is the first year that I'll be decorating my own house for the holidays so I've been putting a little thought to it. I really am liking the idea of metallic things. Metallic things warming you up, since it's cold. And West Elm has some delightful sparkly things Continue Reading