Entries from December 19th, 2012

Christmas Playlists




Well the final countdown is on and my list is a mile long but we’re working through it in a very merry spirit thanks to some of my favorite seasonal music. Nothing get’s you in the spirit more than wrapping presents by the fireside and listening to Christmas carols. For the most part I’m a fan of the old standard music for Christmas, think Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Even though I could go on all day here are 5 of my favorites that are on my playlist right now.

Frank Sinatra – Santa Clause is Coming to Town

Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters – Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)

Harry Connick, Jr. – (It Must’ve Been Ol’) Santa Claus

Vince Gauraldi Trio – Linus and Lucy

Perry Como & The Fontaine Sisters – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

eBay Art



It’s Monday, and I’m feeling cheerier than normal because it’s my first official day of my Christmas vacation. Given the extra time I have on my hands I’ve been thinking of changing up a few spaces around the house. One of the best ways to switch of the feel of the house is to change out the art work which can be an expensive proposition but it doesn’t have to be if you know where to look. When I’m looking for great art on a budget one of the first places I turn to is eBay. eBay is one of the best sources I’ve found for buying great original and inexpensive art that can really change your space. Even if I’m not in the market for anything in particular I tend to browse often to see what’s out there. If you look long and often enough you always can find something great.

I tend to browse around but I’ve been lately this has been my favorite search.
Art, Art from Dealers and Resellers, Paintings, 1900 – 1949, $0 – $200

I was on a browsing mission last night and came up with some great finds that are up for sale right now.


French Impressionist Oil Painting

Ebay-Art-2 1920’s Tree Landscape


Modern French Painting


20th Century American Impressionist Landscape


1940s Country Landscape


Venice Watercolor


Signed Watercolor

It’s Friday



Woo it’s Friday again my friends and the mad dash to the holidays is getting hotter. This weekend we’re planning to take Nikolas on a ride to see a home in our area that goes completely crazy for Christmas, there’s usually a line wrapped at least twice around the block to catch a glimpse…they’re almost as crazy as these lights. Love them!


Have a great weekend!

Gift Wrap Ideas



If you’re like me haven’t wrapped a single gift yet and have piles of unwrapped presents still in shopping bags stashed under every bed and closet in the house then this post is for you.

Seriously though, I have declared myself the worlds most unorganized gift wrapper. One February a few years back I found an unwrapped present still in the shopping bag with the receipt for Bryan under the bed . I had stashed it and forgot about. Whoops!

Still my unorganized state never stops me from gawking at creatively wrapped gifts topped with the perfectly tied bow. Here’s a few of my favorites to get me in the gift wrapping mood.

stamp gift wrap

via The Haystack Needle

fabric gift wrap ideas

via Merriment Events

via The Embellished Nest

Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas 2011 2

via Coming Holidays

via The Gifted Blog

Lake House Tour: Master Bedroom



Hey everyone, ready for another installment of our House Tour series? This is where we take you room by room through our house sharing all the progress we’ve made in the 3 years we’ve lived here. We’ve already covered the Living Room and most of the Outdoor spaces.

Next up let’s take a look at the Master Bedroom. Lake houses built in the back in the 1960’s are not know for their spacious bedroom situations. The Master Bedroom is a pretty small space not much wiggle room but we managed to cram a lot of function.


The before pictures are pretty bad, they were taken on the day of our home inspection. I remember barely looking in this room, thanks to all the furniture there wasn’t much room to walk. It was cramped, dark and not much to look at and appeared even smaller than it actually was if that was even possible


Here’s a shot of the bedroom from the same angle now. Amazing difference. We actually painted the room a forgettable green for a while in the mad dash when we moved in but knew immediately it had to change. It took a while to get a feel for this room but eventually a plan was agreed to. First we lightened the walls with paint and made the room feel so much more open and then changed out the old white roller shades with some matchstick shades


We brought in a really bold curtain fabric, sewed up some lined curtain panels and a few envelope pillows to bring the whole color scheme together, then the bookshelves were restyled, mixing up how they were before and adding in some more books.


The bedroom side tables are one of my favorite pieces in the room, the open shelves on the bottom leave lots of room for pretty things while the drawer on the top keeps all of the unsightly things out of the way, like contact lenses solution, eye glasses and phone charges.


But by far my most favorite, time consuming but totally worth it part of the entire makeover had to be reupholstering my great-grandmothers chairs. They were seriously outdated and torn, oh and did I mention they were a bright shade of orange pleather!


We love that it feels like us. It’s eclectic, colorful and definitely not all store bought. The best part is that if we ever want to change it up we can completely change it out with new curtains an pillows.

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