spring mantlescape


the mantle is always an evolution. i had some fun pulling out a few post-season-clearance items that i'd picked up last year, and pairing them with stand-by pieces as well as some natural elements. conveniently, the front yard bushes needed a trim, so i brought the clippings inside and put them in water. i love their yellowy-green haphazard look. the grape hyacinths are from the yard as well.

happy easter weekend!

winter mantlescape & other musings

wednesday's snow turned out to be merely a precursor. a second storm came in strong on wednesday night, and we woke up yesterday morning to about 10 inches on the ground. couple that with the cable and internet going out, and i quickly resorted to chocolate chip cookies, a cozy blanket, and a book.

winter mantle

i wanted to share our winter mantle today. it was an easy transition from christmas- you can see that some of the elements remain the same. i moved the wreath from the basement door to the mirror, and added two lemon topiaries-- on clearance at pottery barn this fall. the handmade pewter candlesticks were a wedding gift, and the paperwhites are planted in a container found at goodwill. the owl was a tj maxx find, and has been perched here and there since the fall. i love the peacefulness of it, and the small bursts of color for the dreary days.


paperwhites & snowflakes


window detail
thank you for your sweet comments yesterday. i loved every one.

today they are calling for a couple inches of snow. while waiting for the first flakes, i'll be tying up loose ends with work, simmering chowder in the slow cooker, listening to a rudolph the red-nosed reindeer station on pandora, placing packages under the tree and mixing up some cookie dough.

[view into our sunroom : faux pine + felt garlands on post-christmas clearance at crate & barrel last year. thymes frasier fir diffuser - the best christmasy smell ever. seriously. (also picked up last year on deep discount). framed letterpress print.]

holiday styling: outdoor

christmasy house

christmas entryway

outdoor decor, christmas

entry detail

our little cottage, decorated for the season. styling the entryway must be one of my most favorite things to do.

the details:
-mixed cedar garland hung around the doorway
-a simple pine wreath, dressed up with leaf & berry clippings from the yard, and a green sparkly bow
-a spindly siberian spruce, potted & glitzed with metallic ornaments
-thrift shop basket filled with cinnamon pinecones
-mason jar with long cinnamon sticks (picked up on post-christmas clearance last year @ west elm)
-thrift shop sled, with a homemade swag and shiny green ball
-potted cabbage & metal star ornament

click to compare with last year's decor.

before & after: end table

i bought this end table from craigslist almost a year ago. i loved the lines, and inlayed travertine top... i saw potential. after many months of it being on my to-do list, i finally found the time to give it some love. a fresh coat of antique white paint, paired with vintage type knobs from anthropologie give it a whole new look. i just love this little table in our sunroom.

End Table - Before

End Table - After2

our autumn entryway

happy friday! i hope you've had a wonderful week. ours has been all over the place, with our first frost last weekend and mid-eighties this week. either way, i'm ready for fall fall. for it to come and stay for awhile.

thanks for coming back to see our entryway. i love an abundance of pumpkins and gourds and natural elements. next year i may incorporate even more. this was the first year we have been in our home for autumn, and i just love to decorate for the season.

we are looking forward to a cool weekend here, with brunch and bulb-planting and pumpkin carving to do.  (do you have a favorite method for roasting the seeds?)

we are geared up for ghosts and goblins to come a-knocking on sunday, with a basket of full sized candybars at the ready (my husband insists. oh, to be the "cool house" on the block.)

have a happy halloween!

ps. did you happen to catch charlie brown last night? i sure hope so.

fall colors

autumn entryway

cabbage, twigs

assorted gourds

autumn wreath

pumpkin trio

yellow mums, gourd

pumpkins, mums

style, from which to drink

tumblers in basket

tumbler bottom

seaglass, amber tumbler

so remember the drinking glasses i told you guys you'd love? well early this week, they arrived! i could not be more excited. four tall amber, and four short seaglass tumblers now live in the cabinet above our kitchen sink. crafted out of wine bottles, they are just as perfect for apple cider as they are for ice water. and we are smitten.

they are rustic and upcycled and durable and dishwasher safe. and who knows, we may just end up with four more before christmas. get your own right here.

enjoy the rest of your thursday. am looking forward to apple crisp in ramekins while we curl up and watch the office tonight.