Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Brighten up the last weeks of winter




15 degrees!

Welcome to a peak of spring at the Houz.

Seasons are like holidays to me. I'm always looking forward to the next holiday and the next season of my life as every season has its purpose.  Have you notice the days are longer, spring is appearing in stores and craft stores?  I love to browse and see what's in color for the next season and what may work in my home. 

Until it's official, I thought I would just taste spring.


One of my favorite ways to brighten up a room is a vase of flowers or a cup with flowers. These camellias are from my garden.  Their green leaves are just  as gorgeous as the blooms.  Not only do they brighten a room but shine outside against the dead bushes during mid winter.  I love driving up facing color in winter. 

So why not an interior mimic.











It's amazing how the buds fit so well in my mini coffee cup.
  
 This set is a thrifty find several  years ago
 and I'm just finding use for them.


and

this small floral arrangement makes a difference.

 





It is so cold outside and the sun is so bright. 

It has been a challenge.



The throw and pillow are recent finds.


My logs have found so many places to warm winter décor.





It will soon be time to change the clock. 

Thanks for sharing a portion of your day with us.
  



Warm wishes!

Susan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOVE mantle

Happy Valentine's Day!

I am one of those who doesn't decorate for Valentine,

but

I am one of those who welcomes a
candlelit dinner,
a rose
 or
even a box of chocolate.

It's  my first,
my very first time
 decorating for Valentine's. 
Will I do it again?
Yes

Nothing says "valentine"  like a well dressed love mantle.

Waiting to see my style?
 a word here and a statement there.....

Twas the day before 
Valentine
 where love is on display


a mantle topped with


"love" artwork


bookends




Did you notice the

pine cone sandwiched in between?


a pillow or three
and
a twig


Love is in the air!



Don't  you agree?

Spread a little LOVE!
Susan

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Winter decor



Something about that white stuff inspires me!

It's the view .... everything so fresh, so white, so clean and so pure.   


These snow days motivated me to "let it go" wishing for an early spring, or a temp of at least 40 degrees,  but to relax and enjoy the moment.  

So my version

relaxation and moments of enjoyment .... simple changes in my home.

I begun adorning my trunk with a wintry setting.


It started with a switcheroo as I hummed "let it  go, let it go, let it go".  Feel free to hum along!

It took me a while to complete this simple winter scene as my initial thought was to showcase my furry throw I purchased for the winter.


here it is,

my trunk,

Simple but yet so beautiful.





My trunk is the perfect space to adorn.  I love it because it can be done with just a few items.



  
Pine cones make a great statement. I purchased several bags and they have been well used from  fall to winter.





The frosted candle holders and snowflake candles compliment each other and reflect a perfect winter scene.



When I saw this sign, it screamed "take me home, I'll be that conversational piece for you".




The bottle brush tree loves its new home.  
My most recent find.




I purchased these boxes several years ago from Michael's and HomeGoods.  Great choices.

Today, the sun is shinning and I am so thankful we didn't lose power.

 Warm wishes!

 Susan 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Keep it or tuck it away!




Happy Friday and Happy New Year! 


Do you wrestle with what Christmas decorations hit the storage bins and/or what decor may have a connection to winter?


As I unwrapped my Christmas tree and tucked away all its trimmings, I begun to warm my home with things that fit the season.  I also begun to reflect on the past and dream dreams as I placed each item in its new space.

I filled my mantle with décor I'm personally drawn to:

wreaths
bottle brushed trees
wooden trees
and
reindeers

It's a new year, a new look.

There is always a home for my blankets, throws and a pine cone around the fireplace from Christmas holiday and beyond.



Enjoy the view.


























 







I'm surrounding myself
 with things that make me happy. 


warm winter wishes


Susan

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Seasonal Touches 2016


... and the season is WINTER 

no snow,  not even a flurry or a light dusting,

but

the winter chill is here.
It's  cold outside!

Well,

I sorta  like winter.
What about you?

Tis the season for Christmas time
Tis the season for a new year

and

Tis the season to find finds


If you're looking for a winter scene, continue to  stroll
to view a winter display of my recent finds.


Just sit back and scroll!




Keep scrolling



My new year finds include mug quotes for a dollar during one of my trips to
 TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.

"Let it Snow"
"Baby, it's cold outside" 
"Naughty is the new Nice"





These mercury glass candle holders are
perfect for the mugs.
Keep scrolling


There is more....


This candle holder screamed take me home...
"It's Winter Time"



Do you use pine cones from fall to winter?
Well, I am not alone.
Very festive for the season.


Being "nice" is a habit. 









Winters are meant to enjoy?
Happy Winter
and
Warm Wishes

Susan


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wishing you lots of "Joy"



Isn't it hard to control your emotions when a friend stops by?  If you are like me, you get so excited as you have so much to talk about and so much to show.


The visit becomes a show and tell moment and I enjoy each moment.



That's exactly how I feel today.  I have been waiting for your visit.  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and could hardly wait for you
 to see it.

FIRST,

my trunk, decked out for the holiday.  
Doesn't it look festive?

AND

 the wire basket filled with pine cones, joy and love


Take a look around.  I will stop talking while you check out the tree  decorated in red, white and silver.  Loving the tin like ornaments from Michael's I purchased this season.

The season is filled with joy.












































































,






 O Holy Night,


Thanks for another visit.



Susan
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