Wednesday, January 29, 2014

a favorite of mines

Writing this blog as the snow continues to cover my yard. However, I feel the storm is almost over, as I see the sun peeking through the clouds. 

This makes me happy!

While we patiently wait, I thought  I would share what I love to pieces.. a bedroom with a chandelier.
 There is nothing more gorgeous.

I admire the beauty that exist in the light fixture.
Take a peek.
  How romantic is this!

I am falling in love with this bedroom. What type of bedroom inspires you?
Thanks for stopping by the Houz.
Susan @ MiMi'z Houz

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Friday, January 24, 2014

kitchen fantasies

Kitchens With
 Character, Charm, Color

Most of us start our day in the kitchen, grabbing a cup of coffee, piece of fruit or preparing breakfast for family.  A kitchen  may have a similar effect as a magnet, it pulls us in.

I think I am obsessed with my kitchen.  

I call

it the "heart" of my home


it's the place you may at some point find my family, friends and a meal.

I don't know your kitchen style, nor your personality or even your fav kitchen color (s),


as you view these designs, I think your reactions will be


Ooh, Aah 


and a WOW here


Did you fall head over hill
 with at least one of the designs?

Thanks for spending time at the Houz
Susan @ MiMi'z Houz


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

an awesome bedroom

I am loving an awesome bedroom!

As someone that loves a new look and pretty things, I am cognizant that pretty things come with a price.
But ,
there are days that I dream and dream of a new look for my guest bedroom.  The furniture is in good condition but now that the kids have moved out, I welcome new furnishings for this room.

I am trying to keep this redesign as a dream, but there is this little voice saying, "there is no harm in just looking".
I started my search to see what's eye catching and what may capture my heart.

Bedrooms with a tall tufted headboard kept popping up.  I was immediately inspired by the height, the size and styles of fabric.  There are so many factors to consider for such unique headboard but I was in love at sight... how fast can you size up a piece of furniture?

there is no cost if I am dreaming, as long as it remains a dream!


it's time to step inside my dream bedrooms with the highlight being the headboard.  Ready?

statement piece

focal point



endless personality

 statement piece


Pleasant dreams and 
thanks for stopping by the Houz.
Susan @ MiMi'z Houz

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

I've been shopping

and it was well worth the wait!

Are you like me, do a little window shopping in November and December and wait for the January sales?  So excited when the items are still available and priced right.  But can you imagine my reactions when someone else liked it also?  Well, there is still a bargain waiting for me.

Something about thriftying is a challenge but very rewarding.
I will always be a thrifty shopper...more for your buck.

Oh happy day when I saw these poinsettia clips and the burlap ribbon. I know the holiday season has come and gone but it's okay. Just planning with pretty accessories for the upcoming season(s).

This ice bucket caught my eyes and my first thought was I have the perfect place to display as a functional and conversational  piece. People get excited when you think outside of the box. You hear the frequent statement, "I would have never thought of that".

Gray and white placemats  and a matching runner.  Since I use silver during the Christmas season, this will definitely compliment.

Just can't contain myself when I see a bargain.  Love creating seasonal vignettes

Love a little glitter and a little glamour. 

These chargers are head turners, that's why I purchased them.  I have always loved copper and use it sparingly in my home. 

I am in love with these white feathered birds. Face it, I am a bird watcher.

little obsessed with  this Mercury glass pumpkin.  Pottery Barn find for less than 20 dollars.

Already thinking about a winter wonderland mantle.

Just visualized these in a vase for a spring look.  Do you shop at HomeGoods?

Christmastime..snow on the branches.  These will be great tree fillers. What do you think?

Happy Thursday to all!

Thanks for stopping by the Houz
Susan @ MiMi'z Houz

Monday, January 13, 2014

appreciating winter beauty

Got the winter blues or the winter spirit? 

Have you ever thought about what life would be like without the winter season?

No my boots

I must admit I love the cold weather and a snow day, but I don't like being confined to the house.  On the flip side, I have the opportunity to organize, donate and purge.  I call it winter cleaning or should I say having the winter spirit.

Here in NC, one week can be below or at freezing temps and the following week may be a few spring like days. 

My take of winter starts with color





shades of blue.


I love simplicity and clean lines... that's winter beauty .

Just imagine what's missing without the winter season!

longer nights which can mean more family time/activities and/or enjoying your coffee indoor

Loving a winter wonderland.

season to snuggle up with favorite blanket and pillow

you and your favorite book by the fire

a soothing retreat with a fireplace

Winter is a wonderful and most definitely a memorable season of the year with the fresh snow flakes and trees loaded with ice.

Enjoy the remaining days of winter
 and thanks for spending time at the Houz.

Susan @ MiMi'z Houz

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Guest Proof Your Living Space for Entertainment

Are you ready for your guest?

Does the gathering room provide sociable seating areas?
Is the gathering room spacious and functional?
Does the gathering room have a defined entrance?

Glad you are here today. Always enjoy the visit. Wishing all a Merry Christmas...

Can't you tell, I get so excited this time of the year?  It's another reason to spend time with family and friends.

I am also excited to share what works for me during the holiday!


entertaining can be very stressful


on the other hand,
it is an enjoyable occasion as quality time is spent together.

Let's begin!

with the WOW Factor

I just want to "WOW" each guest with a festive and  welcoming entryway,


the foyer serves as a pass through,


an easy access to the living area, which is crucial at this point.

Merry Factor

So happy when my guest mingle,  navigating freely around the room


because of the layout
(the heaviest piece of furnishings anchored along the longest wall),


not against the wall,
small- scale furniture mixed with big furnishings creating a balance for the room
less is more

Joy factor

I love the joyful noise

as conversations are engaged simply because of proper furnishing placement.
(sofa and small chairs facing each other creating a 1-on -1 conversation or a group conversation).


ample seating (an ottoman can serving double duty: seating, and a place to rest your glass.

How do I know my home is guest-friendly?

...the guest definitely 
not rushed to leave....

 Thanks for stopping by the Houz.
Happy Holidays!

Susan @ MiMI's Houz
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Celebrating the season

Christmas greetings from the Houz...

So glad you are here as we celebrate the holiday with our white tree  adorned with white lights and snowy pine cones. The holiday excitement begins with a trimmed tree and ALL the gifts under and around  it. 

Oh what fun it is as we anticipate the joy of family members gathering to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Here it is.. trimmed and I'm loving it.

Colorful and shimmering ornaments purchased at the end of the season. 

Couple of years ago, I decorated a birthday party in January and used these pine cones to reflect a wintry scene.  This year I decided to adorn my tree with the pine cones .. a little natural look. Surprised at how they attach to the branches without ornament hangers.

I have a passion for my birds.  They really compliment the ornaments. At least two birds on the tree.

I added my white roped ornaments and poinsettia clips creating a little inspiration.  Another sale at the end of the season.  Best time to add to your collection.

White bird definitely makes a statement.

Eye catching white feather wreath displayed on a ladder. A target find last year. Target is a great place to shop after Christmas. Check out the reindeer.

Sharing also a festive vignette on my beverage cart.  Snow flurries and ornaments demonstrate winter wonderland.

Thanks for stopping by the Houz and hope you were inspired.
Susan @  MiMi'z Houz