Frazzled? Dealing with Christmas Calamities
& Other Signs of Real Life


When I look around blogland, I see perfect Christmas mantels, vignettes, gorgeous swags, delightful crafts, sweet treats and amazing holiday decor. Everything looks shiny, perfect and almost glowingly airbrushed. If your house looks like that, you … ** Read more **

6 Ways to Be More Creative with Holiday Decor

Are you in a rut with your holiday decor? Wish you could break free and try something a little different with your Christmas decor? Or are you the kind who always puts the stockings in the same place, the wreath on the same window year after year … ** Read more **

Organized Simplicity Winners Announced!

And now, the big moment you've been waiting for {drumroll......} Announcing... The Organized Simplicity book winners: Michelle of That Mommy Blog Angie of The Arthur Clan Martha Brady Gritty Grace Olivia of Moo Mama Congratulations to … ** Read more **

Decorating a Christmas Mantel

inspired christmas mantel & stockings

Sometimes I have to laugh about the whole "blogging" life -- I was looking through for ideas yesterday and in four different places I unexpectedly happened upon pictures of various rooms in my own house from the past few Christmases, … ** Read more **

Creative Christmas Trees & Stands


I saw this Christmas Tree in a basket on Southern Living last year and I loved the idea of the basket instead of the traditional stand and tree skirt, but I wondered how sturdy it would be. This week I was reading the current Country Living magazine … ** Read more **

Christmases Gone By: Dining Room


I was looking through my photo files this weekend and came across my Christmas dining room from 2007 (in my English Tudor in Portland, Oregon). It is always fun to reminisce about Christmases gone by and see how our holiday style and decor evolves … ** Read more **