21 Things I Love and a Happy Birthday/Blogiversary GIVEAWAY!!

Hey there!  TGIF!  I woke up in NYC this morning, ready to spend a weekend of birthday fun with my best girlfriend!  If you've been a reader for long, you know how much I adore coming to NY and all this city has to offer!   Today is my 47th birthday -- there.  I said it.  47 y'all.  How did I get here?  I swear there are times I feel like I'm still 27.  But alas, the mirror and the scale don't lie... :) Anyhoo, for something fun on my birthday … [Read more...]

October Thoughts and September in Review

Ah, at last... October!  Cooler days, chilly evenings, the ever-so-slow turning of the leaves here in the South... I am so ready for the pause that is October.  August and September are the hectic back-to-school scurry and adjustments.  November is the steady uptick in the schedule and way-too-soon holiday prep.  But October? Maybe because August and September have left me wrung out and a bit broken, but October feels like a chance to … [Read more...]

The Mom Cave {Home Tour}

Happy Friday!  This week I shared a post at Mohawk Homescapes about a room of one's own (don't we all need one?).   It was the perfect opportunity for me to update photos of my Mom Cave, so I thought I'd share with you all today.  This space went from crowded/chaotic Grand Central Station home office to my personal oasis that I occasionally share. :) And this would be my husband's little space for when he's working … [Read more...]

Fall Mantel, a Winner, and an {in}Mercy Update

Happy Wednesday... the first of fall!  I have to confess, I was uber-ready to welcome fall this year by getting my decorating on.  Much as I loved my summer mantel with its killer burlap flag bunting, I am ready to think crisp mornings, breezy leaf-drifting days, and pumpkins! And, oo la la, I love it so! The leaves haven't begun changing yet here, but I'm loving the Japanese Maple clippings in my demijohns.  It will be fun to refresh … [Read more...]

Win $50 to NOVICA {Happy Friday!}

**This giveaway is now closed** TGIF, friends!  I'm so excited to bring you YET ANOTHER giveaway this month!   You may remember last year I reviewed products from NOVICA, an online international artist marketplace that is part of the National Geographic family.  What an amazing experience that was from start to finish... and my eyes were opened to the incredible talent that exists in so many nations around the world. I was thrilled when … [Read more...]

Diamond Candles {A Girl’s Best Friend} & a GIVEAWAY!

The past few months have been conflict-ridden and tough tests driven.  I'm really not so great at taking time to pamper myself in little ways when  things are crazy and stressful.  But I'm trying to get better about that... and I'm learning that sometimes it's exactly the little things that make me feel better.  So when I was contacted by Katelynn at Diamond Candles about doing a product review and giveaway, I was immediately drawn to the idea.  … [Read more...]

Spring Mantel Sneak Peek and a GIVEAWAY!

*This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been announced here.*   I don't care that it's only 48 degrees outside -- I'm putting up my spring mantel!  It's still in process, but here's a little sneak peek... You knew I'd work some silver in, right? ;-) I spent most of the weekend still catching up from our trip (paying bills, organizing tax information, laundry) and spending time with the boys but I did squeeze just a … [Read more...]

Friday Happy: Catalog Finds {Ballard Designs} & a Little Giveaway

Confession:  I'm ready to decorate for Christmas. Maybe it's because I've got some Christmas things I've been working on for the booth.  Or maybe it's the cold mornings and fires in the fireplace.  Or the fact that gingerbread lattes have finally arrived at Starbucks??! Either way, I know my family will revolt if I break out the Christmas tree and decorate the mantel right now, so I'm holding off. So today, we'll go surfing through the … [Read more...]

And the Winner is….

Thanks for entering Willow House giveaway #2, everyone!  The winner of this lovely Framework Urn Is... Comment #11 -- Andrea from The Cottage Market! Submitted on 2012/03/20 at 10:40 am how sweet of you to be giving this to some lucky winner!  it would be fabulous in just about any room!  oh the possibilities!!!!  hope you had the best time ever! sending hugs… Congratulations, Andrea!!  Check your email for instructions and I will … [Read more...]

Another Giveaway!

Hi gang, We're on our way back from the beach today; don't be too unsympathetic because I'm sure reality will be crashing in tonight!  So it's the perfect time to do something fun to show my appreciation to you.  Because I can... another giveaway for you, my lovely readers and followers!!  Another favorite piece of mine that is sure to make a statement. How about our Framework Urn?  This baby is a full 24 inches tall!  Imagine it on … [Read more...]