Summer Entertaining- Outdoor Oasis Party + Giveaway!

Outdoor Oasis Party

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pier 1 Imports. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. As soon as the weather turns warm, we spend as much time outside as possible. I like to think of our backyard as an extension of the rest of our house. It's an oasis where we can escape the busyness of life, take time to rejuvenate, and reconnect with … [Read more...]

10 Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

Thank you to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share some of the ways we're making our home a little more eco-friendly #DEsmarthome.  As always, opinions are 100% my own. Around our home, we've made small changes that make a big difference to the environment and, in turn, our wallets. Growing up in the country created a strong connection to nature for both my husband and I. Our moms were composting long before that be … [Read more...]

Green Cleaning Must-Haves {Clean & Scentsible}

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I switched over to green cleaning products quite a while ago for environmental and health reasons. I've always been a bit of a clean freak, and breathing in those toxic fumes years ago to get a sparkling bathroom could not have been a good thing! If only we could go back to the times in our lives when we really didn't know any better (sunscreen comes to mind) and erase their effects! Well, that's just not possible, and all we can do is make … [Read more...]

Keeping the Winter Blues Out of Your Home

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Yesterday, another snow storm hit, and I was so happy I didn't have to leave the house. This winter, we've had more than our fair share of snow, which means cold temperatures and gloomy days- YUCK! To make it even worse, I'm one of those people who's cold most of the time (in the literal sense) and takes forever to warm up. Thankfully, a snow-covered ground eventually leads to intensely sunny days, making it feel like spring is just around the … [Read more...]

Birthday Getaway

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Hello! It has been a bit of a whirl wind this month, and I must apologize for the scattered posts. As many of you know, it took me a couple of weeks to recuperate from a terrible flu I had over Christmas. That meant delaying project plans and so much more. On Thursday, I had to put everything on hold once again (not complaining) to partake in a surprise getaway my husband planned for my birthday. Yes, it was very sweet and thoughtful of him (just … [Read more...]

First Home Project Plans for 2014

Bistro towel bar- Restoration Hardware

As mentioned last week, I've been working behind the scenes on the blog to bring everything up to date and clear out anything that no longer serves a purpose. It seems like every facet of our lives needs a re-working some time or another, doesn't it? My birthday is this week (it's a biggie), and I find myself thinking about what I want to leave behind as I enter a new decade, as well as what has been serving me well and will be carried forward. … [Read more...]

I Want Your Input, Please!

Satori Design for Living Project Gallery

Hello everyone! I hope you had a fantastic holiday season. As luck would have it, I started feeling lousy on Christmas Eve and couldn't even get out of bed until December 27th. Although I was able to make our New Year's trip out to the mountains, I had to forgo skiing or much of anything else. I'm still not feeling 100%, but I'm slowing working on projects that I'll be sharing in the coming weeks. I'm also catching up on updating the Project … [Read more...]

Year in Review {2013}

Live Your Passion | Quotable Life on Etsy

It's that time again when the calendar is about to turn to another year! Although I'm taking a short break from blogging, I thought I'd stop by quickly to review a few of my favorite and most memorable moments of 2013. Before I get to that, I must first thank each and every one of you for being so supportive. I love sharing ideas and projects with you, and I'm so fortunate to be able to live out my passion each and every day. I wish the same for … [Read more...]

Make Ahead Freezer Meals {Everyday Made Easy}

Make Ahead Freezer Meals- White Chicken Chili

It's that time of the year again when busy just gets busier! As mentioned in the Holiday Countdown, I like to clean and stock my kitchen now before the line ups at the grocery and big box stores get unbearable (one can only flip through so many magazines at the checkout, right?). What I didn't mention is that it's also a good time to prepare large batches of meals, say on a Sunday afternoon, to freeze and pull out on those days when supper is the … [Read more...]

Winterizing the Yard and House- Just in Time!

Snowfall on Front Porch

How was your weekend? Saturday was absolutely gorgeous outside, and we were able to pack away the last bit of outdoor stuff and pick up a bunch of leaves. If you haven't invested in a leaf blower vac, I highly suggest it (well, my husband does since he's the one who actually uses it!). Not only does it make the job quicker and a whole lot easier on the back, it also shreds the leaves meaning less bags. Sunday we woke up to rain that quickly … [Read more...]

The Glamorous Life of a Decorator

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I've been busy working on several design and decorating projects over the past few months, and thought it would be fun to give you a behind the scenes look at what my day-to-day is like within my business. I'm one of a small percentage of people who truly loves what she does, but I'm certain in saying it isn't always the glamorous job so many people make it out to be. Sure, I get access to some of the most beautiful fabrics, wallpapers, decor … [Read more...]

September: Time for Making Changes

Changing Ourselves Quote- Max De Pree

Does September feel like a fresh start to you? Although January typically marks new beginnings in most people's minds, I tend to have these types of feelings in September. I think it has to do with all the years I spent at school, university, and then being a teacher. Later on, I even started my interior design and decorating business on the first day of September in 2008, followed by this blog in the same month three years … [Read more...]