It seems the decisions for the den are never-ending lately. I am not complaining at all because I love all of this but do you ever feel stuck? Like you have been making so many BIG decisions that your brain gets kind of fried? Well, that is how I am feeling right now. I have a bit of a paint dilemma, to go light or dark for the den walls. Right off I knew I wanted the space to feel either bright & crisp or deep & dark, I narrowed it down and selected 5 of each. Last week I picked one of the dark colors for the walls and said to myself, "this is it!!!" I was that sure:). Then I finished an abstract art piece for over the sideboard and stared at it all weekend. I realized the bold art … [Read More...]
Growing up we spent a good deal of time in the "Hamptons." We weren't of wealth or prominence we just liked spending time out there. Of course it was different back then but more or less the same. My aunt & uncle lived in Southampton and we spent a few weeks of the summer with friends in Montauk. And then on occasion we drove out as a family to walk the quaint streets of East Hampton, Sag Harbor and/or Amagansett to end the evening with a nice dinner in town. Fast forward a few decades later and we are still doing the same things. Only this time there is a little real-estate stalking involved, haha. In case you didn't know we live on the east end of Long Island. We are surrounded … [Read More...]
The den dilemmas continue, up today are sconces. They are a timeless trend that are easy to update, so I have gathered up my favorite 13 to share with you. I am replacing the black ones that are on either side of the built-ins for a fresh pair. Brass has a hold on me lately so I thought I might jump on board with this trend but I did include some other finishes as well. As far as I can tell, brass is going to be here for a while, plus I love the warmth it brings to a space. I always analyze trends so see how much I like them, how affordable they are and if it is easy enough to change down the road. This one I like enough to make the commitment if I find the right one. All of these are under … [Read More...]
The holiday break went by way too fast, didn't it?! There was so much build up and prepping, then poof, it was over. With the work load of the blog, projects, house tours and activities for the boys before hand, I was really ready for some down time. I was in super speedy mode for weeks before hand, I am sure you were as well. Phew, I panic just thinking about all of it. I took the time away over the holidays as a way to refuel and reevaluate but I knew I couldn't do that if I was half in and half out. So I made a choice to be all in with my important peeps and enjoy every minute. Being away I realized a few things.... 1.Breaks are needed. I go at 2 speeds, crazy fast and lazy slow. … [Read More...]
Happy New Year friends! I hope you all had the most wonderful break with your loved ones and had some much needed down time! I am thrilled to be traveling back in time today with some amazing friends who I participated in the Farmhouse Holiday Series with. We are each sharing our favorite post(s) from 2016 and also giving you a glimpse of the fun that is to come this year on our blogs. My favorite post of 2016...This was a tough one, since I have a few. Ok, I have a #1 but the others are not too far behind so I wanted to share those as well... The #1 title goes to my DIY Floating Bench for a few reasons. First off, I wasn't sure I could make it the right way, you know so that it would … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! I am back with my last post of 2016, which I collaborated with Minwax!! Remember when I shared with you with my inspiration for my dining room and asked for your advice? Well I am happy to say we are moving forward with the plan of turning our dining room into a den. I appreciated all of your advice, really! Most of you agreed that if it meant the house would function better than to go for it. A few of you did mention that having some sort of dining room table, especially as your children got older was an integral part of the home. I gave it all a great deal of thought. And...decided to bring in a beautiful, weathered parson table and attach it to the bar. So now that I … [Read More...]
This week has flown by hasn't it?! I can't believe tomorrow is New Years Eve already! Do you have any special plans? Are you hosting? I am not this year but I always have my eye on a good cocktail. Truth be told I am not the mixologist in the family, that title would most likely go to my sister-in-law who inspires me to think outside the box when it comes to adult beverages. It is an art if you know what goes best with what and what flavors bring out others. And the beauty, if you can capture it just right, is positively yummy looking! Here are 10 tasty drinks, as pretty as can be that I can't wait to try in the New Year. Could most definitely work to ring in the New Year as … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and took some much needed quality time with your loved ones. Now we are onto New Years! It is that one holiday where appetizers and mini dishes are always a fan favorite. Here is a round up of delish dishes you will love to ring in the New Year with! From stuffed olives to puffed pastries there is a little something for everyone.... Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives | BHG Pulled Pork Sliders | Inspired by Charm Hasselback Potatoes with Gorgonzola and Honey | Jamie Oliver Cranberry and Brie Bites | Kitchen Sanctuary Gorgonzola Pear Puffed Pastry | City Farmhouse Brie, Apple and Honey Crostini | Two Peas and Their … [Read More...]
Christmas is almost here, yikes! Are you ready? I am getting there, slowly. We are hosting Christmas Eve & there is still so much to do. I have to say though, I am always happy when it is my turn. I just love having my family celebrate in our home! This is the one holiday we celebrate with my side of the family, my dad is 81 this year and I treasure every moment & holiday I get to spend with him.
Hi there friends! I have some random but fun things to share with you today. If you love a good decorating/DIY book, farmhouse style, pretty wreaths and/or saving on art that is on trend then you will love this post. And if you are still looking for some unique holiday gift ideas then definitely read on:).
Hi friends! Happy Monday! I am back with the last official Christmas post from the Farmhouse Holiday Series-gift wrapping ideas using paper from Ikea. It has been so much fun being a part of this fun & super creative series hosted by Ella Claire, I am surely going to miss it!
Happy Holidays City Farmhouse Friends! It’s Emily here from The Wicker House. Today I wanted to stop by and share a few fun projects that I have come up with over the years to bring Christmas charm into our holiday decorating. And the best part is that all of these projects can be done for free! There’s no need to spend lots of money on holiday decor, especially this time of year when you already have a lot of other shopping to do.