Behind The Blogger Videos With BHG

BHG Behind the Blogger Video

Hi there friends! It is a rainy Wednesday morning here in NY but wanted to pop in quickly and share some exciting news. Back in April I shared a sneak peek, behind the scenes photo on Instagram  of a day spent with the video crew over at BHG, making a Behind the Blogger Video(s). Better Homes & Gardens has been so good to me over the last few years {as I wrote in the last post} and to all bloggers for that matter, so any opportunity in which I get to work with them I am always ecstatic and grateful. There are 3 in all so here we go! Maximize A Small Space Nook Storage Solutions: Vintage Dresser Maximizing A Small Hallway ************************************* I am also over at Style … [Read more...]

BHG Stylemaker Event in NYC

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

Hi friends! I hope you are all enjoying autumn and plenty of fun, fall like things with your family & friends! It has been busy around here between blogging and home, so I thought I would fill you in. At the beginning of September I wrapped up a few projects with Lowe's, my backyard makeover & a holiday collaboration, then went right into my FALL TOUR, phew! Then it was off to the BHG Stylemaker Event in NYC which was such a blast, in between juggling school, soccer, open houses and family get togethers, ALL good things of course! And this weekend I will head to Boston for the Wayfair's Heart Home Conference which I am really looking forward to {will any of you be there?}. Yup, … [Read more...]

Style House-Nesting With Grace

Nesting With Grace 7 Feature

Every once in a while I will scroll down Instagram and find a feed that I get lost in. You just know when you have found someone who's style is authentic & original. A few months ago, while sipping my morning coffee I found Brooke from Nesting With Grace. I was blown away!!! I am beyond thrilled to have her here sharing her stunning home & story with us, I know you will love her!   Hi there City Farmhouse Readers! My name is Brooke and I write the blog Nesting With Grace. We recently moved from Utah to Connecticut in January of 2015 for my husbands job. I left my job as a store buyer and manager, where I worked for over 17 years. I am now helping local clients and E-design projects … [Read more...]

Cozy Cabin Chic Ideas

BHG Cabin Chic-Get the look with cozy blankets, lots of texture and firewood stacks

Happy Friday friends! This week was packed with excitement with all of the beautiful fall tours, wasn't it?! What I love most about touring each one, is that they are all different & the personal style behind each individual blogger comes through and you really get a feel for who they are. That is the best part for me, seeing a personal side along with the pretty pictures {of course}. With that was a great deal of cozy house love, you know when you break out those big blankets and knit or fur pillows to accompany your afternoon pumpkin spice coffee once again. I love fall for so many reasons that being one of them. I just adore making my home feel inviting & warm and a place my … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour

BHG Fall Tour Feature

Hi & welcome to my fall tour, I am so glad you stopped by for a visit. My name is Jen, I live with my husband, 2 boys and wheaten terrier in a small coastal town on the east end of Long Island, NY. I write about DIY & decorating with an occasional recipe or 2. I love to play house and reinvent home with each season. Fall is such a great time of year, I relish in the idea of making my home cozy once again, connecting with family & friends in a new way and enjoying pure, unfiltered moments with them. This time of year weekends are filled with pumpkin picking, days spent at the beach bundled in big sweaters and nights fireside wrapped in comfy blankets, where the BEST conversations … [Read more...]

Master Bedroom Sofa + Who’s Happy About It

Master Bedroom Sofa

  Hi friends! A few weeks back I headed into NYC for the Grand Opening of Cost Plus World Market. I met up with my friend Danielle, who works in the city and we caught a cab to the Chelsea event. It was so much fun! We had a chance to preview this location, all of the fabulous items they had there & to mingle. The thing I loved about this store is that you can take smaller items home with you but the larger items you just simply ordered on a touch screen & it was shipped right to you, so convenient! The store is beautiful! As you can see by some of my photos, it was such a treat to walk through and to see & touch everything, especially the rugs... I wanted to take home one … [Read more...]

Back to School Update + Sideboard Styling Ideas


  Hi friends! Can it be Friday already? This is my boys 4th day back to school and my only hope for them is that it is a great year, full of new friendships, exciting experiences and success. Tuesday was a tough mommy day for me, although they were both so excited, the house was empty once again. And the the reality set in that the days of being home with them were over.  I read this great article that same morning before they both woke up, from the Huffington Post, just saying it was ok to relish in this new chapter of my life and that I, along with many moms out there have worked so hard to raise these amazing kids, that it's now time for me basically. I know I should be more excited but … [Read more...]

5 Easy Organizing Tips To Start The School Year

5 Easy Organizing Tips to Start the School Year Feature

Hi friends! When summer began I felt as if the 2 months ahead would last forever. Summer is by far my favorite season on Long Island, fall is a close 2nd so with that being said, I get sad to see it end and even more sad to see my boys go off to school. I know some moms jump for joy when school starts but I am not one of them:). Don't get me wrong, I am sure I will relish those peaceful trips to the grocery store once again where I can plan the perfect dinner and delight in those outings to Target where I can grab a cup of coffee & actually here myself think, but on any given day I would take the chaos over the calm to have more time with them. As I write this my eyes are tearing up, you … [Read more...]

Heart Home Conference Speakers Announced

Heart Home Conference Logo Feature

Hi friends, the biggest happy Friday to you all! This is my last Friday before school begins for us in NY so I plan on enjoying it to the fullest and making the most of the beautiful beach day with my boys. Hopefully you are up to something fun too! I have some really exciting news to share!!! Wayfair has just announced the speakers and sessions for their Heart Home conference!!! This list will blow your mind, you can find it HERE. As soon as I glanced as the rooster I knew this event was going to be different than all of the others. I have been to many events and conferences so imagine my surprise to see tons of editors from your favorite magazines like Style Me Pretty, Lonny Magazine, In … [Read more...]

Early Fall Rustic Glam Porch

Rustic Glam Early Fall Porch Feature

 It is official, less than one week until my boys head off to school. I am trying not to freak out about this, but it has been the best summer ever!!! My only plan at this point, is to just enjoy the last few, care free days with them. Good plan, right?! One of my favorite things to do this summer has been to get up early, come out to my front porch, snuggle under a big blanket and drink my coffee while watching the sunrise over the bay. There is just something so peaceful about the mornings & to not be rushed by having a schedule. Don't get me wrong I like schedules, well sort of but...I will miss these care free mornings, they have been so good for my soul:). I keep telling myself … [Read more...]

Easy Pottery Barn Inspired Sign

Easy Pottery Barn Inspired Bath Sign

It's Emily here again from The Wicker House and I'm sharing a little sign I made for our bathroom. I thought hanging a sign on the bathroom door could be a cute idea to help our guests find their way around easily. I was actually inspired to make the sign from this Pottery Barn one, which is no longer available. So if you like the sign too, re-creating it is your best option. I found a piece of wood in our garage. I measured it to fit our door, and then cut it to size. I then painted it in a Valspar color called, Night Sky. I went to my computer to create this stencil template. You are welcome to use it if you … [Read more...]

Basket Crush + 10 Clever Ways To Use Them

Basket Crush & 10 Clever Ways To Use Them

Happy Friday friends! It has been a whirlwind of activity here! Summer is going by so fast and my boys go back in less than 2 weeks, yikes!!! I have not even gone school shopping yet, I am in serious denial. The lazy days of summer have just taken me away and I have been trying to be present for each & every moment with my family. I am sure you are all feeling the same. There is just something so magical about summer, isn't there?! If you follow me, then you know I have a little crush on baskets. Who wouldn't, there are practical & pretty. You can find them in just about any patina these days, old or new, baskets are a storage essential in my book. With 2 boys and lots of toys, … [Read more...]

Cost Plus World Market First NY Store + Grand Opening

Cost Plus Worls Market NY Store Feature

Hi friends! I hope your summer days have been filled with fun and sheer delight! I thought I would pop in and share some exciting news, one of my favorite home décor stores of all times, is opening it's FIRST store in NY!!! Cost Plus World Market will be hosting their Grand Opening at their Chelsea, New York location, at 18th & 6th on Thursday, August 20th and will run through Sunday, August 23! There are so many fun events surrounding this grand opening such as, a FREE CUSTOM CANVAS TOTE BAG for the first 100 customers in the store each day & 10 lucky customers will find a $50 World Market gift card in their tote each day! From 4 pm – 7pm the store will be featuring students and … [Read more...]

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Barstools Revealed

Modern Farmhouse Stool Reveal Feature

Hi friends! I am currently knee deep in backyard projects, so if you were wondering why it has been so quiet around here, that is why. My backyard is getting a rather big makeover {it is/was horrendous} and I have partnered with Lowe's, I am excited to show you more soon! I am also trying to enjoy the last few weeks before my boys head off to school, to be honest, I am not sure how I am going to handle Jack leaving me to go to Kindergarten. Every time I share this with someone, they tell me "you'll be fine" and "he will love it." I know that, but it is a very bittersweet milestone, he has been my buddy for the last 5 years, I will be a mess for the first month, I am sure of it. So in a … [Read more...]