Creating A Winter Patio

It’s full speed ahead with the Christmas decorating around here, thanks to the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge. They assign each of the participating bloggers a specific area in their homes to decorate. I was given “outdoor” and originally thought the front door would be the place to start. But, I eventually decided our patio might be more fun to tackle. After all, we are blessed in the Carolinas to be able to use our outdoor spaces well into the winter months, since we usually don’t see frigid temperatures or snow until late January or February. So, having a little Christmas celebration on the patio is totally feasible. I’ll be sharing my finished project in a few weeks, but for now, here’s some winter outdoor inspiration:

 winter patio Pottery Barn


Christmas-patio-decorating Martha Stewart


winter-outdoor-decorating  At Home in Arkansas


Winter-patio image source




And, an overall concept of my winter patio project:

Christmas patio plan


Do you use (and decorate) your outdoor spaces in the winter?

Our Home In BH&G Refresh Magazine


A little over a year ago, Better Homes & Gardens  came to shoot our house for their Refresh special interest magazine. I’m happy to share that it’s finally in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue that just hit newsstands last week. The article is a follow up to the feature on our last home that was in Better Homes & Gardens in July 2011. They show how I reused many of same pieces in this house—and how our family has changed since the last article :)



I love that this is the quote they used from me. I don’t even remember saying that, but it’s so true!


Big, big thank you’s to Andrea Caughey who got the ball rolling on this, Brie Williams who took such beautiful photographs, John Lonsdale for the great article, and Ally Whalen for all of the styling help. I’m so proud of the way this turned out.

(If you’d like to buy a copy, you might have to search it out at a bookstore. I’ve also heard that you can find them at Target—and anywhere else BH&G special interest magazines are sold.)

The Saturday 6

black white bath

1. Great bathroom (especially that wallpaper!) from a home that was once a church. See the entire house here.



2. I do love Olivia Pope, but always wonder when she would ever have time to decorate. A behind-the-scenes look at the Scandal set.



3. Cute tees for bloggers—and other adventurous girls.


hally henley design living room

4. I’m almost willing to bet money that you’ll love this designer’s entire portfolio.


oilpainting 5. Thinking ahead to Christmas. . . One Kings Lane is offering custom oil paintings (from your photograph) at half price this week.


mexican chicken chili (House of Earnest)

6. Mexican chicken chili. (I could eat soup every day of the year—could you?)