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Weekend Reading

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Hello all, are you getting back in the swing of things now that the holidays are over? I woke up with so much energy for a new year of exciting things and a resolution to continue an attitude of gratitude and pursuit of serenity that began late last year and still continues.

Something came over me in autumn that made me more relaxed and confident about the future, and that was taking pressure off myself to define success by the world’s terms and instead define success by my own terms. It didn’t come from any self help book or eye opening article, there was no lightbulb moment.

I just realized over a period of weeks that ignoring the noise of the world and seeking serenity in small doses of daily happiness found in my personal life instead of online created a calm I haven’t felt for years. I determined it truly is about attitude and choices – changing your focus and thoughts to consistently positive ones and saying no to the things that don’t work for you leads to a healthier approach to living and daily contentment.

quince branches


I’m sharing it today only to encourage you too to find your own sources of contentment and believe in your vision of happiness. Ignore all the excessive “you should be” or “you need to” lists of things to do according to others and instead set your own personal goals no matter how big or small that define your own success.

Here on this blog, 2014 promises more posts about what I’m passionate about: sharing beauty and inspiration through decorating and design articles; offering encouraging words through emails or comments; spotlighting creative people in the DIY, design, and art community; continuing features over at Best of DIY and the Best of the Blogosphere series (it returns in 2 weeks!); and in between all of that conversation, more home improvement and DIY posts of our own as Matt and I dip our toes back into the real estate fixer upper market. I’m excited for a year of great things.

That said, here are a few links loved this week…

Start this year with a wall of wisdom for daily inspiration.

January writing prompts for bloggers.

I’m sad to see the VW camper retired, are you?

One couple’s 40 years of Christmas portraits.

Quotes from greats to inspire greatness.

These IKEA cabinet upgrades look fun!

A desktop wallpaper for January and beyond.


And my articles over at Better Homes & Gardens:

red around the house

clean and organized

Red Around the House

Clean + Organized in 2014

What resolutions, passions, or pursuits are important to you this year?



Weekend Reading

Friday, December 20th, 2013

It’s time to get cozy by the fire y’all – that is after all the shopping and wrapping is done! Our big party is tomorrow so we’re in full celebration mode right now, but I wanted to pop in and share a few favorite reads from the week.

cest noel


Quiz: can you name these 10 Christmas movie houses?

Decorating with the Color of the Year, Orchid.

12 handy tips for hanging artwork

Simple ways to protect your privacy.

Take a tour of both the Twitter and Pinterest offices.

Celebrities in classic paintings, clever!

Would you step into the void?

2013 National Geographic photography contest winners.


Also, my articles at Better Homes & Gardens . . .


stylish settees

Fresh Looks for Banquettes

Shop Stylish Slipper Chairs & Settees

Enjoy your weekend!

*The Christmas bell garland is from Style Me Pretty, for more inspiration and features stop by Best of DIY.