Hi, sweet friends! I’ll admit it was a little depressing at first when all the Christmas decor came down and was packed away for the year. Part of me loves the clean, uncluttered blank slate, and the other part of me misses the coziness and light and warmth. The lights on the tree and wreaths in all the windows and presents waiting to be opened and cookies baking in the oven… it’s pretty hard to top that feeling, especially once the dreary, cold winter weather sets in.
So I decided to update the living room a little bit to help ease the transition with some new pieces from Birch Lane, and I’m really excited to show you the changes. It looks so much brighter in here to me now, and I finally feel like I’ve nailed the look I’ve always wanted in our living room. What a difference swapping out just a few little items can make!
And so another year begins on this little blog of mine…
It would be completely cliche to say something like, “this year has been full of ups and downs”, but quite frankly it has. At the beginning of last year, I was finally able to afford a complete renovation of our old farmhouse kitchen, and I’m still amazed at the before and after photos every time I look at them. And then in the midst of the renovation chaos, I wrote my very first book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm. Those few months I spent planning, creating, decorating, photographing, writing, and editing 70 new tutorials for the book were some of the longest and most exhausting days of my life. But in the end, I realized that I could do way more than I thought I was ever capable of doing and that dreams don’t work unless you do.
I spent the summer working on a ton of outdoor projects, including a huge makeover of our little patio. I cannot wait until it’s nice outside again so I can enjoy my cozy retreat! The rest of the year I worked on decorating the farmhouse for each passing season and holiday, and I realized just how much I love this tiny, little home we live in. The end of 2016 was celebrated with the release of my book on December 6th, and to my utter surprise and shock, the book sold out and immediately went back into its second printing within just a week of the release date. It still feels completely surreal to be able to call myself a published author, but to see so many people buying and loving the book has been an experience that I can’t even put into words. Every time I open Instagram and see people sharing the book in their homes or projects they’ve made from the book, my heart is filled with joy and gratitude.
P.S. If you are still wanting to order a copy of the book, they should be back in stock soon! Go ahead and order, and it will be shipped as soon as it is available!
Christmas is now just around the corner, and today I get to share with you one of my favorite posts of the whole year. Over the last month or so I’ve given you a tour of what our little farmhouse looks like all decorated for Christmas during the day, but we all know that the true magic of the holidays happens at night when it’s all dark in the house except for the glow of Christmas lights on the tree. It’s beautiful and calm and peaceful and gives you a feeling unlike any other time of the year.
I’m so lucky to be part of the Christmas Nights Tour again this year with some amazing bloggers, and if you are just coming from visiting Kristen’s home at Ella Claire Inspired, I welcome you!
My hope for this tour is that you leave feeling the true spirit of Christmas… the quiet moments at home snuggled up by the Christmas tree and singing Christmas carols together and leaving milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. Here is our quiet, cozy little farmhouse glowing at night with Christmas lights…
Sponsored by Gordmans // I have a special treat for you today, my friends! I know that I post a lot more home stuff than I do recipes here anymore, but I couldn’t let this holiday season go by without sharing these buttery, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth Snowball Cookies with you!
It was two summers ago when I first got the email from a wonderful publishing company asking if I would be interested in writing a book. I think I read and reread that email forty times just to make sure they didn’t accidentally send it to me by mistake. I’ve always been open to the possibility of taking my ideas beyond this little blog, but did I have what it takes to become an author? I had no idea.
Fast forward a few months to October, and I had successfully negotiated a contract with my publisher and signed on the dotted line. Still unsure of whether I was worthy of such an opportunity, I sat down with a pen and paper and started writing down ideas and making to-do list and marking important deadlines on my calendar. After five crazy months of house projects and kitchen renovations and late night writing sessions and thousands of photos, I turned in my manuscript and said a little prayer that it would all turn out the way I pictured in my head.
Today I am so proud to say that my first book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm, is now officially released and available for purchase, and it turned out even better than I ever imagined in my wildest dreams. I poured my heart and soul into this 192-page book with 70 brand new home decorating projects, a room-by-room tour of our home, and the story of how we completely renovated this little 1940’s farmhouse. It feels pretty surreal that my book release day is finally here!
To those of you who have already pre-ordered your copy of the book, thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart! Here’s a little preview of what you’ll find inside: [Read more…]
There are few things in life better than a good mac and cheese recipe, and this one is not only perfectly cheesy and creamy, but it’s also made in the slow cooker! I’ve partnered with the American Dairy Association Mideast today to bring you this delicious recipe, plus a special opportunity for you to give back this holiday season!