More Seating in the Living Room

A couple weeks ago I was sitting in the living room on my laptop trying to answer emails one night, and I saw a big sale that was going on till midnight. Naturally I got distracted (no surprise there), and the next thing I knew I had ten windows open of different couches that caught my eye and were on major markdown. Since Christmas I’ve had in my mind that I’d like to play around with the furniture layout in the living room and find a way to add more seating without making the room feel crowded, but it was something that I had tucked in the back of my mind for sometime in the future when I had a chance to really think about what I wanted to do in here. I’ve tried a hundred different looks and layouts in this space since we’ve moved in 5 1/2 years ago, and while some have been much better than others, none of them felt like the perfect fit. But when a huge sale is staring you in the face late at night, and you find the exact sofa you think will work for your weird and difficult living room… sold!

A beautifully bright living room that maximizes space and seating with a stunning sectional sofa for a look that is open, airy and spacious. [Read more…]


12 Ways to Style Kitchen Counters

Kitchen counters can be fun to decorate, but can also be rather challenging. You want your kitchen to have lots of personality and style without adding items that just take up precious counter space and create visual clutter. Some of us are blessed with large kitchens and plenty of countertop real estate, and some of us are working with smaller kitchens where every inch matters. Either way, you want the accessories you choose to add purpose and style, and I’ve come up with my favorite 12 ways to style kitchen counters that are timeless, intentional and guaranteed to create gorgeous vignettes in your kitchen. These suggestions work for any decorating style and can be combined in many different ways to create a unique look. And the best part is you probably already have most of these items in your house already!

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

– small appliances –

When your kitchen is on the small side, this tip can be very helpful for saving storage space. Display stylish small appliances on the counter for easy access to your most used items such as stand mixers, blenders, or coffee grinders. Tuck the cords neatly behind the appliance to keep your counters from looking messy, and you can quickly whip up a smoothie without having to dig your blender out of a cabinet.

– canisters –

Again, canisters are a great way to keep your most used ingredients close at hand. I keep my flour and sugar in canisters for when I bake, and I find it to be so much easier than scooping and measuring ingredients out of bags. I went with glass so I can see when I’m running low, but there are so many cute options out there in all kinds of styles.

– cookbooks –

I know many of us look up recipes on the internet now, but I still go back to some of my favorite cookbooks when I want a good meal. Tuck a couple of your favorite cookbooks in a corner or stack them together for a flat space to display your favorite dishes. A collection of cookbooks instantly adds personality to your kitchen and tells a lot about what you and your family like… maybe you are gluten free or love Mexican food or enjoy cooking with items fresh from the garden. Cookbooks can be a great way to bring a little bit of color into your kitchen too!

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

– trays –

It’s easy for small items to feel like clutter sitting out on your countertops, but setting them together on a tray makes it feel much more intentional. I use a wood tray to add warmth to my counters that look like marble but are actually quartz.

– cooking utensils –

Instead of digging through drawers to find your cooking utensils, set them out in a pretty container such as a pitcher or crock. I like displaying wooden utensils in my white kitchen, but metal ones would look great in a more modern setting.

– candles –

I’m probably in my kitchen more than any other room of the house, so I always like having candles on the counter to add ambiance and get rid of any unwanted food smells. Try to find ones that have kitchen-inspired scents such as vanilla, citrus or herbs.

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

– cutting boards –

I’ve been collecting wood cutting boards for years and think they look stunning stacked together against a kitchen backsplash. The wood tones add warmth to my all white kitchen, and the wood grain is a beautiful textural element.

– plants & flowers –

One of the easiest ways to breathe life into any kitchen is adding a potted plant or fresh flowers to your counter. It’s a pop of color that feels natural and subtle, and I love growing herbs such as rosemary, basil or mint that I can use in my cooking.

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

– pretty soaps –

Everyone needs hand soap and dish soap by their kitchen sink, so you might as well put in a pretty container! There are many stores where you can buy soaps already in fancy bottles, or you can invest in a container that you refill as needed.

– pretty towels –

Kitchens are full of hard design elements like tile, stone and metal, so adding things like tea towels and curtains is a great way to bring softness into the space. Pretty kitchen towels are kind of like throw pillows in my opinion… you can never have too many!

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

– coffee station –

If you’re a coffee drinker like me, your morning coffee routine is one of the most important parts of the day. So why not set up a little coffee station to brew that perfect cup quickly and easily? In all honesty, I would prefer not to have my coffee pot out on the counter since it’s not the prettiest appliance, but since it’s how I survive motherhood and running my business, I might as well make it look as nice as possible. I have a glass canister for coffee grounds and a little creamer that I hide my stevia packets in. Displaying some of your favorite mugs would be a great addition too.

– art –

Most of us probably don’t think of artwork when it comes to decorating our kitchen counters, but it can be a beautiful way to add personality to the space. I have a little milk + cream sign that I made (tutorial can be found in my book) leaned up against the backsplash, but the sky is the limit when it comes to framed artwork you could use here. Have fun with it and change it out with the seasons if you like!

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

I’ve gathered some of my absolute favorite kitchen items to help style your kitchen, and I hope today’s post inspires you to do some decorating!

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Christmas Lights at Night

Here we are just days away from Christmas, and I find myself wanting to savor every moment of families gathering and evenings around the Christmas tree and holiday traditions and the joy on my boys’ sweet faces. The holidays can be hectic and at times stressful, but I think there is nothing more peaceful and serene than our little farmhouse all lit up on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to arrive. The glow of the tree and candles burning all around as we set out sugar cookies and milk and read The Polar Express and snuggle into bed… Christmas music softly playing in the background… I wish we could bottle up the feeling of those moments to remember all year round.

Each year I join a group of friends to share a little tour of our homes at nighttime and try to capture the magic of Christmas Eve for you to enjoy. If you are here from Thistlewood Farms, welcome! I hope you feel the warmth of our home, the smiles on our faces, and the peace and beauty of this wonderful season. Step inside our farmhouse, sweet friends.

The magic and serenity of Christmas lights at night in this beautiful farmhouse [Read more…]


Christmas Entryway

It’s hard to believe that we’re less than a week away from Christmas now, but I think I’m just about ready. I have a few stocking stuffers to pick up, my mom and I are going to have our annual cookie baking day, and then we’re ready for the big day! I’m sure you’re busy finishing up your Christmas to-do lists too, but I wanted to stop in real quick and share one last space in our home decorated for the holidays.

A simple winter white entryway decorated for the holidays in a beautiful farmhouse [Read more…]


Painted Mantel Makeover

Now that all the Christmas decorations are finished around the house, this week I was finally able to tackle some projects that have been waiting for some attention. I spotted this mantel months ago at the antique store where I have my booth, and even though it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, it had a good price and I knew I could customize it later to fit the style of our house. After some design modifications and a creamy coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, this mantel is now even better than I imagined!

A rustic mantel is given a big makeover for the holidays! See how milk paint transformed this cozy cottage mantel.

A rustic mantel is given a big makeover for the holidays! See how milk paint transformed this cozy cottage mantel. [Read more…]


White and Cream Christmas Bedroom

I’ve already decked the halls in my kitchen, dining room and living room, and this week I finally got to work on my master bedroom, which might be my favorite space to decorate in the whole house. There is something so cozy about this room, and I absolutely adore the soft white and cream color palette I decided to go with this Christmas. It’s soothing and bright and cheerful and the perfect backdrop for a little baby Christmas tree in the corner of the room!

This cozy master bedroom is beautifully decorated for Christmas with soft neutrals and tons of farmhouse charm. [Read more…]


Our Beautiful New Tree

I have a Christmas tree confession to make. Last year I was inspired to do a very simple, minimalist tree in our living room and only added a few white poinsettias and large snowy pinecones on the tree. In my head, it was going to look like this amazing Scandinavian beauty, but instead the tree turned out looking bare and boring and cheap. I should have known better than to try doing this look on our very old tree that has definitely seen better days, but needless to say I was pretty disappointed in the way it turned out and barely included it in any pictures I shared last year. I know that how our tree looks is far from the most important thing during Christmas and we are our own worst critics, but it’s something I get so excited to do each year, and last year was a let down for sure.

This year I definitely wanted to redeem myself, and I am so excited to be part of the 12 Bloggers of Christmas with Balsam Hill with my beautiful new tree!

A stunning simple, neutral Christmas tree and how to get this look! [Read more…]