Spring is but a few days away—on the calendar at least.
 
However, for most of us, we need only look outside to know that it doesn’t feel or look like this anticipated season.
 
No matter, the SCENTS of spring are something we can capture right now. Hopefully, they can help shed the winter doldrums until the real ones come into bloom.
 
Here are 19 different candles, diffusers and other delicious ways (including a “Happiness” scent) to make you feel the time has finally come to put away the wool clothing and unfold the linen—well almost!
 
So choose your favorite and let the sweet aroma work its magic.
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Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
photos via Elle Decor
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Last week I shared 8 ideas for welcoming spring into your home and I find I’m still stuck on a spring theme. Maybe its because it continues to be cold and rainy and if I write about it enough, maybe it will arrive sooner? LOL!
 
This week I’m going to write about color and what could be more spring-like than a hue called “Easter Lily.”
 
This beautiful, sweet-scented flower is actually a summer-blooming one, but its been cultivated to bloom early. Now we enjoy it at Easter—hence, we refer to it as the Easter lily.
 
The lovely milk-white flower with its blush of yellow-green center epitomizes spring and the qualities associated with this season—rebirth, love, joy and beauty.
 
Could we even ask for anything more?
 
Take a look at these photos and see what you think. You may decide that “Easter Lily” is the perfect color to bring into your home.
 
Traditional Landscape by The New York Botanical Garden
by Jennifer Ott Design
Besides “Easter Lily,” here are a few other colors that are equally soft and soothing.
 
Farmhouse Bathroom by Phinney Design Group
This pale wall color with its warm undertones perfectly complements the yellow undertones in the furniture and wood flooring.
 
Contemporary Bedroom by Student Cribs
This attic room has a skylight but no windows. Painting the ceiling white and the walls a soft and mellow yellow allows this space to still feel light and airy.
 
Farmhouse Bedroom by Gale Goff Architect
Painting the ceiling white and the walls a pale yellow , allow the wood beams to stand out even though they’re both light hues. Bringing in the blues echoes the sea beyond. Who wouldn’t want to wake up in this light-filled bedroom?
 
Traditional Kitchen by Cushman Design Group

The warm soft yellow on the walls and the yellow undertoned wood floor soften the cool stainless steel appliances.

Farmhouse Porch by Shannon Malone

These porch walls could have been painted white, but they would not have the warm glow that this very subtle creamy hue offers.

 
There are so many colors that partner well with “Easter Lily” or any other milky-white and creamy hues. Think of sage, soft leafy greens, or greenish-grays.
 
Happy Spring! Happy Easter!
 
Blessings from my home to yours…
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Photos via HOUZZ
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Perhaps it’s because we’ve had a long, seemingly endless winter with record low temperatures and rain, rain, and more rain. Along with some snow to keep it interesting!
 
All I know for sure, is that I feel more anxious for spring to arrive this year than ever before. Maybe you do, too?
 
Aah, spring. Just saying the word puts a bounce in my step and a lilt to my voice.
 
In spring, everything is glistening, green and new. There is a feeling of renewal and reawakening. The world comes alive again and along with it, new hope and possibilities.
 
But nature likes routine and has her own natural cycle, so I know we’re not quite done with winter yet. There will still be some last, gasping days left before it finally passes for another year.
 
We can’t rush the days on the calendar, but we can do some things that boost our mood now in anticipation for sunshine and greenery that’s just around the corner.
 
Here are a few ideas:
 
Shabby-chic Style Powder Room by Torie Jayne
CHANGE OUT YOUR BATHROOM TOWELS
 
Most of us choose neutral-colored bathroom towels, but consider exchanging them for more colorful versions that can brighten your feelings until nature does it for you.
 
Shabby-chic Style Dining Room by Dreamy Whites
BUY YOURSELF FRESH FLOWERS
 
The quickest way to give yourself and your rooms a lift. Daffodils, tulips, and sweet-smelling hyacinth are readily available now and you’ll think and truly feel spring. I sometimes think God gave us these beautiful blooms as a gift to hold us until spring really arrives.
 
Contemporary Living Room Richmond, 1930's refurbishment
CHANGE OUT YOUR THROW PILLOWS
 
Now is the time to lighten and brighten your atmosphere with spring-colored pillows. I buy pillow covers so I can in an instant exchange the velvet and faux fur ones to the linen and silk ones that herald spring.
 
Contemporary Living Room by Casey & Fox

TREAT YOURSELF DURING COFFEE/TEA BREAKS

 
Instead of the go-to mugs we become so used to drinking from, why not use beautiful matching cups, saucers, and pots? It turns those routine breaks into something special which in turn become special moments for you as well.
 
Traditional Kitchen by Higham Furniture
REFRESH YOUR PAINT
 
Perhaps it’s time to repaint as its been a few years, or maybe you’ve been thinking of trying a different color or painting an accent wall. No matter, as you’ll feel instant gratification when you look at freshly painted walls.
 
Transitional Bedroom by Sasha Meredith Designs
DECORATE YOUR BED
 
Time to change your bedding to something more spring-like. Different colors than you’re used to and don’t be afraid to mix patterns like you see in this photo. When you make your bed in the morning, try spraying your pillows with a fresh-scented linen water. When you slip into bed that night, you’ll sleep like a baby.
 
Scandinavian Bedroom by Element Studios

A PEACEFUL WRITING SPOT

Research has shown over and over again that keeping a gratitude journal lifts our spirits. It’s impossible to feel depressed when we are thinking positive thoughts. And don’t use electronic tablets either. Use a real pen and pretty paper to note your thoughts.
 
Modern Bedroom by Natural Bed Company
REMOVE HEAVY WINDOW COVERINGS
 
Replace with lighter- weight ones that let the light in. No keeping blinds or curtains half- closed either. Our brains need all the daylight we can give them for mood enhancement. Of course, that requires clean windows for sure!
 
These are just a few ideas that can help hasten spring into your home and life.
 
I bet you have some other great suggestions and I’d love for you to share in the comments.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Photos via HOUZZ
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Are you as winter weary as I am?
 
Maybe it’s the record rainfall we’ve experienced in our neck of the woods or the continued cold nights and gray days.
 
Whatever, I’m more than ready for spring this year.
 
While I can’t move the days magically forward on the calendar at warp speed, I can bring the eagerly anticipated coming season into my home. How? Hanging a wreath that signals sunshine, warm days and Easter parades—much more satisfying than chocolate bunnies!
 
Take a look at a few that I found, including the price and where you can find them.
 
You may see one that’s just the ticket to grace your home and delight you every time you see it.
 
TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OF THE WREATHS and find out where to buy at ELLE DECOReaster wreatheaster wreatheaster wreath
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
 
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MINDFUL INTERIOR DESIGN:
 
This week I’m sharing a guest post by Sharon Parks, a party planner at Love Lucia’s Parties located in England.
 
It’s close to Christmas with the days hurrying by. Sharon shares some wonderful tips and food for thought that will be of help to you in planning your own holiday festivities.
 
Take a look:

Top Tips To Creating A Fabulous Christmas Party

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, our attention has turned to Christmas. In fact, we saw back in October many homes already hanging out their Christmas lights – oh the despair!  As we are now in the full throw of organising Christmas events for our clients, we wanted to share some of our top tips to creating a fabulous Christmas party with you.

Party Design

christmas venue roomYou want to create a real ‘wow’ factor when your guests walk in, so have a look in mind and be consistent throughout the party. Naturally, to deliver impact, the venue plays a huge part on setting your scene. It’ll be a challenge to get the same effect from a Village Hall in comparison to a building with beautiful architecture that boasts high ceilings for instance. That’s not to say you couldn’t do it however, for the cost of props, lighting etc. you may find it more cost effective to book the more appropriate venue from the start.

Dramatic theming will transform a venue in an instance, consider not just aesthetics but also senses i.e. touch, smell, sound. We love a combination of scented candles, variety of fabrics, and soft lighting which creates a sense of welcoming and warmth at your party.

christmas crackerColours are extremely important to your design – Christmas is synonymous with rich jewel colours so your palate should have no more than three influencing colours, gold, deep red and teal work perfectly to create Christmas opulence.

Ensure you use your colour scheme consistently throughout the event, linens, invites, dinner settings, glassware etc. and don’t forget to introduce personal touches for your guests i.e. personalised luxury Christmas crackers, we love Celebration Crackers or perhaps a Christmas stocking hung on the back of each seat with your guests names embroidered we found lots to choose from on Etsy.

Fabulous Food

christmas dessertChristmas is certainly a time for indulgence and we love going all out. From the moment your guests arrive to when they leave you should think about how to really treat your guests. If you’re a Martha Stewart you’ll be confident with all the preparation and execution on the day however, we also want you to consider outsourcing this part of the party. On far too many occasions, we witness at first hand hosts stressed out trying to cope with every element of the catering and then not having enough time to get themselves ready for the party.

There are lots of different options, whether you have food prepped in advance by a retailer, book an outside caterer (do this well in advance as they are extremely popular around the holiday periods) or even have friends and family lend a helping hand.

Try something a bit different if you are hosting a dinner party – why not consider a beautiful tasting menu or have a wonderful mini dessert table at midnight.

Ultimate Cocktails

As much as it’s a tradition, Mulled Wine is a definite no, no. We love the excitement of cocktails and even better if you can create a beautifully lit bar area in your room. You can be really inventive with Christmas cocktails and winter warmers. Here are a few suggestions:

christmas-blog-cherry-cocktailRose Crumble: Four Roses bourbon, apple and cinnamon syrup with lemon and egg white.

The Nutcracker: 25ml Walnut infused Bushmills, 40ml Baileys Original Irish Cream, 60ml Hazelnut & Almond milk, 2 dashes of chocolate bitters and 12.5ml date syrup.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Martell VS, Cabernet Franc, lemon juice, Clementine Sherbert and underbug bitters.

Frozen Tart Cherrytini: Servings 4 – 12 frozen pitted tart cherries, 2 Meyer lemons (or regular lemons if you can’t find them), 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 1/2 cups tart cherry juice, chilled 1 1/2 cups vodka and 2 cups of ice cubes

Beautiful glassware is absolutely essential at your party, there is nothing more enticing than a tray of intricately cut crystal glasses or perhaps ostentatious gold rimmed champagne saucers.

Perfect Playlist

christmas-blog-disco-ballIt’s important to create the right atmosphere and music evokes every emotion to get everyone in the right mood. If you have chosen to host a traditional theme then nothing beats a choir of carol singers outside, holding lanterns.

If you are planning a large Christmas party then it’s essential to book a reputable DJ. Don’t give them carte blanche on the play list, work out what will work best for the various times of your party i.e. softer background music whilst dining then turning it up for dancing. Consider a mix of classical music along with some guaranteed dance floor fillers. These days it’s fairly standard to run everything from your android phone and even better if you can do it through Spotify.

Good lighting is super effective, check with your DJ what lighting they will be bringing as standard and make a feature of the dance floor. This can easily be created by carefully positioned lighting and furniture layout. We love large chandeliers and white lighting and if you can have a disco ball – all the better!!

Enjoy

For all the time, energy and expense you have invested in your Christmas party it is paramount that you enjoy yourself. Raise a glass to yourself and have a fun party!

Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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Have you ever wrapped a large present and it ended up looking like a wrinkled,  patchy cut-and-paste job?
 
I have more times than I like to admit and feeling very frustrated because of the end result.
 
Like you, I take pride in presentation and want the wrapping as special as the gift it’s covering.
 
Here is a video from OWN (Oprah Winfrey’s Network) that gives easy step-by-step instructions on how to do just that.Take a look.
 

1. Unroll the wrapping paper onto a smooth surface and lower the top half of the box onto the paper.

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2. Cut the paper to wrap around the top half of the box and secure with double-sided tape.

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3. On the top part of the box with the open end, fold the flaps inward and crease; secure with double-sided tape.

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 4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the other side of the box.

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5. Use baker’s twine to measure the width of the box, then cut another sheet of wrapping paper that’s the length of that twine.

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6. Wrap the extra sheet of paper around the middle of the box, folding the hard edges over and securing with double-sided tape.

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7. Using your twine, cut a length of wide ribbon. Wrap it around the box to hide where the hard edge of the paper is visible.

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8. Repeat step 7 on the other side of the box, using longer ribbon that you can then tie into a bow.

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 Voilà. Nicely wrapped box with no visible lines or sloppy patches.

 
Happy wrapping this holiday season with much less stress! (watch the video here)
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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MINDFUL INTERIOR DESIGN:
 
Christmas is approaching faster than snowflakes in a blizzard, so this week I want to share some holiday decorating tips from one of my design mentors, Kelly Hoppen, London-based interior designer (kellyhoppen.com). 
 
She’s known for her sophisticated, soothing, and Zen-like design. Kelly also offers an online shopping store so check out her offerings; they’re beautiful and top quality.
 

Christmas Decorating Tips by Celebrity Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen – From decorating the Christmas tree to how to lay the table for your festive feast, interior designer Kelly Hoppen shares her top festive decorating tips.

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“Do not be afraid to have fun and mix textures and colours around your home. I personally like to display decorations with colours matching my tree (my personal favourites being silver and white).

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Fairy lights are a great way to add a beautiful magical ambience and are not just for the tree! Decorate pieces of furniture or use within your table to add a glittering look.

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See also: Obama Family: Inside White House Private Living Areas

With the nights drawing in and numerous guests to entertain, I like to keep an inviting home. Burning a fire is a sure way to enhance the atmosphere, and draw guests in with warmth.

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I love making use of my fireplace, not only for function but because they can be decorated gorgeously to become a focal point in the living room. Try placing christmassy trinkets, garlands or ‘home jewellery’ on the mantelpiece to really adorn the space.

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I tend to mix up cushions and throws in various materials such as wool and velvet. Using a combination of soft, sumptuous textures such as these really adds a touch of luxury and provides that extra comfort for a cosy, festive feel. Some other fabrics I like to use are cashmere and faux fur.”

 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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Have you ever received a gift that was so beautifully and personally wrapped you didn’t want to open it?
 
It was like being given two presents in one.
 
It’s truly giving from the heart; a joyous feeling for both the giver and the receiver.
 
Here are four ways that illustrate how you can wrap your gifts this holiday season to show how much you really care. Best of all, they’re simple, creative, and inexpensive.
 
NOTE: You’ll notice that in these photos, either inexpensive Butcher paper or white wrapping paper has been used. They serve as the perfect background. What makes them personal is how you wrap them.
 
INITIALS
Your computer can print letters in any size, color, or font. In these photos, matching colored ribbon or metallic gold thread was used for the wrapping. Further embellishment comes from small Christmas ornaments like the red ball or bells.
 
THE EXTRA GIFT
Add something that the person can use after the unwrapping.
 
The first photo is for someone who loves to bake. The cookie cutters will be used by the recipient long after they’ve opened the actual gift.
 
Eclectic by RedAgape Blog
 
This is the perfect bonus gift for someone who loves to write and send letters via snail mail (no emails)! The monogrammed wax seal and wax sticks become part of the present wrapping.
 
PHOTOS
Eclectic by RedAgape Blog
No need to have a gift tag when you do this. The photo quickly tells who the gift is for.
 
Eclectic by RedAgape Blog
 
The photo can also be a place that is meaningful to the recipient and evokes happy memories.
 
Eclectic by RedAgape Blog
 
In this photo, the giver used part of a road map placed on a Christmas tree-shaped tag that depicts a place that the giver and receiver visited together. More wonderful memories.
 

PERSONAL INTERESTS AND HOBBIES

Eclectic by RedAgape Blog
For a musician or music lover, wrapping a present with vintage sheet music will surely evoke a warm smile. You get the idea. It can be anything that is of special interest to the recipient. It shows how much you care  and that you took the time to think of them and who they are as a person. Any gift given is so much sweeter and meaningful.
 
TELL ME: Do you make an effort to personalize your gift wrapping? Please share your ideas in the Comments section below.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Via HOUZZ
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As each day becomes shorter, we find ourselves wanting to be inside our cozy home.
Much better to be looking out at falling leaves, chilly, windy, and rainy weather than to be outside in the midst of it.
Just snuggling into a comfy chair with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa holds great appeal.
Along with inclement weather, however, there are certain colors that remind us of fall’s beauty.
Think of hot mulled-wine or cinnamon cookies for color hints that you may want to invite into your home decor.
It could just be an unforgettable fall season.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Infographic from HUFFPOST
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Memorial Day is but a memory and we are full-on into summer.
Those glorious days of heat, blue skies and fluffy white clouds.
Balmy evenings and star-filled skies.
Gardens bursting with so much color, we wonder how nature could gift us with such abundance.
Trees with their canopy of leaf-filled branches that help us stay cool.
Notice I purposely have not mentioned hail and thunderstorms, mosquitos and flies.
I know they’re a reality of summer, but prefer to think about the positive aspects of this glorious time of year.
While more time may be spent outdoors, we want our indoors to reflect the lightness and airiness of this season as well.
Here are 15 ideas for summer from my favorite blogger, Laura Gaskill, www.lauragaskill.com.
You’re sure to glean a few ideas that will help you get your home in the spirit of summer.
I wish you a safe and happy one.
The days are lengthening; the nights are warmer — it’s time to start thinking summer. From white curtains billowing in the breeze, sleeping porches, shell collections and wildflowers to fresh juice in the morning and nautical stripes, certain things just beg to be a part of your summer routine. Here are 15 fun, crafty and creative ways to get your home in the spirit of summer.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Photos via HOUZZ
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