Friday Link Love

After a long week I could not be happier to say hello to the weekend. We’ve got a couple of projects planned for around the house that we’ve put off for far too long and we’re also lucky and have tickets to see The Nutcracker tomorrow night performed by the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and BalletMet Columbus. I really can’t wait! (You guessed it; yes, I am obsessed with The Nutcracker.) Next week I have the sweetest little winter ice skating party to share and I’m thinking about starting a new column where I’ll share a little bit about what’s going on in our neck of the woods as we renovate our house. Let me know what you think – yes or no to introducing the occasional home renovation post? Whatever you’re up to this weekend I hope it’s a good one – see you on Monday!


Please be a peach and vote for Carolynn. (There is a new baby coming so the prize would be mighty nice.)

The Sweet Paul countdown is back. Me = super excited.

Speaking of the ballet, this is so so sweet.

Colorful and too cute for words.

Yes. We should all be hosting gingerbread house decorating parties.

For winter, I love sparkle.

Loving this venue.

I’ll be featuring holiday downloads all month long! The first is here.

And I’m off – happy Friday!

{Photo from Call Me Cupcake.}


A Holiday Home

I swear one of these days I’ll stop going on and on about how much I love the holidays. Just so we’re clear – today, my friends, is not that day. It might be because I have a weekend of home renovation projects and holiday decorating planned, but I am obsessed with holiday home decor this week. This house looks like heaven to me right now. A mix of wood tones and finishes with bits of sparkle and greenery and cozy textiles tucked throughout looks so warm and inviting. The color palette of layered neutrals is soft and elegant, perfect for adding pops of color and texture when entertaining. I could curl up here with a good book or entertain joyfully with a glass of bubbly in hand. Yup, this is my kind of house.





{Photos from Skona Hem via sweet as a candy.}


A Pretty Anniversary Shoot

Way back at the beginning of the year, I professed my love for anniversary shoots. Sure sure, engagement photos are awesome. Wedding photos? Even better. But why does the fun have to stop once you’re married? If you ask me it doesn’t, which might be why I love this sweet anniversary shoot shared with me by Natalie of the new blog Love in October. Natalie and her husband just celebrated their first anniversary and got together with their wedding photographer Jenny Cuerel to celebrate in style. This shoot is pretty and includes a few personal details that celebrate their love of the countryside and special memories from their wedding without feeling overly styled. It has a sweet, organic feel that I just love and I know you will, too. Thanks so much for sharing, Natalie!












{Photos by Jenny Cuerel.}


A Little Winter Fresh Holiday Decor

I can hardly believe it’s December, but alas winter is moving in quickly. When I came across this pretty little glimpse of holiday decor it felt so perfect for today. There is something so enchanting about simple, fragrant pine boughs draped around a room with paper whites in bloom, a little touch of ribbon and a big cluster of white pillar candles. While this is lovely for a holiday home it would also be stunning as decor for a holiday season wedding. You can never go wrong with crisp snowy white paired with rich winter greens.


simple-christmas-decorations{Photos from Life in the Fun Lane.}


Holiday Party Invitation Downloads

Because you’ve all been loving the party downloads so much lately, I decided to team up with a bunch of fantastic designers for December and I’m happy to announce that I’ll be bringing you weekly downloads all month long starting today! Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to spread a little holiday love. Today I am thrilled to have a great holiday party invitation for you, created by the super sweet and super talented Bethany Hway of Emmy Lu Design Studio, complete with a coordinating wrap-around mailing label. Bethany’s goal was to create something simple, sweet and festive that could work as an invite for any sort of holiday party, from Christmas to New Years and everything in between.





holiday-party-downloadsShe printed the invitation on a white linen cover weight paper, then clipped the corners with a corner rounder. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 6.0 or newer) you can personalize the PDF invitation with your party details. So, what are you waiting for? Download your holiday party invitations and mailing labels and start your party planning!

{Design by Bethany Hway of Emmy Lu Design Studiob*spoke blog. Photos by Bethany Hway.}