Smoky Blue Cheese Dip with a Kick

Smoky Blue Cheese Dip with a Kick

  One day, while listening to the melodious clank of rib bones landing in the galvanized bucket set on the table at Blue Smoke restaurant in New York, I came across the most amazing dip that put all other dips to shame. I'm not talking about those runny dips from the supermarket.  No, those pale in comparison. I'm talking chunky, … [Read more...]

                 

A Dazzling Sight to Behold – a Town of Luminaries

Luminaries on Christmas Eve

It's a dazzling sight to behold. Rows of glowing luminaries light up the night in my town on Christmas Eve. An entire community, united on one very special night. And in the true spirit of the season, all money raised goes to those in need. A blanket of snow falls as if on cue. My favorite gift of the … [Read more...]

                 

A Very Good Year – the Best of 2012!

Vintage Glider Patio Reveal

Another year and time to look back on all that was accomplished. The ball dropped in January ... I showed off my muddy mudroom. Reminiscised about about my childhood and created a Love Is wreath. February was all hugs and kisses ... The center of my life was revealed - my farmhouse kitchen. March - roared in like a lion … [Read more...]

                 

Merry Christmas to All

A Very Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas! Hope Santa stuffs your stockings full of everything on your wish lists. I truly appreciate each and every one of you who take the time to visit me. This has been an amazing year and I look forward to what 2013 brings. Stop by House #1, House #2, House #3 and House #4 on this Four Festive … [Read more...]

                 

Exceptionally Eclectic – A Homey Christmas

A Homey Christmas

Welcome to House #4 - All Things Home. Santa visited Amy of All Things Home one Christmas Eve and was thrilled with what he saw. Perfect gift ideas for Mrs. Claus whom he found was impossible to shop for. She would love hanging the elves tiny stockings from this ladder with care ... and he could picture her putting fresh poinsettias … [Read more...]

                 

Exceptionally Eclectic – Dreaming of a Simple Christmas

Christmas Staircase

Welcome to House #3 - Town and Country Living Christmas   Jennifer of Town and Country Living was nodding off to bed one night, fretting about getting her home ready for Christmas. Visions of sugarplums in red and green helped lull her to sleep.     She dreamed of simple evergreens on her bannister and glowing … [Read more...]

                 

Exceptionally Eclectic – A Rusty Christmas

Rusty Hinge House Tour via Eclectically Vintage

Welcome to House #2 Mrs. Claus was peering into her snow globe one night and came upon Maria of the Rusty Hinge decking her halls. She ran into Santa's workshop and told him to make sure he brought her an extra special gift. Something with a story like her crusty porch columns ... or a simple chair loaded with red striped … [Read more...]

                 

Exceptionally Eclectic – French Country Cottage Christmas

House #1 - French Country Christmas

It's a French Country Cottage Christmas! Come on over and warm your hands by this massive outdoor fireplace. Courtney of French Country Cottage has it all decked out to welcome Santa. Santa can rest and enjoy a crisp baguette ... maybe even a glass of wine. He'll stop to smell the peonies ... then find the perfect place to … [Read more...]

                 

My Seven Christmas Trees!

Eclectically Vintage

I'm torn. Every year, we put up our green Christmas tree and decorate it with family ornaments. It's tradition. My girls argue over who gets to put the angel on top (this year my daughter insisted we switch to a star). So here's my traditional Christmas tree - with a touch of quirkiness thrown in for good measure. Who says … [Read more...]

                 

My Latest Obsession – Vintage Bling

Hand Made Vintage Bracelet using vintage finds

You know I love all things vintage for my house. But did you know I have a weakness for vintage jewelry too? Not the kind you can buy from the local jewelry store. The kind that tells a story. The kind that makes people stop you when you're walking down the street and ask, "Where did you get that?" The kind of jewelry with a … [Read more...]