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Gift Wrapping with Kraft Paper

I somehow discovered kraft paper at Home Depot when we repainted our first house.  I was inspired to use it as gift wrap and was pleasantly surprised that I liked the way it looked with some fancy red ribbon I purchased through my nieces' school gift wrap sale.  Years...

Your Budget: How to Save Money on Furniture

I recently learned from a friend that one of my favorite furniture consignment shops is going out of business, so I was inspired to write a guide to purchasing furniture on a budget.  Furniture is dear to my heart.  When we were first married we could not afford...

Laundry Room Organization

There were two aspects of our house that drew us to it: the first was that the original owners were the builders and they carefully customized it, taking great pride in its design and construction.  The second was that the house was full of unexpected 45-degree...

Graceful Favorites: Week 52

I fell in love with these Threshold fox salt and pepper shakers from Target. The white porcelain goes with nearly any décor and the fox shape gives them a certain je ne sais quois. We loved these little guys so much that we eventually purchased a few extras and turned...

An Olde Towne Portsmouth Christmas

I'm excited and thankful that my friends Melanie and Jeff Mansfield were gracious enough to share pictures of their 2014 Christmas decor in their Olde Towne Portsmouth home. They decorated their house for the Olde Towne Christmas Tour and her photos of their decor...

Gallery: An Olde Towne Portsmouth Christmas

Jeff and Melanie Mansfield spent last Christmas in their home in Olde Towne Portsmouth.  Their house was a part of the Olde Towne tour and they were gracious enough to share their beautiful home with all of us. Melanie Mansfield is a wife of 20 years and homeschooling...

Graceful Favorites: Week 50

I came upon these ridiculously cute Three Wise Owl ornaments at Z Gallerie over the Thanksgiving weekend.  And as someone who is somewhat obsessed with owls and especially Wise Owls (as I already own a set of white porcelain figurines), I had a hard time passing these...

Graceful Favorites: Week 49

With the first week of Advent upon us, it seemed fitting to share our all time favorite Nativity set.  While I do own a traditional Fontanini Nativity set, you wouldn't know it when you come into our house.  We have limited space and even more limited areas to display...

Graceful Favorites: Week 48

A few weeks ago I had suddenly had the desire to create some charger plates from scratch.  I thought this would be relatively easy and somewhat inexpensive.  But I was wrong.  I searched far and wide for cheap wood chargers that I could stain or otherwise decorate...

Three Table Themes for Thanksgiving

If you are hosting the Thanksgiving feast this year, you may find the idea of preparing the food and decorating the table overwhelming.  We are hosting my family this year and I needed to save time and money on decor.  I found that with our Four Entertaining Staples...

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