Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sweet Spots in the Family Room

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Every now and then, I like to do a post called "sweet spots." 
These are just places in my home (or my life) that make me happy. 

My husband loves to crack walnuts.
One of his sweet spots, I guess.

I love sunshine. 
We get such nice light in our house, 
in most of the rooms at least. 
Sunlight definitely helps perk up my wintertime mood!
House plants help, too.

Reading is essential for so many reasons.
I learn. I think. I step outside my own cluttered brain for a while.

I have books for downstairs, upstairs, and the car.

Americanah is the downstairs book. 
When I get bored watching TV
or the husband has sports on again, I read.

Hillbilly Elegy is the car (Audible) book.
I love listening to books! 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is my bedside table book.
I need my few minutes of reading before bed year-round. 

Books are definitely sweet spots for me.
What are your sweet spots?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sweet Spots in the Living Room

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There are certain sweet spots in my home that make me smile.
There are some not so sweet spots, too, of course, 
but today I'm sticking with the good stuff.

Yesterday was my birthday. I worked. 
Usually, I find a way to take the day off. 
Also, I scheduled a mammogram for after work.
Dumb idea.
The mammogram is important, sure, but
I could've cut myself some slack
and planned it for another day.

Today I've done exactly what I want. 
Long, hilly walk with my neighbor and good friend.
Lunch all by myself and staring out at the bird feeders.
Hanging with the dog and youngest daughter.
It's becoming my new favorite pastime.

I hope this post finds you doing whatever you want, too!

Picked up these gorgeous and fragrant flowers at Wegman's last week.
Can't for the life of me remember what they are called. 
Heaven. I will definitely be looking for these again. 

The. Sun. Is. Shining.

A clean, sparse mantel.

An antique etching and candy dish.
Growing up there were always candy dishes in living rooms.
There is something charming about this that I love.
Lemon drops are the featured candy.

We celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary recently. 
Still love this guy.

Here's to the sweet spots in my home and my life.

Linking up with Kim at Savvy Southern Style!
Wow Us Wednesdays!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mudroom Reveal

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For a while I've been yammering about new stuff in the mudroom.
Well, the week before Christmas the new duds arrived. 

Here's the BEFORE version.

If I were looking at this image, I would wonder what the heck
was wrong with this before version.

It's pretty cute. At least I think so.
But the foam insert was totally shot.

And this little critter is guilty of some deeds I won't mention here. 

Flip the cushion and there's a giant hole.

Would you believe this old cushion is nearly 20 years old?
It is, I swear.

Several months ago I consulted with a Calico Corners decorator.

These fabrics made the final cut!

And . . . taa-daa!

I'm very happy with the results, but I want to do some tinkering in here.

It feels good to have a big project crossed off my list.
I think Calico Corners guy gets a gold star!

Linking up with Kim at Savvy Southern Style!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

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The crew here at Daffodil Hill wishes all of you
a healthy, happy, and fun 

This is "the crew" here at Daffodil Hill. 😜

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Joy of Christmas 2017!

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I'll let this story of Christmas 2017 mostly tell itself. Pictures say it all, don't they? 

There was baking. A lot of baking.

Even a special birthday thrown in!

There was gift buying and wrapping.

Fireside anticipation on Christmas morning.

And then the big surprise: concert tickets!

The joy of giving on her daddy's face. ❤️

All three beautiful girls under one roof, the only gift I need, mind you. 

Decorating lover though I am, I did not buy their pajamas to match the sofa. 

There was the dining room table set for breakfast and reset for dinner. 

A creative shot taken by middle daughter. 

The mess. OH, the mess of it all!

And this little sweetie who managed to fool us into two breakfasts.

I hope your day was as merry and bright as ours. 

In the coming year, I plan to blog more, fret less, continue to be 
grateful, and read lots and lots of books!

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