The Spirit of Christmas

It’s full-on festive mode around here with Christmas parties and my daughter’s 13th birthday this week — it’s been one celebration after another. I can’t believe I’m about to be a parent of a teenager, but that’s a post for another day.  Even though its a crazy time of year, I love it all and I’d love to be able to share beautifully styled photos of our house all decked out for the holidays, but I simply haven’t had the time. So instead, I’m going to share a collection of some lovely holiday images that make me feel the spirit of Christmas. Enjoy!











All images above via Pinterest.


This one says it all, doesn’t it? Via The White Buffalo Styling Co.

xo Kerry

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: Green, Gold and Winter White

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We spent our weekend shuttling our girls back and fourth to the theater where they were both performing in The Nutcracker ballet, but it was well worth it in the end and a great way to kick off the holiday spirit!  We’re going off on the hunt for the perfect tree this weekend and hopefully when it’s over, the halls will be decked! In the mean time, I’ve put together a nice little collection of holiday gift ideas for you. I love all these shades of gold, winter white and wintergreen together. Everything from scarves to glass ornaments to candles — would happily take one of each!

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xo Kerry

The Hunt for New Exterior Lighting

I’ve been looking for some new exterior lighting for our house and for a while I was in a serious analysis-paralysis. If you’ve read my very first blog post, you know that when we bought our home it needed to be rescued from the 80’s.  I’ve been shopping around and I had my eye on several, but was having a hard time making a decision. I decided to turn to my old pal Pinterest to start an exterior board to see if I could narrow down the look I’m after. Here are a few that I pinned as inspiration.  As you’ll see the lighting is mostly traditional, but with a modern, clean lined bent which is on par with my taste. I love mixing these two looks. Oh and apparently I really like white houses!Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 11.00.11 PM

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What I’m looking for is really an updated lantern shape. Here are a few I’ve had my eye on.

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Painting our house white isn’t in the cards at the moment. It’s closer to the style and color of this house below, via Studio McGee.

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So the winner is…drumroll please….


I chose this one based on both look and price. I like that it’s traditional, but simple and un-fussy and ultimately I had to consider price. I have to replace 7 lights in total so that ruled out a couple of the others. The first of several is being installed today — just in time for the holidays.

Oh and just for fun… check out the lights we are replacing. They scream 1980, and not in a charming-retro way, right? IMG_5225IMG_5066Now as Thanksgiving approaches, I’m savoring the last moments of my favorite season before it’s time to deck these halls!

xo Kerry

Manor Fine Wares and A Weekend in Portland

Last weekend my husband and I took a quick trip up to Portland, Oregon. He travels there a few times a year for business, but it was my first time. The trees were sporting all sorts of beautiful autumn shades of orange, red and yellow and there was a crisp feeling of fall in the air.  On Friday we explored the city together and ended up on the very charming 23rd street. We did our share of beer and tasty treat sampling (Salt & Straw ice cream!) and I wandered into a great home store called Manor Fine Wares. Okay I’ll be honest it may have been more like a stumble after the beer.IMG_0010

The store is filled with all kinds of goodness in the form of furniture, accessories, lighting, tableware, linens and even some unique jewelry.

I loved this cozy fireplace nook with the convex mirror and all the indigo accessories. IMG_0003

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This table setting had me thinking about Thanksgiving, which happens to be my favorite holiday. We’re hosting this year and I’ve been thinking about how perfect these plates would be on my table ever since I laid eyes on them.IMG_0002

I happen to know these come from Juliska and you can get all the goods below here. 

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I can’t believe how fast the holidays are approaching. I’m not ready to deck the halls just yet because I want to savor Thanksgiving first. I’m all for the “Save Thanksgiving” movement. How ’bout you?

xo Kerry

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