Back porch rehab: a mood board and a plan

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We have a wonderful covered back porch, but it’s a bit lacking in decor and comfort.

The space itself is great, but it’s bland and underused.

It could be really nice, with the right comforts and features.

We live in Central North Carolina, and it’s so hot here in the summer we can’t stand to sit on the porch. Even if it’s covered. Even if it has a ceiling fan- which ours doesn’t.

I’d love to make this a cozy little sitting space, kind of like an outdoor living room. I’ve got so many good ideas of what I’d like to do. Take a look at my ideas and the inspiration I’ve pulled from  Pinterest!  Here’s what I think our porch really needs:

  1. A ceiling fan
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The porch in this photo reminds me of a nicer version of my own porch. The spaces are similar. I love that ceiling fan because it’s decorative, and because I definitely don’t love our hot, humid weather.

2. Porch rug and a coffee table

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I just love the porch furniture, the colors, and the general coziness of Suzy’s porch over at Worthing Court. It’s lovely- I just wanna sit there and drink my coffee.

3. Pillows or cushions

See the picture above. Cushions and pillows make any porch seem cozy and inviting.

4. Soft lighting for fun and for evenings

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I realize this is a Christmas photo, but I love the soft lighting from the string lights. String lights are also just a very cool look.

5. citronella candles

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The mosquitoes in North Carolina are world-famous. They’re mean and they will get you. And since you’re well aware of my fondness for mason jars, I thought I’d try my hand at making a few of these citronella candle jars.

6. a new porch lantern

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Our puny, builder grade light fixture was broken in one of the hurricanes last year and we haven’t replaced it yet. I’d love this barn light lantern on our back porch. It’s such a cool look.

7. different wreaths

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There is nothing wrong with the wreaths I made, but I think they’re a little puny. This wreath is fuller and the colors are better and I think it’d look great on my doors.

We are actively working on making the porch cozier and better right now. I can’t wait to share it with you in the next few months!

2021 Christmas Home Tour

Another holiday season has nearly come and gone. I couldn’t let the season pass completely without sharing our home tour from this year. I changed up our decor quite a lot but I wouldn’t say I simplified anything. Please allow me to share my favorite features with you.

Living room

When you walk in our front door, you’ll see this wreath that I made last year.
Our living room. The plastic on the couch is to discourage cat scratching.
Daisy wouldn’t get out of the picture.
Our fireplace mantle is one of my favorite areas of our house to decorate, especially at Christmas time.
These zinc houses were a Target dollar spot find and I love them!
On our sofa table in the foyer.
My grandfather built this manger for me some time ago.

Our family room

Perhaps my favorite room in the house, for lots of reasons.

Kitchen

My grandmother’s food scale, and my great grandmother’s butter churn are a part of this vignette.
I love snowmen! You’ll see these everywhere.
My grandma made this yo-yo quilt Christmas picture for us.

Dining room

The girls’ trees

Each of our girls have a small white tree with pink and purple ornaments

Our little bedroom tree

Bathrooms: hall

Master bath

Outdoors

Merry Christmas to you all. We hope you enjoyed our home tour.

Christmas Traditions You Can Do With Your Family

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and we are excited! We wanted to share some of our favorite traditions with you all, as we prepare for Christmas Day.

1. We read The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve night.

This has been a tradition since the oldest Lumber was a tiny tot. We make it a point to make popcorn or hot chocolate and read this classic story together. If you’d like to own a copy of this beautiful book, you can get one here.

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2. Ride around and look at Christmas decorations and lights

Get some hot chocolate and ride around your town looking at the Christmas decorations. This cute set up was spotted while we were headed to see The Nutcracker.

And you never know, you just might find a cute photo op (if your kids will cooperate, that is).

3. Get your elf on

We have a blast with our elves on the shelf. You could always read the Elf on the Shelf book or watch the movie. If you don’t have them, you can get them here.

4. Turn off all the lights and simply enjoy your Christmas tree

This is one of my favorite things to do, and it doesn’t have to be Christmas Eve. Just enjoy the peace and quiet and bask in the soft glow of the lights. This leads me to my next thing.

5. Read the Christmas story in Luke.

This is my favorite tradition. There is no Christmas without Jesus, and He is definitely the most important part of the Christmas season.

What are some of your family’s traditions?

We will resume regular schedule on December 26. Have a wonderful Christmas Day!

Why I put up six Christmas trees

If you’ve been reading for very long, you know I love Christmas. I might even love Christmas a bit too much- I decorate so much of our home for Christmas, and while my family sometimes tries to talk me out of it, I would never do anything less.

Today I will share our different trees, before I share our full home tour next week.

1. Dining room tree: the music tree

This tree has some ornaments on them that belonged to my mom when I was growing up. The ornaments have sheet music on them. There are also French horns, trumpets and metal bells.

2. Family memory tree

This tiny little six foot tree is filled with mementos from family vacations, special memories such as births and our wedding, and ornaments the kids made. Nothing on it matches but I love it. It’s my favorite tree in the house.

3. The main tree

This tree is in our living room and it is the main tree in the house. I absolutely love it. It’s big and pretty and well lit. I also love the red and gold ornaments.

4. Oldest daughter’s tree

4. Youngest daughter’s tree

Both of our girls have white four foot trees with pink and purple ornaments and beads. I let them decorate their trees themselves.

In our own bedroom, we have a small tabletop tree with red and gold ornaments. And to answer the question…I put them all up because it’s fun and I enjoy it! You should do what you enjoy too!

Have a wonderful week!

Cute Christmas Finds at Dollar General

I love Christmas decor at places like Hobby Lobby, but I don’t always love the price.

Did you know you can find lower priced, but still cute decor at discount stores? Some of my favorites are Dollar General and Aldi (yes, the grocery store). Today, I am sharing some of my favorite recent Dollar General finds.

All of the items I am about to show you are $8 or less.

1. Christmas bucket with “leather” handles

How cute would this be on a porch with a faux tree in it? Or maybe on a fire place hearth with birch logs in it.

2. Red plaid table runner

I love this so much- the colors in it are so festive. I’d love to pair this with some green chargers and some Christmas china.

3. Red plaid “Merry Christmas” pillow

This pillow is so pretty and the price is perfect. I bought one for my mud room entry.

4. Tabletop Nativity

This table top nativity has everything I love- warm wood, metal and Jesus. It’s perfect!

5. Faux book stack

Who doesn’t want this cute little “book stack?” I love everything about it.

I hope you enjoyed these Christmas goodies! You may even want to go visit your local DG and see what goodies you can find.