Saturday, December 22, 2012

Secret Santa-Nutmeg Place

I was recently part of a Secret Santa gift swap with some fellow Bloggers over at Blogtalk on FB.

My Secret Santa was Meg over at Nutmeg Place and she sent me the prettiest little necklace you have ever seen made by Carmella over at Creative Carmella.

I just adore it so much! Thanx Meg!
Linking up to:
Secret Santa BlogHop

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Treasure Hunt Thursday #86

Sorry I am a little behind on getting THT up this week!:( I can't believe this is our last THT before Christmas. Next week will run as usual so if you want to party it will be here!:) If not no worries. I know there will be a lot of celebrating and spending time with family and friends.
There was so much Christmas inspiration shared last week that I just could not resist.
Kelly over at Eclectically Vintage shared with us her holiday home tour and I just fell in love! I am now on the hunt for an old typewriter.
Meegan over at What Meegan Makes shared with us some of her darling smaller trees. They all are just beautiful!
Kathryn over at The Dedicated House shared her beautiful blue themed tree.

Shanna over at Restoration Redoux shared her darling sugar house village.
Whomever dines at Shirley's house this holiday season will feel like royalty! Head over to Hospitality Designs to see her amazingly beautiful table setting.

As always thank you to all who partied last week! I am so truly honored to have such talent partying at my place! If you were featured please feel free to grab the "I've Been Featured" button!:) I have the newly updated button with html code on my sidebar! 

 What would be a HUGE help and encourage more comments not just from me but others as well would be for everybody to take off their required verification codes for leaving a comment. This seems to take just a few seconds of time but when you have to do it on 30 or more blogs it takes up a TON of time. Last week most everybody had turned off their Word Verification which made it so much easier for me to stop by everybody's links! Thank you!

Now on to this weeks party! 
As with all parties there are the normal rules. You must link back to From My Front Porch To Yours in your THT POST. Just common courtesy. If ya don't link back ya don't get to party. Only link up to your Treasure Hunt Thursday post and NOT your blog homepage. Please No advertising and PLEASE NO MORE than 3 links from the SAME party goer. Also NO MORE linking up to your own link parties. I am seeing more and more link ups of just people promoting their own linky parties. I know it takes time to go back and make a separate post to join the party but it is just the polite thing to do. If you find your post deleted it is not because I am a meany, I just have to make sure the rules are being followed. You can save some of your posts for the following weeks party!Please only link up new posts and not posts that you linked up the week before.

Also be sure to visit at least the link before you and after you to just say Hi! It makes partying all the more fun and remember if your link has had the most visits you will get featured on Tuesdays! If you are new around here I would love it if ya become a follower!:)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

THT #85 Most Viewed

I know that we are all running around crazy trying to tie up loose ends but I wanted to make sure to get up the top three most viewed links from last weeks Treasure Hunt Thursday party!
Diane over at An Extraordinary Day came in at first place sharing her holiday home tour.
 We have a tie for second place!
The ladies over at Be Book Bound shared their friends beautiful home all decked out for Christmas.
Marla will be just tickled to see that she has been included in the top two weeks in row with her Pottery Barn inspired foyer over at Always Nesting!
In 3rd place is Penny over at Penny's Vintage Home with Part 2 of her holiday home tour.

Thanx for partying ladies and be sure to grab a button!:)

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Elusive Art Niche

A lot of newer homes these days have elusive art niches. Our home is no exception. It is always so hard to figure out what to do with them. 
I had painted the living room and then painted the niche Sevlte Sage for contrast. It was the best I could come up with at the time and stayed this way for several years. I never liked it but it was never a top priority.
Back in the spring I found this piece at HomeGoods and thought how perfect! 
That all changed after my trip to Laurie's where I had a GC to spend. I ended up redoing the niche and painted over the Sevlte Sage.
I had to repaint because otherwise this beauty would not have stood out.
I have been wanting a Mora Clock for years now but never found one in my range. Then there was this reproduction one I had been eye balling at several different shops and online. I was super excited to see it at Laurie's when I went to spend my GC! I just love the chippy goodness it has.
I think it fits in perfectly. Now if I can only figure out what to put on the wall to the left of it!? 
I also had enough to purchase this gorgeous architectural piece. I have no idea where I am going to put it but I had to have it.

Linking up to the following link parties:
Metamorphosis Mondays
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
CowGirl Up Party

Wow Us Wednesday

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Laurie's Home Furnishings

Can you imagine a store so splendid? A store where when you enter your jaw drops open?

I went to a shop yesterday that was just that. I had never heard of it before until my neighbor friend Brenda told me about it. I am so glad she did!
 I signed up to follow Laurie's blog/FB page. I saw that they were having a Home & Holiday Giveaway. You could submit up to three pictures of your holiday decorations and then they would choose a winner. When I saw on their FB page that I had won I had to pinch myself! I could not wait to go shopping with my gift certificate.
Laurie's has so much eye candy that you literally have to walk thru it twice to make sure you didn't miss anything. 

I LOVE these buffalo check rugs by Dash & Albert! If I had not just purchased my red buffalo check rug I probably would have come home with one of these.
No place for him but I thought he was magnificent. 
I could see this table and chairs in our breakfast room.
Dreamy bookcases.
Light fixtures galore!
One of two couches I wanted to bring home. It was down filled and oh so comfy and very reasonably priced.
Check out those baskets!
Another fabulous table set. 

Anybody need a mega sized finial!?;)

Beyond dreamy bedding.
And just when you think you are done you see there is even more! You literally could spend hours in here.
Laurie's is a splendid shop with something for everybody in all price ranges. If you live in the Houston area this is a must go to shop! If you do not be sure to stop by their blog. Their pictures are out of this world!! Mine with my phone are certainly no match.

Stay tuned to see just what I purchased with my gift certificate.

I have to say after having such a wonderful time shopping I came home and felt so much guilt. I had no idea about what had unfolded. No idea that so many lives were lost. I sat at my computer and cried and cried and cried. It was senseless and something we will try to understand but honestly never will  ever grasp. I wanted to run straight up to my boys school and bring them home with me. To just hug them and never take my eyes off of them. How dare this man feel he had the right to take these babies away from their families! How dare he think he had the right to take away the lives of the faculty who were trying to save those babies!
My heart aches for this town, for the families and friends who lives have been so greatly impacted by this senseless act of violence. I pray for them and I pray for us as a country. May we cherish each and every moment we have, not only this holiday season but everyday because we never know when it may be the last. To do anything less would be an injustice to those who lost their lives. 

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