Both my mom and dad are 1/2 Irish so we always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. We had to wear green to school and “kiss me, I”m Irish” pins! It is also my mother’s birthday so it was always such a fun day growing up.
I love these Irish mugs. They were my grandparents. My grandparent’s were so cute. They would call each other “himself” & “herself”!
These cute napkins at Target, they are part of the Hearth & Home collection from Magnolia.
I wanted to share a super easy, cute DIY for your table for St. Patrick’s Day and Spring.
Cute St. Patrick’s Day DIY Centerpiece
Have you guys tried that yogurt yet? My friend Audra introduced me to it and I love it. The ingredients are so simple and fresh.
I love it too because it comes in the cutest little glass jar. I like to save them for little t-lights and for this centerpiece idea!
Grocery stores are selling these cute little clover plants. One small plant will fill 4 yogurt jars! Aren’t they adorable?
I am going to incorporate them into my spring tablescape too!
A simple St.Patty’s Day Tablescape!
And of course you couldn’t have a St. Patrick’s Day table without serving Irish Potato Soup! I wanted to share my favorite food blogger’s recipe! You can grab it here! It is so delicious. I will be making it this year for sure! Actually, I have never made a recipe from my friend Allie’s website, Through Her Looking Glass,that I didn’t like.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and if you are reading mom, Happy 70th Birthday!
I would love to invite you to follow me on Pinterest! I love hanging out there. And below is a Pin that I made just for you to save this DIY project!
It faces the Ocean and in the winter you can see the water! There are just enough windows in the room to bring in beautiful light, but not too much in the morning. In the afternoon just in time for a nap, the light is dim.
There are also French doors that open up onto a sleeping porch.
When I would think of a beach house bedroom this is what I would dream of. Which is why I couldn’t wait to show this to you today! I am also going to share my new favorite bedding with you from Beddy’s Bedding. (Beddy’s has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own!)
Check out the before. It certainly wasn’t the room of my “beach house dreams”, but I could see beyond all the dark dingy walls that there could be something beautiful !
As with the other rooms in the house we are very thankful to have found how much a paint sprayer saves time! We just bought many 5 gallon buckets of white paint and went to town!
But before we did we had the house sprayed with insulation
After the spray insulation was finished we installed new shiplap in this room on the walls that were insulated.
Then the spray painter came out! Have I told you yet today how much I love white paint?
Another reason I love this room is the door on the left is a 1/2 bath that is shared with another bedroom. The dresser below was left when we bought the house and I love it, but I want to paint it. I’m not sure what color yet. If you have an idea I’d love for you to let me know!
Beddy’s (bed-ease) Bedding
Ok, guys, seriously, this bedding is amazing!! I wish I had this bedding when my kids were little, but to be honest to have it for teens might be even more genius!!!
First of all this most clever design has all of the bedding attached so you cover the mattress as you would a fitted sheet and the sheets and the blanket and the comforter is all attached!
It can be zippered on both sides
So if Your child likes to be snuggled you can zip them in!
I wish you could feel how soft the blanket is!
Check out this video to see how easy it is to sleep in and make!
Beach House Girl's Room with Beddy's Bedding - YouTube
They also come in so many beautiful color options and sizes as well!
I have my eye on this pattern for the bunk bed room! My boys always had bunk beds when they were little, but I hated making them. Beddy’s would have been such a time saver!
But I do think that if I added a navy pillow to the pattern in the girls room it could easily be a boy’s room!
Click here to see their amazing selection of bedding!
Thank you so much for all of your comments and emails about my last beach house reveal of the living room! I couldn’t wait to show it to you. And today I might be even more excited to reveal the master bedroom! If you think the before of the living room was ugly, wait until you see the before pic of the master!
I will also give you a review of our new Agility mattress.
(Agility has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own)
Have I told you how thankful I am for white paint?
Are you swooning over that beautiful paneling? Demo day for this room was super fun, as you can imagine!
Through that doorway is a small bedroom that we will turn into the closet. On the opposite wall they built a closet.
We took the closet out and made it the door way to the bathroom. The bathroom was accessible from the hallway, but we closed that off and we are going to make it a master bath.
That will be a fun reveal!
Back to the master…We covered up the insulated walls with new shiplap, and then white washed the room with our new paint sprayer that I told you about in the last post.
Sometimes all a room needs is a fresh coat of paint! Not only does the room look fresh and clean now, but it also appears to be bigger than it is too.
You can even transform furniture with white paint.
Here is the side table before & after!
The lamps we scored from a local shop where they salvage hotel furniture and sells it super cheap! We picked up 10 of these lights for only $10 a piece! They were black so I just used spray paint to paint them white.
So, How did I go about creating this Master Bedroom Sanctuary in 4 easy steps?
let’s start with #4…
4. In the bedroom, I like to keep the decor on a more “minimalist” side of decorating. I feel like that creates a more peaceful environment. I like to save the gallery walls for the living spaces.
3. Throw pillows create a cozy feel to any room.
You can find the “we still do” decor over at Ever Thine Homes, which is the perfect decor for a master bedroom.
2. Curtains add warmth to a room
I found these pretty rods and curtains at Home Goods
1. My NUMBER ONE TIP to creating a Master Bedroom Sanctuary is: You must have a comfortable mattress.
You can have the prettiest bedroom in the world, but if the mattress is uncomfortable that room does not seem all that pretty anymore!
Let me first tell you our history with mattresses…
When we were in our 20’s and first got married we bought a regular old spring mattress and it was fine. Let’s face it when you are younger you can have a good night sleep on the floor and wake up rested…
Fast forward 20 more years and that is not really the case anymore.
So we went out and bought a Tempur-Pedic mattress that cost of us close to $3,000. My husband was convinced that after about 10 years of sleeping on it that it was actually making his back worse!
We had heard reviews of these beds in a box so we decided to give it a try! We got rid of the Tempur-Pedic and bought a Casper mattress which cost us $1,200. My husband loved it and he was sure it was helping with his back issues.
For the beach house we wanted to get another Casper, but heard about Agility so we wanted to try that one out because it was getting even better reviews. (which is only $1,099 now during the sale!).
Good Morning! Today on the blog I am going to share my favorite cozy spaces in my home, but before I do I want to welcome any of you who are coming from Mary’s beautiful blog. I am so happy to have you here. Isn’t her style so welcoming? At the end my post I will let you know where you can hop over to next!
If you have read my bio or have been following me over on Instagram you might know that this is the 6th house we have bought. What drew us to purchase this 100 year old home was how many cozy inviting places there were. Our house before was very grand with large rooms and super high ceilings, which I also love for entertaining, but sometimes not as great when you just want to relax and have coffee with your husband.
So, I have a kind of romantic story to share with you…
Every single morning that my husband is not traveling and he is home in the morning we have coffee together. It is the time of day when my husband gives me his total attention before we go about our busy days…I look forward to it! We talk about the day ahead, plan for the future share funny stories and just relax and enjoy each other.
But the funny part is every morning after we get our coffee if I am with him in the kitchen and not already sitting he will look at me and say, “ok, where do you want to sit?” with an about to laugh smile on his face, because pretty much each day I pick a new spot ;). I’ll say, “let’s sit by the real fire today”, or “let’s sit by the gas fire today”, or let’s sit in the sitting room or the kitchen”!
He is almost laughing because I always have some quirky reason why I want to sit where I do…
Those are a few of the spaces I want to share with you today, and I hope you get some inspiration to create cozy spaces in your home.
The other day I shared with you what a Hygge home meant to me and how basically the goal of a Hygge home is to make it cozy and inviting. You can read about what Hygge is here.
My sitting room…
is my new favorite cozy spot because what I did here was actually create a space where conversation can happen.
This room used to look like this:
You can’t see in this photo, but it had an accent chair on each side of the room. Even though it looked pretty it wasn’t cozy. So I do what I did often and I moved the three-seater-couch to the tv room and moved a smaller love seat and two chairs in there. I faced them together so that it seemed more intimate and cozy.
Adding greenery in a room as a space filler also adds to a cozy atmosphere in a room, don’t you think?
My Kitchen Sitting Nook…
My kitchen is small, but such a great working kitchen! So far out of all the kitchens we have renovated it is my favorite not because it is the largest, I think it may be the smallest, but because I finally figured out how to organize a kitchen space if you like to cook!
This two seater little nook is another favorite cozy spot in my home. The large picture window let’s in a lot of light and it just creates the feeling of almost not missing out on what is going on outside! Does that make sense? A lot of conversation and prayer has happened around this little table. Sitting around a table of any size just makes you feel connected and it is such a place of healing to the soul!
Our Wood Fireplace…
is in the dining room, so the table takes up most of the space, but we have two comfortable rattan chairs that I picked up at IKEA that are light so, when we want to sit by the fire they are so easy to move. And to make it even more cozy, I picked up this trendy foot stool at Marshalls yesterday!
As you probably saw from the photos my #1 tip for creating a cozy spot is to make sure the seating is facing each other! & of course add some throws and throw pillows!
I hope you got some cozy inspiration today & maybe you might want to create a cozy spot in your home!
Contentment, Comfort and Connection are all words that describe how I want to present my home to my friends and family in 2018. They are also 3 words that describe how to live a HYGEE lifestyle.
Hygee is pronounced “hoo-guh”. It is a Danish word that is kind of hard to explain or define even in one paragraph, not because it is difficult to describe, but because you can describe it in so many ways…
Unfortunately, the word Hygee does not translate into one English word, but many English words can describe Hygee like: Contentment, Comfort, Connection, friendship, thankfulness, joyful, content, and living simply.
You know that feeling when you walk into a room and the fire is going and there are comfy places to sit and warm drinks being served with a soft throw blanket and your favorite people are with you?…that’s Hygee…
4 Steps to create Hygee in your home…
1. Being Cozy…
By a fire.
Taking a day off every now and then.
Putting your feet up. Being able to just be still. Creating spaces in your home that invite people to connect with one another…to put down the phone and be present!
2. Being Grateful…
For the little things. For everything.
It’s starting your day in prayer and ending your day in prayer. Thanking God for all that he has blessed you with.
Being thankful for the little things in life that brings you joy. Maybe it’s lighting candles or having your favorite family photos displayed, or a sea glass collection in a bowl on your mantel.
The things in your home that when you walk by them each day they make you smile or bring to mind a special memory.
The wall below used to have a TV on it. We already had a tv room so we decided to take it down.
Now this wall just holds photos of our family. Our Boys’ graduation photos and 3 signs with words that I want everyone to feel in this room! “pray”, “peace” “gather” and “love”. When I walk in this room and see this gallery wall it floods my mind with memories of each one and makes me so thankful for all that I have been blessed with .
I wanted a cozy room that would be intimate and connecting when I spent time with my family and friends. This isn’t a big room, but before the furniture was spread out on all walls so you felt far away when you were in this room with someone. Now, it is so cozy, calm, peaceful and welcoming. The door above in the corner is to our mudroom, so it is the first room that welcomes you to my home.
3. Being Present…
Not worrying about the next appointment or the next hour, but rather giving your attention to whomever you are with at the moment.
It’s being able to have a coffee date with a friend without looking at your phone.
Helen Russell, a British journalist who wrote “The Year of Living Danishly,” defines the term as “taking pleasure in the presence of gentle, soothing things”. I Love that thought of finding pleasure in things in my home that have meaning to me.
They may be sentimental or they may carry a memory…photographs or handmade throws…
my mother made that white chunky loop throw, it is so heavy and soft & the stripe throw was made by my son’s girlfriend. The thought of them knitting them just for me makes me so happy when I not only use them, but see them displayed in my room!
& this pillow from Kendra at Linen and Ivory, has dates on it that are special to our family.
Place items in your home that remind you to be thankful!
This ottoman was a no-sew-project you can see here. It is a different ottoman, but the same fabric & tutorial!
I love the silver tray passed down in my husband’s family from Sweden actually, another Hygee country! I can use it to serve food on, or take it off and everyone can put their feet up…the ultimate cozy state!
4. Creating an Atmosphere…
It’s not about getting more stuff or even being a minimalist.
It’s definitely about getting rid of clutter and keeping things organized, but at the same time not having a sterile home, but rather a cozy inviting space. Nothing says cozy like candles, so have a lot of candles!
Hygee is the opposite of a “staged” home. It is clean, organized, but lived in! A place where you can put your feet up and relax. I’ve been to people’s houses that look like hotels, nothing personal is around. A Hygee home tells you the owners personality and a little about their story.
A home where everyone feels welcome & they want to stay awhile!
Hygee not only is created with warm fires, throw blankets and candles, but also with a hot drink…like some homemade hot chocolate!
I wanted to share this with you before you sit down with your family and friends over the holidays. It is longer than my average post, so get cozy and grab your favorite drink and I really hope you enjoy reading this!
MERRY CHRISTMAS !
I Love my table. No, not because it is my dream farm table from Restoration Hardware or because it was passed down from my great-great-grandmother. I love it because it is where we have made so many family memories!
It is the heart of my home because it is where we connect, where we laugh, where we encourage and where we of course share a meal. It is the place I go early in the morning to journal and pray about the day.
My children are older now, 20,18 & 16, but when they were little we used to play a little game. We would go around the table and everyone would share the best part of their day and the hardest part of the day.
At the end of the meal when the dishes were done and the kids were in bed I would think about our time together and often say to my husband, ” I’m so glad we ask those questions, if we didn’t do that I would have no idea that our son had to go through what he did in the lunch room or how amazing our daughter felt when her teacher told her she was smart, or how the best part of our other son’s day was that he got to have pizza for lunch. Now that my three kids are older, it is definitely a place to connect.
Every night family dinners are just not practical, but we realize how important they are so, we do this: two mornings a week we have family breakfast and two nights a week we make family dinners happen. To some that may be a lot and to others, like me, it is not enough!
Even if you sit your family down and say, “Ok, we are all going to have family dinner on Monday nights, it is not negotiable ” Start simply, just one night a week. I bet your family will look forward to that night and then add more nights!
I heard a teaching at a women’s conference about 13 years ago and it made such an impact on my life. Not only as a mom, but as a wife and as a friend.
So, today as you are reading this I would like to invite you to my table, grab your coffee and your own journal and I’d love to share what I learned about life around the table & spiritual significance of sitting together …
Why is sitting around the table so important?
We have all heard the research that has been done by the American Psychological Association where their studies found that adjusted teens ( teens that were well-adjusted, had better peer and adult relationships, did better and school and of course are less prone to depression and drug use) ate dinner around the table an average of 5 days a week!
So, how is it that the “table” is so important? Why is it so important?
No kidding!? it’s true. God even instructed Moses to make plates an dishes of pure gold, as well as pitchers and bowls. We still use the same dimensions for our tables today.
Now for my favorite part, the part of the story that totally changed me as a mom and a wife and a friend. God then said, ” Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times”. The “bread of the presence”, what is that? Well, in the New Testament Jesus called himself the “bread of life”… Stick with me for a few more minutes, we are going to put this all together in a minute…
Even if you are not familiar with church, we have all heard about the last supper and know what communion is. During Jesus’ last meal on earth he said as often as you eat…remember me.
Jesus did not mean that we were only to remember him once a month at a church communion event.
He meant every time we sit to eat that we should remember what Jesus did for us on the cross.
In Proverbs it says “She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set the table”. It this verse “she” is actually “wisdom”. It is wisdom to think ahead and to plan what your family will eat and to set a table, why? Because when gather friends and family around the table and say a prayer (thanking Jesus for what he did for us) something supernatural happens. God’s presence fills the table and he helps to strengthen the relationships around the table.
Practically speaking here are a few tips:
7 nights around the table for dinner every week is not practical for our family. So, we have breakfast around the table some mornings and lunch on the weekends.
You do not have to set your table with fine china (although, put it out sometimes for your family, not just for special guests. Make your family feel the most honored by letting them have the best ), but if you have little kids plastic will do, even paper plates!
You do not have to be a good cook. If you have never had dinner around the table , get take-out, order in, make a frozen pizza. The point is the planning, the praying and actually spending time together around the table.
Do not make the table a place of discipline, make it fun and light. The Bible uses many illustrations of restored relationships that happen around the table, so if you are having an issue with one of your teens sit them at the table, pray, then talk. If you would like a friendship restored invite them to dinner, and watch as something supernatural begins to take place. The simple act of inviting someone to your table is an act of restoration, it goes a lot deeper than simply “I’m sorry”.
I love nothing more than planning a meal for my family and friends.
Setting an inviting table with candles, sitting back and watching conversations happen, respect grow, appreciation expressed and most of all laughter & love expressed.
You don’t even need a big table.
I have had some of my best times with my family and friends around a coffee table, when I have just made us a treat and some coffee. Even my tiny table in my kitchen:
I would love to hear some of your ideas for family times around the table! & I hope this has inspired you to make sitting around the table a fun priority!
As far back as I can remember my mom has been making these candy cane reindeer. I remember when I taught fourth grade my mom would make them for all of my students every year at Christmas. Then when I had my own kids she would make them for them. My 16 year old daughter still looks forward to going to my mom’s house every year and baking Christmas cookies and making candy cane reindeer!
red & green pipe cleaners
tiny pom-poms ( my mom always uses red ones, but Michael’s didn’t have any so I went with white)
hot glue gun
First, twist the pipe cleaner around the candy can super-duper tight so it doesn’t move. Then accordion fold the pipe cleaners for the antlers.
put a dab of glue on the candy cane where the eyes should go and press the eyes on the candy cane and repeat for the nose!
So this goes without saying, but just incase, if you are working on this craft with very small children, monitor the glue gun use, or simply add the glue to the candy cane for them.
Aren’t they adorable? (my daughter, Annika & her friend Abby made these after school, they wouldn’t let me show their faces…if you have teens you know that whenever you take pics someone in the family says, “mom, don’t post that!”)
You can decorate your tree with them. When my kids were little starting on December 15 they got to get a candy cane off of the tree each night after dinner.
They would make great gifts for your children’s friends too for that end of the year Christmas party.
If you are looking for more holiday crafts to do with your children, check out this post from last year that my daughter wrote!
Also, don’t forget to check out the Christmas ideas from my friends below!
Here is a Pin to save for later! Hey speaking of Pinterest, I love hanging out there too, so I’d love for you to follow my boards!
I love this time of year! It is so magical and exciting! And of course so COZY!I will never forget one of my favorite Christmases. It was the first Christmas after my husband and I got married. We took a trip to Sweden where my husband’s family is from. The Swedish show “This is Your Life” was honoring my father-in-law for his work around the world with the Salvation Army. The show flew the entire family to Sweden for the show to surprise him. I didn’t understand a word, but it was still amazing. My husband and his mom and sisters and brother came out on the stage to surprise their dad all sharing stories in Swedish. Actually, the whole show was in Swedish, I did not understand a word, but because the camera would scan the audience at times I smiled and clapped on cue! It was so much fun.
That trip was over 20 years ago, but it made such an impact on how I decorate for Christmas. I am not Swedish, but of course my husband is and as a young wife I wanted our home to be a representation of how we both grew up celebrating Christmas. To this day, I have our trip to Sweden at Christmas time on my mind when I am decorating.
My favorite part of the trip was visiting my husbands relatives and seeing all the beautiful Swedish Christmas decor. It was all so beautiful. A lot of pops of red and wood everywhere. Nothing bright and flashy like we do in our country. It was simple, but still magical & so COZY.
My husbands parents had a big farmhouse in the town of Ostersund, the setting was so beautiful. Full of gorgeous antique furniture and unassuming Christmas decor. I remember thinking that all of the decor seemed to just blend into the room as if the wooden Santa’s and wooden deer could be left out all year-long.
A lot of what is on my mantel today, I bought in Sweden over 20 years ago! Of course the Swedish horses that are not painted are my favorite. This one was my husbands when he was little he actually tried to burn write his name “Lars” on it. I love that. Then the other one was from his grandmother as a gift to us.
Most of the Swedish horses you may have seen are painted red like this one in a beautiful pattern.
They are called Dala Horses. While in Sweden we visited the town of Dalarna where the horses are made in a small factory. We learned the history of the horse and were told that since Viking Times the horse was considered a holy animal and the symbol of the Swedish horse is a symbol around the world to the country of Sweden.
Another texture in Swedish Christmas decor is straw ornaments. So simple.
This fireplace nook is so cozy at night!
I love to have a fire in the early morning too, when everyone is still asleep.
I’ll make my coffee and have a Swedish roll (you can find that yummy Scandinavian recipe here). My journal and my Bible and it is the perfect start to my day!
So I guess I would say that to create a cozy Scandinavian Christmas mantel don’t focus on “bling” try to create more of a farmhouse feel by incorporating more wood as your main texture with a subtle hint of red.
There is nothing like a Swedish cinnamon roll with your coffee in the morning!
You can skip to the recipe if you are a seasoned baker, but if you’d like some tips in pics I have taken a few for you.
My husband’s family is from Sweden. I remember the first time I met his grandmother she served us strong coffee and Swedish rolls. My husband was raving about them for weeks before I met her, and he was right, they were delicious. So, the next time my mother-in-love came for a visit I asked her to teach me how to make them.
If you have a dough recipe you already love, then you can use that. The only difference for you will probably be adding some cardiman spice. If you don’t like Cardiman, you can skip that spice, but if you like it add it for sure!
When you are mixing your yeast make sure you mix it with warm water. (Tip: I always like to microwave the bowl before I add the yeast so it is nice and warm). The yeast is usually ready after about 5 minutes. It will bubble and double in size.
After you mix the dough according to the directions below. you will want to cut the dough in half
Roll each of them out then top with cinnamon mixture & then jelly roll them
Cut them in 1 1/2 inch slices. Then let dough rest for about 15 minutes covered with a kitchen towel.
Then, here is where the fun begins! According to my husbands family true Swedish rolls are knot tied
You will want to gently pull the dough
then twist the dough around your pointer finger
Pull one side through and voila’ they are a knot!
Then because you coated the dough with butter it is wet enough that when you dip it in the Swedish pearl sugar it sticks.
If you have a Scandinavian store nearby you can find Swedish sugar there, but if not you can order it from Amazon. It looks like this and costs about $5: ( It is called “Lars” which is fun in my family because that is my husbands name:)
Don’t they sound perfect for morning coffee or even an after dinner treat!
I hope they become part of your holiday traditions too!
Oh my word! look no more you have finally found the best pastry dough!!!
Author: Kellie Ljungholm
Recipe type: Dessert
Pre-heat oven to 350*
½ C warm water
2 packages of dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
3 oz. package of vanilla instant pudding
2 C milk
½ C oil
8 C flour
1 tsp salt
3 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 C brown sugar
2 tablespoons of butter
In Small bowl:
combine the water, yeast and sugar (set aside
In another bowl:
Mix vanilla pudding, milk, oil & eggs (set aside)
In a third bowl:
mix flour & salt
pour the yeast mixture and the pudding mixture into the flour mixture with an electric mixer until a ball forms, about 4 minutes. Cover with a kitchen towel wet with hot water in a non-drafty warm place. Rise for 1 hour
mix 3 tablespoons of cinnamon and 1 C of brown sugar in a small bowl
Flour the surface and roll with a rolling pin
spread butter on the dough, sprinkle the cinnamon mixture on the dough and then jelly roll and then let dough rest before cutting for about 10-15 minutes.
cut and tie in knots like they do in Sweden!! Look at this blog post on how to do that!
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