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Monday, March 27, 2017

Favorite Easter Ideas 2017

It’s hard to believe that Easter is just three weeks away.

A few years ago my kids told me to “Stop it with the Easter baskets and hunts Mom.” Sniff, boo hoo.

I am a firm believer that Easter baskets can be for everyone. I wouldn’t say “No” if one of these gems showed up at my front door.

I might just need to plant some wheat grass.

Create a Natural Easter Basket #shopterrain:

A vintage book and watering can? Yes please!

Easter centerpiece, watering can centerpiece, vintage easter lamb:

I also would truly love a drawer full of moss.

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Also, give me all the pink tulips and cast iron bunnies for my front porch!

Decorate your outdoor space with beautiful spring flowers:

However this carrot door décor is also darling. You can read the “How To” HERE.

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Since I no longer have a need for the sackfulls of plastic eggs in my attic I am thinking about transforming them into a garland.

Decorate a staircase, mantel or table with an Easter egg garland. How-To: http://www.bhg.com/holidays/easter/decorating/decorate-with-easter-eggs/#page=7:

all the German Town's decorate their fountain with these garlands and eggs. It is so beautiful. I love it!:

Easter Egg Table Garland        Create this pretty blue-and-green Easter egg garland by stringing together about three dozen dyed blown-out eggs. To blow out an egg, use a pushpin to put a hole in each end. Gently push a wooden skewer through one end to enlarge the hole and break the yolk. Blow into the smaller hole to push out all the yolk and white. Use a bead-making needle threaded with a narrow ribbon to connect the eggs to display on your dining table for Easter.:

This book page bunny created by Anne With An E is simple and sweet.

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I think I might use this lovely cross printable.

The Old Rugged Cross vintage hymn Easter sign Digital download printable primitive home decor by ElainesCrafts on Etsy:

Of course no one does Easter cloche décor like Debra from Common Ground.

common ground : Dining Room Buffet and a new Tablerunner:

Does anyone else get inspiration from catalogs they receive in the mail? I always find something to adore by Williams Sonoma.

I must have blue on the brain because I love this table setting too.

How to Create Free Wall Art and Home Decor with Picmonkey | blesserhouse.com - A simple tutorial for how to create free wall art and home decor with Picmonkey quickly and easily from your own printer, plus a full printable library of ideas.

I might do something similar to what Home Is Where The Boat Is did with her tiered tray.

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But this crafty gem is oh so cute as well.

Oh, what fun we have each week viewing the recipes, crafts, and great ideas that you share with us during our Super Saturday link party!  Each link represents someone’s hard work and talent, and we feel so privileged to see the party grow each week.  Thank you for sharing your time and talents with us! …:

Another lovely centerpiece idea is this empty Easter tomb.

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For Easter eggs make mine decoupage!

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Or all lavender.

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Did you know that boiled red cabbage can make these eggs?

DIY Dyed Robin Eggs | HonestlyYUM

This clever egg offering made me smile.

If I were going to travel for Easter and needed to bring an appetizer this would be it.

Looking for a fun and easy way to jazz up the same old relish tray for Easter? Well, here is a fun idea to transform those veggies into a work of art.  Take those delicious and colorful veggies, get rid of the tray, and add a basket.  Easy and beautiful! Whether you serve it on …:

This image has successfully combined so many of the things I adore.

Spring garden table setting:

I hope you have been inspired to create for this very important date!

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What are your favorite Easter ideas?

Laura

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Happy Ending

I was going to write about something entirely different today, but it can wait.

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Cutie pie Vera and her cousins*

This story is too good. It made my heart explode into a million pieces.

I am a HUGE advocate for the foster child program. Many people often don’t consider foster care on their journey to becoming parents. I hope by sharing this wonderful story perhaps someone will open their heart and home to a foster child and make them their forever child.

Judge Jason Disbrow *

Millie Holloman officially became Vera Wren’s mother on March 7th, 2017. Holloman, a wedding photographer, wanted to celebrate the special occasion by honoring everyone involved.

Vera’s grandparents, Richard and Julie Holloman*

The number of people working in the foster care system is not enough. Like many government agencies there are simply not enough funds to cover the salaries.

Vera’s adoption attorney, and family friend, Grayson Cheek*

Those who work for the system often possess the biggest hearts on the planet. My own case worker was assigned to my case beginning as a young child and continued through my teenage years. She worked endless hours for very little pay. I think of her often with a warm heart.

Vera’s social worker, Thurston.*

In life it is always a tremendous bonus if you have a great support system. Save for a few cousins all of my biological family members have gone on to glory. But I have a wondrous extended family. Some that I chose. This motley crew includes members of my previous foster families, longtime friends, school chums and our Air Force family.

Family can indeed be beautifully made beyond biology.

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Vera’s great aunts Susie Holloman and Ginger Crisp*

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Longtime friends Hannah Meads and April Keen*

On an average day there are 428,000 children in foster care.

Over 670,000 children were in the foster care system in 2015.

Love can change those numbers.

Hillary Smith, foster agency employee *

There ARE good kids out there.

I was one of them.

Laura

~ “Whoever accepts a little child like this in my name is accepting me.” ~ Matthew 18:5

*All images are the property of Millie Hoffman. You can see more wonderful photos HERE.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Inspiring Spring Decor

This week I had the privilege of participating in not one, but two spring home tours.

My dear friends, Marty of A Stroll Thru Life and Katie of Let’s Add Sprinkles, both hosted truly wonderful tours filled to the brim with delicious spring décor inspiration.

Knowing that many of you are short on time I’ve gathered just a few of my favorite spaces from the tours to share with you.

Debbie’s dining room had me at hello. You can see her entire tour at Refresh Restyle.

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Cristina of Remodelando la Casa creates amazing spaces with her own mad skills. You must see her kitchen and home office space.

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Laura’s beautiful porch at Duke Manor Farm is what my own back patio aspires to be when it grows up.

Rhoda’s living room at Southern Hospitality shows that a lovely space can be created by using great décor store finds and wonderful DIY.

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This bathroom, by Z Design At Home, rings all my bells and whistles.

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Kim of Sand and Sisal paired blue and yellow, a favorite color combo of mine, in her happy spring tour.

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Carol of Art and Sand has created a truly enchanted garden. Her sweet little she shed features a happy red door.

Of course I am in “flooring mode” as we prepare to redo the kitchen here at Storybook Cottage and was truly smitten by Brooke’s selection at Nesting With Grace.

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Here are some Easter themed bits of bliss.

My friend Debra of Common Ground is a master at creating seasonal vignettes. I now find myself looking for a large bunny to place in my own wagon.

Jann of Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson presented an Easter Wonderland tablescape that truly made me smile.

The super talented Jane of Cottage at the Crossroads created this darling chalkboard scene in her kitchen and generously provided the pattern for the burlap bunnies.

Happy Spring Chalkboard in the Kitchen | Cottage at the Crossroads

I’d like to thank everyone who left such kind comments on both of my spring home tours.

You can view Part I HERE and Part II HERE.

I am so very glad that so many of you enjoyed my cabinet of curiosities. I always wonder if my wild ideas will be well received.

Is it crazy that I’m already dreaming of what I can fill the cabinet with for summer?

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Here are all the wonderful participants on the Spring Home Tours:

Monday – March 20

A Stroll Thru Life |Decor To Adore | Southern Hospitality |Pink Peppermint Design| Cuckoo4Design| 21 Rosemary Lane 

Tuesday – March 21

Setting For Four |The Chronicles of Home | Nesting With Grace |Refresh Restyle |Haneen's Haven| Simple Stylings

Wednesday – March 22

Decorating Delirium |Dimples & Tangles| Hymns & Verses| Remodelando La Casa| Sand & Sisal |Common Ground 

Thursday – March 23

Duke Manor Farms| It All Started With Paint| Life on Virginia Street| Bliss At Home| Rain On A Tin Roof | ZDesign At Home 

Friday – March 24

Thrifty and Chic| Our Fifth House | Inspiration For Moms| Far Above Rubies| Life and Home at 2102| Making Home Base  

This is the list of all of the lovely Hello, Spring Blog Tours

Monday

Let's Add Sprinkles| Common Ground| The Essence of Home|Bluesky Kitchen

Tuesday

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes| Art and Sand| Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Wednesday

Botanic Bleu| My Heart Lives Here|Cottage At The Crossroads|Fern Creek Cottage| Decor To Adore

Thursday

The Dedicated House| Ash Tree Cottage| Hyacinths For The Soul| Let's Add Sprinkles

Enjoy your weekend!

Laura

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Home Tour Part II ~ The Bedrooms

A happy spring is well underway here at Storybook Cottage.

I am thrilled to be participating in the Hello, Spring Home Tour hosted by my sweet friend Katie of Let’s Add Sprinkles.

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Monday’s post featured the living, dining and kitchen areas all decked out in their springtime finery.

Recently, two of the bedrooms also received a bit of a spring refresh. We’ll start with the guest bedroom.

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Isn’t it amazing how new bedding can revive an entire space?

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The soft watercolor shades mix well with the existing artwork in the space.

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A favorite collection of books, fresh flowers and brochures of local “must see” places can all make a guest feel welcome.

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Right next door is Sweet Guy’s room.

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His bedroom also received a new quilt, sheets and a few throw pillows.

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I also found these great new lamps that matched his wall color perfectly.

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My son is an artist and loves to display his work. 

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A wooden tray on his small dresser helps corral his ever growing collection of bow ties.

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He often will go with me to estate sales and loves to find antique and vintage treasures such as toy soldiers and guns (It is a play on our last name of Gunn). It’s almost time for a larger display curio.

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Sweet Guy is quite sentimental and has saved several favorite photos and postcards.

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During the refresh I asked if it was time for the well loved lederhosen wearing bear, that he has had since he was an infant, to be packed away. His reply, “Nope, he stays.”

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After months of searching Sweet Guy has finally found an Eagle Scout project. He presented the project to his local troop leaders this past Monday and we are waiting to hear if he can move forward in presenting the project to the scout review board for final approval. #fingerscrossed  #somuchplanning

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Now you know I like to keep it real here at Decor To Adore. So as this post comes to a close, I’d like to share that on any given day Sweet Guy’s bedroom looks more like this: (mom smile :)

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For more lovely springtime inspiration please visit all of the “Hello, Spring” participants.

Monday

Let's Add Sprinkles| Common Ground| The Essence of Home|Bluesky Kitchen

Tuesday

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes| Art and Sand| Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Wednesday

Botanic Bleu| My Heart Lives Here|Cottage At The Crossroads|Fern Creek Cottage| Decor To Adore

Thursday

The Dedicated House| Ash Tree Cottage| Hyacinths For The Soul| Let's Add Sprinkles

I’ll be back on Friday with more springtime goodness.

Laura