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2015 Top Ten Posts

As another year closes and a new one begins, I like to look back and see what has been accomplished and what you, my readers, enjoyed the most so I can share more of the same in the coming years. Today I'm sharing my most popular posts that were written in 2015. Some are no surprise while others are. Most of my own favorites made the list. Which one is your favorite? And what would you like to see here in 2016?

Using Pillows and Throws for Seasonal Decor + How to Store and Protect Them

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ZiplocSavesSpace #CollectiveBias




Do you want to know a quick and easy way to get a decorator look for each season? I'm sharing secrets today so you better pay attention. And I'm admitting to an addiction. This is going to be good!


If you've read many of my posts then you know that I love pillows and throws. I find myself uncontrollably drawn towards them whenever I visit my favorite home decorating stores or websites. My husband and kids have asked me not to bring any more home because they're taking over our closets and storage space. They say I'm....addicted. And they're right.

Shutter Totes Designer Camera Bag Roundup and Review + A Special Discount

Designer Camera Bags that are beautiful and affordable. It's so stylish!

Last month I joined several of my blogging friends in creating gift guides for dozens of different categories. Since I'm a bit of a photography nerd, I chose to create a gift guide for photographers. In addition to all things crucial for capturing a great shot, there are fun and fashionable items like mugs, t-shirts, camera straps, and bags in the guide. I scoured the web for sources of items that I either personally own or have on my wish list and included those things in the guide. (Go here to see it.) One of my favorite items is the designer camera bag that was featured and I'm happy to say that today I'm sharing a review of it for you. Plus I'm offering a special discount to you!

Inspired by YOU #5


Good Sunday morning! Can you believe that Christmas will be here in less than 2 weeks? Have you finished all of your shopping? I haven't but hope to do so this week. We've been so inspired by all of the wonderful holiday ideas that have been shared at our Inspired by YOU parties this month. I was even inspired so much that I made a version of my feature for the week! You can read more about that here.

Now is time for this week's link up and even more inspiration. And here's a round up of what we've all been up to this week. So much inspiration!

Friday Features ~ Inspired by YOU Week 4


Another week, another ton of Christmas inspiration here on our Inspired by You party! I've gotten so many good ideas for next year's decorations. And was even inspired enough to make one of these projects for our house over the weekend! Check out the wonderful projects that inspired us this week.

Home for the Holidays Tour ~ Kitchen and Breakfast Room Hutch


Welcome to our breakfast room and kitchen. I've been on several tours over the past couple of weeks and have shown you many of our spaces and how they're decorated for Christmas, but our kitchen and breakfast hutch haven't been shared yet. We don't have a designer kitchen by any means. But it's functional and big and has everything we need. So grab a cup of coffee and take a little tour! And while you're here, be sure to visit my friends who are sharing their homes on our Home for the Holidays tour!

Simple Natural Christmas Wreaths ~ Home for Christmas



I had the best time yesterday with my mom and my 16-year-old daughter. It was a nice sunny day and we got together and made wreaths with clippings from various trees and bushes. It was so easy and turned out so pretty that I wanted to share it with you. And I'm joining forces with dozens of other bloggers who are also sharing Christmas projects in this tour hosted by Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com. They're all listed at the bottom of the post.

Inspired by YOU Link Party Week 4



Ho ho ho! How's the holiday decorating going? I'm almost finished and am looking forward to sitting back and enjoying the rest of the month. It's been a busy week for the hosts of the Inspired by You Party. Here's a round up of what we've all been up to. And be sure to link your projects and posts at the end of the posts! We can't wait to see what you've been up to!!

Friday Features ~ Inspired by YOU Week 3


Another week and another batch of inspiring projects were linked up to our Inspired by YOU link party. Go here to see them all if you missed them. It's all about the holidays right now! We've all chosen our favorites and are featuring them here today. Here are our faves for the week!

Countdown to Christmas with Balsam Hill and a Great Giveaway

This is a sponsored post. I was provided with product and/or compensation. However, all opinions and text are my own.


It's 21 days until Christmas. I can't believe I just typed that. 21 DAYS! And we're really looking forward to Christmas and time spent with family. Today I'm joining 23 other bloggers in counting down the days and offering 25 lucky readers a $100 gift card to Balsam Hill. That's $2500 in giveaways. Merry Christmas to you! 

Our Christmas Front Porch ~ Welcome Home Tour


Welcome Christmas, dahoo dahray. Welcome Christmas, Christmas day. And now you'll be singing that song all day, won't you? You're welcome. :) I just wanted to give you a big welcome to our Christmas front porch. I'm joining with some of my blogger friends to show you different ways that we welcome our guests. Not all of our posts are porches. Some are ideas on how to make your guests feel more welcome, and all of the ideas are wonderful.

Christmas Ideas Tour - Holiday Tablescape

Holiday Tablescape Ideas using vintage items.

Have you started decorating for Christmas yet? We put up our tree on Saturday and have almost finished all of our decorating. This is the earliest I've ever been almost finished and I'm looking forward to thoroughly enjoying the month of December.

This week several of my blogger friends and I have gotten together to share our best Christmas decorating ideas. There are 28 of us in all, so there will be many styles represented. I'm happy to be sharing a Christmas table scape today that I put together for the Ideas Tour!

Inspired by YOU ~ Week 3

It's time for another week of our Inspired by YOU party. We've all been busy with Thanksgiving and Christmas decorating and can't wait to see what's shared with us this week. Here's a roundup of what we've been doing.



Shop Small Saturday - Featured Etsy Sellers


There's nothing like the pride of owning your own business and earning an income from it. My husband and I owned a small business in Nashville for 13 years and I grew up in a family business, so I have a soft spot in my heart for anyone who pours their blood, sweat, and tears into their own small business. So today, in honor of small businesses and "Shop Small Saturday", I'm featuring a few etsy shops who offer some amazing items. 

Friday Features Week 2 Inspired by You


Have you recovered from Thanksgiving yet? I'm still wearing my elastic waist pants from all the wonderful food that I ate! But I'm in full Christmas decorating mode now. For this week's Inspired by You there are some awesome DIY Christmas decorations made with fabric and wood scraps. There were so many great submissions this week (go here to see them all), that is was difficult to choose, one again! Here's what we were inspired by!

Christmas Family Room Mantel with At Home Stores

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What's your style when it comes to decorating for Christmas? There are so many possibilities that's it's tough to decide which direction to go. I tend to gravitate towards vintage, farmhouse, and rustic styles at our house and this year's family room mantel is no exception.

How to Make Your Overnight Guests Feel Pampered

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HostingHacks #CollectiveBias



The holidays aren't just about shopping and food. Many people visit friends and family for one or more nights and always appreciate the efforts of a gracious host. While there are several things you could do to make your guests feel pampered, there are a few simple things that you don't want to be caught without that go a long way in boosting their comfort level. Today I'm partnering with P&G to share some ideas with you.

Inspired by You - Chapter 2


Wow! I'm blown away by the projects that were shared with us last week on our inaugural "Inspired by YOU" link party. So much talent! To see our favorites, go here. I'm really looking forward to seeing what's shared with us this week. I've got a feeling there's going to be tons of Christmas ideas! Check out what we've all been up to this week and share your favorites with us.

Friday features - Inspired by YOU

TGIF! It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. I'm looking forward to lots of good food and having family over.


Sunday was the inaugural link party for the new "Inspired by YOU" group. We all had to pick one favorite and let me tell you, it was difficult! There were so many great entries, all of them inspiring! Please join us each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. to share your inspiring posts. And come back on Fridays to see the features.

His and Hers Favorite Things for Thanksgiving


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Yes, these are a few of my favorite things, as well as crisp apple strudel! And today I'm sharing some favorite things for our Thanksgiving holiday. Some of these we already have and can highly recommend, others are on a wish list. (Are you listening, Santa?)

New DIY Furniture Makeovers Site and an Awesome Giveaway

You know I love furniture makeovers and so do many of my blogging friends. Although I haven't been doing as much of it lately, I still love to give a piece of furniture a brand new life with paint. And an entire site devoted to furniture makeovers is right up my alley! 

DIY Furniture Makeovers

New Link Party! Inspired By You - share your projects


Great news! There's a new kid in town with a brand new link party. Be prepared for lots of inspiration in this new collaborative effort led by the sweet and lovely Fotini at Farmhouse Chic Blog. Our other fabulous hosts are Susan at This Makes That and Kimm at Reinvented. These are some super talented ladies and I'm honored to be joining forces with them.

Creative Gift Wrap Ideas



If you already have all of your Christmas gifts bought and wrapped, hats off to you! I hope to be like you someday when I grow up. Lol. If not, and you're like me and still have to find and wrap those wonderful gifts, then you might be inspired by today's post. Several of my very talented blog friends and I have teamed up to bring you some creative gift wrapping ideas. Some are too pretty to open!

Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Natural Items

Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece using natural items.

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away it's time to start planning the table settings and centerpieces. We're hosting at our house this year and will have about 20 family members. It'll be a full house with enough food for an army!

The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Photographer on Your List

Thank you to Feedback Straps, Shutterbags, EyeFi, and Bay Photo for sponsoring the amazing gifts included in this giveaway.



As many of you know, photography is like therapy for me. Capturing a beautiful image to enjoy forever makes me happy. And I always have a new piece of equipment on my wish list. So just in time for the holidays I've put together a list of the most wanted gifts by photographers with items priced from stocking stuffers at less than $10 up to splurgeworthy items.

Don't have a photographer on your gift list? No worries. Scroll to the bottom of the post for gift guides and giveaways for 60+ categories. There's something for everyone on your list, for sure.

9 Ways to Have a Very Vintage Christmas with eBay



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


9 Ways to Create a Vintage Themed Holiday

I know it's early November, but it will be time to deck the halls with holiday decor before we know it. And we love Christmas at our house so we're already counting down the days until we can decorate for it. We also adore using vintage items in our holiday decor and I know that many of you do too. So I'm excited to announce that I've partnered with eBay to create a vintage-lover's guide to Christmas decor. You're gonna love it as much as I do!

Autumn in Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains

North Carolina fall foliage

Is there anything as beautiful as the mountains in autumn? Not in my opinion. It was fall break here earlier this month and we spent some time in Asheville, North Carolina and drove along a large part of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherohola Skyway. The scenery was stunning, to say the least. Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite snaps and a few of the souvenirs I brought home with me.

How to Get the Best Family Photo Cards for the Holidays


How to get the best family photo cards for the holidays

A Fun Interview On the Front Porch

Today we're taking a little time off from our regular schedule for an interview on the front porch. A what? Well, the fun folks over at Porch.com decided to share my blog as their weekly feature in their "On the Front Porch" series and they sent me a list of 16 quirky questions to answer. They have the first 8 over on their site, and I'm sharing the second half here. If you're not familiar with Porch.com, they're a great resource for finding quality professionals to maintain and improve your home. 



Want to know some fun, trivial things about me? Read on, but try not to judge!

Color Trends & 2016 Color of the Year ~ Simply White

2016 Color of the Year Simply White


"Fresh as the first snowfall, this clean, crisp, multi-purpose white is a perennial favorite for trim, ceilings, and walls." - Benjamin Moore website.

Each fall, color experts around the globe put their heads together and determine the color forecast for the upcoming year. Paint companies, fashion industry, and I'm sure the beauty industry are all watching to see the trends that are evolving. Or maybe they're setting the trends? I'm not sure, but I do know that I really like the 2016 color of the year from Benjamin Moore, Simply White.

8 Creative Ways to use Vintage Olive Baskets

Favorite Fall Trends for Home and Fashion



It's finally fall!!! I can't wait for the temperature to drop and the leaves to show off their glorious fall colors. I've been updating a few key pieces of my fall wardrobe and adding some new items to the home and wanted to share some of my favorite finds.

Two Ingredient Game Day Cupcakes

2 Ingredient Game Day Cupcakes ~ Postcards from the Ridge

What is it about watching college football that makes it so thrilling? Is it the contagious excitement of the student section cheering on the team? That old familiar fight song that's played every time they score? Or maybe it's the camaraderie and great food that's enjoyed before and during the game. Whatever the reason, we love, love, love college football at our house.

Vintage Bohemian Farmhouse Style

Recently my oldest daughter asked me what I would call my decorating style. I had to think about it. You see, I like several styles and tend to mix things up a bit when decorating our house. And I've noticed that my style has been changing a bit lately...evolving. So I told her my style was eclectic with a blend of farmhouse, vintage, and even a bit of bohemian style mixed together. What can I say? I like what I like. And I use things regardless of their era or style.

Fall Ideas Tour ~ Day 4


Have you been following along the Fall Ideas Tour this week? There has been an abundance of inspiration this week and I'm so glad to be a part of the tour. Today is the final day and I've got a roundup of what's been shown so far.

Fall Ideas Tour ~ Day 3


Happy Fall! I can now officially say that and I'm so happy. The temps are starting to cool off slightly, the leaves are just beginning to change colors, and the house is looking like fall!

Fall Ideas Tour Day 2




Welcome back to day 2 of the Fall Ideas Tour. Did you get to see all of the gorgeous mantels on day 1? I'm already thinking of ways to change our mantel for next year!

How to Decorate a Fall Mantel With Vintage and Found Items



Happy Fall, Y'all!! It's my favorite time of the year and I'm so glad to finally be able to officially say that. There's so much to love about fall. Cooler temps, fall colors, boots and sweaters, football season, and pumpkin spice everything. And adding fall decor to the house only makes it that much more enjoyable.

French Farmhouse Love - "French Accents" review and sneak peek


Don't you just love the beauty and romance of French decor? It's so dreamy and elegant. The flowers, the linens, furniture with amazing character, and soft, hazy colors are something to behold. If you want to get some wonderful inspiration and great ideas for adding touches of it to your home, then you'll want to see what my friend Anita at Cedar Hill Farmhouse has to say about it. She's an expert with years of experience, a photographic background, and a French farmhouse in Texas that will make you swoon. And she's just written a book about it that's being released today!

5 Tips for Keeping Your College-Aged Child Healthy and Happy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita. All opinions are 100% mine.


We moved our oldest back to college a couple of weeks ago and it's been more quiet than usual around here. It's her second year so it wasn't nearly as difficult as the first year, but we definitely still miss her around here. And although she's usually a healthy eater, I gave her some tips on starting out and staying healthy and trying to keep stress to a minimum. I'm sharing a few of those tips today in case any of you have college kids of your own. Let me know if you have any great tips for keeping them healthy.

How To Add Farmhouse Style to Your Home

Do you love the ever-so-popular farmhouse style as much as I do? Then you'll want to hop over to the design blog for bestlaminate.com, called Passion for Home. Today I'm a guest blogger there and I'm sharing some simple tips for adding farmhouse style to your home. Here's a sneak peek of what you'll find.


Postcards from The World's Longest Yard Sale.


This past weekend I checked off something from my bucket list...the Highway 127 yard sale. Also known as the world's longest yard sale, it stretches from Alabama to Ohio. And there was a lot to see.

Today I'm sharing a few snapshots of my favorites like the vintage blue child's rider above. Come along and see all the treasures!

How to Make A Macrame Plant Holder


Growing up in the 70's meant making lots of macrame crafts. We had several woven art pieces hanging on the walls around the house as did most people. And now macrame is making a comeback after being out of style for a couple of decades. Once again, everything old is new again! Today I'm showing you how I made a super simple plant hanger with a just couple of very inexpensive items. 


purple mason jar with macrame plant holder

Tell Me What You Want (what you really, really want)

Do you ever catch yourself saying things like, "If they would have only asked me I would have told them...". Or has anyone ever said, "If I had wanted your opinion I would have asked". Well, guess what? Today is your lucky day because I'm asking for and really, really want your input on which direction to go with this blog thing. This is your chance to make a difference in what you see here.



Industrial Cart Makeover Project

How to easily transform a boring commercial cart into a stylish industrial piece. Could be used as a bar cart or coffee station. Love the styling! Postcards from the Ridge

Sometimes it's good to get out of your comfort zone and stretch your creativity. Sticking with the same decor all the time is easy, but it can get stale after a while if you don't change things up a bit now and then. Today I'm venturing out of my comfort zone and loving it.

Summer Updates to the Master Bedroom



Since hazy, hot, and humid are words commonly used to describe our summer weather, keeping things light and airy around here in the summer months is crucial. Anything we can do to lighten things up makes a difference especially when it comes to getting a good night's sleep.

Summer Front Porch Decor ~ Procrastinator's Tour


Lazy hot days. Icy cold drinks. Sunshine, laughter, and flowers. That's what summers are made of. Or something like that. We've got the flowers and the hot days for sure. And are sharing some of what summer means to us today on our front porch tour, part of the Procrastinators Summer Porch Tour. Better late than never!

Summer Home Tour



Summer time to me means longer days, fresh produce, and a slower pace. It's about spending a little quality time with my family on vacation and with the girls throughout the summer since they're out of school. Inside the house, it's about lighter colors, fresh flowers, and a casual, relaxed style.

Tips for Adding Summer Touches to the Living Room and Breakfast Room



Here we are in July already. Can you believe it? The summer is half over! And after a busy June I'm just now getting around to sharing our summer decor. Just a few tweaks here and there, but enough to brighten things up and give it a summer vibe around the house. Come on over and take a little tour and see a few simple ways to add summer decor to your home.