take me away: backyard wishes

Baby, its cold and rainy outside and I’m imagining lounging in a slightly warmer + sunnier place, throwing a backyard bash in one of these beautiful backyards. I love Fall and the snow-covered Winters here in DC.  But on days like this I find myself wishing for a winter retreat in a warmer place where I could escape for a quick get-away with loved ones. My pick would be an ocean-side bungalow not too far away from here.

Meanwhile, I’ll happily settle for what I have and enjoy snuggling up by the fire with hot chocolate.

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hello monday + inspiration from toast

Happy new week to you friends. Today Im feeling inspired by these images from Toast’s winter/holiday catalog.

How fun {and easy} is this ornament garland? I am so going to DIY a couple of these.

And the bell garlands around the fireplace are so cute. Would love to make these too. Wonder where I can find loose bells. Anyone know?

Storm lanterns add a lovely “old-world” touch dont they?

How are your holiday preps going?

images: Toast

Happy Thanksgiving


Hope you are enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving day and to those not celebrating take a minute out to appreciate all the wonderful people in your life.

I am grateful for so much..Wonderful family and friends that are always there for me. And YOU for your support and encouragement. You are the bubbles in my champagne….THANK YOU.


image: birch + bird