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It’s Mother’s Day weekend so I’d like to chat about my family a bit. I’ve always been close to my parents. I’m the youngest of 4 girls so of course I’m a “daddy’s girl” but I have a really great relationship with my mom as well. Around the holidays they sold my childhood home on Long Island, NY and headed down south to Florida a few months later. Stopping by my house for the last time was emotional as you can imagine. I couldn’t walk though any room without memories of life as I knew it come rushing in. That house that I loved and grew up in but never fully appreciated as a child would belong to someone else soon. Would this new family love it as much as we did? Would they pile in tons of people during the holidays like we used to? Would they decorate it in a way that was warm and inviting just like my parents had? I hope they did and do.
One thing I loved about my house growing up was how warm and cozy and extremely lived in it was. We had mismatched furniture in every room (before it was popular), worn hardwood floors no doubt from all of the running around my sisters and I did growing up and…………pictures of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on the living room walls. I’M NOT KIDDING!!! My parents were VERY into the colonial look right down to the huge faux (or not so faux but definitely unloaded) vintage shotgun hanging above the entrance to the kitchen. I know that in today’s times it’s usually the woman who does the decorating but that stuff definitely had my dad written ALL over it! Ha!
There are a few things in the house that had my mom’s touch and it was definitely her seasonal and holiday decorating. She used to break out this plastic reindeer garland and hang it on the pots and pans rack in the kitchen and she would always change the dishes out to holiday dishes. The kitchen table would transform from everyday to holiday with new linens and place mats. The curtains in the living room would get changed out with the seasons as would the shower curtains in bathroom.
It’s funny because if I take a look around at my house and it’s decor, I normally wouldn’t think it had anything to do with my mom but I see now that that would be wrong. She changed things up seasonally and well, it looks like I do too. How ’bout that?
To get my spring decorating going, I started off with this beautiful Boxwood Wreath from Balsam Hill that I hung on my front door. I added those sprigs of yellow and purple to give it just a little pop of color. I love it because I can leave it up all Summer long too if I don’t get around to changing it up. And let’s face it. This is me we’re talking about. There’s a good chance this guy will be hanging on my front door until November. (insert sheepish grin) It’s so pretty though so I won’t mind. Balsam Hill has beautiful wreaths and greenery and will fit right into your decor all year round. (psst! I’m giving one away – details below)
I got the super cute and trendy “&” as well as the burlap NY sign from an AMAZING Etsy shop, Stella Minded. Oh my gosh. I love this shop! Turns out the owner, Stephanie, used to live one town over from where I live now and currently resides one town over from where my parents live in Florida. Of all the shops to stumble upon, I find this one. I’m SO glad I did. I could not have asked for a better shop owner. My ampersand is exactly as I pictured it to be. And the adorable burlap NY sign was an added extra that came with my order. So thoughtful and so fitting. I’ve always lived in NY and my husband works for the state of New York so NY is in our veins! Love, love, love! You can read about my glitter dipped mason jars here.
My mom always had pictures of us around the house; in the hallway, all over the fridge and on tables in the living room. I decided to put together a small gallery wall with pictures I took of my kids this Easter, cut out frames that you can find all over Etsy (I had mine already) and this super cute distressed “HOME” sign that I also got from Stella Minded.
I’ve lived in my house for 11 years and I can honestly say that my house is FINALLY starting to come together thanks to Balsam Hill for the gorgeous boxwood wreath and the amazing shops on Etsy. What a great combination!