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For some reason, Christmas feels extra special to me this year. Maybe it’s because our 18-month-old will semi-appreciate it, or maybe it’s because our new baby girl (miss Harper) is now here with us, or maybe it’s that fact that our remodel is finally (like 90%) done! Or maybe, just maybe, it’s all of that combined. To say I’m thankful doesn’t even begin to explain how I feel. As you can tell, I’m super excited to finally get to share with you guys my Christmas home tour, and it’s all here thanks to Shaw Floors. Because, if it wasn’t for them, we literally wouldn’t have a floor. Yeah. Like, for real. It’s been nearly a year since we’ve had them installed and couldn’t be happier with our decision. We installed World Traveler (style of wood) in Trail (color of wood) from Shaw Floors.  It’s a 4″ solid hickory, which is one of the hardest wood species.…

The holiday season is here and it’s time to craft! Today I’m sharing my own take on creating a gingerbread house. Rather than creating just a single house, I wanted to build an entire village. You can do so by crafting multiple houses, or just one house paired with other Christmas decor. With some help from JoAnn’s, I was able to create my very own gingerbread house vignette and I’m here to tell you just how I did it. Supplies: Gingerbread house kit Icing  (Wilton brand, found at JoAnn’s) Icing Tips  (Wilton brand, I purchased the starter kit from JoAnn’s) Icing Bags  (Wilton brand, found at Joann’s) Icing Couplers  (Wilton brand, found at JoAnn’s) Holiday Candies Marshmallows (for the “snow”) Multiple Assorted Cake Stands  (I found my galvanized cake stands from JoAnn’s) Mini Holiday Trees  (found at JoAnn’s) Mini Battery Operated Lights Wooden Reindeer (found at JoAnn’s) Directions: First, gather all your supplies to make your gingerbread house (i.e. candies, icing, gingerbread…

Living in Texas, you just never know what the weather will look like from day to day. Over the summer, the temperatures rise above 100 degrees, while in the winter we’re known to get snow and ice one week, and 80 degrees the next. With warm and sunny days throughout the year, a beautiful pool view, and a movie projector for nightly TV watching, we knew we would use our back patio year-round. We started with painting our siding a matte black to make the space feel more modern. Next, we added a cedar ceiling that my Dad, Father-n-law and husband actually did themselves. Copper accents  were the original inspiration for the space, so I picked up a few copper side tables, lanterns and sconces to finish off the look. But if you ask me, the first two things you notice when you walk out on our back patio are our new Haiku…