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Words That Matter

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. _Ephesians 4:29 ESV One of my favorite things to incorporate into my decorating plans are inspirational words stamped on boards, tea towels, magnets and the like. Well-used words have the power to inspire, challenge, and encourage people.  And because people matter to me, I want to use words well. Children remember our words for years after we have spoken them. I’m guessing most of you can remember a time when someone didn’t use their words well. The impact still lingers in the deep recesses of your heart, still, today? I understand, friend.  I have a few painful memories tucked away, too. But I love that we are given...

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Decorated Corner Spaces

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

I want to share an idea today for those boring kitchen countertop corner spaces that usually end up filled with toaster ovens, food containers, and other unsightly items stuffed into them. This makes our kitchens look messy, cluttered, and creates a feeling of chaos. Why not jazz up your corner space with a mirror positioned on the angle, a lamp, a picture of your family in a special frame, and a small container of greenery—live or artificial. If you aren’t into the bling thing like the picture above, then add some vintage details. Why not purchase a wood framed mirror? Paint the frame your favorite color, and…BAM! You can use candles instead of the lamp and a pedestal bowl with lemons (real or artificial), instead of the greenery. Either option will add life to the space. Remember, this challenge...

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Light Your World

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Moms and dads, welcome to my home! I am intentionally simplifying my décor. I’ve been thinking a lot about how grateful I am for “all things light.” I love candles, lamps, and fireplaces—anything that flickers and casts shadows across the walls of my home. If you come over for a visit—day or night—you will surely find candles burning, and a lamp or two turned on before sundown. There’s something magical about the soft, warming glow that candles project. I love how they seem to magically whisper to our souls,“Relax, take it easy, calm your mind, all is well.” And even if all is not well, at least we can escape our painful, stressful, realities—if only for a moment. Light has a powerful way of recharging our minds and refueling our souls. My best ideas have come to me when...

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New Year, New Royal Mindset

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 1 comment

How is it possible that January is here? There is an undeniable excitement in the air since turning the calendar page to a new year. 2017 holds wonderful possibilities for each of us, and I pray we will each recognize a brand-new sense of purpose in our lives. While decorating our home is important, and a fun thing to do, I think it’s even more important we start the year by decorating our minds. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV Our purpose, as parents, is to raise kind, loving, respectable, and responsible little people who will become kind, loving, respectable, responsible big adults someday. Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from...

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New Year’s Resolution for Your Home

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

I think I must be the odd woman out in this regard, but one of the things I like best about Christmas is taking down the decorations and getting the house back in order. As cozy and homey as the twinkling lights of the tree are, there’s something wonderful about tidying up and getting the house back in order. For me, it’s a time to reflect on the wonderful Christmas we’ve just enjoyed, as well as thinking ahead to the beginning of a brand new year. This year, one of my Christmas gifts was an inspiration for rearranging the kitchen. It’s no secret that I love to rearrange furniture. Of course, most kitchens can’t really be “rearranged,” but when our kids went together to get me a new cherry red KitchenAid stand mixer (the first time I’ve owned such...

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Decorated Memories

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Preparing our homes for Christmas is fun and at times a bit overwhelming. With our long to-do lists and the many details each item demands, it’s easy to forget the true reason for the season. So as we rush to place baby Jesus in the manger: let’s linger, share memories, and relish the precious gift of eternal salvation through Christ’s birth more than 2,000 years ago. What an honor it is to gather around the Nativity and talk about how God’s past decision to send His only Son into the world makes our present joys and our future ones complete. As you gather, ask each family member to share what Christ’s manger means to them. In doing this, you’ll be decorating your home, and the hearts of those who mean most to you, with the sweetest of memories. Memories...

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