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sources from our 2014 holiday house walk

good morning!

first off, i want to thank you for stopping by and sharing your time and love with us
like seriously, it made me smile from ear to ear and if i am being totally honest i am crying my eyes out reading all of your sweet comments

  i could never just be a home decor person..the heart’s journey has always taken
precedence over anything else.  however, i am noticing now that i am almost an empty nester
and nearing 50 that i intentionally enjoy creating a cozy environment for us.

if you haven’t taken the tour of the homes yet, you MUST start at the beginning

i want to give God the offering of JOY and peace…it all goes to Him, seriously..i wouldn’t be here in this place today
without His grace and mercy

 today i want to share some of the sources for our home since so many of you asked

2014 Holiday Housewalk - House of Belonging

these mugs are my favorite.  i first saw them over at my friend lissa’s house.  i love her heart.  she is a kindred spirit and God is weaving our hearts together in a way
only God can right girl?  love you.  they are ray dun’s creation and we purchased ours through sterling place

nut bowls from anthropologie - i couldn’t find them online when i looked:/

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 the LOVE letters we got at hobby lobby at 50% off

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the rug we got at 75% off. at RUGS USA we have been eyeing it since last year
our carpet is old and this cozy’s it up until we can replace it with hardwood later

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this is the third years we’ve enjoyed our Names of God garland from sweet sasha.

we thrifted our barn doors & vintage gold frame this summer down in the Ozarks

the words on the sign are from the movie Elf

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

we will have information on our signs on our instagram soon;)

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our pottery barn 2014 ornament is precious to me.  it is a memorial to God’s faithfulness and provision.
this has been a crazy hard year on so many levels and in so many ways
( i didn’t see the white one only the gold one )

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ok..this has to be one of my favorite places.  grace’s room.
i was instantly in love with these pillowcases.  you can buy yourself a pair from two little bugs clothing..super cute!

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 my girl aedriel.  so much to say about her.
God brought us together for sure.
she designed a collection of signs for us this summer and we have been so blessed
by her and know you all have too:)  you can find her signs in our Etsy shop under Aedriel.
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the angel wings are from decor steals last year
we turned them over to the backside rather than the white metal side.
the sweet crocheted stars are from alice remembers etsy shop

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the throw is from anthropologie.  a total splurge.  no excuse.
i must confess that the creamy one is on my christmas list too….

stay tuned to our IG feed for more information on our sign shop…xo

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the pillow is from sugar boo.  love love it!
the chandelier is a DIY project we shared over at jenniferrizzo’s

the bedskirt…lots of you asked about that.  my mom made it and it is my favorite.  her Etsy shop is here.
i know she is busy and her turnaround is long but it is well worth the wait because you cannot find redshifts like this in stores:)

ok…did i cover everything?  if not, check out our instagram and ask me there
that is where you will find me everyday:)

love ya’ll!  friday i have a few of my favorite things to share with you along with an update on my health and surgeries

xoxo…

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2014 holiday house walk

To begin the 2014 holiday house walk from the beginning go directly to Jennifer Rizzo.

hello…welcome did you guess who the surprise house was?

it is lilypad cottage! To begin the walk from the beginning go directly to jennifer rizzo

i am super nervous and excited to have you over…crazy right?
i am most comfortable behind the scenes aka…wallflower this is risky and vulnerable but to be afraid and do it anyway
well that IS what living courageously means to me
besides this is just SO fun to be a part of sharing our unique personalities in our homes and give JOY and encouragement to others

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

come on in…would you like a cup of hot chocolate…coffee? i have christmas music playing and candied pecan & pumpkin pie candles burning my kids get told they smell like syrup or pie at school…i always laugh i may have a candle burning addiction…hmmmmm

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

i like to feel cocooned.  safe. i am learning that neutral, woodsy and words do that for me home is good..but to me..the heart is above all things that is what i love to talk about

decorating a home for Christmas is a lot of work and time so with that in mind we decorated our home to keep everything up all winter long when we take the tree down it doesn’t look overly christmas

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging
 i believe laughter is medicine we do it a lot in our home Elf is one of our favorite christmas movies and it just made sense to use buddy’s famous words and what sums up winter more than SNUGGLING?

after eating a whole roll of tollhouse cookies right? throw the scale out until january 1!

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging
2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

i am so happy with the balsam hill flocked tree.  i wasn’t sure which to choose flocking or not but i think we made the perfect choice for our ornaments and the comfy feel we wanted

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

compared to the last two years our mantle is very subdued and we LOVE it

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love I Corinthians 13:13

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging
2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

2014 has been a year of overcoming, taking risks, battling the giant fear, forgiveness and new beginnings BIG changes.  big.  i want to remember every christmas this specific year God’s faithfulness provision and protection

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

isn’t it really about being present? i have to prACTice this every.single.day this lindsay letters print is one of my favorite gifts from my brave friend lissa..xo

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging
2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging
2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging
2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

i LOVE my bedroom it brings me real joy to come in here.  i answer Etsy convo’s from here every night:) someday i will share why this wasn’t always the case it is a God-story

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

when i read the book atlas girl by emily weirenga it truly changed my heart i saved these words for our vow renewal STORY does that doesn’t it?  puts skin on words and goes out and heals people thank you emily for being so brave to share your story..xo

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging
2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging
2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging
2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging
2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

one of my favorite things is my drop cloth bedskirt that my mom made for me since it is custom she could make it long and full you just can’t find that in store bought bedskirts i

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

ok…aren’t these pillowcases from house seven darling? i couldn’t resist getting a pair for grace

2014 holiday house walk - house of belonging

it was lovely having you over!!  thank you for spending time with me and i pray that whatever your circumstances God’s LOVE finds you right where you are wrapping His arms around you tight and that you know KNOW know that YOU are not alone!…xo

click on over to unskinny boppy for me…i know you will just love her!

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if you enjoyed these pictures of our home you might also enjoy these posts!

i am sharing a bit of my story with an amazing group of women in Becoming: a FREE study that begins THIS january!

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we chose an artificial tree this year!

i grew up with real christmas trees and i will always love them.

there is nothing like the nostalgia of a real tree to remind me of my childhood.

with last years incessant vacuuming up pine needles from our lab bella’s tail swooshing past the tree didn’t help
and watering!  oh my, i am so thankful i don’t have to do any of that this year!

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but when i was able to receive a balsam hill artificial tree i was eager to see if it was really as awesome as i’d heard

it arrived beautifully packaged wrapped in ribbon.  much like a fine piece of china.

putting it up was super easy and the lighting is amazing how it runs down the center nipping in the bud the fighting
of plugging in lots of plugs

it evoked lots of ohh’s and ahh’s from the kids and i.

the year before was an artificial tree and i honestly have to say that if i were to buy another artificial tree i
would definitely buy a balsam hill.  you won’t waste your money AND you will have a keepsake to hand down to your children!

last year we went with the live tree

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the year before an artificial tree

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and we CAN’T WAIT to share our balsam hill tree with you this year…see you soon!

xotiff

 

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a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do

hello everyone!  it’s me tiffini over at house of belonging
i will be short and sweet because if any of you are feeling frantic being torn by being a working mom & just a “mom” mom like
i have been lately

i took this last weekend and inserted some rest time for me
one of the things i wanted to do was have a sit-down dinner with the kids

a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do - so you can concentrate on the most important thing - who is around the table

i wanted a SIMPLE PUMPKIN CENTERPIECE for the table
i wanted it to be FALLish not HALLOWEENish for this occasion
i remembered seeing a flower filled pumpkin on the cover of a magazine a few weeks back!

a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do - so you can concentrate on the most important thing - who is around the table

here’s what i did

i ran to the local grocery store looking for creamy white flowers.  mind you we are in rural missouri so there isn’t markets everywhere
and the flower selection was scarce

mini roses were all they had in a white.  CHECK

a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do - so you can concentrate on the most important thing - who is around the table

i had a pumpkin from our visit to the pumpkin patch with the grandkids.  CHECK

i hallowed out the inside
filled it with water
trimmed the stems down
and arranged the flowers in the pumpkin

we had leaves already so we made a little “blanket” of leaves to sit the pumpkin on
added a couple of our small pumpkins around.  CHECK

simple and pretty

a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do - so you can concentrate on the most important thing - who is around the table

a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do - so you can concentrate on the most important thing - who is around the table

at the end of the day it is those faces that matter
it’s not how fancy or expensive or perfect it seems

just taking a little extra time to make the table pretty
to be thankful to be able to sit around a table of food and enjoy one another

TIPS…..:)

-you could use fall colored flowers or leaves

-you could use a white pumpkin or the brighter orange

various size pumpkins

-you can paint the pumpkins

-you could setup a little vignette of fall goodness and add in some halloween touches for the night

it will take you through until thanksgiving..just keep changing it up a little

have a fun and safe halloween…i think we are having a little fire pit time with smore’s and hotdogs
what plans do you have for halloween night?

see you next month:)

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oh be sure your following our INSTAGRAM @houseofbelonging
we are getting ready to open a newly re-stocked t-shirt shop and ALL shirts will be ready to ship!
perfect for holiday gift giving:) image credit @honeyholden and @lydialovesmarcus

 

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words can do what medicine can’t..our christmas home

it is simple.  book pages.  WORDS.  it just kinda fell into place.

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” i wanted to peel off my hat and mask and the name that wasn’t mine, and sit in the middle while the misfits fell and piled
up like pick-up sticks around me.  then we’d crack open a worn cover and i’d read, and the words would do what medicine can’t
won’t and never will.
–charles martin’s book unwritten

” STORY is the bandage of the broken.  sutures of the shattered.  the tapestry upon which we write our lives”
–charles martin’s book unwritten

each morning when i sit under the twinkling lights as the days as the dawn is breaking
words give me hope.  i am reminded that while the world is throwing parties ..i want to be so engaged to the One who knows my pain…who offered to cut out my gangrene..to take my bruised, bloodied and broken heart and

bandaged it with love

be willing to walk the battlefield…rescuing the wounded
and LOVING
letting the WORD do what medicine can’t, won’t or ever will
–unwritten

while it is just a silly mantle in light of eternity
if practiced–LOVE..offering our story to others can & will help others to take

all the million broken pieces of their hearts and let the healing begin

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i will be back wednesday with the heart behind our christmas decor…the ALABASTER BOX sign and PRE-ORDERS
oh…and the WINNER of the our new collection contest coming out january 2 when we re-open our new store!!

xotiff

 

 

 

 

 

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