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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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becoming-the unfolding of you free online study

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2012 christmas

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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!

balsam hill tree

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

2013 LOVE christmas mantle with a live tree

the year before an artificial tree

2012 rustic message christmas mantle with artificial tree

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

xotiff

 

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drab to fab : a hutch makeover

hello friends

it’s me..tiffini from house of belonging how are you today?  good i hope…smile:)

makeover a hutch with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch from drab to fab!

i want to share our hutch makeover and how with some paint & shopping your home you can transform a hutch from drab to fab!

you can change the way a “space” feels and how YOU feel about that space!

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!
hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

i wish you could stand here with me to see the difference in the “feel” of the room just by painting our hutch

we purchased this very heavy piece from our local antique store it was brown.  very brown

at first that was the look i was going for.  some wood mixed up with the metal table after a couple of months i just wasn’t feeling it

as time went on it just became a dead piece of furniture sitting in the corner

i was scared i would ruin it if i painted it.  like “what if” i didn’t love it?  paint is easy to put on..not so easy to take off! then there is my motto #theartoflivingcourageously

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

we voted to paint it!  and WOW!  happy happy we did!!

i was going to paint my master bedroom oyster pearl but it just didn’t read well in there

much to our surprise it reads perfectly on our hutch with all of the natural light the kitchen gets

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

it took about 3 coats

we sanded the edges lightly and that was it

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

we painted the hardware and the lamp base gold we simply shopped our house for everything else

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!
hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

here is what we used

our white dishes//cookbooks//an old gold frame//nikki’s creepy head lady//a few anthropolgie mugs// color coordinated books

paint really did give give this neat old hutch life again..it is perfect for our light and happy home

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

what a difference some paint, hardware and a little styling can do right?

what do you think of the hutch before and after?

i’m already thinking about staging it for the fall months

are you thinking about fall too?  sigh..i love fall.  it is my favorite month i’m just not ready to let go of the long days of summer

..xo

::for more home inspiration from house of belonging click on the links below::

our planked walls

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a ladder, a frame, leaves and calling it good

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our ‘first’ home tour – look how far we’ve come

good morning ya’ll!  so happy you stopped in.  i have been smiling all morning thinking of you..really!

my love for Jesus has become equally matched with my love for what i call re-building our first home on reclaimed land!
for more on the backstory you can read here and here and here.

remember this home tour?
before we move forward with our exodus home i wanted to reminisce the home where our story began to take a new turn.
the 19th move i knew God wanted me to surrender too.

i didn’t want to go there because i knew i would have to co-exist with old memories.

i wanted to go because i told God to lead me on the road to Somewhere
and block any road to Nowhere and that i didn’t want to go anywhere that He didn’t go with me.
 

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