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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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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carissa fox - I’m almost speechless. It’s more than an open door christmas house tour… you open the door to your heart too. Always. We love you too!

All the textures really grabbed me. “I want to do that” I kept thinking. :)
A cocoon… yes… a big warm hug.

I love every detail. You can see you’ve put lots of time & love into making it a special place for y’all. I know how busy you are… I pray you get to relax & enjoy your candles often. You deserve it.

I’ll be back I know… too much goodness to absorb all at once. :)

love you…

laura@top this top that - you have such a beautiful heart and it is reflected in everything that surrounds you in your beautiful holiday home. Happy Holidays!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - Oh my word, everything is so beautiful. I love your snowy tree and all the sparkle. Those little eyelash pillows in your daughters room gave me a huge smile. Gorgeous.

cassie - your home is so cozy! i especially love your daughter’s room! we are about to redo our daughter’s and she wants pink, gold, white, and black- i may have to DIY some pillows like that- SO fun!!!!!

Deb - tiff! your home is so cozy and beautiful…i too love every detail! happy holidays to you and your family!

Jessica - Love your house! And I love those “I love you forever” pillows! Did you make them or can they be purchased somewhere?

lemonademakinmama - Oh friend it’s lovely!!!

Laura - So pretty – I love all of the pretty textures! Merry Christmas!

Jennifer Rizzo - Tiffini, Thank you so much for sharing your home! I love your decorating style! Thank you for being in the tour!

Classic Christmas Tour - The Lilypad Cottage - […] sure to head to stop 17, House of Belonging! Or take the tour from the very beginning starting over at Jennifer Rizzo, you don’t want to […]

Kelly @ The Lily Pad Cottage - STUNNING, seriously love every little detail. Just gorgeous!

Welcome to Stop 18: The 2014 Holiday Housewalk - Unskinny Boppy - […] to my friend Jen Rizzo’s blog to see ALL the houses.   If you are joining me from Stop #17, The House of Belonging, then welcome y’all!  I am blown away by all the gorgeous decorating I’ve seen on the tour so […]

BARBARA N - Well I love it and need to smell those candles for myself, it is so pretty and bright Sweet T I am so proud of you. I can just imagine how your mom & children feel about all that you have overcame! You are joy grace and light Merry Christmas friend!
xo Barbara

Lori @ Dining Delight - No need to have worried about inviting us looky-loo’s into your home! Loved seeing all the beautiful décor and especially liked your bedroom. That Word wall art is so meaningful and makes such a statement. Thanks for the tour!

Kristin Salazar - Oh my, your home is just beautiful, thank you for opening it up to us! XO

paige - tiffini!!!!!!!
i am dying. this is such a beautiful, intentional, special special home!! i KNEW i’d love everything you did.
honestly. i am blown away.
i just love your heart & how you encourage me daily.
love you friend & merry merry christmas

Wendy - I am absolutely in love with your home and your heart. I loved every word you shared and every single part of your home. It’s gorgeous. Thank you. xox

Ashley - Absolutely stunning! Your home is beautiful- especially your bedroom. I am SO in love with that bed skirt- where did you get the material?? Id like to recruit my mom to help make one similar!

kim - Would love details on the I Love You Pillows too. Your whole home is lovely!

lissa - love ya babe! you blow my mind.

Alison- The Pink Tumbleweed - Thank you for sharing you beautiful home and even more beautiful words.

Jamie - Wow, I’m blown away. I’m in love with every detail. I just want to move in! I’m sharing on my FB page tomorrow ;)
Hugs, Jamie

Gloria - I have loved following your story, and your home has evolved into such a warm and inviting space. This is my absolute favorite Christmas tour so far this year. May the coming year bring more peace and love and forgiveness to you and yours.

Linsey @ Bravehearted Beauty - I want to hop right in all of these photos. I especially want to hold that comfort mug in my hands and sit LONG with you. Someday. You’ve created a beautiful, peaceful, cozy, meaningful home. An outpouring of your heart. Love you!

Patty Page - It is all beautiful, Tiffini and I can’t wait to hear more of your story. I’m signed up for “becoming”–I can’t wait!

Sarah Macklem - Tiffini- Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. Your daughter’s room is ADORABLE and those eyelash pillowcases are way too cute!! Sarah Macklem

tara - it’s beyond amazing. it’s breathtaking. every single inch of it.
i looked at your pictures and wanted to cry celebrating the Lord’s goodness.

your home and heart explode Jesus, and it is beautiful.

blown away. totally inspired. you’ve found your voice and your style. it sharpens me and encourages me!

Cherie - So cozy and petty! Where did you purchase your coffee mug?

Fotini Roman - Your home is just stunning! I am absolutely in love <3 Thank you for sharing!!

paige - i have come back here to visit you over & over…i love your heart and how your heart is evident in all you do <3
merry merry chirstmas friend

Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage - Stunning! That is the world’s coziest Christmas bedroom!

Jill @ Cora Anne Designs - It’s all just so calming and cozy, well done! And your daughter’s room is just precious!

Sarah Beals - This is gorgeous. I love that sign that says “Present over Perfect.” I think I’ll write that on a chalkboard to remind myself. I just posted my open house today, which seems rather silly after seeing all of your beauty!! :) Thanks for sharing your heart and home with me.

Creative Christmas Decorating Ideas - 12 Favorites - […] coziest Christmas bedroom award goes to The House of […]

Debra - I loved your style in the past and how you could put what seemed thrifted items to such pretty display and new fun life with color. I absolutely loved your fireplace creativity of your holidays past in 2012 and 2013. I see you’ve changed you lifestyle/look to ikea and little touches of Anthro… <3 Pretty.. pretty. I absolutely love those stores too. I have to say I am so taken the most with your wooden wings and Demdaco nativity display this year. I love it Tiff. Simply beautiful. Have a blessed and relaxed (if you can) Christmas with your family. May you have good health in 2015. What a wonderful share. P. S. I love those "comfort" embossed mugs too. Do tell the source? :)

Kelley - Can you tell me where you got your trellis rug and your l o v e letters?

Lisa@2perfectiondecor - wow wow wow.. Your home is decorated and styled so beautifully.. I love everything. And your signs are just gorgeous!! I just started following you on bloglovin.

Happy Holidays!

Alice W. - Oh my goodness this is my kind of heaven on earth! LOVE your home! Those fur stockings…swoon! And I adore those pillowcases. OH and your mantel from 2012 has always been a favorite of mine. I pinned it long before I knew of your blog. Definitely one of my all time favorite Christmas inspirations!

Danielle - Very pretty and soft. x

Cecilia - Your home is just beautiful! I love how serene and cozy it all looks. I can feel His peace radiating from your words. I’m a new follower. Love your blog.


Dagmar Obert - Kelly,

Thank you for sharing your heart in this post and a sense of belonging runs through the whole post. Love your neutrals and all the special touches. Your Balsam Hill tree is wonderful with all the neutrals and keeps your room from looking so stark if the tree were a green one. The poinsettias on the tee caught my eye right away as I knew it was an uncharastic color of one, but not the typical color. So fun!

Mary jo - Does your mom sell those beautiful bed skirts?

3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

easy & delicious 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

i just wanted to pop in here to share an easy recipe with you that i have made the last two weekends
with only 3 ingredients!

3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe

1/2 C. creamy peanut butter

3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding mix

1 large egg

4 TB sugar ( to roll the balls in )


1.  preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper

2.  put peanut butter, pudding mix and egg into a medium mixing bowl.  stir until well combined.  with a medium

cookie scoop ( i just used a spoon ) form a ball and place into a bowl of sugar and roll it around.  place on cookie sheet about

an inch apart.  i make the little tic tac toe mark on top with a fork before i baked mine:)  bake for 12-15 minutes before removing.

makes about 9 servings  ( i triple this recipe )


on sundays i have been making a big pot of homemade chicken and noodles served over hot mashed potatoes

and heat up a crusty loaf of bread

and serve the cookies as dessert

it is called carb overload but it is a cozy and warm family meal that puts smiles on their faces

i hope it puts a smile on your families faces too!




Lemonade Makin Mama - I do believe I need this in my life. You are so cool.

Michelle - What a heavenly looking space. Would you please give me the source of your cute little bowls with the marshmallows and such? Thank you for sharing.

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!




kc obrien - Hi Tiffani!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with this year! the last couple were adorable;) You have such a great sense of style! thanks for the inspo!

I was wandering if you ever received an email from me? I had sent one through your blog and I’m afraid it’s just not going through..??? Maybe I should try just sending it through my gmail…

Have a great day!
xo, kc

Janet - I am sure your tree will be beautiful. We are not sure what kind of tree we are putting up yet. I really do not want a big tree. I would prefer more of a Charlie brown Christmas tree.

Balsam Hill has beautiful items but most are not in my price range.

Have a beautiful day!!

Lemonade Makin Mama - I keep hearing about these trees!!! We went artificial last year too… we just had to for my sanity. Gosh I miss you. Playing catch up with your blog right now. So fun.

Sarah - Hi! Can you tell me where you got the white and red stockings? They are EXACTLY the type of stocking I’m looking for!

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


-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:)


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



a “fast” fall wreath tutorial

a "fast" fall wreath tutorial

happy almost fall everyone! fall is my favorite season..is it yours too?
if you don’t know it yet i am tiffini..from the house of belonging next door
hoping you’ll stop by soon for coffee and pumpkin donuts so we can talk about
our hearts for our home..our family..and one another

that is my favorite thing EVER…being inspired hearing your story and encouraging you by sharing my story within God’s story

that is my heart for this little post on a fall wreath..that it would encourage you to do just one simple thing to
make your home say ” come in – you belong here – you are LOVED!


-a pre-made fall wreath

-add-ons like leaves.pumpkins.pine cones.ribbon whatever

**wait for hobby lobby or Michael’s coupon for 40% off.  i got all of this for around 25.00!

-hot glue gun


glue it all on in whatever way you want.  it is THAT easy

( before )

a "fast" fall wreath tutorial

my main complaint about pre-made wreaths is they are sparse.  you can pay 60 plus dollars for a stingy wreath.
i love FULL wreaths which is why this project makes perfect sense!

we chose this wreath because we loved the muted fall tones with touches of gold

a "fast" fall wreath tutorial

the leaves made ALL the difference in giving the wreath the fullness i wanted

( after )

a "fast" fall wreath tutorial

a "fast" fall wreath tutorial
a "fast" fall wreath tutorial

this project is not rocket science PLUS we saved at least 25.00 compared to buying a pottery barn wreath
so we went to Five Guys and had cheeseburgers, fries and a soda
it was worth every.single.penny

now go make a wreath. buy a wreath…or not...or maybe go have a greasy cheeseburger but whatever you do KNOW you are awesome
just the way you are.  wreath or not:)  i just hope this gives you just a little bit of fall encouragement

you can find me on instagram @houseofbelonging daily…that is my hangout place:) where you’ll be the first to know all of our new
signs and tee’s and upcoming NEW stuff that we have in the works…so come on over…we can’t wait to see you there!

1 way to celebrate fall with kids   {this is an awesome popcorn recipe btw}


love people everywhere fall table






Sheila Rumney - Thanks for the great tutorial on your beautiful fall wreath. Wishing you a wonderful autumn season.

Kelly Cach - Thank you for the encouragement. Hope you know how amazing you are, too!