Wayfair Launches Birch Lane

If you haven’t already heard, let me share some fun retail news with you!  Wayfair launched a new company today called Birch Lane!

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Birch Lane focuses on traditional furniture and decor.  The website says that it’s a “new destination for classic style”.

Sounds intriguing enough for me!  So let’s do some shopping!  Here are a few of my favorites….

The Delaney Bed caught my eye.  It looks very ‘Restoration Hardware’.

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I’m always on the  hunt for new kitchen chairs.  {I hate to admit that we’re still using the set that I bought for $50 when we were first married!} The Emerson Dining Chair looks both comfortable and easy to keep clean {if you have little ones in the house}.  And being that they share a name with my 8 year old daughter, I couldn’t help but love them!

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The Tenley Rug is versatile enough to go in most rooms! And it looks like it would be soft on your bare feet too.

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The Brighton Metal Chandelier surprised me…..I thought it was wood at first glance!    It’s metal and it’s a show stopper.

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Then there are these mirrors!   They have an antiqued, mirrored center and they are sold in a set of 3.

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And if your table needs some decorating, there’s the Paige Runner.

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I think you can see that it’s a website worth checking out!  Go over to birchlane.com to see for yourself!  I always love a new resource for finding home decor! Thanks to Birch Lane, we now have one!

jen

Christmas Around the House

Last week, I showed you my entry and the mantel, all decorated for Christmas.  Today I’d like to show you a few vignette’s around my house…

…the family room…

I bought that santa in Amish Country before we left the east coast. I love pulling it out every Christmas.

And oh dear…is that a lantern? {I mentioned last week that I may have a bit of a lantern obsession.}  I love the red color…It adds some color sitting in front of my lit branch arrangement.

…kitchen…

What’s that? Another lantern?? It’s filled with small pine cones and faux red berries.  I also have my ‘joy to the world’ chalkboard and advent tree displayed in our kitchen.

…bedroom….

We have the red bedding year round, but it’s even more season appropriate this time of year!

The Ikea wreaths are hanging from red Costco ribbon.

…dining room…

I love those little trees {also purchased at Ikea}.  Pinecones and faux holly brighten up the base of the trees.

And old books tied with striped ribbon {ribbon is from Michales}.

…powder room…

And I can’t help but leave you with one last lantern picture…

Thank you for taking a quick tour around my house!

jen

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Salad with Sweet and Spicy Almonds

I love a good salad.  Especially in the summer.

I recently discovered some delicious almonds on pinterest.  And after making them a few times, I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit.  They are dangerously good.  I’ve been known to eat them by the handful when no one is looking!

Sweet and Spicy Almonds

3 1/2 to 4 cups sliced almonds (I used two 6 oz bags)

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon vanilla

{1} Place sugar in a non-stick sauce pan and heat over medium heat.  Stir frequently to keep the sugar from burning.  Keep stirring until the sugar has caramelized into a golden syrup.  This does take time and patience.

{2} Turn heat to low and add butter, cinnamon, vanilla and spices.  Stir until all of the ingredients are mixed together.

{3} Add the almonds and stir until they are all coated.  The caramelized sugar will likely clump together. This is ok.  It will melt as you saute the almonds.  Continue to stir the almonds until they turn a nice golden brown.  But keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!

{4} Cool almonds on a piece of foil or wax paper.  Store in a ziploc bag in your freezer and use on a salad as needed.

And now for the salad….

I add some fresh strawberries.  This time of year in the northwest, we are fortunate to have fresh strawberries from Spooner Farms. Yum!

Add some crumbled blue cheese {which I didn’t have today…}.  Toss the ingredients with some of my favorite salad dressing…

And enjoy a nice summer salad!

jen

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Christmas Decor

I spent more time decorating for Christmas this year than ever before…or at least, that’s how it felt!  But it was worth all the effort because I’m quite happy with how things turned out.  
I was motivated to get it all done because we were hosting a party for 29 people (14 adults and 15 kids!!) It might sound like a lot of people, but it was a great time!  
Here are some shots of our house, ready for the big event!

Centerpiece: lantern from Lowes  with fresh greens, berries and pinecones.

Click here to read more on this centerpiece and our new dining room.
My grandmas silverware and a linen napkin wrapped in twine with fresh cedar.

Add a little color to your water with fresh cranberries. 
Just a friendly reminder to guests….
Paper plates, napkins and forks for the kiddos, displayed in an old Pepsi crate.
And a few shots from around the house….

Lit garland with torn ribbon for bows.
Click here to read about making this lit branch arrangement.
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