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Vintage South Development

Hello, friends and family, hope you all are well and ready for the weekend.

Today, I wanted to share a development company based out of Nashville, it’s Vintage South Development.  Founded by Nathan Lyons, the homes are beautiful and the designs are simple, yet timeless.  If you go to their website and check out their portfolio you can scroll through the houses and you’ll see why I had to share.   Below are a few of my favorites rooms and details.  I think you’ll agree these are amazing homes and if you’re in the Nashville area check them out.

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A spacious living room with fabulous lighting.

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French doors, the built ins, and the floors are beautiful.

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The black marble shower is definitely the focal point in this room.  You can’t go wrong with black and white, it’s classic.

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Beautiful double doors lead you to this amazing entry.

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The marble fireplace surround is unique, yet beautifully done. The exposed beams in the dining area and distressed wood on the island make this home a visual treat, with all the different textures.

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I’ve always wanted a white kitchen with Carrara marble and white subway tile, but this backsplash is the prettiest I’ve ever seen.  The contrast between marble the white cabinets is gorgeous.

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A very welcoming southern style front porch.

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Notice the details; the painted ceiling, recessed lights, and most importantly the ceiling fans.  All it needs is a few more rockers and a porch swing.

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Another timeless bathroom, with a beautiful herringbone tile floor.

It was hard to choose from all the beautiful rooms, I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek.  If you’re like me you have already pictured yourself in one or two of them.  Check out their site for more beautiful pictures and inspiration at

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.


Golden Christmas

Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend.  We are doing well in Okinawa, we’ve had a few cooler evenings, it’s finally feeling like fall.  Just got our last package mailed off, my Christmas shopping is almost complete, now I’m ready to enjoy the season.

This post is about choosing your Christmas decor.  The options are endless, if you are looking to change it up a bit this year I have found a few options that are affordable DIY projects.  Other than traditional red and green, gold would be my choice for Christmas decor.  The gold tones will go well with any color home decor and has a bit more of a formal look.  With all the wonderful metallic paints available this look is easy to accomplish.  No worries if you’ve already got your Christmas decor up for the season, plan ahead for next year, hit the after Christmas sales and stock up on all things gold.  Check out a few of the lovely trees and DIY projects below for a little inspiration.

via  Love this tree topper.




via Branches sprayed with metallic paint, these could be used as a tree topper or as an arrangement.

via Check out this site for step-by-step instruction on how to make this beautiful garland.  Drape this from your mantel or around your tree.

via  Click the picture for step-by-step instructions on to create these lovely gilded pinecones.

via  Artificial greenery come to life with gold metallic spray paint,  add candles for a beautiful glow.  Live greenery also works great, I’ve used this to help the tree look fuller, it looks beautiful with the lights reflecting off the gold.

via Use artificial fruit from the dollar store and glitter to create a centerpiece or add to your tree.

via Another option for your artificial fruit.

via Bay leaves, magnolia leaves, or even a pine wreath completely covered or just adding a light coat of metallic paint. This would look great on your front door or above your mantel.

via www.yournestdesign.blogspot  This combination is beautiful.

via Simple magnolia leaf wreath with gold ribbon.

via Click the picture for more Christmas wreath ideas from  The wide satin ribbon tied in a loose knot make the wreath.

via  Gold magnolia leaf garland draped with wide satin ribbon.  Click the picture for how-to instructions.

via I have used Rustoleum for several of my projects and have read several reviews, this seems to be the top choice.

via  This spray comes in a rainbow of colors, much easier than the glue and glitter technique from back in the day.

via If you decide to go with the gold theme or another of your favorite metallic tones don’t forget the gift wrap.


All the pictures above have clickable links for more info.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, happy decorating!  Next post, traditional red and green decor.  Don’t forget to subscribe and please share with your friends.  Have a wonderful week and take time to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!




Halloween and Fall Decor

Happy Fall Y’all!  Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the cooler weather.  This week the hubs is headed home, so it will be especially sweet at the Johnson household.

Last week we were outdoors, so this week we are moving inside and checking out a few great ideas for decorating your home for the fall season.  The pictures below have clickable links that will take you to the source.
via   Make ordinary objects a little creepier with a coat of black paint.  Find a tree branch (the more twisted and gnarled, the better) and spray-paint it black. Once dry, insert the branch in an urn or pot. Finish by placing a few black ravens on the branch.

via  This is another cute idea to hang in you entryway, above your table or island.

via How about this for your coffee table? If you have boys, this would definitely get two thumbs up.  Made of tea-dyed eggs and fishing lures, it’s sure to make guests scream.

via  Another cute idea that the boys are sure to love, a nice dining room table centerpiece.

via  This is an option for those who have little ones that are scared of jack-o-lanterns.  These are made of daikon radishes and turnips, and an easy project to make with the kiddos.

autumvia  This a great option if you’re not into the traditional Halloween colors, keeping it simple with neutral decor.

via, for more pics.  I like the look of the lit branches on your mantel or at an entry.  I’ve seen the pre-lit branches at Kirkland’s and Target for around $10-12 dollars.


via  Using leaves the kiddos have collected is another creative way to decorate your dining room, mantel, or over your kitchen sink.

via  To make this you need: miniature gourds, a drill with a fine bit, and twine. Drill a hole through the center of each gourd. Thread twine through an embroidery needle; run it through the holes, knotting it at both sides of each gourd to secure in place. Click on the picture complete step-by-step instructions.  This garland is great for indoors or out.

via  Dried gourds and squash on this mantle remind me of my grandmother.   Additional ‘Tiny Bottle’ gourds hang from a garland of chestnuts.

via  This is a great option if you are going for a more formal look, great for Halloween or Thanksgiving.  All you need to accomplish this look is a can of silver spray paint and pumpkins in various sizes.

via Love the colors in the wreath and rug.

via  How about this festive retreat to enjoy your morning cup of coffee.  These lovely mantle arrangements are a combination of autumn leaves, hydrangea, berries, oak and magnolia leaves.

via  An arrangement like this is alway sitting on my dining room table as soon as the leaves start to turn, the bigger the better.   Branches of leaves cut from the yard,  can’t get any more affordable or beautiful.

via  How about this half bat, half pumpkin pace setting?


via  How about this perfect fall potpourri to make your house smell like autumn?  Click the picture to take you to the recipe on Diana’s blog.

Hope you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to subscribe and share with your friends.  Have a great weekend!


This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (NLT) ( Joshua 1:9 )


No More Mess Mudroom

With school starting back, there’s the clutter that comes with it.  If you are like me the paperwork, backpacks, lunch boxes, and sports gear all end up on the dining room table or at the back door.  I think being organized is helps you keep a clear head, it teaches your kids to become organized, and will help the hectic mornings run a little smoother.  As I look for a picture of an organized mudroom for inspiration I see numerous custom-built cabinets and built-ins that cost hundreds to thousands to build, but for many of us that is not an option.  If you can come up with five spare feet of wall and floor space there’s still hope for getting your kiddos a little more organized and momma a little happier.

via  This mudroom looks amazing, crisp and clean. With a generous amount of shoe storage,  hooks for coats and bags, and overhead storage.

via  This one is simple and has space for baskets to hide clutter, hooks for coats or purses, and over head storage.

via  Love the look of this with touches of red, great way to tidy up your back door.

via  If you can’t afford custom built-in cabinetry, this would be my favorite storage option.  Perfect if you are in a rental or base housing.

via  Another cute option with a rustic twist.

via  If storage and clutter isn’t an issue for you this is a perfect option.  Just a simple bench to slide on your shoes and a hook to hang your bag at the door.

via  Declutter your hallway or mudroom with the Threshold 27″ hook rail. It’s ideal for organizing your hats, coats and scarves. This rail has 5 tri hooks that offer increased holding capacity.  If this doesn’t offer enough storage try using two hook rails together.  Dimensions: 3.27 ” L x 27.0 ” W , priced at $23.79.via  The Corina entry bench will bring a sense of organization to your busy entryway or mudroom. The entryway storage bench gives you several cubbies for storing shoes. It has 3 pullout baskets for stashing hats, mittens, sunglasses and more.  Like I said with the hooks above, if this bench doesn’t offer enough storage put two benches side by side.  This bench paired with the hook rails above would cost you around $200, add a decorative pillow or two and you have a custom look.  Dimensions: 20.5 ” H x 38.0 ” W x 16.25 ” D  Priced at $179.99

via  This storage shelf measures: 15.5 ” H x 42.0 ” W x 11.25 ” D, priced at $169.99.  Pair this shelf with the bench below and it would run you around $300, another affordable option.via  Durable and stylish, this entryway bench with baskets will make a handsome addition to your home’s foyer or mudroom. Dimensions: 25.0 ” H x 46.0 ” W x 17.0 ” D.  Sale price $119.98.

via  Pair this mirror with the storage bench below would look great at your front door  for extra storage and a place to put on your shoes.  Mirror measures 28L x 1W x 42H in. Priced at $149.99.

via  The Threshold Bench with Casters is a classic look for any space in your home. This classy bench with a decorative mirror will finish the look at your entrance for extra storage.   Dimensions: 18.0 ” H x 46.0 ” W x 16.0 ” D.  Priced at $149.99.

The majority of the items shown above are from Target,  look under home-furniture-entryway for many more options to help you put together your storage space.  I’ve also listed a few options from various stores listed in the previous three posts (click on home at the top of the page to scroll to previous posts), check them out.

Thank-you for reading this post,  I hope it has inspired you to get more organized and cut down on the clutter in your home.  Please subscribe and share with your friends for future posts.  Have a wonderful day.  Jessica

Coat rack options for your mudroom or entry.

Coat rack options for your mudroom or entry.

Affordable coat hooks to pair with your storage bench.

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