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great ideas on how to mix styles: rustic, classic, traditional, industrial | via maisondepax.com #eclectic #design #decor
Easiest tutorial ever for converting regular curtains into blackout curtains with NO SEWING at maisondepax.com
Clear step-by-step instructions to create your own Restoration Hardware inspired vintage Paris map at maisondepax.com
gorgeous neutral fall centerpieces at maisondepax.com #fall #decor #centerpiece #tablescape #dining

Favorite Things {Gift Guide and Giveaway}

Beautiful AND practical gifts for everyone on your list! All available online to save you the shopping headache. via maisondepax.com #Christmas #holiday #giftguide

I don't believe that Christmas is all about money and presents and commercial hype... but I do believe that the JOY we feel at Christmas can overflow into some wonderful gift giving to those we love.  And guess what?  I love YOU.  Yep, you - my amazing readers - so I want to give you a chance to win over $500 worth of prizes today...  And also in the spirit of giving, I'm excited to team up with 10 other bloggers to bring you a holiday gift guide! If you're visiting from one of the … [Read more...]

Ugly Ducklings

Thrift Store Sweater Stockings (sign)

There are few things more exciting and satisfying than a story of redemption.  Of being reclaimed into beauty. You may laugh that I compare old sweaters from the thrift store to something so grand, but I think it an apt analogy given the goal of today's post: to show you that decoration to celebrate Christmas doesn't have to cost a fortune.  And I'm so excited to team up with 30 other bloggers to demonstrate that today!  Speaking of a cost-effective Christmas, be sure to enter my Favorite … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas (M&MJ #82)

Adorable and easy Thanksgiving crafts via maisondepax.com #diy #craft #fall

Welcome... to week 82 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! I'm so glad you're here!  If you are not familiar with link parties, this is a place where bloggers can link up their posts to show off their work.  And bloggers and non-bloggers alike can find tons of amazing projects, recipes, and inspiration all in one place!  If you're reading this via email, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  Remember, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects … [Read more...]

How to Get More Done (And a Giveaway!)

tips for moms to get more done via maisondepax.com

Probably the number one question I get in life (other than oh my gosh, you lived in Paris? How was it?) is how on earth do you get so much done? I'd like to say it's because of my superhuman speed or secret army of minions at my beck and call... But the truth is, as a stay-at-home mom of three (4, 2, and 5 months) with two part-time jobs, extensive church commitments, and a need to paint everything in sight ;) , I have to use every free moment to stay on top of things. And the "prime … [Read more...]

Vintage Marquee JOY Sign

Fabulous tutorial for DIY vintage marquee lights! via maisondepax.com #Christmas #decor

I know Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but I confess that I'm already itching to decorate for Christmas.  I'm restraining myself (officially), since I am hosting Thanksgiving... but I did pull out just a few of my Christmas decorations this week, and I came across one that I think you need to see: my DIY vintage marquee lights.  I shared it last year at Love Grows Wild, but after so many positive comments and questions during my Christmas tour last year, I thought you might want the … [Read more...]

Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake

Perfect Thanksgiving dessert - praline pumpkin cheesecake: rich, creamy, spiced, and sweet via maisondepax.com #fall #recipe

Creamy and perfectly spiced pumpkin cheesecake is topped with rich, sweet praline sauce and crispy pecans...  Pumpkin never tasted so good. Seriously.  Never.  At least as far as I'm concerned... So I'm thrilled to be sharing this alongside other bloggers as part of a full Thanksgiving menu: I never liked pumpkin flavor much as a kid; I was more of a chocolate person (you can see my all time favorite chocolate kahlua cake here if you are, too), but pumpkin has grown on me … [Read more...]

Must-Try Fall Recipes (M&MJ #81)

From butternut squash salad to rich, cinnamon caramel sauce, these fall recipes are sure to please. via maisondepax.com #fall #recipe #thanksgiving

Welcome... to week 81 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! I'm so glad you're here!  If you are not familiar with link parties, this is a place where bloggers can link up their posts to show off their work.  And bloggers and non-bloggers alike can find tons of amazing projects, recipes, and inspiration all in one place!  If you're reading this via email, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  Remember, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects … [Read more...]

How to Mix Decorating Styles

great ideas on how to mix styles: rustic, classic, traditional, industrial | via maisondepax.com #eclectic #design #decor

I went to kindergarten. Really, I did. I even know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide...  sometimes. When Kenroy Home offered me this gorgeous bronze mirror and rustic galvanized table lamp, my heart fluttered. Seriously. You know I love white, chippy planks and sparkling crystal, whitewashed wood and the perfect gold finish.  In short, I love contrasts. I love industrial finishes paired with red velvet traditional.  I love mixing styles. And … [Read more...]

Swirled Sweet and Golden Mashed Potatoes

Deliciously seasoned sweet and golden potatoes. Swirled. Baked. You'll never make two separate dishes again! via maisondepax.com #recipe #mashed #potatoes #sweet #thanksgiving #fall

Deliciously seasoned sweet and golden mashed potatoes.  Swirled.  Baked.  You'll never make two separate dishes again! I have three brothers.  Translation: I can take care of myself. I jest (*sort of*), but having three brothers (and now two boys of my own) has given me a serious appreciation for a good, solid side.  You know, a "meat and potatoes" sort of side. Since we're talking about the effect of having three brothers, I must say that my cousin (the closest thing I've … [Read more...]

Chandelier Crystal Christmas Ornaments

Gorgeous idea! Add chandelier crystals to your Christmas tree |via maisondepax.com #ornament #diy #decor

I'm not sure it gets any better than gorgeous antique chandelier crystals... And how fun would it be to add that class and glamor to your Christmas tree? (And yes, I'm starting Christmas ideas before Thanksgiving!  Yikes! But I do it so you can have plenty of time to prepare because it's my favorite time of year, I admit. ;) ) Ok, and here comes my real confession: All these gorgeous crystals? Vintage. NOT vintage.  Found in packs of two for less than a … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas (M&MJ #80)

Fabulous and easy Thanksgiving decorating ideas via maisondepax.com #fall #decor #diy

Welcome... to week 80 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! I'm so glad you're here!  If you are not familiar with link parties, this is a place where bloggers can link up their posts to show off their work.  And bloggers and non-bloggers alike can find tons of amazing projects, recipes, and inspiration all in one place!  If you're reading this via email, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  Remember, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects … [Read more...]

Defining Thankful

on being thankful... via maisondepax.com #fall #decor #gratitude

I had plans for today. Big plans. Plans that included stunning reveal photos of our new back porch, complete with fabulous farmhouse style table for 10 topped with a gorgeous fall centerpiece. Well friends, that and a pair of Spiderman shoes'll give you this. Sometimes (and I promise it is not merely the former English teacher in me) I think definitions can be helpful... For example - maison: (noun) house de: (prep) of pax: (noun) peace But I think we often have … [Read more...]

Adorable Bunting Centerpiece

Such a cute and simple idea! This bunting centerpiece would be perfect for a baby shower, birthday party, or seasonal decor. via maisondepax.com #kid #party #decoration #name #bunting

Though 'tis the season for pumpkins and turkeys... And soon 'twill be the season for snowflakes and reindeer... People are still having babies and birthdays, and this adorable little centerpiece would be perfect for either! Total aside: how precious is the name Hugh? I recently hosted a luncheon / baby shower for my sweet friend, and I confess that I really struggled with what to create for a centerpiece.  The shower was at a restaurant, so I needed something portable and … [Read more...]

The Perfect Gold Frame

You won't believe this EASY transformation! Just one step to create this gorgeous gilded frame via maisondepax.com #diy #wax #gold #glam #mirror

Imagine huge, floor-to-ceiling windows with chunky, ornate hardware that has that perfect patina of age.  They open onto a petite balcony, complete with an exquisite wrought iron railing. Beyond the railing lies the warm grayish stone.  The red tile roofs.  The little chimneys.  The tree-lined boulevards.  The little sidewalk cafes. Paris. If you turn around, you see the perfectly aged, ornately carved, gold leafed frame.  It sits atop the lovely fireplace... Mirrors like that: the … [Read more...]

Halloween Party Ideas (M&MJ #79)

Adorable and creative! Halloween party ideas via maisondepax.com #party #halloween #fall

Welcome... to week 79 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! I'm so glad you're here!  If you are not familiar with link parties, this is a place where bloggers can link up their posts to show off their work.  And bloggers and non-bloggers alike can find tons of amazing projects, recipes, and inspiration all in one place!  If you're reading this via email, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  Remember, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects … [Read more...]