Style Scouting… Let’s Chat

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Today is the last day in January…. winter has settled in and will continue to spend time with us for another one and a half months.

Fire in fireplace

Instead of being depressed about this, the homebody in me is loving the cold, grey days that allow me to snuggle in my coziest clothes and my favorite warm and cozy socks without the need to be sick to do it.

There is nothing more relaxing for me than to get to enjoy small comforts — an extra cup of hot tea while watching an old movie, baking a loaf of fresh bread to pair with a bowl of soup for lunch or dinner and lighting candles as the sun sets across the lake. Bliss…

Even with the slowdown, I have started a big project in my living room. With Ed’s help, we may have it completed over the weekend. It is big departure for me in the way of style, but I know I am going to love it for so many reasons. If we get it completed, I will post about it next week.

Tomorrow I will be posting Part 2 of the Viking River Cruise… so stay tuned.

Style Scouting…

Over the past week here are a few interesting items that I found:

Something doughy, delicious and a little different to make for a Super Bowl Party this Sunday.

Love this $200 Fireplace makeover.

What happens to all those unused gift cards.

My January binge watch. I hope it gets renewed for another season.

I am on board with this lifestyle trend.

Do you know what a mullet house is? Not the haircut? :-) Thank you Katie B. for directing me to this article knowing that I lived in one. No more calling my house a Jekyll and Hyde.

It’s Not Too Late…

On the blog…

In my post about the HGTV Dream Home I had a pink shirt on in one of the photos. Many of you asked where it was from. Here is the link: Pink Shirt with Ruffled Collar. I liked it so much, I even bought it in black with a 25% off code: SHOPNOW

February 14th is two weeks away. I gathered all my Valentine’s posts to make it easy to find 10 Valentines to Make, Bake and Give To Everyone You Love

How About You?

Do you have any winter weekend plans? Are you hosting or attending a Super Bowl get-together? What are you making… do you have a crowd pleasing recipe for which you are known?

Here’s to enjoying a relaxing winter weekend, enjoying your favorite pursuits and perhaps that football game on Sunday night.

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  1. Loved Virgin River! The nursing home study and the ‘back to the 1950’s’ study were both fascinating!
    I love your blog- thank you for sharing all your creative endeavors with us.

  2. PS, totally forgot to add, I’m a fan of winter as well as rainy days… and I haven’t had a problem viewing your blog on my desktop… I don’t read blogs on my phone, I can’t stand the tiny screen. Ha!

  3. I loved Virgin River! You’ll be happy to know the second season is in post production, no date for airing has been announced. But at least we know it’s coming! yay! How about Yellowstone on the Paramount Channel? You a fan? I can’t get enough, but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I thought a mullet house would be traditional in the front and all party rooms in the back :)

  4. Learned a couple of new things from reading your blog post today – mullet house, the nursing home study involving the plants, Price Charles’ penchant for repairing and re-using, etc. But I really can barely wait for part 2 of your Seine River cruise! And thanks for your reply to my question about the french market bags.

  5. I loved Virgin River too and heard it got renewed for a second season. It is based on the book by Robyn Carr. I kept wondering while I was watching it why it seemed so familiar. Both the book and the Netflix series are very good.

    1. Hi Dawn – I am so happy that the show got renewed. :-) YAY! I am going to order the book. It may help the wait not seem too long until Season 2 starts. :-)

  6. I’ve not had any issues seeing your blog on my MacBook Pro. When I clicked on your Netflix binge list, it just took me to the Virgin River episode list. I loved that show and the book. I’m currently on the 5th and final season of Schitt’s Creek. It’s hilarious. I can’t wait to see your new project!

    1. Hi Kim – I think I found the right link to Virgin River and fixed it in my post. I didn’t know it was a book. Will have to read it. I heard a lot of good things about Schitt’s Creek. Will start watching that for February.

  7. Hello,
    Funny you should talk about the SuperBowl! I never watch it because I don’t know anything about footbal. BUT, I will be watching the game this Sunday (or at least the highlights) because one of the players is a Canadian from the province of Quebec. I heard he plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. That guy is so gifted he managed to become a medical doctor AND a successful football player at the same time. He’s a superstar here. So watch for Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. We just hope he doesn’t get (or anyone else for that matter) a concussion.
    I can’t wait to read your future posts!

    Have a great week-end!

    1. Hi Chantal – That is a very good reason to watch the Super Bowl. I didn’t know anything about Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. WOW! He really is talented. I will keep my eye on him. :-) I hope you enjoy the game and the highlights.

  8. Hey Diane, Great post. Where did January go? For our first week of Feb the temps here in Chesapeake, VA are supposed to be in the high 50’s and low 60’s for several days! I’ll take it and look forward to getting some weeding done in my flower beds. I love what Chris and Julia did with their bedroom fireplace, absolutely stunning. I was anxious to see what you were binge watching on NETFLIX but clicking on the link took me to my NETFLIX page? I don’t think you can copy a link on your NETFLIX page and share it with someone who has NETFLIX as it wants to login to their page??? Heck just guessing on my part I’m hardly a computer guru. Looking forward to Part II of the Viking cruse series. Have a great weekend.

  9. Those sandwiches sound similar to ones I’ve had at a baby shower. Instead of making the dough, the hostess used Hawaiian Sweet rolls from the market. She cut the entire package of rolls in half crosswise to separate the tops from the bottoms and kept both the tops and bottoms intact. She assembled the sandwiches in a large pan and poured the topping over the top of the sandwiches, covered the pan and refrigerated overnight. Remove the plastic wrap and bake for 30 minutes at 350. Delicious and great for a group of friends!

    Thanks for all your wonderful tips and printable!

    1. Hi Patti – Oh my!!! YUM… Hawaiian rolls make everything taste better. :-) Using them as you described sounds even more DELISH in place of using dough. Easier, too. Thanks for sharing the idea.