Wednesday, December 17, 2014

pretty glow with outdoor spotlights

The other night I was at my friend's house and was so excited to head out
so I could see her home all aglow in the Christmas lights they'd just put up. It
 was just as beautiful as I expected, but I noticed her wreaths on the windows and
 her pretty window box didn't show up well. I told her about our spotlights that give  
the entire front of our home a pretty glow and highlight our Christmas decor. 
 If I hadn't been a hundred feet away this would be a great example - you could see
 our wreaths on the windows and our window boxes!   

We use two spotlights, one a few feet from the porch and the other a few feet
from the patio on the left where I have a bench and oversize lantern.
Without the spotlights it's barely visible. 

Ours are from Home Depot, we've had them for a few years, and it couldn't be easier,
 you push the stake into your lawn and adjust the angle to highlight your area. 
It is similar to this - Home Depot LED Spike Light here

 Here are a some examples of homes I found that are using spotlights.

Have you ever tried them or do you have a trick to highlight your decor?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

a super easy diy and christmas link party here, now!

The participants of the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes decided it would
 be great to have YOUR Christmas Tour links show up on ALL 10 of our blogs!
That means more beautiful Christmas ideas for you, my readers, and 10 times the
 exposure for the awesome tours you've put together if you're a blogging friend! 
Link up once at the end of my post and you're on all 10 of our blogs.

Today I'm thrilled to be sharing another project over at A Blissful Nest, it's super
 easy, costs less than $2 and Rio approves! I'd love you stop by and check it out here.
Now it's your turn...share your Christmas Tour...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

4 Winners & 12 Days of Christmas Tour Finale

Thanks so much for entering everyone, and for all of your sweet birthday wishes!! :) 
Congratulations ~ the four winners of the $25 Gift Cards are:
Kathy B., Susan S., Faith D. and Diane W. you've all received an email.

The 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes has been so inspiring and we still have one
day left ~ tomorrow! We'd love to see you at our Link Party to show us YOUR
Christmas decor for the grand finale! 
Head over to Jenny's at Evolution of Style to link up and share. 

If you missed any of the tours our talented friend Lisa @ Shine Your Light has once
 again created a beautiful collection of collages for each of our tours. Just click on the
 graphic below and you'll be on your way to holiday inspiration!   



Sadly, our friend Andrea @ Oak Ridge Revival, wasn't able to share her tour because
 of an accident that left her needing to be with her mom. My thoughts and prayers are
 with you and your family, Andrea. I wish your mom the best.

Hope you've all enjoyed the tours, we've loved sharing our homes with you! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

a few ideas to steal from the christmas tours

Happy Friday, friends! 
I'm loving all of the inspiration in the Christmas tours, 
and thought I'd share a few fun ideas I noticed.  

Jesse @ Scout & Nimble 
This was my original color scheme for this year, I bought a couple boxes
of ornaments, but ended up returning them because I just wasn't sure 
I could pull it off, well Jesse pulled it off beautifully!   

Love this great wagon in front of the tree - wouldn't it be fun filled
with presents? I have a red wooden one that my dad made for Detail Boy's birthday,
when he was a little guy. 

This chandelier dripping with clear ornaments is such a gorgeous statement!

Created this amazing little gem from a dead tree! 

Christine @ Bijou & Boheme
DIY Merry Sign 

Elizabeth @ Little Black Door
I LOVE this tradition - each year they cut the bottom off of their Christmas tree and
make a candle holder!! Such an great idea! 

A great tutorial on how to achieve this layered ribbon look,
it seems easy enough.

Amanda @ Dixie Delights
These Naughty (Oreos) & Nice (Apples) snack jars are too fun!  

Today is Stacey @ Steward of Design is sharing her lovely home in the
12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes. I know she's
 done some updating this past year, and I can't wait to see it decked out for the holidays!

If you haven't had a chance to enter the giveaway for a 
$25 Gift Cards to a store of your choice
you still have time - go here

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

a present for you...

...because, it's my birthday! 
And, I couldn't be more thankful for all of you that stop by and visit my little blog,
whether you pop in every now and then when you have a few minutes or you check
daily to see what I'm up to, I so appreciate it! Your sweet, thoughtful comments and
 words of encouragement throughout the year mean the world to me. 
Thank you, dear friends, you're truly the BEST!
  xoxo ~ Pam      

Four random winners ~ for a $25 gift card to a store of your choice!
Good Luck!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

my past 3 years of neighbor gifts...

Hey everyone, hope you had a fabulous weekend, we're in full holiday mode
over here, parties, shopping and enjoying our decor, that is done ~ woo hoo! It's always a
tad hectic (actually total chaos) to get it done early, but so worth it to have it
 finished and be able to enjoy it. It motivates me to invite everyone over, we had my 
parents on Sunday to watch the Broncos and I made this delicious copycat soup
that's one of my dad's favorites ~ yum, you definitely need to try it!       

My friends are always asking me to post ideas early enough that they can use
 them, and I don't have my neighbor gifts ready to go for this year, but I thought
 you might like to steal an idea from a past year. Click on the title for the detailed post.   

You guys know it's all in the presentation, so the little details are a must! :)

Each family received a block of Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip cookie dough,
ready to bake now or freeze for cookies when the mood strikes or guests appear!   

I loved the jar resembling a beehive and also included a cute dish towel,
with the warm biscuits.

The Ikea Borby lanterns are a great useful container, I tucked in a simple DIY 
personalized Ikea dish towel and a box of their cookies. 

The 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes continues this week and up Monday is one
 of my favorite girls, Kris @ Driven by Decor, I'm betting her decor will be classic and
 sophisticated with a dose of something fun inspired by her two sweet girls!

12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes Schedule:

December 1 - Jenny @ Evolution of Style
December 2 - Amanda @ Amanda Carol Interiors
December 3 - Amanda @ Dixie Delights
December 4 - Pam @ Simple Details
December 5 - Lisa @ Shine Your Light
December 8 - Kris @ Driven by Decor

December 9 - Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
December 10 - Cyndy @ The Creativity Exchange
December 11 - Elizabeth @ Little Black Door
December 12 - Stacey @ Steward of Design
December 13 - Andrea @ Oak Ridge Revival
December 16 - YOU - Link up your Christmas Home Tour

Also, more ideas and inspiration are on tap over at 11 Magnolia Lane, up
tomorrow (the 9th) for their HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
 is Sarah, the sweet, gorgeous girl behind Life on Virginia Street. 

Happy Monday, friends! 
How is your holiday to-do list coming along? 

Holiday Open House @ 11 Magnolia Lane

Happy Sunday, everyone! I'm quickly popping in today to let you know 
I'm thrilled to be sharing my Christmas Home Tour with the lovely group of
bloggers and talented ladies over at 11 Magnolia Lane for their Holiday Open House.

They have a great line-up of inspiring holiday posts that are sure to inspire you!
Here are a few snippets of what my friend's have shared so far...

Heather @ Southern State of Mind shared her beautiful, vibrant Christmas decor.

Emily @ Eleven Gables shared her family's awesome tradition of giving.

Summer @  Simple Stylings shared her  whimsical table setting.

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

best of the nest features ~ november

You talented bloggers did it again, thanks so much for sharing your awesome
 projects!! Here are just a few of my favorites, be sure to stop by and check out the
 features from: 
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

**Please pin from the original site**

Ange @ Inspiring Hearts & Homes recently joined the One Room Challenge
and revealed her gorgeous master bedroom! 

Patty @ That's So Pretty came up with a super clever and budget friendly 
idea for creating artwork ~ the possibilities are endless!

B @ The Cape on the Corner re-purposed a beautiful mid century dresser as a TV
 stand, it adds a big dose of style to their room!  

Darrielle @ D.D.'s Cottage and Design did a wonderful job transforming
this unique table with whitewash, and she shares her great tutorial.  

Since we'll all be taking some time off around the holidays to enjoy time with
family and friends there will be no Best of the Nest Link Party in December. 
We'll resume our usual schedule the last Friday in January, where you can 
share your favorite project from December or January.

Are you following along with the 
12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes
you're in for a treat today ~ Lisa @ Shine Your Light is sharing her beautiful home,
and Kris and Jennifer are hard at work decking their halls, they're up next week! 

December 1 - Jenny @ Evolution of Style
December 2 - Amanda @ Amanda Carol Interiors
December 3 - Amanda @ Dixie Delights
December 4 - Pam @ Simple Details
December 5 - Lisa @ Shine Your Light
December 8 - Kris @ Driven by Decor
December 9 - Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
December 10 - Cyndy @ The Creativity Exchange
December 11 - Elizabeth @ Little Black Door
December 12 - Stacey @ Steward of Design
December 13 - Andrea @ Oak Ridge Revival

Have a wonderful weekend my fabulous friends! 

christmas 2014 ~ home tour

Hi friends, thanks so much for stopping by to check out our Christmas Home Tour,
and welcome if you're new to Simple Details!
If you've been following along I don't have to tell you how fabulous the
 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes
 has been, if not, pop in and see what you've missed, these ladies are amazing!

Day 1 - Jenny @ Evolution of Style
Day 2 - Amanda @ Amanda Carol Interiors
Day 3 - Amanda @ Dixie Delights

For our Christmas decor this year I used mostly what I had from previous years,
 but switched it all up and brought in some fun colors, pink and green, for a fresh look.

Our front porch...

Our entry...

Earlier this year I gave our entry some pizazz with this stencil that
looks like the popular pricey wallpaper.

our living room...

So you guys know I LOVE Craigslist, that's my hutch I made over, and the
coffee table I scored in the summer, and my $10 garage sale chair I rescued.
I gave my old wreath a big update ~ three pink bulbs. :)

I bought a couple great textured pillows when this stylish blogger offered them
for sale on her blog one day, and mixed in others I already had.
I stole the tree stump from Detail Boy's room, and he wants it back.

The white campaign dresser, another Craigslist find works perfectly for a bar
during the holidays. Do you remember the mirror from the One Room Challenge
bedroom? Well, we decided it was more my taste than hers and guess what?
I love it! Can you have too many mirrors, I'm sure I'm over doing it.

I found 'It's beginning to look a lot like cocktails' napkins, after I decided
 on the theme for my girlfriend party, and sent out these fun invites,
and they were pink!

My DIY framed batik fabric miraculously tied in with my lively pink and green,
I really had no idea how I was going to make those work with Christmas decor.
One little Target pillow did it!

our dining room...

I've seen all those popular striped candles lately and was just about ready to diy some
with spray paint when I remembered this striped wrapping paper I had, done!
 It was just what those traditional candlesticks needed.
The poinsettia pillow was a Pottery Barn Knock Off a couple years ago.

our christmas tree...

I've always loved flocked trees, and we're so happy with this one from Walmart!

our family room and our girl, rio...

To give us a fresh look I bought pink and green ornaments and made new
pillows, have I ever mentioned how much I love our neutral background?

I had completely forgotten, last year I bought fur to make us new stockings but it never
 made it to the top of my list, this year it did! Do you guys know that Home Depot has
a Black Friday deal every year - that 22" wreath - $5, and 15' of garland - $5!
Mark your calendars for next November so you don't forget.

our kitchen...

Can I tell you how much I enjoy my bright white kitchen since the
One Room Challenge makeover earlier this year! A lot!
When I was doing the ORC I considered getting rid of our chalkboard because it
didn't seem too chic and fresh, but I decided to keep and I'm so glad I went with my gut
 on that one, it's always fun to have a message on it.

I thought my Grandma's vintage ornaments would be safe and cute on this
covered cake plate.

I'm still loving our Formica Calacatta Marble countertop.

I gave my planter head guy some festive evergreens and pine cones,
he's from Homegoods, check in the spring in the garden section.
My glass jar from a friend is filled with gold and silver bells.

our bathroom...

Last but not least, our bathroom that got a new coat of dark charcoal paint recently.
I had to show you this cool arrangement a friend brought me, the stems are
going through the decorative balls and how fun is the bow out of greenery?

Wow, that was one wordy Christmas tour!
Thanks so much for visitng and if you'd like to check out last year's Christmas tour I
think it's all pics with nary a word! :)  Here.

If you'd like, check out my Instagram here.

Tomorrow's tour is one of the blogsophere's sweetest,
the lovely Lisa @ Shine Your Light, didn't she do an awesome job on our graphics?
 I can't wait to see what creative goodness she's been up to at her house!

Inspiration all over the place :)  here's more:
Christmas Home Tour @ Nesting Place
Inspired by Charm 
Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick Annual Christmas Tree Party
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