Today I’m sharing some ideas for decorating your front porch or patio for the 4th of July!  I love decorating for the seasons it’s a fun creative outlet.  I also enjoy seeing how the looks I create change from year to year.  It usually only takes maybe one new item and a couple DIY’s and I have a unique look.  Head over to @jordecor for more decor ideas!

Let’s start with this cute 4th of July handkerchief wreath.  I found the handkerchiefs at the Target dollar section.  This wreath was so easy and inexpensive to make!  I used a pool noodle as a base which is in the outdoor section at Target and is less than $5.  I duct taped the pool noodle together.  Then I cut my handkerchief into squares and used a hot glue gun to gather/bunch them in the center and then glued them all around the tube with hot glue.  I found that gluing three at a time one on top, one in the middle and one the bottom, then working my way around the tube made for a great pattern. 

Here is how the wreath looks with the rest of my 4th of July decor!  I love using this old window frames as a backdrop for my wreaths and my porch decor otherwise this wreath wouldn’t have the same impact here.  The pillows I had from previous years and they are from Target Dollar spot. 

This year I decided to add this chair and side table that was previously in our bedroom.  It’s more of an outdoor chair that’s no longer sold from Target.  However, if you are looking for something similar for your porch I love THIS set.  I’m always moving this chair around the house, quite frequently.  I love it out here on the porch and actually it has been a really comfy spot to have my morning coffee in the rain or if it’s too hot for the patio!  

I added some fun pops of navy and of course red to tie in with the wreath.  A few flags in a milk jar add that patriotic flair.   I love the nostalgia of the milk jar and the popcorn containers they make great 4th of July decor/accessories. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created this handkerchief wreath for 4th of July and all the other little Red, White and Blue touches I added to our farmer’s porch for summer.  I’d love to see how you are decorating for the seasons come follow over me on Instagram to see more of our day to day projects and life!

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Happy First day of SPRING!!  Today on the Blog I’m sharing some simple ideas for adding spring to your home.  I’ll be sharing two specific areas with you my mantel and our art ledges.  I hope you find it inspiring for your own spring decorating!

I thought I would welcome Spring with a little tour of our living room.  Before I do that, a lot has changed in the world since my last post.   I know this isn’t going to be our usual spring season.  We have a lot of uncertainty ahead of us.  One thing that isn’t changing is that our home is our sanctuary, it’s our safe place.   Literally now more than ever, it is time to look at your home as the refuge it is.  I don’t want to spend too much time talking about Covid-19, yet it’s our current reality.  I know you are constantly being bombarded with information and don’t need more here.  So I’ll just simply say that I hope this post finds you well, healthy and staying home so the first responders and medical care professionals can do their work.  Let’s remember that we are all in this together and I know we will emerge with an even better sense of compassion and appreciation for each other.

Bringing Spring into your home:

You’ll notice a few common threads in my living room – florals and greenery.  I honestly feel like spring might be the easiest season to decorate.  It’s as easy as adding extra florals and greens into your space for an instant boost of color and freshness. 

For our Spring mantel I hung these two lattice boards on either side of this beautiful new sign from Jenny at The Little Bird she is offering my followers a discount code JORDECOR10  if you’d like to browse her shop, times like this it is important to support small shops.  Spring reminds me of all things pretty in nature so I thought this sign was perfect.  She has many others as well that would be perfect in your home!

I also incorporate items to my mantel that move your eye from the corners and then back up. You don’t have to create a perfectly symmetrical design. I actually like mixing up the items on the sides so they aren’t exactly even. The candle sticks add height, the books and watering can balance the other corner.

The trick with adding florals to your space in the Spring is not to be scared to mix fresh and faux. This is the season to embrace an abundance of florals in your home. Plus it’s totally fun and OH SO PRETTY, so experiment with it. On my ottoman a simple glass vase of fresh tulips and on my mantel a grouping of faux floral bunches layered inside a wood planter. Using a variety of flower types and vessel types for example wood vs glass adds interest. The color adds continuity.

Greenery can come in the form of faux plants, real plants if you are so inclined ( I can’t seem to keep any alive) and simple green wreaths. Place them around the room on side tables and even on your mantel to bring that freshness into your space! If you do real plants please teach me a thing or two… 😉


As you can see Art is also a large contributor to the spring vibes in this space. The large floral arrangement art piece is quite the focal point on the wall. This exact painting I purchased many years ago from Pier 1 and I don’t think it’s available but this is similar. A large piece of art always adds quite an impact in a room. I love this one especially in the spring/summer. Fall and Winter I tend to switch this specific piece out because it just doesn’t fit the season as well.

We recently got a new sofa which we are loving! It’s so much lighter in the space and the bench cushions are just so clean looking. I decided to go with this rug because I love the warmer tones and patterns. On this side of the room I’m mixing smaller pieces of artwork on our gallery ledges. I love these ledges so much. I have so much fun mixing different art pieces, family photos and even my own art/kids art.

Tips For Styling Art Ledges

I’m excited to feature Abstract Artist Megan Carty and her beautiful prints to our gallery art ledges. Top right and bottom middle are two of her paintings printed on canvas and they are beautiful!! I love mixing things up each season and incorporating new artists to our walls. *An affordable way to add art into your home is to purchase prints from local artists OR GO ON ETSY and pop them into frames with large mattes. I like to group together a mix of different styles and mediums to make a more interesting focal point on the wall. As you can see I tried to keep the colors consistent with pinks!

If you like this Bunny Print I painted it last year and its for sale HERE

My final tip for bringing spring into your home is PILLOWS! A few new pillows or pillow covers can freshen up your sofa or bedding and add a new color/design to your space. I updated the lighter pink pillows which are from Home Goods and brought up this cute bunny pillow from storage that I purchased several years ago. I linked a few that I thought were similar and cute.

Thank you friends for stopping by, please stay safe and healthy! Also, share with me your home decor by following me on Instagram and tagging me in your photos! I love connecting with you there.


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During this slow down between Christmas and New Year’s we’re still enjoying the twinkle of our Christmas tree a little longer and pops of Christmas red in our living room decor.  Not as much the chaos of unwrapped gifts and toy parts sprinkled all over the floor… however I know in due time those will have a place too.  Everyone has their own timeline of when Christmas/holiday decor comes down.   In the next week I’ll be putting ours away, as well as donating, organizing and purging items from our home.  While, I love the coziness and magic that all the Christmas decorations add, I also love the simplicity and “nakedness” if you will, of our home post Christmas.  It looks much more open and clean.  If you are wondering how to keep some of that Christmas charm while still decluttering below are a few items that I tend to keep around.

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5 post Christmas Decor Elements:

I keep these items around through January and February to keep our home feeling cozy.

  1. Birch Branches
  2. Greenery
  3. Textural Elements like faux fur blankets/pillows
  4. Candles
  5. Wood tones to bring warmth to kitchen counters or shelves

If you are looking for a little decor inspiration look no further than my favorite place…Target.  The Hearth and Hand collection from Target just released their new FURNITURE line, yes you read that correctly!  And it does not disappoint!  I love the muted wood tones and clean lines of the new dining set.  I can’t wait to see what else they come out with for furniture this spring.  The spring decor line also launched and not that I’m going to start decorating for spring anytime soon there are a few pieces that caught my eye that are beautiful like the faux plants, vases and pillows.   I thought I would share some of my favorites below.  If you have any Target gift cards it may be a good time to shop!  Let me know if you have any favorites!

My Favorites from the new Hearth and Hand from Target:

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The timing of this post couldn’t be anymore perfect. I’m writing this while watching the snow fall from our large dining-room window. We’ve been hit hard in our house, this fall/winter with sickness. A beautiful snowfall is the perfect time (and excuse) to stay inside light a fire, bake a delicious meal and put on a Christmas movie. I’m excited to be partnering up with Christmas Tree Shops and That! to share with you a beautiful themed tablescape for your holiday gatherings this month.

I love going to Christmas Tree Shops and That! to get inspired each season and pick up a couple new items to decorate with. This excursion was no different as while shopping I fell in love with all their holiday decor but especially their woodland themed ornaments, snowflake plates and other winter accessories. Whenever I’m going to set a table for a holiday party/dinner I take inspiration in and walk around the store, then I really focus on what is catching my eye. I typically love reds and holiday greens but I thought it would be cozy to add whites, golds and other textures into my dining table this winter.

Layering your Dining Table

Creating a beautiful table all starts with the theme and then layers. I always start with a runner or table cloth and build up from there. Christmas Tree Shops and That! had so many great options for table clothes. I choose a white and gold specked cloth, they usually always have coordinating napkins too. From the tablecloth you want to add your charger, dinner plate, salad plate or bowl. After that you can top it off with a name tag or a special little accent that ties in with the theme. I loved scattering these little ornaments around the table as woodland creatures. These snowflake salad plates are the perfect addition to my Winter Wonderland dining table. I absolutely love the shape of them and the design.

When you are going neutral in decorating always be sure to add in a mix of textures and metallics. Lots of white can be boring so I love the texture the ornaments add to the table as well as the metallic trees and table cloth from Christmas Tree Shops and That!

Creating a Centerpiece

A centerpiece should tie in with your theme and create interest on the table with out being too large or distracting. I purchased these white metal trees from Christmas Tree Shops and That! then I mixed in some other glass trees and bottle brush trees I already owned. I had these mini sleds I placed down first and then scattered trees of varying heights and some cute ceramic white houses in between that. You could create the same effect with a table runner or wood. Twinkle lights woven through out the centerpiece add a little special twinkle.

The fuzzy woodland deer on the top right shelf was another Christmas Tree Shops and That! find it looks so cute on our pipe shelves.

I also found this potted greenery with silver ornaments in it and snow dusted boxwood stems. Since my table is fairly white and metallic I wanted to bring in some reds/greens on the shelves to make it feel Christmas (y) too!

The kids absolutely love the table decor this year, they are so excited to eat all their meals here and play with the woodland creatures. We will definitely be using these as ornaments too! Be sure to check out Christmas Tree Shops andThat! for all of your holiday and Christmas decor needs.

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I love taking a simple jeans and t-shirt outfit up a notch with a fun hat or scarf, especially this time of year when you want to utilize all the layers before the big heavy jackets come out.   Sometimes a simple accessory change can complete a simple outfit, especially if your a mom and getting dressed quickly often involved a t-shirt and jeans look.  I find the trick with accessories is to not go OVER board with them.  I love choosing one or two (max) to be the statement of whatever outfit I’m putting together.  If I’m going to do a hat I’ll probably nix the oversized sunglasses and stick to simple smaller frames.  It’s all about finding balance with your own style and what you feel good and comfortable wearing. 

I thought it would be fun to share 5 categories of my favorite fall accessories that I’ve been loving, wearing or wanting!   Finding simple and understated accessories can enhance your outfit and add to your own personal style/ take on an outfit. 

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In the fall I love a good pair of oversized sunnies, I probably won’t splurge on a pair because they aren’t something I wear all the time, only when I want to dress up an outfit or look a little more chic.  I like to splurge on classics that I know I’ll wear day to day like classic ray-ban styles.  When I want to experiment with, new to me shapes, I go to Target, Nordstrom Rack or Madewell for an affordable pair. 


A great hat can really kick up a casual outfit and dress up a simple one.  I tend to go for comfortable outfits since I’m not in an office setting and a cool hat is always a fun way to add some personality.  Baseball caps are my day to day, go to style because they’re great for hiding unwashed (or let’s face it sometimes unbrushed hair) in the fall/winter I look for baseball hats that double as a cozy layer.  Like this neutral one above.


Over the years I’ve noticed myself gravitating less and less to big statement jewelry. This shift probably happened after Griffin was born and when I stopped working in a professional classroom setting. As a teacher I loved adding big earrings and necklaces to dress up my work outfits. However after becoming a stay at home Mom, and dressing more casual, big necklaces were just something the babies could grab and pull off. The last couple years my obsession has been delicate and feminine, less is more style necklaces. If I want to dress them up I’ll layer the lengths of them. My friend over at Ave Hope Designs is one of my GO TO’s for this style of necklaces. If I want to make a statement I’ll add a big earring like some of these below.

Watch Bands:

Yes, I also like changing out my watch bands. Please tell me I’m not alone. Once I discovered how affordable they are, it’s such a fun way to switch up the look of my apple watch. I can take it from sporty to casual/dressy with two easy clicks. Here are some that I’m wearing this fall.


I’m always a fan of adding layers in the cooler weather that include some type of either cozy texture or cool pattern to an outfit. If you have a simple jeans/t-shirt situation going on, adding a great scarf is a perfect fall accessory. In addition a leather jacket on top of that is a signature fall look. I shared a few ways I like to tie my scarf and saved it to my Instagram story highlights which you can find HERE

There you have it my favorite affordable fall accessories that I’m currently wearing or loving. I hope you guys enjoy also seeing some fashion/style posts. It’s fun for me to switch it up from decor time to time and I really believe that styling yourself and your home are two very similar skills that can reveal a lot about your own unique style!


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Ok, so now that it is officially F A L L I can finally share with you a bunch of fall decor inspiration with out wondering “hmmm, will they think I’m crazy decorating for fall, pre-fall?”.   I’m excited to share with you some fall art ideas for your living room or any blank wall in your home.   I’ve been enjoying our living room art ledges SO much.  Sometime around last January-February we decided to take down a gallery wall and add ledges for framed art/photos etc… ever since that change I’ve really enjoyed switching up the art and mixing in different pieces for each season.

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Here is a look back at what I’ve done the past few seasons/holidays…



Valentine’s Day:

If you are looking to decorate a main wall area in your home-and stuck on what to add I encourage you to consider adding ledges and simple clean line frames of varying sizes that you can swap out seasonally.  It’s so easy and there are so many different things you can add to the frames.  Here are some ideas…

Ideas for for art:

Kid photos

Kid artwork

Watercolor Prints


DIY art

Frame Paper/Fabric

Frame pressed natural elements (leaves)

Where to purchase art?




Local art studios/markets

How to decorate art ledges?

If you noticed from the past seasons I tend to choose a color scheme or a focal point and work off that.  I always use a couple elements that wouldn’t be expected for example a small wreath, cutting board, banner, vase with flowers…or other seasonal decor.  By mixing in other decorative elements to the framed artwork it really adds another layer of interest to the wall.

I’m really excited to show you guys what I did with the ledges this fall!  I started with a package of two black and white wood framed signs from the target dollar spot because I noticed that their frames matched the wood ones we have on the ledges.  I also loved the cute sayings about fall. I fell in LOVE with THIS set of art prints on Etsy and just had to include them in some frames.  They are inexpensive because they are for download. I prefer this because I can quickly get the files emailed after purchase and bring them to a local print center. It’s such a quick inexpensive way to find wall decor, plus supporting an artist! Once I added these pumpkin harvest photos it basically took the whole display to another level.

At first I tried making all my own art, which was fun but it was too much of the same thing. Once I mixed the photographs with my scrapbook paper abstract art (which I made by simply tearing paper in my color cheme and layering/overlapping it) the combination of fall signs overlapping the harvest photographs, is a lovely juxstaposition and adds more dimension to the ledges.

To finish off the fall art ledges and bring in more detail, I added some small wheat picks that I found in the target dollar spot section, I slid them between the overlapping frames and I love the texture it adds to the whole display. The pumpkin cutting boards peek through behind the frames giving more depth than just wall space. The twinkle lights just make everything extra cozy, too.

There you have it! My fall art ledges were very inexpensive, I didn’t even spend over $25 to change out this display, it was very easy and I love how cozy this wall space feels in our living room. What do you think of my fall art ledges? Do you have a favorite of all the seasons so far? I’m not sure I can decide! But fall has my heart for sure.

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Today I’m sharing my fall mantel with you!  I’ve been trying to keep my fall decor more simplified this year, maybe it’s from catching up after finishing our double bathroom renovation which kept me behind on life a little bit.  No matter the reason, the beauty is however you decorate your home is that it’s yours and you can do as much or as little as you’d like.  Some years I find that I go all out in certain areas, like the dining table or my front door and the living room is really simple.  So far my dining room only has a few touches of fall and I’m ok with that at the moment.  I don’t think every area of your home has to be an all out reflection of the season, I just really enjoying bringing in touches of the outside inside, gradually and in certain areas of our home.

Mixing Metals to Create a Cozy yet Sophisticated Fall Mantel:

This year I’m really feeling metallic colors for fall.  So I’ve incorporated brass, silver and copper tones into our fall living room.   I used a mix of metal candle holders I’ve been collecting.  I found a bunch of these at local thrift shops (like Savers) and Target (I’ll link a bunch below) and spaced them through out the length of mantel to create a sophisticated modern/vintage look.  I also decided to mix different candle sticks in gold, ivory and an off white to make it even a little more interesting. 

I added the leaves to the all with 3m double sided tape to add another layer of interest for fall decor.  I also spray painted them outside with metallic spray paint, instead of the bright orange and yellow they were before which was way too bright.  Now they look really soft and aged.  I purchased this mirror at Homegoods years ago and I just love it.  It reflects light and has a cool hammered texture.  I use it as a simple focal point and just layer and build my decor around it.  I’ll link some similar mirrors below.

The “Fall” sign is from Christmas Tree Shops and pillows I had from past years that I repurposed I love how the oranges pop against the gray tile and it feels like classic fall to have some touches of orange mixed in as well.   I’ve had this rectangular dough bowl for awhile and always use it around the house, I love it on my mantel because it can hold different decorative elements.  Here I filled it with a couple fabric pumpkins I found at the Target Dollar Spot.

These pretty wheat picks were also a Target Dollar Spot find.  I think they look so pretty and harvest-y (is that even a word) tucked in with the pumpkins and twinkle lights.

I always try to incorporate and repurpose decorative items from past years and then pick up maybe a couple things to give it old decor a new feel.  I love the Target Dollar Spot for simple and affordable small seasonal touches.  Like this precious little truck with pumpkins.  I thought it was the cutest thing ever!

Something about this whole look just makes me want to get a pumpkin spice latte, light a fire and get cozy with my family.  I love this time of year!!  Fall is the best!  Have you started decorating for fall?  Do you go all out in every room or just a little here and there?

I hope you like this simple and sophisticated Fall mantel!  Also hope it inspires you, too. 

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Are you looking for a fun fall weekend getaway with your family?  Looking to get outdoors, peep some fall foliage and just enjoy nature?  Did you know that  Christmas Tree Shops and That! has everything to make your next camping or glamping experience a success? Keep reading to see my camping/glamping essentials that I purchased From CTS and my overall thoughts on the whole experience.

Thank you to Christmas Tree Shops and That! for sponsoring this post, as always all thoughts, opinions and ideas are my own. 

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We recently went on a family “glamping” trip to Huttopia in the White Mountains and it was SO fun! Of course I had to decorate our grounds to make it feel homey and welcoming.  I mean it was glamping after all, so why not!  At this point nothing surprises Ben anymore and he got a good laugh at my decor for the camping trip.  I love shopping at Christmas Tree Shops and That! they always have the best prices on seasonal decor which keeps me going back season after season.  For Fall this year I wanted to do something different, outside our home.  Since we were already going on this weekend getaway I decided it would be fun to decorate our camping grounds for us to enjoy for the weekend and make it feel like a home away from home.  So while I was grabbing some essentials I also picked up some decorative items to make our spot a little cozier.

You can see in the photo below from when we arrived that the pre-constructed tent (yurt) is really cool. But the picnic table outside isn’t very attractive nor anything you’d really want to dine on or even play games on with out a table cloth. Keep reading to see how I transformed our area with some cute and affordable items from Christmas Tree Shops and That! fall selection out in stores now.

Here is a list of the items I found during my most recent trip to create a cozy fall welcome to our camp site:

  • Bug Spray
  • Citronella Candles
  • Paper Goods
  • Table Cloth
  • Cute Fall Pillow
  • Cozy Blankets 2 for kids 1 for grown up
  • Camper Style Mugs
  • S’more Sticks
  • Door mat
  • Travel Food Containers
  • Kids travel chairs
  • Door mat

Camping in Style

If your camping or glamping you want your area to look festive and home-y it will make the whole experience so much more enjoyable and of course much prettier! I purchased some fresh sunflowers at the grocery store and put them in a vase that I already owned and drove with them on my lap the whole ride. That’s how determined I was to make a beautiful setting for us to enjoy! I started by using the table cloth from Christmas tree Shops and That! (they have many beautiful prints and designs for fall) as the base. I then added a row of citronella candles in a coordinating color and these adorable ceramic acorn lanterns. It get’s really dark in the woods at night and it helps to have multiple light sources, of course flash lights are great too, but these little lights created such amazing ambience at night.

Luckily our Yurt/tent had a small kitchenette inside with basic plates, bowls, mugs and cutlery. But, I wanted to be prepared so I bought two adorable fall camper mugs from Christmas Tree Shops and That! and then a bunch of adorable paper plates and to go tins with lids for eating on our laps or storing left over food that we grilled on the fire. I really mixed in things I purchased and items from the Yurt like the glasses and cutlery, and my pot lid turned cheese/cracker plate.

I stuck with a traditional Harvest color scheme for our glamping adventure. I love that Christmas Tree Shops and That! has a variety of seasonal decor so there really is something to fit every home, style or yurt! Can you believe how gorgeous this view was outside our front door? To dress up the paper plates I just layered them over the white ceramic plates from the Yurt and this made our last dinner very special. Ben grilled steak tips and we grabbed a salad from the Air Streamer cafe on site. It’s really an awesome experience to glamp, you mix a little rustic with a little lux.

Cozy Camping

Camping in late summer or early fall means being prepared for cooler temps. The temps would drop quickly as the sun went down so lots of cozy blankets and warm fires were key. Luckily, Christmas Tree Shops and That had the coziest blankets! I got one for each kid to wrap themselves in when out by the fire and one for Ben and I to share that I knew would look great in the living room once we got home.

The cute little door mat and wood rosette pumpkins are the perfect pop of color and welcome to our Yurt. The kids loved the woodland animal theme. Christmas Tree Shops and That! also has an adorable section of woodland creature decor and I just couldn’t resist this mat. A lot of dirt gets brought into the tent, being in the woods all day will do that 😉 and this really helped keep the tracking in dirt down to a minimum. The plush blankets are insanely soft and warm, the kids loved them! For under $10 it’s a fall camping necessity. I loved moving this adorable pumpkin pillow all around our camp grounds to add another layer of cozy to our outdoor area.

Food & Drink

We kept it simple with food and brought a cooler with juice boxes and some beer. I pre-made a mac and cheese that we warmed over the gas stove. It would be great if you pre-made a chili too. Of course we had to have some pumpkin beer and s’mores! I put all the s’mores ingredients on a metal tray but used a package of fall leaves from Christmas Tree Shops and That! as the base to give it that fall feel, it really dressed the tray up an made it looks so pretty. The resort we stayed at also had an air stream cafe on site which had a pizza oven, so we tried that one night too! We really never wanted to leave our beautiful lake view! However I promise we did more than eat the whole time. In between meals there was canoeing, fishing and an amazing salt water heated pool to enjoy too! We played lots of board and card games at the picnic table as well, which was so fun!

Thankfully it wasn’t very buggy because it was cooler. However, we didn’t want to chance it and came prepared with our bug spray and citronella candles all purchased at Christmas Tree Shops and That! I love that I grabbed everything I needed affordably at one of my favorite stores. There you have it! Our family glamping experience!

All in all we had an amazing experience in the White Mountains. We made so many memories. The kids enjoyed time in nature, Ben got his fill of the great outdoors; lighting fires and cooking on an open flame. I had a working bathroom + electricity and an actual bed in the Yurt. So basically we were all happy glampers! What made it a little extra festive was all the great products I found at Christmas Tree Shops and That! and I look forward to also finding ways to use these items through out our home this fall.

Are you a camper? Could you see yourself glamping? I would do it again next year for sure and I think it would be a blast with a group of friends or for a family reunion!

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The dog days of summer are officially here in Boston with temperatures in the 100’s this past weekend.   Like many we are trying to beat the heat and stay cool.  Hey, I’d take heat any day over snow and cold- so bring it!  I like to keep my decor really simple this time of year and now that the 4th of July decor has been packed up I wanted to switch up some of our farmer’s porch decor to make it feel really summer-y and fresh with out going crazy or spending a lot.  Today I’m sharing my Summer Porch Refresh!  

Before I jump into summery photos of our farmer’s porch I want to share something pretty awesome that finally happened a couple weeks ago which inspired this summer refresh.  We were long over due to have all the exterior trim of our home repainted, it was chipping for years and we knew it was time, well it finally happened!!! Ok maybe this isn’t that exciting, but it get’s better!  I’m not ready to show it off just yet because now our window shutters look pretty dang… BAD.  Figure’s right?  One thing always leads to the next.  Hopefully in the fall we will update them. They’re a redish-brown color and super faded, some even broken.

Anyways, back to the more awesome part.  I knew the painter’s would be here working on all the trim around the house, even our farmer’s porch.  I have been wanting to freshen up our farmer’s porch FLOOR paint and CEILING paint for awhile but haven’t been able to find the time or energy in this heat.   SOOO the company that was doing our trim ended up painting it for us!  *TIP if you’ve hired a subcontractor for a home project (painter, plumber, electrician etc… ) it’s worth it to ask for other smaller add on’s, chances are since they are there they’ll do it for you and give you a better deal than having to come back later for that other smaller task.  So it wasn’t much more for them to do those two areas since they were literally already working on all the trim around it.  YAY!


Here is our front porch at Halloween last Fall, notice the floor and ceiling?

You can see that it was a worn out brown paint with out much of a sheen to it. The ceiling wasn’t awful but it was just white and would attract a ton of bugs nesting in the corners (I guess it would have fit in at Halloween time! ;))


Windy City by Benjamin Moore

I like it because it’s a darker gray (in person) but not overly dark and there are some warmer undertones with out it looking too brown.  It’s a very dynamic color.  We used Benjamin Moore’s exterior paint in a semi gloss and I love that it has a little sheen to it.


Palace Pearl By Benjamin Moore

I like it because it’s a subtle soft powdery blue that won’t fight too much with the St. Lucia Teal on the exterior doors.  We did this in an eggshell since we didn’t want it overly glossy on the ceiling.

So why blue on the ceiling?  Blue on porch ceilings originally started in the South to ward off evil spirits and then over time was also used to confuse bugs from nesting on your porch ceiling as they think it’s the sky.  I’m not sure if this is actually true, but it looks really pretty!  I’m going to see if it works at all because we always have yucky bugs in all the corners out here in the summer.  So far it’s been a couple weeks and zero bugs! This article from Apartment Therapy also does a great job going more in depth about the historical context of the blue porch ceiling origins.


1. Pick a color scheme. 

I have my signature blues going on but the accent color this time of year that I gravitate towards is yellow- it’s cheery and think of how refreshing lemons and anything citrusy is this time of year.


Find some plants that like to be potted in slightly shady areas that can also withstand heat. So far my ferns have been thriving. Honestly, I’m not the best with keeping potted plants alive! So far ferns for the win! Our hydrangea plants in the front yard are having the best year ever! So I trimmed some and put them in a vase with cold water and ice cubes to perk them up in the heat.


I’m always a fan of adding lanterns outside. Plus I love that they can bring in your color scheme and add ambiance in the evening.


Always add a fun pattern or two to you outdoor area either in a rug or pillows. I love this ikat pattern rug I got from Target last year and this pin stripe pillow from T.J. Maxx. You can either mix different colors or keep the same theme going on. For me blues are my favorite especially in the summer.


For your seating try mixing materials. Buy something second hand and chalk paint then distress, or use a metal bench like mine mixed with a woven side chair. It adds interest to your seating area.  Outdoor seating doesn’t have to match perfectly as long as you have a cohesive color scheme. I linked some similar options below!


Nothing gives summer vibes like fresh fruits and citrus! I love this lemon wreath which I’ve had for a couple years now (linked similar at the bottom of the post) I also think oranges or even pineapples would be a beautiful accent! I love layering my seasonal signs or wreaths over our vintage window frame it just brings so much more depth than if this was just a wreath on its own.

Exterior Door Colors is St. Lucia Teal by Ben. Moore


Thank you guys so much for stopping by on this summer day! I hope you are enjoying every moment of summer. What do you think of the colors I chose? I’m always so amazed with what a great coat of paint can do!


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Welcome to the Easy Summer Home Styling Tour!  I’m so happy to share  our outdoor living space on Cape Cod with you all!  I’m thrilled to be part of this awesome blog hop today because I want to share a little bit about our exterior back/deck space which over looks a beautiful harbor.  On a summer day you can smell the salt air and see campers learning to sail on small sunfish (including my son!).  This is our family beach house- it’s my parent’s home they built last year that I help design and decorate.   We spend a lot of time here with my husband and kids, especially in the summer!  This special little home represents a place we can escape to, disconnect and spend time together making memories as a family.   We spend every July 4th on Cape Cod! 

our home is on a sloping property so the back deck is about 20-30 feet off the ground which is why you’ll see those protective wires. It’s super safe and yet doesn’t take away from the view.  Our back deck extends the whole back of the home.  This specific area consists of a dining space and living space that connects to the home with two french doors and is screened in.  Making it a perfect spot to dine al- fresco, play music and enjoy some delish summer time drinks.  When we were designing the home I made it a point to include a connection to the kitchen through that window.  We added a granite counter and bar stools to transform it into a super functional spot for kids to eat or even as an outdoor buffet/ bar set up.  We can simply pass food out from the kitchen instead of walking around through the doors.  My kids love sitting and eating here they feel like they’re at a diner.  Guess who’s the waitress 😉

The beautiful white light fixture is from Ikea.  We wanted something bright and simple so the focus would be more on the water view in the back yard.   We decided to go with black exterior windows just to do something a little different than you traditionally see on Cape Cod.  It’s a bit modern but the gray shingles tie it back to it’s coastal Cape Cod roots.

I recently picked up some outdoor rugs four these two spaces. I’m a firm believer that if you want a space (even an outdoor one) to feel more defined and inviting you need to start with a rug as the foundation. I love that once you add that layer it instantly just pops! In Cape Cod navy is a signature color so we have a bit of it through out the house as well as some other denim shades of blue which I love.

This large wall clock with the anchor I purchased at Christmas Tree Shops and That! last summer, as well as the navy rope plates. I also found these Rae Dunn pillows at T.J. Maxx that say “SAND” and “SEA” I couldn’t resist them. I added this beautiful plaid table “throw” as the base layer on the table and it quickly sets a patriotic tone. I like that its a bitt different from a runner but lighter than a table cloth. It looks so pretty thrown off the side of the table too. We had these jute chargers for awhile so I layered them next, then the plates and these cute little silverware sleeves.

These patriotic silverware sleeves I found at the target dollar spot but you could easily make some with cardstock paper in the color/design of your choice. Just fold, glue and cut a scallop edge at the top. Add a cute starfish on top to add a little beach vibe.

I hope you enjoyed stopping by and seeing our Cape Cod beach house all set up for summer! We can’t wait to entertain, relax and simply take in the beautiful warmth of this season, that we waited so long for! Do you host any 4th Of July festivities? Do you keep your decor somewhat relaxed or do you go all out?! I hope you will stop by and see the other amazing Summer Home Tours today (all linked below!)




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31 Girl At Home // Sand Dollar Lane // The Turquoise Home

JorDecor //She Gave it a Go // A Blue Nest

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Citygirl Meets Farmboy // Grace In My Space //We’re The Joneses // Aratari at Home

Camelot Art Creations // Crisp Collective //The Tattered Pew

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The weather is beautiful today, with a warm breeze blowing through the window as I write this.  Summer is finally here and is one of my favorite seasons.  I love making my home feel light and airy this time of year.  I like to go minimal with my decorating in the warmer moths to help create that light vibe.  I wanted to show you how I added some summer art to our gallery ledges, which you can find HERE.  I really enjoy switching things out for each season as you can see on this post and this post.  Choosing art doesn’t have to be exhausting mentally or financially it can be really easy and fun.  My two favorite places to shop for affordable art is HERE and HERE.


Here they are all ready for summer.  I mixed in some of my photographs of the kids at the beach and then let the art and color just shine.  I still love the wood tone frames against the white matt’s.  I think it adds a little warmth and coziness.  I played around with the layout and composition but ultimately I think having three of each size frame works and then just playing with the arrangement.  I still might try to swap the frames and sizes so the same exact ones aren’t above and below but for now this is good!

The two stripe paintings are original paintings by local artist Carolyn Mackin. They are part of her series called “Cape Cod Stripes” of which I’m a huge fan of and I was so excited to get two 8×10’s in these blue color schemes.  The other two paintings I will link at the bottom of this post.  I LOVE how they add movement in the waves as well as the small pebbles or shell shapes that are just so organic and simple plus I love some of the green and pink shades it brings in.

Mixing media is a good idea in your art ledges, or gallery wall whatever you might have!  I think bringing in a couple different types of art adds a collected feel and makes it more visually interesting.  Here I have two original paintings of which you can see the texture of the brush strokes and then a photograph and a print of a painting.

As you can see I also mixed in some objects that I found at the Target Dollar spot, these woven fans break up the rectangular shapes and bring in another beach-y texture.  This adorable “beach’ paddle also adds another layer of interest on the shelves. The small Cape Cod canvas is made with real sand by my friend over at 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my ledges all styled for summer.

Thanks for stopping by!


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It feels like an eternity ago that I was a Teacher.   I always wanted to become either an Interior Designer or an Art Teacher.  I taught art for almost 10 years before staying home with my own two littles.  It’s crazy to me that now, in my own JorDecor way, I’m pursuing my other passion and sharing that pursuit with all of you.  Art and creativity will always be at my core, creating and helping others create whether it be something you hang on your walls or the cozy look of a space itself.   Creation comes in many forms, it is about releasing an expression, emotion, idea or vision.  Teaching elementary art was one of the most fun jobs.  I loved the amazement on kids faces when I taught them a new technique or introduced them to an artist or material they never heard of before.

As my own kids school year is now coming to an end I’m feeling nostalgic to all those end of year feels on the other end of it, as a a teacher.  I can related to how much those teachers are SOOOO ready for a break.  I also recall how exhausting it was, how the children become like your own.   You care for them, help them not only in subject matter but teach them about social skills, manners, kindness, acceptance and so many other valuable things on a daily.  I recall by the end of the year being drained; mentally, physically and emotionally.  Summer is the time when teachers restore themselves, renew their spark for education and regain the energy to do it all again the next year.

So this is why I have such an appreciation for my kids teachers and all teachers.  At the end of the year I try to make a little something special as a “Thank You” and as a “go enjoy your time off” because let’s face it, they’ve earned it.    This year I wanted to create a little pampering kind of gift. One of my favorite gifts from a student was a simple manicure gift card (and the inspiration for this years) I remember using it right after school on that last day of classes and treating myself.   It was the perfect start to summer.  Back in my Art Teachers days I never got my nails done because they were always covered in paint, sharpie or clay.  It was such a thoughtful and kind gift to receive.

The second gift idea is for the male teachers but it also doubles as a Father’s Day Gift too!  I’m also going to include the cards that I made so you can print your own if you’d like.  *read the end to get my tips on printing



Click to download and print my cards to attach to your gift.

Mani Thanks Pink

Mani Thanks Yellow

I created these adorable “Mani Thanks” gift cards. For a Teacher Assistant or specialist if you wanted to do a little something and add the tags to a clear mini gift bag with a color polish and a clear top coat and then a little facial treatment- it’s the perfect little thank you.  For the Teacher if you wanted to also add a gift card to a local spa that would be amazing any teacher would love a little end of year pampering session.  I also found these adorable beach hats that say “Vacay all Day” and then tied the gift card around with the cute “Mani Thanks” around it with ribbon.




Click to download and print my cards to attach to your gift.

Thankful FORE You!

For the guys how fun is this Golf themed gift card idea.  Find a local golf place and grab a gift card to hit balls and add it to this cute little bucket of balls.  I grabbed a bag of recycle balls that were a bit more affordable and some t’s.

I used the shredded paper to lift the balls up so I didn’t need to use as many. Then put the T’s in the center to hold the gift card in place.  But play around with the presentation to create something that works for you.

Recommendation for printing- cardstock paper works best.  When you go to print, select 6 copies to a page and it will shrink the photos down to the size you need.  If you use these I’d love for you to tag me so I can see how they turned out.

Thank you guys for stopping by and happy almost SUMMER!


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I can’t believe Memorial Day Weekend is here and we are just about to kick off summer. We are actually splitting up the weekend between Cape Cod and then back home for some little league baseball and a family BBQ.  I’m so happy that BBQ season is officially here.  We’ve worked so hard on our outdoor spaces that I’m so ready to finally enjoy them!  The last thing on my to do list this week was to get some Red, White and Blue, decor on our front door.  I want to enjoy it for awhile before we head back to C.C. for majority of the summer and a lot of my Patriotic decor is at our beach house so I was really just looking for things I already had around the house to bring a little Americana vibes to our front door with out going out and buying a bunch of new stuff.

Let’s start with the lanterns.  I’ve had THESE lanterns for several years now.  They’ve seen it all from rain and lots of snow.  They really were starting to look dirty and dingy.  I’ve tried to clean them before but there was fading and chipping.  So I decided to do my favorite most cost effective tricks- spray paint.  Whenever I want to breath new life into something, if I can spray paint it I will.  So for the lanterns I just grabbed some white spray paint and gave it a nice clean coat.  They look so much better.  I also have to admit to you that I don’t ever truly light up my lanterns.  They are there for look.  Since these are exposed to moisture the batteries always rust and get messy.  So I simply leave the lanterns with out batteries.  That may seem strange to you but just works for me.

I already had these red planters and I tend to bust them out every summer when I start adding some festive Patriotic decor.  I’ve had these for years, however it’s as simple as taking a large cheap plastic planter and spray painting it red and like that you have super inexpensive and easy patriotic decor.  I wish I could tell you the name of the plant I put in them.  I was in such a rush, I was looking for something full and with white petals and this was the best I could find at Lowes.   I also grabbed this large red flowered plant which I was so excited to bring in that natural red color.

If you ever see an old chair on the side of the road, or at a local thrift store, grab it!  I chalked paint this one red, after a few seasons outside its weathered to this rustic chippy garden stool.   My front steps need such a good cleaning.  I think we need to get the pressure washer out.  Always something else to do right guys?!  

TIP 1:  I love to add height on either side of the door it makes the entrance feel more grand. Chairs/ stools add height to plants.  Or grab a potted tree of some kind to flank either side of your door.

I purchased this adorable straw tote months ago with intent to use it or give it to Autumn to use, because I loved the classic colors and “hello”.  However I couldn’t find a wreath I was really into and I love trying out different things for my decor, reusing something for a different purpose is always my favorite thing to do.   I love how it looks with some simple faux hydrangea and two small flags on either side.  I used some bags to fill out the bottom and make it look really full.  I just added mine to a small nail we already had on the door so its centered.  I tried adding to a wreath hook but it looked to bulky.  Our door has seen a lot of abuse over the years with out a storm door that, it’s probably time to replace soon.  So a tiny nail hole doesn’t really bother me too much.

TIP 2:  Bring in colors of the season through plants, a wreath and maybe one touch of simple decor.  Don’t need to go over board.

I found this simple metal star  with the flag on it at the grocery store of all places and it was under $5 and I simply rested it to the side of the lantern to bring the colors down in that corner.  Hanging it on the door wouldn’t have made enough of an impact but just leaning it against a pot or lantern is a nice extra touch.

TIP 3- Change up your door mat to fit the season, layer a throw rug underneath to add interest.

Tip 4- Create depth in your front door design, by adding decor elements to the first steps and build them back towards the front of the door.

Tip 5-  Use a mixture of plants to add a variety textures and visual interest to your front entry.  

There you have it my Red, White and Blue Decor for the upcoming summer Holidays!  I didn’t have to buy too much and used a lot of things I already had on hand, I just grabbed some plants and spray paint!

I hope you have an amazing Memorial Day weekend.



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