Christmas Home Tour

It is officially Christmas in the Carroll household! This year has been an exciting time as we have been unpacking all of our holiday decorations that we haven't laid eyes on in over 2 years. We were hoping to be moved in our house early last December, but because of delays in construction, we never made our timeline. I was really sad that we didn't get to pull out our stockings and favorite ornaments. Needless to say, we were a bit anxious to start decorating this year... so anxious, that we began decorating in early November. I know... we are those people! Just call us the Griswolds. 

The Dept. 56 village belonged to Brad's father and he has fond memories of the two of them arranging it every year. I originally claimed to not be a "village person," but it has begun to grow on me. 
We like to keep a few pricey bottles of wine on hand in case visitors stop by for happy hour. HAHA! only kidding

I have antlers all over the place, the perks of coming from an avid hunting family! These I dipped in gold leaf to make them a bit more festive.
 Sorry for the blinding light in some of these photos, it was a bit dark outside when I got around to taking them.

 Even though I keep this wreath out year round, is there anything more Christmasy than boxwood wreaths? 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Thanksgiving Menu

Are you still browsing Pinterest for the perfect dishes to include in your family's Thanksgiving festivities? Well look no further! Try my awesome Mac and Cheese recipe, but be prepared to make it for the rest of your life, because EVERYONE will request it. While you're at it, you may want to make two pans...you know, just in case you want some for later ;) Also check out my Lemon Icebox Pie and Peanut Butter Silk Pie. Both are wonderful! If you try them out, come back here and let me know what you think!


Favorite Things - Winter 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you would see that we kind of jumped the gun on decorating for Christmas this year. Go ahead, judge away. In the past, we have normally waited until after Thanksgiving to get out the tree and tinsel. I used to think Brad was crazy when he would say that he wanted to start decorating at the beginning of November! After 6 years of marriage, my husband AKA Clark Griswold, has worn off on me.

We aren't completely decorated, but the exterior lights are up as is the tree. It is so exciting decorating a new house and I can't wait to add more details now that the bulk of the work is done.

Maybe you aren't crazy like us and ready to go overboard on Christmas decor just yet, but I found a few things below that I am loving. The bulk of my decor is red and metallic, so many of these items would fit in perfectly. Those agate cheese boards will be coming to live at my house!

Favorite Things

Favorite Things 

So, am I crazy? Have you started decorating yet or are you waiting until after Thanksgiving?


Warby Parker Winter 2014

I have a confession... up until a month ago, I had very little knowledge of fashionable eye glasses. I wore glasses as a teenager, but in my mid-twenties I had laser surgery to correct my vision. Out of sight out of mind I suppose... (no pun intended)

Like most of you, I sit in front of a computer all day, and I began realizing that it had taken its toll on my vision. After confirming my suspicions with the eye doctor, I began my hunt for the perfect frames. 

It had been a while since I had been shopping for glasses so I was thrilled to find that a lot has changed in eye wear! Glasses are trendy and unique, the perfect accessory. I came across the Warby Parker site and was enamored with the style and detail put into their frames. The eyeglasses and sunglasses are stunning. 

Warby Parker is launching their new winter line today and I wanted to share a few of my favorite selections with my readers. I also put together a cozy ensemble to coordinate with the season. I am excited to start coordinating glasses into my wardrobe!

Warby Parker Winter 2014


Master Bedroom Decorating Plan

Now that a lot of the house has been somewhat decorated (even though I have yet to share photos) I wanted to post about the master bedroom. I feel like this is an area that is ofter skimped on in my house because I am too busy decorating the spaces that everyone sees. You can just close the door and hide the master bedroom! Well not any more!

I was talking with my friend Ashley the other day about how I wanted to get started decorating, but that I am horrible at picking out coordinating bedding. She helped me come up with the mood board below after I gave her a few of the items I am currently working with. Unfortunately I wont be able to get the gorgeous chandelier since Brad insists on a fan but I am thinking this would be gorgeous over my claw foot tub! 


Now I LOVE how this looks and I want to get started on finishing this room ASAP! What do you think? 


Catching up

I have been MIA for way too long. Here is a bit of what has been going on. 

1. We went to the Garth concert and got moved up to 2nd row. Coolest experience ever!
 2. Garth even photo bombed Brad when I took his picture!
 3. The whole yard has been landscaped. We planted camelia hedges, boxwood hedges, maple trees, crepe myrtle trees, cedar trees, and a few more hydrangeas. I can't wait until they all start to fill in!
 4. I now get to bring the boys to school since my new job starts later. We are all loving spending more time together. This job was such a blessing!
 5. The North Georgia State Fair came in September and we managed to go twice this year. 
Keating was finally big enough to ride some of the fun rides although the lack of restraint on those swings had me nearly having a heart attack while we were riding! I was paranoid he was just going to slip right out. 

 6. Fall is my very favorite time of year. Everything is so beautiful, even the weeds in the pasture next to our house. Last week I went foraging for flowers and didn't realize until they were in my house that I had a vase full of ragweed. Thankfully no one in our house has ragweed allergies! 


4 On Friday

This week has been a whirlwind. I started my new job on Monday and I LOVE IT! There is so much to learn, but so far everything has been amazing!

1. With my new big girl job, I needed a new big girl agenda/ calendar. I am usually a cheap calendar girl, but when I saw this one from Kate Spade, I had to have it. I hope that I like it!
2. Fall is coming and I have been loving the cooler temperatures! I had been browsing coats over the past few weeks because it has been a few years since I purchased a new one. I thought I might go the Olivia Pope route and get something classic and neutral, but then I saw this coat in my inbox this morning from ASOS. I have been looking for the perfect animal print coat for years. I became a huge fan after I saw an old photo of my Great Grandmother in one from the 50's/ 60's. I think an animal print coat is so classic and fun.
3. Until recently, I had never worn Almay makeup. I came across this color combo below and gave it a try. I am now a huge fan! These shadows don't crease and the colors blend so well. I will be buying more!

4. Tonight we are heading to the Garth Brooks concert. I can't tell you how excited I am about this! Garth Brooks was the first concert I ever went to in the 1st grade and that is the last time that he came to Atlanta. I have been hearing great reviews and hope he plays a lot of his old songs! You also can't go wrong with Trisha Yearwood!