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Since the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the Boston Common is this week, it feels entirely appropriate to sneak in a holiday post before December 1st.  So, instead of (a) getting organized (b) getting a head start on Christmas presents (c) making my bed, I chose to scour Etsy for some Christmas goodies. I love the idea of giving personalized wine bottles as hostess gifts!  If I could just give Etsy Christmas treats as holiday gifts for everyone, I’d be all set.

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Quite a whirlwind week for us House on the Hill-ers.  The Man and I are finally back in Boston after being wined, dined and made to just plain relax in South Carolina.  The weather was lovely, the turkey divine, and the company truly irreplaceable.  We couldn’t have asked for a better holiday.

Now – back to reality!  The Christmas season is here and it feels so good.  Gearing up for lots of yuletide cheer in the coming weeks. Hope your holiday was sublime.  xx

This morning’s trip to the hen house with my dad found lots of lovely ladies.  These girls seem pretty happy with their lot in life today . . .

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  May your day be filled with lots of love and good food! xx

back down south

You’ll have to forgive me . . . the past several days have been literally bananas – some good, some bad, some really bad, and some just okay.  But the point is, I haven’t had time to give you my full undivided attention and for that I’m ever so sorry.

Among other things, I flew down to South Carolina this past weekend to spend the holiday week with family.  It was 80 degrees here on Sunday, which is a just a wee bit different from Snow-tober up in Boston.  People are running around in shorts and flip flops and drinking iced coffees like it’s mid-July and not closing in on the holiday season.  Not that I’m complaining.

Today my mom is headed to the grocery store to pick up the remaining Thanksgiving “supplies”.  We are all eagerly awaiting the Man’s arrival tomorrow at midday.  After that it will be a bustle of activity, no doubt.  Have I mentioned that my parents are world class cooks?  Because they are. Thanksgiving day at my house is basically the equivalent of hitting a culinary jackpot.  Really I should be fasting right now to save room for what is about to go down on Thursday . . .

In honor of my current locale, and my Southern roots, how cute is this Virginia cottage from Southern Living?? Love the eclectic mix and all of the animal print rugs.  Also loving: the couch at the kitchen table, the well placed pops of color, and the overall casual elegance.

I hope you’re having a lovely week and enjoying your own traditions and family.  I’ll do my best to be around this week.  But you know how it is – turkey calls. 🙂

Have you guys heard of Carter & Company?  They are an epic design firm located down the street from me on Newbury.  LOVE their interiors.  Debating selling all my earthly belongings in an attempt to round up cash so that I can move into one of these houses . . . I am such a sucker for a beautiful white kitchen.

All images via Carter & Company

double wide

Erin Gates posted about an amazing local designer, Charles Spada, yesterday over on Elements of Style.  I popped over to his website to have a look and came across the image below.  I. Die. For. Wide. Plank. Wood. Floors.  Period.

Perhaps slightly off topic, but are you ready to have your mind blown?  No . . . really.

I spent yesterday doing (what felt like 700) loads of laundry that included several sets of sheets.  That obviously means that  I had a showdown with each of the fitted sheets I came across.  (By showdown, I mean that I wrestled them into a messy clump, shoved them in the linen closet, and hoped for the best.)

But – Readers! – the era of the lumpy fake folded fitted sheet is over.  This lovely woman has literally changed my life.   (Incidentally, let’s hope that this isn’t “one of the biggest challenges” that we’ll face in our lives.)

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