We all KNOW how important it is to bring a grateful heart to everything we do. An attitude of gratitude for all the blessings in our lives is helpful to us as individuals, to our families, and to the greater community. We read it everywhere, and yet, we must admit, we sometimes forget as the busyness of our lives and our constant obligations get in the way.
by guest author Sarah Miller
Thanksgiving is all about embracing traditions and honoring the things that bring us together, including food, family, and fond memories. It’s also about starting new and enjoyable family traditions that can be shared with generations to come. If you’re looking to start some fun new customs, keep reading about these essential elements for a family fun Thanksgiving.
After being hit with two big winter storms within the first seven days of March , we are really anxious to say goodbye to this winter. Spring cannot arrive quickly enough for many of us and even though you wouldn’t know it to look outside, the beautiful season of rebirth is less than two weeks away. When spring arrives in all its splendor and glory, many of us want to restore a fresh and breezy energy to our homes, as well. The rebirth going on outside inspires us to breathe new life into our decor, following the cues of the newly arrived, long-awaited season. Here are a few ideas to help you create that dynamic, refreshed style for your country farmhouse this Spring.
Do you think that creating a cozy, romantic bedroom is the stuff of dreams? Maybe you think it’s complicated and you just don’t have time to get it done. We might just be able to help you.
In fact, before you know it, you could be sleeping in the Romantic Bedroom of your dreams. As we break it down for you, you will see it can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. Your current room can be transformed into a beautiful, cozy retreat where sleep is an old friend and you wake up refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on each new day.
We truly believe that Christmas is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! And we’d like to wish you and yours the most Amazing Christmas ever! We feel blessed by the wonder of the season and hope that joy and peace fill your heart today and all through the New Year.
For me, every Christmas is deeply connected with the memories of holidays long ago. The recollections are tied to songs and stories that celebrate this beautiful time of year. When I hear carols that I learned as a child, I am transported back to a magical time when anything was possible. It was a time when dreams did come true. A time when Christmas trees twinkled with lights and silver tinsel icicles.
Thanksgiving traditions have been an important part of our family for many years, and we’re so greatful for the heritage of family, faith, and good food that’s been passed down to us! Pictured in this old family photo are many of our aunts, uncles, second cousins and great grandparents. Our grandmother is pictured on the far right foreground and our mother is sitting to her immediate left in the photo. She was just a young girl in this photo! 🙂
Here at Piper Classics, we believe Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year! Getting together with family and friends, creating new memories and enjoying delicious food, all add up to a warm and wonderful holiday. Piper Classics is keenly aware of how blessed we are to have family and friends that we treasure and can share this holiday with and we are grateful for all our blessings.
Giving Thanks is something that has gotten a lot of press in the media lately because studies have shown that gratefulness is good for your health. Recognizing and paying attention to the many gifts we have, while cultivating an attitude of thankfulness for these blessings, is beneficial to physical and mental well-being. This attitude enriches our lives and changes the way we look at one another and at our world.
We LOVE the Farmhouse Style here at Piper Classics. There are so many qualities of this look that really make our hearts sing!! It makes no difference if you’re in a cabin in the mountains, a cottage by the sea, an apartment in the city, or a home in the suburbs, there is something about the Farmhouse style that appeals to so many of us on a fundamental level.
We think that people are drawn to this look because they value qualities that are exemplified in a casual Farmhouse lifestyle. The short list of these qualities would probably include a deep love of family and faith, care and concern for friends and community, an interest in farm life and eating local, a connection and love for the land, and an appreciation and admiration for those who came before us and how they made do and even thrived in difficult times.
I’ve been writing about the experience my husband and I have had of setting up a small apartment in the Washington, D.C., area. (You can read all about that here…) We’re country people at heart. We like hunting, hiking, gardening, pickup trucks, and long walks on country roads. We don’t have a large house, but it’s much bigger than our little Arlington apartment. It’s been a challenge to decorate this space in a way that is useful yet stylish, and that reminds us of our home in Pennsylvania.
In my last blog post I wrote about 5 basics to get your farmhouse style started in a small space. Here are 10 more farmhouse decorating ideas you can use to add the finishing touches to your own farmhouse home! Oh, and here’s an extra hint – it really doesn’t matter if you have a small space or a large home – these ideas work great for anyone! 🙂
Gold and orange may belong to fall, but the summer’s official colors – at least stateside – are red, white and blue.
From the moment we put out flags for Memorial Day until the time we start thinking about decorating for Halloween, the colors of the American flag rule the roost.
Patriotic themes are one of the key elements of what’s known as Americana decorating, a casual, appealing style that also pulls in aspects of farmhouse and primitive décor.
The other week I wrote about our experience of moving to Washington DC and my Cozy Small Space Farmhouse Makeover. (You can read about that here.) I learned a lot while on this adventure of moving to DC and decorating our small apartment home. I’ll be writing a series about Tips and Tricks for Decorating Small Spaces – Farmhouse Style that I used in our apartment to create an updated farmhouse feel while making good use of the limited space! Try these first 5 ideas to add farmhouse style to your own small space.
But not everyone has a green thumb, or the budget to buy fresh cut flowers on a regular basis. That doesn’t mean you can’t make your home look green and springy this season. Here are a few floral farmhouse trends for spring that you may want to adopt.
Every new year brings change, but certainly some years bring more significant adjustments than others. This year our youngest daughter moved out, leaving us with an empty nest and our other daughter is expecting her first child. Both exciting changes in their lives as well as ours!
Not to be outdone in the excitement department, my husband accepted a new position…in a different state…Washington DC! I know…Washington DC is not a state at all actually, but the point is it’s over three hours away!
So, on top of all the other changes this year, we found ourselves needing to set up a city apartment in order for the hubby to have a place to live during the workweek. And since I plan to go with him and work from DC on a fairly regular basis…well, it goes without saying that our apartment MUST be cute and nicely decorated!! But wow! These city apartments are small! We don’t live in a big fancy house, but after the first day of touring apartments I was reminded to be thankful for the space we have.
Listen, we’re from Bucks County, Pennsylvania – the upper, more rural part of the county…nothing Urban about it…barely Sub-Urban…very Small-Town-USA actually. So this is rather huge for us. We’re used to gardening, sitting on the front porch, listening to birds, crickets and cicadas, shoveling snow, raking leaves, mowing the grass…We are NOT used to sirens in the middle of the night, riding an elevator to get to the front door, walking to the grocery store, city lights, endless sounds of construction projects, Uber, a tiny patio 11 stories up, or an apartment that’s a quarter of the size of our modest home in Pennsylvania! This is going to take some getting used to…