Top 10 Projects of 2012


Happy New Year’s Eve!  I thought it would be fun to see some of my favorite projects from the past year. When I started to narrow it down, I realized that I needed to keep it to 10, because my list was getting long.  I had a LOT of FUN in 2012.  Here’s my favorites […]

Hanging Out

AFTER Christmas Dinner

This past week has been so relaxing and just what the doctor ordered!! I have literally not gotten on the computer more than a handful of times (my phone and iPad, don’t count!) the entire week. I have slept late, started catching up on some housework, spent time with my family, and just done what […]

Heaven Everywhere

The past few years, I have shared how my family did the 25 Days of Giving in the month of December.  This year, we didn’t practice this in the same way.  I still think it is a great thing to do as a family, but I wasn’t on my game at the beginning of December […]

Christmas Home Tour

Cocoa Bar at Unexpected Elegance

Today is a photo packed post.  Have a look around my home! The Kitchen The Tree   To see the post about my tree, click here. The Living Room The Entry To download the chalkboard printables, click here. The Dining Room   To see more photos of the dining room, click here. Have a wonderful […]

Christmas in the Living Room

Table decor for Christmas at Unexpected Elegance

Today, is just a quick post full of pictures.  ;)  Nothing too exciting this year.  Although, I do feel like it has taken me twice as long to decorate this year! I feel like I should change up the mirrors on the mantel, but I’ve had it like this so long that I’m having a […]

Christmas in the Dining Room

Christmas centerpiece from Unexpected Elegance

My house is decorated and ready to share.  I’m going to show the dining room and living room separately, since they are the main living areas.  Then I’ll do a house tour next Monday. So for today, here’s my dining room…decked out for Christmas!     Did you notice my new mirror!?  My mother-in-law found […]

HOPE and a Giveaway

Spread Hope knife from Unexpected Elegance

Is it just me or does everyone sing while they work?  My husband tells me that I’m one of the few, but I can’t take that for the truth.  It makes the task so much more enjoyable…so surely everyone does it, right? The reason I bring this up, is because a few days ago I […]

DIY Metal Place Cards

Table setting for Christmas from Unexpected Elegance

I have some good news (at least I’m excited)!  My house is fully decorated.  That means I will have pictures up soon, but until the dreary days go away, I a few other things to share. As most of you know, I tend to be a little impatient when I get an idea.  This little […]

Real or Fake…that is the ?? and a Giveway

House Beautiful Giveawy

Do you like real greens for Christmas?  Or is faux just fine with you? I prefer the real thing, but it can get expensive to make it look full.  A trick I have used for years, is to mix the two.  I use cheap garland or wreaths and add fresh branches over it.  I just […]

DIY Ornament Garland

DIY Ornament Garland for Christmas at Unexpected Elegance

 I had a lot of fun this weekend at the Artisan Christmas Market.  I got to see a lot of you that come out regularly and it’s always a pleasure!  One of the things that got the most comments was the ornament garland I had for sale.  It’s very easy to make, so I though […]