Shine Home Love:: Miss Dixie

Hello friends and welcome to Thanksgiving week!  
Today I am featuring a favorite corner of home from my sweet friend Katie.  Did you happen to catch her living room in this fall's One Room Challenge or her gorgeous bathroom remodel last spring?  

Katie is definitely a fun blogger to follow.....I highly recommend her!   

Without further ado.....

I was so excited to hear about Lisa's new series on Shine Home Love and even more so when she asked me to participate! My name is Katie and I blog over at Miss Dixie. I live with my family in a fixer upper that we bought in the Spring of 2014. While we have come a long, long way...we still have so many things we would like to do. One thing we really thought about this fall was making our home work for us. We bought this house thinking we had way more space than the last one, so how in the world were we already feeling cramped? After doing lots of thinking, we switched our den {a former ORC room!} and our dining room to maximize our usage of each room. 

We transformed the former dining room into a "keeping room", right off the kitchen with room for my son to play and a cozy seating area too.

I wanted to feature today my little nook in the keeping room, where I have my desk set up and also some comfy wing backs for seating. This room faces our front yard and gets the most beautiful light throughout the day. I really enjoy this room as another seating area for this very reason. As most people do, we were barely using our formal dining room and all of that beautiful light was going unnoticed. 

And if you were wondering how this room differs from it's former location, we left a coffee table out, making room for toys and books that can stay on the floor all day with out me going crazy! Weeks has all his toys right there...it's his space which makes me happy. 

What particularly got me excited about this feature was taking a moment to appreciate a space that makes me happy, no matter how grand or small it is! 

I wanted to keep the desk simple so I have room for my laptop, and making out grocery and Christmas lists this season! I have all that I need...a touch of greenery {lemon cypress trees}, sunlight and happy photos of my family.

The heavy linen drapes tie in with our adjacent living room, but I added a greek key trim on these for a fun touch and to give them a slightly different look.

Thank you again for asking me to participate in this fun feature Lisa! It could not have come at a better time as we think about all we have to be thankful for. 


I love Katie's style! Making a space aesthetically pleasing AND family friendly is not easy, but the pretty details make all the difference.
Love the trim on the curtains, the greenery and the gorgeous pillows!  
Nice job creating a space that is welcoming to both you and your munchkin, Katie!


You can find Katie here!


A Thanksgiving Table

For each new morning with it's light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, 
for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today I'm so happy to be joining some lovely and creative ladies to share some 
Thanksgiving table inspirations with you.  

Welcome to Thanksgiving Shine Your Light style!

I love to set a pretty table and mix it up with what I have and what I can find in my yard.  

This year I came across a wool wrap I wore to an outdoor fall wedding years ago.  I have thrown it on the back of the couch for a little holiday color before, but this year I thought I'd use it on the table and bring in some blue.  I figure what is the point in having pretty things if they sit in a drawer year after year and never get used?  I'll just hand wash the wrap after Thanksgiving and not worry too much about it.

My napkins and blue water glasses are cheapies I bought at The Christmas Tree Shoppe last year and I think they coexist perfectly with my finer things like the crystal.

I threw the wrap on the diagonal so that the table could peek out.

The adjoining living room incorporates the color scheme with a few simple touches....books pulled off the shelves, and some bright and festive pillows.

 After having a house full last Thanksgiving, this year we are hosting a small gathering so I had room for some pretty touches.  I made place card menus, each with a different Thanksgiving quote on them that we'll read at the table (usually I like to torture everyone with going around the room and saying what we're thankful for, so this time they're getting off easy!!)

 When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive - 
to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. 
-Marcus Aurelius

It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as who is on the chairs.
-WS Gilbert

 Candlelight is a must, day or night!

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.

If you're working on your Thanksgiving menu, 
I highly recommend butternut squash and pear soup (the pear can be substituted with apple) with creme fraiche on top, and the twice baked potato casserole that I posted about last Thanksgiving (that's my kids' favorite!!!)

Thank you for the food before us, the family beside us and the love between us.

May your plate -and your heart - be full this Thanksgiving!

Thank you for visiting me here today!  

For more fun tablescape ideas, pop over and visit these wonderful ladies!!

Brenna @ Domestic Charm

Charlotte @ Ciburbanity

Happy day ahead sweet friends!
For inquiring minds.....

Glass/gold tea light centerpiece..........Crate & Barrel
Mirror..........my favorite mom in law
Red flowers.....alstroemeria from grocery store
Table..........Craigslist makeover
Chairs..........Salvation Army makeover
Basketweave seagrass rug..........Overstock
Dinner plates..........Ralph Lauren @ Homegoods
Soup bowls.........."Staccatto" @ Crate & Barrel 
Gold chargers........had forever
Flatware..........Crate & Barrel
Wine glasses.........."Wynnwood" Waterford Crystal
Blue glasses...........The Christmas Tree Shoppe
Blue napkins............The Christmas Tree Shoppe
Mercury glass votives..........Target (3-5 years ago)


ORC Rooms Not To Miss

Well my friends, the Fall 2015 One Room Challenge is a thing of the past and the blogworld has moved on in a BIG way to Christmas (aren't we still just approaching Thanksgiving???)

I'm actually thrilled that the makeover of my son's room is behind me.  It was fun but it was also a labor of love and compromise.  Before we jump into Christmas home tours I thought I'd share a few of the ORCs that struck my fancy because of ingenuity, design, mad DIY skills or personality!!   (I love a room with personality!)

There were actually so many fabulous rooms by linking participants this time around that I could have featured twice as many!!  I so enjoyed taking a peek at them in between watching the news this past weekend.  If you need some light moments in your week, click on over and check them out! 
(Thank you for pinning images from their original sources :) )

Baby Girl Nursery by Suzanne at The Anderson Estate

Mudroom by Erin of Whaling City Cottage

Multipurpose Space by Stephanie of The Divine Living Space

Master Bedroom by Melanie of Oak House Design Co.

Dining Room by Ashley of Bigger Than The Three Of Us
Family Room and Foyer by Sherry at Design Indulgence
Living Room by Sarah at The Curated House
Powder Bathroom by Lesley of Modern Grace
Girl's Bedroom by Jenny of Evolution Of Style
Living Room by Katie of Miss Dixie
Master Closet by Melissa of Polished Habitat
Dining Room by Rajni Alex Design at AlwaysRAD

Master Bathroom by Ange at Inspiring Hearts and Homes
Teen Girl Room by Kris at Driven By Decor
(and now we're all singing this song all day!)
Check out IG for a few more I shared over the weekend!
Have a great day lovelies.