Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fishtail Cottage's Christmas 2016... #2

Merry Christmas Everyone!
As I said in my last post, I am all about using live plants where ever possible. So I've collected quite a few poinsettias in both red and white to set throughout the house.  I believe they have made an excellent addition to nooks and crannies in my home.  This is the area you see as you walk into my home.

I found this Boxwood wreath at Trader Joe's the other day and hung it in the entry of our home.  I'm hoping it will dry beautifully, so I can use it again next year. 

I love this sign that I purchased years ago from Dore at Burlap Lux ~ if you've never visited her blog, please do so...she is so nice and her style is absolutely magical all year long. This sign has been one of my favorite purchases and I look forward to putting it up every year.

On one side of the front entry is my office ~ I spend quite a bit of time in here, so having this space decorated for Christmastime, makes it so enjoyable. How pretty are these tinsel trees I recently found to set with my paper houses.  The best part of all of this was my granddaughters reaction when she came over the other day and said "oh Nama...ho ho ho". She truly saw the magic of the lights and of course Santa in his sleigh.

Garland with the battery powered stary lights are my favorite discovery this year.  I snatched up several of these six foot strands at TJ Maxx and put them on all of my garland. I love not having to worry about cords. The best part, they are all on four hour timers - so I don't need to go around at night and make sure everything is turned off.

 I sure hope you are enjoying the holiday season as much as I am? Would love to hear what you are up to this week! xoxo, tracie

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fishtail Cottage's Christmas 2016...#1

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

 I have been keeping myself busy decorating for the holidays these past couple weeks and couldn't be more exited to share my home with you! 

I love changing out my front porch for the holidays....  It makes the HOLIDAYS feel so 'official'! 

I thinned out much of my Christmas decorations by sending a few boxes of decorations to my son who recently moved to Florida, and my daughter who just bought her first house in Michigan. It felt good to share our holiday memories with them in their new locations, yet gives me less of a fuss going through everything here at home. I'm actually starting to love the more simple approach I've taken with the decorating this year.  I've tried to use more natural additions, such as live garland fresh cut trees and plants to both the outside, and inside of my home.

Here is a peek of what I want to show you today of the outside of my home...

The back patio, you may remember was recently renovated (click here if you'd like to see that post).  Here it is all decked out for the Holidays for our family to enjoy. I can attest that it looks so much more cozy in the dark, with the fire going and all the twinkling lights. I've been out visiting early flea markets and took a trip to Snohomish this week and found a few great additions to add to this space. 

I have been so inspired seeing so many other Blogs, Pinterest boards and especially my Instagram friends already decorating for the holidays, that I just couldn't wait to get my own holiday decorating started.  I'm sure I will add more throughout the season, but with all I already have done, I am really looking forward to enjoying and relaxing this upcoming Christmas season with my friends and family this year!

 How about you? Have you started your Christmas decorating?  xoxo, tracie

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Patio Reveal....

Its been a little over a month that we've had the patio back.  We've certainly enjoyed every minute of the remaining of summertime with our family and friends out here.  I've been promising a "reveal" for a while, and I can for sure see it will be awhile before I get settled out here.  I keep waiting for something to bloom, or I decide to move or replace something out here....so I figured I better go ahead and share it with you before Christmas season arrives. If you are wondering what our patio looked like before, here is a link. We changed the layout of it since the entire area had to be demo'd because of rot (here is that post, if you want to see that one too).

Right now most of the garden is quieting down and getting ready for fall.  But I still have these gorgeous roses blooming on in these World Market planters on my patio. I keep waiting for my new Eden from Heirloom Roses to open up - looks like any day?
You can already see I've got a few pumpkins that are up on the mantle. I'm sure there will be more fall decor I can share with you at a later date. Found these amazing ammo canisters at a cute little shop called "Jubeelee"  in Bend Oregon when we visited recently, along with the wooden sign saying "let it go" which whispers loudly to me when I go too deep in thought out here.

One of my favorite finds for out here on our patio is the huge clock that Julie over at Little Farmstead created.  As soon as I saw her post about it on IG, I messaged her asking her to think of me if she ever decides to sell it... a few weeks later she decided to make more and offered this one to me!  It really makes a statement above our mantle that time doesn't exist on the patio!
I've incorporated a lot of galvanized pieces out here ~ It seems to very fitting for the space.  I am enjoying switching plants out of the decor pieces.  Just a few weeks ago, I had hydrangeas in this piece below that I found on Craigslist . 
These are the perfect candle holders I found at World Market.  Home Depot offers votive sized citronella candles that are perfect for these candle holders.
Much of the decor is still the same. We have the same furniture from Rich's in Bellevue and many of my favorite eclectic pieces, like this cabinet... I kept it in the exact same place it was before on the patio, along with the old window and door. It felt good to pull all these cute pieces out of storage and get them back out to enjoy before summer ended.
I also still love my window coffee table from Melaine at My Sweet Savannah. I bought it from her years ago and love the special cottage feel it gives my outdoor living space.

Please notice the fantastic sign (above the main window in the photo below) that was made by Paula at Castle and Cottage.  She has made several signs for me here at my home, obviously I can't get enough of them.

Another new sign that was custom made for us, is this "Patio Rules" sign by Megan at Sawyer Leigh Boutique.  I found her while exploring Instagram.  She made another sign for me that I will plan to share hopefully next week. The entire family came up with their favorite things to do on the patio. Megan incorporated and customized the layout and special font for the sign. It turned out amazing and is a perfect addition to this space.
If you looked at the old photo's of the patio - you can see that the fireplace was moved from the center of the patio off to the corner... so now we get to enjoy the gardens while sitting out here.
I also added a few humming bird feeders to the patio garden beds and removed the seed feeders. I've really enjoyed seeing these little guys visit often.
A few new features we added to this space that we didn't have before was a television. I wasn't initially excited about it, because the original intention was to put it above the mantle.  As the patio progressed, it was decided to hang between our french doors to keep it protected from weather. Since we entertain a lot, it was important to my husband we had one for football games, UFC nights, movie nights with the kids etc. We even enjoyed the tail end of the 2016 Olympics on the patio.  

This cut out for firewood is new to us and has definitely been a favorite (& easy) feature that we added.

Also having a hearth that extends into a bench for extra seating has been perfect the few times we've needed extra seats.

Our countertop between the fireplace and the grill is quartz and hopeful it will be easier to maintain than the tile we had before. 

We also added ceiling heaters and look forward to using them this winter!

Thanks for coming over and visiting and seeing our patio reveal - I know I will be showing more photo's when I change the decor around.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, i'm happy to share where I found something if I forgot to post about it. xoxo, tracie