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Summer house tour part 2

Welcome to my summer house tour part 2.  If you want to see part 1 you can check that out here.  I really tried to pull my colors together and go for that coastal vibe. I used various shades of blue to complete the look.  The beach is one of my favorite places and I had a lot of beachy decor that I thought would go well with my existing pieces. This summer tablescape can be used for outdoor entertaining or a beautiful coastal theme dinner party.

Here are some other posts with summer ideas that you might like.

Preparing Your Backyard for Summer

Florida room Challenge

Summer Book Challenge

This coastal themed tablescape is such a fun way to entertain in the summer.

I love these themed dishes that I purchased a year ago from Pier 1.  Aren’t the little fish shaped bread plates just the cutest? It’s fun to have some themed dishes to spice up your white set.

Blue and white dinnerware give this tablescape a beach vibe.

I always start with my white casual set of Emma dishes from Pottery Barn and decorate my table from there.

Using blue in this summer house tour to give the look of a coastal vibe.

These blue candlesticks and the centerpiece were items I found on clearance at Pier 1 a couple of years ago.  I love finding awesome pieces on clearance.

Using blue in this summer house tour to give the look of a coastal vibe.

I found this shell set from At Home. They also have the best scent.  It makes the whole kitchen smell like fresh linen.

Coastal vibe entryway in summer house tour part 2.

I found The blue tinted glass jug, the blue vase, and the blue coral at Home Goods.  They were such great finds.  Things fly off the shelves at Home Goods so you have to purchase it when you find what you want.

Coastal vibe entryway in summer house tour part 2.

I tried to pull together accessories with different shades of blue that have a natural, beachy vibe. If you think you’ve seen that driftwood garland before you have.  I used it on a client’s Christmas tree last year.  I did a coastal theme in a Virginia Beach office and used it as a garland.  It was that natural piece I needed to bring the final details together. It’s one of my favorite trees so If you didn’t get a chance to see it you can check it out here.

Coastal vibe entryway in summer house tour part 2.

Coastal vibe entryway in summer house tour part 2.

If you are in the Hampton roads area and are looking for a photographer for senior sessions or family portraits I use Jason Williams at Elite Photography.  He has been doing our photos for the last 6 years.

Coastal vibe entryway in summer house tour part 2.

I hope you enjoyed both of my summer tours.  Later in the month I will be revealing my outdoor summer kitchen and fire pit.  It is the best upgrade we have done to our house.  We are definitely more casual entertainers.  We enjoy throwing parties and entertaining around our pool. I think that is what home decor is all about. Making your home a place you want to be at and entertain others there as well.

Yours Truly,


Classic Red and White Holiday Home Tour 2


I’m excited to be posting more of my home in a second holiday home tour.  If you are just joining us for the first time welcome. You can check out my first holiday home tour Burberry Plaid here.

Classic red and white frosted Balsam Hill tree-

I have a blast decorating my trees every year.  I like doing several trees.  We always do a family tree where my kids can have full creative control of that tree.  For more explanation of how I decorate, check out FAQ about Christmas.

Decorating in classic red and white this year.

Normally I start with my main tree to set the tone of how the theme is going to go and then base all my decor off of that.  This year I started with the mantel.

classic red and white balsam Hill tree-

This is my 9′ Frosted Noble Fir Balsam Hill Tree.  I have had it for 4 years and I love it.  It is so fun to decorate.  The white trees are always my favorite.  Balsam Hill trees are so easy to store and put up every year.   If you are looking for an amazing tree this one is for you.  If you are looking for an office tree or one you have to transport somewhere I would advise you to choose one of their other trees. This one tends to be a little messy when putting up and taking it down.

Close up of all the details of this beautiful red and white Balsam Hill

I love how the red and white looks on the white tree.  If you don’t have a flocked tree you can make it look flocked by adding snowy picks all over the tree.  This really changes the look of your tree drastically.  I will be doing a detailed post on how I did that on my Burberry Plaid tree next week.

Red and white ornaments adorn this Balsam Hill tree-

I like to decorate the bottom of the tree as well.  It gives it a more styled look.  I leave it like this until I am ready to put wrapped gifts under the tree.

Gorgeous 9' frosted Balsam Hill tree decorated with red and white ornaments.

Even though the tree was a flocked white tree, I still used white picks to give the tree the look I wanted to achieve.  Then I went with red berry picks and red and white ornaments.  I love this red ribbon from Michaels.  I’ve had it for a couple of years and I have used it in so many different ways.

Close up of this gorgeous Balsam Hill tree with classic red and white ornaments. yourstrulyjenn.comIf you’re putting ribbon on your tree I would suggest choosing wired ribbon.  It is so much easier to manipulate.  You can curl the bottoms and get it to go where you want it to.

White and clear ornaments were the inspiration for this tree.

The inspiration for this tree was completely different.  I wanted a very delicate looking tree.  I wanted everything I put on this tree to have a softer, more romantic feel. I couldn’t find the white bows I wanted so I went on ETSY and found them at a wedding shop. They are actually wedding pew bows.

I added some beautiful decor elements to these lanterns from Pier 1.

These lanterns are from Pier 1.  I have been collecting them for years, but I know they still have them.  I wanted to bring in the same elements from the tree and foyer so I added bows, crystals, and pinecones to the lanterns for a more finished look.

Close up of this classy white tree. Check out all the soft elements on this tree.

I used all white and clear ornaments, snowy picks, natural looking textured fillers, white ribbon, white flowers, and crystals to create this look.

White decorated Christmas tree with snowcapped embellishments.

I have been collecting these gorgeous boxes for the last 3 years since Sugar Paper has been collaborating with Target.  Check them out in stores or online before they sell out.

Cute foyer decor to accent the all white Christmas tree.

Of course the trees are the main event in your decorating, but this sweet little vignette adds so much to my foyer.  It was space that I felt needed something.  Make sure you take advantage of the space in your home where something unique can be created.

Christmas bunny with Joanna Gaines ribbon.

I hope you have enjoyed my holiday home tours this season.  I will be breaking down these posts further into how I did my trees and mantel in upcoming posts.  Stay tuned for that.  Please follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter so we can stay in touch.

Yours Truly,




Merry & Plaid Holiday House Tour

I’m thrilled to be participating in Jen Rizzo’s holiday house walk link party for the third year. This is my favorite post of the entire season. Jen’s house tour began last week and featured over 30 homes with beautiful holiday decor. It is so amazing you need to check it out if you haven’t already.  I can’t believe you get so much inspiration in one place. Last year my theme was perfectly plaid and I used red, black, buffalo check and plaid patterns to decorate my tree.  Well I just couldn’t totally give up that plaid because I loved it so much so I decided to do my bedroom in plaid.


I’ve never decorated my bedroom for Christmas before.  I have always envisioned my room decor being quite soft and romantic similar to the tree I do in all white or the one I did in pinks and golds.  However, I just loved that plaid so much and got such a great response from it I wanted to throw it in somewhere.  I thought my room would be a great place since it was out of the way.  I have a first floor bedroom that is off the main living space.  It can easily be closed off from the rest of the house. So sit back, relax and I hope you enjoy the tour.

Merry and plaid bedroom

I wanted to put a little tree in my room this year and I’m so glad I did.  I’m not sure who loved it more me or my husband.  He wakes up and goes through the house turning on all the Christmas lights.  It makes the house so cheery when I get up to make the school lunches.

Plaid, buffalo check, and red ornaments

I reused the square boxes and ribbon from last year.  Everyone in my family knows to save my “pretty” boxes.  Of course the round boxes are new from Sugar Paper this year.  I just love everything they make.

Beautiful packages finish off the look

This plaid tree skirt is from Pottery Barn and is personalized with our family name.

Merry and plaid bedroom with red and white wreaths

This year, I really made an effort to take decorations I already had and tried to work them in a different way instead of buying new items.  Those wreaths on the mirrors were wreaths I used for a wedding reception.  I used the ribbon from the tree, red flowers, and picks to add a Christmas look.

White wreaths with red Christmas accents.

The buffalo check throw and plaid euro shams are from Pottery Barn.  The small black buffalo check pillow was from Target last year.

Gorgeous Christmas dog!

My 7 year old tea cup Maltese is the baby of the family and is completely spoiled rotten.

Breakfast in bed

What a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and read your morning paper.

Red, gold, and white dining room tablescape

I started doing this table in gold, white and greenery, but it just needed something more.  When I added my Lenox Christmas salad plates I knew that it needed that hint of red so I kept going.  I added the red polka dot napkins at every other place setting and the red flowers in the centerpiece.  That is just what it needed.

I love the crystal on the table

The plates are Eternal by Lenox and the crystal stemware is also by Lenox and has a gold rim.

Red and white roses add the final detail to the table. Yourstrulyjenn

The polka dot napkins are from Pottery Barn.

Red, white, and gold tablescape

I hope you enjoyed the first part of the tour.  I will be uploading part 2 later this week.  The color scheme in the next tour is completely different so I hope you like it. I’m done decorating, but shopping is another story. Oh the stress.  But I need to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place and try to chill out.  Thank you for stopping by.  I would love for you to check out my social media where I post daily inspiration.  Follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Isaiah 9:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Yours Truly,


Yourstrulyjenn Perfectly Plaid House Tour

I’m so excited to participate in Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House walk party again this year. If you haven’t seen the amazing line up of homes on this tour, you need to go to day one and check them out at the link above.

It’s my favorite time of year and one of my favorite posts to prepare.  I think I have pulled the best of my holiday pictures to create this house tour for you.  If you are new to my blog, welcome!  I hope you enjoy what you see and will stick around for some other holiday posts.

holiday house walk party

Perfectly plaid tree

This was my favorite tree to decorate.  In the past, I have done this tree in traditional red and green.  I already had the red ornaments, but wanted to do something different this year.  At the end of last year, I started collecting black ornaments knowing I was going to try something a little different.

Birch wood

The rest of the idea for this tree came when I found this plaid box and the buffalo check pillow.  Then I had my theme for the holidays.  I knew I was going to do this tree in red, black and plaid.  I love how the bottom of the tree looks as well.

Two tiered tray

This two tired tray from Painted Fox is one of my favorite things to decorate each season.  I leave a couple things in it all the time and then change out the seasonal items.  The mercury glass candles and buffalo check appetizer plate came from the dollar spot at Target.

one kings lane plates

These plaid salad plates came from One Kings Lane. I knew as soon as I saw them they were perfect for the look I was going for.

Gold centerpiece

I love how this red striped ribbon pulls in the table setting with the Christmas tree.  It’s amazing what a good wired ribbon can do for your decorating.

Cupi & white tree

Someone hopped in to smell Santa’s cookies and milk.  It made the cutest candid shot near my white tree.

white tree with cookies

This tree is done in all white and clear ornaments.  The ribbon is the only thing that is silver.  I felt it needed a little something so I added the silver this year and I really like it.

Plaid centerpiece

My Mother-in-law gave me this centerpiece years ago and I have always loved it.  I just spruced it up with a plaid ribbon this year so it would match my theme.

williams sonoma plaid plates

The plaid table runner and plates came from Williams Sonoma.  The polka dot napkins came from Pottery barn.

glam deer table

I decided to do my table two different ways this year just to give you two totally different looks.  This one is more glam and glitz.

red rose table

I put a gold snowflake on everyone’s plate,  It was definitely missing something until I added this little detail.

lenox dishes table setting

The gold deer from Target go beautifully with my gold rimmed glasses and Lenox china.

coffee station vignette

Everyone needs a little Christmas in their kitchen.  This coffee station matches my theme with  mercury glass and a hint of plaid.

mirrored chest vignette

I love all the frosted white and green in this vignette.  I didn’t really know what I was going to do here at first.  I just started and it came together somehow.  I love using cranberries.  They are so easy and inexpensive to decorate with.

metallics and packages

Decorating with metallics was trending this year.  This was the last place I decorated and it was one of my favorite looks.  Remember, you don’t have to always use red and green in your Christmas look.

black, white and metallics

I had so much fun showing you around my home. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  Please come back and read other holiday posts.  You can see part 1 of my holiday home tour here.  This is my favorite time of year and I have lots to share with you. If you like holiday decor and inspiration, you are in the right place. If you haven’t seen the bloggers on Jennifer’s holiday house walk you must go look at that now. Thanks again for stopping by.

Yours Truly,




Holiday Home Tour 2015

I have been looking forward to sharing this post with you for a long time. I love looking at other people’s Christmas decor and home tours. They are some of my favorite posts.  I decorate early in November because it takes me a couple weeks to get the house the way I want it and we travel for Thanksgiving.  My goal is to have the house ready when we get back. Then I can spend my time shopping for Christmas gifts without getting too stressed.  The holidays are about enjoying your family and being in the moment. That is my goal this year.

I have fluffed so many things my arms look like I have been attacked by a rabid animal.  I have also photographed and edited so many pictures that it is starting to feel like a Christmas blur. Finally, I just had to start picking and narrowing down photos.  I hate getting rid of good photos, but you can’t post everything.

My theme started with a plaid box I picked up from Target in October. I based my table settings, Christmas tree, and packages around that theme.  I usually will get some kind of inspiration each year and run with that throughout the house.  I hope you like plaid because you will see a lot of it.  Grab a blanket and a cozy seat and let’s jump into part 1 of the holiday home tour.

Holiday Home Decor

Perfectly Plaid Tree

This was my favorite tree to decorate this year.

The red and black plaid box was my inspiration for this year’s theme.  It’s funny how something so small can give you an idea for your packages, ribbon, and ornaments.  I call this tree the Perfectly Plaid Tree.  It has black ornaments I picked up from Dillard’s at the end of last season. The buffalo check ornaments are from Pottery Barn.  It also has some very inexpensive plaid ornaments from Michaels.

Red and black tree

Check out my Christmas tree post later in December to get more details on how I decorated this tree.

Plaid tree

The red and white wired ribbon is one of my favorite details of this tree.

This 9′ tree is full of white ornaments that bring such sparkle and magic to my living room.  This tree is done completely in white except for the silver ribbon.  I decorate this room as a winter wonderland with mercury glass, romantic white flowers, and live garland.

Winter wonderland tree

Someone else is interested in Santa’s cookies and milk.

white Christmas tree

This is my mom’s favorite tree out of the six I decorate each year.

two tiered tray

My two Tiered tray from Painted Fox Treasures is one of my favorite things to decorate each season.

I leave this two tiered tray in the kitchen and change it around depending on the seasons.  It is one of my favorite things to decorate.  Mercury glass candles, the greenery, and the buffalo check appetizer plate were inexpensive decor items I picked up from the dollar sport at Target.  You don’t have to spend a ton of money to come up with cute decorating ideas.

Plaid Dinner plates

I was able to use the plaid theme in my table setting with dishes from One Kings Lane.

Gold candle votives

Gold candle votives make a beautiful centerpiece.

Kitchen table setting

I used the same ribbon on my napkins to match the ribbon in the tree.

Flocked Tree

This is my new flocked tree from Balsam Hill.

I was so excited to purchase a flocked tree this year.  Even though it was a little messy, I had a blast decorating it.  I decorated it in a rustic, log cabin theme.  I used woodland animals, brown ribbon and a pom pom garland to give it the look I was going for.

I hope you enjoyed the first part of my home tour.  Come back next week and see more of my home.  I will be showing you some vignettes and my dining room table settings done two different ways.  Also, follow me on Instagram as I update my decor on that feed daily.

For unto you is born

this day in the city of David

a Savior, which is CHRIST the


Luke 2:11

Yours Truly,


Yours Truly Jenn Holiday House Tour

I am so excited to be doing my first Christmas home tour.  Thank you Kelly for opening your home and allowing me to participate in your house tour.  I really enjoy the holidays and I try not to get stressed with the hustle and bustle that can go along with Christmas.  My home is a place of peace for my family and me and I hope you will feel that as you are viewing.


9' Hallmark tree

Our main tree with Hallmark and homemade ornaments

This is our 9′ main tree in our living room.  If I only put up one tree, this would be it.  I have all the Hallmark ornaments, homemade ornaments, and ornaments I’ve collected over the years on this tree.  My kids decorate this tree by themselves.  They leave the decorative themed trees for me.

Kitchen view

View from the kitchen

My mantel is simple, but elegant.  I have to work around the tv, but I like the way it turned out.  This year I decided to keep with the traditional green, red, and white color theme.

mantel photo

My red and green mantel display

mantel and tree

The mantel and our main tree

I have several other trees that I decorate.  However, I’m not going to post them all in this house tour.  I try to do a theme and color coordinate the trees around that theme. I decided to do our den in a winter wonderland theme.  I used silver and white and a ton of glitter.  I don’t know if I will be able to vacuum up all this glitter.

Let it snow

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow display

winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

White and silver tree

My white and silver tree

I hope you enjoyed some of my holiday decorations and trees.  Thank you Kelly for

allowing me to post on your blog.  I really appreciate the opportunity to

share some of my home with all of you.  You can also find some other pictures of my home

decor on my instagram.

Yours Truly,


Our Christmas Traditions

Our Christmas Traditions

I was so excited this year to decorate and even more excited to share some of my home with you. I am also sharing these ideas on Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk link party. Head over to and see all the houses. If you’re new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoy this post and stick around to explore.

link party

I hope you can find some inspiration in my holiday decor. My family and I love Christmas so much and we really enjoy having the house decorated when we come back from Thanksgiving break. I am one of those early decorators.  Everything just seems so magical when the trees are lit, your house smells of baked goods (or in my case a Bath and Body Works candle), and you are surrounded by your family members.

Welcome to my home!


dining room place setting

My dining room place settings

We don’t use our dining room much, but when we do I love to go all out.  My Lenox Eternal china accented with the Lenox Holiday salad plate comes are just stunning. The red and green really pull together to make a beautiful place setting.

 O Christmas Tree

blue & pink tree

This is my blue and pink angel tree.

This is my blue and pink angel tree that goes right in front of my bedroom.  My husband turns this one on first thing every morning.

Hallmark tree

My Hallmark and homemade ornament tree.

My mantel

My simple, but elegant mantel

Little details

The little details


Each tree I decorate has a color and theme.

The tree in our living room is our main tree.  It is 9′ and has all our homemade

and Hallmark ornaments.

The rest of the room is decorated in traditional red and chartreuse green.

My tree in the kitchen is 7 1/2′ and is done in the traditional red, green and gold.

It is adorned with bows, picks, and ornaments.

My traditional tree

My red, green and gold tree

winter wonderland tree

My winter wonderland tree

 My newest tree is in our den.  I’ve decorated this tree for 2 years.  This is the room

our family gathers in to watch tv or just hang out.  I decided to do this room in

a winter wonderland theme. I guess I was inspired by Frozen like everyone else this year.

Everything is decorated in silver or white.  This room

just glistens with glittery ornaments, ribbon, flowers, and icicles.

My winter wonderland

My winter wonderland

 Thank you Jennifer for hosting this year’s holiday house walk.  I thoroughly enjoyed

looking at your home as well as the homes of all your participants.

If you haven’t

toured these homes yet you are missing out.

It is important for my family to celebrate Jesus’ birth

as the true meaning of Christmas.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is

CHRIST the LORD. Luke 2:11

Yours truly,