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Cottages at the Beach

I'm unpacking and catching up on laundry since returning from  our annual vacation with my husband's family. We always have a great time and I love that we have this tradition. It's such a cute little beach town and I always enjoy taking long walks and looking at the charming houses. Want to come along?

The house above has its red, white and blue going on  all ready to celebrate. Adirondack chairs always look great and I think they look very inviting on the front porch.

I like how neat and tidy this pretty blue house looks. The landscaping isn't anything extravagant but it looks great. In the picture below you can see the pretty, soft light green on the screened door and the same color is on the door to the house as well.

Here's another screened door that is just so charming. The little spindles in the center are painted the two  colors of the house - such a great idea.

The red door on this house really stands out. A lot of the houses have screened in porches on t…

Boxes and Baskets Christmas Tree

Hi Everyone,

I recently saw THIS POST about a Christmas tree made with
old toolboxes and crates.  I thought it was soooo cute and thought
I could make something similar with some of my old boxes and baskets.
Here is what I came up with.

I think it turned out kind of cute.
I placed it in this formerly plain and boring corner near our back sliding doors.

I love how quick and easy it was too.
The basket I used as one of the layers did give me fits though
since it is not completely flat so it was making the "tree" lean to one side.
A little bit of maneuvering and I finally got it to stand up straight.

I topped it with a mini tree.

I found this jingly bell star at Joann's the other day
and attached it to the (unruly) basket.
It fits in well with the rustic look.

So there you have it.
A quick and (mostly) easy tree made from boxes and baskets.
And don't you love when you can use things you already have?
The only thing I purchased was the star ornament.

It turned this plain corner into something a little more magical.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season 
and keeping it all simple and easy.
That is what I'm trying to do - ha ha!

Thanks a bunch for visiting!

- joining -


  1. I absolutely love this! Pinning and sharing. :)

  2. Cute stuff! Thanks for sharing.

  3. So smart and so wonderful, simplicity. Seems am hearing more and more people trying to keep decorating and season simple so can enjoy it.
    A year ago yesterday had my right shoulder replaced so no holiday high jinx for me. Whatever had dome before surgery had to be it. Was busy with physical therapy and home health coming to check on one thing and another. Luckily didn't have to have rotator cuff replaced, that's whole other problem. Anyway, keeping things simple really struck a chord with me, decided from then on to keep season simple and whole lot less stress on me. Started to get off track and stopped right away, put things away, realized wasn't necessary for me to do that to myself, hubs and family, nope. Almost feel guilty but not too, lol. Doesn't look like we'll have tree but that's ok, our living room is small so with other decorations have done it's enuf. Have our tomato cage tree with lights on it out on porch, works for me. It's not so much the decorating and making, it's organizing and putting away after holidays that gets to me more. Have you ever felt that way?
    Fact is hubs and I getting older, time to give ourselves a break.
    Your little tree is awesome, fills a need and looks so cute, enjoy.

  4. It is quite magical, my friend! Love your blue banner too. So you!

  5. JoAnne,
    This is so cute. I love this.

  6. I love this and the boxes are fantastic


  7. It's so simple and sweet with all the different shades of weathered wood and wicker! The rustic jingle bell star is the perfect accent piece. I do love being able to use what I already have, and you've aced this one!

  8. That is so cute! Great idea!

  9. Oh my gosh...I love it!! :)

  10. I have never seen anything like that. So cute! I like how everything is different but yet works together to form a tree.

  11. This is such a great idea, it's Christmasy, but out-of-the-box... well sort of!

  12. I love it! It looks great in that corner. The different textures of each piece and the subtle neutral colors are so warm. I made a similar tree from luggage with an angel snowlady on top. It is fun to use everyday items for unique, but simple Christmas decorating.

  13. Joanne,
    Now you have my wheels turning.... where could I put an arrangement of boxes and baskets? Pinned for remembering how cute yours turned out.


  14. so perfectly vintage, I love it and just pinned it!

  15. How Clever, I Loved this so much I Saved it to my Pinterest Board! Lord knows I have enough Old Suitcases, Crates and Baskets to Create a Forrest of these Trees! *Winks* I think it turned out Fabulous and Thank You for Sharing the Inspiring Idea! Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  16. Absolutely stunning--simple and stylish, too! I'd like to order one for my own home, please :) I'll be pinning and facebooking. So lovely to "meet" you JoAnne and thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm. Hope to see you there again--

  17. Love this! Best tree I've seen all year. Pinned it.


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