Hi . My name is Stephanie and I am new to being an author on a blog. I have been an avid follower of many decorating blogs and have become, well addicted. I have found inspiration from many of these sites and thought I would give this a try.

I am a Mom of two wonderful young men. I am married to an amazing man who is in law enforcement. Which is why I named my blog No Place Like Home. After a long, intense day we all like to come HOME where we can feel safe and release the pressures of the day.

Welcome and buckle up for the ride :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Things that make you feel good.

Sorry I have been gone.  My computer died and I can only log on when a friend allows me to use her PC.  Thank you friend!

Things that make you feel good:
1- Falling in Love
2- Laughing so hard your face hurts
3- Hot showers
4- A special glance
5- Receiving a unexpected package in the mail
6- Driving on a country road
7- Singing out loud to the radio and your favorite song
8- Lying in bed listening to the rain
9- Bubble baths
10- Giggling
11- The Beach
12- Midnight pizza runs
13- Running through sprinklers
14- Laughing for absolutely no reason at all
15- Having someone tell you that you are beautiful
16- Laughing with friends
17- Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you
18- Waking up early and realize it is the weekend and going back to sleep
19- Spending time with old friends
20- Making new friends
21- Sweet dreams
22- Hot chocolate on a snowy day
23- Road trip with friends
24- Swinging on a swing
25- Warm chocolate chip cookies
26- Receiving homemade cookies from a friend
27- Holding hands with someone you love
28- Watching the expression on someones face as they open a desired present from you
29- Watching the sunrise
30- Watching the sunset
31- Waking up and being grateful for another day
32- Knowing someone misses you
33- Getting a hug from someone you love
34- Getting your hair professionally done and LOVING it

I can relate to many of these.  Hope they sparked some good feelings for you too.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Month of LOVE

Wow, another month has gone by so fast and it is February already.  Where is time going?  Don't get me wrong I am glad the winter is appearing to go by rapid, as I am a Spring/Summer time girl.  I love to be outside!!
I personally have not done much decorating for Valentine's Day, but I have found a lot of inspiration.  Some eye candy for you.  Enjoy.
A unique take on the traditional heart.  I would guess it is made of either Lavender or Sage.  Either way it would smell pleasant.

Decorate your windows with hearts from tissue paper.  How fun.

I actually have a branch from our birch tree that I used for pine cones during Christmas.  I thought about leaving it up all year and decorate for the various seasons. I do like the puffed hearts.  They could be made from felting and stuffed or simply craft papers.

Melt your children's busted crayons for a fun pin or a simple crayon for the little ones. These "pins" say "Happy Valentine's Day for Crayon Out Loud."

These hearts could be made of tissue or fabric.  Your choice, whatever you had laying around.  Cute!!

Simple and fun.

Votive filled with "sprinkles".  You know the kind you use for decorating cookies.  OR you could fill with beads, many options.

Yum, Yum.  Candy for decorations?  They would NOT last at my home!!! Still pretty...EYE CANDY.

Simple and elegant.  Roses in a silver vase.

Hope you are inspired to decorate your home.  When you are done you can come over and do mine. ;)


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Time In Between

I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year's celebration.  All of the Christmas decor is down and put away. Now the house seems a little empty.  What or how do you decorate during that time in between Christmas and decorating for Valentine's Day?  I find that January and March are difficult for me.  I get into that winter funk.  You know, no inspiration, no color, the winter funk.

So I went in search of some inspiration.  Some ideas to try something new and different for me. 

I do not have a fireplace, but if I had a non functioning one this would be fun for something different.  I like the way the logs are bundled together with old belts.
 Source:  Bahman Idea House
I have "toyed" with the idea of incorporating a coffee table in the living room. What a fun idea. An old grate as a top.  This calls for a stop at the Restore.
Source:  Bachman Idea House

Not planning on changing the color of our bedroom. Especially not since the addition of the beautiful "Anniversary Quilt" ( see previous post for more details). I do like the bedding, the chandy and the wall art.
Source:  A Well Dressed Home

Look really close.  The tie backs have cookie cutters and the top of the curtains are clothes pins. I like the "potted stars" as well. A little pick me up for the kitchen.
Source:  Bachman Idea House

Check out the idea for the headboard.
Source:  diy Design Fanatic

Love the idea of using old serving trays as wall art.  They wouldn't even have to be expensive silver or pewter trays.  You might pull it off with the trays from the grocery/deli section.
Source:  Bachman Idea House

Just love the colors here.
Source:  The Yellow Cape Cod

If anyone actually reads this blog, input would be greatly appreciated.  What are your plans to get through the winter funk.  Any inspirational ideas welcome.