From the Front Porch

Happy Thursday from the Front Porch, you guys! How has your week been so far? I hope it’s been a fantastic one and you’re settling into January with delight.

Did you have a chance to see Oprah’s speech on Sunday at The Golden Globes or to watch the National Championship Game on Monday? I missed the speech, but we watched the game and I swear it has thrown my sleep hygiene off all week ha ha.

Things have been mostly quiet around here which feels like a blessing. I’ve been working from home, so I can help take care of our dog Filbie which has given me plenty of time to work on design boards, conference calls, organize the kitchen and to get the house cleaned and back in order after taking down all the Christmas decorations last week.

It’s also given me some time to decorate a few spaces for winter and to invite all things cozy into our home this season.

The next few weekends are going to be a little bananas so I’m thankful for the quiet time while it lasts.

Here’s a peek at scenes from our week…

* The prettiest winter sunset.

* Taking care of this big guy following dental surgery. He’s 15 so you guys already know we’ve been sending up a lot of extra prayers this week.

* I’ve been working on a new paint layering technique for clients that ask for a French Farmhouse look. This is the leg of the desk in my office and I’ll be trying it out on a few pieces at Loblolly Manor too.

* Hygge happens here.

* I got this book as a Christmas present last year and it’s SO good. It’s great for beginner organizers, someone looking for easy tips to implement or someone that’s been labeling and organizing their dad’s tools since they were 8 years old he he. It’s probably my favorite organizing book.

A few of our favorite posts from around the web this week…

If all goes as planned, Stowe, Vermont will have a special place in my family’s heart come Christmas 2018. I was super excited to have stumbled upon this ski lodge inspired home tour to give us something to look forward to. Give me all the plaid, the texture, those cute little dogs…gah…I’m so ready – make sure you read this one, Mom!

Love the simple styling of these open kitchen shelves.

How to Instagram Your Home Like a Pro

What did you guys think about this news?

Our 15 K training is in full swing and let me tell ya, it’s so hard to get out of bed in the mornings when it’s so cold outside. These 10 Motivating Quotes For When You Don’t Feel Like Working Out couldn’t have come at a better time and they’re all really good ones too!

I’m over the moon her book is coming out this September! While I’m waiting, I have one of these yummy candles on my wish list.

Speaking of books, this new to me blog is great for a little “pick me up” and now you can buy her book as well.

The Importance of Doing Nothing.

Wise words from this gorgeous grandmother. I can’t even believe she’s nearly 70!

20 Whole 30 Recipes to Meal Prep This Week

Ideas to keep you cozy this month from Amazon…(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

Indoor Outdoor Slippers

Fraser Fir Candle

Mongolia Faux Fur Pillow Cover

Elk and Deer Silhouette

Lonson Women’s Canvas Bag


Ski Pillow Cover

Smartwool Cozy Cabin Crew Socks

American Rustic

If you’ve missed anything on the blog this week, here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to…

The Easiest Way to Style a Mantel from the Back to Basics Series

The 15-Minute Task We Use to Cut Clutter

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Thrifted Planter Makeover

How to Create a Simple Morning Routine in 4 Easy Steps (From the Archives)

I hope you have a peace filled and happy weekend. There are so many fun things I can’t wait to share with you next week as we ease further into all things organization, meal planning and simple winter decorating ideas. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Another fabulous week CoCo! We are so excited for you and your family and Christmas 2018! Vermont is such a beautiful state. Poor, sweet Filbie…hope he is doing better. Give him an extra hug and treat from us. We did see Oprah’s empowering speech #2020! And may we just proudly say – Roll Tide! It’s been an exciting week! Hugs and love to you for a wonderful weekend.

    1. Thanks so much ladies, we’ve never been to Vermont as a family so it will be a lot of fun to experience the snow together. Filbie is thankfully on the mend and I have no doubt he’ll be running through the yard in a few days. Sending you both lots of love and big hugs for the happiest weekend, Coco

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