Evolution of Style https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/ Refresh, Restyle and Reinvent your Home One Room at a Time Mon, 16 Jan 2023 18:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Weekend 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 1.16.23 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/weekend-51-5-things-i-love-1-thing-i-dont-1-16-23/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=weekend-51-5-things-i-love-1-thing-i-dont-1-16-23 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/weekend-51-5-things-i-love-1-thing-i-dont-1-16-23/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2023 18:00:00 +0000 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/?p=17470

Since it’s a holiday weekend, I’m sending this out on a Monday and still calling it the weekend. Over the past few weeks I’ve cobbled together some finds that I think you’ll find useful (I did at least).  Let’s get on with this 5+1!  This post contains some affiliate links. The New House I’m trying to get back into a good book reading mode, and The New House helped me kick off the year on a high note.  If you like the psychological thriller genre (and I think this one falls under “domestic thriller”, which I like), this book should be on your radar.  It starts out as a book about three different couples who are entwined as a result of real estate transactions.  Couples are buying homes from other couples.  But there ends up being much more to the story – situations and circumstances going on between the couples spill over and turn it into something so compelling it’s hard to put down. Customizable Light Bulbs You all know my frustration with the state of the light bulb market right now.  It’s overwhelming, expensive and confusing.  Too many options, and it makes me nuts when I go to change […]

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Favorite Books of 2022 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/favorite-books-of-2022/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=favorite-books-of-2022 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/favorite-books-of-2022/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2023 12:00:53 +0000 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/?p=17458

I’m a little late, but I’m excited to share my favorite books of 2022!  I’ll admit, I read less this year than usual, in part, because I wasn’t working as much (and I listen to books a lot while I work).  That said, I still did a lot of reading this year – about 30 – but a far cry from what I have read in previous years.  I need to get back on track and find some new books, as I’ve been in a bit of a book rut as of late.  I’m all ears if you’ve read something recently that you’ve loved. This post contains some affiliate links. The Last House on the Street The Last House on the Street is another home run from Diane Chamberlain.  If you haven’t read any of her books, I can honestly say to pick one and get started, as I’ve never been disappointed with anything she’s written.  She’s extremely versatile as well – a quality I admire so much in good authors, and the subjects of her books are equally diverse.  Since I’m not always great at giving the plot of a book in a succinct matter, I’m going to rely […]

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Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 12.9.22 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/friday-51-5-things-i-love-1-thing-i-dont-12-9-22/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=friday-51-5-things-i-love-1-thing-i-dont-12-9-22 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/friday-51-5-things-i-love-1-thing-i-dont-12-9-22/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2022 12:00:06 +0000 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/?p=17453

We’re trucking right into the holidays – are you ready?  I’m making some great progress – my daughter is the easiest out of everyone since she’s great about giving me a list, or when we’re out shopping, it’s easy to pick something up and stash it for Christmas.  My boys are much more difficult and not as good with their lists. But, we’ll figure it out. First world problems.  In the meantime, let’s have some fun and check out a Friday 5+1. This post contains some affiliate links. The Best Boots I recently bought these Skechers booties, since I wear boots much of the winter, and was looking for something new.  I love the look of them, but they’re also super comfy, which is a big win in my book.  I can attest to taking three college visits in these boots, and they carried on without a peep.  They’re my new favorites, and I wear them all the time. I even pulled them out for our family photo shoot and got a new head shot while I was at it. (It’s only about um, 12 years overdue…). Ask my family, when I find something I love, I wear it out. […]

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2022 Holiday Home Tour – Bedrooms https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/2022-holiday-home-tour-bedrooms/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2022-holiday-home-tour-bedrooms https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/2022-holiday-home-tour-bedrooms/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2022 00:05:28 +0000 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/?p=17444

We’re winding things on the 2022 Holiday Home Tour down today with some cozy holiday bedrooms today.  Once again, there is something for everyone, which is what I love most about this tour.  Plus, a holiday decorated bedroom always makes it feel extra special.  Christmas lights are magical like that. Jennifer at Dimples and Tangles is always bold and bright with her ideas and decor, and Christmas is no different! How fun and joyful is this beautiful bedroom? Sincerely Marie Designs brings a cozy traditional vibe to her primary bedroom. The greenery, coupled with the touches of blue amid the neutrals just makes you want to cozy up with a big snowstorm outside. This is Our Bliss is showing off her newly redone bedroom from the One Room Challenge. How fun to have a newly redone room to deck out for the holidays!  Rachael always brings some moody vibes to her decor, and her Christmas decorating is no different.  It’s a great backdrop for holiday touches. My sweet friend Lisa at Shine Your Light is sharing her cozy and welcoming guest room that’s ready for holiday visitors.  What a better welcome than a perfectly appointed holiday room for friends. Once […]

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2022 Holiday Home Tour – Kitchens and Mantels https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/2022-holiday-home-tour-kitchens-and-mantels/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2022-holiday-home-tour-kitchens-and-mantels https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/2022-holiday-home-tour-kitchens-and-mantels/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2022 18:00:22 +0000 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/?p=17435

Today we’re doing something a little new for the 2022 Holiday Home Tour – kitchens and mantels.  I always love seeing new ideas for a mantel, as I tend to get mired down and do what I’ve always done.  After we remodeled our kitchen last year, I shared its holiday debut here, and I still love decking it out for the holidays. Rhoda at Southern Hospitality is sharing her mantel and kitchen today.  I am seeing a lot of natural look mantels this year, and am really loving them.  Something that looks like it could carry you well beyond Christmas if you wanted.   On the subject of natural mantel decor, Cindy at Cindy Hattersley Design has knocked out something gorgeous.  Her entire home has a natural vibe to it, and it’s really beautiful.  I love the touches of rust with the dried oranges and how they tie in seamlessly to her home decor. With the start of December comes a month of entertaining.  At Home with a Twist, you’ll find great ideas on getting a beverage bar set up for your holiday house guests.  I know our beverage center will be working overtime this time of year.  But I’m so […]

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2022 Holiday Home Tour – Living Rooms/Dens https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/2022-holiday-home-tour-living-rooms-dens/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2022-holiday-home-tour-living-rooms-dens https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/2022-holiday-home-tour-living-rooms-dens/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2022 22:06:37 +0000 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/?p=17425

I hope you’re all enjoying the tours so far.  Today we’re moving on to living rooms and dens, and we have something for everyone! Whether you like bold colors, or a traditional Christmas, we have you covered, along with everything in between.  I love living rooms because we spend so much time in these spaces, and they really make your home feel cozy.  Especially if it’s cold outside, and you can add a roaring fire to the mix. Northern California Style kicks off with a fun, non-traditional take on the holiday Christmas tree.  I love seeing something a little different, and if you are one to have multiple trees in your home, I think it gives you some opportunities to try something new. Sarah, at Thrifty Decor Chick never disappoints with her holiday look.  She knocked it out of the park with her mix of jewel tones and rustic colors in her family room.  It just works.  I have been a fan of Sarah’s since before I started blogging, and she’s one who inspired me to make the leap into doing it myself.  She’s never afraid to try something new, and is always full of great ideas. Summer Adams has […]

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2022 Holiday Home Tour – Entries and Dining Rooms https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/2022-holiday-home-tour-entries-and-dining-rooms/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2022-holiday-home-tour-entries-and-dining-rooms https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/2022-holiday-home-tour-entries-and-dining-rooms/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2022 19:26:57 +0000 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/?p=17416

I hope you’re finding something that inspires you in the front porch tours from yesterday.  I’m always humbled when I see the gorgeous spaces that these bloggers pull together.  Today we’re moving on to entries and dining rooms.  Here is a sneak peek… Southern Heather has a stunning dining room space to share.  I love the way she detailed the mirror and carried it down to her buffet.     Over at Most Lovely Things, you’ll find some great ideas on making your dining room look festive. A beautifully sophisticated dining room and entry are on tap at Hello Lovely. I love a Christmas tree in the dining room – it gives such a nice glow and atmosphere around the holidays, doesn’t it? Check out this cozy and inviting dining room at County Road 407. An elegant entry awaits at Marty’s house over at A Stroll Thru Life.  Gold touches are one of my favorite things right now in holiday decorating. Cindy has some simple and beautiful green and white dining room ideas over at Classic Casual Home. The line up for yesterday and the days ahead is below. We’ve even added something new this year – mantels.  Those never […]

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My 2022 Holiday Front Porch https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/my-2022-holiday-front-porch/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-2022-holiday-front-porch https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/my-2022-holiday-front-porch/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2022 11:00:07 +0000 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/?p=17393

Here we are again – it’s Holiday Home Tour week!  A week full of holiday homes – decorated and ready for you to tour!  I’m so excited to be hosting the tour again this year, and I’m kicking it off with front porches and entries. You can see that we have a great lineup for you this week, and I know everyone has been working hard to pull together some beautiful spaces to share. Outdoor Holiday Favorite – Greenery Galore I’m hosting my annual cookie exchange this weekend, and my 2022 holiday front porch is ready to go!  One of my favorite outdoor Christmas decorations is a beautiful winter porch pot.  You can buy them, but you can also make them yourself, which I love to do.  I have a full winter porch pot tutorial here if you want to tackle it yourself.  They’re such high impact decorations, and even better that they last well beyond the holidays. If you’ve followed me at all, you know I’m a bit of a wreath hoarder. I love having wreaths on my front doors, and added some fresh garland this year as well.  I recently sanded down and refinished my front door, and […]

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Weekend 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 11.6.22 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/weekend-51-5-things-i-love-1-thing-i-dont-11-6-22/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=weekend-51-5-things-i-love-1-thing-i-dont-11-6-22 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/weekend-51-5-things-i-love-1-thing-i-dont-11-6-22/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2022 12:00:07 +0000 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/?p=17375

Is it crazy that even ahead of Halloween, and I started feeling compelled to start decorating for the holidays? Surely, that’s not normal. But I will say that decorating early does make the holiday rush seem a wee bit less stressful. October rushed by in a flurry, and it’s been absolutely beautiful here in the midwest, so I don’t want to rush into the winter holidays too much. But, there is work to be done – including a Weekend 5+1! This post contains some affiliate links. Freshen up your Hair Sometimes I notice that my hair just feels like it has some sort of residue on it, if that makes sense.  I use good products in general, but it just seems to happen sometimes, and changing things up sometimes helps.  I found these two products and they lifted my hair out of its funk.  And yes, I know I’m not a beauty blogger, but I like to share things that I like, and I think you might enjoy as well. This detox shampoo, paired with this leave-in conditioner gave my hair a new lease on life. Fresh Scents I’m not a big scent wearer in general, but when I do […]

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2022 Homearama Trends https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/2022-homearama-trends/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2022-homearama-trends https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/2022-homearama-trends/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2022 11:00:45 +0000 https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/?p=17344

Every year, I look forward to seeing what sort of Homearama trends will be in store with their annual tour.  Sometimes I’m on board, other times not, but usually it’s a mix.  This year proved to keep with that theme, but some things caught me by surprise.  I’ll be curious to see what you think based on trends you see in your area. Moody Colors I have always loved rich and moody paint colors, and was curious as to if/how they would come into play in this year’s tour.  The kitchens didn’t go very moody with paint, but I did see color on the walls, and in some of the cabinetry in the bathrooms and bar areas.  I think you have to be careful not to go overboard, as too much of a good thing can definitely backfire.  You can also go moody with tile, counters, floors – and there was plenty of that to go around too. I loved this little butler’s pantry area – a perfect spot for moody finishes. A moody office – yes, please. I love this shade of green in this dining area.  So warm and gorgeous. Forgive the glare – but this shower was […]

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