Decorating A Cabin


When I married Adam he promised to love me in sickness and in health, etc… the one promise I will not let him forget is that we will one day own a cabin, on a lake, preferably in my favorite state of Wisconsin where I am now.

Photo: My view out the window.

I’m in the North Woods of Wisconsin, in an unincorporated town off of County Road Y. It’s 9:45 and the sun hasn’t set.

The sky is a golden orange.  I’m sipping wine and dreaming of decorating my own cabin one day.


Photo: Elle Decor



Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: House Beautiful


Photo: Elle Decor


Photo: Sunset On White Fish Lake

So I’ll keep dreaming of my cabin, in the meantime I will enjoy the heaven I am in right now.

xoxo Carrie

Want to See What Paradise Looks Like?

We were lucky enough to be invited to my friend Olivia’s Beach House over Memorial Day Weekend. It’s been in her family for generations.  The weekend was beyond my expectations. Pure magic lives with in this Gated Beach community.  I feel like I would be a trader mentioning the name of the place or really anything about it. It’s a tight lipped group and houses are not sold here, there are handed down from generation to generation.  I want to be invited back so I’ll let the photos do the talking.

#5 Patio


Cute Kitchen

Living Room Bookcases


It was a 72 hour play date for kids, dogs and adults alike.

 The laughter, wine and food flowed….in home massages, vintage shopping, and sunset cocktails. Kids playing outside all day. Dogs running on the beach.  Long Walks.  I came back refreshed and focused.

A dose of Paradise with do that.

xoxo Carrie

Boxwood Bonaza

I have always adored Boxwood.

Crisp Clean, Classic, it adds a simple sophistication to any landscaping, table scape, and indoor or outdoor decor.

It’s easy to maintain, not much upkeep since the plant is such a slow grower.  It’s evergreen so it looks as gorgeous in May as it does in December.

I decided to take a drive and photograph some neighborhood homes that showcase my adored boxwood.

This Hancock Park House uses a variety of Boxwood shaped balls to add depth the their front yard landscaping.

 One of my  neighborhood favorites.

 This Hancock Park beauty nailed it.


 I love the crisp manicured hedges of Boxwood lining the way to this Windsor Square Home.


I love the entry setting to this house in my Beverly Grove neighborhood.

Lou Penning Landscape, Inc.

The Russian Sage and Simple Boxwood hedge works well with the Grey exterior and flower filled window boxes.

The flagstone/boxwood combo is fantastic.

I love using Boxwood to decorate a table, this is a simple yet chic way to decorate.

I used boxwood for my wedding…topiaries everywhere and in simple candle wreaths all over the tables and through out the venue.

I love planting boxwood balls in containers.  I have 6 and the collection is growing.

A perfect front porch greeting.

xoxo Carrie

Stop and Smell The Roses

I woke up this morning and went on a quiet Sunday morning walk all by myself.  Not a peep from anyone on my block.  I took the time to take in the crisp morning air  and to do some thinking.  It was so good for the body and the soul.

The walk was also filled with beauty.  Lot’s of Spring flowers popping up every where.  I had to share with you.


So do yourself a favor and carve out a little time for yourself.

Take a deep breath and just breath.

Stop and Smell the Roses.

It’s worth it.

xoxo Carrie

Rocky Mountain High

I was in Colorado last week skiing and visiting my Mom who has a house there.  She and her husband Bill have a place on Buffalo Mountain in Summit County.  This above photo is of the view driving down into town from her house.

I am a big fan of  Summit County.  You can ski Keystone, Copper, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Vail, Beaver Creek and Loveland. All accessible, close by and hard wired to accommodate all the visitors. I love all the ski options and every place is super kid friendly, especially Keystone (that’s where our family cut out ski teeth because my parents bought a place there in the early 80’s). As a Mother of a 5 year old, kid friendly places are paramount when planning a vacation. Days of skiing past I was in search of the best happy hour with the cutest boys.  Now I am figuring out ice skating rink hours and making ski school reservations.   I have to be honest, now a day of skiing wears me out and I end up collapsing on the sofa under a big blanket instead of dolling up and hitting some hipster establishment for a night out.

We did however, make it out for dinner one night.  We bundled up ourselves and the kids and headed to Keystone Ranch for a sleigh ride dinner.

I was sceptical, it seemed kind of touristy and a smidge cheesy, but the ride through snow covered Soda Creek Valley was so breathtaking and beautiful I didn’t mind the bad jokes our guide was telling us.  It was actually all quite charming and I quickly got into the mood.

 We were pulled by 2,000 pound draft horses named Bert and Ernie and given warm plaid wool blanket lined in shearling. We snuggled in close for the 20 minute ride to the historic ranch homestead where we were to have dinner.

It was a rather chilly excursion,  but the promise of home made Hot Chocolate, Beef Barley Stew and piping hot biscuits with honey butter waiting for us when we arrived made me muscle through it.

The meal continued with steak, potatoes, veggies and finished with a warm slice of apple pie a la mode.  They had a great musician with an awesome voice playing the guitar and singing.

The ranch was indeed beautiful.

The sky crystal clear and  the air crisp and clean.

There is nothing better than spending an evening with family, singing and dancing to some knee slapping guitar music.  It warmed me up for a long time.  That and the shot of Peppermint Schnapps they handed out right before we got back on the sled for our ride home.

xoxo Carrie

Hello Yellow

  Hello Yellow

I am officially obsessing over the color yellow.

Maybe the daffodils did it.  So bright and cheery on my breakfast room table.

Yellow was my favorite color as a kid.

 My room was wall papered in a delicate yellow rose pattern.

 Today I’d do a little something like this


 Love the curtains in this room

Yellow shoes are awesome.

 I have four pairs myself.

My pal Heather is not a fan of yellow when used in home decor, but she has no problem throwing a little splash yellow goodness on her feet.

Everyone should.

  Yellow can knock on my door anytime

xoxo Carrie


Cabin Fever

It’s a rainy day in February and I figure there is no better time to plan a summer get away. I can’t wait.  We are going with my sisters and their families to one of our favorite places on earth…Wisconsin.   Yep, it’s true, Wisconsin.

We have been going to the same place and staying in the same two cabins since were kids. Nothing has changed, especially the routines.

Mornings begin on Adirondack chairs sipping strong, freshly brewed coffee under 50 year+ Hudson’s Bay Blankets, no one talks until bellies start growling. We then venture off to pick wild blue berries for muffins or pancakes and wild flowers for the dining room table.  Days are spent swimming on the crystal clear lake, fishing, canoeing, the kids run free through the woods and only show up for food.  Evenings we sit on the old porch swing enjoying cocktails while watching the sun set, play family games such as Sardines, Charades or Scrabble, and when the cocktails have been plentiful, full on renditions of old camp songs start. Just before bedtime we will venture down to the dock to gaze at the amazing constellation of stars, often sharing the moment with a family of deer drinking from the lake. It is magical.

I can’t wait to go back to a place were simple things still exist and cell phone towers don’t.

What are your summer plans?

Photo 1, 2, 3, 6, & 7 from my camera Photo 4: dann-online, Photo 5: And All The Trimmings Blog