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My Amazon Prime Day Sale Picks!

Hey guys… so today (and tomorrow) is AMAZON Prime Day!….but before we get to all that, I want to make sure you seen that I am doing an awesome $100 Target Card Giveaway to celebrate my 1 year Blog Anniversary… if you didn’t see it, check out ALL the Details in my Post HERE and follow me on Facebook!

Ok…back to Amazon PRIME Day! So what is it?…It is actually TWO days, July 15 and 16 of EPIC deals on Amazon, exclusive to Prime Members…like Black Friday-esk deals for members! If you ever shop Amazon (who doesn’t shop Amazon?) you really need to be a Prime member… For an annual cost of $119 (discounted to about 1/2 that if you are a student) you get Free 2 day Shipping, access to Prime deals, and a ton of other great incentives… it is Amaz(on)ing & well worth it!

I wanted to share some of my favorite products that are on the PRIME DAY sales… some that I already own, and others that are definitely on my Shopping list today!

** Click the Titles below to SHOP! **

Instant Pot Duo 60

This thing… get it! It is a crock pot on steroids…what takes 6 hours in your crock pot takes 6 minutes in here (ok, maybe a few minutes longer, but seriously awesome!) and wonderful for busy families on the go!

Fire Stick

I have these Fire Sticks on all of my non-Apple (smart) TVS.. plug it in and you’ll have access to all digital viewing things like HULU and Netflix.. it takes your non-smart TVs, from pre-historic to today’s digital age!

Amazon Alexa

I swore I would never own an Alexa or an Echo, but seriously she is my best digital friend eva’… she tells me the weather, I can add things to my grocery list, change the volume and song on the stereo, turn my lamps on/off in my house!!… just by using voice commands… seriously she listens better than my kids and is one of the greatest inventions to making life easier!

Mac Book Air

Whoever hasn’t owned a Mac Book laptop, I highly recommend! My husband and I & both of my older kids each have one & love them! If you can use your iPhone, you can use this Apple laptop – I couldn’t function in my work or personal life without it.. goes with me everywhere!.. It is on a BIG time Sale today…so if you’ve ever thought of getting one…get it during Amazon Prime Days!

Roomba Robot Vacuum

I have this little Roomba Robot Vacuum and it is a God-send… it vacuums your entire house by itself when & where you want.. let that sink in a minute.. by itself! Good for carpet and hard flooring. It is voice activated with your Alexa if you’d like, or you can even start it from your phone wherever you are…works beautifully and does a great job!

Power Air Fryer –

Do you have an Air Fryer? They are all the rage right now and so easy to use and make your traditionally fried food, much healthier as you are frying it literally with air. You will get great crispy fried taste & texture you love in just minutes… and on major sale today!

Lennox 62 Piece Flatware Set

I know Silverware isn’t the most exciting thing to buy in the world…but you guys, these Lennox Sets are on major sale and even more savings when you sign up for an Amazon Business Prime Card – if you are going to apply, today is the day to get even greater savings on Amazon!

Sweet Home Sheet Sets

Today is the PERECT day to restock on new sheets for all your bedding.. or extra sets for the linen closet.. major sale on all sizes and colors today!

All Clad Stainless Steel 7 Pc Pan Set –

These pans! Ahhh crazy sale..$150 off!! if you are needing a new set of pans or would need an awesome gift for someone starting out or needing a kitchen pan refresh in their home…shop these today!

Samsonite Luggage

Huge Sale on Samsonite Luggage today…Holy CRAZY savings! My mom got my husband and I both new sets of Samsonite hard surface luggage for last year’s Christmas and we just love them! Great Christmas gift ideas or for your own use!

Those are some of the BEST Sales on Amazon Prime Days for you to enjoy! I love getting deals on household items that just make life a little easier, our time more productive, and our homes more efficient! I hope you find some great Amazon Prime deals today for yourselves and homes, friends!

Jaime Lyn

My 1 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

Hi Friends! Today is my Blog’s 1 Year Anniversary AND my 41st Birthday! If you’ve followed my Blog from the start, you may remember I launched Jaime Lyn Life by Design last year on this very day, on my 4oth Birthday while at Magnolia Market in Waco TX! Hands down one of the best trips and days of my life (besides my wedding day and having my 4 kids… seriously could be one of the next best days!) If you missed seeing that post, check it out here…

My Trip To Magnolia Market at The Silos

Silos at Magnolia – Read the Post here

I’m really happy I decided to launch my blog while in such a memorable place, on a special day in my life. This last year has been so rewarding, sharing Jaime Lyn Life by Design with all of you, here on on the blog, and on my Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages too. Honestly, the only drawback has been the challenge of carving out the time to devote myself to this creative space that brings me such joy. Having four kiddos who are very busy, my husband and I owning several businesses (I head up the finances & marketing, manage our real estate properties, & my interior design work) and starting up Heirloom Grove, my new home decor market… life just gets busy! But I do enjoy the hustle, and have to remind myself to embrace this season of life, while allowing myself a little grace at times when struggling to fit it all in. Through it all though, I realize how important it is to make time for the things that bring us personal joy and happiness, amidst all the things we do for others. For some of you that ‘thing’ may be your daily run or workout, a side business you work for yourself, a special talent or hobby you enjoy doing, a great TV series you indulge in every week, or even a Starbucks & Target morning you allow yourself, all by yourself from time to time… whatever it is, it’s good to prioritize time for ourselves to devote to those things that bring us personal joy and fulfillment.

Read my Magnolia Visit Post Here

With all that being said, I am really excited for this next year on my Blog… I have so much more I want to share with you… more of myself, my home, my travels, design ideas, products I love, the cutest boutiques to shop… And so today on another birthday and this 1 year blogging anniversary, I’m so excited to continue on with this journey. I hope you will continue to follow along and enjoy the journey with me! So… let’s CELEBRATE!…

Read my Magnolia Visit Post Here

What better way to thank you all for following my Blog this last year, and to CELEBRATE a new year of exciting things ahead for Jaime Lyn Life by Design, than with a GIVEAWAY! Today I launched an AwEsOmE GiVeAwAy on my Facebook page, that I think everyone would love to WIN!…

Jaime Lyn Life by Design’s $100 Target – Facebook Giveaway

How to Enter for your chance to WIN a $100 Target Gift Card from Jaime Lyn Life by Design!

  1. Like and FOLLOW my Facebook Page (set to “see-first” so you always see my posts.)
  2. Share the Giveaway Post to Your Facebook Page (make the post “public” so I can see you shared it.)
  3. Tag Your Friends (the more friends you tag, the more entries you get!)
  4. BONUS ENTRY – Sign up for my Email list here… so you never miss my latest Blog Posts!)

I will announce the WINNER in one week on Sunday, July 21st, so there’s lots of time to like, follow, share, tag, and sign up! Best of Luck to you!

Thank you everyone for following along and encouraging me with my Blog this year. It means more to me than you know. I hope you will stay tuned and continue to follow along with me at Jaime Lyn Life by Design!

Love Ya’s,

Jaime Lyn

4th of July Decor Inspiration from Amazon

I have a handful of favorite weeks throughout the year, and the week of the 4th of July is definitely one of them! This week & weekend is such a festive time to come together with family and friends to celebrate our beautiful country we are so blessed to call “Home.” As I look forward to the upcoming week, I aim for my home to reflect the spirit of the festivities, so I like to add red, white, and blue decor pieces in subtle ways throughout my home with throw pillows, table linens, serving dishes, table top decor, decorative signs, and accent pieces with the spirited colors of the holiday. I thought it would be fun today, to share some great 4th of July styled pieces I found on Amazon (& all ship Prime, so they will be here in time for you to decorate and use in your home this week.) Red, White, and Blue themed decor is perfect for summer and is festive from Memorial Day thru Labor Day, creating a beautiful home style fitting for all summer long! Take a look at some of the great pieces I found to share with you…

Shop these Pieces Below!…

Life Liberty Happiness – Tabletop Decor

America Pillow

God Bless Sign

God Bless America – Pillow

Adirondack Chair – Red

Gingham Dinner Napkins – Blue

America Glass Platter

Ramekins Dish Set

Welcome Mat

Sailor Containers

Red Accent Table

White & Navy Lamps

White Lanterns

Red Accent Pillows

Flowers & Garden Pots

I hope you found something you liked, and enjoyed this post giving you some Red, White, and Blue inspiration to decorate your home and get it the spirit for the 4th of July festivities! Thank you for visiting my blog today… love it when you do!

Happy 4th of July friends!

Charlevoix, Pt. 2: True North, The Salad Fork, & Cherry Republic

Happy Weekend! I’m happy many of you enjoyed my post earlier this week on my visit to That French Place and Bloom Floral Design in Charlevoix, MI. If you missed it, you can read it here. I had a few more places I visited up north last weekend that I wanted to share with you all before I move along to other blog topics… I hope you don’t mind! I love passing along great places to shop for your home; places in my local area and ones I find on my travels. Today I’m sharing about True North Interior Design and Antiques shop, The Salad Fork, and Cherry Republic, all in Charlevoix…and all on Van Pelt Alley…

True North Interior Design and Antiques

This husband and wife owned design & antique shop has been on my “go-to-boutique-places-to-shop” list (it’s kind of a quirk of mine that I keep such lists) all winter long! I couldn’t wait to get back up to Charlevoix this summer to visit this unique shop, and it was worth the wait! So many beautiful antique and new vintage-inspired treasures are found here in this inviting, cozy shop; one of those stores you just want to snuggle in at because it’s too pretty to leave. I gain a lot of inspiration for my Heirloom Grove Home Market when I visit shops like this… how they curate their space, stage pieces, and create a haven of beauty for their customers to enjoy. Take a little peek inside True North below… I get the feeling this shop is always changing things up, so I’ll be visiting every time I am in Charlevoix. They are open Monday – Saturday 10-5pm, and located at 108 Van Pelt Pl, Charlevoix, MI & be sure to give them a follow on Facebook here.

Honestly…. can I just move into this space and call it “HOME?”
I love their natural shiplap walls…
what a pretty backdrop to display all of their unique pieces.
Their back room houses more of their architectural pieces.. if you are looking for old doors, columns, banisters, windows, corbels…to add real architectural interest to your space, don’t miss this area of the shop.

Really enjoying Van Pelt Alley… Time for a snack at The Salad Fork…

The Salad Fork


Next stop we visited in Van Pelt Alley was The Salad Fork… my girls had to try their new Acai smoothie Bowls… and they were so yummy and the perfect afternoon snack for us while we shopped downtown Charlevoix. This little eatery makes made-to-order salads, avocado toast and new specialty acai bowls… that are so, so good you guys! They are housed at 217 Bridge Street, Suite B in Charlevoix (right down from True North, and next to Cherry Republic) and are open 9am-8pm Monday thru Saturday… if you visit Charlevoix this summer, check. them. out! & give them a Facebook follow here.

I have yet to try the Acacado Toast….but I’ll let you know on my
Instagram Stories how it is when I do!
Any shop that “hand letters” their menu is kind of a true sign that these are my people and a place I am going to enjoy eating at!
Too cute to eat!
OMGoodness! So So good and you know you’re eating healthy so it makes it
really enjoyable too!
When you visit… grab one of these little fill-in menus…one for Salads, and one for Acai Bowls.. decide on your toppings and turn it in & they’ll whip it up for you within minutes.
We ate right here in the cute little tables outside The Salad Fork, in the alley.
This is the time of day during our shopping that we need to a little break…
the big girls are hungry,
and the little one begins to get tired..

Our final stop in Van Pelt Alley… Cherry Republic!

Cherry Republic

Cherry Republic is on 221 Bridge St. in Charlevoix and you can also access the store to the side from Van Pelt Alley as well. They are open daily, 9am-9pm.

Okay… if you aren’t familiar with Cherry Republic, this will be a real treat for you… like if you were there, literally a real treat! Everything is cherry.. cherry candies, cherry jams, cherry salsa, cherry pop, beer… and wait for it..cherry wine!… I could stop right there, because cherry wine would have done it for me. It is amazing what they have to offer, and so nice that they have little samples set out everywhere (even a little tasting bar for the wines) so you can try out what you enjoy, before you buy. Cherry Republic is a favorite stop of my family’s as we stock up on all things we love when we visit, for our boat and home pantry. It is all sooo good! Northern Michigan is known for their cherries and you can find a Cherry Republic in not only Charlevoix, but also in Glen Arbor, Ann Arbor, Traverse City, Frankenmuth, and Holland.. all beautiful places to visit while in Michigan! Follow Cherry Republic on Facebook here and take a little closer look that I captured for you at their Charlevoix store…

These are wonderful gift ideas too… make an assortment basket of Cherry Republic items for an anniversary, wedding, or Christmas gifts and your recipients will enjoy everything!
On the boat enjoying my cherry wine and white chocolate covered cherries…
(Is it an accident that 1/2 of my photos of Cherry Republic include their cherry wine?….
no friends, that’s not an accident.. ūüėČ

I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peek into a few more places I enjoy visiting while in Charlevoix. I’ll be sure to share more of these shopping and eating gems as I travel… and more of Charlevoix on Instagram as I am there visiting. There are some other great shops and places to dine there and their Venetian Festival in late July is a great time!… I’ll share more on Instagram Stories in the future!

I hope you have a great weekend…it’s rainy here in Michigan today, so even though I’d love to curl up with a good book, I have some weekend to-do list things that needs done!

What’s to Come on Jaime Lyn Life by Design…

I’m looking forward to carving out more time to devote to my blog this summer…I truly enjoy sharing with you here! I’ve been in a bit of a remodeling and redecorating phase in my home, and I’d like to share some of that journey with you, as well as other areas of my home, my travels, and more fun design and lifestyle things you might find inspiring. Please comment on what you’d love to see.. I’d love to hear!

Until next time, thank you so much for visiting my blog today, it means so much to me! Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and sign up for my Email updates so you never miss a post. I would love for you to check out my Heirloom Grove Home Market too here on the web!

Have a great day friends!

Exploring Charlevoix MI – Pt. 1. That French Place & Bloom Floral Design

Hi everyone, I hope you enjoyed a nice few days of rest and relaxtion over the Memorial holiday. My family and I had a productive and restful weekend… Normally during this holiday my husband and son, and our farm crew are busy planting in the fields, but rain held those plans up, so instead we were able to tend to some outside projects around our home, open up our pool, and still have a little time to drive up north to Charlevoix to get our boat ready for Summer.

Last year was our first year docking our boat in Charlevoix and we just fell in love with this beautiful, quaint Michigan town situated between Lake Michigan and the western end of Lake Charlevoix. I love the relaxed coastal vibe during the summer months here; there’s always something festive going on in town, boats galore in the water, quaint boutiques to shop (my favorite kind of shops!), and so many great little places to eat…and the view?…the views are just breathtaking. Charlevoix has quickly become a very special place for my family… a summer destination for us to escape the hustle and bustle (and stress) of our everyday lives, to enjoy summer, and much needed peace and quality time together. I remind myself it’s one of those why’s we work so hard throughout the year.. to have the opportunity to enjoy these special moments in such a beautiful place in our own home state.

Memorial Day was a bit chilly and there was rain in the forecast, so instead of taking the boat out, we decided to head into town and visit a few of the shops and eateries. I thought it would be fun to share some of our stops on the blog today. I’ll be adding more of our shop visits later in the week (so this post isn’t too crazy long…) and more about Charlevoix and other neighboring MI towns in the future….but to start, let me tell you about That French Place and Bloom Floral Design in Van Pelt Alley…

That French Place

This is a must stop for my kids every weekend we visit Lake Charlevoix… That French Place has great coffee and lattes, and the tastiest french crepes we’ve found locally. My girls always opt for their go-to…banana and nutella crepe, while my son chose the apple & cinnamon, and my hubby and I shared an egg & cheese. So good! The decor is french and fabulous and we like to either take orders to go, or eat outside to enjoy the morning views of town.

I think That French Place is this child’s favorite spot in Charlevoix, honestly!

Van Pelt Alley

Bloom Floral Design – Flower Shop

Next up we did a little shopping down Van Pelt Alley and first, browsed around Bloom Floral Design Flower Shop… this is such a gorgeous shop filled with unique gifts and fresh flowers. My girls found a few pieces they couldn’t live without. We love the extra personal touches in shops like these, with their pretty packaging and special attention to detail. Take a peek at some of their treasures…

It’s all in the details…

There’s a little glimpse at two of our stops this weekend in Charlevoix… I’ll be sharing more this week with a look at True North Interior Design & Antiques, The Salad Fork, and Cherry Republic… a few more great spots to visit while in Charlevoix, MI.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog…Thank you so much for visiting! If you are a Michigander, put Charlevoix on your list of places to visit this Summer or Fall…or if you are from another state, definitely put Michigan & it’s beautiful lakefront towns on your bucket list’s travel plans! Happy Memorial Day!

And this gorgeous white barn…
Such a beauty & represented Memorial Day well in Charlevoix this weekend.

Thanks for visiting my blog, friends! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for my Email list.. so you never miss a future post! Have a great week!

Heirloom Grove Home Market – Festival Ready!

Happy Weekend everyone! I hope you have something fun planned for the next couple of days and are able to get outside to enjoy this early spring weather! If you are local to me in Shepherd, MI you need to visit my town’s annual festival, the Maple Syrup Festival, going on thru Sunday. There are a ton of fun things to do in town… arts and craft shows, an old car show, amusement rides, pancake and sausage dinners, parades… just good, old-fashioned, community, family fun in my small town. I’ve been working all week to revamp my Heirloom Grove retail pop-up location in Vintage Village Antiques (located right in the heart of the festival in downtown Shepherd) in time for the festival! I have new & old home decor treasures, refurbished furniture, Dixie Belle chalk paint, Antique Candle Co. candles, Kai Kai Brai Journals and gift products, farmhouse and cottage styled pieces, and new spring inspired decor to help you refresh your home for the new spring season. Here’s a little glimpse at what I have ready for you when you visit!

Stop in to sign up for our fun Giveaway!.. Just write in your name and email address and drop it in the slot to Enter a basket of goodies from Heirloom Grove!

Visit the Maple Syrup Festival this weekend, thru Sunday April 28th! Here is a map and schedule for your to check out all there is to do when you come to town.

Be sure to visit my Heirloom Grove Home Market’s local retail space at Vintage Village Antiques, located at 302 W. Wright Avenue in downtown Shepherd, open everyday, Monday thru Sunday 10am-6pm!

Thanks for checking out my Blog today… I appreciate it so much! Sign up for email updates on my Blog’s sidebar so you never miss a post, Follow Jaime Lyn Life by Design on Facebook and Instagram, Follow Heirloom Grove on Facebook and Instagram….and don’t forget to SHOP my Heirloom Grove Home Market online too! Have a great weekend, friends!

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Heirloom Grove Home Market

My New Retail Space: Heirloom Grove Home Market

Hey everyone, it’s been a little bit since I’ve blogged and I really wanted to share with you a fun new extension of my Jaime Lyn Life by Design blog… my new retail space called Heirloom Grove Home Market!

I’ve had a desire to share my interest in unique, new and vintage home decor with all of you in a retail setting, so I decided to begin some retail pop-ups in my area in Michigan. ¬†My first shop is up and going in my hometown of Shepherd, Michigan at Vintage Village Antiques on Wright Avenue. ¬†My heart has always been here in my hometown and I just felt it was the right place for me to begin¬†Heirloom Grove¬†where I was raised, and where I continue to raise my own family.

I revamped a double booth space in this antique shop by adding shiplap walls, and rough-cut industrial wood shelving to make it my own (more on this space remodel coming to the blog soon.) ¬†I have been filling it weekly with all things home decor… new, vintage, antiques, farmhouse, reclaimed, gift, and other treasures. ¬†Being a designer, this space has also given me a nice opportunity to cycle through some of the home decor pieces I have used in past staging projects and in my own home, to also offer for sale as well.

I’m excited to also offer Dixie Belle Paint as I am a Retailer for this paint company. ¬†I use this great mineral chalk paint line on all my furniture and decor refinishing projects, and carry their best-selling colors and products at my retail space, and will be carrying¬†all of their products on my HG website soon. ¬†Even if you aren’t local to my retail space, you can still shop with me online at Heirloom-Grove.com¬†(orders of $50+, the shipping is on me!)

To keep in touch with Heirloom Grove, new locations or events, and to shop HG online, visit my ¬†Heirloom Grove website,¬†follow along with my social media,¬†and look for HG posts here on my¬†Jaime Lyn Life by Design¬†Blog, as it will be the featured “Blog” on Heirloom Grove‘s site.

Here’s a little more sneak peek inside my¬†Heirloom Grove¬†retail space at Vintage Village Antiques in Shepherd… I plan to continue adding more items each week filled with unique character, charm, style, and novelty for you to shop for your home.

I hope you enjoyed this quick look at my Shepherd retail location. ¬†Heirloom Grove Home Market in Vintage Village Antiques¬†¬†is open every day Mon-Sun,¬†10am to 6pm, Address: ¬†302 W Wright Avenue, Shepherd MI. ¬†There are many other great vendors in this shop too, so make sure to visit their spaces as well.. a lot of nice antiques, homemade items, and project pieces! ¬†Make a day of it and also visit the other antique shop in town at Antiques and Uniques¬†(they are just off the expressway.) ¬†Have lunch or dinner at the Shepherd Bar & Restaurant (near Vintage Village) or Fireside Grille at the Maple Creek golf course (just off the expressway), or grab a yummy bite or snack for the road at Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli & Market… ALL of these places will treat you right for a great lunch or dinner when you are in town antiquing…make a day of it! ¬†Shepherd is within a few short miles of Central Michigan University and Soaring Eagle Casino, and is located in the heart of central Michigan, with an easy on/off from the expressway, making it the quaint, perfect little place to stop and break up your trips heading North or South!

Thank you for checking out my Blog today, and my new Retail Site, Heirloom Grove Home Market.  I love sharing home inspiration with all of you, and I hope to carve out more time in my (crazy busy) life to share more frequently!  Make sure you sign up for my email updates so you never miss a post! Have a wonderful day friends!

 

 

 

 

 

The Found Cottage… A MUST Visit for Unique Home Decor

When I started my Blog, I wanted to make sure I shared some great places to shop for home decor with you guys, and today I’m so excited to share about a lovely shop in Hudsonville MI, near Grand Rapids called The Found Cottage. ¬†Today they celebrated their 3rd Birthday of being open so I think it’s only fitting I posted about them today! ¬†I’ve followed this shop on Instagram for quite some time and for months had really wanted to take a day to visit, so a couple weeks ago I finally had that chance to make the hour and a half drive from where I live in Central Michigan to see this beautiful shop for myself.. and it was so worth it!

If you are unfamiliar with The Found Cottage, it is owned by three amazing creatives,¬†Abigail Hoppen Albers, Lisa Noe VanDyke, & Liz Marie Galvan (give them each a follow on IG ) and is filled to the brim with the most unique home decor and gift pieces; a combination of cozy cottage, farmhouse and a bit of modern mixed in, creating the most perfect ensemble of decor for a style that I think will never go out of style. ¬†Their philosophy is to create “a collaboration of treasured and gathered items, vintage and new, merchandised together to create one eclectic cohesive boutique”….I LOVE (like, love, love, love) shopping boutiques and stores like this….small businesses, owned by creatives, filling their stores with such care and creativity!

At The Found Cottage, you will find antiques, vintage, handmade, unique finds, clothing, gifts, bath & body, greeting cards, candles, jewelry, and much more.  The three owners fill the space with carefully curated items of their own finds , and also have other vendors showcase their unique products as well.  They are open Monday РWednesday 10-6, Thursdays 10-8, Fridays 10-6, Saturdays 10-5, and closed Sundays and located at 2460 Chicago Drive, Suite B in Hudsonville, MI.

As I’ve designed homes and decorated my own homes through the years, I have found that for me, it’s way more rewarding when I create spaces with truly unique finds… pieces that really resonate with me and I might not find in everyone else’s homes. ¬†I find joy in the experience searching for creative treasures and enjoy the look and feel it adds to my home when I’ve filled it with things that are a bit more organic, not mass-produced, truly unique, maybe have some age and history, or was created by talented makers or artisans…these are the pieces that I really fall in love with and want to fill my home with.

And I’m not sure about you all, but I am such a sucker for pillows, clocks, signs, antiques, and anything vintage or farmhouse…. so everything in this beautiful shop spoke to me and I could seriously have spent hours shopping the store. ¬†The building is quite large, but not too large that it didn’t feel cozy and quaint. ¬†I really enjoyed all that was for sale, but also how it was staged and presented together, creating a cohesive look of mix-matched treasures in perfect unity. ¬†I literally could have taken a trailer and filled it with everything I found that I loved!…but I didn’t.. but I just¬†may next visit… ¬†ūüėČ

My “Kai Kai Brai” daughters loved this adorable shop too…they are really growing to see the joy in ¬†surrounding yourself with things that resonate with them in their living spaces… creating only the vibes you want to surround yourself and live with on a daily basis.

…And my husband enjoyed The Found Cottage as well ūüėČ … helping our girls find all their little purchases they couldn’t live without. ¬†Visiting this shop was a fun day for all of us!

And exciting news too!… that’s not all there is to be at The Found Cottage…I was beyond excited¬†when they announced they are expanding The Found Cottage, with The Found Cottage Mercantile…a shop that will be at the same location they are housed at now, but at the opposite end of¬†the building, with an Antique and Vintage “booth style” shop made up of pickers from all over the country… ahhh, I can not wait to visit and see all that they have! …I’ll blog about it all once I do, so stay tuned!

If you are in the Grand Rapids area, make sure you stop into The Found Cottage and give them some love! ¬†You can also SHOP their online store if you are out of state, and make sure you follow them on Facebook &¬†Instagram¬†for your daily dose of “found cottage” inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into my visit to The Found Cottage. ¬†I’ll definitely be returning very soon and can’t wait to check out their new Mercantile. ¬†A BIG Happy Birthday & Thank You to them for creating such a beautiful space to shop and bring home the most amazing home decor treasures!

   

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Other Favorite Posts from Jaime Lyn Life by Design!

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Condo Staging!

 

 

 

Happy New Year & My 2019 Outlook

Happy New Year to all of you!…this can be such a pivotal moment in time for many of us as we reflect on the past year and look forward to the possibilities of the new year. Some people come up with a significant word or a phrase to help guide them through their new year; a new outlook or hopeful way of living their lives for the next 365 days. For me, this is the first year I have struggled a bit in knowing whole heartedly what I aim for in the new year… my Christmas decorations are still staring at me like I’m holding onto the holidays until I figure out this great master plan (I’m tackling that today I swear!) ¬†I’ve been tossing around thoughts for days, but I’ve felt torn between what I feel needs to be done this year, and what I want to do with my time. ¬†Many of you know me personally, but for those who don’t…I have 4 kids who I adore and are incredibly busy, who I truly want to be there for, for anything and everything they need of me… I am married to an overly-ambitious husband ¬†(who I also adore ūüėČ ) who does not pass up many opportunities, like he needs to pack in as much in this lifetime as fathomley possible (which generally I’m up for too, and heavily support the effort)… and beyond this blog, my design work, and my business with my daughters, the majority of my daily work life is spent at our offices where I do the accounting for our businesses, manage various properties, and all the other necessary things that come with being a business owner (most of which are completely unglamorous and I won’t bore you with.)… ¬†And like most moms, wives, & women… I want to be everywhere at once, think I can do it all, should do it all, I’m surely¬†capable of doing it all… and at the end of the day, end of each year… tend to feel a great sense of accomplishment mixed in with a balance of some unrealistic failure, feeling exhilarated and exhausted all at the same time.. wrapped up in one mind, body, spirit package of a woman…

So today as I look at these Christmas decorations (that I’m totally over looking at)…and all the yet-to-be-filled tubs, a year of go-go-go behind me, and explore all the open possibilities and opportunities that could lie ahead for the new year… I think, maybe instead of some epic idea of what to strive for or change in this new year… I might just need to take a breath… like a really good, long inhale and exhale.. and enter the new year fresh with just the simple¬†intention of being present for the journey… to not see life as moments of obligations, schedules, lists, and goals that need to be met… but rather see life as moments of cherished blessings that make up the hours, that make up the days, that make up the years, that make up the life that needs to be experienced.¬† This year… I’m going to really strive to focus on intentionally being present for wherever I am in each moment… work like crazy while I’m at work, pour my heart into my family when we’re home, sing to the heavens while cooking and doing laundry (ok that’s not going to happen and is a complete stretch of anyone’s logical imagination… but you get my point)… and essentially, strive to take in and truly enjoy all the epic, life-changing, amazing moments, and all the every-day, ho-hum mundane moments too… because at the end of the day, at the end of each passing year, those blessed moments are our lives. ¬†So…¬†intentionally be present for¬†the journey.

What are your new year words, phrases, or resolutions (if you select such a thing) to help guide your new year? ¬†I would love to hear! ¬†Happy New Year to all of you and thank you for following me and allowing me the space to share a little bit of myself with you. ¬†Now onto those Christmas decorations… wish me luck!

Happy New Year to all of you! ~ Jaime Lyn

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A “Buffalo Plaid” Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving is a wrap, it’s time to really get into the Christmas spirit. ¬†I spent some time over my long weekend taking down my harvest decor, (including my Thanksgiving Table..if you missed that post check out all those details here) and began decorating for Christmas…I love this time of year! ¬†Each year there seems to be a new or revived Christmas decor theme or look that I see is all the rage, and this year as I’ve been in the stores, browsed my favorite online shops, and scoured Pinterest, the look is definitely Buffalo Plaid!

…it’s everywhere ladies and you don’t have to live in the mountains to pull off this cozy rustic look in your home. ¬†You can go all-out and make this the overall theme for your home’s Christmas decor this year, or simply add subtle details in with your favorite Christmas pieces of the past, to embrace this style. ¬†Here are some ideas and examples for how you can include Buffalo Plaid decor and style into your Christmas decor this season…

The Christmas Tree

Use patterned ribbon and ornaments for a festive way to add this buffalo plaid look into your tree. ¬†I love all the other red accents that bring the look together in these two trees below…the red lanterns, berries, and poinsettas are great accents.

How gorgeous and colorful is this tree with Buffalo Plaid ribbon, red berries and lanterns, and various other traditional ornaments…just loving how the Buffalo Plaid sets off the unique look on this Christmas tree!

 

I loved this entire look at a floral and gift shop in Alma, Michigan called Tom Billig Flowers & Gifts using Buffalo Plaid ornaments, and bows with plaid and solid black ribbons.

Your Christmas Front Door Wreath

Again, using ribbon is an effective way to add this themed pattern into your arrangements as are displayed in the wreaths below.  I like how these wreaths add other elements of interest in the florals, greens, and sign to create a unique look to welcome guests into your home.

Adorn your Christmas wreaths for your front door with buffalo plaid ribbon, red florals, greens and twigs for a pretty country look.

 

& here is another similar wreath style, but with the addition of a plaid sign in the center with the popular pattern, adding even more of this style into the wreath.

Decorate your Front Porch

Front porches are one of my favorite areas of the home to decorate because it adds curb appeal to your home and is literally the first impression for guests and passerby’s. ¬†These front porches have embraced the buffalo plaid look with subtle touches that pop with the other decorative pieces used.

I love how the front porch rockers in this setup are accented with the buffalo plaid pillows, which really pop on the white chairs!

 

And you can achieve a nice look just by adding in subtle details with the plaid scarf and gift wrapping for a pop of color and theme to this outdoor porch decor.

Accessorize the Living Room Decor

A nice way to add touches of the season into your everyday spaces is with accent pieces… accent pillows, throw blankets, and table runners. ¬†Choosing neutral, solid furnishings really allows you to change up your accents and overall room’s look each season. ¬†Loved how the buffalo plaid pillows and throws work in these two settings…

This room staging was done at Pier One and I thought really captured subtle touches of the buffalo plaid using an accent pillow, throw blanket, and table runner… making a beautifully subtle impact!

 

And again..subtle touches go a long way in making an impression here with the plaid pillow and the red bulbs for a cozy look…and that moose pillow… just adorable!

The Dining Room Table

I like to stage my dining tables with seasonal decor to be visible the entire season, using a simple centerpiece or even a whole tablescape. ¬†Don’t limit yourself to only setting or decorating your table right before a special dinner gathering, instead dress your table with a theme or seasonal look to add to your daily decor. ¬†I loved how these tables used buffalo plaid accents so nicely to pull together the entire looks of the tables into pretty tablescapes.

How adorable to decorate an outdoor table for warmer climates with this style, here using a buffalo plaid throw blanket to dress the table.

 

And for a more dramatic look, the use of dinnerware, chair covers, and look at those unique napkin holders for a quaint Christmas setting.

Gift Wrapping

Gift wrapping can be a win-win with not only giving a well-presented gift to your family and friends, but also by adding a nice decorative aesthetic underneath your tree before the gifts are given. ¬†These are such cute, creative ways to wrap gifts below, using buffalo plaid and other complimentary looks to really add to your room’s appeal during the holiday season… and your gift recipients will love it as well!

Look at these adorable buffalo plaid touches in the gift wrap and gift tags. ¬†Use your gifts as additional decor… wrap them pretty and place them under the tree for very functional added decor for the season!

 

Coordinate your gift wrap to go nicely together…love the use of these plaid and solid papers with twine and creative tags to make a unique look for all your gifts.

Use other Decorative Pieces to Accent your Decor

As I shopped through the stores pre-Thanksgiving, I seen so many adorable pieces in this trending buffalo plaid pattern…. some select pieces I found are below…

I loved these little reindeers and Santa using the popular pattern I found at one of the craft stores… you could place these on an entry table, on a fireplace hearth, even next to your Christmas tree, or to decorate at your front porch.

 

& and how cute is this Christmas mouse!…too bad the name is not spelled like mine or I would have bought her… cute to sit on a side table or entry bench, even to dress your bed for a touch of the season.

Dress the Part… Fashion Style!

And you will not only find buffalo plaid in home decor this season, it is all the craze with fashion as well… so many adorable ways to add this pattern into your style and I thought the following two looks were so stylish and festive…

I loved the subtle touch of this pattern in the shirt sleeves on this top…and how cute are the boots and coordinating stocking hat.. adorable look!

 

& I love this sweater throw…so pretty in this pattern with a simple pair of skinny jeans and tall boots.. stylin!

 

I hope you enjoyed some Buffalo Plaid style inspiration for your Christmas Decorating and I’ve shown you a few new ideas you can use in your own home! ¬†Shop some of the Buffalo Plaid looks with links included below…

Shop Buffalo Plaid pieces below (click on each pic, to shop) and on my Jaime Lyn Shop Page…click here!

 

Happy Holidays & Happy Decorating, Friends!

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