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Around the House at My 100 Year Old Home – Week Five

Welcome to Around the House at My 100 Year Old Home. This is a weekly update I share every Saturday about what is going on at My 100 Year Old Home.

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Welcome Inside My 100 Year Old Home

I am not sure how it can be February first today. Whatever happened to January? It feels like I just took down my Christmas decorations. Oh wait, maybe I did.

I have a theme every month on my blog and February’s theme is Let’s Get Creative. Even though I thought I was creative in January, this is my chance to push myself to get even higher standards. Yikes! I have some work to do.

It’s been a week since we listed our Waco fixer-upper home officially on Airbnb. I am having so much fun answering inquiries and chatting with renters on the Airbnb app. So far, things are going really, really well.

If you are looking for a place to stay in Waco, click here for our Airbnb.

Let’s take a look at what happened at My 100 Year Old Home this week.

Staying Smart in the New Year

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This post is my most important blog and Instagram post of the week. It’s a sponsored post. And believe it or not, these posts are how I make a living and can spend a gazillion hours a week on my blog and Instagram. A lot of people don’t understand it, but these posts are really important to me. They are how I get paid and if they don’t do well then I likely won’t be asked to work with a brand again. Instagram doesn’t help and the algorithm did not show this post to very many people. 

You can help me. If you have a chance, please head to the posts on my Instagram and my blog to learn about this product. I truly believe it is amazing, Feel free to “engage” with them as much as you can.

Five Reasons Open Kitchen Shelves Work in the Kitchen

I started out this week by with a discussion about Open Shelving. We put open shelving in our Airbnb and I love it. I realize it’s not for everyone (and many of you made that perfectly clear) but I did include my thoughts and  Five Reasons Open Kitchen Shelves Work in the Kitchen in the blog post.

open kitchen shelving

I have mentioned before that I have a new Editorial Calendar that I use every day and it is amazing. All of my blog posts for February have been decided, thanks to all of your input on one of my Instagram posts. It’s going to be a very fun month. I am working on blog post ideas for  March now. If you have any ideas or requests, please email me at [email protected].

What’s New in The Family Room

One of my goals this year is to learn how to take better photographs. You may not know that I use my phone to take about 90% of my photos. But I am very excited to learn more about my 35mm camera and I have new lights that I can’t wait to use (they were a Christmas present that was to me from me.) I have teamed up with some experts and will be sharing with you a lot of tips on how to take better photos of your home with a 35mm camera. I am so excited. 

In the meantime, I have been pushing to take better photos with my iPhone. And there are photos for two blog posts I shared this week that I am very proud of.

Around the House

Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas

valentine's day

This is the first photo that I love. It is likely true that any photos with cranberry glass and sunlight will look great.  But I am taking full credit for how these photos came out. This table was very special to me because so many of the items are part of my special vintage collections. Head to my blog to learn more.

Easy Elegance Wednesdays – How a White Palette Makes it Easier to Add Color in Your Home

Why You Need a Neutral Palette in Your Home

Every Wednesday I share a wonderful round-up of posts for Easy Elegance Wednesday. This week I shared how a neutral color palette in our home not only makes me feel more relaxed in our home but it also makes it a lot easier to add color back into our home. I am sharing this story today and to be truthful, if you want to see some pretty bad BEFORE decor photos of our home, you might want to head over to and read my original blog post.

Valentines Day Charcuterie Board Ideas

Charcuterie Board

This is the second photo I love. It doesn’t completely show off all of the Charcuterie board I made but I just love the sunlight pouring in. Either way, it’s a great blog post with all of my recipes for Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows, Royal Icing sugar cookies, and Homemade Chocolate Milk. There are also nineteen other Charcuterie boards linked.

Valentine’s Day Decorations – Make a Heart Garland

Valentine's day decorations

Last but not least, I shared an easy DIY to make a heart garland. It’s elegant and simple, which is my favorite kind of home decor craft.

Let’s see what my friends are up to.

Sarah from Dreaming of Homemaking shared a wonderful DIY Plain Door to Paneled Door tutorial.

My friend Deborah Hall has the most incredible online store with the coolest vintage items. 

I am obsessed with the mudroom painted floor and bench Liz Marie shared on her blog

Karianne at Thistlewood created a DIY Spring Wreath with Eucalyptus and Flowers that I love!

Looking Out the Front Door

Next week on the blog I will be sharing our Boys Bathroom Remodel, a really cool project I made with wine corks, a smart thing we did in our Waco home, a wreath, made from something you can find in your yard, and a very fun dessert I will be making with Monique In the Kitchen on Friday.

I am loving the changes at My 100 Year Old Home this year. Thanks for being here with me.

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