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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

The weather does not know what it’s doing here in New Jersey!

First, it was super cold.

Then it warmed up where I could be outside without a coat on.

And now…it’s freezing again!

Chris and Stacy Ling at Mount Snow

We decided to spend the weekend in Vermont too.

Where it’s even colder.

Can you say -7 and with the wind chill, feels more like -25?

Snowshoeing in Vermont

Mackenzie and Shana both went back to school for their spring semesters.

So I’m a sad mama bird.

And this is Mackenzie’s last semester at Bucknell.

Stacy Ling with her family on Christmas

It’s amazing how fast time flies.

I started this blog the semester she started in college.

It feels like just yesterday we were dropping her off for that first year.

And so much has happened since then!

College Move-In Day

If you recall last week, I mentioned that we are going to start working on the dining room.

I’m hoping to start painting the ceiling this week or next weekend.

After peeling back some of the padded fabric last weekend, the walls are going to be a bigger project.

That padded fabric is secured by a ton of staples and the walls are not in great shape behind it.

Ultimately, we’ll probably add beadboard in this room instead of trying to make all kinds of wall repairs, but for now, we’ll remove the padded fabric, paint it white and then figure out what we want to do long-term.

The room is so dark.

At this point, I’ll do whatever it takes to lighten it up in a short amount of time and then do the larger projects down the road.

Dining Room Before

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

Talk about a busy week.

We did A LOT!

With the new year, comes the opportunity to start fresh and get organized.

So I shared some easy organizing tips and tricks for your home and garden.

From the pantry and home office to closets and seed starting, this post has you covered!

How to Start Seeds Indoors Without a Greenhouse

We also made THE BEST DIP that you’ll want to bring to your next dinner party.

My girls and I snacked on THIS one almost all week long.

Wait until you see how good it is!

The ultimate of spinach artichoke recipes

I also shared what I’m shopping for this week with the new house.

You guys LOVED the rug and bedding.

I’m going with an earthy boho farmhouse style here and can’t wait to lighten up the house and decorate.

HERE’s what I’m purchasing this week.

Friday Favorites

Even though we are in the throws of winter here in New Jersey, the gardens look so pretty.

I’ve been planning for the next growing season and shared my first garden tour with what to expect in 2022.

bricks 'n blooms weekly

There’s a lot of great bones here and I’m SO EXCITED to ramp up the flowers!

Speaking of garden tours, I also shared a peaceful walk around the property after the first snow.

Come enjoy a snow day winter garden tour and see how it all looks covered in white.

YouTube video

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My good friend Janine from the Happy Happy Nester shared her best organizing tips.

I love what she did with the spices!

Spice Rack Organizing Ideas by the Happy Happy Nester
Photo by the Happy Happy Nester

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared a year’s worth of wreath ideas.

This one is my favorite.

But she’s made so many others throughout the year!

Wait until you see how pretty they all are.

heart wreath with greenery and flowers
Photo by Cottage on Bunker Hill

And doesn’t this soup look amazing?

I’m all about soup season when the temps drop and this one from my good friend Jen at Midwest Life and Style made this hearty one.

Wait until you see how cozy and delicious it is!

close up of chicken tortilla soup
Photo by Midwest Life and Style

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

THESE winter decorating ideas.

I am LOVING the progress on THIS kitchen remodel.

THESE cupboard styling tips.

I love infused water – wait until you check out THESE recipes.

THESE after Christmas winter decorating tips.

And I’m all about THESE winter decorating ideas too!

THIS cozy neutral winter decor in the library.

I’m loving THIS winter farmhouse kitchen decor too!

OMG THIS french country laundry room makeover is AMAZING!

Zen garden in the backyard garden

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring my winter decorating ideas this week. VT was so cold. Hope you get to spend lots of cozy weekends there this winter.

  2. That is seriously some cold weather! But so beautiful. I’m so excited to see what you do with your new gardens. Thank you for sharing my winter decor post, Stacy. Have a great week.