I was at Hobby Lobby the other day wandering through the Christmas aisles (which have for reals been up since July) and realized that I am being drawn to more of a natural look for Christmas decor.
Even at 50% off, 2 of those jute Christmas trees would run me $30! I do have a gift card there after returning a print from our dining room. Hmmm…
I absolutely love all the natural colors and textures used on this tree. Oh, and I MUST figure out a way to DIY that monogrammed burlap tree skirt!
This would be the perfect sparkly ornament to go on that tree! How fun would it be to make these for friends that you normally wouldn’t exchange gifts with? Of course last year I went out and bought lime green and powder blue ornaments because I was tired of the red and gold ones we always used – grrrr!
I’m thinking that vase with tree branches and brown cards tied to them would be the perfect natural-looking centerpiece for my table! Now my wheels are spinning on how to recreate this look throughout our home on a budget. I’m thinking I’m going to need burlap, lots and lots of burlap:)
Do you have a Christmas “style” or do you just throw everything up that happens to be in the boxes up in your attic like we usually do? Where is your favorite place to buy affordable Christmas decor? Am I the only crazy person who has had Christmas on the brain since Starbucks switched to their holiday cups?
Christmas decor images found here, here and here.
Ben recently said that he likes reading my blog because it makes him realize that I don’t just sit around. I was contemplating having a Twilight movie marathon on this cool foggy day, but then I got a second wind and knocked a bunch of stuff out. Here’s a glimpse into my life:
7:30 Roll out of bed, throw on clothes, pick up the house and take Ben to work.
8:15 Try to figure out a way to fix a frame. Ben put off hanging my dining room frame collage until last night and immediately ran into a problem. The first frame he tried to hang was a B&W print we got at IKEA several years ago.
Unfortunately, when he put it up all the little clips that held the back wood piece to the frame popped off and we have no earthly idea how to fix this. You can’t hang it by the frame itself because it’s too flimsy. Ugh!
8:45 Give up fixing the frame, go to Sam’s to fill up with gas and pick up pics.
9:00 Go to Target and grab a no-water chai latte, floss, brownies and an anniversary card for my rents.
9:30 Stop by Hancock Fabrics for some cute fall ribbon (got super excited when the cashier gave me a 20% off coupon to use).
10:00 Get home, change into work-out clothes, wash make-up off and get a text from a friend asking if I can stop by to see some staging she’s done in her house.
10:15 Project Brownies
I knew I didn’t have time to bake a dessert for a women’s retreat I’m going to this weekend, so I did the next best thing. I bought some two-bite brownies from Target and decided to make them pretty.
I don’t have a fancy sifter, so I improvised with this egg separator to sprinkle powdered sugar over these babies and it worked like a charm!
It’s amazing what a pretty plate (which I got at Williams-Sonoma Outlet awhile back for $5) and some powered sugar can do for some store-bought brownies!
10:30 Project Fall Ribbon
Remember that ribbon I picked up at Hancock’s? I recently made a mossy T that I hung in front of a mirror in our living room. I wanted to step it up a notch by changing out the gray ribbon with some cute paisley ribbon for fall.
Here’s a wider shot and I love how that little touch makes it look warmer. Of course, in like 2 seconds I’ll have to switch it out again for Christmas:)
11:00 Realize that there is absolutely no time for working out or a shower.
Throw on some clothes and decide it’s going to be a mascara and lip gloss day!
11:15 Jump in the car and drive to my friend’s house.
Walk into her gorgeous new house with this beautifully staged entryway. Her hubby found that branch in an alley behind a store. Love that orange chair paired with the turquoise vase! She’s debating painting the wall black.
Next, she showed me the fireplace in their master bedroom (so jealous!). She borrowed the pear candles and artwork from other rooms they had them in at their old house. She also wrapped an old vase in burlap and used some ribbon given to her by her grandmother to keep it in place. Repurposing at its finest!
12:45 Sat in my car, transferred the pics from my camera to my laptop and filled out my parent’s anniversary card.
1:00 Ran by the bank to deposit a check for Ben and the post office to mail card.
1:15 Finally made it to McAlister’s to eat lunch and blog – whew!
When I recently blogged about my career change and not knowing how to explain to people what I do, this day is a perfect example of that! I. Love. My. Life. Now, to see if I can squeeze in a work-out and a shower before the retreat:)
Any tips on how to fix our sad IKEA frame? Who else out there loves staging store-bought food? What would be your perfect day?
Since the weather has been getting down into the 60′s at night this last week, all I can think about is fall being right around the corner! Growing up, summer was always my favorite, but as an adult it’s tough to beat brisk weather, fun scarves and transitioning back to hot Starbucks drinks that warm your soul.
I absolutely love this fresh, nature-inspired photo and think it would look fantastic on a mantel or in an office year-round.
Even though we normally think of fall colors as warm browns and oranges, I like these fun party decor ideas that incorporate lime green.
I have this dream of having a different door wreath for every season. My mom used to do this when I was growing up and it’s an easy way to spice up your curb appeal. I’m also loving this turquoise door. Hmmm…
I emailed this delicious pic and recipe to Ben today and we’re going to make it for dinner tonight – yum! Gotta love those fall soups, stews and chilis.
I’ve had a thing for white pumpkins the past few years and wish I could find some real-looking fake ones that I could use every year. This is such a cute, yet simple looking mantel – love it!
Most importantly, the other day I found my perfect fall signature ring! I’m very picky with my rings, but as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one. Ben confirmed this by saying that it did in fact look like an “m ring”.
What’s your favorite thing about fall? How do you incorporate seasons and holidays into your decor? Let’s all close our eyes, tap our heels together 3 times, and think to ourselves, there’s no season like fall!
After having given up on doing any major kitchen renovations, we met with a second
angel contractor on Monday. He gave us a very different estimate and we feel really good about working with him. Not only that, but he also does property management and we hope to use him for that as well!
In the next few weeks we plan on installing a dishwasher and disposal, replacing the bottom cabinets, countertop and sink. We’ll also install floating shelves above the dryer for more storage, get new window treatments and paint!
Here are the neutral colors I snagged from the Benjamin Moore website. Natural Wicker for the walls, Paris Rain for the cabinets and Cloud Cover for the trim. There was a “buy 1 get 1 free pint” coupon at our favorite BBQ place next to Ace, so I got 2 pints of trim paint and a gallon of the others (which were 15% off!).
We’ll also be putting doors back on the top cabinets and possibly replacing the stove. I told Ben that I may not want to move after we redo this kitchen. If only I could take it with us to Oklahoma! We think of this as a long-term investment because honestly, who wants to buy a house without a dishwasher? So what do you all think about our sudden change of heart?
Was anyone else aware that Valspar and Olympic aren’t friends? If you read my Monday post, you’ll know that I was in a paint pickle. Since they couldn’t mix Olympic paint with the BM color I wanted, I found a similar Valspar color and was told that Lowe’s has an agreement that they won’t mix Olympic paint using Valspar colors. I marched straight to Ace, batted my eyes for a 10% discount and came home with a gallon of my beloved Coastal Path BM paint – whew!
I wanted to get the first coat on the walls last night, but Ben was preoccupied with some silly basketball playoff game. So imagine the walls being a rich beige with crisp white trim. I’ve been brainstorming about the finishing touches of the master and have run into several road blocks. I want to decorate this room to my taste while keeping in mind that it also needs to be staged to sell.
This is Simply Shabby Chic bedding from Target that I had tentatively picked out. Ignore the blanket on top in the pic, but I thought the blues in the comforter would tie in nicely with the dusty blue curtains. I do have a history of picking out bedding on a whim and then not loving it after awhile, so I’m trying to make a more informed decision this time around.
One issue with our master is that there are windows on both far walls and putting the bed on the wall without windows wouldn’t look good. It’s going to be tough adding symmetry with a lopsided window. I’m trying to come up with a headboard/wall decor solution that will work. I love the idea of creating a unique headboard of some sort like they did with the shutters above.
I also like the clean, crisp look when it comes to bedding and have considered just buying a puffy white down comforter and then adding color through pillows and a bed scarf like in this pic and similar to my guest bedroom.
I could also go with a comforter that has a simple design like this one as long as the colors compliment the blue curtains. I would like for it to have more of a “grown up” and less “college dorm room” feel though.
This is one of my favorite looks! I love all the natural elements, the sailboat print and how the bed makes you want to snuggle up with a good book. This duvet happens to be on sale right now too, so it’s tempting.
So what do you all think? I. Need. Help. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome!
Simply Shabby Chic bedding image found here, next 3 bedroom images found here, and last bedroom image found here.