Alright! You asked for it, so I’m bringing it! After posting a quick shot of a recently finished statement wall in our upstairs hallway on instagram, you guys went bananas asking for the details and sources! So today, I’m sharing all the scoop on how I created a major statement wall using over-sized photos in our hallway so you can do it too! Continue reading
There is one question I get asked time and time again. “Where did you get that RUG?!” When people visit our home or when I post a living room pic on instagram, it’s a given. Someone wants to know!
The simple answer has always been HomeGoods! But since they carry limited inventory, it’s rare anyone would be able to head to their local store and actually find it. If you like something when you’re, you buy it. There is just no guarantee it will be there next time! Well, I decided to do a little digging and I have finally, finally sourced it! Continue reading
Good morning to you all and happy week of Christmas! I am sure you are all busy prepping for the
madness holiday fun!
Are you the lucky one hosting this year? or do you every year?! Do you set a traditional table or is it grab & go with an extra large extended family gathering?!
You saw a sneak peek of my Christmas tablescape during the my home tour as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes hosted by Evolution of Style, but today, I am sharing more shots of the table in hopes to inspire your festive holiday feast! Continue reading
When it comes to decorating our home, my style can pretty much be summed up in 3 simple words: bold, neutral and glam. When it comes to trimming the tree, I don’t venture too far outside my comfort zone with the exception of the use of the color red! If you take a look around here during any month besides December, red can only be found in 2 places – the playroom and in my wine glass. no joke. I truly prefer a neutral color pallette with bold, distinctive prints and patterns with a hefty side of glitz and glam. #metallicsaremyjam
Today, I am breaking down the elements of our lovely Living Room tree for the My Home Style Blog Hop Christmas: Tree Edition hosted by Casa Watkins! If you are stopping over from My Life From Home, welcome!! A group of home decor & DIY bloggers have joined forces to celebrate style…style in the home and in the spirit of the season, style found in our Christmas trees!
Since pattern play is one of my favorite ways to incorporate a variety of prints, I am usually inspired by a fabulous fabric, typically in the form of a pillow, but for the tree I was inspired by both fabric and wrapping paper.
I’ll admit, I am a bit of a wrapping paper
hoarder collector. Those rolls always find a way to jump into my shopping cart year-round, so by the time the holidays are upon us, I have a pretty hefty stash.
I will always love a class black and white stripe and in my opinion, you just can’t go wrong with animal print. The black, white, tan and gold triangle geo print seemed fun and well…bold, neutral and glam, so it came home with me, too. The red plaid paper above was a great find. I had been searching for red plaids that didn’t have any green in them and it was tough! I lucked out with that roll from Michaels!
Another plaid you’ll see around the house this time of the year are my Amazon plaid napkins which I turned into pillows AND used on my Christmas table! I couldn’t resist after whipping up a couple napkin pillows up for fall.
Now, back to the tree…
I have gold everywhere and bits of silver, black, white and red sprinkled throughout. These gold sequin tree pics added the perfect amount of funk and dimension. I used those inspiration papers A LOT.
You’ll find them covering my coffee table books…
on the gallery wall…
under the tree…
[DIY mini wrapped present ornaments]
and IN the tree! What can I say? I mean, a girl’s gotta coordinate, right??!
I even made a mini bow to go under our silver star. It’s actually the same tree topper we’ve had since our first Christmas tree when we were still dating; I can’t bear to part with it! Since I’ve mixed metals throughout the tree and it IS made of sequins and all, it can stay 😉
And a little peek-a-boo of our makeshift holiday bar. I am sort of thinking this festive bar needs to be in here year-round! #joytotheworld
And there you have it! Our bold, neutral, glam Christmas tree!
Unfortunately, I don’t have many sources to share today because my ornaments have been collected over the years, but you can scoop up the picks & ribbon at Michaels.
The best part is that they are on sale for 60-70% off every other day or so as a door buster – hurry! Go!
And a quick striped ribbon order can be placed now and here in 2 days – thank you, Amazon Prime!
You can see more of this space and the rest of our Merry, Bright & Blissful Holiday Home here!
I’ll be sharing the details of our Family Room + 2nd tree next week – please come back again for a visit soon!
And in case you are still soaking up all of the terrific tree trimming and styling inspiration, I’ll send you off to the next tree in the hop – This Makes That! And the whole rock-star lineup is below!!
So, you’re still with me on the let’s-do-this-christmas-decorating-thing-the-easy-way, right?
Well, I’ve been sprinkling a little holiday this and that from room-to-room and now that we have glitter, glue, tape, tree trimmings, shards of broken ornaments (I know, bad mom for not getting the memo on shatter-proof) sawdust from the mantle makeover project (deets coming soon) and who knows what else, I’m about ready to call it a DAY!
After the mantle is wrapped up this weekend, we can get our family room tree up and after that, the house is DONE. Holiday hoopla or Christmas cheer, whichever you prefer, has kicked into high gear and I can’t wait to spill it all! Next week is full-steam ahead! I’ll be sharing my holiday home tour for the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes on Tuesday, December 8th, but will be giving you a daily dose of decorating delight!
So, I’m sort of a pattern-girl. I like bold prints. I like to mix them. I like to match them. I like black, white and gold everything. I also like to coordinate. You see, when I find something I like, I tend to go all-in. For example, when I see wrapping paper I like, I buy it – all. year. long.
I decided to go with a black, white, gold and red color scheme this year which basically means, I get to use everything in my normal, everyday decor, but just add a punch of red. I’m really digging the way the house looks with splashes of color right now!
I found a few neutral wrapping paper patterns and then a red plaid one that I love.
You saw me use it in my holiday coffee table decor and you know it will be covering all of the presents under the tree when I get rolling on that front.
I love the prints so much that I thought I would toss a little IN the tree, too.
I give you my DIY wrapped present ornaments!
Rounding up the supplies was super easy, because I had nearly everything – wrapping paper, ribbon, scissors, tape, glue gun…The base is a 3″x3″ canvas. I bought 2 packages (6 pieces per) at Michaels.
You really could use anything with some thickness – cardboard, even. To be honest, I was a little lazy and felt it would be easier to buy the canvases than hack up a cereal box or one of my daily Amazon deliveries.
Simply wrap each piece of canvas like you would a gift.Then start by taking a piece of ribbon and lay it flat underneath the present (pretty side face-down).
Then pull up the ends and criss-cross them in the center and wrap one end back around the front, all the way across and back to the backside. Secure it with a piece of tape.
Then take your other loose end (should be a bit longer) and make your loop.
…Then, secure it with your glue gun.
Ta Da! Little mini wrapped presents that will match the packages underneath the tree! If you have a wrapper helper, then you are in luck. You can whip up 12 -15 of these guys in no time. I actually love to wrap gifts, so this was kind of therapeutic for me!
It doesn’t take much paper at all, so you will have plenty left for your big packages.
I like how it creates some visual interest within the tree since 95% of most ornaments are round, or spikey & curly-q, in my case!
And in case you’re wondering, there’s plenty more of that striped ribbon floating around here, too. I’m sure you’ll be seeing it in the near future. wink, wink.
Is your tree up? Have you started decorating anywhere else yet?
If you are gearing up now, you are in luck! You don’t have to go far either. Come right back here + all of the other stops in the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes – you are guaranteed to find the inspiration you are looking for!!
12.1 | Evolution of Style || Dixie Delights
12.2 | Life & Home at 2102 || Provident Home Design
12.3 | Simple Details
12.4 | The Pink Clutch || This is Happiness
12.7 | Bless’er House || The Tale Of An Ugly House
12.8 | Classic Casual Home || This is our Bliss
12.9 | Primitive and Proper
12.10 | Shine Your Light || Driven by Decor
12.11 | Suburban Bitches || Our Storied Home
12.14 | Simply Sarah Style || Rough Luxe
12.15 | Tour Highlights
12.16 | Our Link Party with YOU!
Let’s do this holiday decorating thing the easy way.
Who’s with me?
I am not going to pretend that hauling Christmas decorations out of storage – box by box, putting together the tree(s) or going to pick one out, then trimming the tree, and spreading holiday cheer throughout the house is always easy. It can actually be quite a process. For some, its done all in one day and for others, its spread out over several days or maybe even an entire week or more, but I’m going to show you a few ways to add a little extra holiday pizzazz to your home using your normal everyday decor.
We’re just going to spice it up a bit by making it fun & festive and nearly, free!
This holiday season, I am going to share several ideas for ways to add simple touches to various spaces in your home – whether it be a table, wall or bookshelf.
First up today, is your coffee table!
Whether you have a fully styled coffee table like in our formal living room or a stack of coffee-stained magazines and a couple of peanut butter smeared remotes like our family room coffee table, this quick and easy idea is for EVERYONE!
Basic gift wrapping supplies – 3 rolls of various wrapping paper, tape, scissors & ribbon
coffee table books (2)
old magazines (3)
random book (1)
First, I started with the 2 coffee table books normally in the tray on the table and then rounded up a stack of 3 magazines and a smaller book from the bookcase shelf.
I wanted to have some added height and varying thicknesses and widths, so I wrapped the 3 magazines by stacking them on top of each other and wrapping them up like a present. Then I wrapped the individual book by itself and lastly, the two coffee table books.
I decided to add a piece of leopard ribbon to the top “package” to add a bit more pattern play to the stack.
I just couldn’t resist that plaid & animal print combo 😉
A simple Christmas touch to an ordinary table!
The best part? It was almost free! I mean, i just rounded up my supplies from things I already had. Another example of shopping the house at its finest! It also helped me check out my wrapping supplies ahead of time, so I know if I need to keep picking up those lovely papers every time I see them!
Did you get the itch yet to start your decorating yet? When do you full-on start decorating with trees and all?!
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It’s so crazy how this playroom has suddenly come to life again! It was a project I started and just never quite finished up. After sharing the 4th installment of the playroom reading nook series [the light], I heard from several readers asking to share the details of the 3 stacked frames hanging to the right of the nook. I thought today would be a good time to share the scoop on this mini, or as I refer to it, small wall + big statement gallery wall. Continue reading
So, here is my first (project) post since spilling it all out there for you guys last week. And you know what? It is actually a project that has been on the docket for months after thrifting it back in the summer. $5 later, I had the perfect spot in mind for where use it. That “spot” is one of the areas I wanted to refocus my attention to, so I did!
Remember? Mission: Project – LOCK.IT.UP! Let’s finish up these half-completed/barely-started projects and move on!
Anyone remember this rusted old bin from a past #thriftscorethursday post on Insta?
Well, I spiffed it up and have it ready to rock & roll as toy storage in the basement play area. Today, I’m going to share with you how!
As you saw above, it needed some TLC, so here is what I did…
First, I took a damp paper towel and wiped it down to get all of the dust & cobwebs off of it. Yes, there was some serious spider business going on there and I hated every second of cleaning it even though it only took a minute.
- Goo Gone
- gold spray paint
- foam craft brush
- Martha Stewart Chalkboard paint (Michaels)
- small paper plate (to pour chalkboard paint onto)
- white chalk
Then, I scrubbed down the label area with a wet paper towel and another paper towel dabbed in goo gone. There were probably 10 or more pieces of tape & remnants of adhesive all across the front of the label, so I had to give it some good ol’ elbow grease. After that, the labor-intensive part was over!
Next, I spray-painted the bin with gold, covering all of the metal wiring, but not worrying about the label area (since it was going to get painted later). I thoroughly applied a second coat of spray paint and then let sit overnight.
Now it was time for the label section. First, I poured some chalkboard paint onto the paper plate and dipped my craft brush into it, generously covering the bottom half of the foam brush. From there, I simply applied it to the label area of the bin. I outlined the edges first and then filled in the middle with back-and-forth brush strokes.
Here it is after two coats of chalkboard paint (I let the paint dry for 30 – 60 minutes between each coat)…
Next, I applied another coat & let it dry for 24 hours.
And since I forgot to take a photo before I wrote on it and filled it with “boy stuff”, here is the finished product!
I just love the detail of the legs…definitely resembling vintage hair-pin legs…
I stumbled upon these black and white striped canvas bins in the basket section at Michaels about 3 or 4 months ago. They were 40% off and I thought they would look good in the basement play area acting as toy storage, but I think they look GREAT on either side of the gold metal bin!
If you are new over here, then you are getting your first dose of my black, white and gold obsession. #blackwhiteandgoldalways
I’ve only shared a handful of basement posts, so now that I’m refocusing my time and attention, I’ll be sharing more from this space.
Let’s take another look at where we started and how we ended. Everyone loves a good before & after shot 😉
Not a single trace of dirt, rust, tape or spiders! I’m telling you…gold spray paint is like magic.
As a rule, I do love how most of my projects turn out, but I especially love this one. I find it so gratifying to take an old piece of junk and make it over into something pretty and new again. It was an awesome $5 investment! When I take the time to fix up my thrifted finds, I end up falling more in love with the finished products versus how I feel after I stumble upon a great find at HomeGoods. There is something about a DIY project – a sense of pride and ownership… a feeling of accomplishment.
Don’t get me wrong, I will still be trekking it up and down the HG aisles in pursuit of my next great <3!
So, what do you think? Do you feel the same way after making over or creating something yourself? And I must ask, what is the last thing you used spray paint on?!
My new “about me” post will be coming up later this week, a basement progress report and a Fab Friday Finds post are still to come. Please come back again soon to see what’s going on over here!
P.S. I do really appreciate your thoughts & comments from my last post. Sometimes we truly need to take a step back and refocus ourselves. I can tell you, my thoughts & focus were solely dedicated to my little man’s recovery after his surgery on Friday.
Your prayers and well wishes & sweet notes on social media meant the world to us – thank you! He is doing awesome and his “bump is all gone” and stitches are healing right up!
You all are the best! xo
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