Sunday, November 26, 2017

Jingle Through Decor

I'm so honored to be a part of this wonderful Christmas Blog Hop with these talented home decor bloggers.  I think you will find all of the Christmas decor inspiration you will need to get you motivated to deck your halls!

You'll start here at my blog and then continue with Caitlin's blog, Lion and Lantern, linked at the end of my post.

Welcome to my home for the Holidays!  
This year, I've incorporated lots of white and added pops of red.  I've also tried to tie in some of my vintage pieces as well.  Let's start in the entryway.  My entry is small, so I'm limited on what I can do.  I wanted it to be welcoming and full of Christmas cheer.

The holidays are filled with friends and family, which means lots of visitors.  I want my visitors to feel very welcome.  So I've decorated our guest bedroom with a soft and pretty flocked tree with touches of pink. 

Another thing I like to have for my holiday guests is a hot cocoa bar.  Set up with different flavors of cocoa, marshmallows, sprinkles, and candy canes.  

Our living room is decorated in red and white with a pretty snowy theme.  All cozy and comfy for friends and family.

This is the first year I'll be leaving any snowy, wintry decor out after Christmas.  I think it will be a fun way to transition out of Christmas decor.

Our dining room is all decked out for the holidays.  I added a red throw on the settee, and lots of greenery all around.  I also added crystals to our chandelier for some sparkle.  I love how it turned out and will probably leave the crystals after Christmas is over.

I kept my centerpiece kind of simple.  I've had the deer for years and just gave them a makeover with some paint and new burlap bows.  I also put them on top of a small shutter, so I can just pick it up and move it while we are entertaining. 

Now that I have my home all decorated and ready for guests, I made sure I had a cozy and festive place for my husband and I to unwind and relax.  I added a flocked tree to our Master bedroom and to give it some height, I set it in my antique trunk. 

 I also added greenery and lights above the bed, updated my chalkboard, and added a little mistletoe.

I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas decor.  Please continue on our fun Blog Hop, and show these other bloggers some love.  I know you will gain some serious Christmas decor inspiration along the way.  Thanks so much for joining me! I'm excited to be able to share the next super talented blogger for our Christmas decor tour.  Head over to Caitlin's blog by clicking the link below:

These are the other talented bloggers in Jingle Through Decor - 

If you get lost during the blog tour, you can always come back to the links above to get you back where you need to be.  

Thank you so much for joining our Christmas Decor Blog Hop!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Favorite Things, The Christmas Edition

The holidays can be overwhelming sometimes.  Trying to decorate your house can add to that stress.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite things that I'm using to decorate my home this year.  I'm even including the links so you can click and shop.  Much easier than fighting the crowds on Black Friday.

These two favorites will save you from bending over, trying to reach a light cord to turn off.

Just click the photo to find these items:

This comes with three plugs and a remote.  You just click your lights on and off.  Super simple!

This next item is also super convenient.  You just step on the button, and viola! Your lights are turned off.

Next up, are these shingle clips.  They are amazing!  They slide right under your shingles for a neat appearance and hold up really well to all kinds of weather.

This cedar garland, is beautiful and looks so realistic.  I am using it to decorate my dining room chandelier.

These cable knit stockings are adorable and will go with any color scheme or theme.  So, you can keep and use them for years to come.

This snow globe would be beautiful with any decor.  I'm using a lot of white this year, so it goes perfect!  It would also make a wonderful gift.

These ornaments would also be a beautiful addition to your Christmas tree.

I hope you find this helpful.  I also hope it saves you some time by doing a little shopping online.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

DIY Salvaged Wood Window Treatment

During a trip with my husband, I found a wonderful home salvage shop.  I bought several pieces of chippy white salvage wood that I knew I could use for something someday.  One of those purchases that your husband says, "what are you going to do with that?"  I found the perfect use for one of the pieces and I didn't even have to trim the wood.  It fit perfectly, like it was meant to be!  Here is the plain window in our master bathroom before:

Such a pretty tub deserves a pretty window treatment.  So, I had a goal to use things I already had.  I had the white window panels from our last house.  I had the piece of wood and the crystal knobs leftover from another project.  I also had bought a set of 10 lace napkins from an antique store.  I also had lots of ribbon that I could use.  

I started by cleaning the salvaged wood really well.  Then, drilled holes to add the knobs.  When I screwed the knobs into each hole, I didn't screw them in so they were flush to the front of the wood.  I left them out a little, to give room for the lace to lay on the screw, instead of the knob.  I also didn't want to have the screw sticking out too far on the back of the wood, or it wouldn't hang well on the wall.

Next, I added regular hangers to the back of the board, one in the middle, and one on each side. 
With the board being all done, I was ready to work on the curtains.

I knew I wanted a casual elegant look to the curtains.  Something that was swagged and gathered.  I also wanted one of the lace napkins at each swag.  So, I measured and marked where I wanted each napkin.  Then, I sewed each napkin and the lace ties to each spot.

Now, for the fun part.  Hanging the curtains!
There's no specific science to how I did this.  I really just gathered tucked and pulled until I got the look I wanted.  I used the lace ties to tie it all up to each crystal knob.  It does take a little time and patience, but its so worth it! 

I also added the old window to soften things up a little more. My husband asked my why we bought a new house, since I'm busy making things look old.  I really think it adds to the character.  I'm really pleased with how the whole thing turned out.  I hope you'll try a little DIY with things you already have too.  It's a fun challenge.

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