I love tartan plaid this season, but haven’t seen many plaid Christmas decorations, so I decided to make my own using this tutorial for ribbon wreaths. As the post says, it’s almost too easy to have a tutorial. I wrapped the ribbon around a styrofoam wreath form, attached the final piece of ribbon with sewing pins, and, instead of making a bow, I added a small holly berry garland. That’s it.
This holiday season, we are decorating nearly every room in our home for an upcoming charity event. Nearly. Every. Room.
Not only is it a bit more work than I realized, it’s also pretty expensive to put up decorations in rooms that, in previous holiday seasons, had no trace of Christmas cheer. It’s caused me to get a bit creative in the decorations department, and, in a couple of rooms, I’ve turned to Christmas lights to bring a festive look without spending a lot of money.
Here are two ways I’ve incorporated Christmas lights in our house:
This is my favorite BY FAR, and I’m hoping we leave it up after the holidays. To create the bedroom lights, I purchased four sheer curtain panels from Target along with two sets of white Christmas lights. We used push pins to attach the lights to the wall behind the bed.
For the wall tree, I started by measuring the top center point of the tree and then measuring equal distances from the center for the outermost left and right points. I drew dots on these points in chalk and then attached striped burlap ribbon using pushpins. The white garland and battery-operated lights were purchased at Target.
Today I’m posting on Modern Parents, Messy Kids about how to create a modern rustic holiday mantle. Check it out.
We made much progress on the holiday decorating front this weekend. Our successes were largely due to a visit from my mom, who arrived with a car full of great vintage finds, and styling assistance from my friend, Tara, who knew just want to do with said vintage greatness.
Have you started decorating for the holidays? We started the day after Halloween, and we’ve received a bit of criticism (via social media, of course) for what some perceive as an inappropriately early start to the holiday season. I don’t actually disagree, but we had our reasons. We’re hosting a holiday charity event in a couple of weeks. One thing I’ve learned: nothing makes your critics look worse (or apologize faster) than explaining that your actions have been put forth to raise money for those less fortunate.
What are your plans for the weekend? Me, I’ll be decorating … and scouring the web for inspiration. And speaking of inspiration, have you seen Lowe’s Deck the Halls Event? I need a little of that action at my house.
We’ve been making lots of progress on the house, so I thought I’d share a quick update today. The entryway is one area that I consider somewhat ‘complete.’ Here is how it looked just after we painted:
And here is how it looks today:
Since we have entire rooms that we didn’t have before (and need to purchase new furniture for those rooms), we’re almost entirely re-using pieces we already owned to decorate the entryway. The console table (identical to the one in our family room) and bench were purchased about 10 years ago from West Elm. The mirror is something I’ve had since high school (not sure if I can say that about any of the other furnishings in the house), and the yellow resin painting is by Sacramento artist, Kim Squaglia. Our only new purchases for this space is the striped rug from Crate and Barrel and a large glass jug, which I filled with all of the wine corks my husband has saved since we got married.
Our new house has a formal living room, something we’ve never had before. The room has remained mostly empty since moving in, but over the past couple of weeks I’ve made some progress on planning the decor. Today on Modern Parents, Messy Kids, I’m sharing some ideas for how to get started on an entirely empty space.
I’ve always loved open china cabinets and dish displays but I’ve never had the opportunity to incorporate one in my home. In the new house, we have a couple of open shelves in our kitchen and I’m converting an armoire into a dinnerware cabinet in the dining room. Now that I have the opportunity, I’m not entirely convinced I have the skills to pull it off.
Here are a few inspiring displays to help guide me:
Sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
After weeks of having only a single chair in our family room, our new sofa arrived and I think we have a new favorite room. Spending time in this space prompted me to want to decorate, so I spent the weekend adding some finishing touches.
The room stays fairly dark due to the narrow windows and the brick fireplace facade that covers nearly an entire wall. I would love to paint the brick white to brighten up the room, but my husband isn’t entirely sold on the idea. So for now, we’re going with a cozy, den-like feel.
Here’s a view of the room before we added furniture:
And here are some views of the furnished family room:
We’ve accumulated a few map prints over the past couple of years, so we decided to incorporate those into the decor and have even nicknamed the room ‘the map room.’
We’ll continue to use the console table as a desk for homework time, but will most likely minimize the desk accessories for now since most of the homework this year has been reading.
And, finally, one of my favorite accessories is the black globe that I “borrowed” from my son’s room:
Temperatures have finally started to cool down in Texas, and since we’re spending more time in our backyard, I’m hoping that there are lots of s’mores in my future.
Here are a few things on my fall wish list:
Sweater Jacket / Scarf / Outdoor Wine Glasses / Skewers / Sneakers / Fire Pit / Sweat Pants