I was looking around the house a few weeks ago and noticed that I don't have a whole lot of Christmas decorations in other rooms in my house besides the living room. I don't have a ton of money to spend sprucing up the bedroom or the guest bath, but I came across these two super cute ideas that would look so chic and pulled together. The garland is made using coffee filters. The little tree is made from a piece of wood, a few pipe cleaners, and a few old necklaces. So if you need a few little tricks to make the house feel a little more Christmas like before the guests come in a few days, try these!
This room has an awkward bump out in the wall above the bed. The stripes are a wonderful way to camouflage unwanted architectural details that you may have in your space. You can also try wall paper!! (I love the detail in these stripes. )
Floating shelves are a great idea to create an entryway that looks pulled together. It also looks like custom built in cabinetry and looks expensive! You can get some great floating shelves at ikea, west elem, and potterybarn.
I'm going to try to get some Christmas decorations out this weekend. I feel like a slacker since both of our neighbors have the Christmas lights up and our house looks like Scrooge lives there. Hopefully I can get some shopping done too. I think Christmas music and some gingerbread cookies will do the trick. Are you guys as behind as I am??
The trick to mixing and matching patterns is to mix an organic print with a more linear print so it won't seam so busy. Another good tip is to make one print a larger scale and another print smaller in scale so they don't compete too much. Be bold with your choices.
Happy Cyber Monday! I know there are tons of great deals out there today and since you are on the web anyway stop over an check out The Vamoose they sell handmade jewelry and accessories. Today they are offering world wide free shipping.
Happy Thanksgiving Week! Today is a little post about how you can decorate a beautiful table this Thanksgiving without spending a lot of money. Just look outside for your inspiration. Nature is so beautiful this time of year, all you need to do is add a few of the natural elements and you have a beautiful table. One thing I like to do is add a beautiful floral arrangement, a place card (which makes everyone feel like you have made a special effort just for them), and some fresh fruit, nuts, or pumpkins. If you can't afford a beautiful tablecloth, look in your linen closet for a decorative sheet. I have a brown Ralph Lauren king sheet with red roses on it that would work perfect. Here are a few inspiration pics to help you set a beautiful table this year. Another tip is to set the table a few days early, it will help you get in the Holiday Spirit.
I'm sorry I didn't give you enough credit before Overstock.com ! These rugs are beautiful, the barstools unique, the nesting tables are one of my favorite iconic pieces. One of the best things is this modern sofa thing is it's actually a love seat with a chair, but can be configured in so many ways including a full length sofa and a fold out flat bed. AND.... remains to look so much better than a futon, so if you move apartments in the next year this piece will be versatile enough to make it through.
PS. Did you see the price on all of these! No I'm not getting paid by Overstock :)
Try making your own wreaths this holiday season. These are so simple and elegant and I love a wreath at the front door for the holidays. All you need is a pretty ribbon and some fall foliage from your yard and bingo bango you're in the holiday spirit. These were made my Emily Thompson in Brooklyn.
The Holidays are coming up......If you've never written Grandma to thank her for that sweater that she has given you the last five years in a row; maybe thank her this year and she will remember she gave it to you.
Here are my tips:
1.Don’t Bury the Lead. When you’re writing to ask someone for a favor, it’s appropriate to add a little chitchat at the forefront of your message, but when thanking someone, come right on out and say it (and be sure to mention the gift/favor/act of kindess specifically!). They’ll appreciate that your sole reason for writing is to thank them for their kindness.
2. Tell the Giver How/Where You Will Use Their Gift. For example: “Thank you so much for the beautiful vase. I’ve already filled it with flowers and placed it on my mantle and it looks fabulous.” If you’ve received a gift-card, and you haven’t used it yet, tell the giver how much you are looking forward to that massage or afternoon of shopping at your favorite store.
3. Let the Giver Know That You Like Them As Much As You Like Their Gift. If you received the gift in person, let the giver know how much you enjoyed seeing them at that particular event or holiday. If you received the gift in the mail, tell them that you are looking forward to seeing them at the next event you’ll both be attending.
4. Wrap It Up. This is where you write that you hope the giver is doing well, thank them again for thinking of you, and send them your best.
Almost everyone appreciates a thoughtful thank-you note, and if you follow these tips it shouldn’t be a chore to write one—you might even enjoy it!
*Find out more tips HERE the cute card is from HERE
This week is all about stationary and pretty text. I'm not sure why I love things that are personalized with text or initials, but I really do. It seems classic and old fashioned but when done in a fresh new way I really love it. IOMOI is an amazing company that personalizes anything from business and calling cards to pillows and bags. I especially love their lucite trays. Now this company isn't exactly a cheap monday sort of post, but they do have some amazing sales and the idea of personalizing in a new way is easy to do with a stencil or a monogram, just look outside of the box. Check them out HERE .
This wonderful before and after is brought to you by Design Sponge. If I had a dining room it would look alot like this one. A dining room is a place to gather with friends and family and enjoy great food, it should also be a beautiful and welcoming space.
I hope you have a great weekend filled with great food and friends to share it with!