We started hosting Christmas for my side of the family in 2014 after we got married and it's something I really, truly love to do. I love decorating our home and bringing our family together. This year, my sister and her family bought a new home, so they will be hosting. I am excited for them to start new traditions in their home with the boys, but will kind of miss hosting, so I decorated anyway! I haven't gone as all out as I usually do decorating because we aren't hosting, but I did decorate our table with a pretty, neutral theme this year, so it still feels festive!
Below are pictures from both 2016 and 2017. I've linked everything at the very bottom, and the napkin holders and wine glasses are on sale right now! I also talked about some tips for how I added some fun touches to our 2016 table below.
2017 Christmas Table Centerpiece
2016 Christmas Table
I used fresh greens from a local nursery that I bought on Christmas Eve day, so the house smelled amazing and they were like 75% off! They were two door arrangements that you would hang on your front doors, but I just laid them on my long table, and they worked perfectly! A few other touches I added were gold pinecone place settings with hand lettered name cards. I also put frozen cranberries in the water glasses instead of ice cubes.
I was so happy to finish off our lower level when we updated our home, so we enjoy this space and get some good use out of it! My husband had demo-ed it before we met and it was that way for a few years, so we never got to take advantage of this space. Once we finished off this space, we were lucky enough to inherit some furniture from family to fill it, but the walls have been bare and the decor has been lacking. When I saw Emily Jackson's gallery wall I knew I wanted to recreate this somewhere in my house. I knew this lower level space was the perfect place to do it. However, when I went to use Framebridge, the company from Emily's post, I was shocked at how expensive it was. Don't get me wrong, they are absolutely beautiful frames and everything is pretty much done for you but it was going to cost over $1K to do this wall, which was just unrealistic for us right now. So I set out to do this on a budget of $300 or less, and I did it! I used Mpix to print my pictures (and you get free shipping on your first order), and found my frames here - each for under $30!
I love the way it turned out! And thanks to everyone who responded to both of my inspiration pictures in my stories. I was leaning toward the other option, but am SO happy with how this one turned out!
Todd and I have an awesome backyard, it's not huge, but I love to sit back there because it's pretty private and I love the way he landscaped it (before we met). But, because we both worked full-time last summer and head to the lake on the weekends we never really used our outdoor patio. We had thrown our patio furniture away and didn't even realize what bad shape our deck was in until it started getting nice out this year. I wanted to take Parker outside during the day, but didn't really have a place to sit with him. We also offered to host a get together this past week, so it got us thinking we should probably make it a little more presentable and livable!
Below are the before, in-progress and after pics as well as product details.
A few years ago before we did our remodel we had our deck stained to match our fence which was a dark, orangey wood color. However it was cracking and peeling from the sun and rain and was becoming discolored. So my husband power washed it, stripping all of the rotting/warped pieces away. I had asked him awhile back if I could stain the deck a gray tone to match our new white siding and front doors. He remembered this and came home from Home Depot with BEHR deck paint (not stain, the product was called Deck Over) that I wasn't so sure about at first... It was super thick and not really what I had in mind. He painted a small area with it to show me the color and said it was now too late to stain it. I was a little hesitant at first, but once we started painting I really liked how it turned out! The paint was so thick that it filled in all of the uneven spots. We started with the color silver gray (which when you held up the swatch, matched our doors perfectly...but flat it read almost white), so we decided to do a darker gray and went with the color drift gray, and I love how it turned out.
I was also lucky enough to score this table & umbrella for FREE! (it's slightly warped but I am not complaining), and these chairs were on sale for only $15 at Target.... so in total we got a completely revamped deck, along with new patio furniture and spent only about $150 including the cost of paint. We have already had people over and entertained in this space and have enjoyed sipping on wine back here. I just love that we can use this space again! This was the perfect way to revamp the deck until we decide to put a new one in and splurge on long-term furniture.
I've been sharing a lot of house pictures on Instagram lately and wanted to share them to my blog as well. This picture of the flowers in the sink may be my favorite of all time. What is it about flowers in a sink? I am just starting to get the hang of this photography thing and am kind of loving it. (I use a Canon Rebel T6i) I also love the before & afters of our front entryway, too. One of my most favorite parts of our remodel. Links to the plants and lights are shared below.
I've always wanted a fiddle leaf fig tree, I love the way they look and the fact that they add some color to my very grey-neutral house. Plus I read somewhere that having real plants in the house is good for your health! I found this super cute basket from Home Goods, and I'm loving the tassel detail. Hopefully I can keep this beauty alive, I have heard they are really finicky... so we'll see. Fingers crossed! If you have a black thumb like me, I've linked some good faux fiddle leaf fig plants and baskets below! My plant is from Bachman's for those of you in Minneapolis. :) They have a great selection!
When I was in my third trimester of pregnancy with Parker I thought my nesting vibes were bad, but after his arrival this spring, my urges to purge and organize have been in full-force. All the way down to the spice rack, haha. I have an awesome built-in spice cabinet next to my stovetop and I wanted to pretty it up with some uniform spice jars with hand-lettered labels. I bought mine from A & Co Mercantile, because she's a super-talented mama with impeccable taste and she's launching her own new shop soon. I love supporting other women, especially local shops. Check out the difference in the before and afters below. I love how they turned out!
I've also linked a few of my favorite labels and jars here.
The Before Pictures...
I started this new tab on my blog as a place to save all of my favorite home decor and decorating, as well as inspiration. As I think about how I want to decorate our house this year for the holidays, I was scrolling through some old pictures that I wanted to share here.
I love decorating our home for the holidays. The minute Labor day arrived, I was off to buy mums, pumpkins and Halloween decor to make our home look festive. Fall is my absolute fave time of year. Below are some fun pics sharing how I got our home festive for fall.