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HOLIDAY HOME DECOR TOUR

Hey ya’ll! I’m so excited you’ve stopped by to check out my holiday home decor! When the Christmas season rolls around, bringing out the decor is easily the thing I anticipate most. From putting up the tree to lighting the first pine-scented candle, I just love the spirit that is brought into my home and my community when the holiday trimmings go up. I’ve been living in my own place for about 5 or 6 years now and I feel I’ve finally reached a point where I have an ample amount of Christmas decor accumulated to fill my current dwelling. Of course I am always on the hunt for more/new holiday items, but it’s a nice feeling to bring out a box of Christmas decor and almost have too many options to choose from. This year for the first time I decided to bring in a lot of fresh components. We have a fake Christmas tree, so being able to still get that fresh, piney smell from fresh garland and wreaths was really appealing to me. We also have a wood burning fireplace that just begged for natural, rustic surroundings (which, don’t worry, we are SUPER careful with the garland when we have a fire lit. I have been keeping it moist with a water spritzer bottle nearby, and we have a fire extinguisher within arms reach in case God forbid the worst happens!)

There was also something so special about decorating my first home with the fiance. Although we’ve been together for 5 years, this is the first time we’ve lived together. And being engaged for 1 year now, I had some serious nesting instincts kick in and a sense of wifely duty to make our home a warm, inviting holiday paradise. I think I achieved exactly what I was going for and the fiance has made several comments about how much he loves coming home to our little Christmas wonderland. #winning

I hope you enjoy the tour of our home!

Our tree would simply not be complete without this adorable beer ornament from Crate & Barrel.

It’s so easy to bring Christmas to the table by simply swapping out our table runner to this beautifully red damask patterned one from World Market.

Our little chalkboard above the bar cart with a seasonal-appropriate message/doodle.

Styled the bar cart with my favorite coupe glasses, gold cocktail shaker, and a fresh holly branch in a jar.

Swapped our usual navy pillows for these red striped pillows, snowflake pillow, and “Merry and Bright” pillow.

My little penguin figurine is easily one of my favorite decor items to put out. This little guy just brings a smile to my face.

That’s it! Thanks for stopping by to check out our humble holiday home and I hope I’ve given you some great ideas to go deck out your own home for the holidays.

DECOR, HOLIDAY

FALL & HALLOWEEN DECOR SWAP

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It’s officially Fall and only days away from October, which means Fall and Halloween decor are finally fair game! Every year since I started college, my mom has sent me festive decor items for each holiday so that I could slowly build up an inventory for when I moved into my own place and, eventually, started a family. I didn’t realize how thankful I was for this until the time actually came to move into my own apartment. It was early October and suddenly Halloween rolled around and thanks to my mom I actually had plenty of fun things to put out around the house!

Now that I’ve been on my own for 7 years, I’ve continued to add to what she started for me and it’s interesting to see how my holiday style is slowly evolving. A few years ago, Fall and Halloween decor to me meant leaves and pumpkins and warm colors. While most of that still holds true (those are essential to transition into Thanksgiving!), I’ve really gotten into the more creepy aspect of Halloween decor – skulls and ravens and shades of black (you can see my decor from last year here). My latest (and favorite) additions this year are a black branch wreath, wooden carved raven, and black Dia De Los Muertos decanter. I can only imagine that I’ll find more “dark” items to add to my collection before Halloween rolls around.

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Black Branch Wreath: Crate & Barrel | Wooden Carved Raven: Crate & Barrel (similar) | Dia De Los Muertos Decanter: Crate & Barrel (similar) | Skull & Cross Bones Decanter: West Elm

For more of my Halloween decor & party ideas, check out my Halloween Pinterest board!

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DIY HIMMELI WREATH

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Last year I came across this lovely geometric-inspired wreath on Etsy. I had never seen anything like it before and I fell in love. I am a big proponent of buying items handmade in the USA (hence, Etsy), but when I looked down to see the price of this wreath, I nearly choked. *COUGH* Over $100?! It better be made of gold for that price.

After consulting the Google, I quickly learned this kind of geometrically shaped sculpture is known as himmeli. It is basically one diamond-like shape that is repeated and strung together to make things like ornaments or mobiles or wreaths. I found this tutorial from Vintage Revivals via Pinterest and, I’m telling you guys, I literally DIYed my own version in less than 30 minutes. No joke. The materials are cheap and once you get the hang of the diamond shape, you whip out all the pieces and connect them in no time. I even got the boyfriend to help, and trust me, he is not creatively inclined in the slightest. So if we can do it, you can too! Check out the tutorial (she has a super easy-to-follow video) and let me know how you fare. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 package of coffee/cocktail stir straws
  • 30-gauge floral wire
  • Scissors or rotary cutter (recommended)
  • Gold spray paint (or really any color you desire!)

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I don’t know about you, but now I want to make also sorts of different sized wreaths and other projects with this technique! It’s the perfect addition for atop your Christmas mantle. Check out more DIY projects (Christmas and otherwise) on my Idea Juice Pinterest page.

Happy Holidays!

DECOR, PHOTOGRAPHY

THE VINTAGE MARKET: A LOVE AFFAIR

Every 4th Sunday of the month our town has a vintage market that sets up shop for the afternoon. Here’s the thing with vintage markets. I love them so much and I can’t explain it. I never have an agenda or shopping list when I go to the market, but I end up wanting anything and everything. I find myself falling in love with taxidermy, pondering what I could do with a set of rusty vintage lockers, or where I could hang a kitschy, upcycled chandelier. It’s a compulsion that requires me to always have someone of sound mind in tow to intervene.

Regardless of my uncontrollable urges, the vintage market always makes for great photography subjects. They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and I thoroughly enjoy documenting the myriad of “treasures” up for grabs.

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I mean how “Fixer Upper” are those block letters? I need them right? Exhibit A – I have issues. I blame HGTV.

We are heading to the market again this Sunday and who knows what I’ll find!

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FALLIFICATION

Since summer continues to stand its ground, I’m taking matters into my own hands and welcoming fall regardless of current heat conditions. How, you ask? I have accomplished this in the following ways:

  1. Purchased every single pumpkin-related item at Trader Joe’s. They have Pumpkin Cookie Butter this year, you guys… I am beside myself.
  2. Actually made one of the 5,000 pumpkin/fall recipes I have pinned on my “Get In My Belly” Pinterest board with the aforementioned pumpkin goodies purchased from TJ’s. (I started with this recipe)
  3. Unpacked my fall home decor to replace the cool, summery pieces I have out now.

You know what they say, if you build it, they will come. Well darn it, I’m building it, so summer better get to steppin’.

Here are just a few swaps I made around the house to welcome in the warm tones of the fall season.

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5 EASY DIY MOTHERS DAY GIFTS

Remember when you were a little kid and your mom swore your scribbled artwork was her favorite gift to receive? Oh Mom, your love is truly unconditional. Well now that we are older and our motor skills are significantly more developed, I’ve rounded up some DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas that I think moms everywhere would truly love and appreciate. The best gifts do come from the heart.

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1. Bath Bombs – This is my brother’s yearly go-to gift for our Mom. But man, those fancy LUSH Cosmetics bath bombs can get expensive! Something Turquoise posted an easy tutorial on how to make them yourself with only a few ingredients and a few minutes of your time. Your wallet will thank you and your mom will think of you every time she takes a bath. Wait no, that’s creepy. Not like that. I take it back. She’ll just be super impressed with your DIY skills.

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2. Custom Calendar – I made a custom calendar for my mom for her birthday one year. The months were filled with my photography from family trips and gatherings that year. Now she fully expects to receive a new one every year. Seriously, I think she would cry if I stopped making them for her. But I don’t mind because it’s easy to make, inexpensive, and so meaningful to her. I use the Apple iPhoto app to easily design it and have it printed and bound. It arrives quickly and is beautiful quality.  Check out all of Apple’s custom print products here.

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3. Cork Birdhouse – When my parents moved into their new house a few years ago, there was a bird feeder outside the kitchen window. My mom started buying birdseed to fill it and she has now turned into a full blown bird lady. (She’s also learned how to use Snapchat, so guess what I get snaps of all day long!) A cork-ified birdhouse like the photo above is so easy to make for her bird babies. I found a pre-built birdhouse at the craft store and I own roughly 5 million wine corks (give or take). Slice some of those babies in half, hot glue them to the birhouse, and voila! Easy enough, right?

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4. Recipe in a Jar – I don’t know about your momma, but my momma loves homemade sugar cookies. This is a great DIY gift idea from Bakerella that you could really apply to any baked goods – brownies, cookies, muffins, etc. Just layer the appropriate dry ingredients in a mason jar, decorate, and you’re good to go. Be sure to include a little tag with baking instructions. How cute is that?

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5. Jar of Love – The last time my mom came to visit, she secretly left little notes around my house that I kept finding after she had left. It was the sweetest little thing that just brightened my day each time I found one. I think any mom would cry happy tears receiving a gift like this. One little note for her to read each day about why you love her, what makes her a great mom, or maybe a special memory you share. We have to make up for those rebellious teenage years and this will earn you some major points. Here’s a step-by-step DIY from Crafting a Green World.

Check out my Idea Juice Pinterest board for more DIY ideas for really any occasion.

Can’t wait to get my Stagecoach film scans back and share them with y’all!

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FLOWERS FOR MYSELF

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A staple of my weekly grocery list is fresh flowers. I mean, how can you resist a happy bunch of gerbera daisies or some lovely, delicate peonies?

The other day I got a snarky comment from the boy at the register at Trader Joe’s – “How sad, you’re buying flowers for yourself. Why isn’t a man buying you these?”

Excuse me sir, but I love to do nice things for myself. It’s like buying a new pair of shoes for yourself (only easier on the budget). Don’t get me wrong, my boyfriend is wonderful about sending beautiful arrangements on special occasions, but I don’t expect him to buy me weekly flowers, nor do I want him to. They give me a self-satisfaction and make my apartment feel so cheery. I think every lady should have something she enjoys indulging in for herself regularly. It’s the little things.