‘Tis the season

While we are not putting up the Christmas tree just yet, I’ve been busy ordering some updates to our holiday decor. Last year I waited and almost didn’t get a few items I had on my list. I went back through my Christmas decor pictures from past years (because what is having a blog if not to keep a virtual scrapbook of things like this), and focused in on a few areas that I wanted to add some additional decorations or update items that have gotten worn looking. I also added several new holiday storybooks because one of our favorite parts of the holiday season is reading our collection of Christmas stories as many times as possible between the day after Thanksgiving and January 1st.

As per usual, Target doesn’t disappoint with their holiday decorations and I found quite a few items from their collections:

Including a tiered stand for our high counter, garland for the mirror over our mantle, and new plates for my plate rack:

A pom pom wreath, and cheery pillows:

A cozy throw, tablecloth, and wooden centerpiece:

And I always search for a few pieces from Anthropologie including little monogram ornaments to go inside the wreaths on the boys’ doors, a silly towel, and a stack of holiday coffee mugs:

And new Christmas plates, red plaid garland, and shams from Pottery Barn kids:

And our new stack of holiday books:

How have we not read The Best Christmas Pagent Ever? It’s been so long since I’ve read it, I’m going to read it first, and then pass it on to A and then to J.

Walk this World is a beautiful pop up book with Christmas celebrations around the world, the illustrations are lovely, and the boys love books that have facts woven in.

Construction Site on Christmas Night because we love Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and what’s better than construction vehicles setting up Christmas decorations?

And finally, The Nutcracker retold with illustrations from The New York City Ballet. I love The Nutcracker and the whimsy of the drawings.

And now I’ve just got to figure out where to store everything until after Thanksgiving!

 

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Front porch refresh

From winter…

To Spring…

And our new corner nook…

Our back porch is not covered at all, so especially in the summer, we rarely sit out there during the day. Our front porch on the other hand is completely covered, and we frequently sit out front to watch the boys play basketball or ride bikes. After getting tired of sitting on the ground out front, we invested in two chairs and a small table. We also have a great view of the “mountain” from our front porch, so it’s pretty to sit out there. All the new pieces we got on sale from Target!

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J Room Update Mood Board

J’s room is a space that I constantly feel like I’m trying to keep up with. Where A’s room is a large box, J’s room is smaller and awkwardly shaped. A also doesn’t like anything to change in his room, where J is more open to updates.  I updated it last year, and found myself again this year, struggling to keep up with his massive Lego buildings and art pieces. I’ve realized that we need to move up, instead of keep adding longer furniture. I’m also planning to re-paint in a cooler gray, to lighten the room and help it transform from little kid to big kid.

I love this room color:

And the character items here, J would love:

And I have ordered several Target items, and have planned a trip to IKEA to pick up a few more storage and decorating solutions:

One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve

There’s a lot of white in my choices and that’s because J has several rich mahogany dressers and a smaller book case in his room already. Instead of trying to match to these pieces I go in the complete opposite direction with contrasting whites. I’m also bringing in some navy and blue tones with a couple pops of orange….and not just because we’re Auburn fans! I’m excited to pull it all together over the next few months and can’t wait to share the finished result!

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Ottoman refresh in 1,2,3

After nine years of use our ottoman started shedding…

And so far I haven’t found a replacement that I like. After much contemplation I decided to re-cover the top of the ottoman until I can find a replacement. This sounds like a difficult task, but it’s really quite simple.

I used: about two yards upholstery fabric, a staple gun, and good scissors

1. Remove your ottoman top:

2. Lay it upside down on the fabric. Then you essentially wrap it like a present keeping the fabric tight as you go (and make sure to fold the fabric under so the ends don’t unravel). I typically wrap and staple the sides first and then fold in the ends. Also make sure to not cover the holes for the attachment pieces:

3. Then just replace the cover:

A great little refresh until we can find a lasting replacement!

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Currently loving…Chatbooks

I’m going to preface this by saying, this is not an advertisement for Chatbooks, nor am I getting paid by them, ha! I just had to share one of my favorite things from the past month. My sister started getting these several months ago, and after looking at all of her books, I was hooked. It’s going to take us forever to get caught up with my instagrams, but the boys were so excited when these came in the mail, it’s going to be such a fun surprise every month when they arrive.

It was also a great way to put all of our photos together from our recent Disney trip! It’s awesome to have actual photo books to look at, and the boys’ enjoyment over these shows me that our world has not gone completely digital. Love them!

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Study re-do 2017

While sitting in the bedroom, listening to the boys yell while playing Minecraft the other day, I told B “alright, I’m done. They’ve got to have another place to play this game.”

Which began study re-do 2017. Our study looked like this:

Essentially a hot mess/piano room/computer room/place for random books.

After a lot of cleaning and purging, we transformed it into this:

The piano is now along one wall where it isn’t taking up the window space and we got a small console, television, and moved several of our consoles underneath it.

We put both desks along the back wall (along with one book case…the other we moved out as you’ll see in a minute), and filed, or threw away papers and moved our filing cabinet to our closet. We have plans to eventually add a rug, update my desk, and update the loveseat, but it works for now.

And my favorite part, we finally got the gallery wall up in the study that I’ve been planning for years. Done and done.

And for the other bookcase:

We moved it to our living room. We also re-arranged some frames and books, and added some decorative elements:

And updated the corner shelves and frame as well:

And now I’m going go take a nap. Ha!

 

 

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Valentine whimsy

Here are a few of my favorite Valentine gifts & decor to celebrate love! We need more love, yes? I agree.

Llittle heart frames from Sweet Pineapple, Roam candle, Angel wings from Sweet Pineapple, and a love dish towel from Anthropologie are favorites that are Valentine without being over the top.

 

Little teacher gifts, a sweet ring dish, bouncy ball class Valentines, and a pillow are both fun and useful. J’s got a big birthday coming up this weekend! He loves the Valentine decor so much this year he wants it up in addition to his birthday decor! 

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A tour of our Christmas decor

Join me around our house! I’ve been steadily adding to our Christmas decorations each year, and I’m loving how everything turned out this year. I’m not the best at decorating, but I’m learning slowly (layering, creating visual points, etc.). The boys’ excitement over the decorations make it worth while. Oh and if you need help decorating quickly, have J come over. He will bustle behind you until you are finished, saying things like “why are you sitting down?” and “keep decorating!!”

First up, our entry way!

I love the idea of combining what you have already with some Christmas updates…

holiday decor

And I was beyond thrilled to find these cotton stems from one of my favorite local shops (Mint Julep Marketplace), to include in the Target vase I had been eyeing:

Holiday Decor

And then we dressed up our little reading nook in the living room:

Reading nook

And our mantel is fresh and new with accents from Kirklands (that mirror was 20 dollars!!):

Mantel DecorMantel Decor Mantel DecorThe bottle brush trees are from Hobby Lobby and I’m going to tell you, they are a glittery mess. But they look awesome!

And here is a close-up of our tree. Take a good look, because this guy is about to be replaced. We have to string lights that work around the middle of the tree because the pre-lit portion stopped working. Last year. No judgement.

Christmas Tree

The layering detail was a tip I picked up from the mantel link I posted with my Friday Favorites two weeks ago:

Stocking layering

And this year we added in a fox to our random lighted animal collection:

Christmas DecorI cannot even express to you the hilarity of this set-up. The Bible does discuss behemoth animals, so I’m pretty sure this is what they were talking about.

Let’s move on to the kitchen, shall we?

Immediately upon posting this, I noticed that one of my candle wraps has slipped down, and my A-typeness cannot handle that, so I’m fixing it now…

Christmas Decor

I love the incorporation of the metal canvas with the cookie print that’s a staple in our house.

Holiday Decor

And our Christmas card holder is ready to go…

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And my wall swag:

Christmas Decor

And my wreath that I made a few years ago with my sister and Mom:

Christmas Decor

And our cookie holder and Christmas countdown snowman:

Cookies & Counting

And that’s it! I’ve got my eye on these pieces from Anthropologie to complete a few areas:

Christmas Extras

And then it’s on to wrapping presents! Happy decorating!

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