Month: November 2015

Project Updates {and a Sneak Peek}

I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by.  I feel like the kids just started school and yet here I am, already planning and prepping for Christmas!  My timeline for sharing my holiday home is much earlier this year than in years past, so I’m busier than ever.  With all that is going on, I’m getting a bit behind in posting, so I wanted to check in and give you a few updates.  Plus, I’ve got a couple of important dates for you AND a super top-secret sneak peek at my Christmas tree…


Project Updates

Remember my daughter’s closet?



Well, there’s been quite a bit of progress…mostly involving both me and the garage floor unintentionally covered in paint, but that’s another story.  There’s also been this project for her closet that is just about done.  With any luck, I’ll be sharing the makeover with you in a week or so!



I’ve also been working on this…



And then this happened at HomeGoods over the weekend for a project I never planned to do but was inspired to start!  This always happens to me at HomeGoods, though….I go in for one item and come out with a cart full of others!  Does that happen to you, too??



I actually purchased these items on Saturday and was done with the project Sunday.  It turned out better than I had hoped and I can’t wait to share!


Upcoming Dates

Speaking of sharing, here are some important upcoming dates…

  • Friday, 11/27 – I’ll be sharing my Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, so take a break from Black Friday shopping to stop by for a look!
  • Thursday, 12/10 – I’ll be joining a group of talented bloggers for the 2015 Holiday Home Tour and will be sharing a full tour of my home this day.


Until then….here’s a top-secret look at how my holiday decorating is coming along!




Have a wonderful week!


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Creative & Elegant Holiday Garland Ideas

One of the things that excites me the most about decorating for the holidays is garland.  I love that something so simple and natural can make such a huge impact in a room!  You can of course purchase a traditional holiday garland and put it on the mantel, but if you want a different look this holiday season, there are three things you can do.  It’s all about the Where, How, & the What!

Cedar and Magnolia Garland


1. Where You Hang It

Sometimes, it’s not the garland itself that is unique, but rather where you put it!  The mantel is a traditional spot, but here are some alternative uses.

I love to wrap garland around my chandelier to give it a different look for the holiday season.



I’ve also skipped using it on the mantel and have instead used it to decorate my gold-framed chalkboard.  You could do the same with a large piece of art or a mirror that is above the mantel.



Using garland around a doorway makes a welcome entrance to any room, but here it’s been turned into a unique holiday card display!

{via Nine & Sixteen Home}
{via Nine & Sixteen Home}


2. How You Hang It

While this cedar garland isn’t unique in and of itself, the way it’s been generously draped across the mantel makes a statement.



You can also skip using garland to outline an architectural feature and instead drape it across or extend it above!

{via Pottery Barn}
{via Pottery Barn}


{via Ballard Designs}
{via Ballard Designs}




3. What You Use to Embellish It

Embellishments can completely change the look of a garland and can also help change-up the look from year to year.

Lisa Luby Ryan and updated a traditional Christmas garland with magnolia branches and fruits like pears, lemons, and limes to give it an elegant look.BlogLisaLubyRyanVeranda2010Christmas5


Greenery collected from the garden {or bought at the store} can be grouped together above a mirror but what makes this one so special, are the crystal strands that have been added for some extra sparkle.

{via Timothy De Clue Design LLC}
{via Timothy De Clue Design LLC}


Courtney is such a talented stylist and photographer and what she’s done with Balsam Hill’s Magnolia Leaf garland is gorgeous!  She took the faux magnolia garland and added some roses and seeded eucalyptus to give it an elegant look!

{via French Country Cottage}
{via French Country Cottage}




Personally, I’m a fan of fresh garland because it smells so amazing, but it’s not always possible or practical.  Thankfully, there are some great preserved and faux varieties available and if you dress them up a bit with live accents, sometimes, you really can’t tell the difference!

And guess what I just found {and ordered} over the weekend?  Preserved boxwood garland!  I figure I can not only use this for Christmas, but year-round, too, because you know I’ve never met a boxwood I didn’t love…. :)

Save-on-Crafts Preserved Boxwood Garland
{via Save-on-Crafts Preserved Boxwood Garland}


The holidays are fast approaching – are you ready??


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How to Break Your Decorating Rut

It happens to all of us – the dreaded decorating rut.  We keep decorating as usual, doing what we’ve always done because well…that’s what we’ve always done!  But the truth is, we change and grow as people every day.  Every single life experience changes us in some way or another and if we continue to evolve and our spaces don’t, then one day, we’ll wake up and realize that our homes no longer looks or feels like “us”.



How You Know You’re In a Rut

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell whether your decorating style is the same because your taste hasn’t changed or because you’re in a rut.  If your space has looked the same for a long time, here are some questions to ask yourself:

1. When you make purchase decisions, do you consider decor items that are outside of your usual buying habits?

It’s easy to buy things based on what we’ve bought in the past, but it’s important to really look at and consider all of the options.  You might be surprised to realize you’re drawn to something different!

2. Are you still inspired by your space?

When you wake up in the morning and look around your home, you should feel inspired by your space each and every day.

3. Does your space still feel like you?

Your home should be a reflection of you and your family, so it’s important that it look and feel like you.


If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you might be stuck in a rut!



How to Overcome a Decorating Rut

In order to ensure that your home is a reflection of you, it needs to grow and change over time.  While it’s important to break out of your rut, it’s equally important that you do so still within the boundaries of your comfort zone!  Here’s how:

1. Look for Inspiration

Before tackling any decorating project, it’s important to know what you like!  Browse through magazines, catalogs, Pinterest, etc. and take note of things that you like.  Having an inspiration piece is an important first step because it represents your starting point and will inspire you to get the project started.  It’s like a little jump-start to get us excited and give us direction!

2. Pay Attention and Take Note

As you’re looking for decorating inspiration, pay attention to spaces that you like.  Is there something that all of the spaces have in common that attracts you?  Maybe a color scheme, feeling, or arrangement?  Keep track of your likes and dislikes so that you can use them to guide you as you tackle your project.

3. Consider All the Options

The easiest way to decorate is to do what we’ve always done, but that means that nothing will ever change!  When you’re out shopping, be sure to give consideration to all of the options, not just your usual.  For example, if you’re looking for new toss pillows and you always use beige, be sure to browse the entire pillow section – not just the neutrals – because you might be surprised to find you like something else!

4. Tackle the Project in Steps

It’s easy to become overwhelmed if you look at a project in its entirety, so instead, break it down into steps and take it one step at a time.

5. Clear Your Space

One of the easiest ways to figure out what works and what doesn’t is to literally clear the room and put things back one piece at a time.  What you’ll find is that you’ll put the things you love the most back first and you’ll eventually be left with things you no longer really want.  This is a great way to figure out what you really want for your space and to imagine what you’d like moving forward.

6. Start Small

Don’t jump into a major overhaul!  Start by making just a few tweaks to your existing space and see if small updates give you the change you need.  Too much change too quickly can be unnerving and make us revert to what we know…and hence, the rut!  Instead, introduce “new” decor items – things that are typically outside of your usual style – in small doses.  Think of it in the same terms as your hair style – when you’re ready for a change, don’t chop off your hair when all you need is a little trim!

7. Make Inexpensive Updates First

If you’ve suddenly decided that you’re no longer a neutral person and red is the new you, don’t jump right in with a bright red sofa or red painted walls!  Before making a large financial commitment, best to test out your new style with some inexpensive pieces.  Try some new accessories, accent pillows, or even a small room to change the space without breaking the bank.





Most of us would prefer to decorate our homes and be done, but since our homes should be a reflection of us and we are constantly evolving, our homes need to evolve and change .  So the next time you shop for decor or furniture, make sure you consider ALL of the options and then focus on the things you’re attracted to the most, even if they are outside of your comfort zone!, too

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