December 2015 archive

My Christmas Kitchen 2015 {One of my Favorite Things}

My Christmas kitchen is brought to you by Tidbits&Twine and Mothology

 

I look forward to decorating my kitchen for Christmas every year since quite honestly, that’s where I spend most of my time.  I generally shy away from holiday decor and instead, use items that feel more natural in a kitchen, particularly food items.  I really wanted to create a special display this year and I have long admired the 3-Tier Round Display from Mothology, so when they sent it to me, I literally did a happy dance on the porch {let’s hope the neighbors didn’t see!}

Mothology 3 Tier Tray

{via Mothology}

 

The reason that I love this particular tray is because of the gorgeous brown/gray color of the reclaimed wood AND because each tier has a shallow edge.  Why does this matter to me?  I’ve come to realize that trays without any edges make me a bit nervous that things will fall off {especially anything round that can roll right off!} and ones that have too deep of an edge hide too much of the items on display.  And after all, it’s all about the display, right?!  So for me, the Mothology tray is juuuuuuusssst right…yes, just like Goldilocks. :)

{via Mothology}

{via Mothology}

 

I knew right away that I wanted to use the tray in my kitchen as part of my Christmas display.

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My tray is a mix of boxwood {of course!}, nuts, pomegranates, and mandarin oranges.

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White mugs, plates, and bowls are mixed throughout.

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I also used some silver accents including mercury glass candle holders and cookie cutters.  You know I love to mix textures, so mixing the shiny silver and rustic metal was right up my alley!

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I really love this particular mix of colors because it’s bold but still very natural, especially in a kitchen.  And as you can see, I’ve started to introduce the color red, which has been absent in the other Christmas decor I’ve shared with you lately {posts HERE and HERE}.

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I’m so happy with my new tray and love how it looks in the kitchen, but my mind is already racing with ideas for using it in other rooms.  It might just be moving to the family room after the holidays… :)

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Please stop by again tomorrow for my full Christmas home tour which will include additional photos from my kitchen as well as other rooms in my home!

 

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A very special thank you to Mothology for supplying me with this tray.  I love to share with you things that I enjoy, so as always, all opinions and ideas are my own and are expressed in my own words.

A Tour of Holiday Homes

I’m a back from a whirlwind trip to The Big Easy {my first time there} and I loved every single minute of it!  From the bayou, to the French Quarter, the Garden District and let’s not forget about the amazing food.  I think I literally ate my way through the city!  {I of course went to Cafe du Monde every day….sometimes twice a day!}

I normally share pics with you via Facebook but this trip went by so quickly that I only shared a couple.  Here are some of my favorites.

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{The bayou}

{Jackson Square}

{Jackson Square}

 

I fell in *love* with the shop Antique de Provence in the French Quarter.  I quite literally could have moved into the store and felt right at home!

{Antiques de Provence in New Orleans}

{Antiques de Provence in New Orleans}

 

And let’s not forget about the homes in the Garden District!

 

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Now I’m back and rested and in the holiday spirit and there is so much going on this week that I can’t wait to share with you.  First off, this week is the 2015 Holiday Home Tour hosted by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life.  You will not believe how gorgeous this Christmas home tours look!

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Here’s a look at some of the homes that have already been shared.  Click on the links below each photo to see the full tour!

 

Chelsea from Making Home Base has decorated so beautifully with this traditional red and white combination.

{via Chelsea at Making Home Base}

{via Chelsea at Making Home Base}

 

Jeanette from Snazzy Little Things has such a sophisticated space…and I’m in love with that horse!

{via Jeanette from Snazzy Little Things}

{via Jeanette from Snazzy Little Things}

 

Marty from A Stroll Thru Life has a great master bedroom.  I love the fur throw and malachite pillow!

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{via Marty at A Stroll Thru Life}

 

Doreen from Hymns & Verses has created such a cozy and inviting space in her home and I love the ski motif she’s got going on!

{via Doreen at Hymns & Verses}

{via Doreen at Hymns & Verses}

 

 

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing part of my Christmas kitchen with you that includes one of my favorite things of the year!  In the meantime, be sure to stop by these other sites for more of their holiday home tours!

Tuesday – Dec 8th

Wednesday – Dec 9th

Thursday – Dec 10th

Fri – Dec 11th

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DIY Traditional Christmas Wreath

I’m traveling today but wanted to quickly pop in to share with you a Christmas wreath tutorial that is simple and practical.  I recently showed you how my DIY Christmas wreath turned out, but in fact, this was the second wreath I made this year and admittedly, not very traditional.  {You can see how it looks HERE}

 

The first wreath I made was more traditional and while I loved how it turned out, I didn’t like how it coordinated with the other decorations on my porch and so, I made a second.  What’s so interesting is that I only changed two items and yet the wreath took on a whole different look!

 

Step 1 – Supplies

When prepping to make your wreath, it’s not important that you know exactly what you’re going to create, but rather than you have a general idea.

I used:

  • Snow covered twigs
  • Snowy pine branches
  • Linen and burlap ribbon
  • Various Christmas ornaments
  • Green floral wire

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Step 2

I wired the snow-covered twigs to the wreath to create a base.  I had already decided that I wanted the focal point of the wreath to be on the left-hand side, so I added the snow branches to only the right-hand side.

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Tip: Don’t clip your floral wire short until the wreath is hanging in case you need to add more items or tighten some down.

 

Step 3

I then added a few branches of snowy pine to the left-hand side to form the base of my focal point.

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Step 4

At this point, I started adding accessories to the wreath.  I decided to do a center bow with ornaments and embellishments hanging down from there, so I started with the bow and main ornament.

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Step 5

As a final step, I added a few more ornaments and some faux antlers.

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As you can see, the wreath I ended up using includes boxwood instead of pine and a feather boa and it’s amazing what a difference these small changes made!

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I’ll hopefully be sharing some pics of my trip with you on social media and then next week, I’ll be posting about my 2015 Holiday Home tour with an amazing group of bloggers hosted by A Stroll Thru Life.

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Have a wonderful weekend!!

 

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