I feel like I say this every year, but this year it’s especially true: I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! We’re just about a month out from the big day, so it’s officially time to get festive up in here. While I was doing some early holiday perusing in the past couple of weeks, I kept coming across beautifully wrought garlands from some of my favorite home decor retailers. And while these styles were beautiful, why buy something when you can make it — right?
I wanted something delicate and beautiful, something that I could use year-round if I wanted to, and I definitely wanted something that twinkled. With these criteria in mind, I armed myself with a roll of 36-gauge aluminum and a pair of scissors and got to work fiddling around until I had something I was proud of. The result of that hands-on brainstorm was this wonderfully delicate falling-leaf garland, strung from fairy lights and gently antiqued for a chic, expensive-looking finish.
I love the holiday season! It’s a time for yummy drinks, gorgeously festive home decor, and lots of time with friends and family. And speaking of friends and family, raise your hand if you’re hosting some (or all) of them in the next month or two. Now raise your hand if you also live small and have absolutely no idea how to squeeze more people into your house. If this is you, I totally feel your pain. Ever since I bought the tiny bungalow, I have hosted a Christmas brunch for a few of Sean’s family members… last year we squeezed 8 people into 640 sqft! Fear not, though, for it can be done! You just have to be a little bit strategic about it. Follow these tips and your holiday hosting will be a cinch!
Has anyone else noticed that Christmas posts seem to be popping up earlier and earlier this year?? We did! It felt like good time to share our first holiday DIY: Modern Door Swag! The coolest part about swag is that it is truly customizable. You can make it as simple as a pretty evergreen branch that you dress up a little with a ribbon… or it can be layers and layers of beautiful greens and flowers! Because this holiday season we want to be a bit ‘extra,’ we combined different types of greenery and foliage for a modern take on traditional door swag. It’s the perfect way to welcome guests next week for Thanksgiving (and pretty easy, too).
If you follow along with me on Instagram, then you know I’m nearing my wits end with this kitchen renovation/surprise bathroom plumbing issue situation. To say it has been a lot to handle is a big understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited for the end result and I have no doubt it’ll be worth it, but, man, can a renovation be hard on a person’s spirit — holiday spirit that is!
Now that November is here, all I want to do is bake my favorite festive foods and string garland all around the house. Neither of those things are options right now, though, which got me thinking… I can’t be the only one going through a renovation right before the holidays, right?? SO many of your have reached out on Instagram that you’re in the same boat, so I brainstormed a few ways I’m getting myself in the holiday spirit while renovating.
The kitchen renovation is the gift that keeps on giving, which basically means there’s no way we could possibly host a meal in our bungalow at the moment! I still wanted to do something special for my friends to express my gratitude for all that they bring to my life, so I cleared out the studio a bit and styled up a casual tablescape that’s perfect for celebrating Friendsgiving. I hope that this tabletop and my styling helps to inspire your own Thanksgiving table this year!
I’ll admit, when Joanna asked for “no pinks” in this year’s Thanksgiving arrangement, I was a little disappointed. I LOVE autumn pinks and use them ubiquitously this time of year. Our Thanksgiving centerpiece and tablescape last year is a great example of how you can use pink to decorate for this holiday. However, as is usually the case when I’m pushed outside my comfort zone a little, I had so much fun not using pinks in this arrangement. Instead we embraced golden-yellows, shades of ivory, and some pretty dried tidbits like dried baptisia pods and dried branches. It was really fun to mix together traditional fall flowers (like the mums) with unexpected elements — and all in a modern vase!