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If you plan to host events between now and Christmas, there’s no better way to greet your guests than with a splash of holiday spirit. Take a tour of stylish ideas for sidewalks, front doors, and entryways; then get inspired to create a holiday look of your own!

1. Decorative Facade

You won’t doubt you’ve found the right house with Susan’s outdoor holiday decor. Those not invited will want to park their cars out front and enjoy the view too! On her blog, Between Naps on the Porch, Susan explains how she created this dazzling look and provides plenty of tips on how to mix pine trees with magnolia leaves for the perfect touch. Don’t forget to add lights!

Image Via: Between Naps on the Porch

2. Light the Way

This project is only for snowy regions — sorry, southern states! Guide guests to your door with ice luminaries on either side of a walkway. Debbie has a couple of great tricks for this fun (and cheap!) DIY project. It involves water, balloons, and snowbanks, so you can see how much fun these frozen lanterns are to create. See how she does it here!

Image Via: One Little Project

3. Toppling Topiary

Stacy’s cute collection of packages is a bright and cheery way to display your holiday spirit. This quick and easy project can easily be done in an hour. You may even have all the tools you need at home already. Be sure to read the comments at the end of Stacy’s blog for some great ideas, including using a vinyl tablecloth in place of wrapping paper to prevent weather damage.

Image Via: Crafting on a Budget

4. Marquee Countdown

Make sure even your neighbors know how excited you are for the big day. The DIY Dreamer, Christine, built this beautiful project for her family (and passersby) to enjoy. She used plywood, paint, glue, lights, and hardware to create this marquee Christmas countdown. See how she created it, plus a lightless version, here.

Image Via: The DIY Dreamer

5. Decorative Doormat

Not wanting to settle on a store-bought holiday doormat, A Beautiful Mess writer Rachel decided to create her own stylish version. Start by choosing a coir doormat in any color (you’ll paint it anyway). Coat your mat with metallic gold spray paint, then paint trees in white. Cut out a few different triangle stencils and spray-paint, or you can freehand them with acrylic paint and a paintbrush as Rachel did here.

Image Via: A Beautiful Mess

6. Ribbon-Wrapped Door

Decor doesn’t stop at the door! Wrap your home’s entrance like a gift for all who enter. Liz chose this festive alternative to the traditional door wreath. Scissors, tape, fabric, and a bow are all you need for this project. Just be sure to open this “present” door to an entryway full of Christmas spirit!

Image Via: Naptime Decorator

7. Entryway Bliss

Bliss at Home creator Kristin styled her entryway with chic and shiny holiday decor. She left her  decor — an art deco mirror, white candelabras, and an orchid-filled vase — in its place year-round and simply added to her home’s beauty with Christmas baubles and decorative trees. The pops of pink and blue, though not traditional Christmas colors, add to the celebratory feeling of the season.

Image Via: Bliss at Home

8. Christmas Card Center

Missy’s entry table has more than a little holiday cheer! Over at her blog, Lookie What I Did, she’ll show you how to make the yarn trees, ornaments, and letters, as well as the window shutter Christmas card holder. Guests will love looking at your cards from family and friends, as well as finding their own in a special spot!

Image Via: Lookie What I Did

The personal greeting an entryway gives can say a lot about the holiday event you’re hosting. Did any of these ideas inspire your Christmas spirit? Let me know how you greet your guests at Christmastime.

Until then,

~Bri


There’s nothing quite like the onset of the holiday season where spare time becomes increasingly sparse. We’ve rounded up fifteen weekend-friendly projects that require little investment with big impact. From furniture to décor, the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart will help you achieve an updated look with ease.

This month the BHGLiveBetter Blogger Network was challenged with creating easy décor hacks by using simple techniques such as layering and adding pops of color and texture to make small changes that result in maximum impact. Have a project you’d like to accomplish before the holidays arrive? Read on to source the inspiration you’ll need to get started.

1. A simple color scheme of navy and gold, as featured in the newly designed living room space by Brooke Ulrich from All Things Thrifty, serves as the perfect combination for welcoming bold accessories such as a Ceramic Lamp Base and soft Linen Drum Shade from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart.

2. Maps, globes and Aztec prints! See how Stephanie Watkins of Casa Watkins sourced inspiration from this Global Diamond Print Rug to turn her son’s bedroom into a warm and inviting global-inspired space.

3. Give your kid’s bedroom an instant update. Ashley Thurman of Cherished Bliss opted to include a white Metal Bed Frame with decorative accents for a vintage chic look.

4. Rebecca Lopez from Crafted Sparrow lets us in on a little decorating secret: new sheets (wrinkle-free that is), calls for new throw pillows! Fringed Blue Denim, Faux Hide, Metallic Suede – mix and match color, texture and size for added contrast and comfort.

5. Angie Holden of The Country Chic Cottage shares how a small change can have big impact. Remember, it’s the details that make all the difference and sometimes just one piece of furniture such as a Bedside Table can introduce style and functionality you’ve been missing.

6. Decorating a kids room can be challenging. Take after Ashley from Domestic Imperfection and source answers from your children to inform priorities such as color and theme. Consider introducing a new set of Table and Chairs for creative learning and activities.

7. Create big impact on a small budget. See what important elements Ursula Carmona from Homemade by Carmona incorporates in her entryway and what carefully selected pieces such as this Console Table can help you achieve in a space.

8. Snag a few tips from Heidi Ferguson of Honeybear Lane and expose your guests to an inviting and functional entryway all season long. Textured, natural, traditional and warm, swap out existing accessories for hyacinth baskets, galvanized bins, decorative pillows and more!

9. From seasonal decorating to stylish storage solutions, Liz Latham of Hoosier Homemade shares helpful tips on the multitude of uses her new rustic oak 5-Shelf Bookcase serves.

10. Destiny Alfonso of Just Destiny adds a touch of timeless style to her daughter’s bedroom with a Wingback Upholstered Headboard, for an updated look.

11. Simple is sometimes best among a room full of bright color. See how Chelsea Coulston of Making Home Base incorporates white Quilted Euro Shams from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart to balance color and introduce depth to her daughter’s comfy bed top display.

12. Cassity Kmetzsch of Remodelaholic incorporates quick bedding updates to brighten the look of her master bedroom. The Reversible Quilted Bedding Set used in this space is styled as a solid piece but can also be used to achieve a layered look.

13. Presenting ample storage in each of its six drawers with detailed metal knobs, this weather finished Crossmill Dresser selected by Ashley Phipps of Simply Designing compliments the look of her industrial styled bedroom makeover.

14. It’s a color party with Jennifer Hadfield of Tatertots & Jello! Jazz up your front porch and introduce equal amounts of color, height and texture by incorporating live goods, bold planters and accessories at the exterior entryway of your home.

15. Amanda Jerkins of Whoa, Wait. Walmart? guest bed display affirms just how decorative pillows can serve as the finishing touch of a well-made bed.

For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens


It’s that time of year again; School. The time for you, the kids, your spouse, maybe even the puppy to get to classes and activities on time — and keeping everyone’s schedule in order isn’t the simplest task. We’re here for you. We’ve compiled an awesome group of entry family command centers that will help you stay organized. Materially and mentally.

1. Family Command Center

This mom-turned-nursing student bargained her way to this lovely DIY command center. Discount and dollar store items helped the SweetAprils creator build a place for her and her husband to see where everyone was going to be each day. Not only that, she made it match by painting the frame, filing unit, and backpack hanger the same color as the inspirational board.

Image Via: SweetAprils

2. All the Essentials

Mom of two, Abby Lawson knew she’d need a new project to keep organized when her first child was starting kindergarten. She put together this cute and efficient command center right by her front door so she would remember all the little things. She curated a great list over at her blog, listing the essentials you’ll need for any command center. Anything you’ll need is just at an arm’s reach.

Command Center Sources | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Image Via: Just a Girl and Her Blog

3. Updated Family Command Center

Have a couple cork boards and a calendar near the front door? Does it look crazy cluttered? So did Shannon’s. She updated her outdated unorganized entry, and you can too! Check out the changes she made at her blog AKA Design. It will make life much easier on your way out the door.

family command center

Image Via: AKA Design

 4. Mission Control

Megan’s take on a family command center, is bright, bubbly, and oh is it organized! Right by the family entrance to the house, she created a series of DIY projects to make this drop zone for mail, keys, wallets, and more. The fun color scheme and pattern paper bring the look together as the center crosses two walls. Bonus: the happiness reminders are sure to put you in a good mood as you head out!

Image Via: The Homes I Have Made

5. Small Space Command Center

Lindsay needed more room than her kitchen counter provided. Bags, keys, and leashes don’t belong on the counter, anyway. But with no room in the entry for a table, she was limited in her drop zone space, until it occurred to her to use the wall space as a tiny command center. She purchased a series of metal items with clean lines that were easily hung on the entry wall, filled them with the counter clutter, and the rest is history!

Image Via: Crazy Organized

 6. Mudroom Command Center

This kid-capable command center is just what Megan was looking for! All the family members have a cubby for shoes — even the dog has his own spot for toys, leashes, and bones. There’s a spot for unsorted mail, files for the sorted variety, and of course a large chalkboard for calendars and activities. Megan also loves the adult- and kid-height coat hangers — check out her blog, Our Scribbled Walls, to see them!

Image Via: Our Scribbled Walls

The family command center is about staying organized and on schedule. When everything has its own place, it is so easy to get ready as you’re rushing out the door! What tricks do you use in your entry? Will you implement any of these in your home? Let me know what you think!

Until then,

~Bri

 


It’s easy for small rooms to feel cluttered and less inviting in your home. But while limited space can be a challenge when trying to make your home stylish and welcoming, tight spaces don’t have to be a restriction. This season, Better Homes and Gardens has great solutions for maximizing cramped quarters with a wide variety of storage and organizational products sold exclusively at Walmart.

This month, the BHG Live Better Network of Bloggers were challenged to use versatile décor to maximize a small space and make tight rooms come to life. Read on to learn more:

1.  Ashley Phipps of Simply Designing gave her kids’ bathroom a refresh. The Waffle Stripe Fabric Shower Curtain gives the bathroom some character and a mature style! If working in a small bathroom, consider a curved rod to maximize usable space.

2. Cassity of Remodelaholic transformed her mudroom to give her family more storage solutions. These Large Galvanized Silver Bins fit perfectly under a coffee table or bench, and are as stylish as they are functional.

3. Add some decorative storage pieces to your laundry closet like Chelsea of Making Home Base. She used the Gray Fabric Round Basket and the Woven Fringe Throw to give her laundry some style!

4. Welcome your guests with an inviting entryway. Liz of Hoosier Homemade added the Galvanized Wall Clock to her foyer to add to the Farmhouse Chic aesthetic in her home.

5. In need of a closet clean out? Not only is her space the definition of #ClosetInspiration, Heidi of Honeybear Lane uses the Hand- Woven Willow Laundry Hamper to easily organize laundry and separate darks and lights.

6. Stephanie of Casa Watkins transformed her daughter’s room from infant to toddler with just a few new accent pieces. The Turned Accent Lamp with White Pleated Table Lamp Shade add a pop of color to any room—and are super kid-friendly!

7. All shoes need a home! Bethany of Whoa Wait Walmart uses the Fabric Shoe Rack to keep all of her shoes near and orderly.

8. Your laundry room can be stylish and efficient just like Ashley of Cherished Bliss! She uses the Large Acacia Wood-Top Jars to hold laundry essentials and the Wicker Basket to keep her space organized.

9. Curtains always need some TLC! Brooke of All Things Thrifty uses the Clear Knob Curtain Rod Set to add a small twinkle to her daughters’ bedroom.

10. Replace a simple entryway table with functional furniture like Rebecca of the Crafted Sparrow!—She uses the 8-Cube Organizer as a cute storage solution.

11. We all need some inspiration, especially when working from our in-home offices. Ashley of Domestic Imperfection uses the Rustic Wood Picture Frames to showcase some motivating quotes.

12. Ursula of Homemade By Carmona helped make her daughter’s bedroom pretty and functional. In place of traditional pillow cases, she uses the Solid Quilted Pillow Shams to add a touch of personality.

13. When entertaining, you should utilize all available space. Destiny of Just Destiny Mag, helped her friend use the Crossmill Buffet to store extra dinner and glassware, and created interesting decor using extra serveware that can be used once party guests arrive.

14. Your family room can quickly become disorganized! Jennifer of Tatertots & Jello uses the Collapsible Fabric Storage Cubes and the Medium Wire Baskets with Chalkboards to keep track of her family’s tech supplies.

15. With so many small products, bathrooms can become the ultimate place for clutter! Angie from The Country Chic Cottage uses the Galleon Covered Bronze Jars to keep all of her tiny essentials organized.

For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens 


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