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Looking to cross off those last few names on your holiday gift list? This time of year arrives all too quickly and just when we think the final gifts have been wrapped, new names magically begin to appear. In the spirit of giving (and in a race against time!) we find ourselves scrambling to locate the perfect gift for that special somebody. This year, the BHG Live Better Network of Bloggers were challenged to create meaningful gifts for the holidays using the affordable Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart. If you’re in need of a last minute idea, read on for some quick and thoughtful gifting inspiration.

1. Kristyn Merkley from Lil Luna fills her home with warm holiday scents by mixing and matching Wax cubes. Whether it’s Vanilla Cookie Crunch or Cinnamon &  Spice, there are endless fragrant varieties to package alongside a seasonal BHG wax warmer.

2. Ashley Thurman from Cherished Bliss has mastered the art of gift basket stacking, and you can too! Using a “Pump” Soap Dispenser“Things” Canister“Brush” Holder, and extra absorbent chevron towels from Better Homes and Gardens, this guest-ready basket includes all your bathroom essentials.

3. Surprise your favorite teacher! Chelsea Coulston from Making Home Base uses cozy throws, warm scented candles, homemade hot cocoa mix (hello relaxation!) and even adds a personal touch by including an ornament with a handwritten message on the back. This “school’s out” Chicken Wire Basket will have teachers feeling more appreciated than ever this holiday season.

4. Don’t shy away from going bold! Consider pairing White Flameless LED Pillar Candles with a colorful ceramic lantern like Ursula Carmona from Home Made by Carmona. Candles are easy and affordable, and bring a subtle ambient glow to any holiday gathering. Plus, with this flameless alternative, you can forget about the real threat of fire from forgotten flames.

5. Attending a white elephant gift exchange? Ashley from Domestic Imperfection recommends personalizing gifts in a do-it-yourself fashion. She added a witty food quote to a Bamboo Serving Tray that’s sure to serve as a fun conversation starter.

6. Don’t limit yourself to the use of conventional gift baskets. Consider using white porcelain serve ware as a base for your gift set. Destiny Alfonso at Just Destiny adds gold and silver flair to create a glamorous gift platter.

7. Perfect for the entertainer in your life, Myra Yarbrough of My Blessed Life recommends checking out the Heritage Dinnerware Collection from Better Homes and Gardens. The Heritage Serve Bowl is versatile and will stand out on any holiday table.

8. Hosting a holiday gathering and looking for a unique party favor? Bethany Halford and Amanda Jenkins from Whoa Wait Walmart draped woven herringbone blankets over the back of each chair for guests to take home after attending their intimate outdoor soiree.

9. It doesn’t take much to show a friend you care. Brooke Ulrich from All Things Thrifty loves fun, inexpensive gifts like this Small Acacia Wood-Top Jar. Fill it with peppermint candies, add a sweet message, and you’re good to go.

10. For a gift that inspires beautiful home design, Angie Holden from The Country Chic Cottage suggests adding Baroque Mirrors, a distressed teal clock, and cozy throws to a “Décor Lovers” gift basket.

11. When in doubt, bake! Jennifer Hadfield from Tatertots & Jello shares a mouthwatering holiday recipe — S’Mores Mix. You can’t go wrong with gifting a sweet treat for all to enjoy. Use the Heritage Collection 3-Piece Bowl Set to house your homemade cookies, candy and more!

12. Wax warmers and wax cubes are a perfect last minute and affordable gift for the teacher, coach, bus driver and anyone else you’d wish to thank this holiday season. Sarah Saucedo from Thrifty Decor Chick shares how best to package a wax warmer set.

13. Candy, hot chocolate and Christmas classics! Liz Latham from Hoosier Homemade creates a meaningful gift basket everyone in the family will enjoy. Games, warm blankets, and Flip-Tite Storage Containers filled with snacks are the perfect basis for a fun-filled movie night.

14. What’s not to love about warming up with a rich mug of hot chocolate? Jen Burg from The Suburban Mom recommends giving a gift that encourages family time. The more DIY Reindeer Cones the merrier!

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Every year, during the holidays, I put a great deal of thought into what gifts to give my family and friends. After purchasing presents for people near and dear to me throughout the month of December (and occasionally as early as November), I always seem to put off gift-wrapping until the last possible minute (sometimes as late as December 24!). That being said, my gift-wrapping usually ends up being subpar.


I got to thinking about how much I enjoy receiving a gift that is tastefully and beautifully packaged. Gift-wrapping is truly an art. So, this year I’ve decided to go a different route. After all, shouldn’t we put as much thought into the presentation of the gift as we did in purchasing it? If you’re ready to step-up your gift-wrapping game like me, then check out these 5 stellar ideas to take your gift-giving to the next level.


1. How fun are these DIY Gold Tipped Paper Feathers? Thanks to Lia Griffith you can easily make your own gold tipped feathers!



2. Make snow white wrapping paper pop with A Ruffled Life‘s DIY Present Topper.



3. Have you ever considered decorating parchment paper with tape? Neither did I until I stumbled upon Almost Makes Perfect‘s DIY Washi Tape Gift Wrapping tutorial. It opens up a whole new world of gift-wrapping!



4. If you’re looking for something pretty and pink, then take a peek at this colorful Winter Scene tutorial courtesy of Midwest Living.



5. Get the kids involved! Splash of Something‘s DIY Reindeer Prints tutorial is quick to make and easy to follow.


Merry Christmas!



feastive decor for small spaces


It’s the most wonderful time of the year. You know how the song goes! (Now you will be humming it all day – you’re welcome!) This is the time to gather and be with our friends and family and we love our spaces to reflect the festive feeling of the season. What if I live in a small space, you ask? Live in a lovable little bungalow or charming city apartment? Have no fear. There are lots of ways you can get into the spirit without being overwhelmed by decor that is too big for your space. These ideas are sure to get you inspired to add a little touch of the season to even the smallest of spaces.

feastive decor for small spaces


feastive decor for small spaces


My biggest tip for getting festive in a small space is to bring on the glow! Nothing makes me get into the holiday spirit more than lots of twinkling white lights. There is something about that warm glow that gets us all in the mood. If you have a mantel or entryway table, you can do something as simple as putting some ornaments in a glass bowl and add some white lights to the mix. Bonus points for adding a little bit of garland to the table and wrapping it in white lights as well. This idea is very simple, but is high impact in any space. It is very inexpensive to do as well which is always a great thing!

feastive decor for small spaces


Even though you may be in a small space, don’t be afraid to layer items on a surface. I always like to work in odd numbers when adding objects to an area. Use mirrors and glass and metallics to bounce light around the room and for a little shine. This effortlessly says holiday and these are pieces that you likely have already around the house.

feastive decor for small spaces


feastive decor for small spaces


When you are working in a small space it is a good idea to keep the color palette tight and repeat similar elements around the space. This is going to keep things from looking cluttered.

feastive decor for small spaces


feastive decor for small spaces


feastive decor for small spaces


It’s a predicament many people face each holiday season—how do I change up my holiday table without breaking the bank? You don’t want style and elegance to suffer, but you’ve been using the same dinner and serve ware for years. This year, we’ve got creative, affordable holiday entertaining ideas using the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart. The BHG Live Better Network of Bloggers was challenged with creating whimsical party and entertaining ideas for the holiday season, and we’ve bundled them up for you in this tight little bow. Grab your pen and paper and take notes! We guarantee you’ll get your creative juices flowing with these affordable entertaining ideas.

1. Anytime she’ll be entertaining, Anna Moseley from Ask Anna always plans ahead. Whether it’s grocery shopping or heading to Walmart to pick up seasonal dinnerware and candles, it’s important to give yourself enough time to prep.

2. Kim Demmon from Today’s Creative Life suggests taking the party outside and firing up the fire pit—s’mores don’t make themselves, after all!

3. You can also mix your metals, just like Monica Benavidez from Monica Wants It. Using gold flatware, BHG Metallic salad plates, and a BHG snowflake beaded placemat, this table setting is ready for your fancy guests!

4. Stacy Risenmay from Not Just a Housewife also brought her guests outside, keeping them warm with plenty of cozy throws to go around.

5. Taryn Whiteaker at Design Dining and Diapers suggests blending holiday decor with everyday pieces. Here, she complements her square porcelain dinnerware with neutral—yet festive—seasonal plants and feathers.

6.  Shannon Fox from Fox Hollow Cottage refreshed her couch with fluffy decorative pillows before welcoming holiday guests. Bonus tip: Keep a neutral palette with plenty of white pillows, but mix up sizes and textures for an interesting look.

7. Here comes the whimsy! For a different take on a holiday party, Randi Dukes from Dukes and Duchesses took inspiration from candy canes. Using mugsserve ware and a cake stand from Better Homes and Gardens (and a touch of DIY-creativity!) this peppermint party will impress any guest.

8. Jamielyn Nye from I Heart Naptime added different candle accessories to her holiday tablescape. The red LED cinnamon-scented candles are a nice alternative to real fire, safe for kids (and clumsy adults!) alike.

9. Gloribell Lebron from I Don’t Know How She Does It doesn’t shy away from seasonal candle accessories on her holiday table, either. Here, she’s added a Wire Deer Tealight Holder, among other gold accessories.

10. Head outside for dessert just like Debbie Westbrooks from Refresh Restyle! Caramel apples, s’mores and fun drinks filled her holiday table, and seasonal dishes complement her white porcelain serving platters.

11. Don’t be afraid to experiment with unconventional hues! Here, Chris Nease from Celebrations at Home added pink to her Christmas table. Bold ornaments and shiny ribbon add a colorful twist to her Metallic Dinnerware from Better Homes and Gardens, which can be found at Walmart stores nationwide.

12. With overnight guests, it’s important to keep them comfortable. Amy Clark from Mom Advice refreshed her guest room especially for the holidays, by adding a simple, cozy, seasonal throw.

13. View from above! Camille Simmons from Planning Pretty used a natural table runner to break up her black and white table. Bonus tip: Alternating the placement of your square porcelain salad plates creates a different take on your typical table setting.

14. With guests in the home, consider putting together a do-it-yourself hot cocoa bar like Kimberly Sneed from A Night Owl Blog! Mugs are easy to grab and white canisters from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart make displaying straws, candy canes, and other fixins’ a breeze.

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Hello! We are Jon and Wendy Cooley, DIYers who love taking on new projects! We enjoy coming up with ideas and creating one-of-a-kind, rustic-modern spaces. We try to utilize reclaimed materials for as many projects as possible, as well as repurpose anything we can.

We recently purchased a 1943 bungalow and did an extensive remodel. We removed a wall, which included a buried chimney, and built a fireplace feature wall that incorporates a cedar plank tongue-and-groove surround, a 100-year-old salty fir mantel, and an eco-friendly ethanol-burning fireplace. I submitted our project to Better Homes and Gardens, and we were photographed and featured in November’s issue in the “I Did It” section!

We were able to build this fireplace wall on a budget by using excess reclaimed wood from Jon’s work projects, and because we built it ourselves, there were no labor costs! The cost of this project was about $600, which includes the ethanol fireplace insert ($400 from Ignis) and the 2-x-4 and plywood frame construction ($200).

We truly love the space and how it turned out! Get the free fireplace wall plan here.

We decided that we would try a blog to showcase our projects and pictures. Feel free to visit us at Cooley Style!

This time of the year tends to sneak up on me so quickly, but I always welcome it with open arms. I love gathering with friends and family, hosting parties, giving gifts and snuggling in with cable knit throws and a warm cup of cocoa. And who can forget the decorating?

Not only do I love to be organized this time of year, I also love to give the gift of organization! Below you will find a room-by-room holiday gift guide based on my favorite storage solutions.


Organized Entryway

Entryway Storage Product Picks

Entryway Storage Product Picks


Storage Bench: This bench not only offers a place to hide shoe clutter, it also provides a place to sit and acts as a temporary catchall.

Hooks: Hooks keep it quick and easy for the entire family to hang their daily belongings.

Wall Organizer: Wall pockets and organizers are a great place to toss keys, sunglasses and mail when entering the home.

Small Dish: I always love to add a small dish to entryways to catch spare change and little pocket finds.

Charging Station: Hide the cords and give your technology a charge with a simple station that blends seamlessly with any decor.



Organized Living Room

Living Room Storage Product Picks

Living Room Storage Product Picks


Media Boxes: These gems are perfect for hiding and organizing everything from photos to media cases to small games and electronics.

Bookshelf: Bookshelves are my favorite organizing solution for just about any space, and the living room is where I most frequently add these towers of storage. They are endlessly versatile and make the most of the room’s vertical space.

Storage Ottoman: Great for hiding games, toys and electronics, they also double as a place to sit or rest your feet at the end of a long day.

Large Basket: Add an over-sized basket between chairs or at the end of the sofa to provide a place to stash extra pillows and throw blankets.

Remote Caddy: A remote caddy is a great reminder to the entire family that remotes have a place to call home between television viewing sessions.



Organized Kitchen

Kitchen Storage Product Picks

Kitchen Storage Product Picks

Rolling Cart: Rolling carts not only add additional storage to a space that needs it most, they also add a second work surface. The rolling ability keeps the piece mobile and versatile, allowing it to stay out or tucked away between uses.

Multi-Purpose Bins: These rank as my favorite kitchen storage, I use them in my fridge and freezer for sorting foods by category, in the pantry for lunch making kits and under the kitchen sink to corral cleaning supplies.

Adjustable Drawer Dividers: Drawers are the quickest areas in the kitchen to become a jumbled mess, and that mess can really slow you down in the heat of the cooking moment. Dividers keep things in their place, while also making it harder to just toss items into a drawer and close it. Add in an adjustable option and you won’t lose an inch of valuable storage space.

Food Storage Containers: These containers are perfect for storing both dry goods in the pantry or leftovers in the fridge. I generally recommend finding something that is airtight and clear, allowing you to extend the life of your food and also giving you a quick visual of the contents without the need to label.

Pull Out Cabinet Organizer: Cabinets are a dark and deep place and a pull out organizer will keep everything within reach. Look for tiered options which also make the most of the cabinet’s vertical space.



Organized Home Office

Home Office Storage Product Picks

Office Storage Product Picks

Desktop Organizer: A desktop organizer is great for holding files and frequently used office supplies; plus, acrylic always looks fabulous!

Calendar: Desktop calendars allow you to stay on top of your dates and schedules while managing appointments, budgets and meetings.

File Box: With the world heading into a lovely paperless age, desktop file boxes are taking the place of larger filing cabinets. They are great for categorizing paperwork by type (i.e. business, bills, kid’s schoolwork, etc…) and are easily toted to any area of the home.

Trays: Trays are always a win because they provide the opportunity to corral a variety of items in a practical and beautiful way.

Pouches: Perfect for coupons, travel docs, personal care items, electronics and cords… these pouches offer endless opportunities to organize your office and laptop tote.



Organized Bedroom

Bedroom Storage Product Picks

Bedroom Storage Product Picks


Clothing Boxes: Protect your daily wears in decorative storage boxes. These boxes are ideal for storing sweaters, hats, accessories and even shoes.

Scarf Organizer: A scarf organizer makes the most of your closet space and can also be used for organizing belts and ties.

Under Bed Boxes: These are ideal for storing off-season clothing, extra bed linens and even small exercise equipment.

Jewelry Organizer: With the ability to hold necklaces, bracelets and earrings, these jewelry trees are a one stop shop each morning when dressing up your attire.

Folding Board: Make laundry a little more fun with the help of this folding board. The board aids you in folding tops and sweaters into beautiful, uniform stacks.



Organized Bathroom

Bathroom Storage Product Picks

Organized Bathroom Storage


Acrylic Caddy: Both classy and easy to keep clean, this caddy can take on most bathroom storage tasks (think manicure supplies, makeup and small toiletries).

Over-the-Door Hooks: I find that hanging up towels and robes is so much quicker and easier than folding and using a towel bar. The over-the-door hooks keep the visual clutter hidden behind a door and maximizes small bathroom storage.

Narrow Cabinet: Narrow bookcases and cabinets act as stand-in linen closets.

Tank Tray: Add a little glam to the loo with an acrylic tank tray. It provides the perfect place to corral a candle, paper products and a plant, keeping your bathroom both organized and beautiful.

Hair Tool Sleeve: This sleeve acts as a mat to protect your counter from the heat of your hair tools, and then slips over the tool while storing it in a drawer or suitcase.



Do you have any storage items on your wish list this year?

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