Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Living-Hot Trends in Holiday Decor

The last few weeks I have been in absolute heaven taking all of the holiday tours. It is a time of year when bloggers & homeowners open their homes and share their hearts in the process. Holiday tours are a wonderful way to showcase individual style & how to create meaning for our families during this joyful season. I was blown away by all of the beautiful homes this year and the creativity that was thoughtfully poured into every detail. I noticed some really fun trends this season that I am excited to share.

Vintage Living-hot trends in holiday decor1. Calligraphy

The idea of taking the time to handwrite something to someone we love. This may seem like a small gesture in this day in age of electronics and graphics but the thing I love about it, is we can leave it behind for our future families to cherish. How perfect is this Merry Christmas tag!

Craftberry Bush Hand Written NotesSOURCE

2. Faux Fur

Who doesn’t love something cozy this time of year. Adding faux fur gives that extra layer of texture that will welcome your guests with warmth this holiday . Using this trend in unexpected ways is also a hot trend, I used mine as my tree skirt.

City Farmhouse- Faux FurSOURCE

3. Plaid & Tartan

Nothing says Christmas like red plaid & tartan. Sprinkling it into your décor, with a few accessories or in holiday wrapping is ideal. This buffalo check throw is the perfect accessory for this cozy front porch.

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4. Winter Wonderland

Using unexpected things that reminds us of the splendor of winter. It often takes us back to being a child, the idea that a day spend outside is treasured by all. The snow shoes hung on the wall is a simple reminder of that.

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5. Reinventing the Christmas Tree

Thinking outside the box when it comes to Christmas trees seems to be all the rage this year. I love this idea of using vintage crockpots to form a tree. Who needs a real one when you can do this.

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6. The Tree Box

Another alternative to the traditional tree skirt is a tree box. You can use a vintage box or build one yourself, either way it is fun way to add a rustic touch. This beautifully decorated Christmas Tree is perfectly complimented by this worn and weathered tree box it sits in.

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7. A Simple Tree

We have all heard the saying less in more, well it can also apply to the Christmas Tree. By adding simple holiday touches its beauty is amplified. I love the modest decorations on this tree below, it is a perfect reflection of this trend.

Jeanne Oliver Simple Less is MoreSOURCE 

8. Bottle Brush Trees

Whether vintage or new, bottle brush trees seem to be all the craze this year. They are a fun texture and add a whimsical touch to any décor. These make this festive table complete.

Paige Knudsen -Bottle Brush Trees SOURCE

9. Pom -Poms

Adding cozy textures to your holiday décor can give that essential layer of warmth to your home. Pom-poms are super easy & affordable to make and exude coziness. They look beautiful layered on this slender Christmas tree.

Pom Poms Jennifer RizzoSOURCE

10. Rustic Chic

Mixing rustic elements with chic details can give a personal style to your holiday home. I love how this piece of reclaimed wood is used to give height and purpose to this lovely vignette.

The Golden Sycamore-Reclaimed Wood as Backdrop & Adds HeightSOURCE

11. Glamming it Up

Adding a little glamour to any decorating style is a great way to keep things merry & bright. I LOVE this idea of using vintage broaches as napkins rings, it exudes individual style.

Thoughts From Alice


12. Nostalgic Christmas

Taking a trip down memory lane during the holidays seems to bring out the child in all of us. This holiday vignette is full of sentiment & beautiful details. The once used family sleigh and vintage touches makes us feel connected to traditions past.

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Have a beautiful week,

Jen- City Farmhouse

Jen Jones

Organize This: A Holiday Ready Home

Even though it is chilly outside, I am giving the month of December a nice, warm welcome.

This month can quickly become overwhelming and busy with all of the holiday hustle and bustle, however, a little organization and forward thinking will ensure you have time to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.  Here are five super simple tips to prepare you for the magical season ahead.


1.  Make a Plan


It seems as though there is always something going on during the month of December; holiday parties, volunteer time, shopping trips and school musicals just to name a few.  The beginning of the month is the perfect time to take a few extra minutes and make a plan.  Pin up a calendar in a central location and jot down every obligation for the entire month.  Once you can see everything at a glance, really determine the importance of each commitment.  People tend to over-schedule themselves during the holiday season, which takes away from the overall enjoyment factor.  Try to prioritize the events (and maybe even axe a few from the lineup), while also blocking out days for rest and relaxation.   A calendar is also a great place to keep track of your holiday to-do lists as well as your cleaning plan for the month.


2.  Speaking of Cleaning Plan…

My next tip is to put together cleaning caddies to store within the most commonly used areas of the home.  Because December is already so busy, there is no sense in adding the stress of constant cleaning.  However, with the amount of parties and people stopping by to mingle, you will most likely want your home to remain visitor ready.  By keeping cleaning supplies easy to access in the bathroom and kitchen, a quick cleanup each day will prevent things from getting out of control over the course of the month.  Bonus points for adding peppermint essential oil to your homemade cleaners, or picking up a pine scented all purpose cleaner at the store.  Another tip is to set aside a total of 5-10 minutes each day for a quick de-cluttering.  Simple steps such as putting away shoes, tossing mail into a basket, cleaning the kitchen counters and straightening seating areas, will make a dramatic impact to the main areas of the home.


3.  Drink Up!


I personally love to create a small holiday-ready beverage station each year.  I fill a tray with necessities to whip up seasonal drinks; everything from marshmallows to candy canes to cocoa powder and even a little Irish Cream.  It is great to have a “go-to” spot when a neighbor stops by to chat or mom pops in with a bag of goodies for the kids.


4.  That’s a Wrap!

With the number of holiday parties, gift exchanges and school events that arise throughout the month, it is extremely handy to have a fully stocked gift wrap station.  I also prefer to leave small treats and gifts to individuals in the service industry, so a gift wrap station saves the day at a moment’s notice.  Whether you add an organizer to the back of the door, fill a drawer in your office or store everything in a storage container under your bed, corralling rolls of gift wrap, gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons and some blank cards will be a December smile saver more than once.


5.  Be the Hostess with the Mostess

My final tip for making your home holiday ready, is to make your home guest ready.  Spend a few minutes to make up the bed with fresh linens, set out a stack of laundered towels and fill a basket with toiletries, bottled water and snacks.  This will ensure that should a guest decide to stay in town at the last minute, you can welcome them with open arms.


{ calendar / gift wrap cart / cleaning caddy / pine scented cleaning products / hot cocoa bundle / serving tray / water carafe / bar cart / woven basket }

Allison Maze

Meet Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

As if we needed another excuse to beat the winter blues, today Pantone announced its 2015 color of the year — drumroll, please — Marsala! While it’s more subdued than colors of years past, the warm, earthy, full-bodied hue is forecasted to make its way into fashion, beauty, and home furnishings within the next year. In fact, we’re already seeing it crop up in storefronts and makeup aisles, so today we’re sharing a few ways to cozy up your decor with this new color trend.


Nearly-neutral Marsala offers just enough color to pump up a color scheme without overpowering it, which is why it’s so great for layering. Touches of Marsala on the lamp, rug, and pillows comfortably combine with indigo, cream, and wood tones in this living room.


Dare to embrace Marsala’s bolder, more elegant side? Try an eye-catching wall treatment. These red-wrapped walls may look like leather, but they’re actually covered in a stitched red fabric that was glazed and buffed.


If you’re not ready to fully commit to Marsala, start with an accent piece. This white and wood foyer gets a pop of color thanks to the simple addition of a wine-red chair.



Tell us! What do you think of Pantone’s 2015 color of the year? How will you decorate with Marsala?

BHG Guest Blogger

Holiday Decorating In My Neutral Palette Home


Hi there!  I’m Becky and I blog over at This Is Happiness where I share my journey to create a stylish home and beautiful life with my wonderful husband and two amazing children.  My passion is DIY and design, but I also love entertaining, food and fashion all of which you will find me sharing on my blog.  I was recently given the honor of having my free Craigslist piano makeover featured in Better Homes and Gardens “I Did It” section for December, which was such a dream come true.  With the holiday season upon us, today I’m excited to be with you all as a guest blogger and share how I decorate for the holidays in my neutral palette home.


My decorating style is classic, casual and simple.  I love mixing whites, off whites and oatmeals for my base colors including my walls, fireplace stone, sofa, etc.  Then I like to add texture, patterns or sometimes a punch of color with accents and accessories.  Not committing to a particular color in a space gives me flexibility to easily change things up if I tire of them, or for different occasions including the holidays.

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For my holiday décor this year I choose to keep it simple and neutral adding a little Christmas flavor with red in small doses.  If you don’t want to use color, introducing pattern and texture will also make a neutral room stand out.  You can accomplish this by using baskets, throws and pillows to help provide warmth and coziness in a space, all of which I included in my holiday décor this year.

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I think any space, including a neutral one, needs greenery.  So, in addition to my main Christmas tree, I also love using other greenery to decorate with including my boxwood wreaths, topiaries and smaller lighted trees. Heading outdoors is my other source for holiday decor. Pinecones and pine branches are perfect natural elements that I like to add to my home this time of the year.   Fresh flowers, like paperwhites, almost always make an appearance in my home around the holidays.

This year I used clippings from our holly bushes to tie around my napkins as seen in the picture above. And I created a green garland for our buffet below with clippings from our cedar trees.

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And finally, here is my piano all dressed up for the holidays!
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So have you started your holiday decorating yet?  I hope you found some inspiration here today.  You can see more of my holiday décor here.  Thanks so much BHG for the “I Did It” feature and the opportunity to be with you all today!

I would love to have you stop by my blog or connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Bloglovin.

Have a great day!

Rachel Shingleton

Get the look: decorating our lake house for Christmas

In a few weeks we’ll be heading down to our lake house at Carlton Landing (remember this post?) and prepping for the local holiday house tour. I couldn’t be more excited to decorate our cute little green cottage in time for the holidays. But there’s a few considerations to make since (1) it’s not our main home and (2) I’m 8 months pregnant (read: I can’t go overboard decorating because what goes up must come down!). So I’m on the hunt to make a maximum visual bang for my proverbial buck. I also want to put my own distinctive spin on the theme of “holidays-by-the-lake.”
First thing’s first: we absolutely must have a Christmas tree of some kind, don’t you think? And in our all-white space, nothing would be prettier than a small potted Christmas tree. We have faux white Christmas trees in our year round house, but for the lake going more natural seems to make the most sense.  And of course it will need a fun container of some kind too.
I’m also bringing some of my favorite knit stockings and designing a few throw pillows for the rocking chairs on the front porch. And while I normally resist the idea of an uber-traditional red and green color scheme, somehow I’m feeling more inspired by it this year than in the past.  It feels fresh especially against the crisp white walls in the house.

I’ve been pinning images like crazy to help me get my overall look together. Here are a few of my favorites:

I’m more inspired than ever to pull it all together. Here are some of my top picks to help you get the look for your holiday home!

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Holiday Mantel Ideas

Trends: Beautiful DIY Holiday Mantels

I love the holiday season, and I really love a lovely holiday mantel set up. This holiday season gives you the perfect excuse to go all out and OVER decorate (and add all that glitter). Need some inspiration? Below you’ll find a bunch of lovely DIY mantel ideas to create your own perfect mantel set up.

Modern Holiday Idea, 100 Layer Cake.

Rustic Woodland Mantel, Cherished Bliss.

Colorful Display, BHG.

Faux Fireplace Mantel, Love and Family and Home.

Mini Rosemary Wreath Garland, The Merrythought.

Cute Christmas Mantel with DIY Marquee Lights and Chalkboard, The Crafted Sparrow.

Faux Fur Tree Mantel, My Sister’s Suitcase.

Let It Snow Typography, Proper Pinwheel.

Vintage Inspired Mantel, Like A Saturday.

Mixed Metallics Mantel, Centsational Girl.

Vintage Woodland Christmas Mantel, The DIY Mommy.

Ho Ho Ho Christmas Mantel, Craftaholics Anonymous.

Silhouette Mantel, on Positively Splendid.

 If you set up a holiday mantel, we’d love to see it! Share an image in the comments below.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama