Written on December 11, 2013 at 9:02 am , by Kate
Christmas is an exciting time that includes many traditions, from the holiday get togethers to drives through the neighborhoods admiring all the twinkle lights, and included in all the merriment is the decking of the halls.
With parties to attend and cards to send, decorating your home from floor to ceiling for the holidays can feel overwhelming. While it’s wonderful to pull out the favorites from Christmases of yore like those family ornaments the kids made in kindergarten, it’s not necessary to embellish every room in your home with elaborate decor when simple evergreens will bring just as much cheer and with minimal effort.
For those that celebrate Christmas, bringing a tree indoors is a tradition that many embrace, yet it needn’t be grand or costly. A smaller scale tree placed in the entry fills the home with that desirable scent of the season and greets you at day’s end.
A fir or pine tree that lives in a planter throughout the year can be brought indoors and decorated with twinkle lights. There’s no pressure to decorate your living spaces from top to bottom for the holiday, just a few simple touches will do!
Local markets and nurseries stock mini trees in December making it easy to grab mini evergreens for placement in your dining room. Use everyday serving pieces to prop up seasonal goodies or a few ornaments casually tossed on the table to set a merry scene.
Instead of tucking them away, use your everyday decor as vessels to hold finds from a nature walk, and temporarily tuck cedar garland or fir swags in between.
Elaborate decorating requires hours of cleanup and storage after the season is over. If the effort in any way detracts from the joy, simplify by limiting your holiday decor to simple wreaths – place them in areas of your home where they’ll be enjoyed the most.
Christmastime is a season of generosity and good cheer focused on making spirits bright. Use seasonal evergreens to enhance the ambiance but ignore any pressures felt to have a perfectly decorated home, instead keeping the focus on making memories for the merriest season of all.
Written on December 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm , by Nicole Balch
TREND: Understated Christmas decorations.
There is, of course, no right or wrong way to decorate for Christmas. Among the shine of gold and silver and the bold color schemes however, a more simplified approach has stood out this year. Understated decorations, fitting in with ease to the decor already in place are a lovely way to deck the halls. The room above is a wonderful example, and you can achieve a similar look with the items below.
- Golden Pine Christmas WreathLynch Creek Farm<
- Mixed Greenery, Lynch Creek Farm
- Burlap Ribbon, Amazon
- Glass Cookie Jar (as vase), eBay
- Ivory Burlap Curtains, West Elm
- French Script Pillow, Home Living
- Personalized Wall Plaque, Ballard Designs
- Henry Coffee Table, Cost Plus World Market
- Handspun Jute Rug, Rugs USA
- Ektorp Sofa, IKEA
– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely
Written on December 9, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
TREND: Bold Color
Over the past few months, I’ve been renovating the space in my home that I now use as my office. Even though the transformation is not quite complete, I’m making the transition from office to holiday office. As I put the finishing touches on styling this space, it’s been fun to inject a little added color and sparkle to mark the holiday season.
Today, I thought I’d share my space with you and show you some products for creating a hip holiday office in your own home. As you can see, I painted the walls subdued shades for a neutral backdrop that comes alive with colorful accessories.
The neutral-colored walls along with white curtains, bookcases, and desks allow the accessories to be the stars of the room. I like this because, depending on the season or project, I can have fun playing and experimenting with a variety of colors. Being a creative type, I’m constantly moving pieces around. A neutral background gives me lots of flexibiltiy.
As you can tell by my Christmas tree, I’m not afraid of color.
So as I mentioned above, I thought I’d share a few pieces for creating a hip holiday office. If you like this look, let your creativity fly and try incorporating a few of these pieces.
As always, Happy Decorating! And Happy Holidays, too!
Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm
Written on December 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm , by Jen Jones
Trend: Gold Storage Trunks
It seems as though I have been seeing these gorgeous vintage gold trunks popping up quite a bit lately, and with good reason. They add something quite unexpected to a space while boasting in beautiful storage. Seen above, one acts as a coffee table, which can contain blankets, pillows and games inside. However, I have also seen them used as a chic place to hide pet gear, a place to store entryway shoes, a bench holding office supplies and even as a nightstand in a bedroom. It is always wonderful when something so glam can double as a place to store away daily essentials.
Are you still loving the gold trend? I can’t seem to get enough gold in my life lately, and that is no exception when it comes to looking for storage solutions for our home. If you are gushing over it as much as I am, here are a few ways to integrate gold storage into your everyday organizing.
I use jars all over my home to store everything from cotton balls in the bathroom to noodles in the kitchen to writing supplies on my desk. Everyday mason jars receive and instant upgrade with a little spray paint; either cover the entire jar in gold or just place focus on the lid for a simple impact or tape off and spray the bottom to give yourself a trendy dipped effect.
Shelving does not have to be boring to be functional. By using gold spray paint or gold foil on a standard metal shelving unit, which can be purchased at a big box store, you create storage that looks like it was straight from a designer showroom. Or, if you are maximizing vertical space with wall shelves, try gilding the shelving brackets.
In the Office:
Whether you decide to transform your desk or just add pops of gold to the desktop through pencil cups and decorative trays, bringing some gold into the workspace is sure to brighten your day.
By spray painting standard baskets, whether for the floor or the wall, you add instant drama and bling to any space in your home.
Box it Up!
Decorative boxes are smart for storing all of your itty-bitty daily necessities. Place one by the front door to corral your wallet and keys and another on your dresser to hold your pretty jewels and accessories. How about one on the coffee table for remotes and one on your desk for business cards? The ways to use these brilliant little beauties are endless, making them an extremely versatile storage option.
Written on December 4, 2013 at 9:02 am , by Kate
Every child possesses the will and skill of an artist and that truth is validated by one of the best. Picasso famously said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Parents are often presented with masterpieces big and small, those whimsical portrayals in vivid color that the kids pour their heart into each time they sit down to create with pens or paint. Instead of tucking artwork into a drawer, consider these five different ways to display them with pride in the home.
Create an interesting arrangement above a piece of furniture with finger paintings and watercolor sketches placed inside frames in different sizes but with the same finish and mat.
A family room comes alive with color and personality when the space is filled with children’s art. Install floating shelves in an asymmetrical layout above the sofa to continue the rotating display of works.
Contain a gallery above a sofa framed by a colorful backdrop – the molding will act as an even larger frame to smaller artwork pinned to the wall.
Corralling dark frames on a large fabric covered canvas communicates a collection is on display. Picture lights installed above bring attention to artwork when daylight has gone.
Look up higher to places on your wall where a series of frames in a group will bring cheer to a space. Colorful photographs and prints above tall windows in a breakfast nook inspire artists to keep creating in the hopes it will be elevated to the gallery.
For more ideas on displaying children’s artwork, look to these additional tips.
How do you display your child’s artwork in your home?
Written on December 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm , by Joni Lay
Trend: Flokati and fluffy textures in the nursery and interiors.
A shaggy, fluffy rug is also a great option if you have a carpeted room, but want to break up the expanse of carpet (see Henry’s room). The contrast in textures will make it work, and help define the space a little better. Fluffy white rugs are also great for taking photos of baby, and he or she will love crawling around on it! The fluffy pillows and throw versions are also perfect for parties, playrooms, and even holiday decor. I love what Kristin did with one under her tree! You can’t beat unbreakable Christmas decor with little ones under foot! Here are some great options available – I am loving the colored versions as well.
Hope you are inspired! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay