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Hi there! I’m Ashley, the author behind the blog Cherished Bliss. I’m so excited be here with you today sharing a little about our mini mudroom that’s been all decked out for Christmas. When we first moved into our house about 2 years ago, I knew one of our top priorities would be to create a space for our winter gear. The one thing this house lacked was a mudroom, but there was quite a bit of space and storage so I was pretty confident we could make it work. And when Better Homes and Gardens wanted to come out and photograph our little space for the “I Did It” section in the magazine, well I was as excited as one can be and then some!

This bench is extremely easy to build and a great beginner project if you would like to dip your toes into the world of woodworking! It mainly consists of pocket holes (which are a lot easier than they sound) and finishing nails. You can get the building plan here.


After building the bench, I wanted to make sure it was still a stylish space because it does technically reside in our living room. I had already built a chalkboard that I was using in my dining room, but I’m known to move things around constantly so the chalkboard found its new home right above our new farmhouse bench. Get the plan for the chalkboard here. I get a lot of questions about the color of stain I used. I actually used a homemade wood stain so that I could complete this step in my basement without breathing in toxic fumes! So let’s talk about getting this little space ready for the holidays.

3 Ways to Update a Mini Mudroom for Christmas

Add Labels
The amazing stylist Char came out and helped stage the area for the photo shoot, and she was absolutely amazing! We added some little wooden tags to the metal bins to label what each one was to be used for. This is great for the kids so they can remember what goes where!

Bring Nature Inside
Next we added a live evergreen wreath to the chalkboard. This chalkboard is my absolute favorite place to hang wreaths. It provides the perfect background for our mini mudroom! I also adore how this space welcomes in guests and provides a place for them to drop their purses or diaper bags. It’s very convenient to have right inside the living room, and with the fresh wreath, guests are immediately greeted by the smells of Christmas!

Add Warmth
Last but not least, the accessories. We added some colorful Christmas pillows to provide a warm and cozy atmosphere at our entrance. Char then drew some beautiful chalkboard art, which unfortunately I was not able to duplicate (but you can see above) being that I have the art skills of a one-year-old! But it really adds a bit of holiday cheer!

If you are interested in seeing this space outside of the holidays, you can see that here.

It was seriously a once in a lifetime experience to have Better Homes and Gardens photograph our mini mudroom for the December 2015 issue! I had so much fun with both the stylist and the photographer. They were so down to earth and an absolute joy to work with!

I would love to have you follow along with the journey as we turn our house into a home, so please feel free to stop by my blog and say hi! For behind-the-scenes pictures and sneak peeks, you can follow us on Instagram!

Trend: Holiday DIY Crafts

It’s my favorite time of the year and I just feel so inspired. The house is decorated, it’s chilly outside, and I have Christmas music playing. I’m so ready for some holiday crafting! I have a few gifts I still need to make for some friends and I’d love to decorate our table with something colorful and festive, so I’ve been searching for inspiration. Below you’ll find 12 Holiday DIY’s you should try this weekend. There’s a DIY for everyone here: from gold painted trees to a christmas tree cactus! Enjoy.


1. These gold dipped trees are the perfect thing to decorate your holiday table, from Studio DIY.

2. Make a custom cheese board for your appetizers, or give as a custom gift, from Brit & Co.

3. These gold scalloped napkins are so lovely, from Sarah Hearts.

4. These mini holiday wreath drink stirrers are probably the cutest drink accessory I’ve ever seen, from Project Wedding.

5. A hand stenciled kitchen towel would be the perfect gift for the chef in your family, on The Paper Mama.

6. Make colorful snowflakes out of wood veneer paper, from BHG.

7. Turn an old sweater into a cute gift bag, from House of Earnest.

8. Use a non-traditional color scheme to decorate your holiday table, from Paper & Stitch.

9. If you’re feeling ambitious, follow this DIY to make this amazing oversized Holly Garland, from The House That Lars Built.

10. These Letter Bag Toppers could double as favors and place markers for your holiday table, from You Are My Fave.

11. Not everyone has room for a Christmas tree, so you can make your own Painted Geometric Tree, from Lovely Indeed.

 12. Another option for a small home that can’t fit a big tree: The Christmas Tree Cactus! So cute, from Sugar and Cloth.

 Happy crafting!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

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

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Whether you are searching Pinterest or just popping into the grocery store, that time of year is here. My quaint little east coast town has already been draped in lights & fresh greenery. There is just something magical about the holidays, with the cookie making, Christmas music, tree trimming festivities, the aromas of fresh pine & spruce, hot cocoa, comfort food, those sappy feel good movies {which I am such a sucker for} and of course decorating & styling your home for family and friends to enjoy. My list could go on & on, it really is my favorite time of the year! I begin by sorting through & listing all of the decorations I have, because I always forget all of the goodies I have stashed away. Then I sketch it out, moving things around, trying to get a visual of what & where. Once I have decided the direction or theme then I break out the magazines for inspiration. This may not seem like fun but it so is!! The best part is mixing & layering my old family pieces with some new things and all of my DIY project’s. Mixing vintage items in with your décor is a great way to create an original holiday home that is full of character & sentiment. Here are some of my favorite ideas for styling using time worn pieces….

Vintage Christmas 12 Fabulous + Festive Styling Ideas1. Think outside the box. I love how these old weathered shutters creates a porch screen for privacy and how some authentic finds are used to set a cheerful mood.

Celebrating Home-Jennifer Carroll Love those vintage shutterssource

2. Use vintage pieces as is to create a rustic & fun vignette. I found a pair of beautifully worn wood ski’s & thought they would be a festive addition to my mudroom.


3. Use ephemera to add charm to your Christmas décor. These music sheets make perfect neutral placemats and will no doubt spark dinner conversation.

Domestic Fashionista-Vintage Sheet Music Placematssource

4. Keeping things simple & organic can create a warm & inviting space. These weathered vintage finds stand out & are appreciated in this rustic holiday setting.

Dreamy Whitessource

5. Adding an unexpected touch by repurposing can create a fun focal point. I love the use of these antique stocking stretchers on the mantle.

Eclectically Vintage Mantlesource

6. Adding sentimental details to your porch is a great way to create a connection for family & friends as they are welcomed into your home. Using once worn ice skates &  sleigh are a perfect addition to this beautiful entrance.

Electically Vintage Front Door-Vintage Skates Wreathsource

7. Vintage books can add charm & instant character. You can use them for pops of holiday color or to give height to your décor.

Ella Claire Christmas Tour-using Vintage bookssource

8. Recycle, repurpose, reuse. These stag figures were found at a thrift stores & up-cycled into these adorable ornaments.

My Sweet Savannah-Upcycling Vintage Elementssource

9. Using chalkboards has become a staple in home décor lately especially during the holidays. Take a vintage frame, add a piece of MDF and roll on some chalk paint to create a beautiful focal point.

The Golden Sycamore-Upcycling an old frame into a festive chalkboardsource

10. Repurposing something vintage to hold greenery. I love this original idea of using these worn skis, painting them & adding spruce & berries for a festive feel.

The Lily Pad Cottage Vintage Skissource

11. Layer bookshelves & built ins with vintage collectables & holiday touches. By adding a few seasonal accents you can create a vignette full of personality.

The Rusty Hinge-Bookcases Layered in Festive Vintage Detailssource

12. Infusing worn whites with creams can give a peaceful feel. This mantle blends textures seamlessly & the vintage yard stick star is a stunning  focal point.

Thoughts From Alice-Vintage Mantle, Bottle Brush Treessource

Happy Holidays to you & your family!

Have a beautiful week,


City Farmhouse

1. Artificial Wreath, Christmas Lights Etc. 2. Ornament Set, Target 3. Christmas Photo, The Paper Mama 4. Wood Clothespins, Target 5. Glitter Ribbon Spool, Joann


How do you showcase your photos from the year? Well, I love how Better Homes and Gardens shared their photos on a wreath and I want to share how you can create your own version of this!

How to:

- Pick out your wreath. Live or artificial? I love the smell of live wreaths, but an artificial wreath will last longer.

- Print out your favorite family photos. The size will depend on the size of your wreath.

- Create 5 bows with some pretty and festive ribbon.

- Attach your bows and ball ornaments to the wreath. If you have a live wreath: tie the ribbon and ball ornaments on with wire. If you have an artificial wreath: you can still attach these with wire, or make it super simple and hot glue on the embellishments.

- Using your clothespins, clip on your photos.

- Hang and enjoy!

Now everyone can enjoy your photos! If you did take your OWN holiday photos this year, I have a Holiday Photo Challenge going on RIGHT now. You could win some neat prizes, and you don’t have to have a blog. You’ll just need someway to share your photo (flickr, tumblr, instagram…). If I’ve captured your interest, you can click here for a bit more info. I hope to see you!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

With the holidays here, the decision on how to decorate your house can feel overwhelming to some. Do you go traditional Santa? Do you go contemporary with jeweled tones? Do you scratch it all and have a quiet Christmas? If you are somewhere in between, consider having a serene, green Christmas with light splashes of red. It’s calming, it’s organic and it can be set up weeks before Christmas without being too flashy. Inspired by this cool ensamble, all you need to do is use several tones of green to create a nice festive backdrop with other colors accessorizing. Here’s the look:

Products: Dinner Plates, Feather Pine Sprays, Cooper Vase and Deer Wall Art.

For the rest of this shopping guide, including more products from this color palette, go here.

Color Inspiration: Jacket.
For a dramatic color on the walls or other focal places, try Green Brook (517). It will instantly create a lovely mood.

Color Inspiration: Jacket.
Garland Green (429) is a light and airy. It makes for a great accent color and can be used in blankets, ceramics and even upholstered pieces.

Color Inspiration:  Jacket.
Use a hue like Forest Hill (433) in garlands and other accessories.

Color Inspiration: Shirt.
Universal Black 2118-10 is great for breaking up color.

Color Inspiration: Lipstick.
If you need some more color in your palette, use Smoldering Red in ornaments, bowls, throws and other accessories.

Photo via Lucky Magazine.  Paint via Benjamin Moore.

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