December in Review

I know that I’m totally late in posting this, but I wanted to give you a little taste of our holiday season. I posted several things on Instagram, but didn’t have time to do my usual Christmas post. Better late than never right?!

We started decking the halls in our kiddo’s room with a kid friendly tree all his own.


 

Then travelled to Old Time Christmas Tree Farm and cut down a family tree.


 

I added a gold burlap garland this year and still don’t know how I feel about it…


 

While Christmas shopping, I ran into these reproduction ornaments on sale and may or may not have bought all but one box in the store…


 

… They are the same brand as my great-grandmothers ornaments, circa 1930s, that don my tree every year.


 

My favorite decorations this year were the addition of apothecaries filled with ceramic village pieces.


The ceramic buildings were Target clearance finds from the previous year. We loved the warmth these charming edifices added to the holiday décor!


 

We focused a lot of our time and effort on making this season a magical occasion for our son. On several occasions, we made time to drive around our area and look at Christmas lights. We also attended Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo for the first time. It was an enchanting experience for all three of us and a fantastic family activity for those thinking of attending next year.


 

There were many stories of Santa and Rudolph…


 

…But our focus remained on the nativity and the coming of our newborn Savior.


 

We had wonderful times with family and friends. Although part of me is sad that the holidays have passed, I am excited for a new year.

I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for us!

 

How did you spend the holiday season?

 

December – Month in Review

I came to the realization a few days ago that I had not done a single post in the month of December. I was disappointed in myself for two reasons. First, December and the Christmas season is my favorite time of year. I find that I am usually inspired the most around this. Second, I managed to put up lots of decorations this year and did a few small projects as well. It may be a little late, but I still think you will enjoy seeing everything.

The entire past month was just a whirlwind for us! The day after Thanksgiving we went to cut down our Christmas tree. We have not managed to cut down our tree so early in the season before, but it was a welcomed change as Geoff and I are both in love with the Christmas season. Every year we cut down a tree at a local tree farm, Old Time Christmas Tree Farm in Spring, TX. If you are in the Houston area I highly recommend going there for a tree. They offer precut fir, and cut-your-own pine and cypress trees.


Then came the preparation for Geoff’s finals. The next few weeks both flew by and dragged on until his graduation. Although poor Geoff was trapped in our room studying, I was able to get a lot of great Christmas decorating done.


I did have some help from the little elf pictured above.


The top of our entertainment center was adorned with new pine garland and gold berry garland. Christopher picked out this paper mache reindeer and pine cone at the craft store.


I also grabbed the mercury glass candle holder and a few led candles at Homegoods.


After Geoff’s finals, we had a great night out on the town. We went to an elegant dinner and went to the symphony. The next morning, I was able to see this handsome man walk across the stage and receive his degree.


After the graduation, the whirlwind of Christmas began. We were in New Orleans with my family for the holiday and had a wonderful trip.


As the holidays come to a close I am glad to have the rush of the season die back down and settle in to our new routine with our college grad.

I hope your Christmas season was a merry one. I’ll be back soon with new developments around our home and fresh inspiration.


Mid-Week Makeover – Nurata Embroidery

I am so excited to finally be bringing you a Mid-Week Makeover!

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This design centralizes around a fantastic fabric by Schumacher called Nurata Embroidery.174180

So here is the design plan with furnishings:
Plan

Sofa: Rose Tarlow Paddington Sofa, Lounge Chairs: Rose Tarlow Picadilly Lounge Chairs, Coffee Table: Powell and Bonnell Pompeii Coffee Table, Rug: Dash and Albert Chocolate Ticking Woven Rug, Side Tables: Bungalow 5 Polo 1-Drawer Side Table, Dressers: Tonic Home Natalie 3 Drawer Dresser, and Mirror: Tonic Home Zanzibar Gold Leaf Mirror

And Elevation Views of both sides of the room:
Elevation 1 - Casual

Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Dover White, Artwork: Amanda Talley Conte Stick and Gesso on Brown BFK Paper, Lamps: Circa Selene Table Lamp, Drapery: Schumacher Nurata Embroidery in Coral, Green Pillows: Schumacher Denim Texture in Moss, and Coral Pillows: Schumacher Crosstown Weave in Coral

Elevation 2 - Casual

 

I also decided to do a version of this room with a Christmas Twist.

I added some touches of luxurious textures like satin, velvet and gold metallic. And what room is complete without greenery? All great ways to glam up a casual room for the holidays.

Elevation 1 - Holiday

Red Pillows: Kravet Satin 31651 Color:9, Green Pillows: Schumacher Gainsborough Velvet in Fern, and Gold Pillow: Schumacher Glimmer in Pale Gold

Elevation 2 - Holiday

What do you think?

I hope to show you all of my other Christmas Decor tomorrow, but no guarantees! The kiddo is under the weather so it might be Friday before I get around to it.

Poinsettia Christmas Wreath

Mini vent: I have been trying to complete this post for OVER a week. I actually did this project and wrote the post the weekend before last but have been having issues uploading photos for the past week. Thankfully, I seem to have figured out the problem with the photo up-loader! Yay!

We had a very busy weekend at our house (the weekend before last). It started off with the AC going out in the middle of our ridiculous 80 degree heat, followed by a call to the landlord and having to wait till Saturday for a technician (apparently this was happening to a lot of people). Thank the Lord it was a quick fix. Then Christopher had a bad stomach bug that wrecked a good portion of our Saturday and made for a little guy who was just not quite himself.

On the bright side, all of the time at home meant that I had lots of time for projects and Christmas Decorating!! I escaped to the craft store during one of Christopher’s long naps and came back with lots of goodies. Although it is had to get into the Christmas spirit while wearing shorts… we Houstonians do what we can!

My goal for the craft store was to get supplies for a Christmas wreath. Lets just say that I accomplished that goal and may or may not have surpassed it… Who doesn’t get a little carried away in the craft store from time to time?  🙂

As I mentioned in my previous post, I like to look around at inspiration before starting on a project. Then I either put my own spin on an inspiration photo or do something totally my own. This project was the latter.

I started off with a simple grape vine wreath. Then I wrapped it sparingly with burlap ribbon.

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Next, I added a translucent pearl strand around the center of the burlap ribbon. I made sure to tack pearl strand with hot glue at the back and front of the wreath so that it would stay at the center of the burlap ribbon.

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Then I added gold poinsettias to the top and bottom areas. Somehow I missed taking a photo with just the poinsettias…

I also found a cute set of assorted metallic and glittered jingle bells while at the craft store. I love hearing jingle bells when a door opens during the holidays so I decided to add them sporadically around the wreath.

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I added a little more of the translucent pearl strand to the back of the wreath to hang it from.

Then I added the final touch with this wood cut W. At first, I considered painting it a gold or silver. In the end, I liked it with the natural wood.

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And here is the finished product!

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Have you made any Holiday Decor for your home this year?

I have done a lot more of holiday decorating this year and will show you everything so far in a few days… The good news is that I will be attempting to post a Mid-Week Makeover tomorrow!!!

That is… if I do not have further photo issues (fingers crossed)

Christmas Wreath Round-Up

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week thus far!

I am in a crafty mood today and was surfing Pinterest for some ideas to make a Christmas wreath for our front door. As you may have seen, I made this Monogram Wreath for our front door a few months ago, but really want to do a wreath for the Christmas season. There are tons of great ideas out there and yet… I have still not decided what I am going to do.

Generally, I prefer to look at photos for ideas and inspiration. Then I usually get to the craft store and either put my own spin on someone else’s idea or just do something totally different. I guess we just have to wait and see…

In the mean time, here are some of the beautiful wreaths that I spotted on my photo-finding-Pinterest-mission:

This cute wreath was done with a few ornaments and Styrofoam balls wrapped with yarn over at Notes from the Republic (a fellow Houstonian).

via Notes from the Republic

This burlap wreath done by Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous is just darling.

via Craftaholics Anonymous

Cute Candy Cane Wreath

Jo-Ann’s Fabrics has a great online tutorial for this felt wreath

via Jo-Ann’s Fabrics

Brooke at All Things Thrifty made this adorable burlap wreath

via All Things Thrifty

Jen at Tatertots and Jello did this whimsical yet retro Striped Straw Wreath

via Tatertots and Jello

Although this wreath is made from birch cuttings, I love the idea of using the trunk of this year’s Christmas tree for this rustic wreath by Lu Bird Baby

via Lu Bird Baby

I also like this “not so traditional” wreath at The 36th Avenue

via The 36th Avenue

Then there is this Christmas Ornament wreath from Living Artfully

via Living Artfully

And I am really digging this Gold Holiday Wreath from Canadian Family Magazine.

What is it made of you ask? A foam wreath form and THUMB TACKS! I know… brilliant!

via Canadian Family

Which wreath is your favorite?