I started out the holiday season with a simple and neutral tablescape…

This is the third time that I've used the these birch wood rounds…can't get enough of them!

We will be hosting Christmas Day in our house for the first time this year so I wanted to switch it up a bit and add some color.

IMG_0877 If you look at the first picture you can see that I really didn’t change that much.  The red berries were on sale from Michaels for $1 and I bought the roses at the food store this morning. I am so excited to use our fine china for the first time ever.  I also bought this antique silverware a few years ago and have yet to use it.

IMG_0882

I used some of this year’s gift wrapping twine and wooden tags to tie the silverware together.

IMG_0861

IMG_0888

IMG_0921 Looking ahead one of our projects (one of many) for the new year will be to spruce up this dining room wall.  our plan is to add some crown moulding and horizontal stripes in a lighter shade of greige.   IMG_0901 Merry Christmas to you & yours!

Celebrating the Christmas season with our son this year has been a blast.  We were so excited to have our first holiday photo session with Patricia-Marie Photography.  I can always count on her to capture some of the most memorable moments of our life.  She has been taking beautiful photos for us since Blake was in utero!

1614

 

A little bit of background…we took these photos in the very beginning of November on a gorgeous FALL day.  I wanted to achieve a wintery look so we added the white blanket to cover most of the leaves and the red ornaments for a pop of christmas color.  The sled is an antique that belonged to my mother-in-law.  We keep it on our front porch throughout the holidays.

1488

1785

 

1726

1722

In addition to our family Christmas photos I wanted Blake to have the typical Christmas picture with Santa.  Well let’s just say these photos with Santa are anything but typical.  This was a Santa EXPERIENCE…so much more than beautiful images, this was magic happening right before my eyes! Thank you to Kristen Pitre Photography, I can’t recommend her Santa Experience enough!

IMG_7147

IMG_7209

 

IMG_7206

IMG_7183

 

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday! XOXO

I was so excited when I found this birch wood wrapping paper at Pier 1.

IMG_0744

 

Green ink and wood tags are going to give this paper a nice pop of color.  I decided to use different shades of green as an accent color with neutral wrapping paper.  All of the items below can be found at Michael’s except for the wrapping paper.

IMG_0748

Another successful find in the check-out aisle at Michael’s – a nice monogram stamp.

IMG_0782

IMG_0790

IMG_0807

IMG_0818

IMG_0820

 

Happy Wrapping!

We are so excited to spend this season with our new little addition to the family! Last Christmas we got our tree from Carter’s in Miller Place.  It’s right around the corner from where we live and I actually took my first steps there when I was little.  A great experience if you live on Long Island and haven’t gotten your tree yet!

photo-13

Our first family tree! photo-15

I love this general store right outside the tree farm! Would love to have a store in there one day!

photo-14

 

Christmas Sign

This is a really fun and easy project that I did in the Fall but wanted to make a Christmas version.

IMG_0611


I started with a board just like this.  I used forest green acrylic paint from Michael’s and to give it a rustic look I used a paper towel to wipe some of the paint off.


IMG_0812

 

Once the green paint dried I used white acrylic paint and a stencil for the words and holy berries.  Tip – the stenciling can be a little tricky so I use a foam brush like the one here in this post.

IMG_0591

 

IMG_0604

Christmas Banner

Every year we struggle with where we should hang our stockings.  Unfortunately, in this house we don’t have a fireplace.  This year we decided to hang them over the sliding door with a banner that I made out of burlap, scrapbook paper, and twine.

IMG_0756

 

This has to be one of the easiest things to make.  Michael’s sells the burlap rectangles (already cut) in the scrapbooking section.  I bought the clothespins and scrapbook paper separately.  I also used the same paint, stencil, and brush as I did with the Silent Night sign above.

 

IMG_0750

 

 

IMG_0730

 

Some more fun with bells…

  IMG_0631

IMG_0627 We bought a bigger tree this year and I needed some extra ornaments.  I had almost an entire container of bells leftover so I figured out a way to use them again.  I used the leftover twine from the banner and hung them on our tree!

IMG_0498

 

We’ve had some progress in the past couple of weeks with our bathroom reno.  Here are some before pictures so that you can see the mess we are working with.

IMG_0857

IMG_0863

IMG_0864

 

I shared my inspiration board for the bathroom here.  So far we have put in a new tub, a new tile floor, a vanity, and painted.  Tomorrow we have someone coming to template our countertop.

IMG_6048

 

Here it is with the new tile and paint.  We chose a white octagon pattern from Home Depot and Silken Pine by Benjamin Moore.  I am really happy with both choices so far.

IMG_0461

 

A close up of the tile while the grout was drying.

IMG_6063

 

We have decided to go with Ballard Designs for our vanity mirrors and light fixtures.

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 11.38.15 PM

 

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 11.42.29 PM

 

I think the mirrors will be great for the narrow bathroom space.  Originally I was looking for something a little more ornate but I don’t think it would have ultimately worked in this space.  We’re hoping that everything will be finished just before the holiday.

 

The Christmas decorating has begun! I have been feeling a little under the weather but on Sunday I finally felt enough like myself to start decorating.

Started with a tablescape…

This is the third time that I've used the these birch wood rounds…can't get enough of them!

 

This is the third time that I’ve used these birch wood rounds. I can’t get enough of them. Especially paired with the white cake stand and bell jar!

IMG_0391

IMG_0392

 

Picked up a few boxes of silver and gold bells at Marshalls.  I love the way they look in this milk glass bowl.

IMG_0429

 

This is my new favorite project! It’s super easy to do and it makes a great holiday gift.  Below you will see the materials that I used.  Everything can be found at Michael’s.

IMG_0382

 

The chalkboard stencil is hard to see so the link is here.  As well as the erasable liquid chalk marker.

IMG_6138

IMG_6137

 

I used card stock to make a stencil for painting the chalkboard paint. I didn’t want the edges to be too perfect so I used a small brush to go around the outside and give it a rustic look.

IMG_6148

 

These are the stencils that I used for the letters.

IMG_6139

IMG_0431

 

I love this project because it can be so many different things.  I am choosing to use it as a holiday decoration this season but it could also be used to display a monogram or menu throughout the year.

We are finally getting ready to redo our bathroom!

Can't decide between a venetian mirror or something a little more simple.

Can’t decide between a venetian mirror or something a little more simple. The hexagon tile with gray grout is a must. I’m excited to add a little green to our palette with silken pine by Sherwin Williams.

Some Pinterest inspiration…

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 10.10.35 AM

These mirrors and lights are amazing…I think I will end up doing something like this in our forever house.

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 10.09.01 AM

A somewhat simple venetian mirror.

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 10.14.00 AM

I like the shape of these mirrors.

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 10.12.50 AM

I think the shape of these mirrors is what I am leaning towards.

 

Check back next week to see some of our demolition pictures!

I never really “decorated” our little living space when we moved in because of all of the construction.  Once we had Blake and I knew our friends and family were going to come over to visit him I figured it was time to throw something together.

IMG_3597

After we repainted I started with this couch from Home Decorators Collection, an Ikea TV table that we had in our apartment, and a few frames.

The funny thing is…this couch is now in storage.  I still love it though and when we move I’m sure I’ll use it again. This room was supposed to be a secondary living space but it turned out to be the primary living space as soon as we had Blake.

Anyway we decided on a sectional…

IMG_5319

This picture is a little dark but this is what happened after one trip to Target. I walked out with the rug, lamps, and curtains/curtain rods.

Couch – Raja sofa in stone from Macy’s

Throw pillows – Pier 1

Rug, curtains, and curtain rod – Target

TV stand – Ikea

Paint (wall with front door) – Anew Gray by Sherwin William

Paint (wall with the TV) – Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams

I knew this was a little too dark for me but it worked for a few months.  Then it was time to call Annie Sloan…

Ikea coffee table BEFORE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Ikea coffee table BEFORE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

AFTER ASCP in pure white.

AFTER ASCP in pure white. I even painted the frames in ASCP and sanded them for a more distressed look.

Check out my post on using chalk paint here and here for using clear and dark wax.

IMG_0729

I love the raised lattice pattern on the rug! Great find from Joss & Main.

IMG_0731

I might switch out the DIY photo canvas for some frames in different colors and sizes. In this picture the wall is looking a little flat to me.

IMG_0732

I can’t get enough of these colors!

Here’s a close up of the pillows we used in our flip

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 9.29.15 AM

Joss & Main never disappoints! Love this Lucia pillow!

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 9.29.57 AM

Oversized pillow from Target

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 9.30.27 AM

These pillows came in a set of two from Target. I think the lattice pattern will compliment the new rug and stencil I plan to do in the dinning room.

 

Rug – Joss & Main

TV stand – Ikea (same as above) painted in pure white Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Hardware is from Suite Pieces in Huntington Station but you can find similar pieces at Anthropologie.

Throw pillows – Target and Joss & Main

 

I’m looking into some storage options for either side of the TV stand.  I love these pretty baskets from Serena & Lily

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 8.47.00 AM

 

Instead of  an ottoman I’m thinking of using this pouf from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 8.49.40 AM

I’ve been having so much fun decorating for Fall.  Here are a few DIY projects that I worked on for the season.

DIY Fall Sign

To be totally honest I really didn’t have any direction for this project.  Derek had some extra wood and I wanted to make a rustic looking sign…that’s it! At one point I actually thought this would end up in the trash but the result surprised me!

IMG_0812

Before the paint…two boring pieces of wood!

IMG_0813

I found this random can of paint in our basement. It belonged to the people that lived here before us and I have no idea how long it has been sitting! So I mixed some Martha Stewart Craft Paint with this 100 year old random can of paint in an empty formula container. Like I said – no direction!

IMG_0814

I wasn’t satisfied with this so I decided to keep painting and mixing different colors.

I added ASCP in cream to lighten up the sign and dark wax for some dimension.

I added ASCP in cream to lighten up the sign and dark wax for some dimension.

IMG_5926

The finished product! One thing I should have done – measure out the letters instead of eyeballing them. All in all I’m pretty happy with it.

Pumpkin Bell Jars

I was bored with my apothecary jars so I switched up the glassware on my console table to bell jars from Michael's.  I also used a birch tree stump and moss from Michael's to fill the jar.

I was bored with my apothecary jars so I switched up the glassware on my console table to bell jars from Michael’s. I also used a birch tree stump and moss from Michael’s to fill the jars.

I can never get enough of a good stamp! These canvas tags were the perfect finishing touch.

I can never get enough of a good stamp! These canvas tags were the perfect finishing touch.

Floating Candles for Fall

If you saw the post that I wrote for Blake's Baptism you'll see that I reused the cylinders and stumps for this project.  I used some dried wheat and fall berries to stick in the wreath.  The leaf can be found in the scrapbooking aisle in Michael's.  I used a hole punch and some twine to tie it to the glass.

If you saw the post that I wrote for Blake’s Baptism you’ll see that I reused the cylinders and stumps for this project. I used some dried wheat and fall berries to stick in the wreath. The leaf can be found in the scrapbooking aisle in Michael’s. I used a hole punch and some twine to tie it to the glass.

Last month we had a beautiful baptism for our little guy.  I thought I would share some of the personal touches and projects that made the day extra special.

IMG_0616

 

 

These are the centerpieces that I made for the tables along with the favors that we gave out.

IMG_0613

I loved these peaceful doves because I felt like they could actually be used again. I can’t wait to hang ours on our Christmas tree this year.

We were able to personalize the back also.  These can be purchased from Cookie Dough Creations on Etsy

We were able to personalize the back also. These can be purchased from Cookie Dough Creations on Etsy.

IMG_5794

The centerpieces were really easy to make. Everything minus the baby’s breath can be found at Michael’s. I found this charm in the jewelry aisle.

IMG_5795

These are so pretty that they don’t even need baby’s breath. My mind is already running wild thinking about how to change them for each holiday.

IMG_5796

Once I tied the charm to the cylinder using the ribbon I placed little pieces of baby’s breath along the wreath.

IMG_0705

I love the finished product! Each one probably took me about 10 minutes to make. I still have them placed throughout my house.