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Simple Christmas Mantle

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Big news folks!  I just found out last night that I passed the PE Exam!  Oh man am I relieved that I won’t have to start all over with studying!  To celebrate, let’s talk about my Christmas mantle.  This year and last, I have been liking the idea of more simple and neutral decorations.  A little bit of greenery here and there with a good dose of candles and/or Christmas lights.  I didn’t go all out with the mantle like I thought I would, mostly because every time I started to add items, I liked it less.  Sometimes simpler is better.  See the sources below.





Garland – I grouped two garlands on top of each other to make it seem more lush.

Stockings – Our first year of grown up monogrammed stockings!  West elm doesn’t them anymore but these are similar.

Picture frame – One of my favorite simple black frames with one of my favorite wedding photos.  I topped the frame with a quick DIY wreath I made out of left over greenery from our Christmas tree like so.

Mirror – I bought this from Wisteria and obviously it is gone.  But it is a beauty.

Cloche – It is amazing how many different ways you can style this thing.  If you don’t have one, buy it here.

Twinkle Lights – I’m almost positive I got the twinkle lights under the cloche from Restoration Hardware last year.  But it is also possible they came from Anthro.  Either would work.

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Free Botanical Prints

Monday, November 17, 2014

Oh Monday.  You are back again.  All I really want to do is stay home and begin Christmas decorating whilst making hot chocolate from one of the 50 hot chocolate packages that we picked up this weekend (along with eggnog).  My holiday beverage situation is in check.  However, I am holding off on decorating until Thanksgiving week so Corey doesn’t give me the side eye.  I did finally get sick of our lack of art in the kitchen so I added some in the form of these FREE botanical prints from Vintage Printable and hung them up with some $7 ikea frames.  I just printed out the images on regular old computer paper on a regular old printer.  Not too bad for $14 am I right?



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Black or Gray Accent Door

Thursday, November 6, 2014

So I don’t know if you guys remember this, but we got a kitten last winter.  He is now becoming more cat and less kitten and although we love him dearly, he is a bit of a menace.  Seventy five percent of the time (or thereabouts) he is sweet and adorable, cuddling on the edge of the sofa while we are watching Psych.  But anytime there is anything edible in the vicinity, he becomes a merciless thug – stealing and constantly attacking our food.  He has taken to breaking into the pantry, eating bags of hamburger buns and knocking down any candy in his path.  He’s quite lucky that he’s so cute.  To protect our pantry, we have had to start wedging one of the chairs up against the folding doors which has resulted in lots of chipped paint and somehow he has still managed to break through the defenses.  So I have to decided to improve our strategy by attaching a latch to the doors so the little jerk can’t get in.  And also paint the doors to fix all the chips and messed up paint.  Instead of trying to match the existing white paint, I’m thinking of going with an accent color.  The options are super dramatic black or simple gray.  Right now the kitchen is white and kind of blah (I need to add some personality in a big way), so the black might provide a nice punch.  But then the gray would keep things lighter and a little more consistent with the rest of the room where the black might feel a little bit like it was coming out of nowhere.  I keep going back and forth.  Thoughts?


Gray Door  /  Black Door

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