DIY Easy Christmas Card Display

I always love receiving Christmas cards from friends and family this time of year. However, I never felt like I had a good, large enough spot on our walls to display them. I started thinking about how I often see them nicely clipped onto twine horizontally which I don’t have room for so I though why not just hang it vertically?

All you need is a long piece of twine, a tack/nail, and some mini clothes pins that you can find at any craft store (I got mine at Michaels).

First, I tied a loop at one end and hung it on the tack that I put into the wall. Then, hung the cards with the clothes pins. Finally, you can add anything to the top to jazz it up. I added a boxwood stem with a red bow.

diy christmas card display, target plaid merona scarf, boxwood

There you have it. One of the fastest and easiest ways to display all those Christmas cards. 🙂

diy christmas card display, target plaid merona scarf, boxwood, vintage window, hobby lobby champagne pencil tree, wood crate

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Christmas Home Tour Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my Christmas home tour! If you missed part 1, you can check it out here. For this half of the tour, I will be showing you our second floor living space including our kitchen and dining area. I kept everything a little more neutral here using a lot of champagne accents with just a few touches of red.

As you walk up the stairs, I added garland with lights, ribbon and champagne poinsettias to the banisters.

banister, garland, poinsettias, lights

On the back of our front door (which is at the landing area since our house is a split), I have a simple pinecone wreath that I picked up from Homegoods last year. I like how it matches so nicely with the poinsettias.

pinecone champagne wreath

Enter into our dining area and I added a couple of trees.

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christmas decorations, blogger home tour, kitchen

This is our German twig tree that I got as a Christmas gift when we first were married. I wrapped it in pip berry garland and burlap. Then, added champagne poinsettias from Michaels and champagne ornaments from Dollar Tree.

german twig christmas tree, champagne ornaments and poinsettias, burlap ribbon, pip berry garland

To the right of the tree, we have our vintage wood chest and our leaning bookcase from Crate & Barrel that was a wedding gift from my sister. I kept the color scheme to silver and white with some pops of red and a few greens.

crate & barrel leaning bookcase, white milk glass, wood crate, antique silver, vintage chest trunk, wire crate, sugar pinecones

Our vintage chest you may have seen before for my fall home tour. I kept it simple and added some greens to the wire crate.

vintage chest trunk, wire crate, sugar pinecones

Next, we have our butcher block table with our champagne pencil tree from Hobby Lobby.
hobby lobby champagne christmas tree, target mercury glass mason jar, vintage silver tray with crate & barrel beaded pinecone ornaments, old diy vintage window, hunter boots

I placed boxwood clippings in a vase with champagne ornaments from Dollar Tree. The small silver tray is actually an antique butter dish that I placed a few beaded pinecone ornaments from Crate & Barrel on. The mercury glass vase which is from Target has a sprig of berries in it for a touch of red.

hobby lobby champagne christmas tree, target mercury glass mason jar, and vintage silver tray with crate & barrel beaded pinecone ornaments

Over on a side table, I matched up this chalkboard sign with a vintage-looking seltzer bottle (I say vintage-looking because it’s from Homegoods 🙂 ).

vintage seltzer bottle, christmas decor and chalkboard sign

On our kitchen table, I played with a few different arrangements. First, I had this vintage looking seltzer bottle . I placed it on an antique silver tray with mercury glass ornaments and a sparkly stem from Michaels.

vintage seltzer bottle, christmas tree, mercury glass, antique silver tray

But then, I decided to just keep it simple with this red bowl of mercury glass ornaments I’ve collected over the years from Homegoods, Pottery Barn and an adorable local shop called The Vintage Retriever.

crate & barrel red marin bowl with mercury glass ornaments

In our kitchen, I kept it simple with some greenery on top of the cabinets and a few touches of red.
espresso kitchen cabinets with stainless steel appliances

Hope you enjoyed part 2 of my Christmas home tour!

Liebster Award

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I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award by a fellow blogger and Home by Grace reader, Marja from thisismarja. Thanks so much Marja! 🙂 I had never heard of this award before, but I learned it’s given to newbie bloggers (like me) to help promote them and meet other new bloggers. Seems like a great way for connecting to other bloggers!

The rules go like this. I need to answer 11 questions and write 11 random facts about myself and pass along 11 new questions to 5 new bloggers.

Here are my answers to Marja’s 11 questions:

1. What’s your favorite time of the year and why? My favorite time of year would have to be Summer time. Here in New England, we have a lot of beautiful beaches and I love them!

2. What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt so far in life? You can never have enough chocolate! Hehe

3. How do you see your life five years from now? It’s possible that I will have a second child, juggling a toddler and infant at the same time. Yikes! I’m still only getting the hang of just one.

4. If you have to choose one big reason for having a blog, what is it? It allows me to share my creativity and connect with other talented bloggers.

5. What’s your greatest accomplishment within the last year? I gave birth to my first child which was such a special time.

6. Where are you planning / dreaming to travel next? We will be going on our annual trip to Ogunquit, Maine. I guess that doesn’t seem like much of a dream trip but I absolutely love it there. I have so many fond memories there from when I was a kid. It’s my second home 🙂

7. What’s one of your happiest moments so far? Seeing my son smile and laugh with (or at) my husband and I.

8. If you had to describe your personality with three words, what would they be? Creative, fun loving and honest.

9. What’s your ultimate dream job? Owning my own ice cream shop! Well, maybe not but that’s what first came to mind. I may have to go get a few scoops now…or just the whole carton.

10. What’s your resolution for 2015? This may seem a bit clichĂ© but I usually like to start eating healthier again this time of year because this way I don’t have to hold back on all the delicious holiday food between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

11. What characteristics you admire in other people? Outgoing, talkative, funny. I can sometimes come off as a quiet person when you first meet me so I sometimes wish I was a little more outgoing.

 Here are 11 random facts about me:

1. I’m a professional graphic and web designer and I love it but I also love interior design/decorating.

2. I have a beagle named Cooper that I treat like my fur baby.

3. I married my high school sweet heart/best friend.

4. I love sparkly things.

5. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

6. Elf is my favorite Christmas movie with Home Alone 1 & 2, A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol all being tied for second.

7. I’m a very visual person.

8. Shipyard Pumpkinhead is my favorite beer. I stock up so that I can savor it throughout the year since it only comes out in the Fall.

9. Ice cream is my favorite dessert.

10. I played a lot of sports growing up including soccer, basketball, track, field hockey and softball. All of which I loved except softball because I’m impatient and am convinced it was too slow for me.

11. I also did Irish Step Dancing. You know, Riverdance? Yup, loved that too!

 

I nominate:

Martinis & Mason Jars

 Creature Comforts Creative

RedAgape

Mrs Fox’s Finery and Fancies

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Here are my 11 Questions For You!

1.  What’s your favorite movie/tv show and why?
2.  What are your favorite blogs?
3.  If you could go back to any decade in terms of fashion which would you choose?
4.  How do you balance blogging, work and family?
5.  What is your favorite brand of coffee/tea?
6.  If you were a color, what would it be?
7.  What one song did you dread hearing at a high school dance?
8.  What is your favorite place to vacation?
9.  Tell about one personal belonging that has sentimental value.
10.  What’s your favorite animal and why?
11.  What do you consider your biggest strength or talent?

 

Your job is to answer these questions in a blog post and spread the Liebe!

Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.

5. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).

Kate Spade Inspired Gold Wreath

I don’t know about you but I’ve been loving this black & white stripes trend. I’ve seen them a lot lately in fashion, office supplies, Christmas cards, etc. My inspiration for this project was this Kate Spade planner which has the stripes and gold accent text.

I found this wreath at a local thrift store and it was already gold but I thought you could easily get the same look by picking up one of those little twig wreaths from Michaels or another craft store and spray painting it gold.

gold twig stick wreath

Then, all you need is black and white striped ribbon (I found mine at Michaels) and a pair of sharp scissors.

gold twig wreath, black and white stripe ribbon, gold nate berkus scissors from target

Tie a bow around the wreath…

gold twig wreath, black and white stripe ribbon, gold nate berkus scissors from target, bow

hang it and you’re done! Easy peasy right? 🙂

gold twig wreath, black and white stripe ribbon, bow

Christmas Home Tour Part 1

‘Tis the season for sparkling lights, the smell of fresh balsam (or fraser fir depending on your tree), fuzzy blankets and a cup of hot cocoa cuddled up on the couch by the fire, watching Christmas movies. It’s Christmas! That means lots of decorating has been happening in my house! This is my favorite time of year for decorating. It means I can have a whole lot of glitter and sparkling lights and what girl doesn’t love sparkly? 🙂

When I was a kid, I used to take all the Christmas decorations that my mom didn’t use anymore and decorate my entire room with it along with the hallway and staircase leading to it. You see, my bedroom was on the 3rd floor along with my sister’s so when she was away at college, I had free reign to do what I want with it for decor. I remember I had these M&M colored christmas lights from 1993. Ha! They were quite tacky but I loved them. If you do a quick google search for them then you’ll know what I mean.

I’d like to think my Christmas decorating has matured a bit since then so please join me in my home tour! (For Part 1 of the tour, I’m only going to cover our first floor living room space.)

christmas tree, decorations, home, living room

christmas tree, decorations, home, living room

On top of our piano, I placed ornaments and greens into a silver bowl I found at an antique store recently. The vintage white ornaments are from the gift shop at the Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, RI which if you’ve never been to is especially beautiful this time of year decorated for Christmas. They even have carolers!

christmas ornaments, silver, decorations, home decor

I enjoy mixing old with new and real with fake in my decor like I did here with this sparkly champagne tree I got from Target a few years ago.

vintage scale, ladder, christmas tree, pinecones

christmas tree, decorations, home, living room

I recently created a wooden box that I’ve been wanting to make for a few years now. I’ll talk about that in a separate post. I’m going to have so much fun filling it for each season! 🙂

wood box, coffee table, plaid table runner

old window, wreath, christmas decorations, home, living room

I used large bulb lights that I picked up from Lowe’s to wrap around the window. They remind me of when I was a kid. Then, I hung this silver basil wreath on the window and placed greenery and ornaments around it.

old window, wreath, christmas decorations, home, living room

One of the things that is very unique about our house is that it has a lot of shelving because the previous owners had built-in cabinets. We took out the cabinets and opened everything up. It’s great for adding little touches of decor here and there.

For this window shelf, I used a berry branch I bought at Homegoods and mixed in boxwood stems that I bought when we picked out our tree. — Did I mention I love boxwood? We have two of our own bushes out front but they’re not mature enough to be trimmed. — Then, I added these red mercury glass ornaments from Pottery Barn. Best time to get these by the way is after Christmas when they’re on sale!

window shelf, lantern, christmas decorations, home, living room

lantern, pinecones, christmas

I added a few sugar pinecones from Crate & Barrel that I purchased last year (saw them at Michaels this year) and green stems to our catalog/magazine tray.

sugar pinecones, pottery barn magazine

And last but not least (for Part 1 of the tour), I’ll leave you with our Charlie Brown Christmas tree – a must in our household! 🙂

charlie brown christmas tree

DIY Window Wall Hook

In a previous post, I told you about a window that I purchased from a local antique store. It was the perfect size for a specific area on our wall. Well, I finally finished it and have it hung.

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Here’s how I made it:

First, I removed the old hardware and cleaned it up.

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Then, I touched it up with white paint. I used Benjamin Moore’s White Heron because that’s what I had on hand and it actually matched well so I was happy. I though about distressing it but the wood underneath is too new looking so I didn’t think it would look right. I can always add an antiquing glaze later if I change my mind to get the same look.

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Next, I got the hubby to help me put the hooks on the back for hanging. We used a D-ring hanger that we picked up from Home Depot.

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Then, he help me measure the hooks in order to place them evenly apart and drilled them into the window. I bought these hooks from Target in oil rubbed bronze.

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And then it was hung!
I went back and forth on whether I should make it into a chalkboard too but I wimped out.

Next, I got the hubs to help me measure the hooks in order to place them evenly apart and drilled them into the window.