HOLIDAY DECOR HOME TOUR

I can not believe Christmas is just a week away! Well, Christmas Eve is a week away but Christmas Eve is essentially the same as Christmas to children of divorce like myself. Can you ever have too much Christmas, though? Don’t answer that.

ANYWAYS, being the fairly new homeowners that we are, Christmas time is one of the only times our house feels really “homey” and decorated so I thought it would be as good a time as any to show you parts of our home! My friend Megan put it best when she stopped by last week, “It looks like Christmas exploded in here!” I took it as a compliment.

Before you ask me where anything specific is from, just know that whatever it is there is, a 95% chance that it came from either Target or TJ Maxx – and probably not this year. The only exceptions I can think of are that the buffalo check throw pillows are from Nordstrom and our stockings are from Pottery Barn (and are on major sale!) Praying those stockings don’t sell out before the 23rd so I can buy another one for whomever is in my belly! Oh, and if it’s furniture, it’s probably Ikea and if not, Target :)

Disclaimer: Our house is no where near where I want it to be decor-wise. Instead of putting a ton of pressure on myself about it like I have for last year, I’m starting to embrace the fact that it is a much slower process than I anticipated and that’s ok.

Christmas Decor 4I love our entry, it’s one of the only spots in our house I really feel is complete! I love the paper stars we add during Christmas. They were from Target last year but I love this year’s gold and red versions, too.

Christmas Decor 3

Christmas Decor 6This console table under our TV is the only thing left in our living room that makes me cringe, it’s got to go ASAP. However, it is much prettier this time of year all styled up for Christmas! I frame our Christmas cards every year to use as extra holiday decor.

Christmas Decor 5Deer pillows were from JoAnn’s this year, buffalo check pillows are from Nordstrom here.

Christmas Decor 8

Christmas Decor 9

Christmas Decor 10The Merry Christmas banner in the second picture is a free printable from Just Destiny that I found here then had printed at Walgreens. We hung it above the back door last year but I love where it is in our kitchen even more!

Christmas Decor 2

Christmas Decor Collage 1Our guest bathroom is the last place that gets some major Christmas loving! Adding Christmas frames and printables in cheap frames is such a fun way to switch up your decor! I know you are all dying to know where “Ho Ho Ho” canvas is from and let me just say, I take orders 😉 (That is 100% a joke, by the way.)

Hope you enjoyed this little peek inside our home!!

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Linking up with Annie, Natalie, Joey and Amanda.

OFFICE DESIGN PLAN

Now that I’ve reclaimed the office from the junk room it was being used as for the past year, I’m ready to start working on sprucing it up! (You can see a picture of what it looks like currently in this post). I’m excited to have a space for limited distraction blogging and when we have kids I will likely work from home a bit more than I do now – so this space is needed!

I’m also ready to have a space in our house that I can make ever-so-slightly girly. Nathan (like most men, surely) has an aversion to over-girly things. I know, how can someone not like the color pink or say no to flamingo print sheets? Mind blowing. Anyways, since this space will mostly be used by your’s truly, I’m going to add a few girly touches. Sorry hubs.

We (Nathan) have already begun the process of painting this room Snowbird White by Sherwin Williams (buh-bye ugly dark beige) but here are my other plans for the decor in this room:

Office collage

faux peony | desk | light fixturerug | ghost chair | bird print
gold metal wall art | spotty chair | pineapple pillow | bookcase

What do you guys think? This is pretty much my “too buy” list so if you know of any better pricing on similar items (or something better in general) send your ideas my way!

Linking up with Iulia, Leanne, Cathy and Shanna.

March House Goals & February Update

I love sharing my “house goals” with you all. It keeps me accountable in what we do around here and also in posting more photos of our home.

MARCH HOUSE

Before I get into March here’s how we did in February (read the full February post here):

1. Statement chairs for the ends of our kitchen table Fail. But I’m not stressing about this any more. If I find some I love I’ll grab them, but I’m not going to settle on some just to cross it off the list.
2. Repaint the laundry/mudroom
We didn’t. We looked at colors a few times but I’m too traumatized from the last color debacle in the laundry room to trust myself. Neutrals for life! 
3. Organize the office It’s not totally done but I’m counting it.
4. Find curtains for our bedroom I love these curtains from The Bluebird Shop on Etsy. If you are looking for curtains I would definitely recommend them! The owner makes (the curtains at least) to order so keep that in mind when you are ordering. It took three and a half weeks after ordering for the to be delivered. 
window

5. Paint the interior of our front door Frankly I think this is my favorite design decision we have made yet. It needs one more sanding and coat of paint to be totally finished but I am obsessed. The color we went with is Dark Ash by Behr.
front door

March Goals
1. Paint the laundry room
Adding this one back to the list. We need to suck it up and just do it.

2. Buy a couch
Ok, so we already did this but we technically did it in March so I’m adding it to the list just so I can cross it off. Hopefully, it will BE here in March – with all this snow every where I’m worried.

3. Finish bedroom side table project
Perhaps start and finish would be a better way to say this. I bought these dressers the last time I was at Ikea with the intention to create a look like this. I’m sooo tired of looking at our mismatched (but functional) bedside tables.

4. Purchase and hang some sort of artwork and hang it some where. 
That photo gallery wall in the door picture? Those are literally the only things hanging on a wall in our house. It drives my husband nuts – he wants more (and by more I mean something). It just feels like a huge commitment to me for some reason.

Wish us luck!

Linking up with Natalie, Amanda, and Joey

Small Bathroom Redo Inspiration – Obsessed With Pedestal Sinks

In my head, our house is divided in to two sections. The living room, kitchen, and master bed/bath to the right, and the “other” side to the left with three more bedrooms, a second full bathroom and mud/laundry room. We haven’t done much to the other side of our house yet besides unload extra furniture. Nathan uses one room as a man cave and I have my joke of an office but we do use the second bathroom often.

I love the fact that we have a second full bathroom, but it is pretty small. One of my main goals in this house is to make this bathroom seem larger because frankly, when I sit on the toilet I get claustrophobic. This is what it currently looks like…

small bathroom edited 1

See what I’m saying? Hello sink DIRECTLY to my right and hello shower DIRECTLY to my left. I get claustrophobic just looking at it in this picture!

Side note: We also haven’t painted or bought any decor for this bathroom yet. We bought the striped curtain when we moved in and then I found various beachy nick-nacks we already had, threw them in there and called it a day. Also, the off-white toilet…yuck. The whole thing is just bad.

small bathroom edited 2

I’m not willing to give up the shower/tub combo in this bathroom, so we can’t change that. The only other obvious options is to switch out the vanity to something smaller.

After looking at every picture in the “small bathrooms” section on Pinterest, Houzz, HGTV.com I’m starting to think a pedestal sink is the way to go. Here’s my inspiration:

small bathroom collage 1 Image Links: Photo One // Photo Two // Photo Three
small bathroom collage 2
Image Links: Photo Four // Photo Five // Photo Six

What do you guys think? Is a pedestal sink the way to go? Do you have other ideas of ways to make this bathroom feel bigger?

Linking up with Ashley, Meg, Elizabeth, Gina, Carylee and Molly

Friday Five 2.6.15 // February House Goals

Hiya, Friday you sneaky little thing.

Yesterday the lovely (and fellow new homeowner) Katie Elizabeth wrote a post about her February house goals and I thought…YES. Lists and goals and blog post accountability, that is exactly what our house needs! Some things on my list are big projects, some are small but either way these five things willwillWILL get done this month.

FEB GOALS

1. Statement chairs for the ends of our kitchen table.
In case you forgot from reading about my most recent Ikea Trip we bought the Ingatorp table below. We love it! We purchased four matching chairs and I have been scouring the internet for months trying to find two pretty, patterned, statement chairs for the ends with no luck! My go-to places have been letting me down or maybe I’m just waiting for the perfect thing to come along. Either way I am so ready to get this off my list! Fingers crossed.
ingatorp-ingolf-table-and-chairs

2. Repaint the laundry/mudroom.
After going neutral in our bedroom, kitchen, and living room Nathan wanted to “add a little color” to the laundry room. I thought a VERY PALE tealish-blue color would be ok so we went to the hardware store and debated and finally compromised on a color that turned out to be straight BABY BLUE once it was up on the walls. This was well before Christmas and it still makes me cringe every time I walk in the door. It’s got to go this month. It should be an easy one day project once we settle on a new color. (Thanks hubs!)

3. Organize the office.
The shamefulness that is my “office” (junk room) is serious. Believe me, this is a much more time consuming task than it sounds. I’ve been sloooowly working on cleaning it up over the past few weeks but I need to lock myself in there for the weekend and just get her done. It needs to be painted and beutified at some point too but for this month I will be thankful if I can see the floor…at all. Yes it’s really that bad.

4. Find curtains for our bedroom.
I had these gorgeous grey, ombre curtains on our wedding registry that we never received and then were gone by the time wedding stuff was over. Major sad face. We have really nice blinds in our room but I don’t feel 100% confident you can’t see in through them as I undress. NEED!

5. Paint the interior of our front door.
I’ve already talked about my love for this look once this week but I’m putting it on the list so I don’t chicken out.

Have a great weekend!

Linking up with Coffee with Caitlin, September Farm, Meet @ the Barre, The Grits Blog, Carolina Charm, We Took The Road Less Traveled, xoxo Rebecca, The Diary of a Real Housewife, The Slaughters