Decorating with Birch Logs

Hi Friends!  This time of year, I am all about creating a simple, cozy home.  It must be the weather, but I can’t wait to get home at night and cozy up by the fire.

While they have been popular for a while, I just love the way natural birch logs look in a fireplace or used as part of holiday decor.  They are classic, neutral and pair well with any style.

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I love they way they bring brightness to a dark space, like a fireplace.

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They are an excellent choice when creating holiday vignettes.

 

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I have been known to scavenge my neighborhood for birch branches after a storm.  So obviously, I was so pleased when HedgeScapes sent me some perfectly cut birch logs to review.

I used them on my holiday porch here.  I have a special place in my heart for my “scavenged” birch branches, but the logs from HedgeScapes were perfectly cut and the exact same size.  The made for a much more polished display.

Hedgescapes has a variety of faux hedges and plants, including my favorite snake plants and fiddle leaf figs.

What do you think?  Have you ever used birch logs in your decor or brought a piece of nature inside to enjoy.

Until next time. . .
 

*This is not a sponsored post.  HedgeScapes did provide a product for my review, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

Our Holiday Home with Personal Creations

Hi friends!!  I have one more sneak peek of our holiday home.  We added some personal touches with some photo gifts.  I love the modern look of lucite, so these acrylic photo blocks were the perfect choice to display the holiday photos we had taken of our family.  Having two young girls, giving photo gifts at Christmas are all the rage. Personal Creations has an amazing selection of unique photo gifts.  It is amazing to me what you can put a photo image on these days!

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I love the way it is so simple, chic and modern.  It blends into our holiday decor seamlessly.

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You can see our entire Holiday Home Tour here.

Hope you are getting all that last minute Christmas stuff done!

xoxo,

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Hi everyone!!  I hope you are all doing well.  I have been in major shopping mode this weekend. Getting down to the wire, right?  As the mother of two girls, I have definitely been doing a ton of kid shopping.  Here are some of my favorites for those little boys and girls in your life.   ob-kids-gift-guide-2017

USA Blocks / Cape / Play Food / Book / Sleeping Bag / Doll / Magic Kit / Pop Artsy Beads

Are you done with your shopping?  Please say “No.”  It will make me feel much better.

Also, if  you haven’t had a chance to check out our 2016 Holiday Home Tour, you can check it out here.  You are sure to find something to inspire your holiday decor.

xoxo,

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Our 2016 Holiday Card with Tiny Prints

Hi friends!!  I am so excited to have received our 2016 holiday cards from Tiny Prints.  I am in LOVE with them.

I bit the bullet this year and got professional photographs taken.  I haven’t done that since my girls were 3 and 1. Let me tell you, it was a challenging photo shoot when they were that young, and we truly only got one good shot of all of us.  Shall I say I was a bit too confident this year.  I thought to myself, “This is going to be a breeze now that they are 7 and 5.”  “Wrong,” I say now back to my smug self!

About 5 minutes into the shoot, my girls were lovingly hugging for one of the photos.  Then the photographer says, “Now make a funny face.”  My 5-year old Audrey proceeds to jump up, hitting my 7-year old Charlotte in the jaw, causing her to bust open her lip.  This is blood gushing all over the outfits I painstakingly planned to match but not be to “matchy-matchy”(everyone is as neurotic as me and does this, right?)  Then, to make matters worse, while my husband and I are taking solo shots (to let the bleeding stop, of course), Audrey proceeds to get into my purse and “apply” my lipstick all over her face.  I don’t think I will take professional photos for another two years!

That being said, our photos and our cards still turned out lovely.

This year, I went with a very simple card that speaks for itself.  I really wanted the photo to shine. We went with a personalized gold foil option and it is so chic.  Tiny Prints has an amazing selection of holiday cards, especially unique ones such as personalized foil, glitter and laser cut that are hard to find anywhere else.

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It’s not too late to order cards or personalized gifts from Tiny Prints!.  You can see their entire selection here in their digital catalog.  Now I just need to get to addressing all of mine!

I hope that you and yours are truly enjoying your holiday season so far.

Until next time . . .

xo,

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Uncommon Goods: A Source for Unique Gifts and Home Decor

Happy almost Friday everyone!  I am so looking forward to a long 3-day weekend.  I have about a dozen DIY projects I am hoping to tackle.  I may need to reset my expectations!!  But today I wanted to share with you an amazing source for unique gifts and home decor.

I am always on the look out for unique gift ideas.  I, like many of you, have people on my list who are very difficult to buy for.  I am sure you can relate.  That is why I am so excited about the selections from Uncommon Goods.  They offer unique gifts for men, women, children and the home.  If you have never heard of them, Uncommon Goods was founded in 1999 and features items, many of which are hand-made from artists and designers.  You can even read details about the artist behind each gift!  Most of their products are created right here in the USA and about 1/3 of their collection incorporates recycled or upcycled materials.  How cool is that?

Here are a few of my picks from the Uncommon Goods website for gifts and home decor:

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The Lidded Hamper Basket is so cheery and bold that I truly think I wouldn’t mind doing laundry if I used this.   Well, at least it would make it more fun.  This eclectic basket is hand-woven out of cattails!

You might be noticing a trend with my choices!  I love geodes and natural stones, such as agate. This has been  a trend for a while now, and these Agate Coasters are feeding my obsession. Check out all the home and decor items here.

This bold black and white pillow actually contains Hindi Script, hence the name of the pillow.  Black and white is such a classic combination that allows you to layer colors and textures and this pillow is no exception.

This Rose Quartz Platter almost takes my breath away.  The natural beauty of the rose quartz with the luxe glimmer of the glittering silver makes quite a combo.  You will have a conversation-starter no matter what you serve at your next fete!  My birthday is coming up and this is definitely on my wish list.  Since my husband reads the blog, he sometimes takes a hint!  See more gift ideas for women here to help make the woman in your life feel truly special!

Decanters!  When I got married I got a few of these and they still adorn our bar.  This personalized “Yours, Mine, and Ours” Decanter Set melts my heart.  It would make such a lovely, custom wedding gift that a couple would use for a lifetime.  It would also make a very special anniversary gift.  See more gifts here to help make your anniversary extra special!

Finally, this Amethyst Serving Platter just oozes modern sophistication.  I am such a fan of the purple and lavender hues.  I have a few small pieces of it in my home and it definitely adds a hint of glamour to my space.  Sure to be a showpiece at your next social gathering.

And those are just the home decor items!!  If you are looking for something whimsical for the kids (or the child in you), they also had these fun treat pillows.

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I also love this “keeping up with the Joneses” door mat.  Pretty on point, right?  Their selection of fun and whimsical gifts is unending.

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I hope you have enjoyed my favorites from Uncommon Goods.  I am really loving this company and their products. They range from unique and eclectic to traditional and elegant.  The best part is that they are a socially responsible company who does business responsibility to impact the world in a positive way.  It is a dream for designer and consumers alike!  If you have a difficult person to buy for on your list, head on over to Uncommon Goods to see their totally unique home decor offerings.

This is a sponsored post written by me for Uncommon Goods.  I truly love each product and these opinions are 100% my own.

Have a wonderful 3-day weekend everyone!

xoxo,

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Favorites from Ikea’s 2017 Catalog

Hi all!  The  new Ikea catalog hit my front step a few weeks ago and there are a few new noteworthy items.  You can definitely find design gems at Ikea, you just have to know what to look for.  My mother is the type who goes in to a place like Ikea and gets so overwhelmed she wanders aimlessly and then leaves. I get it!  Let me be your guide.  Here are my top 8 affordable picks!

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What do you think?  Are you a fan of the Swedish retailer?  A ton of their stuff is too modern for my taste, but every once in a while they surprise me!

I have been busy with back to school shenanigans, sick kids, and decorating for my fall home tour, which will be on the blog soon.  Stay tuned!

xoxo,

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Home Decor from Minted

Hi friends!  I have long been a fan of the online retailer Minted for their paper products, invitations and art work.  I recently discovered that they are now selling one-of-a-kind home decor items, such as pillows, curtains and lampshades.  The designs are created by independent artists so you are sure to find something you won’t find anything else.  The other nice feature is that each design comes in each type of decor so you can match your curtains to your pillows if you want no fail decorating or want to be super matchy-matchy.  On top of it all, the pieces are affordable!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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I love the idea of creating a custom look!  Kind of like finding a prom dress that not everyone else will have, right?

Later in the week, I hope to show you a fun paint project I did on some thrifted mirrors.  The best news is I hired a handyman to hang them, so they did not sit propped up against the wall like so many mirrors before them 🙂

Hope you are having a great week.

xoxo,

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Lutyens Love

Hi friends!!  Over the weekend I made a fun purchase and it is a knockoff of the bench in the image below.  This style of bench is called a Lutyens bench in honor of Sir Edwin Lutyens.  He was a famous British architect who created the style of the bench.  My best friend growing up had them at her home, and I have loved them ever since.  They just scream elegant English garden, right?

They can be very pricey from places like Restoration Hardware, but as you will see below, I found a smaller version for a very reasonable price.  The lines are so beautiful, it looks great in black, white, or even natural teak.  It is so pretty you could even use it indoors.

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If you need one more reason to love the Lutyens bench, I think I found one!  This must be from a Polo ad, right?  I will take it!

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I purchased this one from Hayneedle and it was on sale for only $250!  Such a great price.  I heard about it from my blogging friend Pam over at Simple Details (that girl knows how to find a deal!)  It is the perfect size for this small covered spot I have on my porch.

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This beauty is from Walmart and it is only $129.  Talk about getting the look for less.

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What do you think?  Timeless or too traditional?  As soon as mine arrives, I will snap some shots to share with you.

Stay tuned because later in the week, I have an awesome giveaway for you.  You won’t want to miss it.

xo,

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The Story of a Woman Cave

Hi friends!  Yes, I know these days it is all about the man cave, but us women deserve a space all our own too.  When I was approached by Chairish, the online sale site for used and vintage furniture and decor to design my own “woman cave” out of some of their products, I jumped at the chance.

Sites like Chairish help you to achieve a collected and layered look to your home.  I know it is tempting sometimes to go out and buy and entire room from a catalog, but I wouldn’t have the same personal feel if you collected beautiful things you love over time.  I have shopped with Chairish several times and been so pleased.  You can search by area, so that makes it even easier.  For my Sacramento readers, there is a section for Sacramento sales.  It is like Craigslist for the design lover!

Now onto my design.  I had several barstool options to use as my starting point for the design. When I found a set of silver faux bamboo stools, they had me at “hello.”  If you have been reading the blog for a while, you know I have a special place in my heart for Chinoiserie.  So, without further ado, here is my design for my ideal woman cave.

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Barstools / Bar Cart / Paintings / Rug / Ice Bucket / Highball Glasses

What woman cave would be complete without a bar cart?  And with all the traditional Chinoserie, the modern abstract art is a refreshing juxtaposition.  Add some vintage barware into the mix and I am good to go!

Now this is a space where I could sit back and relax and have a glass of wine or a martini!  If you could dream up your ideal “woman cave” what would it look like?  Would a bar be your spot, or a cozy bedroom with all the luxuries?

Until next time.

xo,

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Kate Spade Home

Hi lovelies!  Happy Monday.  I was browsing through an issue of House Beautiful over the weekend (I am woefully behind on my leisure reading 🙂  and I came across a few glossy pages for Kate Spade’s new home line.  She has always carried a few home decor items, such as vases, frames and pillows.  However, now she has a complete line featuring furniture, rugs and lighting.

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Let me just say that the new line is quintessentially Kate Spade.  It is the perfect blend of modern and vintage, chic and cheery.  But, man the pieces are pricey.  They are a perfect candidate to use for inspiration to find the look for less.  Here are a few of my favorites!

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The chair below literally has me green with envy.  I adore the sophisticated lines.

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How amazing would this chandelier be in a walk in dressing room??

If you are looking for some items that are the classic Kate Spade cheery with polka dots, etc. I have put a line-up together.

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No fear, you don’t need to break the bank to get the Kate Spade look.  Bed Bath and Beyond carries her expanded lineof home decor at affordable prices.  Here are some of my faves.

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What do you think?  Are you a fan of the classic Kate Spade Style?  I think her new line is a perfect offset of her accessory and clothing line.

Until next time!

xo

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