Gift Guide For Him

Hi everyone!  How is the holiday prep and gift giving going?  I have a manageable amount of shopping left to do, but I am not stressing.  Up today, is a gift guide for him with my picks for the men in you life.

Speaker / Bag / Scarf / Harry’s Gift Set / Multi-Tool / Sneakers

Happy shopping!  Hoping to get out a gift guide for kids soon.  Stay tuned!

xo,

Our 2017 Holiday Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done it again and has a team of 30 bloggers ready to show you their homes decked out for the holidays. If you are heading over from Southern Hospitality – Welcome! Don’t you just love Rhoda’s down to earth style and her holiday home tour is no exception.

If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

So let’s start the tour.  Grab some hot coco and come on in.  On our porch you will find a welcoming scene.  The santa and sleigh were my husband’s grandmothers and we love that it reminds us of her.   This year, I added these holiday pillows made by a local maker called Allie Studio.  We live in an area of our city called East Sacramento and she makes the most amazing holiday pillows.  She does them for all of our city’s neighborhoods and has expanded to cities all over California and beyond.  They could cutomize one for your city!

No tour would be complete without a photo bomb.  I always have my little helpers around when I take photos.

As you enter our home, I added wreaths to our long, narrow hallway and it makes a nice impact.  This year, I opted for red and white on the ribbons.  As you will see, I tried to incorporate a bunch of different themes in my tour.  Classic red, jewel tones and even winter white.

Our tree is mostly jewel tones, and since I am not in the market for all new ornaments, it will probably remain that theme for a few years!

Here are some of my favorite ornaments.  We recently traveled to Bodega Bay and we bought these fun mermaid ornaments for our girls.

This ornament is sentimental as I picked it out right before our first baby was born.

In the dining room I tried to go with a silver and white theme.  My girls loved the fun white snowflakes.

I rarely show our kitchen on the blog as it is need of a major renovation, but we recently redid our hardwood floors in a fun herringbone pattern and got a new runner from Caitlin Wilson Designs that I love, so I thought it was worth a few pics.

 

My daughter’s room is much softer in calm pastels.

I rarely decorate our bedroom, but opted to this year.  Garland seems like a good idea on the bed until it starts to drop needles!

Well that is it.  I hope you enjoyed the tour and that you got some inspiration for your holiay home.  Up next is Doreen with Hymns and Verses.  Her style is so curated and cozy.  You simply must head over and see what she has in store this yer

Here is the the entire week’s lineup.

Monday – Dec 4th

A Stroll Thru Life

Life On Virginia Street

Clean & Scentsible

Nesting With Grace

Cuckoo4Design

Pink Peppermint Design

Tuesday – Dec 5th

ZDesign At Home

Life Love Larson

Dimples & Tangles

Remodelando La Casa

Seeking Lavender Lane

Inspiration for Moms

Wednesday – Dec 6th

The Chronicles of Home

Our Southern Home

Decor to Adore

11 Magnolia Lane

Our Fifth House

Rain On A Tin Roof

Thursday – Dec 7th

Setting For Four

Life & Home @ 2102

Southern Hospitality

Decorating Delirium

Hymns & Verses

Simple Stylings

Friday – Dec 8th

Thrifty & Chic

Tidbits & Twine

Far Above Rubies

House By Hoff

Duke Manor Farm

Common Ground

Until next time . . .

Going Digital with Holiday Cards

Hi everyone!  I’m thinking of taking a different approach for my holiday cards this year.  Does this scenario sound familiar?  Spend way to much money on a photographer to take your family photos.  Wait to the last minute to order the perfect holiday card that seemed reasonably priced until there were ridiculous charges for special card shapes, unique envelope liners and shimmer paper.  The cards arrive and you procrastinate addressing them.  Some never make it to their recipients by December 25th?

Despite my promises every year to, “Be more organized this year,” the same thing happens to me every year.  This year, I have decided to save myself the headache, save some trees, and go digital with a holiday card from Paperless Post.

The process could not be easier.  You simply upload your photo (if you want to use one), customize the card, enter in your recipient email addresses and hit send.  Then if you are type A like me, you add it to your to-do list and then very proudly cross holiday cards off you list.

Here is the card I opted for this year.  I love its simplicity and pop of red.  It is like a present you can’t wait to open.

 

Here are a few other options from Paperless Post I really love.

You likely know of my Greek Key obsession!

This one brings me back to the sleepless nights of having newborns that I thought would never end!

What about you?  Have you ordered your holiday cards this year?  Save yourself the headache and some trees and go digital!

**This post was publish in partnership with Paperless Post.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

xo

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to pop in to say Happy Thanksgiving.  I am grateful for many things in my life, and I am definitely very thankful for all of you who stop by to read the blog.  The fact that you take time from your busy lives to read and encourage the blog is such a blessing.

I am signing off to enjoy the day with my family.  I will be back in full Christmas decorating mode after Thanksgiving.

xo,

Hearth and Hand at Target

Hi everyone!  Have you seen the new exclusive collection at Target called Hearth and Hand by Chip and Joanna Gaines?  If not, you might be living under a rock.  It definitely has that modern farmhouse vibe that they are famous for.  They even have some holiday exclusive.  Here are my favorite picks.

PlacematMirrorCandle HolderDoor Mat / Wood Bowl / Napkins

Do you have a favorite in the collection?  If so, do tell in the comments.  I would love to know.

xo.

It’s All In The Details: Pleated Lampshades

Hi everyone!  I have been in the market for a new lampshade for a lamp in my daughter’s room. While on my search, I was inspired by lamp shades with pleates and patterns.  Done right, I think they add such a chic element to a room.  If done poorly, they look boring and dated.  I think they key is picking a fun pattern with lots of color.

This Ikat pattern in blue and green foots the bill!

This one in white works because of the blue and white pattern on the bedding and walls.  It makes this lamp stand out like a bride in this photo.

How dainty is this red shade on the swing arm sconce?

The pleates on this red shade give an element of texture to this vignette.

This pleated shade has a metallic sheen that I am loving!

I could curl up in bed and read all day with this beauty by my side.

I love these shades in particular on sconces.  It adds such an element of whimsy.

This one had me at hello.  Many of you know my love of navy and blush!

And for the grand finale.  This entire kitchen is swoon-worthy, but the simple pleated black shade combined with brass add such simple touch to this Parisian-inspired kitchen.

What do you think?  Gorgeous or granny?

I hope everyone is doing well.  I am already starting to gear up for the holidays here in blogland. Everything happends a little earlier around here.

Until next time  . . .

Designer Spotlight: Lindsey Coral Harper

Hi friends!  I was looking through an article of House Beautiful the other day and was so impressed by the portfolio of designer Lindsey Coral Harper.  Her bold use of color and traditional with a twist style had me wanting to see more. See some of her inspiring work below.

The very traditional dining room is offset by a modern and whimsical chandelier.

I love the color combination of blue and coral.  Such a lovely paring.  I also love the extended use of the pattern on the drapes and bed skirt.

Wow purple is a bold color choice, but it certainly works here.  Since everything is the same hue it appears so saturated.

A traditional sitting room with a modern and glamorous mirror.

Oh la la lacquer.  I love the floor to ceiling shine that envelopes this hallway. The moulding isn’t bad either!

I could sit an read all day in this jewel-toned library.

Images via Francesco Lagnese

If you like to stick to neutrals, Lindsey Coral Harper sure shows you what you are missing!

Until next time.

Fall Favorites From Target’s New Home Line

Hi friends!  I received a cataloge from Target a few weeks ago and it appears they have launched a few new brands, include a home line called Project 62.  Here are a few of my favorites.  Apparently, blush tones are very in which is good for me because I have a lot of them in my home.

Planter / Abstract Art / Pillow / Vase / Wreath / Mirror

The abstract art print is a steal at only $70 dollars given its scale.  Apparently, designer Emily Henderson has the same print in her home.  I am really tempted to get it for my bedroom.

Have you added any fall details to your home?  I seriously need to restrain myself.  I have been buying way too much home stuff lately.  Darn you Target!!

Until next time.

Zebra Cowhide Rugs- Yes, you can incorporate one into your home!

Hi friends!  I know, I know, the words zebra cowhide might not be something you are racing to decorate with.  But, I promise you they are so versatile and can work in any type of interior from modern to traditional and in any room.  Don’t believe me?  Just look at the photos below.

A traditional mantel with a zebra cowhide for a pop of the unexpected.

Chinoserie Chic

Here the black and white rug adds to the modern glamour of this space.

Foter

They work in the entry way too!

House and Home

They even work in the dining room.  Although, I have one in my breakfast nook and I do not recommend it under a table where there are toddlers in the house!

House Beautiful

The Curious Bumblebee

This next photo is also an amaing example of fireplace styling.  Simple, yet perfectly balanced. Two shorter objects on the right with a taller, larger one on the left.  Modern sconces with an ornate traditional mirror.  It all just works!  Many people are often at a loss for how to style a mantel, but this demontrates it to perfection.

Decorpad

They work in the bedroom too.  Especially when layered with other textured rugs.  So cozy!

Angies Tea Room

Source

The rug in the space adds the the black and white done right look.

Every office needs a rug.  I love the black an white paired with the bold blue walls.

6th Street Design School

So there you have it.  I told you they somehow just “work.”  There are many high-end ones out there, but many affordable ones as well.  I have this one from Rugs USA in my home and we love it. Go ahead and try it.  Take a walk on the wild side.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

Until next time . . .

2017 Fall Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done it again and has a team of 30 bloggers ready to show you their homes decked out for fall. If you are joining me from Deb at Seeking Lavender Lane- Welcome!  Wasn’t Deb’s tour amazing? She pulls off elegant farmhouse style perfectly!

If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

Full disclosure here. It is still in the mid-90’s where I live and there is not a pumpkin or gourd in site.  So, the fall touches you see will be more of an end-of- summer/ start-of-fall tour.  In addition, right before this tour went up, we had our hardwood floors re-surfaced (you can read about it here), so much of my home was under construction or at least under a layer of dust.  So, the spaces you see here are the salvageable ones.

So, let’s get started with the tour.  As you walk in our home we have a very small entry table that I decided to adorn with this rustic vase I found at an antique fair.  It is brown and wavy.  It is kind of like a tree trunk.  The inside is painted the most beautiful aged gold.  It is a very unique piece and adds the rustic touch I wanted for fall.

The entry leads into our living and dining rooms.  In our dining room, I swapped out some pastel pillows for an animal print bolster.  Reds, oranges, and browns don’t really go with my decor, but I will take an animal print any day!

In our dining room I have touches of fall on a bold tablescape.  The hammered gold vases are from Target and I love them.  They can stand alone on their own or make a lovely vessel for flowers any time of the year.

I opted for simple eucalyptus branches to tone down all the gold.  I used pears in a variety of colors as the centerpiece (no pumpkins remember!!)

I used my favorite fall napkin rings with a gold leaf on them. I purchased them at World Market years ago.

Moving into the breakfast nook, I have a simple flower arrangement next to the soup tureen that has been in our family for years.  Once fall finally arrives in my neck of the woods, homemade soup is definitely on the menu.

No home tour would be complete without a photo of our vintage zebra.  Here I have some velvet pumpkins in jewel tones adorning his feet.  Who needs real pumpkins when you have velvet ones, right?  I have wanted some for years, so I finally but the bullet this year!

I hope you have enjoyed the tour and found some inspiration for your home.

Up next on the tour is Christy from Our Southern Home.  You have to check out her vintage French Country style!

Here is the entire weeks’ line up.  You have to check out each tour.  There is so much inspiration to be found:

Monday

A Stroll Thru Life | Inspiration for Moms | Cuckoo4Design | Clean & Scentsible | Life On Virginia Street | Decor To Adore

Tuesday

Life Love Larson | Remodelando La Casa | Thrifty and Chic | Seeking Lavender Lane | Decorating Delirium | Our Southern Home

Wednesday

The Chronicles of Home | Erin Spain | Nesting With Grace | 21 Rosemary Lane | Our Fifth House

Thursday

Z Design At Home | Simple Stylings | Life & Home @ 2102 | 11 Magnolia Lane | Rain On A Tin Roof | Hymns & Verses

Friday

Far Above Rubies | Haneen’s Haven | Tidbits & Twine | House By Hoff | Common Ground | Refresh Restyle | Duke Manor Farm

Until next time . . .