Holiday 2017 Gift Guide For Her

The shopping is about to get real y’all!  I went to Trader Joes this morning when they opened to get something I needed for Thanksgiving.  The store had not even opened yet and there were people with carts lined up to get in.  The anxiety was palpable.  So, in an effort to ease your shopping woes, I have prepared serveral gift guides for the holiday season.  First up, is a gift guide for her.  I guarantee any woman on your list would be happy with one of these gifts wrapped up under the tree.

Velvet Jacket Throw / Sleep Gift Set / Clutch / Cuff / Flats

I am hoping to do some online shopping this weekend to hit some of the sales!  Have a very wonderful Thanksgiving and I will be back with more gift guides.


Our 2016 Holiday Home Tour

Hi everyone!!  I have teamed up once again with the fabulous Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and many other talented bloggers to show you our holiday homes decked out in holiday cheer.  There is so much talent and so many different design styles, these tours are chock full of inspiration.  A huge thank you to Marty for putting this all together.

If you are coming over from Pam at Simple Details– Welcome!  I just love Pam’s chic style and eye for detail, and man can that girl spy a Craigslist find!  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, without further ado, welcome to our home.  Get yourself a hot chocolate and come on in!

I thought it would be fitting to start with the entry to our home.  This is the only place where you will find traditional holiday green and red.  Here, Santa is in his sleigh full of gifts for good girls and boys! I embellished it by adding garland, a poinsettia and some birch accents.



As you walk into our home we have a small entry table and a long hallway.  This hallway was recently painted and declutterd and we added sconces.  The runners are from Home Decorator’s Collection and they look vintage and a great price.  I get compliments on them all the time.



Our tree is very similar to last year’s with a few additional ornaments.  I have collected jewel-toned ornaments forever, so while it is tempting to want to go with more traditional colors, it would be expensive to start over.  Maybe one of these years!



Our jewel-toned tree blends great with our new navy sofa and walls in the hallway.


I thought I would give our gold faux bamboo mirror its own bling with a magnolia leaf wreath with a few of the leaves painted gold.


I added some white bottle brush trees from Target to my obelisk collection and voila- instant Christmas decor.



One thing I did this year was to decorate my daughter’s rooms for the holidays.  I just did a few embellishments based on the colors already in their rooms.  This is my older daughter’s room and I added to already bright decor with pinks and greens.  The wreaths are Smith and Hawkin from Target.


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I used simple craft store tassels and faux gems to dress up the gift packages.

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My younger daughter’s room is much more neutral, so I went with winter white, grey and pink.  I found the fun “Let it Snow” banner on clearance at Homegoods last year after Christmas.




These are a few of the Eiffel Tower ornaments I have collected over the years.


This is the first year I have decorated our breakfast nook.  With the new wallpaper, I thought that blue nd white colors would be fitting and I threw in some very pale pink with ribbon and Amaryllis flowers.




I added tons of wreaths and even put garland on the Chinoiserie chandelier.  Some vintage white peacocks top it off. It makes it look like a birdcage to me!


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I am so glad you stopped by.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I love decorating for the holidays so much.  Now it is time to spend quality time with my family and enjoy the decor and the season.

Make sure to follow along with all the Christmas Tours- starting again tomorrow with Barbara at 21 Rosemary Lane. Her classic, cozy style will make you want to come on in and stay a while.  Here is the line up for the entire week:

Monday – Dec 5

Common Ground – Debra

Life on Virginia Street – Sarah

Decor To Adore – Laura

Haneens Haven – Haneen

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

Tuesday – Dec 6

Cuckoo4Design – Julia

It All Started With Paint -Linda

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Remodelando La Casa – Christina

Simple Details – Pam

Decorating Delirium – Jennifer

Wednesday – Dec 7

21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara

Lynzy & Co. – Lindsay

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

The Chronicles of Home – Jennifer

Simple Stylings – Summer

Design Post Interiors – Beth

Thursday – Dec 8

Thrifty and Chic – Alicia

Our Southern Home – Christy

Setting For Four – Heather

Life and Home @ 2102 – Vel

Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Fri – Dec 9

Making Home Base – Chelsea

Inspiration For Moms – Laura

Far Above Rubies – Anita

The House of Silver Lining – Shauna

Duke Manor Farms – Laura

Rain On A Tin Roof – Jenna




Merry Christmas 2015

I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of my readers!  I realize there are a million amazing blogs out there and I really appreciate that you take them time to see what inspiration is going on in my world.

This has been a great year for me and the blog.  I had some amazing partnerships with some great brands and we purchased our dream home.  Next year, I hope to show you the progress as we renovate the home and hope to post more frequently!

Anyway . . . I hope you have an amazing Holiday and thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading!



Gift Guide for the Gourmet and Design Lover

Hi friends!  I have a last-minute gift guide for the epicurean and decor lovers in your life (nothing like waiting to the 11th hour, right?)

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Mortar and Pestle / Utensil Crock / Trays / Copper Mules / Candle Holders / Pencil Holder

Have you finished your shopping???  Every time I think I am done, I realize I forgot to buy for someone, so I still have a few more to buy.

Despite the hustle and bustle, I hope you are taking time to enjoy the holiday season!



Our 2015 Holiday Card

Hi friends!  I recently had a friend ask on Facebook if we thought the internet had killed the Christmas card.  With all of the digital options these days, I could see how one could think that might be true.

However, one of the things I look forward to each holiday season, is getting the mail and seeing Christmas cards with our smiling friends and family on the cover.  Given our busy and hectic lives these days it is nice to connect with people we don’t see all the time.

I love doing a card each year.  Here is our 2015 Holiday Card.  I tend to prefer jewel tones for Christmas rather than traditional red and green.  Hence, our card is “Merry and Bright.”  It is from the Tiny Prints holiday card collection.

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In order to make sending the cards a breeze, I used these coordinating personalized address labels.  One less thing to do!

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As if sticking a sticker on is not easy enough, I also have this personalized address stamp I will use.  I have wanted one of these for years and now that we are finally in our “forever” home, I can justify it.

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What do you think?  Do you like to stray from red and green once in a while?  Do you think the internet killed the Christmas card?  Do send cards every year?



Gift Guide for Her

Hey hey hey!  Hope you all had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!  Since it is s officially December and I have been busy shopping for Christmas, I thought I would share some of my favorites.  Below see my favorite picks for her.


OB-Gift Guide for Her 2015 Necklace / Tote / Studs / Hat / Towel / Shirt

What are you asking for this year?  No worries about the others on your list, as I will also  have gift guides for kids and for the hostess/decor lover out stat!



Holiday Home Tour

Happy Monday friends!  I am so excited to welcome you into our home to see our holiday home this year.  It is a little pink, a little green and a little in between.  I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration!  Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions. The first thing you see when you enter is our tree.  I tried to minimize it in these pictures, but you will see it is leaning just a bit.  I think it gives our tree a little “character.”  I wrote about my leaning tree and other holiday calamaties here.

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I used some small strips of ribbon in different lengths and colors to add a punch of color to this simple boxwood wreath.  I just used ribbon I had on hand from gift wrapping, so it was super inexpensive.

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Here is a shot of our tree with the lights on and a blur effect.

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This year, I used gold polka dot gift wrap and faux bois gift wrap with tons of pink and green ribbon.  You can read about my faux bois obsession here.

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The dining room is a bit wild with a fun zebra theme.  I found the fun zebra wrapping paper at Paper Source.

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I opted for a more neutral color palette in the living room.  The Joy pillows are Threshold from Target and I adore them!

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My mantle has gold and silver mixed in with winter white.  I spray painted some bay leaves gold and added them to my simple greenery.

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I spray painted a dried magnolia leave wreath from last year gold to go with the mixed metallics mantle.

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My daughter’s room was no exception to the pink and green color scheme!

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I wrapped some gifts to make “candy presents.”  You can see the tutorial here.

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I found some mini candy ornaments at Target last year after Christmas that look great mixed in with my DIY version.

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I hope you enjoyed the tour!  For more inspiration you can see last year’s Holiday Home tour here.

Linking up at the 12 Days of Christmas, Tutorials and Tips and The Scoop.



I’m Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

One of the perks of having little girls is getting to decorate their rooms and wardrobes with all kinds of girly fun.  This year when I asked my 5-year old how she wanted to decorate her room for Christmas, her resounding answer was “Pink!!”  So, this year in honor of Pinkalicious, (those who have little girls will know exactly what I mean) we are Dreaming of a Pink Christmas.

This is how my daughter’s room turned out and I am “tickled pink” by the results.  I will share the rest of our holiday home tour soon.  It is also influenced by the pink theme going on in my daughter’s room.

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The block letters  and wreath are after Christmas clearance finds from Target last year.  I posted all about my steals and deals post-Christmas here.

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I found the fun pink and green wrapping paper at Homegoods off-season.  I like to use regular wrapping paper rather than Christmas themed wrapping paper for my gifts.  I found these fun tassels on clearance at Target and Hobby Lobby and thought they would be so fun to use instead of ribbon.

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I also used little faux gems I bought for my daughter ages ago at a craft store.  She used them to sort colors and shapes when she was younger and I am so glad they found a new home!

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The pink tree was an impulse buy.  After much nagging and begging my daughter won and it went home with us!

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For a tree topper, I made a DIY urchin.  You can see the tutorial I wrote for how to make them here. Could not be easier.

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The stockings are from Tiny Prints.  Did you know that they have a line of home decor and holiday decor?  The ombre pink stocking was perfect for my theme!

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The pink “candies” in the compote dish are DIY candy presents you can read about here.  More like eye candy!

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The vanity needed pops of pink as well, so I incorporated some pink roses in this fun Oh Joy for Target pitcher.

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As if we could not get any more pink, this is our holiday card this year.  It is from Tiny Prints and I adore it.

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Do you decorate with a specific theme or color for Christmas, or do you stick to the same scheme each year?  I usually work with what I have, but mix it up a bit by adding in a new color.

From my family to yours . . . Have a very Merry Pinkmas!




DIY Candy Presents

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This year I am “Dreaming of a Pink Christmas.”  My theme this year for Christmas decorating is pink and gold with a little bit of green throw into the mix.  Having two little girls definitely lets me play with my girly side and decorating their room for Christmas is no exception!  I saw something similar to these on Pinterest last year and I could not wait to recreate them.  Here is what you will need:

  • Florist crepe paper.  I found mine at World Market, but you can also find it online here.
  • Glitter ribbon.  I found mine here.
  • Ball shaped object of choice.  I used ornaments, but you could also wrap up oranges or anything that is circular.

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I simply wrapped the ornaments up, tied the sides up with ribbon and then clipped the ends.  It could not have been simpler. They are going to be part of the decorations this year in my daughter’s room.  More to come soon, so stay tuned!

DIY Candy Present Pink Christmas Wrapping

DIY Candy Present Pink Christmas Wrapping

My grandmother recently gave me this beautiful antique compote dish that looks like the perfect candy dish.  So, I made some smaller candy presents to look like they are candy filing the dish.

DIY Candy Present Pink Christmas Wrapping

DIY Candy Present Pink Christmas Wrapping

I think this is such a fun and different way to wrap gifts!  What do you think?  What color are you dreaming of Christmas in this year?  Are you a classic red and green lover, or do you like less traditional decor?

Linking up at Made by You Monday.



Target Loot

Yesterday, I popped into Target to do my annual post holiday Christmas decor shopping.  I posted tips here for finding decor steals at Target.

At my Target store most things were marked at 50% off, although I am sure some will be marked to 70% eventually.  I found a few things, but I actually think things were more picked over than in years past.  Maybe I should have gone the day after Christmas.  I just didn’t have it in me.

Here is what I did find:



I found this white wreath for 70% off and it was $7.50.  Seriously, at that price, it was coming home with me.

I also found these adorable blocks for 50% off.  They were only $10.  I think they will be so cute to use in my girls’ rooms next year, or even to pose with for Christmas card pictures.



The Dollar Spot was also on clearance.  I found these burlap pillows for only .90.  I think I will use them in my girls’ rooms next year.




Finally, while not Christmas decor, I found these Nate Berkus candle stick holders for 50% off.  Only $10.



I swear I should never buy anything at regular price at my beloved Target!  They also have an after Christmas toy sale that is excellent for stocking up.

So, if you are thinking about stopping by Target for post-Christmas shopping, I would do it sooner rather than later.

Have you found any steals at Target post holiday at your local store?  If so, please do tell in the comments.