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.


Merry Christmas!!

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I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas filled with friends and family and laughter and joy!  I will be taking the next few days off to spend quality time with my family.  Every year I shop the day after Christmas for discounted Christmas decor and I will keep you posted on what bargains I snatch up!




Stylish Christmas Home Tour

Can you believe I am already thinking about decorating for Christmas next year?  I have a serious problem, I know!

As I am already looking around for inspiration, I thought I would share this beautiful and fun Christmas home tour with you.

Devon Deyer who runs the chic style blog Devon Rachel has decorated her home for Christmas with what she calls “Retro Glam” holiday decor! Check out her amazing style and untraditional take on Christmas decor.  Here are some of my favorites from her tour.

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I think my favorites are the flamingo and zebra ornaments.  So fun.  To check out the full tour, head on over to Devon Rachael.

Hope you are getting in the Christmas spirit.  The count down is on!!


Decorating With Pine Cones

On our last trip to Lake Tahoe, I lugged home two grocery bags full of pine cones.  (My husband wanted to kill me by the way!)  Big ones, little ones, narrow ones, wide ones.  It didn’t matter that I didn’t have anything to do with them.  I would find a way to use them.

I ended up painting some of them and putting them in a basket with some birch logs by the mantel.

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Here are some other ideas for decorating with this outdoor jewel.


So, next time you are up at the mountains bring some home!  The possibilities are endless for fall and Christmas decorating.  Perfect for kids crafts too!

Holiday Home Tour

I have shown you a glimpse at our mantel and tree and today I invite you in to see some additional festive touches sprinkled around our house. Enjoy!

This is the porch area where you enter the house.  Santa’s sleigh greets you and welcomes you in.

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This adorable velvet Santa is a family heirloom and I love him.  I though he would go well on the bar cart with his nice rosy cheeks.  Maybe he has had too much egg nog!

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What house is complete without the Elf on the Shelf?

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My little “Angels” play table was transformed into a snowy wonderland.

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Little girl dresses are plentiful in our house.  Charlotte can’t wait to wear her holiday dress this year!


Finally, some gifts I just finished wrapping.  I promised myself I would get an early start this year!

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Thanks for stopping by and letting me share our holiday home with you!  Now that the decorating is finally done, I can relax and enjoy the holidays and all the joy they bring with my family.


Christmas Tree Stand Alternatives

One memory I have growing up is of my parents arguing every year over the Christmas tree stand.  Getting the tree into the stand.  Getting the tree to sit straight.  One year, they had to use fishing wire to secure it to some windows!

My husband and I have eliminated this fight by buying our tree from the same lot every year  We bring the tree stand back each year and take one home with the stand on it.  Problem solved!

However, I have still been thinking about alternatives to using a traditional Christmas tree stand.  Here are some other options:

I adore the idea of using an urn to hold a Christmas tree.  If a real tree is used however, it must be lined with plastic to ensure it does not leak!

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A galvanized bucket was used by Country Living to display a tree.  I really love the way it looks.  Bonus: when you are done you can save it for a drink cooler for summer parties!

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Kate, over at Centsational Girl re-purposes a wine barrel as a tree stand.  Those of us in Northern California have those readily available!

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You could consider re-purposing a crate like the blogger over at Tater Tots and Jello did.  These are available at crafts stores such as Michael’s and can be painted and customized to your liking!

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 Finally, you could use a wicker basket as a container for your tree.

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Most of you probably have your trees up for this year, but consider one of these non-traditional choices for next year.  I think I may do a smaller tree in one of my girl’s rooms next year using a basket!

Have you ever mixed it up and used a tree-stand alternative in your home?  Do tell!!



Decorating With Vintage Ornaments

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Vintage ornaments are so beautiful and bright and I have long been wanting a collection of my own.  They look amazing on a tree, but make an even bigger impact arranged simply in a silver or ironstone bowl.

I inherited a few from my husband’s grandmother, but have seen them at the Sacramento Antique Faire on many occassions!

Done right, they could even work in a modern setting.  So, go ask your family and grandparents if they have any of these treasures in an attic or basement somewhere!

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  Do you have any in your Christmas collection?  If so, how do you use them?

DIY Faux Fur Tree Skirt

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As I was perusing holiday catalogs this season, I ran across this West Elm Faux Fur Tree Skirt and was in love with it.

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Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware have versions too.  I think the West Elm version costs about $80, but I was unable to verify because it is completely sold out online!

I thought about ordering some faux fur fabric online and making my own.  However, when I looked into it, the faux fur was about $20 a yard, so I wouldn’t be saving a ton of money making my own.

Then I ran into these faux fur blankets at Marshall’s and I knew I could use them to make a DIY version of this tree skirt.  They were only $12.00 each.



I took a major short cut and instead of sewing these from a pattern, I simply did a cut out down the middle so it would spread properly around the tree.  Here is what I did.

First, I made a small cut down the center of the throw.


Next, I continued cutting until I almost reached the center of the fabric.  I then cut a small diamond shape.


Then I pinned the fabric together all the way down the cut and around the diamond.


I then sewed it together so there would be no fraying.  I am by no means an expert in sewing, so if I can do this, anyone can! You really just need to be able to sew a straight line.

Here is the final result:

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One throw covered the front of my tree and it requires another to cover the back!

If you can’t sew, you could always just drape a throw around your tree.

I plan to show a holiday home tour of our home next week, including better pictures of our tree. So stay tuned!!

I am linking this project up to a Holiday Craft Link Party over at Hi Sugarplum and Michaela Noelle Designs.  You should definitely check it out for tons of DIY holiday inspiration!

If Money Were No Object . . . This Custom Gift Wrap Room Would Be Mine

Happy Friday!!  Christmas is only 18 days away.  Crazy!!  My holiday stress level is starting to climb.

I have forever longed to be organized when it comes to my Christmas gift wrapping.  Despite my best efforts, I am always found the night before Christmas, locked in my room, on the floor wrapping about 100 gifts.  Alas, this process does not result in the most beautiful end result.


I have improved my wrapping skills in recent years, but sometimes I just lack the time and patience required.  In fact, one year I was volunteering for some charity at the mall gift wrapping gifts at Macy’s, and was delicately told I sucked and told to just help cut the ribbons!

Maybe if I had a custom gift wrapping room like this one, I would feel less stress and have beautifully wrapped presents!


This lucky lady looks pretty happy and stress-free!  Maybe one day such an organized beautiful room will be mine.
Do you or does anyone you know have a room like this?  If so, pleaseshare in the comments.  I promise I won’t hate you!

Winter Wonderland Mantle

Today, I thought I would give you a preview of some of the Christmas decorating going on around our house!

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This year I decided to decorate with silver and white to create an ethereal winter wonderland effect.

My biggest challenge decorating our mantle is that it has a BIG, FAT, UGLY flat screen TV on it. This was a battle I lost with my husband. With only one mantle in the house and few locations for a TV, it was the only realistic place for it.

Please tell me I am not the only one who argues over these things! I suggested taking it down for my mantle photos (you can imagine how that went over)!  So, please don’t let the elephant in the room distract you!

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The outer stockings are from Pottery Barn and the soft faux fur ones in the middle are from Restoration Hardware.

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The ornament garland was purchased on clearance at Target last year after Christmas.  I love to shop after Christmas sales.  I think each one cost me about $5.  I could have done a DIY version, but it was going to be time-consuming and I would have to buy ornaments, so I opted for the simpler approach!

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The silver gazelle head is from Marshall’s and was only $25.  The mirrored obelisks are actually bookends that I found at Homegoods.

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The deer was bought at Michael’s decades ago and I spray painted it silver.  The votive holders are from Marshall’s.


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These faux magnolia flowers were actually a Dollar Store find.  The center stamen was actually gold glitter so I used to craft glue and silver glitter to make them match my decor.

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The silver magnolia wreath is actually the same wreath I posted about here, but I painted it silver and added a white peacock ornament for some interest.

What do you think?  I am pretty happy with it and am glad I used only things I had on hand. It is so easy to go overboard at the holidays and want to purchase all new things.

Our tree and other sections of the house have pops of jewel tones, which I will show you in a later post!  Stay tuned.

I am linking my mantle up to this link party over at Our Fifth House.  You should check it out for more mantle inspiration!!