Good Friday morning friends, we’ve finally made it!! I don’t know about y’all but this week felt like it was never going to end…is it because of the time change? I’m not sure but I do know I’m so thankful the weekend is finally here! Today I wanted to hop on the blog and share what I’ve been up to this week! (via Instagram) I’m hoping to make this a weekly drop in so that I can share our week and also dig into it a bit more by sharing sources for items and allowing y’all to ask any questions you may have! This week was the week for decking the halls my friends. Yes I put a tree up last week but this week it all came out and I’m really loving it so far.
This year for our Christmas décor I had a direction I thought I wanted to go, ‘Cozy Country Christmas’ I thought…once I started to put the pieces in place with this theme in mind I just couldn’t figure it out. NOTHING was going together like I wanted. This had me stumped for almost a week and then one morning it finally hit me! I had put myself in a decorating box, given it a label. I wrote more about this on my Instagram in a post (@misdiy) but I decided to get out of the box, get rid of the theme and things finally started to come together. I created a Christmas ‘feel’ in our home that I love. Not a style, I didn’t name it or go with the trend. I simply used items I love to decorate our home for the holiday. If you’re in a decorating box GET OUT NOW!
You guys know I love incorporating the old with the new and the hand-made, that’s just a mix I love. For our center piece I used a vintage cabinet door that I painted and distressed, some vintage metal containers that I place a candle in, stuffed a plastic grocery sack around the candle in the bottom to fill up the space and covered with this beautiful moss I found at Target. The tiny little white wooden stars were found in the Target dollar spot!
In our dining room we also have this sweet little peg rail that is one of my most favorite recent DIY’s (I will get a tutorial together soon). It was super easy and I absolutely love decorating it! Again I kept this clean and simple, I added a pop of red with these adorable $.79 tea towels from Ikea, yes you read that right, and this gorgeous little custom banner Arami at Madre Handmade (here) made for me!
Metals, linens, vintage rolling pins and stars…you just can’t go wrong! This metal basket was a vintage find, an old freezer basket I believe. I added our table linens and tea towels that I randomly use, a couple scrub brushes I found at Tjmaxx and this vintage rolling-pin. I love all the texture and goodness here, plus those sweet little stars I made with our girls last year! We will be making more of them this year because I just cant get enough of them, I’ll be sure to share all about them here on the blog!!
Our piano couldn’t go without some holiday cheer as well. I love this piece and it’s another fun piece to style! Over the summer I dried a lot of eucalyptus to use around our home and this large glass jar is one bunch of what I had. To give it more of a Christmas feel I simply added some red berry stems I had picked up at Hobby Lobby. The wool blanket was a thrift store find and the Christmas Tree Farm sign was a DIY last year!
Our Christmas tree… I shared a night shot of it this week, I just love the reflection of the lights in the windows. There’s something so magical about the glow of Christmas lights. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about where the tree is from, it’s from a company called King of Christmas (here). They have the most beautiful artificial trees I think I’ve ever seen. As you can see I have not decorated it yet, I really love it in all of its natural nakedness but next week I am planning to get the decorations on.
I also shared this SUPER simple and inexpensive tree skirt! I’ve never really been able to find a tree skirt that I love. Last year we built a wooden box to go around the base of our tree but this year, with our new tree it just didn’t fit. So I had to go shopping for a tree skirt once again, and again I had no luck! Then the idea to use a drop cloth finally came to me. I see these used for so many things, slip covers, curtains, shower curtains…the list of creativity goes on but I hadn’t seen a tree skirt done. (I am finding now that I’m not the first one to have this idea. lol!!) I simply draped the 6’x9′ drop cloth around the base of the tree, folded the edges under and fluffed it until I was happy. Seriously so easy and I love it!
Our master bedroom couldn’t be left out. Although it’s not finished, I still have a tree to put up and stockings to hang, its pretty close. Again simple pieces were brought into the room to create this look and feel. I added a throw I found last year at Tjmaxx on clearance, some Target trees to our rast dressers, a pillow cover, and some vase filler and a candle to place on our bed tray.
The pillow cover is from Linen and Ivory (here) and the vase filler is from Hobby Lobby.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed this weeks round up via Instagram. If you’d like to follow along on IG you can find me a misDIY. As always please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below or you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I’ll leave you with a sneak peek at one of the photos I’ll be sharing today on Instagram!
‘Simple touches in each space create a feel of Christmas’
~Happy Reading Friends