Part 1 of 3: Introduction

Good Monday morning friends! Today I’m excited to kick off the first blog post of three that will link together as a series or collection of blog posts. Today I will be sharing in the ‘introduction’ what I hope for 2017 and some goals I’ve set for myself. The second part of this grouping I’ll be sharing what I do to try to stay organized, keep our home clean and keep things running smoothly. The last post will be about how I refreshed our home spending very little to no money. I hope that you all enjoy this week here on the blog and I hope that in some way you find it helpful! ❤

As we were approaching 2017 I knew there were changes I wanted to make for this brand new year. As I’ve said before, I am not a ‘New Years Resolution’ making kind of girl. I do like to reflect on the past year and think about how I can make the new year better, how I can make myself better in the new year and how I can get the most joy out of life. This year I chose one word to focus on throughout the year: TIME. If you missed why I chose this word you can read about it here.  I want to focus on how I’m spending my time, where I’m spending my time and I want to ENJOY my time!! Time management was high on my list of ‘time’ things and tomorrow I’ll be sharing how I better organize the way I spend my time to get the most out of each day.IMG_4057.JPG

A few other things besides time that I wanted to focus on this year are:

  1. Spending more time working on my relationship with God
  2. Being healthier ( Isn’t this on everyone’s list?)
  3. Being more gentle to the earth. I want to start using more all natural things. There are ways we already work to lessen the affects of our footprint but I know we can do better!

IMG_4056.JPG4. Listen to music more often. I have always LOVED listening to music. I remember as a child I would fall asleep and wake up with my radio on. I honestly don’t know that I ever turned it off. Music got me through a lot of things when I was younger and I realized at the beginning of the year that music hasn’t been such a big part of my life like it once was. Sure we still listen to music, a lot. From Disney Cd’s in the car to the girls singing their favorite songs around the house. But I’ve stopped letting music be what it once was for me. Not only am I a woman with wacky hormones but I also deal with some seasonal depression, winter blues some would say. Music has always been able to help with my mood and let me tell you, there’s nothing I love more than putting a record on and watching our girls dance around the house. They love music as much as I always have and it warms my heart!!

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5. Read more books. I. Love. Reading. It wasn’t always this way, I actually hated reading in school. I NEVER wanted to read a book that was assigned to me, I hated the assigned book before I even read the title. Maybe it was knowing I HAD to read the book instead of being able to choose to read the book. Whatever it was, I’m so glad it was only a phase. 🙂 As an adult I’ve found authors I love, like Robyn Carr, Nicholas Sparks and John Greene, and I enjoy having quite time to get lost in a book!! I’ve set a goal for this year to read at least 2 books per month and I will be mixing it up with fictional/’pure indulgence’ books to self-help/educational books. I want to enjoy the reading and also learn a few things while turning the pages!

Lastly, 6. Work on making my blog better. I cant tell you all how much I appreciate each one of you following along and reading my blog posts. If you would have told me a year ago that I would still be blogging and people would actually read my blog…I honestly don’t know that I would have believed you! I truly enjoy coming here to the blog to share and connect with my followers. Its a creative outlet that I am so very thankful for, and its possible because y’all read it!!! ❤ This year I hope to learn more about blogging so that I can continue to make this blog better for all of my readers!

Thank you all so much for joining me today. I hope you’ll join in again Wednesday when I share how I organize my time at home and again Friday when I share the refresh I did around the house!! If you aren’t already following along with the blog, click the FOLLOW button on the right side of the screen, you’ll receive an email notification every time I post a new blog post! Also, look for me on Instagram and Pinterest @misdiy!

~Happy Reading Friends

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Family Room Winter Decor

Good Friday morning friends! Today as promised I am sharing our family room decorated for winter!! As mentioned before this space was an easy transition from Christmas to winter and I thought I would share a little bit about how I made the transition and some of the sources for items I used this year!

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For our family room it’s all about function and comfort. This room is where we spend the majority of our time. The kiddos play here, we have game night, carpet picnics, take naps and dance around the room. Its the room that sees almost every part of our day so it has to be a space we enjoy being in. To change this room from Christmas to winter I followed the same ‘rules’ that I used for the rest of our home. 1. Remove all the red and replace with light colors/neutrals. More whites, grays and yes even some black. 2. Pack away all things Christmas specific and 3. De-clutter.

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Once I had removed the Christmas specific items I left all of the white and neutral décor up. The star garlands we made, you can read about them here, the snowy church painting from my sweet friend Aracely here, all of our little flocked trees and the little white houses from the Target dollar spot. By leaving these pieces out it helped add the winter feel I was going for, and it was great because I didn’t need to go buy all new pieces to make this work. By simply removing a few things and switching around the décor I had the winter look I was hoping to achieve. Again more neutral pillow covers and blankets were also added to the space to make it feel more cozy. When I think of winter I think fresh, crisp and cozy. Bringing the crisp and cozy together can sometimes be a challenge but I found that simply decluttering and simplifying things can helped achieve the crisp fresh look and by adding neutral pillows and blankets the space instantly feels more cozy.

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed this little tour of our family room and I hope that it has possibly inspired you to try decorating your home for winter. If this is your first year doing so, like it was mine, don’t let it overwhelm you! Start small by adding a neutral throw or a sweater pillow to your space, sit some white candles around the home in glass jars or an iron stone bowl. I have an iron stone platter full of white pillar candles and I’m obsessed with it. Add little touches here and there and before you know it your home will feel like a winter wonderland! This thing of decorating our homes, it doesn’t have to be a chore, or an overwhelming thing but it does need to be fun! Enjoy moving things around, try a new DIY and most importantly create spaces in your home that you love!!!! I hope you all join me next week when I’ll be getting a little more detailed about how I’ve created spaces we love and how I keep up with things. If you missed our master bedroom winter tour yesterday you can find it here. I also talked a little more about what you can expect next week! I’m excited to dig in and share a little bit more with y’all about how my days look around here and answer some questions y’all have been asking! To make sure you don’t miss it, click the follow button on the right hand side of the screen, each blog post will be sent directly to your inbox!!

~Happy Reading Friends

 

 

 

Farmhouse Winter Bedroom decor

Good Thursday morning friends!! Today and tomorrow I will be sharing our master bedroom and family room with you, the way it looked decorated for winter. This last week I did a major purge/refresh and I’ll be sharing all about it next week including some answers to questions I get asked often, something like a 3 part series! But for today its all about the master bedroom!!

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For our bedroom I chose to keep the white bedding I used for Christmas on our bed. To me it had winter written all over it! I love how fresh the white bedding makes the room feel. Like a blanket of snow 😉 I also switched out our pillow covers with a more light and neutral color. The gray striped covers and the Hardware Supply cover were all purchased here. I bought them about a year ago but H&M always has super cute pillow covers on their website!!! Our bed is from Target and I did a little review on it here if you’d like to read more about it. We’ve owned almost 6 months now and the review is still the same! As you can see, I also left our flocked trees up. I felt like they were the perfect touch to make our home feel like winter!!

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Another way I focused on bringing the winter feel to our décor was by adding more blankets throughout. I chose again to use light and neutral pieces. Again this keeps the space feeling light and fresh. Our flocked trees this year are from Walmart and Target. The little ones were purchased in the dollar spot and I flocked them myself, using a can of ‘snow spray’ I picked up at Hobby Lobby. The large 6ft tree in our master was purchased at Walmart for $30. Its a pre-flocked non-lit tree. We just added a couple strands of white wire lights which you can see in the photo. This year is the first year I have ever used flocked trees, had a tree in our bedroom or even decorated our bedroom for a holiday. I have to say it was a lot of fun and I plan to continue doing it each year.

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The mantel didn’t get much of a change. I simply removed the red banner and reindeer sign adding this little snowflake sign from my friend Laney. You can find all of her work here. I left the mistletoe sign up because to be honest, I didn’t have another large sign that felt like winter…next year! The tree here is from Hobby Lobby and again I added my own flock using the spray!! If you missed it from an early post, the white houses were found in the target dollar spot and the pre-flocked garland was found at Walmart.

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Transitioning our home from Christmas to Winter was fairly easy due to the fact that most of our Christmas décor was neutral. I didn’t go buy new pieces to make this transition, I simply used the décor from Christmas that wasn’t red and didn’t say Christmas or anything related to Santa on it. It also made it easy adding in pieces we already had in our home. Using the neutral pieces like throws and pillow covers really helped achieve the final look of a cozy winter in our space. Candles are another great item to use for this look, I’ve added lots of white candles to our décor!! Also just clearing out some of the ‘stuff’ that piles up around the house, on counters, end tables and such, helps to freshen up the space.

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed seeing our master bedroom decorated for winter. I hope you’ll join me back here tomorrow when I share our family room! Also, please feel free to leave any questions for me that you may want me to answer next week in the ‘Re-fresh/Q & A’ series I’ll be doing, in the comments below or feel free to email them to me!! I will try to get them all answered. My idea for this series next week is to talk to y’all about how I stay organized and keep our home the way I do. I’ll also be sharing how I freshen up our home after the holidays. Note, I am NOT a pro at anything in life! I fail miserably EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! But I have found a few things that work for me and maybe they’ll work for you too!! I look forward to reading your questions and trying to get them all answered in the 3 posts next week!! 🙂

~Happy Reading Friends

Winter Home Tour

Good Monday morning friends! Today I’m excited once again to join in with some amazing bloggers to share a Winter Home tour with you all. (If you missed the Christmas tour loop you can find it here.) First let me say, if you are joining me from Allison at A House and a Dog here, HELLO!! And thank you so much for stopping by!! This year is the very first year I’ve ever decorated our home for Winter and I have to say, I love it. Its a great way to slowly transition from Christmas. Every year I’m ready for the chaos of Christmas to be packed away as soon as the gifts are unwrapped. I love everything about Christmas, the true meaning, the family gatherings, the music, décor, I do love it all but by the time the room is full of ripped wrapping paper I’m ready for all of the décor and things to be packed away.  This year was different, I couldn’t bring myself to put it ‘all’ away…img_3500

One of the biggest reason would be the flocked Christmas trees we bought this year from Walmart, I just wasn’t ready to pack them away! I left the two flocked trees ‘naked’ because I wanted to have a clean simple look to the trees. Doing this for Christmas made it easy to transition them for our winter décor. I also removed all of the red from this space adding neutral pillow covers to keep it light and fresh. You can read about a few of the things I did to achieve this look here.

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Another area of our home that received a few winter touches is our dining and sitting room. Again this was a simple transition with the neutral pieces I had already added. When I think of winter I think clean, fresh and cozy. So I added more whites including dishes, candles and textiles. This helped keep the space feeling cozy and gave it the perfect touch of fresh winter.

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Another thing I’ve started to do is purge. Isn’t it funny how with the new year we always want to organize and simplify the things in our life? I always start out strong, lose sight, gain sight again and go on a mad purge, lose sight again and then its a new year again. That’s another blog post for another day but I know I cant be alone here, it happens too easily. So by beginning to clear some spaces and keep things simple, its helping me to achieve the refreshed look. As we get closer to spring I will be focusing more on simplifying our home.

img_3742img_3746img_3747Just on the off chance y’all didn’t know…I LOVE the black and white combo. There’s just something so good about it. Our family room is all ready for winter with lots of cozy seating. This is our hangout, we nap here, play games here, have carpet picnics, watch movies with popcorn…this room is our little haven. Fun fact, it’s soon to get a major refresh but I’m loving it all done up for the winter months!!

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed this little winter tour of our home. Please be sure to take some time to visit the other beautiful homes in this loop of tours. There are so many amazing women to follow along with. here, and be sure to check out the other lovely ladies on the list!!

~Happy Reading Friends

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Design, Dining and Diapers

Hamby Home Decor

PMQ For Two

A House and A Dog

Mis DIY

The Posh Home

Christina’s Adventures

Fox Hollow Cottage

Zevy Joy

Tale of an Ugly House

1111 Light Lane

Life of Alley

Lauren McBride

Farmhouse Style Christmas Bedroom

Happy Monday friends!! I’m a little later on getting my post up for the day but with homeschool and house work my morning was filled. I have to say, I do love blogging at nap time though. Its almost like a refresh for me!! I get to do something I love in peace and quite. Then when the girls wake up I’m recharged and ready to go!! Today I wanted to share a closer look at our master bedroom decorated for Christmas! I know y’all saw some of it during ‘Our Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour’ I did here, but I thought it would be fun to give you a closer look at our bedroom and share where we found some of our décor!!

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This was the first year I’ve EVER decorated our master bedroom for the holidays…*gasp* I know!! I had so much fun decorating our room this year and really it was simple and very affordable!! I chose to keep our décor in this space simple and neutral (surprise) with pops of red. I’m slightly obsessed with the way it turned out!

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When it comes to decorating a room I always love to add lots of textiles! Blankets and pillows add so much texture and comfort to any space!! This year I decided to change our bedding to all white and add some fun Christmas pillows! The bedding is from Ikea, white sheets, white duvet cover and white bed skirt were all purchased there. The red and white striped pillows are from H&M home, the red plaid throw is from Tj-maxx, the Merry Christmas magnolia wreath pillow and the Merry and Bright pillow are both from Kendra at So Vintage Chic.

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I added lots of greenery as well and even a 6ft flocked tree that we purchased from Walmart for $30!!! The small trees are all from Target dollar spot, I did use a can of flock spray to flock them myself. The medium size tree is from Hobby Lobby and at 50% off it was only $6!! I also took our favorite Christmas story, ‘The Night Before Christmas’, and copied 2 of the pages to use on our night stands in place of our wedding photos.

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I love these two Christmas signs in our room from my friend Laney at Backroad Sign Company. They were the perfect neutral touch for this space!!

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I also added a few DIY pieces to our room like the sign above the mantel and the little star garland. Our stockings were purchased at Target last year and I found the gorgeous gold bells at Hobby Lobby!

I really love how this whole space came together this year for Christmas and I have to admit I’m truly going to miss all of this holiday cheer when it comes time to pack things away!! I never knew decorating a bedroom could be so much fun!!

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I hope you all enjoyed this little tour of our master bedroom decorated for Christmas!! If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below! If you don’t follow the blog already, please do so by clicking the follow button on the right hand side of the screen and entering your email address! Each new blog post will be sent directly to your inbox!!Also, I hope you join me over on Instagram where you’ll get more behind the scene looks, photos and video!!

~Happy Reading Friends

Favorite Things Gift Guide

Good Tuesday morning friends. I hope y’all had a great weekend, I’m still over here trying to figure out where it went!! Today on the blog I wanted to share some of my favorite products that are perfect for gift giving this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer, a personalized gift for a loved one, something for the teen in your life or a hostess gift, I think I have you covered!

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The first super cute gift I want to share with y’all is this adorable mug made by Kelly at Kelly Castle Creations. You can find all of her available items here and also follow along on Instagram here.

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Kelly has so many super cute mugs available and she also takes custom orders. Which is how this mug was born! Kelly is a super sweet gal and one of her cute mugs would be the perfect gift for anyone on your Christmas list! Add a bag of coffee for the coffee lover on your list and maybe a Starbucks gift card, or if its tea they love simply add a cute tin full of their favorite teas and maybe a tea-pot. The possibilities are endless with this piece and at $16 a mug its perfect for the budget!!!

The second item on my list is a gorgeous personalized cutting board made by Our Board Boutique. You can find all of their beautiful pieces here and also follow along on Instagram here. img_2711img_2397

I absolutely love our personalized cutting board from Our Board Boutique and the family behind the business. This little business is run by a daughter duo and their father! Not only do they engrave these gorgeous cutting boards but they can engrave just about anything. So if you are looking for a personalized item this is almost a one stop shop. This cutting board would make the perfect gift for a new home owner, newly married couple, the in-laws… I mean honestly personalized items are perfect for everyone. Gift it with some cheese and a bottle of wine and you have a beautiful gift. Another budget friendly purchase at $17.50

While we are on the subject of personalized items I have another one to share and it may just go perfectly with one or both of the items I have already shared this morning. Personalized utensils!! These personalized utensils are made by Chloe at Sweet Mint Handmade. You can find her shop here and also follow along here on Instagram.img_2648img_2686

I just love the big spoon little spoon set that the Mr. and I have. It’s a sweet little reminder to us and having them on our coffee bar makes me smile each morning. These spoons would make a cute add-on, personalized piece to any gift. I love the idea of gifting one of Kelly’s mugs and a spoon. Chloe uses almost every utensil from the drawer so even a personalized cheese knife along with the personalized cutting board would make an awesome gift!!  A funny saying for your teen, wedding date for the newlyweds, coffee or tea-spoon for the hot beverage lover. I truly believe you can never go wrong with a personalized gift and at $14 you can get everyone on your list their own personalized spoon!! 😉

Next up, I have some super cute cell phone cases to share with you guys!! These cases are made by a young woman named Madison. She designs the cases herself and I must say, they are super fun! You can find all of Madison’s creations here and also follow along with her shop on Instagram here.

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The Madison cases I have are the two above, the monogrammed shiplap and the black and red plaid. I love both of these cases, they’re light, durable and so fun! These cases would be perfect for the teenager, sibling or even yourself. Who says Santa can’t drop one in your stocking?? Madison is super creative with her creations and I love having a fun case on my phone. Plus her prices are fantastic, at $23 you can have a super cute case for your phone as well!

My last favorite thing for today are candles. These candles are hand poured by Shannon at Greyden Candle Co. You can search her scents here and follow along on Instagram here.

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When it comes to candles I am VERY picky! Due to my allergies there are certain candles/scents that I can not burn. I have tried 5 of Shannon’s scents so far and I have to say, I have LOVED every single one!! Snatch these up for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or a little add-on to a gift you already have but need another little something to go along with it! I highly recommend Christmastime, Gingerbread House, Ginger Apple + Sandalwood, Under the Mistletoe and Cranberry Spice! These 8oz candles are $14 each, again super budget friendly!!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading about some of my favorite things today and I hope that its given you some great gift ideas! Not only do these items make perfect Christmas gifts, they also make perfect all year gifts!! Birthdays, anniversary, Valentine’s day, Wedding gift, graduation, New home owner.. I mean the list goes on doesn’t it? I hope you all take some time to visit these shops and give them a follow if you are on Instagram! So many amazing makers out there and I’m a major sucker for handmade items! If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments below and don’t forget to FOLLOW along via email so you don’t miss a single blog post!

~Happy Reading Friends

 

Farmhouse Christmas Decor Favorites

Good Friday morning friends and yay for the weekend!! Today I’m excited to share some of my favorite Farmhouse inspired Christmas decor and where I found it!! When I say farmhouse décor, that’s because in our home we are farmhouse/industrial style I guess you could say, but really these pieces would fit perfectly in any décor! Which makes me love them even more because I love using pieces that are easily mixed into any style!

For those of you that have been following along for a while now, you already know I have a slight pillow obsession!! For those of you that don’t know yet, I have a slight pillow obsession. 😉 Seriously though, I really do! I love adding pillows throughout our home. They add so much texture and comfort. I think a room looks coziest (spell check is telling me thats wrong…) when throw pillows and blankets are in the space.

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This year my favorite pillow covers to use in our Christmas decor are from Kendra at So Vintage Chic. You can find all of her gorgeous covers here and if you would like to follow along with her Instagram account you can also follow her here. She often shares deals of the day and other fun things!  Kendra offers a canvas white cover and a natural linen, as you can see I like to use both and mix them throughout our home! Her designs are absolutely perfect and would compliment any style!

Another one of my favorite pieces this year is the “oh, holy night’ scroll by Alyssa at Cotton Wood Shanty. Friends, this piece is so gorgeous. I love the hand lettering that Alyssa does and this piece is a perfect statement piece for this holiday season. You can find Alyssa and all of her creations here and also follow her on Instagram here. I chose to hang our scroll over our mantel and I love how simple and beautiful it is. Oh and cool factor, these scrolls come with heavy-duty magnets so you can adjust your scroll to be as long or short as you would like, to fit your space!!

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My next favorite(s) is some what of a ‘grouping’ and from a department store…so if you have noticed all of my flocked greens throughout the photos (except the small trees) I wanted to let y’all know they are from Wal-Mart!! This year I was so shocked to see the Christmas greenery that Wal-mart put out on the shelves! I’ve only ever had one tree to set out, not counting the 4ft pink one our girls have, so when I saw the 4ft and 6ft flocked trees at Walmart I jumped at the chance. I purchased a 4ft pre-lit flocked tree for $25, a 6ft non-lit flocked tree for $30, 2 non-lit flocked garlands for $12.97 each and 2 wreaths for $9.97 each!

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When it comes to decorating our home, another thing I like to add are signs. I’m a sucker for cute signs and this year I’m loving the Christmas signs that we have from Laney at Back Road Sign Co. Laney’s signs are so well made and her designs are just beautiful!! You can find all of Laney’s sign designs here and also follow her on Instagram here.  This year I added the Winter words sign, a little snowflake sign that can sit or be hung and the reindeer name sign. I just love the feel and festiveness (is that a word?!?) that they bring to our home.img_2391img_2477img_2454

Ok so I have to share another small grouping and department store with y’all. I get asked all the time about a few certain items in our home so I decided this little group just had to be shared!! Also a little fun fact/tip, I shop at the Target Dollar spot for probably half of my decor. If I can’t make or repurpose it, I hit the dollar spot. Then I move on to other sections of the store. Believe it or not you can really find a lot of amazing little goodies there to use for crafting and decorating!! So what did I pick up this year? The little white houses you see on the piano and our master bedroom mantel above, they were $3 each in the dollar spot, the red stripe banner in the photo right above this, $3. All of my littlest green trees came from Target either this year or last year, I just flocked them. I also found the mercury inspired lantern in the tray above in the dollar section, some twine, gift tags and I’m sure my girls found a thing or two while we were there. I also purchased our stockings from Target last year and this year I was excited to find the perfect tree topper!

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My last piece I want to share today is an all year, everyday piece but it literally hit more door step yesterday and friends, it’s really just too gorgeous not to share with you all! This piece comes from Kathryn at Ava Berry Lane. You can find all of her creations here and you can also follow her along on Instagram here. If you are wanting to purchase a piece from Kathryn, she holds restock sales for her product and also announces when the next one will be on her Instagram!! Kathryn is so very talented with what she does and each piece is stunning in its own way. No matter what style you choose for your home Kathryn’s work truly fits right in! I absolutely love the round that we received from her!

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So that’s it for today, just a few of my favorite pieces in our Christmas decor this year! I hope you all enjoyed today’s post and I hope you found it helpful! If you’re on Instagram, while you are following my friends above, make sure to stop over and follow me here @misdiy!! I share all of our home, DIY projects and lots of videos of what I’m up to!! Thanks for following along!

~Happy Reading Friends