Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cozy Christmas cottage

Yes, another holiday post. 'Tis the season, right?
If you've been following, you know I've taken a more muted approach to our holiday decorating in the house this year (to see what I'm talking about, you can visit here, here, here, and here).

I decided though to put a few of our red decorations to use outside in the guest cottage. 
Look, we even got a sprinkle of snow today to add to the festiveness!

Some red and white throw pillows from Home Goods add a pop of color:

By the fireplace, a couple lanterns and faux trees:

And lastly, a throw blanket on this rocking chair I've posted about before:

I think they're simple touches but still helps get the holiday message across.

A quick thank you to Architecture Art Designs for making our DIY wire hampers one of their 22 Most Fascinating 'From Trash to Treasure' DIY Home Projects Everyone Must Know!

- Caitlin

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Outdoor holiday decor

Happy almost Friday!
Tonight I'm sharing a look at our covered porch, which has been sprinkled with some holiday cheer.
And in an effort to abide by Chris's request of "let's not make it look like Christmas threw up here", I've taken a simpler approach to decorating this area (to see last year's look, you can go here).

We moved most of our outdoor set that I posted about here indoors for the winter and just left this love-seat:

Both the polka dot pillow and gold metallic one are from Home Goods.

These vintage skis were a garage sale find. 
I had them in the foyer last year (see here) but decided to try something different this time around.

Thanks for dropping by!
- Caitlin

Monday, December 1, 2014

Petite pines

Happy December!
Now that it's officially the first, I don't have to feel funny anymore about starting my Christmas decorating (I may have had a pre-Thanksgiving jumpstart...oops).
 Anyway, like most, I've been using Pinterest a lot to help find ideas for holiday decor around our house.
For example, I'm sure you've seen these cute little trees in tin buckets:



These pins inspired me to try the look out in our foyer this year:

The white tin bucket is from a garage sale and the faux pine tree was actually used as one of the centerpieces at my cousin's wedding a few years back. Thanks Linny for giving me one!

In case your wondering about the sources of the other items in this picture...
mirror - garage sale
lamp - Home Goods
ice chest - local estate sale

Stay merry!
- Caitlin

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DIY door decor

Two things I love: 
1. nap time 
2. DIY projects

Getting a DIY project during nap time? 
Well that's pretty much the best ever. 

So was the case the other day. Charlie was taking a snooze and I found myself looking at this last DIY project I had hanging on our kitchen door and felt ready for a change. 

So, I dug around above our garage (a very scary place-- think Hoarders: Buried Alive) and found this burlap bag (can't remember where it came from) and this glittery "S" (I bought mine last year at Michaels but you can find a similar one here). As for the holly, I just snipped some branches from a bush in our yard and the herringbone ribbon was leftover from some decorating I posted about here.

The project was super easy to do.
I started by stuffing the burlap bag with some paper towel to make it a little fuller.

Then, I added the holly...

tied the whole thing up with the ribbon...

and added the "S".

Here's the final product hung up on our kitchen door:

I think it's a nice change and I just might skip the traditional pine wreath all together and just keep this thing up.

Thanks for dropping by!
- Caitlin

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Seasonally simple

Even though it's not Thanksgiving yet, I'm guilty of jumping the gun and starting decorating for the holidays.

This year, Chris requested that it not look like "Christmas threw up" in the house (ha!) because last year we went a little overboard with the holiday decorating. So, I'm taking a more tamed approach and keeping it simple this season.

This past week, I started by adding some simple holiday greens in the dining room and kitchen.

I love poinsettias especially white ones (surprise surprise, right?) and have these ones in a metal garage sale find:

I also love boxwood and have put these mini wreaths (that I bought from this site that I've posted about before here) around some candle votive holders:

The boxwood wreaths came in a set of three and I've hung the largest one on a tray on our hutch:

The black and white herringbone ribbon came from this Etsy shop.

In the kitchen, I've kept the alcove behind the kitchen sink simple with two larger poinsettias in these wicker and glass hurricanes that were previously on our mantel.

Here's some more of the herringbone ribbon:

I'll share more of our holiday decorating soon.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
- Caitlin