after christmas | home sales

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas and that you are still enjoying the break!  I'm using this time to slowly take Christmas decorations down, and have been perusing the internet checking out the after Christmas sales.  There are some really good ones out there so I wanted to share them with you.  This is the perfect time to take advantage of some great prices and to grab yourself something with the gift cards you may have received as a gift!

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POTTERY BARN:  Up to 70% off Winter Warehouse Sale // 20% off Bedding and Bath // Up to 30% off Media Furniture // Up to 30% off In Stock Furniture // Free shipping with code FREESHIP

WEST ELM:  Up to 70% off End of Season Sale // 20-30% off Sofas and Sectionals // Up to 50% off Pillows and Throws

NORDSTROM:  Half Yearly Sale - Save Up to 50% off through Jan. 2nd

CRATE AND BARREL:  Up to 50% off Christmas, Entertaining, and Kitchen

ANTHROPOLOGIE:  Extra 40% off Sale Items

WISTERIA:  Up to 35% off Everything

WAYFAIR:  Up to 70% off Year End Clearance

Disclosure:  This post does contain affiliate links. 

merry christmas

Saturday, December 24, 2016

If I could put all of you guys on my Christmas card list, I would!  Thank you so much for all of your support and for making this blog such a fun outlet for me!! 


Here are a couple of little facts about our Christmas cards this year:  
  • This photo was taken at Washington-on-the-Brazos (the "birthplace of Texas"), where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed.  Absolutely gorgeous out there.
  • When we came home after taking the photos I was so bummed when I couldn't find a single one that I liked.  Why can't they look at the camera at the same time?!  I ended up combining two photos to get one where they were both looking at me.  I double dog dare ya to pick out the edit.  Pa-pow!!!  Let me know if anyone is interested in a tutorial and I just might put one together :)
I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:11

christmas home tour | part 2

Monday, December 12, 2016

I wanted to break up my Christmas Home Tour into two parts so it wouldn't be so photo heavy.  A few days ago I shared my entry and living roomand now today my dining room.  Our dining is in-between the entry and living room, open to the stairway.  I've brought back out my black and white plaid table cloth used for Thanksgiving and also Mike's 40th outdoor party.  I'm completely in love with the pattern and extra long length.

I was really struggling with how to decorate the side with the piano and mirror.  It needed some sort of green life, but I didn't want to sit another vase over there since there were already so many vases nearby in the entry.  I pulled out an old garland I've had for over 10 years that I thought had seen better days (it looked pretty thin and sad on mantles) but it worked perfectly above the mirror!  I added a thin black grosgrain ribbon to tie in with the other wreaths I had made and put up in the entry, living room, and breakfast nook.  The antlers are right at home this time of year.     

This table combines just about every metal possible: platinum, silver, aged brass, and gold.  I don't have any napkin rings, so I used some gold colored bangle bracelets.  They don't all match, and neither do the napkins, but that makes it more interesting!  I used strips of kraft paper for another layer of interest, but it's also a perfect way to keep your tablecloth stain free with kids (or messy adults) at the table.

The centerpiece is made up of grocery store flowers.  The greens were sold in a bunch.  You could have added any flowers to them and it would have immediately looked festive.

Candlelight makes everything so much more fancy.  I like using taper holders at varying heights along with votives so you can have that pretty light at every level.  White tapers would have been nice too, but I'm really drawn to the contrast of these black tapers.

SOURCE LIST:  chandelier // mirror - Homegoods (same here) // silver berry garland - old Target (similar here) // table cloth // napkins // brass candlesticks - estate sales (similar here and here) // black taper candles // DIY striped taper candles // votive holders - I can't remember! (similar here) // round vase - Homegoods // slipcovered head chairs // side chairs // DIY mudcloth pillows // dining table // DIY new sew skirted buffet // DIY pressed botanical art // DIY refinished piano // bamboo blinds // sheets used to make drapes // antique dough bowl - Round Top (similar here


I hope you guys enjoyed the tour!  If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here.

For more Christmas decor ideas, visit my past Christmas tours:

christmas home tour | part 1

Friday, December 9, 2016

It's Christmas Home Tour time!  Are you still loving seeing homes decorated for Christmas, or are you over it?  I hope you're not over it because I've got a lot of photos for you today.  I'll include a full source list at the end of the post.

This year is probably my most simple Christmas decor year yet.  I don't have a lot of Christmas decorations to begin with.  We have our fake tree, some fake garland, ornaments, a few bottle brush trees, and stockings.  Other than our wreaths that hang outside, that's pretty much it.  I was going to add to it this year, but decided to roll with it instead.  And guess what?  I think it's my favorite yet.

In our entry I hung this beautiful Into the Woods wall hanging by Vol25.  Not only can it last all winter, but I can see this staying put year round.

Further in the entry you come across my happy accident.  Sam let his stuffed puppy dog take a ride down the stair railing and it crashed into and broke one of my glass lamps.  I haven't shopped for new lamps so I cleared off the buffet and grabbed what I had.  I had a lot of vases.  I filled some with Christmas tree clippings I got for free from the home improvement store (they were happy to let me take them off their hands), and the others with lights.  Hanging over the mirror is a simple wreath I made using wire and fake Christmas greenery.  

We purchased a new Christmas tree at the end of the season last year.  The slender shape fits this part of our living room so much better!  Part of the reason I was thrilled to see our old tree go was because the lights quit working.  I'm beginning to think trees just don't like me.  I had picked up the house the other day to take these photos and then ran out to pick up the kids from school.  Came home to find a section of lights had gone out.  WHY???!!!  I didn't want to chance the house getting trashed while I looked for and strung up a new set of lights, so I just went with it.  

This year's mantle is very similar to last year.  I went with fresh garland again, which smells so good!!!  I did make new stockings this year, and am completely in love.  I'm telling you, I can't get enough black and white plaid!  The little elf one is our dog's stocking.  Here's a tip:  Stuff tissue paper or plastic grocery bags into empty stockings to keep them from looking flat and sad. 

This is such a fun and easy way to create a Christmas vignette.  Fill the bottom of a vase of an apothecary jar with Epsom salt and add in anything you can think of.  Bottle brush trees, tiny houses, figurines, toy cars with trees on the roof, pine cones, you name it.  

The breakfast nook got a little snowy makeover, even though you can't tell a darn thing is going on in there :D

It's so incredibly hard to photograph this, but we made paper snowflakes and taped them to the windows.  It looks great in person, just not in photos.  This is a fun craft you can do with the kids (it was my daughter's favorite part of decorating) and you don't have to spend a dime.

That's it for Part 1 of my Christmas Home Tour.  I'll be back next week with the dining room!  Until then, here is a little sneak peek.  Updated: Click here for Part 2!

ENTRY:  barn light // wall hanging // hooks - rub n' buffed in gold (or similar here) // DIY bench // rug - Homegoods (similar here) // hunter boots // black buffet - antique // mirror - antique (similar here) // clear glass vases // white jars  

LIVING ROOM:  DIY plaid stocking (similar here and here) // glitter initials // collected brass candlesticks (similar here) // taper candles // silver bottlebrush trees - old Target (similar here) // brass deer (similar here and here) // chairs // sofa // coffee table  // accordion table // rug // bamboo blinds // white drapes // lumbar pillow // DIY mudcloth pillows // DIY lacquer tray // DIY sunburst mirror // silver lamp 

CHRISTMAS TREE:  tree // topper - old Pottery Barn (similar here) // bead garland // DIY black tassel ornaments

BREAKFAST NOOK:  lantern (spray painted black) // DIY bleached wood table // chairs // bamboo blinds // white drapes // basket // rug

gift guide for him with uncommon goods

Monday, December 5, 2016

True story.  We received an Uncommon Goods catalog in the mail the other day, and my husband had JUST finished going through it saying how cool he thought their stuff was when I opened my email to find a note from Uncommon Goods.  It was easy to say yes to creating a gift guide after seeing my husband love everything he saw (which is rare).  Even easier when I know that most everything they sell is made here in the USA, much of it by hand, with respect to the integrity of the individual creators.   

Uncommon Goods has TONS of things us ladies would love, but this guide is for the men.  So whether you're trying to find the perfect gift for dad, your husband, or your brother-in-law we've got you covered!  All of these items were picked out by my husband, so they are officially Man Approved.

ONE //  This year Mike turned 40, and he will tell you it changed him in a funny way.  He started wearing fun socks :D These socks were the first things he pointed out when he went through their catalog. 

TWO // Again, the man loves fun socks.  And, who doesn't like tacos??  Double win.

THREE // This traveling cocktail kit is awesome.  Just imagine the looks of jealously on fellow fliers faces when he pulls this kit out of his carry on.  

FOUR // Does he already have enough liquor to last him through the next two years?  Mike will buy a new bottle not because he's out, but just because the label looks cool ;D  This dispenser is the perfect gift for that guy.

FIVE // Boys love trains.  Both my son and husband get excited when they see one.  These are cufflinks are made from authentic date nails in use from 1897.  The little boys can have their Thomas and the big boys can sport these cool cufflinks.

SIX // Mike loves American History.  These constitution glasses are right up his alley.

SEVEN // A bottle of liquor will be appreciated by most spirits fans.  But, how cool would it be if they were able to create their own signature whiskey, rum, or bourbon?  This kit is like gifting them bragging rights.

EIGHT // This paper weight boast one of my husband's favorite quotes.  It also reminds us of the Rodney Atkin's song we love. 

NINE // Anyone remember the TV show MacGyver?  These awesome collar stays are made out of titanium and not only keep those collars in check, but also tighten screws, cut loose threads, and opens bottles.  Talk about being prepared.

TEN // Loving these personalized glasses.  A set of seven for each deadly sin.  The etched character is created by award winning cartoonist, Mort Gerberg.  

ELEVEN // Everyone is doing the YETI thing.  Be the ball and go with this over achiever growler instead.  It keeps carbonated drinks bubbly for 24 hours and hot beverages piping for 12.  Add a keg kit and turn it into a traveling keg.  Who just became the coolest dude at the beach?

TWELVE // Coffee mugs are always a good option.  This one would be right at home on Mike's desk at work.

THIRTEEN //perfect gift for the guy on the go!  This emergency grooming kit can stash away in a briefcase or car.  Loving the tie inspired fabric.

FOURTEEN // This paperweight definitely caught my husband's eyes.  His dad use to work on airplanes, and a friend/co-worker of his dad had made Mike a toy airplane out of plane parts and a spark plug that looks EXACTLY like this.  Actually, I'm looking at it right now :)  Cool gift for any plane lover.

FIFTEEN // Like I mentioned earlier, bragging rights are a gift all on it's own.  Give this instead of a predictable bottle of wine and you'll come out smelling like flowers... with a slight cherry finish.

SIXTEEN // The cook or food lover on your list will love these infused maple syrups.  Use them for the obvious pancakes and waffles, or pour over ice cream and into coffee.  Boom!  I want ice cream now.

Be sure to check out the many other gifts perfect for men, and everyone else!  Your Christmas List will thank you.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods, but all thoughts are my own.  


DIY boho christmas ornaments

Friday, December 2, 2016

As I was putting up my Christmas tree this year I felt like it needed some type of black ornament to balance out all of the silver and gold.  The tree was leaning a little more boho this year with the addition of some wooden bead garland, so I ran with it and pulled together these easy tassel ornaments.


  • black yarn
  • 1" round wood beads (I used these from Hobby Lobby)
  • 3/4" round wood beads (I used these from Hobby Lobby)
  • scissors
  • thin piece of wire

STEP  ONE:  Loosely wrap the yarn around the base of your fingers 25 times.

STEP TWO:  Gently pull the yarn off your hand and run a 12" long piece of yard through the top loops and knot in place.

STEP THREE:  Cut the bottom loops.

STEP FOUR:  Tie a 6" piece of yarn near the top of the tassel and knot in place.  Cut any excess yarn from the knot and even out the bottom of the tassel.

STEP FIVE:  String the wooden beads onto the top of the tassel.  Make it easier by using a thin piece of wire to thread the yarn through the beads.

STEP SIX:  Knot the top of the strings to use for hanging the ornament.



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