A Magical Christmas

LIONS AND SNOWFLAKES AND STARS! OH, MY!

I have a lot of little kid in me. It always shines through even more at holiday time. These next two weeks, I’m slowing down. I’m letting the kid in me enjoy the season. I am going to spend endless hours cutting out paper snowflakes and baking cookies with my boys. I am going to not care about “blog things” and projects that I am starting soon. That will all be there waiting for me in January.

My youngest is 5, and you see, it feels like time is going way too fast these days. I don’t want to blink and then he’s 18. My oldest is 11 and for some reason loves spending time with us still, so I am going to hold on to every last moment with them young. The Christmas season is a magical time of the year and it is so fun to see it through their eyes.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday break filled with love, peace, and joy! We’ve been taking our time decorating our home for the holidays. Yesterday, my little guy was home and we just made a day of it. Playing, cooking together, and making the best Christmas teepee ever. I leave you with some happy moments from the day…

A Magical Christmas

A Magical Christmas

A Magical Christmas

A Magical Christmas

A Magical Christmas

See you in 2015!!!

DIY Abstract Gift Wrap

DIY Abstract Gift Wrap

DIY ABSTRACT GIFT WRAP

Wrapping gifts for the holidays is something I always look forward to every year. It’s a chance to do something new and special. This year, I wanted to take an artsy stab at gift wrap and made my own abstract art paper. I based it off the painting I made for my living room that you can see in my Christmas Home Tour. It is full of the colors I used throughout the year in my home and a little gold leaf too.

DIY Abstract Gift Wrap

The white craft paper is great (I like the one from Hobby Lobby because it is thicker and perfect for painting) or you can reuse old gift wrap by flipping it over to the plain white back.

My method is to start with dabbing the different colors on the paper and then taking white paint on a brush and working horizontally. I clean my brush and then paint vertically. Once it dries, I go back and add in where it needs it and press some gold leaf crumbles into the wet paint.

With the colors I chose, I love a simple black ribbon to finish the wrapping.

It makes for gift wrap as pretty as a painting! The only problem is that it is so beautiful you won’t want to unwrap it!

DIY Abstract Gift Wrap

DIY Abstract Gift Wrap

 

For more holiday ideas visit my HOLIDAY GALLERY.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Entryway

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I have been enjoying taking my time this year getting our home ready for Christmas. Over the weekend, I worked on our Christmas entryway. I wanted to create a vibrant welcome for our friends and family that will stop by over the holiday.

I reused the pair of pre-lit trees from my Home Depot Style Challenge and added in some bright touches. My DIY Confetti Ornaments I added to the trees. For the rest of this holiday look I added in simple touches.

Oh, and my little furball photobombed again…

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Merry Christmas!

Make It | DIY Confetti Ornaments

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I have a fun holiday ornament tutorial to share with you today just in time for the weekend! When I was looking for holiday inspiration this year, I came across these confetti ornaments at West Elm. They are no longer available just FYI. I wanted to try my hand at making something similar so here are my DIY Confetti Ornaments because makers gonna make!

This is pretty straightforward and costs next to nothing, even better, right? This would be easy to do with kids, but I would suggest using a more kid-friendly glue then. Below is what you will need.

 

DIY Confetti Ornament Supply List

 

The instructions are pretty simple, but if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below. Also, I found it easiest to start glueing the strips from the bottom up.

Instructions for DIY Confetti Ornaments

Super cute and fun, right? I feel like they whisper party-party!

DIY Confetti Ornament Tutorial

Merry Christmas!

My Favorite Design Books

‘Tis the season for gift-giving and I am always happy to see a design book under the tree. For the design lover in your life, you really can’t go wrong giving them one as a gift OR a piece of art they’ve been eyeing for that matter! Am I right, design happy people out there? Well, art aside, today I wanted to help out and share my favorite design books and the ones I’ve been eyeing…hint, hint …if you have any last-minute gifts to grab for me. 

Favorite Design Books from B@H

All these books above I love and I have already. They all offer me something different and I love to flip through them. They also look pretty great on a coffee table, because books are decor too you know.

Left to right: Jonathan Adler Happy Chic Colors, Celerie Kemble Black & White, Domino The Book of Decorating, Kelly Wearstler Rhapsody, Will Taylor Bright Bazaar.

My Favorite Design Books from B@H

These books have been on my wish list for Christmas. I have pawed through a few of them at the bookstore. Yep, I am one of those people who goes to bookstores and sometimes just browses, OBNOXIOUS, I know! You will notice that when I say design books that also means from the world of fashion. I pull so much inspiration from fashion too, because, essentially, you are “dressing your home”. Design is design is design.

Left to right: Allegra Hicks An Eye for Design, Vogue Living Houses Gardens People, Erin Gates Elements of Style, Mary McDonald Interiors, Impact 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

My Favorite Design Books from B@H

These are the books I want to know what’s inside! I love Chanel…hello! Black and White forever. And the rest of these I’ve seen the covers and I am oh so intrigued! They got to be good, right? Look at the covers…don’t judge a book by its cover…Well, I think they all look pretty darn good!

Left to Right by title: Artfully Modern Interiors by Richard Mishaan, Tom Ford, Chanel Set of Three, Campion Platt Made to Order, Markham Roberts Decorating the Way I See It.

Give the gift of books and make someone’s holiday! They are usually quick to ship from online stores too, so easy holiday shopping at your fingertips.

Merry Christmas!!

Christmas Bedroom

Christmas Holiday Bedroom

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Sometimes inspiration comes from that one thing. That’s the way it was for our Christmas bedroom this year. It all started with a secondhand find.

While out Christmas shopping over the weekend, I saw a large white hand at one of my favorite spots to find treasures. When you see a large white hand for sale you buy the large white hand!! Maybe this is just my own rule? Well, I own my weirdness.

It actually became the jumping off point for my Christmas bedroom. It inspired me to add in white ball ornaments to the fresh greenery. Those white ball ornaments are actually styrofoam balls left over from a project. They glisten like snow, so it just worked for me.

Keeping with my love of black and white spaces, I left the rest pretty simple. I threw in the teal pillow from my Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge for a pop of color. I layered in a lot of warmth and texture through the pillows, throws, and rug. The art is just some chalk scribbles and the canvas I painted.

I love the look all together and it is such a lovely holiday touch, but not in your face holiday, if you know what I mean.

That giant hand comes in handy for a back scratcher too, just FYI. Ha-ha, I make myself giggle…handy. I may have high-fived it a couple of times too. Okay, I did. At the flea market, in front of perfect strangers.

bedding | TJMaxx fur throw | teal pillow | artwork (my own) | lamp (thrift score) | disco ball (out of stock)

Merry Christmas!!

Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge

Holiday Home Tour

Welcome, welcome!! Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours is one of my favorite things in the blogosphere and I am so glad you are here today! It’s even better this week because it’s all about sharing Christmas in our homes! A very warm welcome to all of you visiting from Inspired by Charm! Isn’t Michael’s holiday decorating amazing!?!

This year for our holiday home, I wanted to add to our shiny metallics and black and white with an infusion of color. Jewel tones are the inspiration for this space and I love the pop of bright mixed in! Sit back as you take a tour of our holiday spaces…

Walking into our living room always makes me smile, especially with the bright lights of the Christmas tree peeking out around the corner.

Kristin Cadwallader's classic holiday home with a modern spin and pop of color.

A COMFY SOFA

Our sofa got the sheepskin treatment for the holidays. It just adds another layer of comfort and warmth. I love using ball ornaments in different places throughout our home and potted plants, like the orchid behind our sofa, is no exception. Adding ornaments to planters adds just the right amount of sparkle.

Kristin Cadwallader's classic holiday home with modern details.

OUR TREE

Our Christmas tree I like to keep full of silver, gold, black and white. This year, I added a pop of color with the bright ribbons on the simple white present boxes. I also hand-painted some wrapping paper to mimic the my painting above the sofa.

Kristin Cadwallader's holiday home.

Kristin Cadwallader's holiday home via Bliss at Home

ON THE COFFEE TABLE

Coffee tables are one of my favorite things to style.  I mixed in some antlers and ornaments in a tray to create a unique arrangement. It is so pretty at night too, because it reflects all the lights in the room.

Holiday glamour in from this classic home tour.

Details from Kristin Cadwallader's holiday home tour.

THE HOLIDAY MANTEL AND FIREBOX

We use our fireplace A LOT in the fall and winter, but when it isn’t in use,  I like to pop some presents into the firebox. It’s a fun, whimsical touch, and my kids always say, “Oh, Santa had an accident again!”

I have faux lighted pine garland on the mantel, but I mix in fresh greens of cedar and white pine. This is an easy way to fill out your garlands and it looks completely natural. You can just swap out the greenery when it starts to look not so fresh anymore.

Instead of centering the wreath over the mantel, I like the look of placing it off to one side. My DIY Ornament Wreath was so easy to make and held up great from last year.

The fur stockings add the right amount of texture to soften the whole look.

Kristin Cadwallader's modern yet traditional holiday home.

Love this mantel from Kristin Cadwallader's holiday home tour.

Fresh cedar and white pine holiday garland.

Kristin Cadwallader's modern tradtitional holiday home.

UPON THE BOOKCASES

The library wall of bookshelves, I like to keep clean and simple. I add in some holiday touches like gifts, ornaments, and woodland decor. I love the look of a wreath centered on them with some gorgeous ribbon. Ribbon is definitely something I love to splurge on every year.

Holiday home tour of Kristin Cadwallader's Illinois house from Bliss at Home.

Kristin Cadwallader's holiday home tour is a mix of modern and traditional.

HOLIDAY BAR CART

We can’t forget the party, right? My DIY Ornament Trees are the perfect size for the top of the bar cart. I played around with some floral arranging and made a festive bouquet in a mercury glass vase.

Preserved boxwoods can be used all year-long, but I love to use them in my holiday decor too.

Mixing in more gift boxes and ornaments gives our little bar cart the holiday treatment and a sheepskin on the bottom shelf adds another layer of winter texture.

Holiday bar cart styling | Kristin Cadwallader Bliss at Home

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I hope you enjoyed our holiday touches and wish you all a very Happy Holiday!!!

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Next up is Kari Anne from Thistlewood Farms and I just know she has some amazing holiday decor to share with you!

ALSO…I have my Home Depot Style Challenge on the Home Depot Apron Blog today and you can see some more of our holiday decor and entertaining ideas. It’s double the Christmas fun!!

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I’d like to thank my sweet friend, Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. for having me join her amazing line-up of talented design bloggers again.

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Here is the Christmas Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour line-up for today so you don’t miss any of the amazing homes:

Monday, December 8th:

        >>>Bliss at Home<<<
        Number Fifty-Three
Happy Holidays!!

Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours

Monday is the day! Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours will be kicking off this Monday, December 8th. I will be sharing our holiday home alongside some very talented design bloggers!

Here’s a peek…

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HERE’S THE LINE UP FOR BSHT HOLIDAY EDITION:

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Monday, December 8th:
The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Inspired by Charm
>>>Bliss at Home<<<
Thistlewood Farms
Charming in Charlotte
Number Fifty-Three
Julie Blanner
Cuckoo 4 Design
Eclectically Vintage
Tuesday, December 9th:
My Fabuless Life
Scout & Nimble
Primitive & Proper
Sand & Sisal
DecorChick
The Chronicles of Home
DIY Playbook
This, That, & Life
Wednesday, December 10th:
Desert Domicile
Design Post Interiors
Tatertots and Jello
Southern Hospitality
In my own style
Retro Ranch Reno
Iron & Twine
Thursday, December 11th:
Jones Design Company
Finding Home
Jen Rizzo
Home Stories A to Z
Dimples & Tangles
Simple Stylings
Run to Radiance
 The Thriftress
Friday, December 12th:
Inspired Room
Beneath my Heart
DIY Showoff
Just a Girl
A Home Full of Color
Rain on a Tin Roof
Eleven Gables
Burlap and Lace
Sarah M. Dorsey
Happy Holidays!!

Wrist Soiree Gift Card Winner!

Wrist Soiree Sale and Giveaway

We are announcing the winner of the Wrist Soirée $50 Gift Card Giveaway today! One of you is going to sparkle hard soon! Thanks to all of you for entering and I hope you discovered a favorite new place to get some on-trend jewelry!

Visit http://www.wristsoiree.com to browse her selection of tassel bracelets, crystal bracelets, statement necklaces and more!

And the winner is…

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*Winner was selected using random.org.

CONGRATS BONNIE F!

I’ll be in touch via email soon so we can get your gift card to you!

Merry Christmas!

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