Sunday, December 18, 2016

Night Time Christmas Dining Room Tour

I am continuing my night home tour with the dining room being the next on the list! If you missed my first post you can find my living room tour here. The dining room is always such a fun room for me to decorate. I love how easy it is to change up the look of your dining room simply by changing the tablescape. You don't even have to change everything to get a completely different look and feel. I shared some day time pictures in my Christmas home tour which you can find here but now I want to show you how this space looks at night. This gives you an idea of the ambiance of the room during a dinner party.

One of the great things I like about my how is the different levels of lighting I have. We always lived in apartments that never have much in the way of over head lighting so its been a real change for us in this house. We added pot lights and then layered in chandeliers and lamps through out the home so that we can change up the look how we like. For Christmas I just turned on the chandelier and added in Christmas lights and candles for a magical feel. 

For the table I left the same gold candle holders that I used in my fall table and just changed out the garland to a Christmas one. Under the garland I decided to add some music pages that my sister bought for me over seas last year to add a little extra touch. Its such a simple thing to do and it just adds that extra touch. I also used the same plates, napkins and silver ware. I don't know if I have ever told you before but the white plates I used on the table are from Ikea if your interested. They were a great price and so easy to clean! 

I decided to make a little garland around the sign out of free clippings I got from the tree lot and added some lights from the Target dollar spot. I also decided to get a small real tree because I really wanted a real one this year! Since we aren't going to be here for Christmas I opted to get a call one for the dining room. I added a few simple ornaments and lights. I wrapped the bottom in a white knitted blanket and placed it on a vintage bench I had to add some height. I basically want a tree in every room! 

To soften up the chairs a bit I added pillows (like I always do lets be honest) and a couple of comfy blankets. this white one is SO soft! I got it from an instagram friend so I don't know where its from. The cuddle weather pillow however is from Parris Chic Boutique. I love there stuff and have several of their pillow covers. 

I recently placed another vintage window in the dining room and I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner as it adds so much charm to the space. To dress it up for Christmas I crisscrossed some lights using tiny nails. I left the side table pretty much the same, I just switched out the greenery for a small Christmas tree and added the marble star I got on sale at Target last year. 

This room makes me wish we were hosting Christmas again so I can have a dinner party here! I love how easy and simple this space turned out. I will have to something similar next year and actually have a time to host a dinner! Oh well, it is still fun to look at and it makes me smile to have all areas of my home decked out for the holidays whether I have plans to use them or not. If anything hopefully it motivates you and gives you some inspiration to decorate your own space! So are you hosting this year? If so how do you decorate your dining room for the holidays? Feel free as always to leave a message and thank you so much for stopping by and reading this little blog of mine!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

DIY Christmas Star Wreath

For some reason the Christmas season really inspires me to do things outside of my comfort zone. Baking, tackling a shiplap wall by myself, and creating things to use in my winter decor. I have recently started participating in my friend Misty's at hashtag on instagram where you make things using only certain materials and a set maximum price. Doing this has really inspired me so far into making new and fun things and really using my creativity. One of the challenges we are in the middle of is making a wreath for the holidays. I won't lie, this made me nervous for some reason. I seriously thought it would be a hard thing to do and that it would come out looking terrible! What did I get myself into right? Well guess what? It didn't come out terrible! And it was actually pretty darn easy! I am going to try to walk you through the steps I did so that you can make one yourself. 

First thing you need is some supplies. I purchased a wire wreath form at my local Jo Anns using a coupon which only made it a few dollars. The greenery was also from Jo Anns and at the time the Christmas stems were 50% off (ummmm score!) so I grabbed four of these large frosted stems for about $4 a piece. The last thing I picked up because I didn't have one already was a star hole punch. I originally got it to make garland for the trees but I did use it for this project. You can get them at Jo Anns or Michael's and with a coupon they are pretty inexpensive. You will also need some twine or floral wire (I already had twine so I went with that), string or thread of some kind, tape, and an old book. 

I started by weaving the end of the stems into the wire wreath form and tying them down using the twine I had. I tied one down and then added the next and kept going until it went all the way around the frame. This was pretty easy over all and because of the thickness of the greenery I only needed four stems total to go around. You can decide how big of a wreath you want and just make sure you pick up enough greenery to fill around the wreath form. 

For the stars I simply punched out a bunch of stars from an old book that I had used last year for my Valentines banner (that you can see here). Once cut I simply taped the stars to the string and then strung them up around the wreath. You could of course skip this step and leave it plain or add ribbon or something else if you like. I like the simplicity in the book page stars myself. 

Here is the end result! It turned out to be a good size wreath and for a great price. 

I didn't know how this would turn out and I am was so happy that I tried. This might be one of my favorite wreaths I have now! It was also a much cheaper option as it only cost me like $25 or so. I am glad I took the plunge and tried this fun craft and I would definitely encourage you to try it! There is so many different ways you could do this to make it your own.

Well I hope you enjoyed this fun diy Christmas project and I would love to see what you come up with if you try this yourself! Let me know and feel free to leave a comment below!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Cozy Christmas Living Room Night Tour

One of the many reasons I love Christmas is the lights. It is such a magical thing to see all the houses twinkling with Christmas lights. Now all we need is some snow and I would be happy one happy girl! Too bad that isn't going to happen in Southern California! At least I get to see the lights! Anyways, I did a little a little Christmas tour a week or so ago which you can find here. I decided it would be fun to also do a tour of the rooms in my home at night since thats my favorite time to see the house. First up is my living room and of course the room I spend the most time in. 

I try to sprinkle lights and candles all around the room to create a cozy atmosphere. To add that winter wonderland feel (and since we don't get snow) I decided to try frosting the windows with fake snow. I wasn't sure about it at first but now I really like it! Maybe one day I will live in the real thing but for now I will enjoy the look. 

I sadly don't have a fireplace in this home. It wasn't an option to add which was the one thing a really wish we could have added to the house. I did buy a mantle while visiting my hubby in Texas but it won't be here until after Christmas. For now I like to turn on the fireplace that you can get on Netflix. It works for now! 

There is nothing like the light of the Christmas tree, especially when its reflects off of an antique window. Love love love it. 

I found these adorable craft houses at Target which technically are for painting or decorating. I of course kept them white (because well duh) and placed them in my vintage dough bowl making a little mini village. I decided it would be super cute to string up fairy lights like real Christmas lights on the houses. I kind of love it! 

I am sitting in this space right now with all these lights on as I write this and it makes me so happy. I just wish my husband was here to enjoy it with me. Soon though we will be headed to Europe to spend Christmas in Paris and Brugge and I couldn't be more excited! Maybe I will get the white Christmas after all.......

Until then I will just enjoy the lights in the little home of mine while it lasts. How about you? What is your favorite thing about the holidays? Is your home ready for Christmas? I would love to hear from you! Don't forget to follow along with me on Instagram and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Simple Christmas Cocoa Bar

Last year I went a little crazy and designed a really fun hot chocolate bar which you can see Here. This year I wanted to create a simpler hot cocoa station without all the bells and whistles. Do you ever get super excited to decorate and go way over the top? That is what I did last year a little bit. It was the first year I got to decorate in my own home so I was SO excited to decorate for Christmas. Well as much as I did love the decor last year this year I am going in a different direction and I am really craving a simpler approach. I have said this in most of my posts so far this season but my theme is carrying through! Anyways, I'll stop rambling and show you my little hot cocoa area in my kitchen!

The first things I started with were the cutting boards. I layered a few on the wall to add some interest and to cover up the light cord that is connected to the tree on the left. I also used a cutting board to set everything on. I decided to hang a little Cocoa sign on one of them. I already had that little chalkboard tag for a drink station I did. To add a little interest I decided to hang it in the middle of a vintage frame I had. I love the elegant look it gives. 

For the drink station itself I put the cocoa into a vintage mason jar that I cleaned (they make such pretty containers!). I also added some fresh greens that I got for free when I got my tree the other day. I just love the smell! I placed the greens into a lovely ironstone pitcher and added a smaller one as well. I also added some adorable tree drink stirrers I picked up at the Target dollar spot. I placed those into a little milk bottle. To finish it off I placed my mug holder from World Market next to it so that mugs are easily accessible. Thats it! Very simple and basic but I love everything about it!

It really doesn't take much to add a little festive charm. The only things I didn't have already were the greenery and the stir sticks. Overall that only costs me about a dollar or two because the greenery was free! I am sure I have stressed this before but the best thing to do is shop your home before going out buying things. You could be surprised what you can come up with re-working something you already have on hand.

Well I hope you enjoyed this simple little christmas cocoa bar in my home and that it inspires you to try something with a little simplicity! Have a wonderful weekend my friends and thank you for coming by!