Christmas Decor Favorites

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I hope you all had a wonderful autumn! Now that we’re past Thanksgiving, I’m ready to deck the halls for Christmas! Something about having a 3 year old is making this year even more special.

I’m no minimalist, but I do love some modern lines and graphic statements. Mixed with lots of glitter and sparkle, it makes for an updated Christmas look without sacrificing the magic. We always mix in our sentimental family ornaments as well.

I made a lot of additions to our tree last year (almost all metallic and sparkly) so I’ve been turning my attention to the outdoors - but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been browsing the indoor pieces as well! Here are some of my favorite Christmas decor items for 2018.

1. Prelit indoor trees. A beautiful accent in an entry, flanking a fireplace, or on a tabletop with the smaller sizes.

2. Faux fur tree skirt. Luxe and lovely.

3. Metallic wreath. Stand out from the evergreen and cedar doorways in your neighborhood.

4. Ceramic village. I picked up a set of these for our house. Great on a mantel, piano, console. Perfect on their own, or have fun with “snow” and other additions.

5. Knit tree skirt. Nothing says cozy like an oversized knit, especially circling the tree.

6. Paper trees. These are larger than you might guess - the smallest is 12” - but modern and graphic. I’d put them on a buffet or in an entry.

7. Sputnik stocking holders. Stocking holders get a glam makeover! Love these.

8. Star tree topper. Delicate and airy and perfect for a romantic star or snowflake themed tree.

9. Glass baubles. Adding a new color or style of bauble is a great way to freshen up your tree decor from year to year. **Featured baubles are sold out, shop similar HERE.

10. Linen and velvet stocking. I love how simple and striking these are.

11. Woven wool stocking. Chunky and cozy but still simplified.

Do you like to mix things up from year to year? Or do you prefer tradition and keep it the same each year? I think I’m a little of both!

ORC : Powder Room Reveal

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At long last, my reveal pictures of last fall's One Room Challenge! To catch up, see my last post (week 5) here.

We did go a bit over our 7 week deadline in finishing the space, however we were completed before the holidays and I just now got around to taking photographs! We painted, changed the sink to a vanity, changed out the electrical switches, installed a new light fixture and mirror, new towel ring and toilet paper holder, and accessories.

Here is what the space looked like before we started (basically untouched from moving in):

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And now...

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The real game changer was definitely the paint. But we love having the new vanity. Closed storage for cleaning materials is great, and we really prefer having a larger countertop. No more bumping the soap when trying to turn the water on and off. Plus now there is room for a candle and pretty matches.

We also added some art from our old apartment, and a small convex mirror that bounces the light around and always gets compliments. I am still mulling over adding more art pieces eventually, especially opposite the mirror. But I haven't quite made up my mind and I'm not going to rush into anything.

One of my favorite updates was the new light fixture from Cedar and Moss. I like that it adds a modern touch, along with the sleek new towel ring and mirror. The vanity has clean lines but is more traditional and marries the styles in our home in one piece, especially with the brass knobs.

Thanks so much for following along! This is the first space that we completed in the new house. And huge kudos to my husband, who took on the burden of most of the improvement projects, including construction, plumbing, and electrical... some of which he'd never done before and it took several trips to Home Depot. He learned a lot and I'm so grateful he chose to take on my project!

Shopping for Rugs on Instagram

Dip even one toe into the design community on Instagram and you'll find an account slinging vintage rugs. My favorite sellers tend to curate their selections into "batches" of 5-20 or so rugs, all unique, but the seller's personal taste and preference shines through. 

The main hurdle in shopping for these rugs IS that they are unique. I'm often looking for particular dimensions (or a range of dimensions), a tone or color palette, and a style (flat-weave, shaggy, etc.). And having all those elements line up into the perfect rug isn't going to happen without sifting through lots of beautiful rugs that are too small, too bright, the wrong texture.

So I follow quite a few "rug slingers" on Instagram so I can pounce on the perfect rugs when they are featured. Saves me time (I don't have to visit dozens of websites, I can just scroll through instagram) and there is a lovely sense of community there as well. I've rounded up some of my favorite accounts in case you too would like to shop for rugs on Instagram.
 

All photos from the featured seller's Instagram account.

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Jean Palmer Home. Specializes in the worn, faded palette that I love right now.

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Woven Abode. My entry rug is from them (sneak peeks on my instagram...). A lot of pretty rugs.

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Vintage Rug Shop.  I see a lot of darker palette rugs come through here, plus red tones.

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Rug and Weave. Husband & wife team (and an adorable baby). I've bought a rug for clients from them. HUGE variety and very knowledgeable about where the rugs come from, etc.

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Loom and Kiln. These ladies have a whole shop with other goods (pillows, ceramics, art), but they do round up some gorgeous unique rugs. 

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Frances Loom. Another shop with some beautiful muted tones coming through.

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Kaya Kilims. I've bought several from them for clients. They are based in Turkey and only sell Turkish rugs. Despite the distance, the shipping has always been extremely quick.

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The Southern Loom. She has a great variety of sizes, from very big to narrow runners and tinies.

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Kennedy Rose Interiors. Jessica always has the most unique rugs! She shows great close up videos so you can see all the detail (just ask if there is one you'd like to see closer!).

Now I know I am missing some for sure, but these are some of my very favorite sources for vintage rugs for my own home and for clients! Please share other favorites in the comments!

ORC : Powder Room Week 5

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Welcome back, friends! We are in the home stretch but still lots to do! To catch up, here are the previous weeks:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

If you remember, last week it was announced that the challenge was extended to 7 weeks, so we do have two more weeks - and we are going to need them!

As you can see above, painting happened! We managed to get the towel ring down, the light fixture down, and did 2 coats of Black Satin by Benjamin Moore. Of course, with the light down, we have been working by lantern light, which makes things pretty tricky to see. Weird shadows, black paint... so we do have a couple "touch up spots" to address. But for the most part, painting is finished!

We also hit up Home Depot for some details...

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I was thrilled when my husband suggested changing out the actual outlet and switches and not just the plate covers - I really didn't want white splotches on our pretty black walls. But I didn't want to put too much on our plate. He assured me it should be an easy switch, so that is his project ;)

I'm ok with the hardware choices - they were not my top choice but they were about 25% less than my ideal pieces, and we needed some budget items to help round things out. I haven't unboxed them yet as I'm still hoping something else will magically fall into my lap. I'm not wild about the tone of the oil-rubbed bronze (which is what our faucet is, and the existing door hardware throughout our house). Once it's all together I'll have to make the final call.

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These knobs arrived a couple weeks ago but I hadn't unboxed them to take a picture. We got enough to replace all the knobs on the vanity, and they should tie in nicely to the brass light fixture.

In the next week...

  • Spray paint fan cover black.
  • Wall paint touch ups.
  • Remove sink.
  • Install vanity!
  • Receive hand towels (ordered!) and buy other accessories.
  • Hang art, decide if I need more.
  • Electrical.

We'll see how much of that happens this week, I'm sure some will bump into the (new) final week. Mostly I'm looking forward to having a dozen boxes OUT of my entryway!

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