‘Tis the season to be jolly and ’tis the season to decorate! Seriously… who doesn’t love decorating their home for the holidays? There’s just something about a home filled with beautiful decorations that makes me feel like a kid again. The Christmas nostalgia is real!
I’m so excited to let y’all know that I’ve teamed up with a fabulous set of lady bloggers to bring you a Home for the Holidays Blog Hop. There’s so much beautiful holiday inspo going on in this group of gals. I hope that you’re able to gather a number of ideas for your Christmas decor. Also, be sure to pin and share your favorite ideas along the way! If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you can find a list of all the participating bloggers.
And now, welcome to The Holtz House: Holiday Edition…
Believe it or not, I actually started dreaming up my theme for this year’s Christmas decor this past summer. I know… it sounds totally crazy! But- summer flea markets are a great place to snag some awesome items to incorporate within your holiday decorating. When I stumbled upon this green tackle box pictured above, it served as my inspiration. This year, I decided to go with a traditional red and green theme with vintage touches. No sparkle and bling… just neutral colors and natural woods.
When I attended the Urban Farmgirl Main Street Market in September, I stumbled upon this gorgeous vintage sled and knew that it had to be mine. It was perfection once I added the ice skates and decorative Christmas swag. I originally wanted to add this to our front porch decor, but I liked it so much that I decided I would get to look at it a whole lot more indoors. 😉
A few weeks ago, I ran into my friend, Kari, at the Main Street Market hosted by Urban Farmgirl in Rockford. She had purchased a beautiful set of white, chippy spindles from Trove Vintage. We were chatting about all the fun ways she would be able to style them within her home. Then LIGHT BULB… it hit me! What a perfect idea for a blog post. In the hopes of providing some decor inspiration for your home, here are six ways to style spindles.
1. Place within a dough bowl or old toolbox.
If you’re looking for something to fill up a decorative bowl of any kind, you can add in your chippy paint spindles. You can keep it plain and simple or incorporate other filler as well.
When my husband and I thought about building our first home together, we knew creating a relaxing farmhouse master suite would be an important aspect. We wanted to create a space that felt like a calming retreat away from the real world. We wanted it to be soft, yet sophisticated, and incorporate a few rustic elements elements to tie in the rest of our farmhouse decor. So come on in, I’d like to invite you on a grand tour of our farmhouse master suite.
Upon deciding that a one-story, ranch floor plan would be best for us, we also opted to have the master suite located on one side of the home, and then the additional bedrooms located on the other side. We felt like this would enable us to have some form of privacy down the road when we do start to have a family. Now, we may learn to hate this layout since it will require us to do a lot more walking back and forth later on. But then… YAY for getting those steps in!
Walking into our bedroom, you first see our queen bed split between two large windows. I love how this lets in so much natural light. Our windows open up to our backyard which backs up to cornfields.
I can feel a slight chill in the air, and it makes me so pumped because I know fall is just around the corner. Apple pickin’, pumpkin patches, PSLs and football tailgates… fall is just the best season out there! On top of all that, fall decor is just the best. Every year it seems like it gets earlier and earlier when we see the upcoming seasonal decor hitting the shelves. I know there are some haters out there… but I LOVE it. It gets me so excited!
I know it’s early… and maybe some of you don’t have fall on the brain quite yet, but it will be here before we know it. So I just wanted to throw a few ideas out there to get you thinking about how to transition your summer-styled home with fall decor…
Lately I’ve been seeing tobacco baskets popping up all over the place. They can be a great way to incorporate farmhouse flair into your home. Even if the farmhouse trend isn’t your thing, it can serve as a way to incorporate natural wood elements into your interior design.
If you’re looking to purchase the real thing from an antique store, it’s going to set you back a couple hundred dollars. Maybe you can snag one at a barn sale or a flea market for less. But lucky for those of us on a budget, you can find replica tobacco baskets from Hobby Lobby, Amazon and Decor Steals from time to time.
Once you get your hands on one… how do you decorate with a tobacco basket? Here are 5 simple ways you can style a tobacco basket within your home.
- Hang on a wall.
I’d say this is the most popular way I’ve seen tobacco baskets used. You can hang on a wall just the basket itself to keep it simple. Or you can attach some faux florals or include multiple baskets to display as a form of wall art.
2. Use as a tray.
Looking for the perfect focal piece for your coffee table? Why not use a tobacco basket as a tray to hold a few decorative items like books, candles and flowers. You can even make it more practical by adding in your TV remote or pretty coasters.
About a month ago, my bestie, Morgan, moved into an apartment in Chicago. She wanted her new space to feel cozy and comfortable without having to spend a lot of money. She’s currently in grad school so keeping it cheap was a must! She expressed the need for a get-ready station in her bedroom since she shares one small bathroom with her roommate. We looked all over for a simple vanity that would fit the space. The ones we found were either too expensive or just not quite right. So instead, we decided to refinish some old furniture pieces that she already had using chalk paint.
We spruced up the small table by using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite with Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear over the top. For the technique we used, just check out this past blog post… Transforming a Garage Sale Find with Chalk Paint.
For the mirror, here’s what we did…
- Start off with an old mirror you’re looking to transform. We used this old gaudy gold mirror pictured below or a wooden frame could work as well.
2. Brush the edges of the mirror off with a dust rag to insure you’re starting with a clean surface.
3. Use the painter’s tape to create a rectangle around the outer edge where the mirror meets the frame. Be sure to take your time and get as close to the edge of the frame as possible. This will insure a clean edge between the painted frame and the mirrored surface. You will be taping right on the mirror’s surface.