Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday in the Home

So I really wanted to share some other ways I have injected holiday into my home, and that is what I am here to do today, kinda.  See I don't remember the last time we saw the sun here in Chicagoland, seriously, can't even remember.  And that combined with my poorly lit house, combined with my less than mediocre photography skills, leaves just a few photos to share how I'm injected the holidays into my home.

I've already shared my chalkboard, winter mantel, and tree.  But there are other little ways I like to infuse our home with a little holiday sparkle.  One is my DIY ornament wreath.  I made this last year, and I'm absolutely in love with it.


I used a command hook and hung it on the mirror above my couch that is right across the living room from my tree.  There are a million and one tutorials on Pinterest for these ornament wreaths, and they are seriously so easy to make.  All you need is a foam wreath, a bunch of plastic ornaments of varying sizes which you can find for cheap at so many places.  Target, Walmart, The Dollar Store, Hobby Lobby, just to name a few.  I picked mine up last year at Garden Ridge, which has now become At Home.  Once you have your ornaments and your wreath you just need a hot glue gun, and off to work you go.  I just kept filling things in as I went till I was satisfied with how it looked.


Another great way to sprinkle the holidays throughout your home is to create little vignettes, on your end tables, TV stand, anywhere you have a bit of open space.


I just realized as I was editing these photos that my poor Nutcracker has half a mustache missing.  I have had that thing since I was about 9 or 10 years old.  The white tree I picked up at Kohl's a few years ago, and the coasters were a TJ Maxx score this year.


I love the combination of the wood with the white script and snowflake like designs.  Coasters are such an easy way to bring in a new element of design, they are cheap, they come in a set, and you actually get some use out of them as well.  I have seen these wood coasters all over Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods.  Ones with designs, as well as plain ones.  If you are feeling crafty you could always pick up the plain ones along with a few paint pens and go to town with your own designs.


The pine cones are another easy DIY I completed years ago, and have used them ever since.  I just picked up a huge bag of pine cones at Michaels, but if you are lucky enough to have access to ones around you you could just gather them from outside.  I just spread them all out on a tarp and gave them a dusting with some silver spray paint, and while they were still wet I gave them all a healthy sprinkle of glitter.  Such an easy way to add a little extra sparkle this time of year.  I have so many of them that I can use them in multiple places throughout my home, I just use different glass containers to coral them in.

A few other things I like to do, that I didn't get a chance to photograph due to our London like weather, are easy things like switching out the dish towels.  You can find holiday towels in every store this time of year for just a few bucks.  And adding a few holiday themed throw pillows to the couch.  I picked some up at Target a few years back.  Every holiday season, if you time it right, they have there holiday pillows on sale for like $10 a piece.  I love quick easy, and in expensive ways to dress up my home for the holidays.

What other ways to you like to inject a little holiday in to your home this time of year?

17 comments:

  1. You're the Queen of DIY, so of course your ornament wreath is perfect! Love the holiday sparkle all throughout your home!

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  2. I love all of this! You have made your home so festive and gorgeous!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
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  3. You have a gift for home decorating - please come help me with this new big 'ol house of mine. :) Seriously though, I love all your holiday decor - especially the nutcracker! My nutcrackers are some of my most-cherished pieces since they were handed-down to me from my mom.

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  4. Thanks girl, gotta take advantage of this time of year when its ok to go over the top with the sparkles!

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  5. Thanks! That wreath was seriously so easy to make, and actually a fun diy!

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  6. Yeah, I kinda have this thing with perfection, it's not always a good thing!!

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  7. Thanks! That is my favorite thing about this time of year!

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  8. I was so glad I stumbled across them, such an easy way to add to the decor!

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  9. I would love to help, seriously! Don't hesitate! That's so cool that your Nutcrackers have been passed down from your mom.

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  10. Oh girl...I hear you loud & clear on that! Sometimes it's more of a character flaw than strength...but I'd still rather be a perfectionist than just not care about how things turn out!

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  11. Love the wreath so much! What a fun project! And if you could hold off until after Christmas you could get those ornaments for dirt cheap! I live about 90 miles SW of Chi and I feel you on that whole not seeing the sun thing, I think it's been a good two weeks since we've had a full day of sun! It's just depressing!

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  12. That wreath is gorgeous!! Love it!

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  13. That's a good idea, I might need to stock up on some so I can make another next year! I saw a glimmer of the sun yesterday morning and got SO excited, and then just like that it was gone - it's seriously killing me!

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  14. Beautiful!!! That ornament wreath is stunning!!

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