Top 10 Holiday Design Tips

Simple Tips For the Season

           #10 Use ornaments in unexpected places throughout your home. A bowl                filled with shiny ornaments looks great in the kitchen or on a side table.

#9 Use lots of white lights (make sure they all work before placing on tree or garland). Battery operated twinkle lights look festive when mixed in with ornaments.

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#8 Use beautifully wrapped gifts as decor scattered throughout your home. Choose wrap and ribbon that matches your theme.

#7 Use Christmas tree greenery clippings to add beauty and fragrance to your mantel, table centerpieces, everywhere! You can pick up free clippings where they sell live trees.

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#6 Pick a style and color theme. Then stick with it!  Check my Christmas pinterest board for ideas. Remember your packages can carry this theme throughout.

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#5 Add lots of texture. Cozy throws, fluffy pillows, burlap ribbon or table runners, sparkly glass, shiny ornaments, nubby get the picture. Mix it up!

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#4 When hanging ornaments on your tree, larger ones should go near the bottom. Smaller toward the top. Hang "filler" and "less expensive" shiny balls on the inner branches. This gives dimension to your tree and the ornaments reflect more light.

#3 Group your personal collections together. If you love nutcrackers, but they are scattered and lonely, it's not much of a collection. Instead, group them in clusters of 3 or 5 around your home. If you collect spoons, wrap decorative ribbon as bows around the top and hang them on your tree for a unique personal touch. What collections do you have? I collect whimsical Santas.

#2 Add the warmth and fragrance of candles. Aromas that remind us of yummy desserts are my favorite! Also, I love Woodwick candles because they crackle and sound like a fire.

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#1 Floral picks can add so much to your tree and garlands. Just poke them in. They can add drama to the tree topper, and make the tree more interesting looking.

I hope you enjoy these design tips. Most of all, remember to spend time with the    ones you love! Baking cookies, sipping hot cocoa, touring Christmas lights,        singing holiday songs.... those are my favorites and repeating them year                after year creates lasting memories.
May you be blessed this Christmas season!

When a pantry could be so much more!

Ready for a Remodel

We down-sized to a smaller home recently, and I knew right away that this 9 door pantry had to go.  Don't get me wrong, nine doors sounds like a lot of storage space but they were so deep that you could lose a small child back there.  There was also wasted space on each side, so even pull-out baskets weren't really an option.  To make matters worse, the entrance to the kitchen was only 2 1/2 feet wide and 7 feet tall.  It felt like another bedroom entrance.   Ugh!  My last house had a huge kitchen open to a living and dining space with lots of natural light.   Immediately I began to problem solve.  I envisioned 4 cabinet doors with custom pull-out drawers to be the base cabinets.  Four others would go all the way to the top of the 10 ft. ceiling and be used for party and holiday items that I wouldn't use often.    Perfect!   Another problem was on the opposite wall.  It stuck out so much that the refrigerator door couldn't open completely.  So, I hired a contractor to widen my opening to 8 feet tall and about 4 feet wide.    Now the fridge functions properly and it feels a lot more spacious.  Read on...
A few weeks later,  we had the subway tile installed in a herringbone pattern, added black granite for a classic look, hired Daniel (my favorite electrician) to do electrical work for the coffee maker, new barn light, and open shelving.    SO MUCH BETTER!   Of course, it's never ending.  We now have new wood floors and baseboards.  Time to paint all of the cabinets white, and pick a color for the walls.  I literally have four paint colors on the kitchen walls right now.  I'll share more pictures when that is finished.  Honestly, I'm in no hurry because I think I just got all of the dust cleaned up.   Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!  Happy Home Life!

If you love fabulous kitchens as much as I do, check out my collection on Pinterest

5 Tips – Styling with Pillows

Styling with pillows!  Load up on some soft, fun pillows for your sofas, chairs, and beds!   Who doesn't love the color and comfort that they add?  This is an inexpensive way to change up your look for the seasons also.  Since the rug in this photo already had a large design, I went with solid-looking colors.  The brown is actually a velvet print on print, and the cream ones are actually a cream and white mix.   Don't go crazy with too many patterns is my suggestion.   

Here are 5 tips that I use when working with pillows:

Tip #1 Use pillows that are at least 20 x 20 inches with down feather inserts on a sofa

Tip #2 Layer 2-3 pillows on each end to give a very inviting, comfortable look

Tip #3 Give each pillow a little "karate chop" right in the middle to make them look plump.

Tip #4 ​For beds, use 2-3 European pillows as a backdrop for your standard or king size pillows with shams layered in front. White pillows always look clean and classy.

Tip #5 A rectangular or oblong pillow looks great as the "middle" piece since it is smaller.   Think tall, medium, short as you layer on sofas or beds.

Bonus Tip #6 Don't have room to store lots of pillows?   Buy pillow covers and just change them out when you feel like it. has nice ones.  Poppin Pillows is another great place that you can order online.  I actually sewed the brown velvety ones myself!  I think I spent about $12 on fabric.   Good find!

​Have fun styling with your own pillows.  I hope you found this helpful.