Thrifty and Practical

A spot of Christmas cheer

I’ve never been one to go all out for Christmas decor. With two little ones, most of our decorations are high up where they can’t be reached. While I do love the coziness of twinkle lights and candles, I haven’t ever invested in loads of decorative items. This year, I pulled out from storage what we had and added it to what was already in the house. Here’s the result.

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I used some old garland, pinecone ornaments from our collection, and tea lights in tiny mason jars for on top of the cupboards. I added the brass deer were in Edith’s nursery.

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Garland, twinkle lights, vases and candle holders. Sweet and simple.
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We were given these vintage ornaments from Josh’s grandfather and I’ve always wanted to use them in a unique way. This was my solution.
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One day I’ll get around to painting the wall this sits on in chalkboard paint and drawing a calendar, but for now this Santa adds some fun to our kitchen entryway.
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Strung some mitts on a lamp and called it good.
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Still looking for some branches for the tins, but I used this metal poster that was a gift from ages ago and stuck some tea lights in front of it. Happy Christmas, from Coca Cola 🙂
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Added a winter tin to my dresser.
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And one more tin to the bathroom.

To add to the coziness, I have 3 albums on repeat. I can’t play Christmas music before December so 3 weeks of nonstop festive tunes works for me!

  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack 
  2. A Very She & Him Christmas
  3. Sufjan Stevens, Songs for Christmas 

Happy holidays, friends!

Thrifty and Practical

And it was all yellow: bedroom love

A few years ago, I listened to a message for married couples about the importance of having a really nice and romantic bedroom. The speaker argued that if we valued our marriage we should invest in our bedroom – a space set aside for one another.

When we moved, I felt super inspired to experiment with a fresh room and thought I’d share the results! We bought a new bed after 10 years of marriage as well as a dresser that wasn’t a hand-me-down or secondhand. I also bought new curtains. The rest of the room is filled with repurposed stuff from other spaces in our old house.

The painting above the bed was a poster Josh bought from an art museum. We had been using the frame for something else, but once we cut the painting out of the white poster it fit perfectly in the space! I am in love with this painting, Sheaves of Wheat by Van Gogh.
The painting above the bed was a poster Josh bought from an art museum. We had been using the frame for something else, but once we cut the painting out of the white poster it fit perfectly in the space! I am in love with this painting, Sheaves of Wheat by Van Gogh.
The one thing I love about painting our bedroom white and having yellow curtains is the vast variety of light and color that comes into the room depending on the time of day and placement of the sun. This was taken early evening.
The one thing I love about painting our bedroom white and having yellow curtains is the vast variety of light and color that comes into the room depending on the time of day and placement of the sun. This was taken early evening.
This ray of sun is early morning light. I love how crisp and bright it is.
This ray of sun is early morning light. I love how crisp and bright it is. I bought the painting pictured here from a thrift shop for $2. It’s an original painting and I fell in love with it as well as the frame! Gold against white is my jam these days.
Major props to my mother in law for giving us this dresser that she purchased and painted! I am still debating whether I should paint the mirror white or not. It's been an on-going dilemma for the last 3 months. Thoughts, anyone?
Major props to my mother in law for giving us this dresser that she purchased and painted! I am still debating whether I should paint the mirror white or not. It’s been an on-going dilemma for the last 3 months. Thoughts, anyone?
I had to do a close-up of these treasures! I was given the little bowl with my name on it as well as the china saucer. Pretty little things make me so happy!
I had to do a close-up of these treasures! I was given the little bowl with my name on it as well as the china saucer. Pretty little things make me so happy! P.S. Can you see the overflowing laundry basket in the background? Laundry has to be the most infinite of tasks!
We bought this gold-yellow chair 6 years ago for $50. I have loved it every second we've owned it. My sister painted the middle image and my husband painted the two yellow roses. I love having artists in the family!
We bought this gold-yellow chair 6 years ago for $50. I have loved it every second we’ve owned it. My sister painted the middle image and my husband painted the two yellow roses. I love having artists in the family! The sunlight here is late afternoon and in full force. I love its beams shining through!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Thrifty and Practical

Collections galore characterize this boy’s room

Since Frederick turned 3, I’ve been learning that a little boy room looks quite different than a nursery. Little boy rooms seem to be full of collections.

One day Frederick really grasped the idea of triangles, so he made a ton of them out of playdough and saved them all! Here's his collection of playdough triangles.
One day Frederick really grasped the idea of triangles, so he made a ton of them out of playdough and saved them all! Here’s his collection of playdough triangles.
These jars hold his shell collection, rock collection, and the occasional leaf.
These jars hold his shell collection, rock collection, and the occasional leaf or marble.
He wanted to decorate his door with some art. The painting is from one of his friends - I love watching little kid friendships blossom!
He wanted to decorate his door with some art. The painting is from one of his friends – I love watching little kid friendships blossom!

When we moved I had a really hard time with the oak trim. I had no idea what colors to put on the walls. After a lot of research I decided to paint the bedrooms white and use a lot of color accents. One of my friends thought his room looked very Nordic in style. Here is his room on a really good day – it almost never looks like this!

This super funky red shag carpet is from IKEA. My friend made the bunting in the corner and the gorgeous colorful quit is a homemade gift from my mother-in-law.
This super funky red shag carpet is from IKEA. My friend made the bunting in the corner and the gorgeous colorful quit is a homemade gift from my mother-in-law. The chair is handmade as well – a baby shower gift.
My amazingly creative husband designed these book posters. They're probably my favorite thing in the room.
My amazingly creative husband designed these book posters. They’re probably my favorite thing in the room.
I pared down his book collection because he seemed to be getting overwhelmed with choice when we sat down to read.
I pared down his book collection because he seemed to be getting overwhelmed with choice when we sat down to read.

Last but not least – here is Frederick’s masterpiece. He wanted to hang it on the wall right by his bed, but we found he was playing with it way too much and kept pulling the nail out of the wall so it’s been relegated to the bookshelf.

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