Today I’m sharing the next space up on my holiday home tour, my pantry! As usual the star of the show in here is the crimson tinsel tree and chandelier full of vintage ornaments. The deep color of this Christmas tree is so unique and I love the way the ornaments pop against it. This room is such a mix of rustic and glam so I love to play that up each year with the metallic ornaments, sparkly garlands, and plenty of gold! I don’t think I will ever get tired of this vintage chandelier full of vintage ornaments either! Most of these vintage ornaments were from my grandmother and I’m so happy to have them because they are each so unique, intricate, and beautiful.Read More
I’m super excited to be offering holiday decorating services again this year with the help of my Gathered Living design team. To make it simple, I’ve created some basic packages based on what most of my past clients have preferred/needed for their holiday decorating. Keep in mind all the packages listed below cover styling services ONLY for your existing tree/decor.Read More
Today I had the privilege of doing a little segment discussing holiday decorating tips on a local news show, Midday Kentucky. If you didn't get to catch the segment live, I've linked it for you below! I was so nervous leading up to this interview that I didn't really tell anyone about it in advance! My plan was to just pretend it didn't happen if I said something stupid, tripped, or did something embarrassing during the interview! Thankfully none of that happened (I think) and I survived! Live TV is such an exciting challenge and before I knew it, it was already over! Thanks to the team at Midday Kentucky for giving me the opportunity to come on the show, and especially to Katie for being so kind and helpful with her interview. Also a special thanks to the gals at Hartley Social for setting this up and joining me behind the scenes today. Check out the full video + some behind-the-scenes photos below!
Sometimes the best decor comes together without any kind of plan. That was the case for my kitchen Christmas decor this year. When I started sorting through my decorations and trying to divide it between each room of the house, I was stumped when it came to my vision for the kitchen. I just couldn't picture the color scheme or style I wanted in here. Then I spotted this picture on the One King's Lane Instagram, and my vision for this space started coming together.
I wanted to replicate the collection of various fresh wreaths above the fireplace and I also loved the pops of bright blue. I already had some touches of bright colors throughout the kitchen, including in my vintage kitchen rug by the sink, so I thought I could add similar pops of those colors throughout the room. I made all the fresh wreaths above the fireplace by using a small grapevine wreath as the base and then attaching fresh sprigs of greenery all around it using floral wire and greens from Trader Joe's. I then added the bright ribbons at the top for a pop of color.
From here, the rest of my decor came together much easier. I was able to use lots of vintage red Christmas decor, metallic bottle brush trees, and vintage ornaments that I already had in my collection from years before (mostly to style the open shelving in the kitchen). I also purchased a few boxes of new ornaments from Target to fill in the rest of the tree with some more bright colors. One of my favorite elements of the room is the giant metal "fresh holiday greens" bucket that I used as a Christmas tree stand. I first spotted these on Liz Marie's blog last year and was thrilled when I found a few at Stein Mart this year! The old knit vintage stockings I found at the Peddler's mall this year also just happened to be the perfect colors for the room (even though I had no idea when I bought them what my plan was for in here!). As always, I've linked just about everything I could think of at the end of this post for you to shop, but if you have any questions about anything not mentioned, just ask! You can find a before + after summary of our kitchen renovation including details on our lighting, fixtures, flooring, and more here.
Stockings: Vintage via Peddler's Mall Stores
Fresh garland: Trader Joe's
Gold garland: Michael's
Fresh wreaths: handmade with greenery from Trader Joe's
Tree topper: Target
Wood nutcracker: Homegoods
Marble Christmas tree: Homegoods
Gold deer head statue: Target
"Christmas in the Country" wood plate: Vintage
White flocked deer: Vintage (similar here)
Gold trees: Homegoods
Red woven wall hanging: Homegoods
Today I'm sharing a little tour of our master bedroom Christmas decor! It seems like every year my bedroom holiday decor always consists of lots of plaids and very cozy, cabin-y decor. Naturally your bedrooms should be the most comfortable and cozy rooms of the house and I love how Christmas decor adds to that feeling. I want to sleep with our little tree on all night, but unfortunately my husband usually makes me unplug it before bed (I'll definitely be keeping it on all night the week of Christmas though).
I kept our bedroom tree really simple, just adding lots of lights and some ribbon and garland without many ornaments at all. I think fresh trees look so good even without any decorations at all, so I always like to have one real Christmas tree decorated pretty minimally. One of my favorite tree decorating tricks is to use two different sized lights for extra sparkle and a magical glow- this tree has large round globe lights mixed with twinkle lights (all clear colored).
My other favorite parts of the decor in here are the "Fresh Cut Christmas Tree" pillows I picked up at Marshall's (also found them for you online too here) this year and the decorative skis with cute Christmas lyrics painted on them (also from TJMaxx- and available online here!). I also always add some more wintry throw pillows to the bed too, and was able to find some great plaid ones with fur trim from Stein Mart (yes MORE plaid!). We keep the American flag above our bed year round, but I always add a wreath over it for Christmas and a few garlands too. I've linked all my decor sources at the end of this post for you to shop- but if you have questions about anything not mentioned, just ask! You can also check out our master bedroom before + after here for paint colors, fixture sources, and more details about this room!
Decorative skis: TJMaxx
Pinecone wreath: Vintage (thrifted)
Plaid tree garland: Target (from the dollar spot)
Boxwood wreath: Trader Joe's
Silver tinsel tree in vintage bucket: Thrifted (similar here)
Winter scene metal tree stand: Vintage (similar here)
Faux fur pom garland (in tree): Homegoods
Red plaid ribbon (in tree): Hobby Lobby
Rewined "Wine Under the Tree" candle: Miss Molly Vintage
There's nothing more exciting than designing a space completely from scratch and surprising one of my clients with the completed look! This client wanted all new holiday decor for her mantle and trusted me completely to put together a design that she would love. I was inspired by the rest of her living room to keep the design simple + modern with lots of neutrals that would seamlessly blend in to the rest of her decor.
I was able to find most of the decorations at my favorite place, Target, which always has the best selection of unique, modern Christmas decor. I love the mix of more rustic materials (woodgrain, fresh greenery, and white-wash) with super glitzy and glam elements (like her starburst mirror, glittered trees, and mirrored snowflake garland). My favorite feature is the super modern layered garland: I topped a fresh pine garland (from Trader Joe's) with two different unique garlands from Target. I chose some simple wool and faux fur stockings too which I tucked into the garland off to one side.
I filled the rest of the mantle with a mixture of different mini trees, a distressed wood wreath, and white-washed deer. I usually play around with these arrangements to try to find the perfect balance on each side. On the ledge below the mantle I placed a gold metal basket filled with a boxwood wreath (also from Trader Joe's), another deer, and small tree off to one side. I love to use baskets on fireplace ledges to help them look less bare. You can fill them a mixture of firewood, blankets, pinecones, or greenery. I also added a few little touches to the shelves beside the fireplace to keep the eye moving across the space (all those items are from Michael's).
I love the neutral color scheme mixed with pops of fresh greenery! The best part is that all of these items are perfect for mixing and matching with so many different color schemes and styles of decor, so she will be able to use them year after year. Stay tuned to see more of my Christmas tree decorating and shelf styling for this same client later next week! In the meantime, you can shop all the items used for this mantle at the end of this post!
all photos by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
No room goes undecorated in my home at Christmastime, including the pantry. I wanted all the Christmas decorations in here to really pop against the dark walls and shelving and feel super glitzy and elegant. I knew I wanted to hang lots of vintage ornaments from the chandelier to create a totally glamorous focal piece in the center of the room. I love the contrast between all the sparkle and gold with the more rustic furniture pieces. I also wanted a super unique tree in a bold color and thanks to Hayneedle, I found the perfect one at an amazing price! I also mixed in some of my favorite vintage collectibles, like my grandmother's ceramic tree, flocked deer, and Christmas signs and figurines. I've linked sources for just about everything at the end of this post for you to shop, but if you have any questions about something I didn't mention, just ask! You can find pantry before + after renovation photos, and sources for any fixtures, paint colors, flooring etc. here.
7.5 ft. crimson Christmas tree courtesty of Hayneedle
Bottle brush metallic trees: Anthropologie (old- similar here)
Silver bulb garland (in chandelier): Pottery Barn (old- similar here)
Christmas tree garlands: Target (similar here) + Hobby Lobby
Red flocked deer: Vintage (similar here)
Gold wreath: Target (old)
Christmas signs: Vintage
Santa cookie jar: Vintage (similar here)
Last week was full of holiday decorating appointments and I'm excited to share some peeks of a few of them this week! This client wanted their front porch and dining nook decorated for the holidays. She also wanted some new artwork or wall hanging for above the turquoise piece that was a little more holiday themed. We decided to go for a large chalkboard, since she would be able to use it even after the holidays by just changing out the artwork! I found the chalkboard at Hobby Lobby for 50% off (sales rotate at Hobby Lobby so these are usually on sale every other week).
I was able to duplicate artwork for the chalkboard from an inspiration picture that my client sent me (see below). Most of the other accessories used were items that she already owned and leftovers from the rest of her Christmas decorating. Thankfully all the items went together perfectly and I was able to pull together some cute vignettes with them. The only things that I purchased to add was the fresh greenery, and glass cloche (which I added ornaments inside of). She had lots of cute little jars and bottles which I made a little more festive just by adding a couple sprigs of greenery inside. Since there's already some pops of color in this space, I loved having the mostly white + neutral Christmas decor in this area!
She also had some cute items to work with for the porch, including some wreaths, lanterns, and the "JOY" sign. I thought the sign would be a cute pop of color on the door so I attached it to the wreath to hang from the bottom. I also used another extra wreath she had and layered it on top of a fresh wreath to make it more substantial. I added extra wide burlap ribbon to both of the wreaths to tie everything together. We knew we wanted to use lots of lanterns and cluster them together. I filled the largest lanterns with some shatter-proof ornaments and then used battery operated twinkle lights inside them too. Above the door I hung a simple swag of fresh greenery and added a cute little banner garland on top from Target. The finished look is super simple and cheerful and definitely matches the decor inside of the house too! If you would like more information about our decorating services, it's not too late to add some festive touches to your home! Fill out the form below to set up your own consultation!