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Simple & Fresh Christmas Tree.

Hey guys! Jenna here again sharing my tips for making an inexpensive fake Christmas tree look full and pretty for the holidays.

I have been dreaming about getting a high quality faux Christmas tree but for one reason or another it never finds itself in my budget. This year I set out to make my inexpensive Target tree next level. I think it worked, and I spent barely any money doing it.

I had almost bought stems to fill in this tree multiple times, but I ended up waiting until the week before Thanksgiving and found that Michael’s had all their Christmas stems and trimmings 70% off. Through this sale I was able to buy all the pieces I needed including the ribbon for a steal of a deal, only spending about $80 for everything on this tree. Not too bad if you ask me. The greenery is pretty neutral in style so I envision myself being able to reuse it in future years even if I go different directions with my decor. I definitely see myself getting my money’s worth out of it. That’s one of my biggest tip for purchasing Holiday decor, if you invest most of your dollars on pieces that can be versatile and skip the more themey feeling pieces, they will prove themselves a better investment.

So what did I do to take my inexpensive tree to a higher level?

First I started by taking my additional stems of faux greenery and dispersing them evenly around the tree. Since it’s tucked in a corner and no one will ever see the back I skipped it. Gasp I know. Once the stems were tucked in, I started looping the thicker ribbon weaving it in and out of the branches. I cut my ribbon into about 6′ pieces. I find that its easier to work with, and I like the undone whimsical sporadic look with the ribbon loops. I think it makes your tree feel easy going and fun.

After I used my thick ribbon, that really helped fill in the sparse spots in the tree. I then moved onto placing my feature pieces. First being my larger feature flowers, then my large wooden snowflake ornaments. I used only about 8 flowers and 6 big snowflakes on my 7.5 foot tree. I just eyeballed it and tucked them where it looked right.

Last, my Joy to the World ribbon was tucked in. I worked in smaller 4′ pieces of this and just wove it here and there. Once I added the star I was done.


I love all the texture and relaxed nature of this tree. I think it feels elegant without trying and that’s kind of my jam.

Dining nook refresh with what I already had.

Hey Hey! I thought I would pop in and share my dining nook before it becomes decked with boughs of holly. I previously had a pretty full size farmhouse table with 6 tall ladder backs that made my farmhouse loving heart happy, but it never felt quite right.

We live in a small 1600 sq foot home and I feel like I’m always learning how our small spaces work best. So I sold the large farmhouse table and refurbished this one and love this area so much more!

When I wanted to makeover this space I really wanted to buy a beautiful new table, a pretty doily style jute rug, chairs from the Magnolia Home collection… I could almost here the repeated cash register and $$$ signs adding up. Instead of buying all new things I decided to look at what I already had and try  my best to pull it together that way. And I did. I had this neglected Pottery Barn garage sale table find in my garage for almost a year… and decided it was time to breathe new life into it. I love the pretty scroll feet and pedestal base. When I got it the finish had seen better days, but no matter! 
I love the bentwood-esque chairs that are actually metal. I grabbed them from Target, you can get them here, they also come in matte black! I’ve mentioned this rug numerous times before on our blog but it this rug is also a Target find, this one is hooked wool and very nice quality. Rylen has a bigger version of it in her family room. 

I like to put accessorize my dining tables with useful things rather than a fancy centerpiece. Just about every single time I walk into Homegoods a piece of blue pottery begs to come home with me. These couple pieces are the beginnings of my collection. The hand painted details on them just make my designer textile loving heart skip a beat. Plus those bowls are enormous and great for a big bowl of delicious soup. Or cereal. Whichever. 
The only new items I purchased for this area were the chairs. I already had the rug, accessories, and table. The poor table had been neglected and in my garage for over a year… yikes. I’m glad I kept it around. It is such a good feeling to makeover a space and make it beautiful without digging into your wallet to do it.

Quick, easy & FUN Halloween Decor

Last year was the first year I decorated for Halloween, and to my surprise… my kids endlessly praised my coolness. So decorating for little holidays, such as Halloween became a MUST in my book. For the children right? Okay, it is a little for me too.

I am not much unto the spooky, but I can do cute and fun which is what I try to do each year. Cat burglars, ghosts, bats, and a skull with a spider for good measure that about sums up Halloween at our home.
What do you think? I know lots of people don’t “do” Halloween but its fun to do a little bit here and there each  year.

Most of my seasonal fun decor comes from my local Homegoods! The prices, the selection… its great! I grabbed the florals, spider webs, and pumpkins at Michaels and Joanns… I keep it simple, keep it inexpensive, and keep it fun!

In other news, I was a little shell shocked when I walked into Homegoods today for an afternoon stroll and found Christmas decor on their shelves. Though if invited to that bandwagon I could potentially hop on… I love the festive jingle bells more than I love a spooky skull.

 

– Jenna

Jenna’s Boy Nursery


Well, I am finally ready to share this space with you all… now that little Sawyer is almost 7 months old! Eek! I had him right after the holidays, and 2 weeks early. That combination, plus being smack dab in the middle of the school year with my older two threw me for a loop! Turns out having a newborn and having to get your other kids to school each day is like… really hard.

The funny/not funny part of this room redo is I thought I was in labor the same day that my sweet Husband decided to paint the nursery. So imagine my destroyed house (does that happen to you when you’re in project mode too?!) and me rushing to the hospital at 9 pm in false labor. Oh baby’s are such an adventure! I did end up having him later that same week, so pretty much the room was painted, and there was a crib and dresser, and that was it. Once I gained my bearings, well somewhat, of being a Mom of three kids I was able to pull together the details… the last picture is hung, and we’re finally ready to share it!

I would contend that the best part of having a baby is getting to design a Nursery for them because there’s such little rules when it comes to baby rooms… you can pretty much do whatever your heart desires. Which is definitely what I did when I was designing this space. We live in a tract home with teeny bedrooms, but I really wanted to do something different to the walls in this space. Every designer will tell you not to paint tiny spaces dark colors… its like rule numero uno. But hey, its a baby room so why not!

It all started with the paint color, I fell in love with Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore. It is a really deep grey with beautiful ashy undertones. I love this color, it is a true grey and so moody. The wainscoting was in the room when we purchased our house, so we didn’t need to install it. I painted it grey and the upper half my favorite warm white, Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. 
I love all the sweet details in this room. All very boy in nature, the dark grey walls really makes it feel cohesive and brings together all the little things.

I’ll be back later this week to share the sources for all the cute decor of this space! What do you think? Was it totally crazy to do such a dark color in such a small space?

Our favorite console table.

You know those pieces of furniture that you can literally move anywhere in your homeand they always work great. Those are my favorite pieces to buy, because you know. I’m fickle and noncommittal. I like to rearrange and freshen up our home a lot. So when I buy furniture, I want to make sure that it is a sound investment for me. I love all the versatile things, and that entire checklist applies to this console table. It happens to be on a great sale right now, so I wanted to blog about it in time for you to snatch the deal! The Everett foyer table is seriously the perfect piece of furniture. It is small enough to fit in an entry, where mine resided for a long time. But I recently moved it over to my Living Room sitting area and it finishes off the space so nicely.

It is my favorite table to dress up each season. I don’t have a mantle in my home, so this works quite nicely. Here’s how it looks today staged easy going for late summer days. I seriously love it. It happens to be an amazing sale right now, you can snag one of your own here. If you order through your store, you won’t have to pay shipping. I stalked it for months and waited for it to go on sale, this is the lowest price I’ve ever seen it go down to. So it is a great time to make it yours!

Jenna’s Home Office.

Before we jump in and share our Holiday home’s with you all, I wanted to drop in and share my home office that is finally finished and has been a long time in the making!

I came up with the vision for this room months and months ago, but I was newly pregnant, and turns out being pregnant, having a couple kids, and being self employed takes a LOT out of you. Now that baby Allen is coming in January I’m in major crunch time to wrap all these projects nesting made me do up.

We tried something in this room we hadn’t yet, and that is WALLPAPER. I am just so thrilled with how it turned out, we chose this beautiful Peonies & Anemones black and white wallpaper from Milton & King for the feature wall. I was a little intimidated at first, but my sweet husband did such a good job installing it. I think this design happens to be forgiving (thank goodness) for us wall paper newbies. I love the subtle pop of pattern and the texture it brings to this room.

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The rug in this room has been one of my favorites for the past year, but couldn’t find a good spot for it in my home. I finally decided that my office was the perfect excuse to purchase it! It is the Indigo Belfast rug from Target . I just love this pattern so much.

The curtains are from the Nate Berkus line at Target. I love the little Tassle detail.

The art I grabbed one day at Hobby Lobby. Their wall art section is impressive these days! I haven’t looked at it in a while and there was SO much good stuff!
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There is a full sized computer in here, but more often than not I find myself working on my laptop. This little settee from World market is the perfect place to do just that! I found it for a killer deal from a friend who was selling it. It’s so darling! I love it. jennas-office-4

A large corner mirror is perfect for this room because it’s a small space, so it makes it feel bigger having that tucked in the corner. The other accessories are from my favorite stores like Homegoods, and Anthropologie. They never fail me.

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I definitely believe that having a pretty space to work from makes a huge difference in your work product. Being an interior designer by trade, perhaps I’m biased. Us creatives might fall on the crazy side of the scale, but it’s probably more fun over here anyways.

Thanks for stopping by my home office today!

Finally Fall: Jenna’s Fall Home Tour 2016

Hey girls! We are so thrilled to be included in a fun Finally Fall home tour blog hop with some really great insanely talented hosts. All their links full of eye candy are at the end!

It finally feels like cooler weather is on the way in Arizona so I’ve been making it rain pumpkins for the last couple days… For the first time since I got married I decided to decorate for Halloween. My kids are over the moon and I think I moved up on the cool Mom scale a teeny bit. I would be lying if I said I’m not loving it too. Every time I walk by I can’t help but smile. Originally I only planned on adding Halloween to our entry way, but it has slowly crept it’s way into all my fall decor almost. It adds a bit of light hearted fun in our home, and I am a fan of that! Perhaps later in the season I’ll show these spaces without the skelebones and bats.

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This Haunted House Pillow that I found at Nordstrom Rack is so darling… the little spooky eyes in the windows make me laugh. It’s possible that I’m easily amused.

Our front room functions as a sitting room but mostly a play room for the kiddos. We need to utilize all our rooms in our little house so this one needs to play multiple duties. 
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I always love to decorate this entertainment center for each season, it’s in our main living space the kitchen/dining/family room.

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jennas-fall-home-2017-31 jennas-fall-home-2017-17I found the cutest collection of painted Halloween plates by Rae Dunn at my local HomeGoods. They all have different cute painted witch feet + cute saying on them. My personal favorite is the one I showed on top, smell my feet. Back to being easily amused.
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I hope you enjoyed coming by and visiting our home! I love decorating for fall because it means the entire Holiday season is coming! Bring me all the Pumpkin spice + Caramel apples! 

Be sure to stop by these lovely Finally Fall Home Tours

 

Little Glass Jar

A House and a Dog

The Fat Hydrangea

Twelve On Main

Dandelion Patina

An Inspired Nest

Creekwoodhill

Rustic and Woven

Delightfully Noted

Mindfully Gray

Living 511

 

Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods

This is by far one of my very favorite details of my home, but yet its a view that I hardly ever share. I get tons of compliments from visitors, and questions about it from followers so here are all the details I can think of sharing with you. It’s really so simple, which is probably why I never thought to blog about it. We completed this project well over a year ago, and I don’t think I’ve ever shared the details of it. So here I go.

The first big change I made is adding the faux shiplap planked wall. So easy and I love it. Then I had to address the window situation, which was challenging. In my family room I have a large sliding glass door + a corner of windows in the eat in kitchen. I wanted a seamless look for the entire space, but finding curtain rods that would fit what I needed was 1. Near impossible 2. Extremely expensive.

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One day perusing Home Depot I found myself in the industrial pipe aisle, and decided to go for it. When I spoke to the trusty Home Depot man he suggested that I use electical conduit pipe because it was less expensive and lighter weight. So he threaded the ends of the large pipes to match the fittings I needed to attach them to the wall and I was off.

I connected 2 large 12′ pipes along the main wall with an L bracket on each end, and a T bracket in the middle. On the adjacent wall I just used 1 12′ pipe attached to the wall with L brackets on each side.

I found these Dot Lattice curtains at Target and thought they would be the perfect backdrop for my home through the seasons, knowing we use and change this space A LOT. It’s been about 18 months and I still am happy with the choice, and that’s saying a LOT for someone who likes to change things all the time.

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New “big” boy room.

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Yay! We’re back from both of us falling off the face of the earth, aka being newly pregnant and feeling like we’re slowly dying of exhaustion + nausea. We’re popping in to share a new room redo, what is better than that! The best kind of blog posts ever.

After we redid Grace’s room, I was dying to redo my little boy’s room too. I feel like he’s always left out of the fun for whatever reason (second kid problems). I call it a “big” boy room lightly, because he’s well.. only 3. But he has a regular bed now so it qualifies right?  Anyways, I was so thrilled to add another Beddy’s to my collection, you can read my review of their product { here }. It is certainly one of my very favorite new things I have found. We went with the Hot and Coaled beddy’s . It is MUCH more color than I am used to, I am such a neutral girl at heart… but I am learning to add color. I believe kid’s rooms should be fun and full of personality. I had a lot of fun mixing patterns in this room (even though I do get scared at times that maybe it’ll look like a clown hut). But I think it came together pretty well.

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My husband built Hudson a bed for this space, because I just think that is the coolest thing to do and also… he rocks at it.  We found plans on Ana White and I love how simple and rustic it is. I chose to do a two-tone finish on it. The planks are stained special walnut, and the white is Swiss Coffee.

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Another project I did was this dresser. It’s an old Ikea Hemnes dresser that’s been hanging around our house for years moving here and there. I added some fun paper from Chasing Paper for the drawer fronts, and I love how fun it turned out. I told you… like so much pattern going on in here… but hey, why not.

Here are a couple more detail shots for fun, I love the pillowcase and animals from the Pillowfort line at Target. The rug is also from Target.


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We DIY’d pretty much everything in this space, from the bed, to the curtains, to the dresser. That is my favorite way to decorate my own home. What do you think? I think it turned out so fun and perfect for my cute little 3-year old.

The perfect bedding solution + one of our new favorite things.

We are so excited to share this post with you because it is our latest obsession, and favorite part of Grace’s whole room. Jenna’s husband built the most beautiful day bed with plans from Ana White. We loved the bed so much, but it was a huge hassle to make every day. My toddler could no way do it by herself, because it was even difficult for ME. So basically her bed was never made, so really, her room was NEVER clean and tidy like I would have liked it. It bothered me to no end. Enter Beddy’s Zip Up Bedding. I had just about reached my limits one day lifting and tucking in her quilt when I remembered about zip up bedding I had seen once on Shark  Tank a long time ago. I immediately google’d it and was so happy when I saw all the cute styles available. I chose Chic White for Ms. Grace. The ruffles are just so sweet, and it’s lined with minky fabric, which she is over the moon about.

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The best part is the sheets are built in so you just slip on the cover and you’re done. The zipper is really easy to use for her, she loves that she gets to make her bed everyday. Now if I could just teach her how to arrange her pillows just how I like them…. hmm. I’ll  have to work on that.

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I just love this bedding beyond looks, my mom sanity has gone up a few notches… and I need every once of sanity I can muster these days. Have you ever thought of zip up bedding? Now we want it in all our kids spaces! It is so great!