Category Archives: Seasonal Decor

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.

Rylen’s Fall Tour: Part 2

Better late than never right?! I cant believe how fast Halloween has snuck up on me this year! We have our first Halloween party on Friday and I just realized i don’t even have a costume for Ridge yet! Hopefully this isn’t an indication of how the rest of this holiday season is going to go.

I had fun decorating my family/dining room for Halloween this year.  I tried to stick with mostly neutral colors with a vintage vibe. I changed out my botanical prints for these fun vintage prints put together by Ella Claire. I love the playful touch they add.

I was so happy to finally have shelves to decorate! Styling shelves is always a process for me. I have to put stuff up and see how i feel about it for a day or two then tweak things. I recently bought this three tiered shelf from Rod Works in Gilbert, AZ. It is the perfect depth for this dining room. I added some spooky bats to the hallway along with pumpkins of course!

Hope you have a very happy Halloween!

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

Fall Craft Night 2017

After taking a break from craft nights last year, Jenna and I were itching to host another one! We loved crafting and visiting with everyone that came! This year we added a raffle to the craft night and it was a blast! We had some AMAZING donations including a shop credit to Lularoe by Kendyl Hawkins, a print from Print it Engineer, a cutout from Lolly Letters, a makeup session with Erin Pace Makeup, and of course one of our favorite new HATS!

We had the MOST delicious cupcakes from Cupcake Love AZ. I am a bit of a cupcake snob connoisseur and these were to die for! We had lemon, orange, almond, chocolate almond, chocolate, and red velvet. They also make gorgeous cake and cookies. So yummy!
We love hosting these crafts nights. They take A LOT of prep work but always end up being so much fun. We love being able to create an opportunity for women to come together, catch up, make new friends, and leave with something fun and unique for their homes.

Rylen’s Halloween Tour: Part One

Every year I have the Halloween or Fall decor dilemma. This year Halloween won out after I found these oh so cute printables from Ella Claire. These prints set the tone for my neutral, vintage, and simple Halloween decor! I snapped a few pictures of my front room before it was destroyed from the craft night we hosted. It’s still in disarray haha but it was totally worth the fun night! 

I found the Double, Double Toil and Trouble print at the Caravan Shoppe. It came with 3 prints for $5! I just had an engineer print done at staples then stapled the print to poplar boards. It was a very easy project that makes quite a statement! 
Hope your enjoyed my front room all dressed up for Halloween!

Finally Fall: Rylen’s Fall Home Tour 2016

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Jenna and I were so excited to be included in this Finally Fall blog hop! We feel like the theme “finally fall” could not be more fitting for us Arizonans. We have to fake it till we make it for quite a while until it FINALLY starts to cool down here!This fall/holiday season is going to be an interesting one with baby coming soon. I normally love to decorate for Halloween but I know with a newborn around I won’t be changing out my decor anytime soon. I wanted some simple, neutral touches of fall that would transition well until Christmas comes out and ones that I (hopefully) won’t get sick of!
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I was so excited to find this magnolia wreath on decor steals. I’ve been wanting one for SO long but could never justify spending $90 on one. rylen-fallhome-6dsc_0308-2rylen-fallhome-7Can you spy my little photo bomber? Photographing a room takes skills, photographing a room with little hooligans running around is an art. This last time we were photographing, I kept thinking we needed a behind the scenes video going on because it was not as serene as the pictures make it look!
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This is one of my favorite times of year. I love everything that fall brings and cant wait to start all of our fun fall traditions! Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to stop by our fellow Finally Fall Home Tours. They will all make you swoon!

 

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

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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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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

 

New simple floating shelves

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I really wanted to share with you the new Ikea floating shelves we added and I’ve begun to style in our front room today. However, there is a backstory that should be known… because I feel  like everyone who is on the quest to decorate their home can probably relate. This room has been a huge challenge… let me explain… I think you really have to “live” in a space for a good amount of time to really understand how you really need it to function for you before you begin to decorate. We bought our home about 3 years ago and it has had many identity crisis’s since then. I would say that’s mostly because I was in such a huge rush to define all the areas and make it all fluffed and pretty, which is totally what happened with this space.

I probably wasted a whole lot of my energy, not to mention money… because here we are 3 years later with a completely different aesthetic and all our main spaces have all been through multiple changes. For the most part, all we’ve done is change the cosmetics of it multiple a couple times… but still it’s totally different now than what it has been in the past. The big changes I would say started with our grey concrete floors and has just totally spiraled from there.

So this space, is our front room that is meant to be a dining/formal living room is larger than our family room space in the back of our home… so we really need it to function like a main living area… even though the builder may have had other plans. A couple months ago I decided to throw caution to the wind, put a tv console in there, and a sectional and make it a playroom.

Well of course the designer in me still needs it to be pretty because well… hello designer issues.. and it’s the first room people see when they walk into our house. I really wanted it to be a comfortable pretty space to entertain guests, as well as a play room for the kids. SO I’ve been working on just that. The idea of these shelves came from the idea to add another surface to put all my pretty clutter things on because you can never have too many styling opportunities, am I right?  On my most recent trip to Ikea, I grabbed the Ekby floating shelves. They were $20 each, a total steal, and I would guess they’re each 6ish feet long, so large. They were pretty easy to mount, my husband did that… bless his soul. And then I got to emptying all my stashes of pretty things I had tucked away.  The best part is I mostly used what I had, I only purchased a couple things for this area. I love shopping my house, I was playing musical decor all morning. I would still say it has some more final touches to make, but I just love how it looked today so I thought I would share with you the space. So here is how it looks today.
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The only items that were purchased were the pillows that I grabbed at Homegoods, and the wooden carved whale… which I love. They both have put me in a Spring mood, or maybe it’s that it’s been 80 in Arizona this week.

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Obviously I need to fill that huge frame with something, I already have this print ordered I just need to go get it printed at Staples.

I stole the little dresser from my little  boy’s room that may or may not still be full of his clothes because I thought it was the perfect scale to fill between the two sitting chairs. He needs a bigger one anyways, I just need to find the right one to replace it. But hey, quirky things like that are fun… right?

Now every time you see this space in my pictures you’ll know it’s filled with toddler clothes… that makes me laugh. Styled Shelves - 14 Styled Shelves - 10
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I love how this little area came together and it was quick and easy. Don’t you love when that happens?

Rylen’s Christmas Home Tour

Merry Christmas! This holiday season always seems like a whirlwind to me, but I am really trying to enjoy every moment of it this year.  It has been especially fun as my boys are getting older and starting to enjoy all our family traditions.

There is just something about a home decorated for Christmas that is so cozy and inviting. Like Jenna, one of the things I love most about having a neutral home is being able to add some fun colors around the holidays but not have to be married to them.This year I really went back and forth on decorating themes. I originally wanted a totally neutral Christmas but couldn’t help adding some red. So here is my neutral, with pops of red, Christmas home!Christmas Home 1Christmas Tour 2I tried really hard to do a neutral tree this year but it just wasn’t jiving. Then when i got my box of ornaments out I couln’t help but put them up. Growing up, my mom gave each of us kids an ornament every year. When we got married or left the house she gave us each all of our ornaments. I’ve since started the same tradition with my boys. I love that each year our tree is sentimental even though it may be simple.

I love having a fresh tree each year (even though it then sits in my backyard till the next fall haha!). The smell is amazing and it is so much fun to go as a family and pick it out together. Christmas Tour 3I made these fun little felt trees last year. They are so easy. I think they add a little whimsy to the space. The sign is one we made at our Collected House Christmas craft night. My husband asked me if the lines on the deer were supposed to be there….yes, yes they are! Christmas Tour 4

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This little 4 foot tree is from IKEA priced at a whopping $25!! I think its so adorable. I set it on top of my spool table to give it a little more height and gave her some neutral ornaments. Christmas Tour 14I really wanted to incorporate some natural elements into my Christmas decor. They emit such a simple elegance.  I was leaving my moms house a few weeks ago and as I drove by her cute little orchard I knew I needed to do something with some oranges! I dried some and placed them throughout my family room. Christmas Tour 15Christmas Tour 12These stockings and garland are one of my favorite decor additions this year. I love the decor steals ones I snagged and I’m loving the grain- sack inspired stockings I made. They feel very nostalgic to me, which is just the vibe I was hoping for. The garland was also a fun and super inexpesive project. I just couldn’t swallow spending $3-4 a foot on garland that was going to die and I knew we could DIY it! Christmas home 3Christmas home 2Here’s a little Christmas in the kitchen! Christmas home 5Hope you were able to gather some inspiration from my holiday home, thank you so much for stopping by! Christmas home 4

Jenna’s Christmas Home Tour.

Hey guys! I am so excited to share my simple holiday home with you all today. I love a neutral home, my house is probably the epitome of a blank slate. Around the holidays I like to add pops of red in, along with some cozy texture. I also really love the added greenery at every turn too.

My entry way wall is one of my favorite projects, and ever since we added the board and batten detail, I have been dreaming of it adorned with evergreen garland.

You won’t even believe that Rylen + I made the garland out of tree scraps from the Lowe’s tree lot this year. It was SUPER simple and about as inexpensive as it gets, we will share more on it later. For now, I’ll just show you the pretty end product. Because do people even read the text that goes with a home tour post? I hardly do.. haha.
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Our front playroom/sitting room is finally taking shape. I added an Ektorp sectional, jute rug, and rearranged the room. The slipcover is still REALLY wrinkled from the packaging, I keep telling myself to steam it… but the other half of me believes the wrinkles will eventually fall out on their own. We shall see how it goes.CHRISTMAS - 1 (1)

Simple is an understatement when it comes to our tree this year, I have a curious 2 year old, and instead of fighting him about ornaments I just decided to go sans ornaments this year. I don’t hate it.

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And here is our family room area all decked out for the holiday.

Starting of course with my favorite corner, I have a new rug ordered but it seems to have gotten eaten by UPS, so don’t mind the rug-less room. I’m sure it bothers me more than it bothers anyone else. I just like my rooms grounded with rugs if given an option.

I love the little pom pom garland we made at our recent craft night.

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Thanks for stopping by my holiday house!