A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

A Merry Modern Christmas

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This Modern Christmas photoshoot by Sitting in a Tree is so fun. I love that it’s full of non-traditional colors (no red or green to be found), shapes and patterns - it’s creative, contemporary and a neat spin on the usual this time of the year!

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The playful patterns are the best! Oh how I’d love a linen closet full of turquoise stripes and yellow geometric prints. Mix that with a bit of fuchsia, glitter and gold and you have yourself a very merry modern Christmas.

A few of my favorite ideas to steal: individual trays as place settings (you can buy these for just a couple of dollars each at online stores such as Oriental Trading and paint em up any way you choose), confetti ornaments (another great DIY project) and tree branch centerpieces wrapped in book pages (a quick coat of white spray paint and a dash of white glitter would be another sparkly alternative).

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The entire design, including home decor inspiration, can be found here.

The shoot was set in San Diego and staged to replicate a new couple’s first Christmas – out with the old traditions while welcoming in the new. Photography by Joielala.

Wait… Can We Fit in One More Project?

It would not be far fetched to suggest that the projects we’ve taken on this year have grown in equal proportion to the belly.

Quick recap:

We started with a $100 minor bathroom upgrade during the first trimester. No major demo, just a quick touch-up with paint, fabric and fresh accessories.

The second trimester brought with it a major overhaul on the den which became our new kitchen. It’s nearly complete with just a few final finishing touches needed. The above picture is roughly midway through the renovation.

And then this past week…

That would be the week before little Baby S is due, we tore into the old kitchen to create a third bedroom and home office.

Here’s what the old kitchen looked like when we moved in:

We made minor live-in updates, like covering up that blue formica and staining the cabinets a dark espresso. Here’s a look at the space today from the same angle (from the sealed-off perspective and just inside):

Woohoo! Thrilled that we’re tackling this project before little one is here. Dust and debris would not be ideal in the air in just a couple of weeks and thankfully baby is obliging by staying put so far.

A little in-process action:

We knocked down the wall between the kitchen and the front bedroom as well, here’s a look at that front room when we moved in:

Boy did that family love wood paneling! We painted the space to create faux beadboard around the entire room and tore out the carpet, but today the little bedroom received a big overhaul:

We pushed this part of the renovation off until Kevin wrapped up school just last week, knowing full well that if babe came at all early we’d have to hold off for months to turn these two useless spaces (nobody really needs two kitchens…) into a new office and guest room.

Big plans brewing for the new space! And don’t worry – the nursery, master bedroom and kitchen are all receiving little updates (thank goodness for nesting overdrive right now) that I look forward to posting about soon.

Three days until Christmas!

Favorite Trend: Faux Antlers

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I fell in love with the little fella below when I was wandering the racks at Kohls for last-minute Christmas shopping this past weekend.

I kind of have a thing for ceramic animals (and antlers!) and have always felt that they add a little special and contemporary something to a room.

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Bringing him home made me wonder what other inspiration is out there for decorating with faux antlers throughout the house.

The search was on and it produced some seriously beautiful results:

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Can you spot the antlers? It’s kind of like a Where’s Waldo for deer heads… each of these homes creatively showcase their version in a different way.

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Plus this is sort of the perfect time of year to add them to your space, no?

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I don’t know how I feel about the real deal – I think I prefer the animal-friendly, crisp white versions for now (and on the pro side, they won’t turn your living room into a hunting lodge decorating-wise).

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And here’s the last of them! Mmm, love the look. It’s bold and maybe a bit trendy, but they sure look darn good in these inspirational spaces.

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Image sources from top: Flickr “It’s Great to be Home”, DecorPad, Graham and Green, Young House Love, Bower Power, Made by Girl’s living room via Hygge Nook, Decor8, Domino Magazine, Lonny Magazine via Things We Love, Style Files, Just Something I Made and House Beautiful.

Four days until Christmas!

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