Decorate with Me! Cozy Christmas Edition

“Could the magic of Christmas be that it never loses its magic?”

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Slowly, year by year, I am trying to revamp my Christmas decorations style. I know you know what I mean. Some people love the vibrant reds and greens, others dream of the “snow-frosted” white Christmas. I like vintage pieces, but also rustic DIY projects. I think I’m still in the process of finding my Christmas style, but I’m getting there.

Below you’ll find some of my favorite pieces, and for the most part where you can buy them and how much they cost. Because let’s be real here – you need to know the good good if you want to replicate anything you see in your own home.

Let’s start out with some home decor you probably saw in last year’s Christmas segment (shout-out to my ONE YEAR blogging anniversary coming up!).

That beautifully-glowing Christmas present glass box was given to me by a friend. Get this – someone made it for them! So it is doable. My best guess is a frosted glass box, some twinkle lights on the inside, and a big bow to tie it off.

The “Merry Christmas” sign is from my all-time favorite vintage/rustic Christmas shop,
The Old Candle Barn in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was $8.99. This is the same place I bought my little caroler girls for $3.99/each.

The “Holiday House Rules” came from Kohl’s and cost $29.99 originally but I know I wouldn’t pay that (LMAO); I remember buying it on sale during Black Friday in 2016.

The wooden “tray” is new from Home Goods and cost $12.99. I think it adds a nice rustic touch to the wooden coffee table. I remember buying the reindeer candle holder from Kohl’s years ago. That Fireside candle is from the Shady Maple Gift Shop (also located in Lancaster, PA).

Per usual, I have to include a couple photos of my Christmas tree – would it be a Christmas post without it?!

That sign above my tree came from Home Goods for $14.99.
I got my tree from Big Lots on Black Friday in 2016 for $59.99. Incredibly good find. Image result for okay emoji

One of my favorite ideas this Christmas are these pillowcases. Casey Holmes posted about this genius idea on Snapchat and I was determined to replicate this in my home when I got the chance. Here is where you can buy all six pillowcases for your throw pillows for $19.99. Then I bought a pack of four pillows (18″ x 18″) for $19.99. Instead of buying a single pillow for $15-20 depending on where you go, you can invest in the pillows and swap out 4-6 cases each season for the price of one. You’ll save storage space and $$ spent on decorative throw pillows!

All Hearts Come Home at Christmas” pillow is from the Old Candle Barn and cost $7.99.

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Lastly, I have this really cool DIY project involving a galvanized vase and some branches I picked out and put together. I think I’ll save this for its own blog post. Image result for wink emoji

So those are my holiday decorations for 2017! How about yours? Do you have a blog post up detailing your finds? Is there something I can add to my collection? Lmk in the comments below!

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DIY: Refurbished Barstools

“From Craigslist to Chabby Chic!”

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This is one of the cooler DIY projects we’ve done. We took some barstools we got for $25/each, splurged on a can of nice paint, and sanded the edges for a worn look. It took some time but it was well worth it for how polished they turned out. They match fabulously in our new apartment with the white marble countertop.

They were completely plain when we bought them. The first step was to coat them in the chalk paint we purchased. The brand is Annie Sloan and the shade is graphite.

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After going over them with two coats of paint, we took to sanding them down for a worn look. We used sandpaper from Home Depot and this process was not difficult at all. If you messed up, you just painted back over it! It’s simple and completely customizable as to where you place the “weathered” look. We tried to make them all match, in a sense, but none of the chairs are identical.

After sanding down the chairs to what we were happy with, with sealed it with two coats of polyurethane. We also purchased this from Home Depot and made sure to get a kind that is easy to clean/wipe down.

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I think they turned out fabulously! They are certainly a conversation piece, and we saved a lot of money on nice barstools. It was a fun project and now we know how to redo some kitchen furniture.

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DIY: Rustic Coffee Table (gray stain)

“All credit goes to Ana White and the incredible plans she puts online!”

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Who’s ready for a fun (and manageable) DIY project?!

Full disclosure: I owe all of the credit to my fiancé for putting this together, but I will say my take on this was the gray stain to fit our “modern rustic” theme.

Before we jump in, here is the plan for the coffee table, and the matching end tables. Yes, we made both! And we followed the directions precisely. Our wood came straight from Home Depot, along with the screws, gray wood stain, etc. etc.

Above you will see how the wood looked when we bought it! Plain and normal looking. Andrew built this all by himself with tools he had at home plus a rented sander from Home Depot. Just follow all of the instructions step-by-step and you’ll achieve the same finish!

Below is a look at how our end tables turned out (before the “x’s” were added). They are essentially smaller versions of the coffee table.

Once the assembly was complete, we took to staining it! We used a light gray wood stain from Home Depot (they should really sponsor me at this point lmao). The table only needed one coat of the stain and we worked in sections to ensure an evenness in color depth. Below is how the table top turned out before assembling – exactly the way we envisioned it!

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And lastly, here are a few pictures of the finished products! It was really fun to put our own spin on this DIY project, and you can really paint the table/end tables any color you’d like to match your décor. I love the way this looks in our apartment with a few rustic touches and of COURSE some fall decorations/candles.

Did you build any of the furniture in your home? Have you heard of Ana White before? Her plans are all over Pinterest so I’d suggest checking out her website if you’re interested in putting together some unique furniture.

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