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!

Xoxo,
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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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Fancy Friday: Ross Finds

“I could furnish my whole apartment with the home goods section here.”

I have always loved Ross. Ross’s home goods, the candles you find, the clothing and shoes, even the random trinkets along the perimeter of the store. It is definitely a great place to decorate on a budget. Even the clearance section can be full of valuable items for your home and closet. I like to think of it as the even more affordable TJ Maxx or Marshall’s. Though Ross can tend to be picked over, their stores still carry a large assortment of goods and space to roam around.

I found this piece at the Ross in State College, PA. My roommate and I live in a two bedroom apartment that features an extra small room (too small to be a third bedroom). We use this room as additional closet space to store our clothes and shoes. I love the girly touch this brings to the space, as well as the colors. The room is white and rather plain besides my dresser and our clothing, so this is a perfect addition!

This I believe I also found in State College. I place this on top of my dresser to hold some of my favorite skin products, lipsticks, and brushes. Eventually, I may or may not move this to my vanity, as I am in the process of building that (post to come soon!). I find mirror products a cool way to display your belongings because of the reflection. Sometimes my tray can get a little crowded, but I think it’s best to keep it simple and elegant in regards to what you place on top.

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Random candles are where it’s at. Let me repeat: get your cool candles here! I don’t even burn these candles, they’re just so fun to look at. I think the reason I don’t burn them is because I never want to throw them away, so they’ll sit looking like this forever. If you dig the look of statement pieces and candles, why not combine that into one? Dress up any nightstand/vanity with a candle like this for that extra pop of character.

So that’s everything for this Ross feature! Let me know in the comments below if you’ve found something unique inside Ross that you think I should see. When it comes to intricate pieces to fill your home, I can’t say you’ll need to look much further than Ross.

Xoxo,
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New Blogger, New Ideas

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My name is Katrina, and I am preparing to take on the world of blogging. Seems simple, until you read the daunting “Blogging 101” articles that detail choosing a platform, pictures, font, your life inspirations, your first child’s name, and next hair color. Just kidding, that was a bit dramatic. But seriously, this might prove to be more of a test than I initially presumed.
HOWEVER, I’m ready to conquer. Want to test me? Here’s how you can put me on a pedestal to become a valued and respected blogger: makeup/skincare posts every Monday, Wanderlust Wednesdays filled with a potpourri of interests and travels, and featured home goods/DIY projects on Fancy Fridays.
I’m looking to share a little piece of my inspiration with the world, or just you. Either will suit me.

Xoxo
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