If you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea, consider a gift certificate to my pillow shop, which would allow the recipient to choose the exact pillows (including something custom) they want for their home. Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and can be sent as a printable PDF file via e-mail, just in time for Christmas!
Such a great idea, don’t you think? Especially in smaller spaces, it’s much easier to store and keep stock of one solid plain paper instead of a lot of bulky rolls of patterned paper, and then add color, interest and cheer by creatively dressing it up (for any occasion!) using beautiful little extras like tags, ribbons, sequins, etc., all of which can fit in an organized drawer or box. These beautiful packages below are convincing me it’d be a good idea to adopt this wrapping tactic:
By the way, you can find links to my favorite free printable Christmas gift tags here!
Can you believe it’s December already? Every year, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years always seems to fly by in an instant. I hope to make the most of it by doing my best to stay present and appreciate all the special little things that are unique to this season.
I’ve loved finally breaking out the warm sweaters, coats, and scarves, going out to get our Christmas tree, decorating the tree, making the house feel cozy with candles and throws, listening to holiday music, and sipping hot chocolate. What little things do you enjoy this time of year?
I’ve been sharing peeks into my home on Instagram today, and thought I’d share them on here as well. I realize it’s been awhile since I blogged about changes I’ve made!
First off, my office is coming together nicely, if I do say so myself. Remember what it looked like when we first moved in? Here’s a peek at the progress I’ve made and what it’s looking like now:
I finally made myself some pillows for my living room sofa. It was looking quite bare without anything. Here’s what they look like:
After months of not DIYing it myself, like I said I would, I finally decided to commission Patricia of Parima Studio to make a colorful piece of art for above my sofa. She shared with me a close-up of the progress so far:
In my kitchen (which I wish I could gut and completely remodel but I can’t because it’s a rental), I added a few things to make it prettier:
The tea kettle is a Le Creuset, which was sent to me by the friendly folks at All Modern. It’s in the most beautiful shade of blue and has a little bit of an ombre effect. I absolutely love it – makes me smile every time I see it! I also like that it whistles when the water is boiling, an absolute must for someone like me who tends to forget I have something on the stove (bad I know) !
The utensil holder glazed in turquoise inside, is from Etsy shop KarinLorenc. I love supporting fellow small businesses!
The little bowl that holds garlic and shallots is from Anthropologie (though I don’t think it’s available anymore).
Last but not least, in our bedroom we put up an inexpensive Ikea shelf to serve as a bedside table. We installed one on just one side of the bed to see if we liked it, which we do, so we still need to put up one on the other side. Having a shelf instead of a regular bedside table allows us to open the drawers we have under the bed. A simple black frame holds of a photo of us on our wedding day (5 yr anniversary coming up pretty soon!) and I replaced our old ugly alarm clock with this pretty one from LL Bean:
Hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving yesterday! I decorated the table and my husband made lots of delicious food (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin cheesecake – yum!), and we enjoyed time with family. Check out my Instagram for a few photos.
Today I’m prepping for the upcoming sale I’m having in my shop. Small Business Saturday (Nov 24th) through Cyber Monday (Nov 26) I’m offering 10% off all pillow covers! Use coupon code SSCM12 at checkout to get the discount.
I’ve recently added new selections and several different size options for each. I hope you’ll click on over and take a look! BTW we also ship international!
A big thank you to those of you who have spread the word about the sale and the shop in general. I’m so very grateful for your support -it means a lot!
We’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at our place this year so while my husband, the chef of the house, has been working on coming up with the menu, I’ve been gathering ideas for the table setting. Here’s what’s inspiring me:
In this beautifully organized linen closet from the home of Shari of Turnstyle Vogue, larger items like bath towels and blankets are neatly folded and stacked, while smaller items like washcloths and hand towels, which can easily get mixed around and make things look cluttered and messy, are separated and contained in labeled baskets. Sheets are also housed in labeled baskets, which is a smart idea considering sheets (especially fitted sheets!) are a bit more time consuming to fold in a way that makes them look neat and tidy.
I love seeing photographs of my customers’ decorated spaces. Julia of Pawleys Island Posh recently added two of our leopard linen pillows while updating her beautiful living room and I think they, along with her other additions, have made such a fun impact. Here’s the space before the updates:
and here it is after:
Photos by Julia Ryan. See more on her lifestyle blog!
Looks great, don’t you think? I love the playful mix of patterns!
As promised, here’s the continuation of yesterday’s post. These items aren’t Fall/Winter specific, just also on my current ‘To Buy’ list:
Statement cluster necklace
A circle/full skirt