December 18, 2015

Shutterfly Christmas goodies

Tonight I have a quick post just to show you what I got in the mail this week from Shutterfly! If you haven't checked out Shutterfly, you definitely should! They have a huge selection obviously of prints & anything really photo related that you can think of… however, they ALSO carry home decor now! You can customize pillows with photos or without with fun patterns & cute quotes. They have such a great selection and I was so honored to have partnered with them for a few Christmas decorations for our house! If you haven't ever visited their website or haven't in awhile, I recommend y'all go look around by clicking HERE!

So, I really didn't want anything that was traditional Christmas like a reindeer or Santa or an elf pillow… I really wanted something that had a nod to one of my favorite Christmas movies…

I may or may not be obsessed with Clark and his love for Christmas. I never tire of the movie and there are certain quotes in the movie I can always hear in my head this time of year! Since I didn't want any foul language from Clark on my pillow, I shorted the quote but for anyone who knows the movie, it should click right away! I really love having something as personalized as this in our home. You could do family photos and quotes… or make a memory pillow of loved ones for the holidays that aren't here with us… or you can be like me, and make these silly ones that make you laugh every time I look at it.

There are a ton of options of their pillows and I choose to have both sides have something. I opted for the quote on the front & a simple ticking stripe on the back to give some depth. I can also switch it right around if I want a different look. Pretty nifty if you ask me. Yes, I just said that word. If you'd like to create your own and see all of their options, you can link directly to their home decor section by clicking HERE!

I also ordered a customized photo mug! I opted for the 15oz mug where I could add photos of my children! Since its something I'm sure I'll reach for daily to sip from, I wanted something fun, cute & happy to  be on it and what better than my handsome middle child, little Winston!

Having personalized items such as this mug or the pillow really make a house feel home so remember when you are decorating for the holidays or in general, to not forget to put YOU and YOURS back into the house… Yes, of course it can be pretty but the real beauty of the space will show through the photos of memories & sweet meaningful items that have a story personal to you. 

If you missed the rest of our Sunroom Christmas tour, you can find that post by clicking HERE! Here were a few photos to remind you either way… 

Again, I am so excited about our personalized Christmas items from Shutterfly and I am so honored to have partnered with them on this post! Feel free to check out their website again and please let me know what y'all think about my personalized items too!

**This is a sponsored post by Shutterfly. However, all opinions & views are honest and my own.

December 9, 2015

Christmas Sunroom 2015 "Farmhouse Christmas"

I'm really excited to finally be sharing our Christmas home tour for 2015. Although we are ALWAYS working on different projects in our home, I have taken some time this year to really add that festive touch of Christmas to the main living areas of our home. I've teamed up with some other awesome bloggers who also will be sharing their beautiful homes so I highly encourage y'all to stop by and show them some love! There is nothing like a good ole' home tour! 

Now, I know how I am when there is a good home tour…and even more when it's Christmas. I really try to read what the writer is writing but I look at the photos first…and then I read the post. So I'll keep the words light. For today, unlike a lot of the other folks, I'll only be showing you our sunroom because I have a few other projects this month I want to show you in different spaces so I will save those for another time! I really enjoyed decorating in here this year. We previously had painted the sunroom with an oops gray that I loved for like a month. I still did/do like the gray but something came over me the other night and I was craving my go to color, "Oatlands Subtle Taupe" by Valspar, which a very close match to Revere Pewter just about. I really enjoy the light and brightness of this space! Enjoy!

I purchased a few of these very cheap mercury glass votive candle holders from Marshalls. They have a slight reflection of a snowflake although it is hard to see that in the photos. I sprinkled some pine cones on the top of the TV stand and flocked the garland with mostly naturally things like my NC pine trees, some red berrie picks from our tree out front & some old fashioned lights. I'll more than likely add some fresh greenery when it gets closer to Christmas… but I want to enjoy them before they die off ;-)

I have LED candles in the lanterns that are on timers so they are super pretty at night… I'm thinking after looking at these photos I'll go get some plain red satin ribbon and tie the tops of those cute little trees from Michaels. I'm really a sucker for anything simple… and although my tree is decked out, that is really it. I don't like a lot of fuss and really wanted my tree to take center stage.

Below I used old architectural porch salvage spindles and simply drilled small holes in the top points & threaded some twine through to create my own custom ornaments! I really love these since I've never seen anything like it and even better, this is something I made and won't be able to find in a store!

There's something about this deep classic red that has my heart this year. I really wanted some heavy, glass old fashioned style ornaments and these below did not disappoint. I purchased these from Tuesday Morning in a variety of patterns & even colors. If you look closely at our tree, you will see that there are red, white and silver ones that also mimic mercury glass. I didn't really purchase anything new this year except for the woodland style "birch wood" ribbon which I got in NC at a local shop & these ornaments above. Everything else I really pieced together with things I've had over the years. 

Thank you mama for this cute little driftwood reindeer I've had for years! I stuck some fresh boxwood & a cute tag on him for some festivity! 

And thank you to my daddy for my cute little vintage ice skates that hang on my grandmothers old sled. 

All the pine cones I had fun picking up last time I was up in North Carolina visiting my folks. North Carolina will always have my heart, with its tall pines…. and southern accents! I miss home lots, especially this time of year so anything to remind me of it will always mean a lot to me and these are no different. I'll be keeping these out for awhile I have a feeling...

 I hope y'all enjoyed a small glimpse into our Christmas sunroom! I can't what to show you more so please stay tuned! As always, I love to hear your thoughts and how your holidays are going!


December 3, 2015

New Minted Art- Custom House Portrait & Board and Batten Entryway

Hey yall! I'm so excited to be bringing you todays post! We finished the board and batten in the entryway a little while ago and we are so thrilled with how it has turned out. I debated for months on end about doing this in our entryway number one, because we have coved ceilings and I don't want to take anything away from those beauties which are original to our 50's house. Finally, after going back and forth, while my husband was at work & while my mama kept telling me to keep thinking on it, I went for it. :)

And I love it.

It really adds that wow factor when you walk in and instantly brightened the room! The one thing I love in this room is opening the shades every morning & letting the sunshine beam in... but that's hard sometimes with furniture placement & time of day... even the lightest of paint colors sometimes don't help! The board and batten went super quickly this time as I had learned a few things from doing the board and batten in our sun room. You can see that post by clicking here.

I'll do a more detailed post on the board and batten at a later point but really, it's a beautiful back drop for any room. I had fun using some new things here to get a feel for how different this space can look! The other day I snapped some photos of some new art that I recieved from one of my new favorite websites, Minted!

If you haven't visited this website yet, be prepared to want everything. I ordered the custom letterpress house portrait below. If you're interested in seeing all the different options for this custom piece of art, just click the image below!

I knew as soon as I saw the option for the custom letterpress house portrait, I had to have one of our "first" home that we have ever purchased here in Florida. Minted had tons of options as far as how I wanted my portrait to be completed. I elected to choose a warm gray as the ink color for the portrait and also choose a barn wood frame in an 11x14 for a substantial look! You can see all of their options & the details for getting one of your OWN portraits like mine of your house by clicking here! 
I am in awe of how great it turned out and I can't wait to find a more permanent place for it in our home. It literally could go anywhere.... and compliment the room, not because it's fancy "art" or framed nicely... but because it's ours. It's a memory of a house that will always be very special to us!

And by the way, for all of you candle lovers like me out there... go get this candle right NOW. It's from Ross and smells like I put a Christmas tree in my back pocket. It is amazing but not overpowering which I can definitely appreciate! And better than that, it has a wood wick so it makes noise... I can hear the oooo's and ahhhh's now! Really. Go get one. I'll be back on here hopefully this week to show you my Christmas house tour... yes, I know. Two blog posts in one week? What the what!? But in all seriousness... I am loving the pops of red & I'm so excited to show you more!

 I am so honored to have partnered with Minted for this custom letterpress portrait of our home! I couldn't have asked for a sweeter or more dear to my heart piece of art. Please do me a favor and go ahead and head to their website and check out all they have to offer! 

Minted's Limited Edition Art Prints

*This is a sponsored post from Minted but all opinions are honest, truthful and my own.

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