Mega Ornament Roundup

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1/Carved Paulownia Star Ornament  2/Hand Painted Pink Suzette Ornament  3/DIY Cinnamon Stick Himmeli  4/DIY Balsa Wood Ornaments  5/DIY Christmas Ornament Trio  6/DIY Clay Ornaments  7/DIY Color Blocked Ornaments  8/DIY Kintsugi Gold Fixed Christmas Baubles  9/DIY Leather Gemstone Ornaments  10/DIY Metalworked  Hand Stamped Geometric Ornaments

 

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11/DIY Mod Wooden Ornaments  12/DIY Paper House Christmas Ornament  13/DIY Paper Star Ornaments  14/DIY Papier Mache Fruit Ornaments  15/DIY Watercolor Ornaments  16/DIY Watercolour Printed Fabric Baubles  17/DIY Wooden Tassel Ornaments  18/DIY Fabric-Covered Christmas Tree Ornaments  19/DIY Glitter Dust Filled Balls  20/Geometric Glass Ornament Set

 

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21/Light Pink Ball Ornament  22/DIY Faux Ceramic Ornaments  23/DIY Painted Pattern Holiday Ornaments  24/Pink and Orange Colorblock Christmas Ornament  25/Pink Ombre Finials  26/Porcelain King & Queen Ornament Set  27/Precision-Cut Wood Ornament Sets  28/Ready Made Snowball Ornament  29/Scales Ornament  30/DIY Stitched Leather Ornaments

 

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31/Wooden Bell  32/Wooden Jewelry  33/Woodshop Monogram Ornament  34/DIY Gold Glitter Ornaments  35/Galactic Gold Ornament  36/DIY Gilded Feather Polymer Clay Ornaments  37/DIY Temporary Tattoo Ornaments  38/Mercury Ornament Set  39/Ceramic Animal Ornaments  40/Turned Wood Drop Ornaments

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Mega Christmas Cookie Roundup

I’ve done it – blocked a day off the week of Christmas to bake my face off. A few years ago I attempted to talk my now 91-year-old Grandma into taking a step back and only making her infamous nutrolls. It didn’t go exactly as planned, so now I simply tell her how many cookie recipes I’m making so she can see the reasoning behind my request/demand. I’ll probably end up baking between five and seven different varieties, but need to narrow the list down from these FIFTY. Help a girl out?

 

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1/Sweet Raspberry + Tahini Sandwich Cookies  2/Slice and Bake Spice Cookies with Citrus Glaze and Sea Salt  3/Old-Fashioned Almond Gingerbread Cookies  4/Almond Butter & Maple Cream Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies  5/Caramel Fluffernutter Chocolate Chip Cookies  6/Chocolate Orange Sandwich Cookies  7/Coconut, Oatmeal, and Cherry Jam Thumbprints  8/Gingersnaps with Apple Cider Glaze  9/Swig Sugar Cookies  10/Rosemary and Apricot Shortbread Cookies

 

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11/Pumpkin Molasses Cookies  12/Honey Cookies  13/Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies  14/Milano Cookies  15/Chocolate Caramel Ginger Cookies  16/Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies  17/Cinnamon Roll Cookies  18/Cocoa Cinnamon Sea Salt Cookies  19/Cranberry Bliss Cookies  20/Thin & Crispy Coconut Cookies

 

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21/Brown Sugar Toffee Cookies  22/Salt & Pepper Cocoa Shortbread Cookies  23/Almond Espresso Cookies 24/Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies  25/Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies  26/Thin and Chewy Spiced Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Icing  27/Orange Spiced Sugar Cookies  28/Chai Spiced Shortbread  29/Salted Gingersnap Mallomars  30/Clove and Molasses Lace Cookies

 

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31/Malted Chocolate Sandwich Cookies  32/Blood Orange Vanilla Bean Meringues  33/Star Anise Spiced Dark Chocolate Sables  34/Spice Sugar Cookies  35/Spicy Gingerbread Linzer Cookies with Orange White Chocolate Ganache  36/Peppermint Drops  37/Citrus Cornmeal Shortbread  38/Cranberry Orange Almond Shortbread Cookies  39/Brown Sugar Toffee Cookies  40/Colorblock Sugar Cookies

 

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41/Cappuccino Cookies  42/Gummy Bear Cookies  43/Smoky Cardamom Ginger Molasses Cookies  44/Butter Crunch Cookies  45/Caramel Stuffed Soft Gingerbread Cookies  46/Pink Champagne Cookies  47/Jumbo Maple Sugar Cookies  48/Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti  49/Cranberry Almond Cookies  50/Whole Grain Eggnog Cookies

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Design Crush x Umbra

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I’ve teamed up with one of my favorite design brands, Umbra, to share how I’m using some of their clean-lined products this holiday season. Their wares are extremely well-designed and versatile, making them an especially good fit for small spaces where they can pull double-duty.

I’m starting with my favorite, the Hub Ladder. I wrapped the expandable beech wood and rubber-coated steel clothing (or towel) holder with 200 white lights for a sculptural Christmas tree alternative. Right now it’s my bedroom lending some festive and functional flair to the chaos.

 

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I always have fresh flowers (usually from the grocery store) in my home, so for Thanksgiving dinner I wanted to get extra creative. I used three Touch Toothbrush Holders as vases that formed a modern arrangement when clustered together. (Tip: It’s always a good idea to keep florals short so that guests can see one another across the table.)

 

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I took down two large pieces of art that hang in my entryway and replaced them with wreaths. Each one got decorated with half of a brass Prisma Wall Decor set, which couldn’t have been easier because the pieces could be hooked around the branches.

 

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I use the Gazette Magazine Rack year round in my living room, but for dinner parties I give it a different job – as a utensil and napkin holder. When you’re short on space you can carry it around until everyone is set to eat, then set it down someplace out of the way.

 

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My Toto Storage Box usually lives on a bathroom shelf holding lipstick and nail polish, but during December it becomes a corral for some of my gift wrapping supplies. Sanity and patience are in short supply and this guy helps me out so I don’t lose it wondering where the pen/scissors/tape disappeared to.

 

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Every year I inevitably end up saving a few of my favorite holiday card designs. For what? I had no clue until now. I picked up a few Corda Photo Displays to make some seasonal art that I actually like. And because you hang this frame either vertically or horizontally I can swap out favorites every year.

It’s nice to be able to stick to your style and aesthetic no matter the time of year, and when you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to do it that’s all the better.

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4 Recipes for Winter Simmer Pots

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The weekend after Thanksgiving I started swapping out the candles I normally burn with stovetop simmer pots. I was surprised at how easy they were to put together as well as just how good they made my home smell! Just keep adding water as the burn down and one can last for a few days. Pop over to eBay to check out the four simmer pot recipes I’ve had on rotation – Cranberry + Orange + Cinnamon, Lemon + Bay Leaf, Apple + Clove + Cinnamon, Citrus Peel + Eucalyptus.

 

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My Holiday Cards (+ an Artifact Uprising Giveaway)

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Every year I think I’m going to skip out on doing a photo card to send out for the holidays, but then I see a design that I just can’t stop thinking about and order them. This year was no different, thanks to Artifact Uprising‘s modern looks and beautiful sayings.

 

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After 8 1/2 years of Design Crush I figured now was a good time to do a card to send out to sponsors and PR folk who I work with on the regular. I really liked the idea of sharing a peek at my home and aesthetic for the photo, so you might recognize the shot on it from this month’s holiday mantle post.

 

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For my family and personal friends it was none other than my pup, Bebe, front and center! I snapped this photo of her last year before decorating, and paired with the sentiment it was a perfect match. (This is also the first year I’ve included my pets names on a card – the decision to makes me laugh!)

 

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I also toyed with the idea of New Year cards as I rushed to get the house decorated, gifts bought, and cards written out and in the mail. They’re such a great option for those of us who note December as the busiest month of the year both personally and work-wise. In fact, I’m already half planning on it for holiday season!

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Favorite Books to Give

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Books are one of my favorite things to give and receive throughout the year, so what better time to share some of my favorites than now? Most are design, interiors, or food related because when it comes down to it those are the subjects I like to share most with others. (You never would have guessed that, right?!)

 

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The Kinfolk Home // See San Francisco // The 52 Lists Project // Bright Bazaar

 

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Food52 Baking // The Year of Cozy // The Sugar Hit // Whip It Up

 

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Sage Living // 100 Years of Color // Outside the Box // The Forest Feast

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A Minimal Mantel

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My holiday decor game plan goes something like this:

  1. Work around what you already have.
  2. Stay true to your style.
  3. Don’t do a lot of rearranging.

 

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It’s a plan of action that’s served me well in the past, but when Pier 1 challenged me to do a mantle refresh I knew it was time to try something new. Their holiday collection revolves around several styles this season, a little something for everyone, and it was fun to pull from a few to create a look that was 100% me.

 

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The starting point was this amazing Peacock Ombre Wreath. My tree is full of jewel-toned ornaments, mostly in different variations of pinks and reds, so this piece on the other side of the room just made sense. It’s colorful and saturated and a great focal point to build my mantel off of.

 

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Christmas is all about sparkle, so anything I did wouldn’t be complete with some sort of lights. I fell for these Ornament String Lights in a heartbeat. The ten shimmery ornaments are handblown and have a mercury glass finish, something that’s always been one of my holiday staples. I stretched a strand along the mantle and tucked about half into the lower part of the wreath. It ended up feeling very abstract and modern, which I love! And they’re operated by a battery pack, a total bonus.

 

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To add some extra height I pulled in the Glitter Ice Pine Tree Set. They’re such a great touch with those silvery bases, but manage not to compete with the brilliance of the wreath. Decorating with threes is something I always do – in this case the tallest of the three trees was offset on one side by the middle and smallest sized. My mid-century rocking bird is the only piece I left from the usual mantle setup because it just added something special.

 

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The last touch was a pair of LED Birch Tree Pillars that tie in nicely with the all-encompassing tree theme I ended up with. They have two settings – one for a steady light and one that flickers like a real candle! I’ve been turning them on every evening and the yellow tone of the lights is just so warming.

 

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Mega Holiday Card Roundup

 

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This year, instead of breaking up our usual December roundups into parts, we’re going big. A mega holiday card collection, a mega 2016 calendar post, mega holiday DIYs, and our usual imaginary Christmas celebration. This way you’ll be less likely to miss out on any favorites and all the more likely to get into a festive spirit! To start off here are 50 holiday cards I’d love to show up in my mailbox.

 

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21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30

 

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31 / 32 / 33 / 34 / 35 / 36 / 37 / 38 / 39 / 40

 

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41 / 42 / 43 /44 / 45 / 46 /47 / 48 / 49 / 50

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Make or Buy: Advent Calendars

Lately I feel like I’m being pulled in about ten different directions, and it’s really become the norm. Aside from needing to work on my work/life balance and learning to say no more often, I’ve also come to value what little free time I have. With that thought in mind and the idealisms of the holidays nearly upon us, I’ve tracked down twelve DIY advent calendars and twelve to buy. Because it’s really all about picking and choosing our battles, right?

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ROW 1: DIY Advent Calendar // Printable Mountain Advent Calendar // Printable Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown    ROW 2: Printable Winter Village Advent Calendar // Last Minute DIY Advent Calendar // Printable Advent Calendar    ROW 3: DIY Paint Dipped Advent Calendar Bottles // DIY Lattice Advent Calendar // DIY Advent Calendar    ROW 4: DIY Geo Advent Calendar // DIY Copper Advent Calendar // DIY Christmas Countdown Candle

 

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ROW 1: 3D Advent Village Calendar // Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar // Advent Calendar Box Set    ROW 2: Advent Calendar Display Box // Advent Calendar Set with 24 Bags // Advent Calendar    ROW 3: Advent Eraser Kit // Candy Countdown // Graphic Advent Calendar with Stickers    ROW 4: Modern Craft Advent Calendar Kit // Scandinavian Advent Calendar // Wooden Activity Advent Calendar

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