Simple Holiday Decor – Deck the Halls Blog Hop

I would be lying if I told you I love winter. In fact, I feel the opposite. However, I do love the holidays, the extra time I get to spend with family, ALL THE FOOD, baking, and the first snow fall. ONLY the first one though. 😂

This year I decided to take a more simple approach with our holiday decor. I used a lot of items we already had on hand which made the hubby happy. That’s a win, win my friends! Honestly, I wanted to make this year and really every year moving forward about giving back. I want my children to know that Christmas is not about getting gifts, but about giving back.

Enough with the talk, right? Right!

Entryway

The Sitting Room

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Dining Room

After photographing the dining room I decided to add napkins, then decided no. 😂 But I did get the cutest shot of baby K trying to blow out the candles as he said, “oh, no!”

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Kitchen

Do you see that light fixture? 👆🏼We just had that put in and I am loving it! Way better than the old outdated ceiling fan for sure. 🙌🏼

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Well friends, that’s a wrap! I hope you found my post inspiring to start decorating for the holidays. Make sure to check out the other talented bloggers I teamed up with below. Click on any one of the pictures below to be directly taken to that bloggers site.

 

 

My Favorite Baking Accessories

Fall is here and that means I’m ramping up for baking season. I already have a few orders and I am so excited to create art in baked treat form.

I have been baking for a few years now and there are items that I swear by. Since I get a lot of questions about my baking utensils I use, I decided to share them all here. Clicking on the picture will take you directly to the site to purchase. 😉

Marble Pastry Slab

If you have been following along on my IG then this marble slab probably looks familiar. I literally use it to roll out all of my dough and use as a prop to photograph my baked treats.

Marble Rolling Pin

Of all the rolling pins I own this is my absolute favorite. I use it almost every time I bake something. The marble prevents he dough from sticking and it’s easy to clean.

Glass Heritage Jars

I keep all of my primary baking ingredients in these jars, except brown sugar. There are no seals on these jars, so I keep my brown sugar in one of my copper lid jars that has a seal.

Ruffled Pie Dish

If you’ve been following along with me then it’s no secret I love white. These pie dishes are classic and simple, just how I like it. I have baked dozens of pies in these as well as the individual sized ones and they have never chipped or discolored.

Simple White Cake Stand

 

All-Purpose Scoop

I love the simplicity and sturdiness of these scoops. These are the scoops in all my glass canisters.

Ruffled Individual Pie Dish
French Rolling Pin
Copper Lid Sealed Jar

These are the jars I keep items like brown sugar in because they have a seal. They are amazing and it fits right in with the copper trend I am seeing.

Flour Sack Tea Towels

After purchasing the first set of these I donated all of my other tea towels. They are so absorbent and clean very easily. Bonus, I use them as props in a lot of my baking photos.

Rectangle Cooling Rack
Round Cooling Rack

I LOVE this cooling rack. It’s great for photographing. Note, I would not recommend putting it in the dishwasher. Hand wash only.

Collapsible Funnel

This collapsible funnel is so versatile and has been used 100 times over. My husband liked it to, which is why I had to buy a second one. ☺️

Copper Measuring Cups
Copper Measuring Spoons
Kitchen Aid Pro Mixer

This is the ultimate baking accessory for an avid baker. I live by this thing. It was actually a gift to my hubby after graduating culinary school. However, I have taken it over.

Fall Pie Cutters
Fall Pie Cutters
Floral Pie Cutters
Winter Pie Cutters

Give me ALL THE PIE CUTTERS! I am not ashamed to say I use these every time I bake a pie. I know it is simple to use these to design pretty pies, but there is a lot of thought and art that goes with that. 

 

Pastry Brushes

 

Now you know all of my baking utensil secrets. I own all of these items and I swear by all of them. If you have any questions about any of the items please feel free to comment below.

Please note, all of these photos were taken directly from the site purchased from and are not mine.

Until next time. Xo

Autumn Home Tour 2017

Welcome to the Autumn Home Tour! If you are coming from Sarah’s blog @dreamingofhomemaking I’m sure you are still in awe. Isn’t her bedroom stunning?!? I am so inspired by her and the other accounts we are teamed up with. ❤️

My favorite season is here! Fall! 🍁 What’s not to love? The crisp air, the colorful leaves, boots, apple cider, festivals, I mean the list goes on and on.

I waited a little longer than normal to start decorating our home for fall this year, but life happens. Am I rite? However, the house is all decked out in fall now, and that’s what matters. 😉

Woods, whites,  and greenery are staples in our home, no matter what season. I went with simple touches of white mini-pumpkins and fresh eucalyptus to welcome my favorite season.

Kitchen

The kitchen is my favorite room in our home. My bed asleep is a close second. 😉

I love mixing old and new items. The old brass candlesticks were my great grandmothers. I found them in my parent’s basement when I went to visit during the holidays last year and my mom gave them to me. The crock was a $25 find at a thrift shop.

I have done tons of DIY projects but my most favorite of all are the open shelves in the kitchen. They really opened up the room and gave me a convenient place to put my baking necessities so I can bake things like this.

The best part about the open shelves, they cost me a total of $55! I get a ton of messages about them and when I tell them the price they are flabbergasted! Cray cray right? CLICK HERE for the full tutorial on my DIY open shelves.

 

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Dining Room

If there was one thing I wish I was better at it would be gardening. It’s not that I don’t think I could plant a garden. It’s more about the maintenance and attentiveness needed. Maybe one day…

So until then, I will use my terra-cotta pots for tablescaping. 😂

I am in love with the 2 gallon Vintage Galvanized Watering Can with Wood Handle that I scored at Amazon. After I am done using it as a centerpiece, I will definitely use it for reals.

 

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Living Room

One of the things that genuinely makes me happy is having fresh flowers in the house. No matter how many times I redecorate, I will always see fresh flowers. I buy a majority of our flowers from Trader Joes. They are super inexpensive compared to a floral shop.

I really didn’t fall-ify this room, just added more house plants and Lightening McQueen. ⚡️

 

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Entryway

I made this wreath last year and I still love it! The one I originally wanted from Pottery Barn was more money than I was willing to spend, so I made it at a fraction of the cost. The tutorial is HERE.

This space is more bare than I prefer, but I have a hard time styling this space. Maybe one day I will figure it out.

 

Shop The Entryway

 

That’s a wrap! I hope you leave here feeling inspired. Xo

 

Next stop on the Autumn Home Tour is Meeghan @caligirlinasouthernworld! Her home is nothing shy of breathtaking so make sure you to head on over by clicking the picture below.

Meeghan

 

Make sure to check out the other autumn home tours as well. Click on any photo below to be directly taken to that bloggers autumn home tour.

Marci
Christina
Areeba
Sarah
Anam
Sarah

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Fall Tablescape 2017

Oh Fall, how I love you. 🍂 Fall has always been my favorite season. Big sweaters, colorful leaves, hot apple cider, crisp air in the morning, I mean what’s not to love. 🍁

Every year I usually decorate for the season with whites, woods, & neutrals, but this year I stepped outside my home decor color comfort zone and added pops of color.

Emerald green is my absolute favorite color so when I found the green glasses from Anthropologie I knew I wanted them to be the focal point of my fall tablescape. Aren’t they dreamy? 😍

Side note, I built our table from scratch. I still can’t believe it. It’s simple, yet my favorite piece of furniture in our home, because it was made with love. ❤️

For the centerpiece I originally wanted artichokes with the stems to add to the vase, but I had no luck finding any, so I went with Protenia (a tropical flower that resembles an artichoke), white hydrangeas, and green foliage. I was able to find a few artichokes at the store in good condition. so I added them to the base of the centerpiece.

BTW, isn’t this pillow to die for? My sweet friend Rachel makes the most amazing pillows of EVER. Seriously.

Well friends, that’s it for this post. I hope you leave feeling inspired to decorate for the upcoming season. Make sure to check out the other hosts AMAZING tablescapes on the #falltabletopbloghop Each host is listed below. Click their name to hop to their blog.

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April – @sweetkentuckyholler

Bethany @crispcollectiveig

Rachel – @rachelelizabethcreates

Jackie @sawdustangelwood

Meeghan @caligirlinasouthernworld

Dara @hoodcreeklogcabin