How to Set a Quick Holiday Table

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This post is sponsored by Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. 
2016 Christmas Home Tour

2016 Christmas Home Tour

The house is nearly fully decorated for Christmas at this point. The cozy factor, especially as I write this in front of our glowing tree, has reached a whole new level. The first thing we finished was our dining room table and using what I had, I tried to take a different approach in here overall vs. last year. Last year’s table was super formal with lots of shiny, breakable things, so I tried to dial it back with less shiny, breakable things and more soft fabrics. The plates are there for these photos, but day to day everything else remains. Let’s be real—the only dinners we’re hosting these days are of the McDonald’s variety. 😉

2016 Christmas Home Tour

I especially love this set-up because it took just 15 minutes for me to throw it all together. The runner is the same from last year, the sparkly ivory tablecloth is from Target, as well as the pinecone garland. Garland is a favorite choice for centerpieces this time of year. They can be laid out straight, or folded into layers (like shown here) which brings some natural texture to the table that’s really fun and easy.

2016 Christmas Home Tour

Speaking of those soft textures, I had little time to throw this all together, so I relied on my friend Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus to de-wrinkle the tablecloth right out of the package. I’ve shared my love of this product before because it accompanies me on many of my decor adventures, especially when time in front of the iron is time I don’t have. Yes, please!

Here’s a look at the wrinkled back side before I sprayed…

2016 Christmas Home Tour

To get the wrinkles out, it’s a simple spray, tug and then smooth.

2016 Christmas Home Tour

2016 Christmas Home Tour

Pretty good, right? I also added last year’s red plaid runner and silver trees, our everyday dishware (Marin from Crate & Barrel) and last year’s plaid cloth napkins. Done!

I’ll share more of the rest of the space when I do my full Christmas house tour, but until then, I’m pretty proud of this 15-minute dining room table set-up. I’m all about speed these days, so I have lots of little tricks up my sleeve like Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, especially as I’m decorating for the holidays.

What are your go-to tricks for decorating for the holidays?

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xo,
emily

DIY Metal Wall Planter With House Numbers (AKA the Easiest DIY in History)

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Semi-DIY House Numbers Sign

Semi-DIY House Numbers Sign

This is the easiest DIY in maybe DIY history. It’s possible this project does not even qualify as a true DIY (lol!) but let’s just go with it. Here’s how it all began: I started to see a certain style of address sign all over the internet (basically a wall planter + house number combo) and I was determined to have one of my own. We do have house numbers on our house, but they’re hidden and illegible from the street. We have not been kind to the pizza delivery and UPS guy/gal for this reason. And those are the two types of people I need on my good side. 😉

So I started my search. There were DIYs out there (like this awesome one from A Beautiful Mess or this Shanty2Chic version), but they required lots of cutting and measuring (and lately anything I touch with wood and glue comes out looking like a total dumpster fire). I thought I had struck gold when I came across this ready-made version at Schoolhouse Electric, but it was $150. Yikes! I needed a creative solution.

Here’s what I used to pull this project together.

Step 1 – Spray Paint the Wall Planter, Washers and Tops of the Screws

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The metal wall planter comes in a super rustic finish, which arrived looking super cute, but I wanted something more simple and modern. I didn’t want a shine at all, so I chose a flat black spray paint. I also sprayed the metal washers and the tops of the screws. The washers are completely optional. The sign came with two large keyholes, which would have shown the brick wall behind it, so I opted to cover the keyholes with the washers.

Step 2 – Hang Wall Planter on Wall Using Anchors

My dad was in town so I got the benefit of sitting back and relaxing, while he hung this up for me. Thanks Dad! I had purchased this anchor kit ahead of time which made things so easy. The steps he followed were generally the same as this tutorial. Super basic… drill big hole using concrete drill bit (it comes in the kit I mentioned above), hammer in anchor, screw in sign. Fin!

Step 3 – Add Magnetic House Numbers

Semi-DIY House Numbers Sign

This is my favorite part of the whole sign. Because the numbers are magnetic, I can move them around based on whatever I’m displaying in the box. I love, LOVE that flexibility.

Semi-DIY House Numbers Sign

I laughed when I remembered the pumpkins are still in the shot. We are in the weird between stage where the pumpkins are still very much well and alive, but the Christmas stuff has come out to play. I just can’t bare to throw them away. So they will stay, alongside my Christmas decor, for as long as they hold on. Merry Hallowmas. :)

Semi-DIY House Numbers Sign

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. May your heads be clear of turkey and your homes ready to begin the Christmas festivities. It’s time!

xo,

emily

The Magic is in the Details

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I have a secret—my favorite part of any makeover I’ve done are things you may have never noticed. It’s those tiny details that often go undetected, like the upgrade of a toilet handle to match a certain finish, or swapping out light switch plates to go with the design. Sure, the big stuff, like the furniture makeovers, the wallpaper, the bold paint job—it’s definitely exciting—but nothing is more satisfying to me than addressing those hidden details. It makes it feel complete, like I’ve done every nook and cranny of a space its due diligence.

Here are some of the details of past makeovers that are, as silly as it sounds, my favorite parts.

Favorite Detail #1 – Swapping Out the Toilet Handle in the Ostrich Bathroom

Ostrich Bathroom: Chapter Five (Reveal!)

Ostrich Bathroom: Chapter Five (Reveal!)

Sure, the pre-makeover handle would have been fine for my ostrich bathroom, but I got great pleasure from updating the handle to match the faucet. Is it silly to say that it’s one of my favorite parts of this whole space? Because it totally is!

Favorite Detail #2 – Painting the Door Bell Cover in the Entryway

Here’s the before…

Quick Furniture Switcheroo

You can spot the painted cover in this photo (so much better)…

3 Giant Photo Frames

Last week I revealed the entryway makeover, and as I look back, the most satisfying part was taking care of the door bell eyesore. It was originally a bright cream color, which stood out like a sore thumb. It took just 30 minutes to remove it, spray it and replace it in its spot. It’s now sporting a deep brown color, which makes it disappear into the rest of the wall. Yes!

Favorite Detail #3 – Updated Closet Handles in Our Bedroom

It’s going to be awhile before we can fully tackle this space, but until then, addressing easy-to-fix details helps to make things better until I have time to makeover the whole shebang. These closet doors are on my side of the bed, and staring at those nickel, curvy door handles don’t exactly start my morning on the right foot. Aaron thinks it’s crazy how much little things like this affect me (like having to stare at bad door handles every day) but I try to explain it to him like this: Imagine a person whose pet peeve is misspelled words. Then have that person live with a giant, misspelled sign in their bedroom for a lengthy amount of time. That would be pretty annoying/defeating to that person, right? Yea, it’s kind of like that for me when it comes to living with not-so-great decor. It just eats at me. 

So, this was a quick fix using these 5″ distressed brass handles from Amazon. Another small detail tackled that makes me so, so happy. This almost makes up for not having the room painted yet. Almost. 😉

Here’s the before…

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And here’s the after…

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What about you? What details of your home make you so happy? I know I’m not the only one that gets excited by things like this! 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful time with your family and friends. Thank you so much for reading here—whether you’re just stopping by or have been reading for a long time. It means so much to me, really. We’re about to set sail on our month of interstate travel. Wish us luck!

xo,

emily