Wednesday, December 12, 2018

HOLIDAY TABLE | 2018

I love a pretty table! It's no secret. Setting and decorating a table is like creating a piece of art. I love pretty white plates and fun napkins. 

My kids feel all grown up when I let them drink out of fancy goblets.  I love candles, lots of candles, they just set a cozy, peaceful feeling. Today I'm sharing my holiday Christmas tablescape with you. I love how it tuned out. I only purchased a few new things for this table, They are all very neutral and can be used all year long. 

All of my sources will be listed at the end of this post. Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments.


My kitchen/dining room and family room are open to each other so I kept the color pallet the same. Greens, woods, whites, gold and mercury glass. 
My favorite addition to this years table are my striped napkins from Pottery Barn. 










I love that we can see our Christmas tree from our dinner table it's just so festive. Maybe we can tun off all the lights and have a cozy Christmas dinner by twinkle lights and candle light. I think my kids will get a kick out of that.



When decorating your table remember to pick a color scheme first. I like white plates because they go with everything. Then you can add color with your napkins, goblets and chargers.

Also use items like a center piece and candles to add height to your table. I like to have a set of gold and silver flatware. You can get a good set for a good price at Walmart, Home Goods or World Market. As you can see I don't have any flatware on my tablescape. Well that's because I totally forgot to put them on before I took my pictures. That's real life for ya. 


Wheaton Stripe Napkins Charcoal-Pottery Barn find them HERE
Wood dining chairs & cushions-World Market HERE
Goblets-Home Goods
Round Brass Mirror-Target HERE
My DIY wood charger-tutorial found HERE
Brass Candle tapers-Etsy 
White Dishes-JCPenny-HERE

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you've found a little inspiration here. Happy Holidays!

- L I N D S A Y

Friday, December 7, 2018

HOMEMADE MICROWAVE CARAMELS

You are going to love how easy these homemade caramels are! They seriously take  just over 10 minutes total to make in the microwave. I have spent many hours trying to make the perfect caramels. I got this recipe a few years ago I can't remember where, my life has never been the same! These are so easy, you can't really mess them up, trust me I've tried.


Do you guys make your neighbors gifts or do you buy them? I switch off, some years I make Sugar cookies and treats, some years I buy my gifts. I love handmade things, but some times I just don't have the time. These caramels are so easy to make and take hardly any time at all. you can double to recipe to make more it needed. Who doesn't like homemade caramels right? I have a son who doesn't like caramels, I don't even understand how that can be! But to each their own I guess, that just means more for me!


What you'll need:

A microwave safe bowl
Measuring cups and measuring spoons
Real butter
Karo Syrup
Brown sugar-light or dark it doesn't matter
Vanilla
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Salt
Sea Salt-if you want to add on top, for you salt lovers like myself


 7 Minute Microwave Homemade Caramels Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Servings-35 caramels
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INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter-(be sure its unsalted)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Karo Syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

DIRECTIONS
1. Mix all ingredients in microwave safe bowl. The mixture will bubble up so make sure you bowl is large enough.

2. Microwave on high for 6.5 minutes. Stirring every 2 minutes. While using hot pads remove from microwave and stir again. To see if it caramel is ready, pour a small spoonful of it into a small bowl of cold water, it should form a soft ball. If caramel is too soft place in microwave for another 20 seconds until a soft ball forms in the cold water.

3.Pour into a 8x8 buttered dish and allow to cool completely. You can add sea salt, chocolate or nuts on top for a little something extra nut they are so good on their own too. Cut into squares and wrap in waxed paper. Keep refrigerated.




Let me know if you make these yummy home made caramels and what you think of them. They are so delicious!

I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Holiday season. Thanks for stopping by.

-L I N D S A Y

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

COZY CHRISTMAS BEDROOM


Hello friends! Today I'm sharing some more holiday cheer in my home, this time in my master bedroom. Do you decorate you bedroom for the holidays? I started doing it a few years ago and have loved doing it ever since. 


The holiday decor that makes the biggest impact is this beautiful 7.5' White Spruce artificial flocked pre-lit tree I purchased from Wayfair. You can find it HERE 

I kept the decor on my tree clean and simple with my collection of beautiful mercury glass ornaments. many are from Pottery Barn some are from Home Goods or TJMaxx. I added some green ribbon in my tree to match the pops of green on the bed and the greenery on our nightstands.


I love the cozy glow of the lights at night. 
It doesn't take much to add a few festive touches to your room for the holidays. Garland over the headboard or small table top trees on your night stand with twinkle lights add to the cozy feel of the room.  

 I kept the bedding I usually have but layered a dark gray coverlet from Target for extra warmth if needed. I draped some faux greenery over our headboard to add a rustic woodsy, relaxed feel to our bedroom. last year i was really into red, this year I leaned toward a more neutral, clean, simple look. Thats what is fun about decorating, you just do what makes you happy and makes your home feel like you and your style, whether that is traditional or modern. Lots of decor or small Christmas touches. There are no rules you guys, really.



A tray of hot cocoa and lots of pillows are my jam. my hubby always says we have to many pillow, but I don't think you can ever have too many pillows! Am I right? 
Green canvas throw pillow are from H&M, linen throw pillow is from Target. White coverlet and Euro pillows are from Pottery Barn , floral green coverlet is from Wayfair. wood tray is from Rod Works.


My bedroom is where I wrap all our gifts for Chrismtas. I had to snap this picture of all the pretty wrapped gifts.






My nightstand are simple with just a few statement pieces. This cute little tree from Hobby Lobby with twinkle lights and this pretty mercury glass tree from Home Goods with some brass globes from Pottery Barn. 

Clean, simple and bright.



Thank you for stopping by to see my cozy bedroom. I hope you've been inspired to do a little bit of holiday decorating on your bedroom. Just be warned once you do it you wont be able to stop. 
Happy Holidays!

-L I N D S A Y

Saturday, December 1, 2018

HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP | 2018

Hello and Merry Christmas!
 I'm so excited you're here. We are so excited to be sharing our Christmas homes with you this year for our Holly Jolly Christmas Blog Hop. all the other girls sharing their Christmas homes will be tagged at the bottom of this post.

There are so many things that I love about Christmas, but decorating is one of my favorites. There is  magic that comes when you see the glow of a Christmas tree, twinkle lights and yummy smelling candles or treats baking in the oven, I adore all of it. All those things add to the coziness or the holiday season. 
                                                 Welcome to my home for Christmas.


My kids are getting older but they still love to snuggle by the tree and watch a show, read Christmas stories or drink hot cocoa by the fire. I have such great memories of my kids when they were babies and how they loved to take ornaments off the tree or unwrap gifts before it was time. Those are the some of the greatest memories. Seeing their faces on Christmas morning opening their gifts, it's pure magic!



This year I couldn't get enough twinkle lights. I got these copper wire strands from Amazon a 4 pack for under $20 they even have a remote, which I love! Most of my big lights like my tree & garlands are on a timer and they go off on their own at night. It you don't have timers on your Christmas decor its a must have! I got a 2 pack for $10 on Amazon. These mercury glass trees from Home Goods are a new addition this year. They range in price from $12.99-$19.00 depending on the size. I know I'll be using them for years.


Another set of twinkle lights in one of my many cloches, this one is from Hobby Lobby. It looks so magical at night. this little wood pedestal table from Wayfair is a favorite of mine, you an find it HERE


This year I got out of my comfort zone and didn't do traditional red in any of my Christmas decor. I was worried I wouldn't like it, but I love it! I stayed with neutrals, like white, cream, green and tans and of course my collection of mercury glass ornaments.



I recently added the board and batten on my corner fireplace and I love how it tuned out. I am so happy with it. It makes such a huge difference, I don't know why I didn't do it sooner. I love doing small things that don't cost a ton of money but that make a big impact on the overall look and feel of my home. Little home improvements here and there.

 

Brown paper packages tied up with strings these are a few of my favorite things.....
Yep, I love to wrap gifts! like a lot! Most of these are real gifts but some are just empty boxes. I wrapped them so I can peel off one side of the tape and slip the box out, fill is with a gift and slide it back in all ready for Christmas. 


 It's a little dark on my stairs leading to the basement because of the sofa that sits in front and having my faux lit garland on my railing lights up the stairs with a magical glow.


I love to purchase things that I can use in my home all year long. This faux fur rug from Amazon linked hereon my coffee table is something that I could use in my kids rooms or on a table or chair.





I don't always have an elaborately decorated table. I love a pretty tablescape, but its just not practical in our home to be left up all the time. I like to put cute things in this tray from Hobby Lobby so I can easily move it on and off  my table for family dinner each night.

On the tray are small cream bottle brushes a faux frosted tree and a wood bowl full of pretty mercury glass ornaments and twinkle lights of course. I have lights every where. I love turning all the main lights off and have only the Christmas lights on and sitting on my cozy sofa from RC Willey and watching it snow outside it's so cozy.


I'm loving the reflection of my tree lights in the mirror!

Garlands are such a simple way to add a festive feel to any space. I made the top bell garland and the wood bead garland is from Targets Mognolia Hearth and Hand line, you can find it HERE


Each year I like to add a few items to my Christmas collection. I love this linen tree throw pillow I got from Target this year it goes perfect with my decor. Tree pillow linked HERE  
H&M Home cotton canvas cushion cover linked HERE


I made this sign last year and it's still one of my favorites, The neutral colors will go with any colors of Christmas decor and it helps us remember the true meaning of Christmas, the Saviors birth.


Twinkle lights draped in a dough bowl (from Hobby Lobby) full of mercury glass ornaments makes my entry so festive and bright. The lights reflect off the mercury glass and make the space feel so cozy, merry and bright!


Mercury glass trees, my white ceramic Nativity and faux greenery line the shelves of my new Wayfair Santino Console table that I just love it's linked HERE 



I wish you could smell the yummy pine candle from Bath and Body Works burning in my kitchen. I am a big smell person. I love good smells they can quickly take me to a memory or place in my mind. The smell of pine reminds me of the mountains and Christmas, two of my favorite things.
I love looking back at pictures of my kitchen from 2 years ago. My cabinets were an orange wood color! My kitchen has undergone some serious change. 

This year I was able to get these wood chairs from World Market, I love the warm rustic feel they bring to this space. The board and batten wall is another new addition.


I tied a few faux pine stems with  cream ribbon to the back of my dining chairs and bar stools to add a little something festive.

My dining table is all ready for the holidays. I'll be doing a blog post soon with a source list from everything on my table, some tips and tricks to setting a beautiful table for the holiday although I did forget to put on my silverware before I took my blog pictures! yikes! I'm sure you would have not even noticed but I sure did.
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Last on the tour is my Christmas bedroom, more info to come about this space and my new beautiful flocked tree linked HERE from Wayfair.




 Wishing you and your family a cozy and happy holiday season. Thank you for stopping my my Christmas home tour. I really appreciate you!

-L I N D S A Y


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Jennifer: Simpli Ciani

Lynde: Seguoia Lane

Catherina: Sage Hill Cottage