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  • 12/16/15--03:06: Easy Holiday Chair Swags
  • Dressing up the back of any dining room chair is a simple way to add an extra special touch to your Christmas decor. If you visited my Christmas Dining Room Tour then you saw the pretty little gold and cedar Christmas horn chair swags. Today we're going to take a look at how to make easy holiday chair swags with just a few items you most likely already have on hand.

    Holiday chair swags are incredibly simple to make. The items you will need are:

    fresh evergreens
    handheld puners
    florist wire
    scissors
    ribbon
    embellishments (ex: pinecones, ornaments, bells, etc)

    Head into the back yard and see what type of evergreens you might have (or that your neighbor has) ;) . A few good evergreens to use for your holiday chair swags are pine, juniper, holly, boxwood, and red cedar. All of these will last for at a week or two after they are cut. Choose one or group several together to use for your chair swag.

    Take into consideration though the type of chair back you have. If it is an open slat back then maybe the holly clippings wouldn't be a smart choice. No one likes being poked by sharp holly when they sit down in their chair! Save the holly for an read more...

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    The holidays are about over and it's time to put away all those pretty Christmas decorations. This year get yourself organized so that next year's holiday decorating will be a breeze and you'll have more time to relax and celebrate. Today I'm sharing my 10 Top Christmas Decoration Storage Tips that I know you'll love!


    1. Use clear storage bins with colored lids
    Clear storage bins make it easy to see what you have inside. I like using 66 quart bins with side latches and colored tops. They hold a lot, but aren't too large to carry. They are sturdy, stackable, the lids won't accidentally pop off, and the lids are colored coordinated for the season. For example: Christmas decor is stored in bins with red lids, fall decor is stored in bins with orange lids. This makes finding the correct bins a breeze!
    2. Classify storage bins according to ornament color
    Label each bin with a specific color or theme, for example: Silver & Gold, Coastal Decor, Red, White, Family Ornaments, etc. Sort and store all the Christmas decor in the classified bin.

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    I have been wanting to do this project for so many years that I don't understand what took me so long. While decorating for my Coastal Fall Home Tour I was wishing I had more bleached pinecones. Buying them seemed like a waste of money (they aren't cheap). My youngest sister was cursing the gazillion pinecones covering her yard and decided to pay my little nieces a penny for each pinecone they could collect. Those sweet girls made a killing! So I called my {pinecone} supplier and asked if I could take some off her hands. A resounding YES was the response. Because this was my 1st time bleaching pinecones, I'm going to walk you through How to Make Beautifully Bleached Pinecones and a few lessons learned and tips. These will be perfect for my fall and Christmas holiday crafts and decor.

    Start off with pinecones that are in good condition, brown, not green, and have already started opening. The drier they are, the more open the pinecones become. The very dry pinecone will also accept bleach better than one with lots of moisture in it. Many tutorials out there show using a bag of purchased read more...

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    From time to time I like to share little household tips that have made my home and life a little easier. Today is one of those days! Now this might not make any sense to some of you but for me it has been fabulous! I'm going to show you how to make a DIY Mobile Christmas Tree Stand in less than 10 minutes. With a this mobile Christmas tree stand you can twist, slide, and reposition your tree with ease!

    Why would you need to move you tree? I'm picky and move furniture and items constantly until I finally like where they are placed. Moving or turning a Christmas tree to show off its best angle or to simply reposition it is not an easy task. Trying to move a tree can not only be dangerous but it can also scrape and damage your floors. The DIY mobile Christmas tree stand won't damage my newly refinished hardwood floors and rolls easily.

    Now that we have brand new built-in bookcases in our family room, there isn't a free corner to place our tree. I still need to be able to access the items in those cabinets and drawers and the mobile stand gives me the freedom to get into the cabinets.
    To make this DIY Mobile Christmas Tree Stand you just need a few items:

    a 24 inch round pine table top (available at The Home read more...

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    This week 30 bloggers are sharing a beautiful variety of Christmas Dinner Tablesetting Ideas as part of a fun and creative Styled + Set Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour hosted by Designthusiasm.  The full list with links to everyone on the tour for each day are listed at the bottom of this post. If you are stopping in from Maison Decor then welcome!

    Now that our dining room makeover is complete, I was excited to dress it up for the holidays! This years decor theme for the room is silver and gold with crisp white and greenery.

    What I love about these Christmas dinner tablesetting ideas are that they create the look of a fancy table but are rather easy to put together without a lot of fuss. In lieu of a tablecloth this year I chose these fun Cedar

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    I promised you I'd share how to add a bit of fun to your holiday tablesetting with a Christmas Tree Napkin Fold tutorial. My oldest daughter works part time as a banquet waiter and she has been teaching me all the types of different napkin folds she has been using. Over the next weeks I'll be bringing you several easy holiday napkin designs.

    Here is the Christmas Tree Napkin Fold that is currently on our Christmas Dinner Tablesetting.

    Creative napkin folding works best with nicely ironed, stiff cotton napkins. Thin or flimsy cloth napkins will not hold their shape well. This Christmas tree fold can be done quite quickly. It will take you longer to iron your napkins than it will to fold them!

    Click play on the napkin folding video and turn up your volume to listen to sweet Christmas carols! read more...

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    This week marks my 6th blogiversary! In all my 6 years of blogging can you believe I've never shown my entire master bedroom? To be honest, I'm a rather private person and keeping one room in my house completely unrevealed over the years helped me feel less vunerable and exposed to the world. Guess that's about to change. Walk up stairs and come take a Classic Coastal Christmas Bedroom Tour with me!

    Our master bedroom is  one room in our home that is very traditional compare to the rest of the house. In 24 years of marriage I've learned how to coexist with a husband who has a different style than I do. He loves dark wood and classic furniture. My design influence is slowly rubbing off on him so this room will most likely get updated eventually.... heehee. In the meantime, I'd like to stay married so I won't push it and promised that I wouldn't paint all the furniture white.... yet.

    We have 2 family themed Christmas trees downstairs, all decked out in red and white, so this year the coastal Christmas tree headed to our bedroom! I've never had a tree in my bedroom so this is special!

    This tree was an old prelit tree that was in not the greatest shape. Half the lights didn't work and I considered tossing it. read more...

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    If you saw the previous blog post revealing my master bedroom all decked out for Christmas then I'm sure you saw all the beautiful coastal pillows.  A girl can't ever have too many pretty pillows and today I'm sharing 25+ Coastal Christmas Pillows and giving away a gorgeous Oh So Very Merry Pillow (like the one seen below) made by Mud Pie and provided to one lucky reader courtesy of O.C. Local Fare, a cute coastal shop in Huntington Beach, CA.

    I've provided affliliate links for all the pillows you see here for your shopping convenience. Just click on the pillow titles to see where they are sold and the prices. Most are on sale right now too and would make great gifts!

    Tis the Season Coastal Pillow

    Blue Anchor Coastal Christmas Pillow

    read more...

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    Over the past few years, flocked Christmas trees have become very popular. I have been seriously coveting all the gorgeous white fluffy snow flocked trees but not the pricetag that is usually attached! We already own several artificial trees and I knew my husband would freak if I bought another one so it was time to figure out how to get the snow flocked looked on my own. Y'all, I am so excited to share with you How to Flock a Christmas Tree!  This is an easy DIY project but I'll warn you, wow it's a messy one! So put on some raggedy old clothes (and shoes) and let's get a flockin'! 

    The tree that I chose to flock was a slim 7' pre-lit tree. It is quite old and not all of the light strands work. I've never really liked it, because it wasn't very full and lower quality. To be honest I thought of donating it but why not give flocking a try. Below is a pic of my 1st ever coastal Christmas tree from 2011. Back then I thought it was AMAZING. Oh my, hee,hee. Guess we try to up our game each year. 

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    Decorating for Christmas has been extra fun this year in the family room. We have hardwood flooring now instead of carpet, two new custom builtin bookcases and a new fireplace surround and mantel. I felt like I was decorating a brand new home! The kids begged me to not do a coastal Christmas theme downstairs (they are sick of starfish, ha!). I asked what they wanted instead and they said red and white! So come take a bright and cheery tour of our winterberry red, white and blue Christmas family room!  

    I kept the same blue and white pillows from Thanksgiving and added some festive red accessories throughout the room. 

    Winterberry, cranberries, and holly berries are everywhere! It's a very berry merry Christmas! 

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    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine. It’s early I know, but now is the time to go out and buy those Christmas craft supplies! I’m always surprised how many people get a jump start on the holidays, but when I headed ... Read More about DIY Ski Lodge Christmas Wreath

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    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Folgers® . The opinions and text are all mine.   The kitchen has always been the heart of the home. A multitude of memories were created in the kitchen, baking with my mom and sisters when we were young. Some of the most precious ... Read More about Chocolate Chip Scones, Coffee, and Conversation

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    Today is all about celebrating the cranberry! I am so excited to show you how to Host a ‘Crantastic’ Cocktail Party. We will be sampling some of my favorite sweet, tart, and savory cranberry drinks and appetizers. The ultimate cranberry cocktail party is a must-do this holiday season!  The first drink on the menu is ... Read More about Host a ‘Crantastic’ Cocktail Party – Cranberry Drinks & Appetizers

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    This week I’ve been trying to finish up the holiday decorating so that I can relax and enjoy this amazing month of celebration! Now that the table and buffet are finally painted and refinished, the dining room feels complete and I love how everthing has come together! Come take a little tour of our Rustic Glam ... Read More about Rustic Glam Christmas Dining Room

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    Merry Christmas friends! I hope your December is going well and you are able to pause amidst all the holiday hustle and bustle and enjoy this amazing season. I wanted to stop in and share our Coastal White Christmas Family Room with you today. The family room is all decked out in icy, snow inspired ... Read More about Coastal White Christmas Family Room

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  • 12/27/17--09:56: Cranberry Orange Meatballs
  • I hope your holidays have been fabulous! New Year’s Eve is upon us and I have a delicious and easy appetizer that will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser! I made these sweet and spicy Cranberry Orange Meatballs for a cranberry cocktail party and a Christmas party. The meatballs were a huge hit. The next day ... Read More about Cranberry Orange Meatballs

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