Oh, Christmas Tree

This November marked 3 years with our home and I can’t believe it. Time has gone by so quickly! Each year, we’ve layered our Christmas decorations – especially our ornament collection – and added a little here and there.

When we first bought our home, I couldn’t wait to dress it up in holiday trimmings and have all our friends and family gather with us.

 

 

Each year, I add to our Christmas ornament collection by a few (dozen…don’t tell on me). I’ve been aspiring to dress our tree the way my mom did hers every year – completely dripping with an eclectic mix of ornaments.

When Al and I travel, we’ve begun a tradition of collecting an ornament from our trip. It’s a fun way to remember our adventures without filling our home with unnecessary things. I could sit and stare at our tree for hours – it’s really my absolute favorite feature of our holiday decorations.

 

 

etsy find: leigh viner art

i stumbled across artist legih viner on etsy a few weeks ago and have been meaning to share this amazing (very talented) find with all of you. leigh has an amazing collection of vintage, photography and illustrations. some of her work is edgy, which is always an awesome addition to an otherwise neutral or even girly room. i mean, looking for the perfect bachelorette pad artwork? leigh viner is it!

here are some of my favorites.

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celebrity homes: reese witherspoon

do you ever find a home you love, get inspired by it, then forget about it but take the inspiration with you? and then you don’t realize what has inspired you until you stumble across it again? do you know what i mean?

i fell in love with these images of reese witherspoon’s home a long time ago – she is one of my favorites, i do love her style. her home is very restoration hardware-meets-the-southwest, to me. it’s a warm and welcoming home with mismatched pieces that when brought together seem to make perfect sense. i especially love that the dining room chairs aren’t a set but individual pieces that come together to make an inviting dining space.

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all images via elle decor

bathing suits = art

“bathing suits as art?!” you as. why, yes! a while back, i saw a few images of framed bathing suits and thought it was so clever especially if you have a home near the water, live in a place that is always the season for swim suits or if you swap around your art seasonally.

so, your follow up question is probably, “fine but where do i find a vintage bathing suit?” etsy, of course! here are a bunch i found that would be so perfect for framing (click¬†http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MjM2NjU1OTZ8MjcyNDE0NTIxMg/vintage-swim for the actual individual products).

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framed art images via here, here and here

one pin leads to a wild goose chase

it started with this image, which i sent to my boyfriend and informed him i would like to live here:

obviously, i went to redcarriagedoors.com because that’s the watermark. then through the architects website, and then sononma news, and then a google search and then i found the actual real estate listing. this sonoma farmhouse can be yours for a cool $2.68 million!

really i was just excited to find even more pictures of this unique house – particularly ones of it lit up at night.

for the rest of the pictures click here – trust me. you want to.

last set of images all via here

living in: christmas vacation

in my family, we have a tradition of watching national lampoon’s christmas vacation every weekend from thanksgiving until christmas. then it goes away for the next year, only to resurface at the following thanksgiving. most of us can quote the majority of the movie. it might be a sickness.http://coedmagazine.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/national-lampoons-christmas-vacation1.jpg?w=600&h=350

anyway, want to live in christmas vacation like the rest of my family? here’s how:

1. a christmas tree. a full one that is far too big for the room. (full of sap, of course!)
2. a hat with ear warmers when you have to leave your trailer to go to the bathroom ’cause the shitter’s full.
3. jelly of the month club (no pool for you!)
4. a santa hat. essential when the squirrel jumps out of the tree at your face, runs through the house, prompting your brother’s (or your brother-in-law’s) dog to run through the house and destroy everything.
5. lights. to cover your whole house. oh, and be sure to knock out the neighborhood electricity while you’re at it AND steal the electricity from your next door neighbor.
6. a moose mug. for egg nog. duh.

7. a tree scented candle. just in case the sap from your over full tree (see #1) isn’t filling your home with christmasy goodness.

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8. oh and some rope for when your brother kidnaps your boss (because he gave you the jelly of the month club and not cash for a pool)