Ways to decorate for the holidays outside of a Christmas tree…

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I didn’t put up a tree this year but I did do some tabletop decor, a wreath and garland. I also have lights around my tv stand and towers. There are so many ways you can still be festive without putting up a tree and this post will inspire you. First up, if you have a mantel, you can easily buy garland. The fresh smell of real greenery will give your home the holiday aromas.

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Next you can still use your favorite ornaments just put them in clear vases, apothecary jars, bowls etc. Use shoe boxes to create presents and leave them around. Bonus points if the wrapping matches the color scheme…

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I just think the mannequin was too cute and clever. .
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Simple wreaths hung by ribbon can make just as much of a statement as one adorned with ornaments and less work…

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Random DIY, Design & Christmas Takeaways

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Have you all sent out your holiday cards? I haven’t but I will soon.

Useless knowledge: I have never had a gingerbread cookie in my life before, that I remember.

Do you put presents under the tree through out the month of December or wait until Christmas Eve?

I have a confession. I dislike real trees. I prefer artificial xmas trees anyday. It’s not the maintenance that’s an issue, I prefer the fullness of branches that artificial trees have. Which do you prefer?

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When I see this bakers rack, it really makes me want to spray paint mine gold. I currently use mine as a “bar cart”. All of my wine glasses, wine bottle holder, alcohol and decanters are on it against a black wall. I think ifnit were gold, it would bring new life to it.

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What a cool idea for those that have kids. It will look especially nice on black appliances.

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Tuesday’s Tips: Hide a tv in the mouth of a fireplace

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Some people don’t use their fireplaces so if you don’t you can always place the tv there. The tv goes unnoticed and is a good way to prevent the tv from being the focal point. In this case the tv is only placed in front but still works.

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Monday Inspiration 11.8.14

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I have been putting off sorting a basket full of clothes and taking another bag full to the Goodwill. I don’t know why I became lazy at that because I usually pride myself with making room for new clothes donating things I haven’t worn. I need to get my life together and make it a priority to spend a couple hours going thru my closets and armoire and ensuring the things I have, are things I actually wear. I think I will do that tonight. I love the idea above of repurposing shower hooks for scarves. It’s much more easier to grab and go than having to untie knots (the way scarves are typically stored).

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I am not a bag person but this is such a great use of space for those odd closet top shelves. It’s like you’re shopping your closet because it’s staged like a store display. I see this person has a variety of coats. I am still waiting on a new wool belted coat to come in the mail from a cyber Monday sale. One way you can transform your closet is simply by making inventory of what you have and what you need. Then you will know how much space to allot for tall boots, small handbags, coats etc..

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If you look closely, these shelves are held by bricks. This is a great use of space…

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I just realized a way to not feel bad for procrastinating: buy pretty laundry baskets. Marshalls, Homegoods and TJmaxx has some of the prettiest laundry totes and baskets that makes heeps of clothes less of an eyesore…

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I still love the look of clothes displayed on racks. Why not incoporate a nice mirrored and glass table for folding? Any way you can make mundane tasks a little bit prettier, the better.

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Muted color palettes…

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A monochromatical gray color scheme doesn’t have to be boring as long as you layer, add textures, and bring in bold furniture and decor pieces. The seating above is truly a work of art. A modern chair combined with a rustic tree stump side table is an unexpected pairing but it all works in the space. That is another way you can keep things interesting in a muted palette.

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QOTD: What is your Christmas color scheme?

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A home tour with lovely vignettes…

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With color inspiration from the 70s and a marriage of design styles, this home tour encompasses a lot of things I look for when featuring on my blog. I like a home to have some character and architectural detail. Brany’s has just that in the molding designs on the doors, beautiful wood floors and exposed brick. I like a home to look personal as if every item was edited and bought or salvaged from a place with background, history and meaning. Brandy’s home has just that. It mixes new and old and balances nicely throughout the entire space. What I saw first was that wild bold wallpaper and a gold mirror then the open riser stair case with a neon light and I knew this would be a fun home tour. Every room was interesting and the spaces that felt a little empty will probably be filled with another conversation starter soon. It just looks fun, like everything she bought, was bought because she simply liked it. Not because she needed to finish a room in time for an online feature or not as if she needed to be like everyone else and buy the same print, same tables, same rugs. Brandy’s home looks like Brandy. One of her fav sites to score items from is Chairish which is also where she sells decor through. You can buy her style at Make & Model. It’s nice to see someone that doesn’t stick with a formula of what they think is “cool”.

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Take a cue from this and use expensive or bold wallpaper in a very small width of space. You won’t break the bank but you will make an impact.

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Two chairs similar in style (both armless) and the same color can work just as well as a pair. I love the barstools and lighting.

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Decorating with busts and mannequins are my everything. I like how the vignette is asymmetrical but still balanced because the mannequin is around the same height as the lamp.

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You can see the rest of the tour and all of the deets over on Apartment Therapy.
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