• Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor

    Simple Holiday Tablescape

    I always enjoy decorating for the holidays! There is something so magical about the twinkling lights and sparkly baubles all around. Entertaining guests is also usually on everyone’s agenda, so I pulled together a Simple Holiday Tablescape to share some festive decorating inspiration!

    Simpe Holiday Tablescape

    I’m so glad you are here!

    My simple holiday tablescape is just one stop on the Celebrate Christmas Blog Hop. Leen, my friend from Sand Dollar Lane, has rounded up some amazing talent to share holiday home tours, DIY gift ideas, and tablescapes/centerpieces.

    If you are stopping by from The French Blue Cottage or are new to the blog, welcome!

    One of my favorite parts of putting together a tablescape is being able to shop my home and find different pieces to incorporate into the design. And it is so easy this time of year because there are items that would work all around.

    Table Setting Garland

    As a starting point, I laid a simple garland on top of an old scarf down the center of my table as a runner. I love to create table runners from unique and unexpected items. Then, I kept layering pieces of interest on top.

    Candle Garland Tablescape

    Some cute faux antlers, black and white striped ribbon, the most inexpensive DIY hurricane candle holders

    Faux Antler Ribbon Table Decor

    A small strand of white twinkle lights, and ornaments straight from the Christmas tree all help the centerpiece come together.

    Christmas Table Decor Lights Ornaments

    For each table setting, I gathered up neutral pieces including my favorite striped napkins.

    Neutral Holiday Table Setting

    I even whipped up these cute ornament place cards with curled strips of paper inside featuring each guests’ name.

    Ornament Place Name Card

    This tablescape was so easy to put together. Anyone could do the same by simply borrowing holiday decor items from around your own home and throwing in a little creativity.

    Table Setting for 4

    What do you think of our Simple Holiday Tablescape? Have you ever used unconventional items while decorating? It’s a great way to mix things up!

    Black White Table Setting

    Thank you so much for stopping by!

    I hope you enjoyed seeing how I pulled this look together. And you have to check out my friend Kendra’s (Joy In Our Home) creative tablescape, as well as the rest of the fun holiday ideas included in this round-up!

    Sand Dollar Lane  //  Aratari at Home  //  Postcards From the Ridge  //  Sweet Pea

     

    Worthing Court  //  Atta Girl Says  //  Sonya Burgess  //  Kippi at Home

     

    White Arrows Home  //  Cribbs Style  //  Dabbling & Decorating  //  One House 2 Barns

     

    My Family Thyme  //  The February Fox  //  A Life Unfolding

     

    My Wee Abode  //  The Tattered Pew  //  Thistlewood Farms

     

    Artsy Chicks Rule  //  2 Bees in a Pod  //  Zucchini Sisters (not shown)  //  The Little by Little Home

     

    The French Blue Cottage  //  Elizabeth Joan Designs  //  Joy in Our Home

     

    Thistle Key Lane  //  Noting Grace

  • Holidays & Seasons

    Uncommon Goods Fun and Unique Gift Guide

    I’ve partnered up with Uncommon Goods this holiday season to bring you a fun and unique gifts. I was not financially compensated for this post, but I did receive free product for review. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure.

    Fun and Unique Gifts For Everyone On Your List

    The holidays are fast approaching and I’m always on the lookout for fun and unique holiday gifts! We’ve been fans of Uncommon Goods for a while now and love looking through their selection of products. Here, I’ve gathered some of my favorites for 2019!

    Bedside Smartphone Vase

    I love how this Bedside Smartphone Vase can corral cords and dress up a nightstand with some pretty flowers all in one. The upright design makes it easy to see your alarm and waking up to a charged phone is always a plus!

     

    Bristle Free Grill Brush

    Ever since I saw an article about people accidentally swallowing bristles from grill brushes, we’ve been hesitant to use one. But this Bristle Free Grill Brush takes away the worry. Guess what my hubby is getting for Christmas?

     

    Long Distance Touch Bracelet Set

    With my husband traveling a lot for work, many times it is hard to find time to connect. The Long Distance Touch Bracelet Set has been an awesome way for us to let each other know that we are thinking of the other. Just a few taps and it vibrates on your wrist for the other person to feel. It’s simple fun, yet unobtrusive.

     

    Overnight Foot Care Kit

    Who couldn’t use a little pedicure love? The Overnight Foot Care Kit has a yummy Rosemary Mint cream and plush socks that will soften and freshen those tootsies of yours.

    Urban Map Glass

    The Urban Map Glasses are perfect for serving up choice cocktails to guests while reminiscing about your favorite city! There are multiple options to choose from, although I personally would go with the best city of Columbus. *wink*

    For Kids

    Little Patient

    Little Doctors/Nurses will love playing with the Little Patient. This cute doll is a great tool for helping kids learn about the body.

     

    Glowing Bath Time Pals

    The Glowing Bath Time Pals will be making an appearance in my kids’ stockings this year. How fun are these light up bath toys? They are liquid activated, so the fun lasts as long as the water does.

     

    Kid’s Ready to Rise Alarm Clock

    My son has had the Kid’s Ready to Rise Alarm Clock for several months and it has been great for helping him get up in the mornings for school. We can even set the sleep trainer for the weekends so he knows when it is ok to get out of bed and wake up mom and dad!

     

    Dinosaur Plate and Utensils

    Calling all dinosaur lovers! Enjoy playing with (and eating) your food using this cute Dinosaur Plate and Utensils. Plate and utensils sold separately.

     

    Stocking Stuffers

    Blooming Lollipops

    Blooming Lollipops are the gift that keeps on giving. Enjoy the unique and delicious flavors then plant the stick to grow your own plants. So fun!

     

    Therapy Dough

    There was always something so calming about playing with dough when we were little. It turns out that molding dough or clay is actually a great stress reliever! Who knew? Therapy Dough was made exactly for this purpose, so get playing and chill.

    5-in-1 Pen Tool

    This fun little gadget keeps all of the essential tools together and handy for use. Grab the 5-in-1 Pen Tool to tighten/loosen screws, draw on a smart device, write, measure, or level.

    See? Uncommon Goods has so many great options! Which one of these will you be adding to your Christmas list?

     

     

  • Kids,  Organization & Storage,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom Reveal

    We’ve been working hard to get this room finished and I’m so excited that it is finally done! Here is our Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom Reveal!

    Our boys, Big E & Little E, are 6 1/2 years apart. 8 years old and 18 months old to be exact. Coming up with a space that could work for both of them was a bit of a challenge, but I think we’ve made it work. We needed to focus on storage since we were limited on space. See the room mood board and before pics here.

    Boys Nautical Shared Bedroom Reveal

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    This small corner is for our youngest little guy. It is just enough space for Little E’s mini crib. We keep all of his toys are in our living room play area. Under the crib, I’ve added a plastic bin for diapers, wipes, etc. Oh, and the moon on the wall acts as a nightlight for both of the boys.

    Nautical Nursery

    Moon In My Room | Mini Crib | Wall Light | Art Print

    Even though this space sleeps two, there is room for three! We took the extra mattress from the bunk bed and put it behind Big E’s bed. We can pull out it out anytime we have a guest spending the night. (And it makes a great spot for him to lean against while reading.) I’m sure you probably thought that the mattress was under the bed. My hubby made a trundle drawer to fit perfectly under the bed. It has 4 divided sections in it. This huge drawer can fit all of Big E’s clothing and even some toys!

    Neutral Nautical Bedroom

    How cool is this White Sailing Ship Kite from Uncommon Goods? Big E has been having fun playing with it and using his imagination on the high seas! There is enough room inside for army men, zombies, and toy cars. It is beautifully made and fairly sturdy. We have yet to get it outside and fly it, but it has made a great accessory/toy for this nautical space.

    Sailboat Bedroom

    Big E loved that he was able to pick out the paint color (Sherwin Willams Silver Strand) and have some input on a theme. Sharks and the ocean are his favorites, so going with a nautical theme just made sense. He is also enjoying his new bed that we found for a steal on Facebook Marketplace!

    Shark Bedroom

    Art Print | Wall Light | Shark Puppet

    There used to be a nice wide bookshelf in this room, but we had to move it out to make room for the baby. We were stumped as to where we would put all of Big E’s books, but then found this cool floating bookshelf. It doesn’t take up much space in the corner and still fits all of the books and trophies.

    Wall Hooks Floating Bookshelf

    Floating Bookshelf

    The boys were also in need of an alarm clock. Big E needed something that could help him get up for school and Little E could use a little sleep training help. The Kid’s Ready to Rise Alarm Clock from Uncommon Goods is perfect for both of them. It has built-in white noise and an alarm. It can even help a child learn when to get out of bed by displaying different colors for sleep, quiet time, and rise & shine! So cool.

    Kids Alarm Clock

    This small dresser fit great in the bedroom because it doesn’t take up much space. It houses all of little E’s clothes, shoes, blankets, etc.

    Kids Dresser Storage

    Numbered Storage Basket | Large Galvanized E | Small Metal E

    We added a long board along this wall with hooks so that the boys can hang things up. The hooks are actually boat cleats and are perfect for holding book bags, coats and hats!

    Boat Cleat Wall Hook

    And of course, we needed a new, fun overhead light. This light compliments the other lights in the room and goes with our homes modern farmhouse feel. Plus, for less than $30, the price was right!

    Cage Ceiling Light Farmhouse

    Metal Cage Light | Edison Bulb

    I think that everyone is pretty happy with the new bedroom! There are enough storage solutions that allowed for Big E to keep all of his belongings in the room. (Most of his toys/games/shoes/etc. are in the closet which is not pictured.) However, since everything is arranged to maximize the space, this tiny bedroom still has plenty of floor area for playing!

    Kids Room Boy Nursery

    We hope you enjoyed our Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom Reveal. We are so thrilled with how this room turned out!

     

  • Home Decor,  Kids,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom

    We’ve been working for several weeks on our Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom and it is almost finished. Yay! I’m hoping to share the room reveal soon, but thought that I’d first give you a peek at what we are doing!

    About a month ago, my hubby and I were racking our brains trying to figure out how we could find some more storage space in our home. We’ve rearranged furniture and minimized our belongings. However, we still just needed an area where things could be better organized, but out of the way. And that kept leading to the same solution.

    We needed to reclaim our master closet turned nursery.

    Not only for the storage possibilities but also more privacy and better sleep. So, we approached our older son about the possibility of him sharing his bedroom with his little brother. He loved that idea! I must say it was bittersweet thinking about saying goodbye to that sweet little nursery.

    Boys Bedroom Oar

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    Originally, our son’s room had brown carpets like the rest of the bedrooms in The Country House. And they needed to go!

    Country House Home Tour Before Bedroom 1

    A couple of years ago, my hubby ripped out all of the flooring and replaced it with new laminate hardwood planks. We also painted all of the wood trim a crisp white. Other than that, we did nothing else to this room since. It has stayed that way with the same furniture that my son had in The City House.

    Since we were going to be having the boys room together, it seemed like a great time to update this space for both of them!

     

    For our Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom, we are going with an ocean theme.

    Our older son has some major love for sharks and the sea. Plus, we already had an oar, so this seemed like a good place to start.

    He also wanted some color on his walls. Not boring old white like his mom would pick out. After some deliberation, he settled on Silver Strand from Sherwin Williams. The name is a bit deceiving though since the color is actually green-gray color.

    We are so excited to get this room wrapped up and I can’t wait to share the finished product!

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