• Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor,  The Country House

    Holiday Entryway Decor

    This year, our holiday decor is pretty minimal. Since we moved into the Country House just about a half of a year ago, our garage has been a disaster of boxes and furniture and trash and recycling. So, most of our holiday decor has stayed in the mess in the garage. We’ve put up our tree (see our Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree) and a few wreaths outside, but today I wanted to share our holiday entryway decor.

    Neutral Holiday Entryway Decor

    Our entryway is really just the 4th wall of our living room with a small coat closet. (Click here to see the before tour of our Country House.)

    You may remember the stocking holder that I made a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, our past couple of homes have not had a fireplace with a mantel. So, we were in need of a place to hang our Christmas stockings. This DIY hanger has been awesome and perfectly holds all of our stockings, even when they are filled with goodies on Christmas morning.

    Stocking Hanger Holder

    I also add some painted chipboard letters to each stocking so Santa knows where to put his loot. Yes, I know that there are two E’s, but if you look closely, you will be able to see that one of those stockings is a little different from the others. We had actually purchased the 3 matching stockings before our son was born and needed another creamy cable knit one to go with the rest when he joined the fam. I could not find that same pattern, so I settled for similar.

    Stocking Monogram

    Underneath the stockings is a console table with a couple of storage ottomans below that. The ottomans are great for storing our kid’s shoes and work as extra seating in a pinch.

    On top of the console table is a couple of vintage items that each belonged to one of my grandmas. The white, milk glass double bowl with a lid belonged to my paternal grandmother and the old typewriter was my maternal grandmothers. I love having keepsakes like these!

    Vintage Typewriter Black Console

    I also added an appropriately typed Christmas poem/story to the typewriter for the season.

    Vintage Typeface

    This little space is lovely to walk into when we get home. Even though we don’t have a ton of decor up this year, there is just enough to make it feel merry and bright!

    Christmas Entryway Decor

    What do you think of our holiday entryway decor? Leave a comment to let us know!

  • Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor

    My Home Style Blog Hop: Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree

    Welcome to the 2nd annual My Home Style Blog Hop: Christmas Tree Edition hosted by Casa Watkins. I’m so happy to be participating again this year and to be sharing my Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree for Christmas with you. (Check out my Christmas tree decor style from last year.)

    If you are heading over Lovely Etc., WELCOME to Elizabeth Joan Designs! My name is Erin and I blog about  all things DIY, decor, etc. Isn’t Carrie’s tree and style amazing?! I just love her glam winter wonderland tree. If I were brave enough, I would have flocked my own tree this year.  However, I opted not to because I have yet to research all of the details. (Is the flocking permanent? Can you unflock a tree?  Does it shed?)

    This Year…

    How To Photograph Christmas Tree

    Anyway, my Christmas tree style for this year is similar to last year’s tree, in that I’ve used several of the same ornaments. However, I’ve really changed a few things up to give it a new, fresh look! Our tree is a lot brighter, thanks to some white batting (from a torn apart old pillow) that I added to give a freshly snowed upon look. I wanted to lighten things up and this was a great way to achieve that effect.

    My Home Style Christmas Tree Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree

    One of the new items that we wanted for our tree this year was a new tree topper! (In the past, we’ve used a star and a monogrammed C; our last name initial.) When my hubby and I saw this cute white, glittered reindeer head, we knew it would be the perfect addition to our tree. Isn’t he cute?  I think we need to name him. *wink* And, for $6.98, I don’t really think I could have passed him up!

    Reideer Head Tree Topper

    The Ornaments

    We opted to keep our ornaments simple and went with a few tried and true favorites, along with a new find.  I DIYed  the feather ornaments and silhouettes of our kids. The rest were purchased on the cheap! Monogram C from Walmart.

    This post contains affiliate links. Click here to view my full disclosure.

    Christmas Ornaments 2016

    Feather Ornament | Monogram | Silhouette | Snowflake | Glitter Feather

    We’ve also added a bazillion new lights to the tree.  (OK, maybe that is a bit of an overstatement.) There are bigger bulb type lights mixed with traditional warm white lights. I love how glowy it looks in the evening!

    Neutral Modern Farmhouse Christmas Tree

    You may not be able to tell from the photos, but tons of lights = tons of cords.  And I have yet to figure out how to hide all of these.  Seriously, when the Christmas lights are not on, it looks like I must have just thrown the bundles of lights at the tree and called it a day.  It truly is a mess. I guess that is something to try to figure out how to improve on for next year!

    Christmas Tree Glow Ornaments

    Previously, I have described our home style as Neutral Modern Farmhouse and our Christmas tree definitely falls into the same category, even in this new house. I love to keep things simple with clean neutrals, but also have a comfortable and collected look. Kind of classic meets contemporary.

    Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out the My Home Style Blog Hop: Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree! To see more, browse the project gallery or follow me on Instagram or Facebook for fun sneak peeks!

    Eager for more Christmas Tree styles? Head on over to Roots North and South next! Then, check out the other Christmas Tree stylings by these amazing bloggers.

    Christmas tree styling for any home style!


    Casa Watkins Living
    Blue I Style
    Polished Habitat
    Southern State Of Mind
    Up To Date Interiors
    Lovely Etc.


    Elizabeth Joan Designs {You are here!}
    Roots North and South
    Postcards From The Ridge
    The Striped House
    Pocketful Of Posies
    The Gathered Home


    Boxy Colonial
    PMQ For Two
    Farmhouse 40
    Monica Wants It


    The Happy Housie
    Organized Nashville
    Designing Vibes
    This Is Our Bliss
    Iris Nacole


    Fresh Crush
    Domicile 37
    Cassie Bustamante
    Flourish and Knot
    A Designer at Home

  • Holidays & Seasons

    Complete Gift Guide – On a Budget

    You may not be ready to start decorating your home for the holidays, but have you started thinking about holiday shopping yet?  I’m sharing my favorite gifts for under $10. Whether your budget is tight or you need a few stocking stuffers, I’ve got you covered. (Keep reading to find out more about the Complete Gift Guide!)

    Gift Guide Under $10
    (Affiliate links included for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure.) 
    I’ve joined up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you the Complete Gift Guide. That’s right! We’re making gift buying for the hard-to-shop-for people on your list easy this year by featuring over 60 gift guide categories from 30+ bloggers. You can get all of your holiday shopping done from home and save yourself a bunch of time by just hopping around the links at the bottom of this post. Now check out the steals and deals we’ve found!

    Now check out the steals and deals I’ve found!

    Prices subject to change.

    1. Vivian & Vincent Chevron Sheer Infinity Scarf ($8.99) – Dress up your favorite holiday outfit with this pretty lightweight scarf. So many colors to choose from!

    Chevron Scarf

    2. Oldshark Wide Angle Camera Lens Clip On Kit for iPhone ($6.99) – Get a perfectly sharp and wide angle photo with this fancy little phone camera clip on.

    Wide Angle iphone Lens

    3. The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Book ($8.79) – Remember how you loved to color as a kid? This amazingly detailed and beautiful coloring book will keep kids (and adults) of any age engaged for hours.

    Detailed Coloring Book

    4. Eaglewood In-Ear Wired Headphones ($9.99) – Keep the music in your ears, whether running or lounging.

    In Ear Head Phones

    5. essie Nail Color, Ballet Slippers ($9.00) – A subtle and sheer light white/pink nail color that is perfect for almost any occasion.

    Essie Ballet Slipper

    6. The Veleveteen Rabbit, Hard Cover ($7.99) – This heartwarming childhood classic is one of our favorites.

    Velveteen Rabbit

    7. iPhone 6 Case ($7.99) – Sleek and pretty, this case has protected our phones from several nasty falls. Plus, you still have access to all of the speakers and ports.

    iphone case

    8. Scented Candles (Vanilla) Soy Wax Aromatherapy Candle ($9.95) – A clean burning candle with a wonderful smell will welcome all of your holiday guests.

    Soy Wax Candle

    9. Wall Mounted Beer Bottle Opener ($6.44) – A vintage bottle opener attached to the wall will save everyone time when trying to crack open those craft beers. No more searching for the misplaced opener.

    Vintage Bottle Opener

    10. Folkmanis Mini Barn Owl Finger Puppet ($8.49) – My kids love these little puppets from Folkmanis. They are so fun to play with and use for an impromptu puppet show. Plus, there are tons of adorable options to choose from.

    Owl Finger Puppet

    Here’s the list of all the other gift guide categories. I can’t wait to see what all of my friends will be offering! Good luck and happy shopping!


  • Build It Yourself,  Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor,  Painting Projects

    Seasonal Character Door Hanger

    This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. Click here for my full disclosure.
    #sponsored #DIHWorkshop

    Woohoo! Today is the day that I get to show you my Halloween themed version of the Seasonal Character Door Hanger. It was so fun to actually get my hands on some power tools and build this project on my own!

    Seasonal Character Door Hanger

    You can build and style your own too!

    If you enjoy creating projects, The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. There are three types of Workshops offered:

    • Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    • Do-It-Herself (DIH)
    • Kids

    As a memory refresher, here is the original image supplied by The Home Depot for this project. If you sign up for a workshop, customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions. Visit http://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more.


    OK.  Here is mine.

    I decided that I wanted to create a neutral skeleton look for my Seasonal Character Door Hanger to go with our light & neutral decor.

    Skeleton Fall Door Hanger

    I’m not sure if this cute guy looks more like a skeleton, a ghost, or a jack-o-lantern, but he is sure is happy and welcoming. Maybe he needs some teeth?

    Neutral Fall Decor

    The building process was super easy. (Click here to sign up to make your own at your local Home Depot store.) After putting this together, I stained the wood with a combo of Minwax Jacobean and Classic Gray. Next, I dry brushed the entire thing with white chalk paint. Then, with a pencil, I freehand the face and filled it in with a thicker application of my dry brushing technique, which gave it an airy, ghosty feel.

    Dry Brush White Paint Halloween Face

    I added my favorite black and cream ticking fabric around the top of the hat brim to finish off the look.

    Black White Stripe Ribbon

    Isn’t this guy a cutie?  If I wouldn’t get crazy looks, I would consider leaving him up year round.

    Neutral Seasonal Skeleton Ghost Door Hanger

    If you liked this project, you can register here to learn how to build your own in person at your local Home Depot Workshops. You should also definitely check out the other amazing and unique versions of the seasonal character door hanger from the participants in this Workshop Virtual Party!

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    The Creative Mom
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    My Love 2 Create
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    Lovely Etc
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    Elizabeth Joan Design
    The Rustic Life
    One Artsy Mama
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    She Leaves A Little Sparkle
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    Our Thrifty Ideas
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