Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Porch & Vignettes

I'm just so giddy with the Christmas spirit! I love putting up decorations with my mom. We usually spend most of our time decorating the living room, because the tree and mantel are in there, but we also like spruce up the rest of the house for Christmas, too. Today I'm sharing a few other nooks in our home, including the front porch.

For starters, we got a Snow Greens wreath (the same one as in my apartment in Michigan) to add some fresh greenery to our entry. The fragrance is amazing! Next, we set out our reindeer and adorned him with a little bow. He loves it ;)

Our Snowmen give a warm welcome to guests:

Poinsettias infuse color!

The buffet in our living room is kept simple and sweet. A little light up chapel covered in snow, candles, and a tray with a tree (for height), a picture (for a personal touch) and some sparkly pinecones (for texture) do the trick!

This is the bar cart in the kitchen. Adding a candy dish (I've been sneaking the contents of the jar way too often...) and a small poinsettia give it a festive feel. Trader Joes has the cutest mini plants for Christmas! Some even have glitter like this one:

In our breakfast nook in the kitchen, we just swag this berry garland on top of our mirror. I love this space!

The family room gets some love, too! We save the more colorful, playful items for this space. Filling a hurricane glass with ornaments is a great way to add some sparkle to your vignette. We always put out this little yarn Christmas tree on the left, because my mom's great grandma made it. It's a sweet sentimental touch! Finally, I placed some family photos in the middle and added some greenery. The wreath gives the table height.

We are hosting 3 guests this Christmas! My boyfriend, McCann, and my grandparents. The guest room is all set to go for our guests! Since it's a rather small space, we kept the decor simple and minimal. The nightstand has the CUTEST reindeer print from Elle & Company library (just subscribe and you'll find a world of adorable printables, Christmas cards, organizational tools, gift tags, and more!)

Then we accented with a vase of some greenery and berries and a snow globe with a golden retriever (she looks just like our old family pup!)

That's a little Christmas home tour in our house. If you missed other Christmas posts, here you go:

- Christmas Tree
- Mantel

Have a wonderful weekend before Christmas!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Berry Inspiration Shoot & Entertaining Ideas

Well, the day has finally come. We are able to share all of the pretty from our styled shoot portion of the Atlanta Bloom Workshop, that took place back in October! It is up on Ruffled today and we couldn't be more thrilled.

This is definitely my favorite inspiration shoot I've designed to date. Purple is clearly my favorite color, so it was wonderful to finally incorporate a rich hue of purple into our tabletop and overall palette. Ashley and I always love to dream up gorgeous shoots-- something different from what a bride might actually choose for their big day -- just so our attendees at our workshops can have fun arranging and photographing each and every little detail.

With the most perfect china and furniture rentals, Southern Vintage totally outdid themselves. We couldn't have had such a lovely tablescape without Holly and Bill! The most stunning floral arrangements by Lindsay Coletta are center stage, and truly pull the design concept together. I can't forget to mention the lovely backdrop of Vinewood Plantation! It was the most beautiful setting, we couldn't have imagined it any other place. Finally, the cake table...just scroll down and feast your eyes on that for a while. There are no words! Blooming Flour Bakery floored us in the best way possible. After the shoot, the attendees were able to indulge in all those desserts. Take us back!

ARTISTS | Photography: Ashley Slater Photography / Vintage Rentals (china, chandelier, upholstered chairs, etc.): Southern Vintage / Flowers: Lindsay Coletta / Venue: Vinewood Plantation / Wedding Gown and Shoes: J Andrews Bridal / Cake & Desserts: Blooming Flour Bakery / Cake Table Styling: LeeAnn Hurd of Southern Flair Events / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Makeup: Beauty Asylum / Film Lab: Indie Film Lab / Design/Styling: Michaela Noelle Designs 

What a dream day. Ashley and I love collaborating with other talented artists and vendors to create stunning photo shoots for our Bloom attendees to swoon over. Each artist poured their heart into this inspiration shoot and we felt truly blessed at the end of the day to have worked with each of them (and totally exhausted!) 

You can see the rest of the images over on Ruffled today! We are so thankful to have been featured on such a fun wedding blog. 

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Christmas Wish List

DETAILS | Pink Sweater / Hunter Boots  / Warm Gloves / Scarf / Smooth Infusion / Dry Remedy Hair Oil / Lip Gloss / 2015 Planner / Concealer / PJs / Lip Salve

I rounded up so many cute products, clothing items, gifts, apparel, decor and more, but I haven't yet shown you what is on MY Christmas wish list. Well, here it is! I already received these Hunter Boots as an early present from my boyfriend's mom. I've worn them many times and they are fantastic! My mom and dad's tradition for my brother and I, is they always get us Pajamas to open on Christmas Eve. I asked for these cute ones this year (or something similar!)  My boyfriend and I already exchanged gifts, and he got me my 2015 planner.  I had the same one last year and loved it so much, I couldn't switch over. I'm an Aveda snob and love all their products. I use Aveda shampoo, conditioner and styling products. The above products are my favorite ones that I'm out of, so I asked for them for Christmas. They are the best and smell oh-so-yummy! Finally, I'm also asking for this sweet blush pink sweater. I tried it in the store and it's SO SOFT!

What's on YOUR Christmas list?


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Mantel 2014

It's probably no surprise I love decorating for Christmas :) Every year, it's one of my very favorite things to do with my mom. Decorating the tree is probably my absolute favorite, but the mantel is certainly a close runner up. I showed you our tree last week, but took some better pictures of it today (with better light!) to share. The mantel is also finished. We went for a natural, simple and fresh look. We added fresh greenery to the mantel first, then layered with the decor. 

By placing height on each side of the mantel, it is visually balanced. The green tree provides that Christmas-feel, the chalkboard sign adds some personality (and the darker wood frame ties into the piano), and finally, the words "Joy" and "Peace" in their glitter finish is a festive, holiday touch!

DETAILS | Stockings / Chalkboard Print / Wreaths / Blue Curtains / Blue Rug

What do you think?! These stockings we ordered for my boyfriend, my brother's girlfriend, and our pup are kind of my favorite thing ever! My mom found these a few weeks ago and I have to say, she did real gooood :)  

What's your favorite part of Christmas decorating? We have a few more touches throughout the rest of the house to show you later in the week!

Happy Tuesday!

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