BSHT Thanksgiving Style!

Welcome Jones Design Company readers! So happy you’re stopping by on this fun blog hop.  Emily’s blog has been a favorite of mine for years! Her blog is such an inspiration, she’s actually one of the reasons I started blogging.

Now that Halloween 2014 is in the books, we can officially declare that the holidays are here!  I tend to resist the end of summer in spite of the fact Fall is my favorite season.  My husband on the other hand? He’s probably the most pumped about the holidays, he’s been listening to Christmas music since July.

I love being a part of these seasonal blog hops – they keep me honest and ready for whatever’s next.  In this case, Thanksgiving!


Our family is notorious for keeping the tablescape S I M P L E for Thanksgiving.  We really prefer to highlight the food, not that styling a table isn’t something we enjoy doing, we just tend to style more with food than with decor during the big holiday feasts.

Today my goal is to share just a couple tips on how to keep that table setting simple yet chic and memorable.


Thanksgiving tablescape | brittanyMakes


The first thing I do when decorating for Thanksgiving is take a walk around the block with a pair of clippers. I keep an eye out for seasonal foliage and ‘borrow’ a couple clippings to toss in a vessel or two for some natural flair on the table.


Thanksgiving tablescape | brittanyMakes


I love collecting unique linen napkins, and my trick is to buy one or two of a pattern and mix with other linen napkins of a similar color palette.  It’s a fool proof way to trick people into thinking I effortlessly mixed the patterns myself, when really… I’m just too cheap to buy a full set. Ha!


Thanksgiving tablescape | brittanyMakes

I always hit up my local Trader Joe’s for inexpensive seasonal fruits and veggies. My favorite fruit for entertaining is the persimmon! They’re so unique to the season and I love how they give the perfect amount of dimension and color, they feel almost sculptural.  It doesn’t hurt that they’re crunchy and delicious! My favorite salad right now: persimmon slices + kale + pomegranate seeds + chevre. YUM.

We host such a huge party every Thanksgiving, most of the prep time is spent on the food and not so much on the table setting.  Our family is more than casual, with the main focus being on the food and the company, there’s not much room left for frills and layered place settings in our house.  A little goes a long way, that’s for sure!

Get more inspiration by checking out yesterday’s BSHT bloggers, and hop on over to Cassie’s blog to catch her amazingly curated tablescape.







World’s easiest (& prettiest) DIY gift tags

I like to live on the edge…  I’m a last minute gift wrapper.  Raise your coffee mug if you’re done shopping.  Take a sip if you’re done wrapping!

Even though I’m a last minute gift wrapper, I still enjoy every detail that goes into wrapping each gift.  My go-to formula is plain wrapping paper, like Kraft paper or something simple like stripes.  Then I dress each gift up with some ribbon.  Glittery ribbon, let’s be honest.  I always try to create a unique gift tag.  I just hate resorting to using scraps of wrapping paper folded in half.  We’ve all done it.  I’m not proud.

One year I made individual chalkboard gift tags, those were quite a hit! They did take some time to cure, so this year I decided to make something a little simpler out of glitter scrapbook paper.


DIY Glitter Gift Tags |

Clearly world’s easiest DIY gift tag.  All you need is the gift-tag looking hole punch which you can find at your local craft store.  I bought mine at Michaels.  I also bought about 10 sheets of glittery scrapbook paper over Black Friday weekend, which were seriously a steal.  I think each sheet ranges from $.99 to $1.99, totally worth making these adorable gift tags.

DIY Glitter Gift Tags |

I crafted two varieties, a bronze and a gold.  On the back I stamped “TO” and “LOVE”, punched a hole at the top and strung some baker’s twine for easy use when attaching to each gift.

DIY Glitter Gift Tags |


In preparing for last weekend’s pop-up shop, I sold packages of 10 tags.  Let me tell you, everyone LOVED them.  You can get so creative with what scrapbook paper you choose as well.  I almost bought the faux snake skin paper.  Almost.

What special touch do you put on your holiday gift wrapping? Do share!



A Holiday Card & Tiny Prints

Happy weekend friends! It’s a rare Saturday post today, but it’s all because of a mighty fun collaboration with a business I adore.  Tiny Prints asked me to host a DIY on their blog in exchange for some holiday cards.  I immediately said “YES!”, for two reasons of course – one, the opportunity (duh) and two, it was a slim chance I was going to get my butt in gear and put together (let’s be real here, pay for)  a holiday card.  Now that we’re in full  saving-every-penny-for-the-baby mode, some of the traditions I love, like sending holiday cards, have to be sacrificed.  Again, this is what happens when two accountants get married!

Tiny Prints DIY Stocking Tutorial with brittanyMakes

Thank goodness for Tiny Prints! They made my holiday card dreams come true, AND we were able to coordinate a pregnancy announcement with them as well.  As my husband would say, “double whammy!”.

Let’s get to the fun part.  The DIY I’m sharing over on Tiny Prints blog is a super easy, 6 step tutorial on how to make your own faux fur stocking.

brittanyMakes holiday cards


Hop on over to Tiny Prints to get the full step-by-step! And I bet you didn’t know, there is a whole plethora of DIYs from so many bloggers you already know.  Grab a cup of hot cocoa and have a little Saturday reading :)

Happy Saturday everyone!



Holiday Home(ish) Tour

There are only 17 days until Christmas. 17! I’ve been in the holiday spirit for a couple months, since we started The Home Depot Holiday Challenge (back in October!).  We moved shortly after, which means we had to take down and box up our holiday decor before we were ready.  We’re still settling in to our current spot, not 100% unpacking since the plan is to move to our next spot in a few months before I pop out an infant.  With that said, we haven’t totally decked the halls quite yet, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on holiday decor!

gold and glitter Christmas | brittanyMakes

The last couple weeks I’ve been sewing, gluing and glittering like mad preparing for a pop-up shop I participated in this weekend.  I’d like to say I definitely turned my booth into a mini living room full of Christmas cheer.

glitter ornament on flocked tree | brittanyMakes

I decked out two mini flocked trees in German glass glitter ornaments.  Flocked trees and glitter ornaments are a must have for the holidays if you ask me.   It’s so easy to turn a plain glass ornament into something special.  Here and here are two easy tutorials that I posted the last two seasons. Customize your ornaments has never been so easy!

metallic Christmas decor | brittanyMakes


Every year I like to make one big Christmas craft.  This year I decided to make some fab stockings from remnant pieces of fabric from my (absurdly large) fabric stash.  It’s a fun way to add some whimsy to your fireplace or mantel.  And of course! I’ll be sharing a tutorial soon :)

Christmas decor details | brittanyMakes

Fresh greenery in the form of garland and wreaths are also a must for holiday decor.  For the pop-up shop I shared a booth with my girlfriend who is quite the talented florist. She hand made these gorgeous wreaths! Crazy, right? I totally soaked up their beauty in my holiday space all weekend.

My husband and I are absolutely ready for the holidays, however this year we’re just spreading the cheer in different ways than we’re used to, which includes this darling little booth.


Hop around today (and the rest of this week) by checking out the festive spaces of these fiercely talented ladies!

Roeshel – DIY Showoff
Jess and Monica – East Coast Creative
Laura – Finding Home
Jesse – Scout and Nimble
Angela – Number Fifty-three
Gwen – The Makerista
Brittany – brittanyMakes
Ashley – The Handmade Home
Anneke – This, That, & Life
Cassie – Primitive & Proper
Caitlin – Desert Domicile
Sarah – The Thriftress
Carolyn – Sweet Chaos Home
Shavonda – A Home Full of Color
Lucy – Craftberry Bush
Michelle – Decor and the Dog
Whitney – The Curtis Casa
Kristin – Bliss at Home
Summer – Simple Stylings
Jenna – SAS Interiors
Chris – Just a Girl
Michelle – Iron and Twine
Amanda – Our Humble Abode
Julia – Cuckoo 4 Design
Bethany – Dwellings by Devore
Lindsay – Makely Home
Jennifer – Dimples & Tangles
Traci – Beneath My Heart
Jen – The Chronicles of Home
Jennifer – Tatertots and Jello
Kristin – Hunted Interior
Eileen – A Creative Day
Gabbi – Retro Ranch Reno
Lakeitha – Lakeitha Duncan
Kristen – KFD Designs
Jessica – Dear Emmeline
Sarah – Royal Marigold
Carmel – Our Fifth House


Fun & Random & The Holidays are here!

First off, happy Monday! It’s December (and still in the 70’s here in Cali – ugh), the turkey feasting has ended and I’m seriously ready to fast for the next 23 days, you know, until we feast again :P

Now that we’re in full holiday mode, my blog buddy Kristin is hosting an adorable round-up of 15 stylish ornament collections curated by 15 stylish bloggers.  She’s so sweet to include me.  Go check out the entire round-up, you’re going to fall in love with many, if not all of the collections!


Hunted Interior - Blogger CHristmas Ornaments

NEXT, I’m doing something I’ve never done before… I’m going to be a vendor at a local pop-up shop! And not just any pop-up shop, it’s for the holidays, so expect loads of glittered ornaments, garlands, pillows, stockings, and gold things of course.  If you’re in the Bay Area this weekend, you should definitely swing by the Handcraft Studio School in Emeryville, I’ll be there, as well as a handful of other local talented artisans!


I’ll be crafting all week, and I plan to have some new holiday craft tutorials to share after all this crafty mayhem :)



Christmas came early!



It’s official! My Home Depot Holiday Challenge is live! I had such a blast working with The Home Depot and decorating (a few months early) for the holidays.  It totally put us in the spirit early this year, we’ve been drinking hot cocoa and watching Christmas movies ever since :)

Go on, get some inspiration and check the full post over on the Apron Blog.



Christmas is coming…

Boy! It’s been quite a busy week.  I’m managing an audit at work, solo.  Yep – world’s biggest time suck!

OK so I totally know it’s not Halloween yet, but for reasons I can’t share, Christmas is hot on my radar.  I have a few Christmas projects in the works, which I’ll share as soon as I can, but for now let me leave you with a little taste of what I’m working on.

christmas peek

This year, my Christmas is a magical mix of animal prints, gold, and faux fur. A nod to the classic Christmas reds help marry everything perfectly.  I’m excited to see Christmas come alive for the last time in my light-filled, industrial loft.

Oh, did I mention, we’re moving?



Modern & Fresh Fall Home Tour | Cozy & Cool

TGIF friends! I’m so happy to be included in this fall home series with all these amazing bloggers! What’s so fun about this series is that we’re no longer focusing on fall decor made of burlap and faux berries on a stem from Michael’s, instead we’re blogging about the modern fall, the fun fall, the real fall that makes up our homes between now and when we bust out those advent calendars.

We’ve seen four fall homes so far, Lindsay’s warm and rustic Navajo styled home, Kristen’s crazy cute house full of charm, Sarah sharing her killer crafting skills (and our love for gold!), and Gabbi’s colorful fall abode. There are some pretty amazing ladies on the docket this month, stick around and get inspired!


For me, fall is about layers, and I don’t entirely mean scarves and riding boots.  I’m referring to the layers we add when the crisp fall air rolls in, the blankets we add to our beds, the pillows we add to our sofas.  I love letting these layers pile up, it creates a cozy and comforting place we can call home.


Truthfully, I only have a like two fall decor tricks up my sleeve: fluffy pillows and lots of blankets.  I don’t think you have to change much to add a touch of fall to your home.  My blue walls, for example, are not very “autumn palette”, they’re more “cool, mod & breezy”, but using what you have is exactly how we modernize this season.

Fall decor details

Another trick I have up my sleeve is simply switching up a few accessories.  Replace that alarm clock with a tasty birch wrapped candle.  Keep it fresh with greenery and mirrored balls.  All it takes is a few switch-a-roos.  Just have fun with fall this year!


Now, back to those scarves and boots.  My final fall decor trick is layering a room with wardrobe staples.  Hang your pea coats in your entry.  Display your riding boots by your bed or at the door.  It’s the collective of these small details that create the most warm and cozy home.

Stay tuned the rest of this month! Check in tomorrow on the fabulous Scout & Nimble blog.  Trust me,  you’re gonna want to see Jesse’s fall home tour. Have a great weekend!

1 – Kristen with the kickoff!

2 – Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

3 – Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno

4 – Brittany from brittanyMakes

5 – Jesse from Scout & Nimble

6 – Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design

7 – Carolyn from Sweet Chaos Home

8 – Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home

9 – Bethany from Dwellings by Devore

10 – Carmel from Our Fifth House

11 – Kristin from The Hunted Interior

12 – Annekke from This That & Life

13 – Michelle from Décor and the Dog

14 – Cassie from Primitive & Proper

15 – Ally from From the Right Bank

16 – Shannon from Shannon Berrey Designs

17 – Danika from Gorgeous Shiny Things

18 – Kristin from Bliss at Home

19 – Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof

20 – Jessica from Dear Emmeline

21 – Kelly from View Along the Way

22 – Sarah from Lacquer and Linen

23 – Eileen from A Creative Day Blog

24 – Sarah from Royal Marigold

25 – Lori from Lori May Interiors

26 – Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles

27 – Caitlin from Desert Domicile

28 – Sherry from Design Indulgence

29 – Lakeitha from Lakeitha Duncan Lifestyle Blog

30 – Shavonda from A Home Full of Color and Whitney from The Curtis Casa.

31 – Angela from Number Fifty-three and Jennifer from Brave New Home.


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 Happy Valentines day, from this cute face to yours!



a little holiday home tour


This has been a mighty special year for me and my man.  At the beginning of the year, we were living like bachelors and saving money along the way.  After many conversations (and situations where we felt we just needed more space), we decided to take the plunge, spend a little more money each month, and move out! We moved to a beautiful loft, significantly closer to work, cutting our commuting time down from almost 2 hours each day to about ten minutes.  This was probably the best decision we ever made! Anyway, we pretty much started from scratch.  We needed furniture, kitchen supplies, storage solutions, a dining table, chairs, desks, etc etc.  To top it off, we also got engaged! Needless to say, we’re running a tight spending ship, and our budget for Christmas decorations was pretty much whatever we had on hand.

I wanted to join in on the fun today and share with you a quick tour of our holiday home.  I hope you’ll indulge with me :)

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