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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
Happy Valentines day, from this cute face to yours!
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
Sugar cookies, baked goods, and seasonal sweets are a few of my favorite things about the holidays. Although there are many things I love about winter and the holidays, I’d’ have to say there are two things that I love to do most this time of year. The first is to just sit in front of our family’s fireplace (not ours sadly, we have none!), cuddle with my man or my pups, sip a big cup of hot chocolate or spiced cider, and just relax. The second? Making peppermint bark.
Now, before I go on taking all the credit for this recipe, I must first ‘site my source’ and admit this recipe evolved from my best friend‘s recipe. I wouldn’t know my way around peppermint bark if it weren’t for her!
Hey everybody! I hope you’re all having an excellent week, prepping your homes for the holidays and shopping for Christmas gifts (and not working as much as I have been these last few weeks, sheesh!). Even though I’m busy at work, I’ve somehow managed to squeeze in a project here and there. I haven’t had time to photograph some of them yet, but if you follow me on Instagram (@brittanymakes) you’ll see that I’ve been working on some fun things!
One recent project in particular that I want to share with you today is a tutorial on how to make velvet trim pillows. I’ve seen velvet trim pillows in a few stores recently, velvet just screams holiday warmth with it’s soft and fuzzy texture, so it makes perfect sense that someone thought to trim a pillow form with a bit of velvet! The best part about my version is you don’t have to deal with piping or cord! I don’t know about you, but I’ll do anything to dodge cord or piping.
Yesterday Pantone revealed the color of the year for 2013 – Emerald! I’m pretty excited about Pantone’s pick, being that Emerald and I have always gotten along well, which you may have noticed from the jewelry in my shop or one of my recent furniture projects where I made over my laptop desk in a gorgeous shade of Emerald green.
No other color on the color wheel better represents sophistication, nature, and renewing prosperity. Green is the color of life and growth, which is why many interior designers and decorators avidly suggest to have something living in each room, to add life and interest to a space. I really need to work on this, seeing as I kill all my plants…