Christmas Decor Tour!

This time last year I’m not going to lie our Christmas decor was not all there. With my 4.5 hour commute to work every day, I really didn’t have time to do anything! Even though I’m still busy at my new job, planning for the new house, playing with 7 animals, spending time with my family, I somehow found some time to decorate this year!

First I’d love to start with our mantel. One Friday night I literally was like “screw it, I’m going all out this year” and I did! I went to Pat Catan’s and Target and bought a WHOLE BUNCH of stuff, I planned to return whatever I didn’t use. Which I actually recommend to anyone who is planning on going big on decor for any season! Buy what you think you might want to use and plan on returning it! I had so much to work with and it made the house turn out that much prettier! Anywho, when I got to Pat Catan’s I found out all Christmas decor was 50% off! Score! I bought two big garlands for the base and literally like 30 extra pieces of faux pine branches and one massive fern to cut up. Sadly, I didn’t take ANY pictures of the process. Mainly because I was just doing it for fun and had no idea how it would turn out. Now, so many people have loved it and messaged me asking how to make it that I’m trying to figure out how to recreate it for a DIY blog post! It also was shared on West Elm’s IG so I was pretty darn excited about that!

Oh and I also wanted to note, I had two different ideas for the mantle, so I bought double the material and returned what I didn’t use. Let me just tell you I returned over $140 worth of fake fruit the next day… That mantel idea was really pricey so I’m happy I didn’t go with it.

On to the next part of the tour… the tree! This year the only thing i purchased for this frosted beauty was the red and silver bulbs from Target—I think they were like $6! I didn’t realize how well all of the ornaments tied together until I added the bulbs. Isn’t it cool how its been over 6 years of collecting ornaments and they somehow all work together?!

Our tree collar is from Target, and I juuuuust realized this was another thing I purchased for the tree. Normally we do a tree skirt but Shawn stumbled into this beauty and we wanted to give it a try!

Moving on!

Recently, we decided to move to bedroom back upstairs. Naturally, I thought this would be a great room for me to wrap gifts this season!

It’s always hard for me to wrap gifts because the animals are always all up in my face and wrinkling the paper or eating it, so this year I have a designated room for it! It’s the room with our cactus shelves so I have an inspiring view while wrapping. ;)

To the bedroom! Sadly, it’s officially Ohio winter which means I will rarely be home before the sun sets, so we all will have to settle with non-natural light pictures for this part of the tour.

The big faux fur throw from Arhaus is definitely the icing on the cake or the cherry on top or whatever you want to call it. It is sooooo big and comfortable, I love it so much! I also bought a few of these for family gifts this year because they are just that amazing!

Our nightstand details are simple and clean, nothing too crazy! I am obsessed with all glass frames right now. I styled Shawn’s nightstand first and then I was like waitttt what about mine! But our Terra candle fit in perfectly on my nightstand :). And of course I had to add some twinkle lights :).

Also, I wanted to give a special thank you to Logan for being my model throughout the house! She honestly just loves the twinkle lights haha!

ALWAYS REMEMBER, Instagram VS reality is a real thing..Just because our home may look perfect to some on my little squares, does not mean it is! Here’s a behind the scenes photo of my shoots. I’m always curled in an awkward position trying to get some terrible angle. Lately I’ve been obsessing over putting twinkle lights in the foreground. But this is it! Not glamorous by any means but I love it!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Xoxoxo,

Christine

making candles with mom

Over the last few weekends my mom and I have been making candles together for fun. She used to make them all the time when I was younger so we decided to start back up again and rekindle the flame! 

There are soooo many supplies that you need for candle making, it's insane! I'm sure there are different alternatives to what we have pictured (we've seen clothespins for wick holders and stuff) but my mom just found all of the supplies at Candle Science!

Also, if you have any old candle containers that you think are pretty but sadly have no more life in them, you can re-use them! I had a few Anthropologie candles that i loved and my mom taught me how to make new candles out of them! All you have to do is stick the old candle in boiling water. The pot doesn't have to be filled, just enough to warm the bottom of the candle. Once its boiling, stick your candle in there! In about 30 seconds to a minute, the bottom will be melted and all you have to do is scrape/pour the rest of the old wick/candle out of the container! We did this with some of my moms old Bath & Body Works candles too and it worked like a charm!

We've been doing this for a few weekends, testing different things like wax, fragrance, different wicks. This past weekend I started playing around with scent! I mixed three different scents (which are still setting as I speak). Hopefully they smell nice. I tried a grapefruity-woodsy fragrance, it'll be.. different! haha

There's a couple of kinks for us to work through but once we figure out our scent/wax/wick ratios I'm totally going to do a tutorial on here! Let me know what you think in the comments!

Xx,

Christine

 

cleaning raw denim with Shawn

If you know Shawn you know that 1. he dresses really well (way better than me) and 2. he's in love with denim. You literally will not see him in anything else unless he's in workout clothes.. 

More importantly. Shawn loves raw denim, and he is very particular about it. This is denim that hasn't been treated with any type of washes or distressing. You wear them in and create the fades by daily activity/wallets/cell phones etc., it's a work of art! Shawn's favorite denim brand is Rogue Territory (RGT). He loves them because the fit is perfect, they are amazing quality AND are made in the US. He doesn't have any other brand of denim in his closet other than RGT. 

Raw denim doesn't have the same care label as the "regular" clothes majority of us are used to..  You actually aren't supposed to wash them frequently..like at all. Try—once or twice a year! When you do decide to wash them, you soak them in cold water and a tiny bit of detergent (we used about 1/2 of a tide pod for 12 pieces). Let them soak for about 30 minutes, then hang them to dry outside. 

It's a fun activity that we have to do—definitely not your typical laundry day. But it's a great excuse for us to sit in the back yard and spend some time together! Shawn has 8 pairs of RGT denim, and tons of shirts and jackets from the brand. They are totally a brand worth investing in. The pieces are made to last forever.