Welcome back to the second week of our Christmasy-good Merry & Bright Blog Hop! I’m lucky to be on this fun blog hop with some super talented ladies that are buddies from Instagram land. Their gorgeous living rooms are linked at the end of this post so be sure to check them out when you leave my crib. Last week we showed you our Entry spaces (check it out here if you missed it!), and today we’re chillin’ in the living room, so come on with me!
You guys know that I am NOT afraid to pilfer some greenery from random locations in my neighborhood. Sometimes I will splurge on actual flowers from an actual store, but most of the time I remember how much I spend on diapers and formula and bust out my clippers. Such was the case with this holly and those crabapple things (is that what those are?)…
Anyway, the holly is in my yard, but the crabapples – I’m going to continue to call them that – are from my neighbors yard. *edit: I have just been informed by ex-neighbor that they are plums. Also, my knowledge of fruit is shameful.* They just moved and their house is on the market and I’m super depressed about it, so my uninvited trimming of their hedges is my way to punish them passive-aggressive style. (p.s. Linds if you’re reading this heyyyyy girrrrl!)
This little bar area is right in between our kitchen and our living room and is a perfect spot for food and drinks when we have parties, but also nonsensical decor such as this tray and cute Christmas coffee cups. In my ideal-world-brain I will fill these precious cups with hot chocolate that I will sip merrily whilst baking Christmas cookies, but in my real-world-brain I know that I will probably only use one in desperation for coffee at 5 a.m. when all of the other cups are dirty. At least they look cute! And I probably will eat the candy canes, so I guess it’s not a total fail.
I made these little gingerbread houses out of a $10 kit from Target with my two-year-old daughter. She made the one on the right and I have to say that I was more than impressed that ANY of the candy made it on to the house. There were a couple of other houses in the kit, but sadly the roof of the chalet collapsed. (No gingerbread men were harmed in the incident.)
Can you by any chance tell that we purchased the embroidered stockings before the second baby? Pottery Barn doesn’t make those bad boys any more, so our five month old’s stocking is that white one on the far right that you can barely even see. #momfail #secondkidprobs
That fireplace screen is from Uttermost and it used to be a dark brown color. I spray painted it white, but apparently I inhaled far too many of the fumes because it is literally the most uneven paint job that a human being has ever completed. Can I just lie and say I meant to do it that way so it looks a little rustic? It’s just a little white lie. Heh. GET IT?!
These pinecone and berry sprig things I bought on December 23rd last year and Lowes at the same time that I bought our $1 live Christmas tree. Yes, if you wait until one day before Christmas, EVERY single tree at Lowes is $1.
We had just moved into this house and were having the floors refinished before we completly moved in, so we had no time to decorate or get a tree. We literally had two Russian men working on these floors at midnight on Christmas Eve-eve while we all huddled in the master bedroom and tried not to die of dust inhalation. I am looking forward to a more low-key and more decorated season this year, though to this point we’ve been running like crazy and we still don’t have a tree…
I would love to have purchased some gorgeous new Christmas-esque pillows this year, but first of all ain’t nobody got time for dat around here, and also $$$. SO, I made a no-sew pillow cover out of a ginormous plaid scarf, and those burlap things are gift bags from the Target dollar spot, because dollar spot is life. I don’t even remember what I stuffed them with, but who cares because they’re so cute!
I love this moo cow (his name is Thomas) and shelf in our living room and I switch it up all year long. I made that shelf in about five minutes for $8 with some brackets and a piece of wood. There’s a tutorial somewhere on this blog, just search “wood shelf” (clever, right?) and it should come up.
And I’m wrapping up with more
stolen borrowed greenery because it’s seriously so festive and also nothing says “holiday spirit” like trespassing in your neighbors yard for the good of the decorating cause, AMIRITE?!
The blog hop continues below with some fo real stunning living rooms of ladies who have it way more together than I do – you simply must check them out!
Merry & Bright Blog Hop Continues here:
Come back next Monday for the last stop on our blog hop – our Dining Rooms – and follow me on Instagram for more sneak peeks!
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