Archives for December 2013

Recycling Pinecones and Faux Berries

Did you survive Christmas?! It’s hard to believe it’s already over with.  If you’re like me,  today is a day to deal with the clutter. Everything needs to find a home because I’m done looking at the piles.  Before you pick up all of your Christmas decor, I wanted to share one of my posts from last Christmas.  I hope you find it helpful….

So Christmas is over and you’re probably ready to clean up your holiday decor….or maybe you already have!

But before you throw out that Costco wreath….

…make sure you remove the faux berries and pine cones!

They are probably attached with some wire.  Simply untwist the wire from the back or grab some scissors and cut them off.

Then next year, when it’s time to decorate for Christmas, you’ll have a few extra pine cones and faux berries to help dress up your house! You’ll be amazed how many you will accumulate over the years!

jen

Merry Christmas 2013

Back in October, we had family pictures taken up at my dads house.  It was such a fun place for pictures because of all the greenery, open space and fun barns!   We were just hoping for ONE good picture to use on our Christmas card.  Thankfully, we had several to choose from!

Here is a quick look at some of my favorites.

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Dan suggested we all put hay in our mouths for the next picture. Apparently I missed the memo that we were supposed to actually SMILE with it, because I look like I’m smoking my hay!

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Next is the runner-up for our Christmas card….

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And finally, the card itself….

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

jen

How to spray paint your rubber {Hunter} boots

A friend of mine was given a pair of old Hunter boots for her daughter.  They were worn and the pink color was very faded.  So much so that they were rather flesh colored.

I suggested she {ahem…I} paint them!

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Gray was the chosen color.  So for the price of a can of spray paint, these cute boots were transformed!

First I covered up the Hunter label with painters tape.cover the label with painters tape at home in the northwest

Then start painting! I used a spray paint that specifically said it was good for plastic.  [Maybe all spray paints can be used on plastic?]

SPRAY PAINT  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

And a couple of coats of paint later…..

tada!

SPRAY PAINTED HUNTER BOOTS  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

Can you believe it!?  So cute. So fun. And so easy!

I’ll be honest, the paint did run a bit.  But with the help of some fine sandpaper, I fixed the problem.  I’m sure the paint will rub off over time.  But I have a feeling it should hold up through this winter!

I love an easy [and cheap!] transformation!

jen

CHRISTMAS AROUND MY HOUSE

We’re all decorated for Christmas and enjoying the cozy feel.  So today I thought I’d share some corners and vignettes throughout our home.

Sit back and enjoy!

CHRISTMAS WREATH  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

…the mantel

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at home in the northwest mantel 2013  chalkboard frame with wreath

…dining room…

christmas vignette  at home in the northwest

merry and bright chalkboard  at home in the northwest

…the kitchen…

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…family room [and our new sectional]…

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CHRISTMAS PILLOWS AND SANTA  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

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christmas lantern  at home in the northwest

…mudroom…

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METAL BUCKET AND GREENS  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

I hope you’re home is all decorated for Christmas too!!

Have a great week!

jen

Family Room Update {with our new Pottery Barn Sectional}

I mentioned a few months ago that we were getting some new furniture for our family room.  We purchased this sectional from the Pottery Barn in stone everyday suede.

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Here are a few pictures BEFORE the sectional arrived…

FAMILY ROOM BEFORE 2  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

 

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Wall decor had to be moved.  And new lamps purchased to work with the new arrangement.

Let’s take a look at the room now!

GALLERY WALL AFTER  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

The sectional fills the space in this room nicely! And we finally all have space to stretch out!

family room after  at home in the northwest

I’m still working on pillows for the room.  I’ll be sure to share pics when I get them figured out!

It’s safe to say that we are enjoying our new couch!  We waited a long time to make this purchase. And we’re so glad we finally did!

Come back in a few days for a peek at some of our Christmas decor!

jen

My Mantel : Christmas 2013

When I decorate each year, I try not to look back at pictures of previous years. I like that it looks different each year.  This year, my mantel is simple.

And here it is…

christmas mantel 2013  at home in the northwest

The chunky gold frame came from a friend at a garage sale.  I added a piece of wood and turned it into a chalkboard.

Then I added the wreath and lit greens.

at home in the northwest mantel 2013  chalkboard frame with wreath

Simple.

I didn’t even hang up our Christmas stockings! {Don’t tell the kids…I don’t think they’ve noticed yet that they aren’t up.}  I will bring them out, of course, for Santa’s arrival on the 24th.

So that’s it!  What about you!? What does your mantel look like this year?

jen

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Christmas Tree 2013

We tend to get our Christmas tree the weekend of Thanksgiving.   And today was the lucky day!

But unfortunately, it was raining.

The morning was fairly dry, while we were at church.  Then when we got in the car….rain!

But we made the most of it and had fun!

CMAS TREE  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

Thanks to rain coats and an umbrella, we {kind of} stayed dry.

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Ok, who am I kidding.  We were soaked.

But thankfully everyone’s mood stayed light and we got the job done.

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The tree is in the house. But remains undecorated. That’s a project for another day.

jen

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