Melodrama Holiday Home Tour 2016

I’ve said it before but I feel like this month has flown by. I honestly wanted to do a little more decorating but ran out of time. Boooo. I did manage to get all of the necessities in here though! Christmas Tree: check! Bottle brush trees: check! More Christmas trees: check! I’ve realized this year that I have a thing for Christmas trees.

dining-roomIn the dining room I used large bottle brush trees from Target to decorate my shelves and then stuck in two more baby trees for good measure.barI got a little more festive on the adjacent bar, of course. I used Shiny Brite ornaments and epsom salts to dress up a cheapy $5 plain wreath and garland.living-room-bar-kitchenlivingroomThe living room is definitely the most festive place in the apartment! I spy a DIY corn husk wreath over the fireplace.IMG_5640.jpgI also decorated the fireplace with my collection of bottle brush trees and DIY Putz Housesvintage-inspired-christmas-tree-decorationAnd then there’s the treevintage-inspired-christmas-tree-decor

I’m going to miss this when it’s gone.

flamingoI got this hat for my dog but she hates it so Frank the flamingo got a festive little makeover.

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These DIY pom-pom pillows dressed up our little IKEA Hack bench. I made these for Christmas but I think they’ll end up sticking around all year.

I didn’t get much decorating done in our bedroom, except for this little gold tree that holds our personal, heirloom, and travel collection of ornaments. I used a faux fur throw as a tree skirt and hung a cute little DIY Christmas print on the wall. The lighting from this tree is super cozy and great to have on during bedtime Christmas movie watching AKA my favorite winter time hobby.bedroom-tree

That’s it! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays! Xoxo!

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree! 2016

Ok, real talk, I honestly feel like this month has gone by really quickly. TOO quickly. The holidays are almost over and it makes me sad! I want more time!

Anyway, if you know me at all you know I take my Christmas trees very seriously. Every year we get natural tree and usually have it flocked in white, but for some reason this year was particularly difficult. It took visiting five different tree lots to find the perfect one, but we finally found *the one* and I love it. When you know you just know. You know?

Without further ado, here is this year’s tree!

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It’s chockablock full of candy colored ornaments, gold garland, tons of tinsel, and my trusty DIY tree skirt.

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It’s the perfect tree to display my vintage ornament collection. I especially love vintage Shiny Brites and threaded bulbs. Speaking of, The Christopher Radko Company has resurrected the Shiny Brite brand and has been producing ornaments based on classic Shiny Brite designs. I got some this year to fill out the tree and they’re gorgeous!

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I also got a finial from them to top it all off.

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I want to keep it up all year round!

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I’ll try to post a Christmas home tour, but until then you can see what’s going on over on Instagram.

How I’m Coping with Holiday Chaos with Olay Eyes

You guys, am I the only one who feels like the holidays sprung up on us this year? This month is going by so quickly and I feel like there’s still so much to be done before Christmas! So far December has been full of get-togethers, cocktail party planning, and late night DIY projects. I am TIRED, my babies, but I live for this stuff and all of this just comes along with my love for the holidays.
Olay Eyes.jpgEven though I’m tired from all the fun holiday chaos, I don’t want to LOOK tired on the outside. That’s why I turned to the Olay Eyes collection for help and why I’m sharing this v important PSA with you.
Olay Eyes 2 (2).jpgThe bags under my eyes from the late night projects, the puffy eyes from crying to my favorite cheesy Christmas movies, and my droopy “too much cocktail testing” lids have all been remedied by the products in this line.
Olay Eyes (2).jpgAfter only a few days of using the Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment I noticed smoother skin and less fine lines around my eyes. A dab of the Ultimate Eye Cream over my lids in the morning smooths and hydrates my lids to the point where I haven’t even needed to use eye shadow primer anymore. Yes it’s that good!

The Illuminating Eye Cream is a miracle in a bottle. In combination with the Eye Lifting Serum it’s out of this world. I look like the most rested person ever when I use them together, even though I feel like a frantic old mess on some days. You feel me?
Olay Eyes (3).jpgNo lie last week while I was Christmas shopping I felt my eyes literally puffing up by the minute and the tiredness kicking in and then I remembered I brought my Olay Eyes Depuffing Roller with me and rolled it on right there in the store as I waited in line. No shame in my game. I instantly felt reenergized and by the time I left the store my eyes felt and looked nice and bright! I’m addicted to it. Pro tip: I put mine in the fridge for a couple of minutes for ultra soothing under eye action. ADDICTED.
Olay Eyes Depuffing Roller is my latest beauty addictionWell, this month doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down at all, but at least thanks to Olay Eyes I LOOK well rested! Have you tried any of these products yet? Get on it!

I have more fun projects, recipes, and holiday ideas coming your way so stay tuned!

 

This post was sponsored by Olay but all opinions and words are my own.

Easy DIY Felt Pom Pom Pillows

Accent pillows are one of the easiest things you can use to change the look of a sofa or chair in your home, and they’re also one of the easiest DIY projects to do. I wanted to bring a little color and fun to a bench I have in my living room so turned to my fabric scrap collection for something to make pillows with. I had some felt and pom poms and thought they would be perfect pillows for the holiday season. To be honest they might stay well after that.

To make a basic pillow you just need to cut a piece of fabric to the size and shape of the pillow you want to cover. Leave about an inch on each side for seam allowance. Sometimes I cut the fabric on a fold so I end up with one longer piece rather than two pieces. Either way works fine.

DIY Felt PomPom Pillows.jpgSew the pieces together at the sides, leaving one side open.

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Turn your pillow case inside out so the seams are inside. By the way you can do these steps with fabric glue like liquid stitch if you don’t have a sewing machine.

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Insert your pillow stuffing and then use a slip stitch or fabric glue to close the open end.

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Next figure out where you want to apply your pom pom trim and use fabric glue to adhere it! Easy!

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I also cut some of the pom poms off and glued them on in a random pattern.

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There you have it. Easy pom pom pillows!

A Green and Gold French Provincial Side Table Makeover with Chalk Paint®

Back in 2011 I posted one of my first furniture makeovers here on the blog. It was this French Provincial style side table that I found near a dumpster. I took it home, scrubbed it down, and gave it a fresh coat of white paint.

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Over the years it has found its way around my apartment and eventually retired and went back into storage. You guys know I love to switch things up with the seasons so I thought it was time to bring it back in, but since it needed a new paint job I decided to give it a different look!

Table Makeover with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.jpgNormally I go with fresh whites, or bright colors, but when I saw the new Amsterdam Green from Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan I was in love and decided to try a different direction. The green is a deep, warm, vintage green that looks amazing against the gold accents I wanted.

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One of the reasons I really love Chalk Paint and recommend it to those who are painting furniture for the first time is that it’s very forgiving and easy to use. It applies nicely and dries very level and fast.

Table Makeover with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan (3).jpgFor this project all I had to do was apply two coats of  Amsterdam Green Chalk Paint® with a Pure Bristle Brush, no priming necessary. I like this brush. It holds a lot of paint and covers a lot of surface.

Table Makeover with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan (4).jpgThen, once the paint was completely dry, I applied Clear Chalk Paint® Wax with a Wax Brush and buffed it out with a soft cloth. This helps protect the paint and give it a more finished look.

Once that was done I added some gold details and a new crystal drawer knob.

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Voila! All done! Such a dramatic change and it took almost no time and effort.Table Makeover with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan (7).jpg I’m loving the vintage feel and warmth it’s adding to this corner.

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I’m really happy with the way it turned out and think it adds a really nice vibe for the season. Now what else can I paint…?

Feeling inspired? To purchase these products, find your local Annie Sloan Stockists here!

 

This post was sponsored by Unfolded, but all opinions and ideas are my own.

 

Hamlet’s Personal Home Stylist Service Will Change The Way You Shop For Home Decor

When I started redecorating my living room I had no idea that a new rug would be one of the most difficult things for me to find and decide on. I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t narrow down and pinpoint what I wanted. I think it’s because there is just SO MUCH variety out on the market, sifting through rug after rug got overwhelming and I kept putting it off and getting cold feet about my contenders. I kept wishing I could just tell someone what I had in mind and have them do the leg work. Well, my wish was granted! Hamlet does exactly that. Better yet, it’s all through text message and the service is free!

All you have to do is text 646-586-2260 and you’re connected with a personal stylist that is ready and willing to help you find everything you need to decorate your home, from rugs to accent pillows to sofas.

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After a few quick questions my Hamlet stylist, Cyrus, sent me 4 amazing rug options based on my needs, and helped me choose and purchase the perfect one in less than 20 minutes all through my SMS screen. It was so much easier than the hours I’d spent in stores and online trying to make a decision.

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Everything went seamlessly! My new rug arrived and was exactly how it was described by the stylist. Perfect size, color, style, everything. I’m SO happy.

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Thanks, Hamlet!

Poached Pear Mummy Pies

Awhile ago I was watching The Great British Bake Off and Paul Hollywood challenged the contestants to recreate his mini pear pies, which are poached pears wrapped in pastry. My husband and I immediately commented on how we wanted to make them, but then as I watched the bakers wrap the pears in strips of dough like little pear mummies a light bulb went off in my head…PEAR MUMMIES!

poached-pear-mummy-pies-5This adorable dessert will take your Halloween shindig to the next level. Here’s how you make them.

Adapted from Paul Hollywood’s Mini Pear Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

Store bought puff pastry
6 large, firm pears (preferably ones that are straight and tall)
10½ oz caster sugar
18 oz white wine
14 oz water
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zest only
12 whole cloves

Directions

Peel the pears, keeping the stems intact. In a large saucepan combine the water, white wine, cinnamon and orange zest and slowly bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Boil for three minutes.

Poached Pear Mummy Pies Add the pears to the pan. Bring back to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Reserving the syrup, remove the pears from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool on kitchen paper. Use a melon baller or small teaspoon remove the core from the pears.

Return the syrup to the heat and boil rapidly for 10-15 minutes until the volume of the liquid is reduced by half and the syrup is thick. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

When the fruit and syrup are cool, roll out the chilled puff pastry to a thickness of no more than 1/4 inch. Then use a knife to cut into thin, long strips, about 1/3 inch wide.

Poached Pear Mummy PiesBrush the pears with the cooled sugar syrup and starting from the bottom, wrap the pastry strips around the pears. When you come to the end of the pastry strip, brush the end lightly with syrup and press to adhere to the next pastry strip. Leave an opening near the center of the pear for the eyes. Continue wrapping until you reach the top of the pear. Place two cloves into the pear where you want the eyes to be.

poached-pear-mummy-pies-3Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the pastry covered pears on a baking tray. Brush the pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10-15 minutes then serve with a drizzle of the reduced sugar syrup.

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