diy // christmas decor

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I love decorating my home with the help of my husband and daughter while listening to Kenny and Dolly’s Once Upon a Christmas on vinyl. I love picking out presents for our families. I love seeing the joy on Matilda’s face when we turn on the lights.

For years, my parents hosted a Christmas Eve party. It was in the house we were raised in, and everyone was invited. That one night was the highlight of my year. Being with the people you love, the soft glow of lights, surrounding ourselves with joy… it’s the best.

Last year, I did a complete overhaul of our decorations. I suppose I wanted everything to be more sentimental so Matilda could enjoy that factor as she grew up.

We decided to switch to a real tree, which I grew up having. I found most of my inspiration from Anthropologie’s holiday decor.

This tinsel-filled ornament inspired me to buy clear, glass ornaments (like these) and tinsel and make my own version. I didn’t add the glitter. I had tons of glitter with the previous decorations and wanted to cut way back on that. Here is how they turned out. (Some of my favorites.)

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Also, I found and pinned this blog post. I turned them into ornaments instead of pins. I made several different colors and sizes.

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Anthropologie has (lucky for you all, it’s back this year!) this colorful braided twine on a spool. It costs $10 and is huge! They intended it for gift wrapping, which would be adorable. Instead, I strung it on my tree, wreath, and used it in my garland. I love the spools so much they sit on my coffee table, year-round.

For the wreath and garland, I used a trio of the twine, tinsel, and pom pom trim.

I love this combo. It makes my heart so happy. Rustic meets glitzy.

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I made our stockings. I wish I had insightful advice for you, but I messed with them until I got what I wanted. I wanted to use the monogram ornaments to label our stockings. A & B // M  This year at the Black Friday sale, I found the most adorable string of lights that I’ve ever seen. Twinkle Lights are strung on copper wire. No need to hide the ugly wires! They look great the way they are.

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How do you decorate? Happy hunting! xoxo

diy // card catalog update

A couple of years ago, my wonderful husband (who knows how much I love hording collecting junk) called me to ask if I wanted an old card catalog from the university he worked at. For free.

Before he could even get the question out of his mouth, I said “Yes!”

He and a friend about broke their backs moving it into our garage.

There it sat.

Until we moved and had the perfect nudge to get it updated and into our new home.

With a little inspiration from this Design*Sponge post and a little help from my husband, I updated this guy.

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I used Glidden’s Semi-Gloss High Endurance Paint + Primer in Cool Breeze Blue. We cleaned it thoroughly and busted out the paint. It took about three coats to get it fully covered. Taking out the drawers and leaving them the original finish cut out a ton of work.

Total cost: $15 for paint.

This piece fits perfectly in our home. We’re in love.

How has your luck been with painting furniture? I was nervous, but it was shockingly easy.

Happy hunting, updating, and DIY-ing! xoxo

vintage // school lockers

Warning: Most of my upcoming posts will be home decor related, because we are hopefully closing on a new home in two weeks-ish.

We found the perfect house for our little family. This precious home was built in 1978 and has all the charm we were looking for. The bonus is that it was remodeled within the past year. There are a few minor things we will change (front door, paint colors, some light fixtures), but overall we are completely smitten.

We downsized, thank goodness. However, we didn’t sacrifice the things we loved most about our previous home. It has an open living/dining/kitchen area, a efficient floor plan (no wasted space), loads of built-ins, and an amazing yard. I’ve been up at night arranging and rearranging our furniture in the new space… in my head.

I’m too excited to sleep.

One of the spaces I’ve been planning out is the entry from the garage. It is a spacious laundry room with a door to the backyard. Naturally, I want to turn it into a mudroom as well.

There is a perfectly open wall… just right for vintage lockers. Perfect for creating a laundry/mudroom. Right? Right.

The problem? Lockers are going for hundreds of dollars, man. I’m now on the constant hunt for a set of cheap lockers. Let me know if you find any!

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I will certainly share this decor journey as we go. Moving in count down: 12 days. Eek!

Happy hunting! xoxo

couch love

We’re in the midst of a huge transition. We moved from Nashville, TN to Northwest Arkansas. Who knows when we’ll feel settled again. So many questions: Do we rent for a bit? Hurry and buy a house? Which city should we live in?

Blah, blah, blah.

Let’s discuss the important things.

When is there a better time to sell both of our couches on Craigslist and find a new, dream one?

I’ve always preferred leather over fabric. Bringing our sweet MJ into our life only confirmed the necessity of being able to wipe milk, juice, and pee stuff off of the couch we live on. Yep, we live on our couch.

It has to be a good one.

I follow Ikea on Twitter and they tweeted this blog post today.

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That couch. Swoon. Maybe they’ll let me take a nap on it the next time I’m in Dallas. Just to try it out.

Here are two from West Elm that I’m crushing on, too.

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Are you in love with your couch? Do you have a dream one? Where do you go to find a good deal on a sofa?

Who wants to donate to the Find Bethany a Dream Couch fund?

Happy hunting! xoxo

have you heard?

Last week, something very exciting happened.

Something that I’ve been waiting for since I studied abroad (in Florence, Italy) TEN years ago.

Last week, H&M launched online shopping in the United States.

I mean. Finally! Dreams do come true, people.

The highlights include clothes (of course, BUT they now have plus sizes), HOME (a newbie!), and styling guides.

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Happy hunting at H&M, no matter where you live! xoxo

my momfilter interview

Hello there!

I’m pumped today because I get to share an interview that I did with Momfilter.

How did that happen, you ask?

About a month ago, my friend Hannah over at Sundry Mumsy suggested that I share some sandals from the Whoa, wait. Walmart? project with Momfilter for their Summer Sandals Series. I immediately emailed Momfilter to introduce myself and ask if they would like to share our favorite sandals. Within a week or two I received a reply from co-creator, Yolanda Edwards.  She was excited to share the sandals for their series, but also asked if they could interview me for their We Want to Know More About series. Completely shocked and flattered, I agreed (of course).

Yolanda emailed me the interview questions. I spent a week agonizing and analyzing answering the questions perfectly the first time and editing my answers. I emailed her my responses, along with some pictures, last Saturday. When I woke up this morning, I had an email from her saying she published it this morning!

It was such a fun experience to work with Yolanda and Momfilter. I hope our paths continue to cross. If you haven’t read their blog before, check it out. (Even if you aren’t a mom.) They have great style advice, tips for the kitchen and travel, and beautiful pictures.

Have you been interviewed before? Did you fret over your answers or is it just me?

Happy hunting! xoxo

thrift finds // online?

More times than not when I get the urge to dig through the dirty shelves of a thrift store, my sweet girl is napping. Alas, I don’t get to go very often. She’s asleep right now and I just had said urge.

Then it came to me: I need an online thrift store.

They exist.

I found two that are help those in need and seem fairly easy to navigate.

Shopgoodwill.com has more of an eBay feel. You set up an account and bid on items.  They pull items from all over the country to post online.

Here are a few vintage (turquoise, Ray Bans, Coach bag) finds…

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The other site I found is called WebThriftStore. This site allows anyone to donate items, the money goes to a charity, and then the seller gets a tax receipt. No bidding here, you can buy what you like immediately.

Here are a few more vintage (Marc Jacobs and CHANEL) finds…

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Do you thrift online? What are you favorite sites?

Happy hunting! xoxo

joe fresh // kids

I am definitely might be considered picky about what my daughter wears. It can be a real challenge to find trendy kids clothing at an affordable price. It has to be affordable, they stain it or out grow it.

Do you shop in department stores? I typically try to avoid all department stores, with one exception. Nordstrom. (I swoon a lot, but buy very little.)

The other day, a JCPenney ad showed up in our mailbox. I can’t remember the last time I walked in that store. Obviously, an ad that cute intrigued me to check them out. Now, I’m in love with their Joe Fresh line. Most shirts and pants are under $20.

Don’t worry, they have stuff for women too. (Post coming soon!) Men, so sorry. Nothing from this line in the jcp stores for you. If you’re in the northeast sometime, look up the stand-alone Joe Fresh stores. You can view, but not purchase, online.

Here are several of my favorites for girls…

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And for boys…

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Do your kids own any Joe Fresh clothes? What do you think?

Happy hunting! xoxo