Primitive Holiday Decor 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

For as long as I remember, primitive decor is what the Christmas season is all about. Well...decoration wise. Both my Mom and my Aunt love to decorate for all seasons and Holidays and are my main inspiration when decorating our home. Auntie has the collection that all primitive lovers dream of! We were there last week for a little celebration for Jack's birthday, since we won't see them until after the Holidays. I couldn't help but snap some pictures for you to see!
 The fireplace was my absolute favorite! It gave off such a warm glow in the room and the mix of ornaments and stockings were adorable!

 Jack loves, love, loves this Santa Claus. Hell, he loves all things Santa, but he loved this one the most.

 One more...because...hello.

 The Santa pillow was actually my Grandmother's (who passed when my Mom and Aunt were very young) and my Auntie just had the case. So she stuffed the pillow and added a little vintage bell on the end. Adorable!
 This was Jack's favorite since it was like a Jack in the box!
 I love this little snowman village! She added fake snow on top of the figures and glass displays for a little touch!
Love the garland and collection of Santa's. I forgot to take a picture of these succulents she has that look like they were left outside and have frost on them. SO CUTE! Especially for succulent lovers like myself.

 How cute are the Edison light bulbs? I love this look!
 Another favorite: the cookie cutters (I think they were also my Grandmother's) and the bowl with the wooden candy canes.

 Outside on the porch (which they have been working on for a while and it looks AWESOME) she has a lot of greenery and another mini tree!

 See that radio thing? It is a satellite radio and plays hundreds of thousands of songs and you can customize what it plays! When we walked in, it was playing Frank Sinatra Christmas songs and on Thanksgiving it was playing Edith Piaf which is fun cafe-esque French music. J'Adore! I had to. I prefer listening to music around the house (so does Jack) rather than having the TV on all day, so this will be a great purchase in a few months.

 Now this would be a fun DIY craft! Grab a pinecone, cute ribbon or fabric scraps and some greenery. I don't even think you need glue!

I asked my Aunt how long it generally takes and she said a few days worth of decorating and moving furniture around. To me it is worth every minute! When you walk in, it is like walking into a trinket shop! I also took some pictures back in the Fall of her decor so I will post that soon. So, Auntie...I will be taking seasonal photoshoots of your house!

Are you a primitive decor fan? Any questions for my Auntie? I know this decor style can be a hit or miss with some folks, but for me it "hits me alllllll niiiiiiiight loooooooong! Yeah, yeah, youuuuuuuu. " Ok, I'm done, now!

My Style Icon - The Duchess of Cambridge

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Can I still call her Kate Middleton? If not, I adore the style of the Duchess of Cambridge. Everything from her hair, makeup, outfits and shoes. Always so classy, yet simple. Even when she is pregnant, she always looks put-together but never overdone. As if any one of us could do it! Another thing I admire from her, is her love of street fashion. The girl knows that it doesn't have to cost a pretty penny to be one of the most influential trend-setters in the world. Lena and Jon told me I looked like her once and I nearly passed out and died. Talk about a compliment! As I get older, I lean more towards classy outfits rather than the fun, rock-esque outfits that I used to love. I just feel more beautiful and more of myself when dressed more feminine with a touch of prep. The Duchess is definitely my top inspiration.

Since I am pregnant, I love to look at her maternity looks and get some inspiration, especially for when I need to look put together. Since it is also during the holiday season, it is even more fun to get dressed up and show off the bump. I love the dresses she goes for and that they are generally paired with a simple blazer or coat. If you have ever been pregnant, you know tight clothes are a pain in the rear, so I love the loose fit to these outfits.
But my favorite thing about her look is how she can pull off "casual and elegant" like nobodies business. The three outfits below is the style I wear often. A navy blazer, skinny or straight jeans and a casual top. 
I also love the casual looks she has below as well.
 It's also pretty cool seeing The Duchess in straight-up Mom gear. It makes me feel better about the typical outfits we all wear. Jeans with sneakers, loose tops and a messy pony while chasing around those tots. I love it.
Who is your ultimate style icon? 

Vintage and grey

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I have been noticing one trend that has been popping up a lot lately... whether it be on Pinterest or design magazines. It's a vintage kitchen with grey cabinets. I looooove anything vintage, and the touch of grey (not overwhelming, of course) adds so much and is a great contrast with light walls. I love the look of it and how it reminds me of a coffee shop or a farmhouse from the 19th Century. Any pops of color will work. I love green and yellow in the spring/summer time or burgundy and a rustic orange in the colder seasons. The pops of color and the exposed wood (of any shade), plus sharp white dishes, create the perfect kitchen in my eyes!

Joanna Gaines Design

Farmhouse renovation, NY. Kate Johns AIA. Mick Hales photo.

Another trend here would be the dark pulls, exposed shelves or open/glass cabinets. To pull off this look, you definitely need a tidy kitchen!
What are your thoughts? I need to post my Auntie's kitchen since hers is to DIE FOR if you love vintage anything. Are you also a fan of this look?

Clutter free is the way to be

Monday, December 15, 2014

When building our home, one thing we were very keen on, was a home that was clutter free and organized. Both of us get stressed out and moody when we feel cluttered or surrounded by "things" as Jon calls it (he has even been known to throw things out...he is nuts haha). We both like to feel relaxed, so we wanted a lot of storage in our home to accommodate the things we have, without having to store them in sight. Hence why instead of splurging on a wedding, we got married in our house and put that money towards our kitchen.

For me personally, if I wake up to a messy kitchen, I immediately start the day off on a sour note. So, I wanted to have a lot of storage in our pantry and in our cupboards for stuff that otherwise would go on the counter. Besides our cookbook, paper towel holder thing and coffee maker, everything else is put away (even Jon's blender...I'm a pain) so the kitchen feels clean and open.

 We do plan on adding more personal touches and pops of color here and there. I really love the pops of red that we get during the Holidays. But for now, I love the clutter-free, open feel that we have. 

Are you also a clutter freak? I know some people who don't mind it at all and think I'm nuts. Maybe something is wrong with me after all! Jon has been right all along! 

Reader Question: Tips for building your own home

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I'd say, a few times a month, I get a few emails from you wonderful readers, asking for tips when building your own home. How did you know it was the best option? Why not buy? Why did you pick your countertops/cabinets? Things to avoid? The list could go on and on! So, I figured it was high time to do a few posts dedicated to this topic and making sure I answer all of your questions!
Building our home was awesome. It was also stressful, time consuming and a TON of work, but most of was FUN! 

I am mostly asked why we chose to build vs buy a home. We had two options in our price point/taste: we could buy a home and gut it or build a home to our taste.
Buying a home in our budget in the state we live in, didn't leave us much and we would have to wait to renovate. Why? Jon was a touring musician and I can picture everyone laughing/crying/running in fear at the thought of me trying to renovate anything. Also I was working full-time and caring for Jack at all spare moments. How would I house hunt with Jon gone and a toddler on my hip and know what I was doing? And lastly, renovating with a toddler = our idea of Hell. So it came down to building a home, to our taste, in our budget.

That was when our good buddy, Rick, introduced us to the development we live in. Rick lived there and knew we were looking to buy and renovate a home, but without all of the work on us. We went over to look at his place and he discussed being able to choose his own finishes (including floor, cabinets, appliances, tile, etc) and have it built while he was living in his hometown. Winner, winner, chicken dinner. With Jon being gone, we could still build a home around our style while living somewhere else. I wouldn't have to worry too much and the work was being done by someone else! Boo ya! 
That is why we chose to build vs buy. The ease of it all and getting what we want, in our budget (you don't need to be rich to build a me!), without any hiccups or frightening finds behind old walls in a fixer upper. 

Anyone else build vs buy? Have you done both? We are thinking of one day buying a few fixer uppers to flip! But for our home, we wanted everything done for when we moved in. 

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