Thursday, December 7, 2017

How To Break Out of an Interior Decorating Rut

A decorating rut. I’m all too familiar with this feeling as I had been in one for almost the entire final year of planning my wedding (which, ahem, took two and a half years to plan). For me, it was a mixture of a lack of time to spend sourcing decorating ideas and objects and a lack of creativity as all of my creative juices were directed towards color schemes, unique ceremony ideas, signature cocktails, and all of the tiny details that make a wedding day so special. Decorating has been a constant hobby for me for years, so that rut where I wasn’t interested in going to homegoods, could care less about the Pottery Barn catalogue when it came in the mail, was very unusual. When I got back from my honeymoon and the wedding was over, I had a creative void in my life again so I put my energy into breaking out of my decorating rut. These are my tips for how you can break out of yours too!

1.) Clean and Organize

One of the biggest obstacles to feeling free and creative about an interior space is dirt, dust and clutter. If you’ve been feeling less than inspired about your decor, and want to make a change, the best first step to get the creative juices flowing is to give it a good thorough clean and organization effort. Declutter your surfaces, clean out those drawers, wash those baseboards you’ve been neglecting for a year. It’s amazing how much mental space is freed up to think creatively about the design of an interior once it’s clean and clutter free.

2.) Visit Stores that Have Always Inspired You, and Buy One Thing You Love

For me, it’s Pottery Barn. The displays always pull me in and fill me with ideas. Go to that store that used to always make you drool and find one thing that calls to you even through your decorating fog. When I got home from my honeymoon, I bought a rustic, tuscan $30 vase that inspired a makeover of my living room, a space that had been feeling stale for a long time. Find that one object, however small, that you can get behind even when you’re feeling less than inspired about decor, and bring it into your home. You’ll be surprised at how one small piece you love can spark the creative juices. One small piece can begin a chain reaction of decorating decisions that can completely refresh your space!

3.) Embrace Seasonal Decorations

When you want to break out of a decorating rut but are feeling uninspired or unsure of where to start decorating for the season can be a great way to begin seeing your interior space in a new light. No matter wether you’re in fall, winter, spring or summer, pull out your seasonal decor and set yourself the task of finding ways to make it fit into your home. This easy task (with pieces you likely already own) can break the ice, letting your creative decorating juices flow!

There you have it! These are my tips for getting yourself out of a decorating rut for when you’re feeling like your decor is stale and unsatiflying, but don’t know where to start! Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram so you never miss an update! How do you get the creative juices flowing when you’re feeling less than inspired? Let me know in the comments below!

With Love, Katie.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Home Tour 2017

Happy Holidays Lovelies!

I live for the holiday season! It’s such a magical time of year made even more magical this year for me and my husband because it’s our first Christmas (and Hanukkah) as a married couple!

This year also brought one particularly exciting update to my holiday home decor; I finally bought myself a flocked Christmas tree! I’ve drooled over pinterest pictures of christmas trees covered with flocking “snow” for a few years now but this year was the first year I found an amazing affordable option on Amazon. If you need a smaller (it’s 6 feet, which is the perfect size for our smaller apartment) flocked tree, I seriously recommend this one, I think the quality and look are incredible for the price!

I always felt that flocking gave trees a bit of a rustic feel, so I ran in that direction with my living room tree this year. I opted for a mixture of mercury glass ornaments mixed in with whites, golds and browns to keep it feeling neutral but with just enough glitz and sparkle for the season. I also made sure to include natural elements such as featured drop ornaments, glittered pinecone balls from Pottery Barn and bottle brush animal ornaments to enhance the organic theme of the tree.

To play off the mercury glass ornaments I have on my living room tree, I styled my coffee table with my favorite Pottery Barn mercury glass tree figurines and their mercury glass pillar holder. I love the little bit of added glitz the mercury glass gives my coffee table and I love the glow of the candles at night when all the lights are turned off except for the tree!

Since getting married I’ve been obsessed with putting my new married monogram on things, so when I found this Pottery Barn tree skirt that matched some Christmas stockings I had personalized a few years ago I knew I had to have it! I opted for a simple “H” monogramming for my new married last name and I couldn’t love it any more. I know this is going to be one of those Christmas items I pull out year after year after year (just like I’ve already done with the stockings!).

I spruced up my living room bookshelf for this holiday season by including family heirloom Byer’s Choice caroler dolls. To me, these decorations (which are from my grandparent’s collection) are just as much of a Christmas tradition as anything else. I spruced up their display with a snowman and a tree to their scale and I think it makes for the perfect small touch of Christmas in this corner of my home.

You can find a few Caroler dolls sprucing up my bedroom dresser as well. Combined with some picture frames and a small lit tree I think it makes for the perfect Christmas vignette!

Because I bought a new tree for the living room this was the first year I have ever been able to decorate a second tree! Having multiple trees at Christmastime has always been a holiday decorating goal for me. I put our extra tree in a corner of our bedroom and decorated it in reds, golds and pinks. I drew from my wedding as inspiration for this, where my primary color was a light blue with red being an accent color I had in my bouquet. My bedroom walls are blue and they make the red tree POP!

My vanity only got a tiny touch of Christmas this year with candy cane striped tea light holders. I didn’t want to clutter this space with too many Christmas decorations this year since it gets to sit right next to my spotlight stealing bedroom tree.

Decorating my entryway for Christmas was the biggest decorating challenge for me this year because to me my fiddle leaf fig tree reads "modern," but most of my Christmas decor is more traditional leaning. I ended up putting together a "silver and gold" themed table with decorations with a modern spin, like my wire and bell Christmas tree. I also added an apothecary jar filled with kosher salt as “snow” and a silver tinsel tree from Target to give the space a glitzy feel appropriate for the winter without trying to force anything too rustic into the space that would clash with my mod and tropical house plant.

Well there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this Christmas peek into my home and that it gave you some ideas of your own for decorating this holiday season! Let me know what you do to decorate for the holidays in the comments below and don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’ so you never miss a post!

With Love, Katie.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

How To Create Your Own DIY Ornament Wreath

This Christmas (or Hanukkah) ornament wreath is so stunning and opulent, but also so easy, quick and inexpensive! Could there be a more perfect DIY project than that? I absolutely love creating these wreaths and have made many over the years in different sizes and different colorways. They only take an hour or two to make (depending on how big you choose to make your wreath) which makes them perfect for a quick evening crafting session (and also makes them perfect to create as a gift!).

The trick to making these ornament wreaths look so full and lush is making sure you have ornaments in at least 3 different sizes so you can fill in any gaps between the larger ornaments with the smaller ones. Shatter proof ornaments in this wreath are also key, which makes them safe to hang either indoors or out (and also makes them cost effective to create). Read on for a list of materials and step by step instructions so you can make your own gorgeous ornament wreath in colors to match your own decor!



  • 14 inch diameter styrofoam wreath form
  • 15 foot tinsel garlsnd
  • Flexible Wire, for affixing to the wreath to hang
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • 65 Large Ornaments (I used a pack of 50 which included about 6 colors as well as a pack of 15 "special ornaments" in an accent color, some with interesting textures but in the same large size)
  • 25 Medium Ornaments (for filling in medium spaces)
  • 30 Small Ornaments (for filling in small spaces and adding dimension to the finished wreath)

Affix flexible wire to wreath form. This will be how you hang your wreath when it's all finished!


Wrap tinsel garland around your wreath form, securing it with hot glue as you go. This step is important so what you glimpse is cheerful garland through any open spaces between your ornaments in your completed wreath, instead of the bland styrofoam wreath base. 

Begin adding ornaments by gluing large ornaments around the inside of the wreath. Turn the "stub" of the ornaments (the part you use to affix the ornament to an ornament hook if you were hanging it on a tree) under so you don't see them. Use the hot glue to affix the ornaments both to the tinsel base and to each other.

Next, add the large ornaments around the outside rim of the wreath, again affixing them to both the wreath form and adding dots of glue between the ornaments to secure them to each other (this will add stability to the ornaments on the finished wreath).

 Start to add large ornaments to the front of the wreath (the space between the inside and outer rings of ornaments). Don't be afraid to leave some space between the ornaments during this step as you will fill them in with the smaller ornaments later. Don't be too worried about making the ornaments look like they have been placed in a uniform matter during this step, it will look lusher and fuller when you start adding in the small balls, I promise!

Fill in any gaps between the large ornaments with the medium and small balls. This is the fun part! Use your eye to see which color should go where to create a balanced wreath. 

You're finished! Now hang and admire! I'll leave you with one last piece of advice, if you enjoyed making an ornament wreath this year be sure to head out the day after Christmas to nab those big boxes of shatterproof ornaments on an amazing sale. They will be perfect for you to make a new wreath next year!

I hope you loved this quick and easy DIY! I keep coming back to this instant gratification project year after year and I hope you do too. Before you leave, be sure to follow me on Bloglovin' so you never miss a post, and leave a comment to let me know if there's any Christmas DIY projects you particularly love!

With Love, Katie.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Apple Cider Winter Sangria

 Happy Holidays Lovelies!

I hope everyone's Thanksgiving was wonderful! Mine was filled with wonderful food, plenty of family, and some fun board games! My mom and I made lots of classic family recipes this year to work on a family cookbook, so there was no shortage of food photography either! While this recipe isn't from my grandmother's recipe box, I've been making a winter sangria for Thanksgiving day for years. It's not just for Thanksgiving, though, this recipe would be so perfect for Christmas, New Years, or any special day this winter! It's not too sweet, but it's so flavorful and refreshing with the taste of wonderful winter fruit. There's one caveat, though; it's dangerously easy to drink! Be sure to prepare this the night before so the fruit flavors have all night to infuse into the wine. When you try this I'm sure you'll be as hooked as I am on sangria (however, beware, because after having this homemade sangria each year sangria from bars and restaurants never seems to compare!).

Apple Cider Winter Sangria

  • 2 Bottles Spanish Wine
  • 2.5 Cups Apple Cider
  • 3/4 Cup Brandy
  • 3 Honey Crisp Apples, Cubed
  • 3 Pears, Cubed
  • 2 Oranges, Cubed
  • Arils of 1 Pomegranate
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks, Plus More for Garnish
  • 1 Cup Sugar, Plus More to Taste
Combine all ingredients in large pitcher and refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled with cinnamon sticks for garnish. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Our Wedding: First Looks

Hello there lovelies! Today I'm continuing the series where I recap our wedding day! Today I'm giving you a glimpse of the day by recounting each of my first looks! If you missed the first post in the series about my morning getting ready you can click over to it here!

I had three first looks on my wedding day, first with my Dad, then with my bridesmaids, and then finally with my husband! The first two first looks really helped to ramp up the excitement (and emotion) before I had my first look with my groom.

I was able to pull the first look off with my bridesmaids so well because only one of them had ever seen my dress before! It was a total surprise for most of them (and I think still a great bridal reveal for the one who had seen my dress before, in my last fitting, because of course my hair and makeup weren't so perfect then!).

After finishing with hair and makeup the morning of my wedding I left my girls to put my dress and veil on in a separate room with my mom. My photographers then helped me organize the reveal with my bridesmaids by lining them up in the bridal suite and snapping pictures over my shoulder of their reactions to seeing me!

After these first two looks it was time for the big reveal with my husband! I think he had been patiently waiting for me while staring at the wall in the lobby of the hotel (so as not to glimpse me too soon) for a WHILE before I showed up (lol). I didn't get any tears from him but it was a lot of fun having him finally see my dress! I had been dying to show it to him for months (and almost caved a few times!).

I hope you enjoyed this peek into our wedding day! Next up in our wedding day series will be a look at our bridal portraits!

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With Love, Katie.