Holiday Home Decorating

I don’t know about you, but I’m not one of those people who redecorates their home for every season. I mean, I barely got my tree up last Christmas. Gasp! I know! A blogger not overly prepared for the holidays? Blasphemy! But storing holiday decor for months and hauling it out once a year…I just don’t have the time or space for it all. I like my home to be uncluttered with a cohesive look. Interchangeable ceramics just aren’t my bag unless they are MCM vases or my vast selection of lamps (because I apparently have room for lamps). But, now that my kids are getting older, they are asking me, “Mommy, why we don’t have hearts, cupids, easter eggs, and bunnies decorating our tables, windows, and doors.” Oh boy. Bad parental skills. So how do holiday home decorating without going Party City crazy?

I desperately needed a solution to this dilemma and fast. Enter Minted. A company who believes that great design thrives in the hands of independent artists. A company who curates beautiful artwork at affordable prices and ALSO has a vast holiday theme selection! My saviors! Their look is modern, fun, and playful. Tons of bold graphics. It was love at first sight.

I knew Minted could send Cupid’s arrows to my house and spread some Valentine’s Day cheer. I just needed to figure out the best way to incorporate their artwork into my home. I have a few gallery walls, so I decided to start there. What better way to spread the love then to change out some existing framed pieces. And in case you were wondering, Minted gives you the option to frame your new artwork. Ummm, yes please! How easy peasy is that?

Minted.com artwork in a wall gallery

 

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Holiday Thrift Store Challenge Blog Hop

Holiday Thirft Store Challenge

When I got the email from Thoughts From Alice asking if I’d like to participate in the Holiday Thrift Store Challenge, I didn’t have to think twice. Yes! And yes again! Okay, how ’bout yes a third time. I was super jazzed to participate with the list of fabulous bloggers she had put together. And completely honored. But, could I keep up? I mean, I am the (self proclaimed) thrifting queen in my own little world. Well, kinda. I’m the flea market slash antiquing queen in my own little world, but thrift stores are a bit out of my element. I hadn’t been to one in a long time. You really have to know what you’re doing and have good eyes when it comes to thrift store gems. Diamonds in the rough I guess you’d call them.

So what’s this “challenge” shtuff that am I chattering about? Well, Alice asked us to venture out to our local thrift store and procure something anything for under $25 to use as holiday decor in a creative way. We could give these items a complete makeover or use it/them in a creative vignette. She wanted us to see beyond the surface of what someone discarded or no longer needed and think outside the box. She wanted us to show you, our readers, how to save money on holiday decor by using a little creativity. Well, Alice! Challenge accepted!

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