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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cookies With Santa Tablescape

Before I set a more formal table for our Christmas dinner I wanted to set a fun table.  
Then I remembered this bottle I had purchased at the Christmas Tree Shop when I was visiting my son in CT last year and a fun table was born!  A table set for children, anticipating a special visit with Santa before he got too busy. Cookies With Santa!
I started with a gold charger, then layered a white dinner plate and topped it off with a dessert plate I had purchased several years ago on clearance from the grocery store.
A wagon full of toys from Santa!
A each place setting is a gold tin sleigh filled with candy treats.  I found the sleighs just a few weeks ago when I took my MIL to a great shop just a few miles from home.  They were only $1.95 each and I had to have them!
They seem to be vintage and are made even sweeter with the candy added!
The centerpiece is a red tray I have had for years and is filled with ornaments, the milk bottle just for Santa and cookies, of course!
One of my favorite nutcrackers stands guard over the treats until Santa arrives. 
A gilded reindeer rests peaceful on the red and gold table runner we found while out shopping.  My MIL, an enabler just like her son, said I had to have it!  Just like with her son, I don't argue with such sound advice! Now, I have two enablers in my home LOL!
I had purchased the clear milk bottle glasses several years ago at IKEA and just knew they were the perfect fit for this table.

Thrift store Santa napkin rings hold the napkin that will be needed to remove cookie crumbs and milk mustaches from the children's faces. 
A fun table set for the young ones to gather at with the big man in red as they tell him their wishes of what they'd like to find under the tree on Christmas morning. 
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Friday, December 19, 2014

A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture

This post is brought to you by Sauder. All ideas and opinions are my own

Mr. B and I are doing all that we can to make his mother feel at home while she is living with us.  We are lucky in that we have two guest bedrooms and we let her choose which one she wanted to make hers.  She choose the one in the finished basement. It is big, has a full bathroom attached and allows her some privacy.
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
As you can see from the before photo, the bed was pretty boring. It was just a bed really. Mr. B & I have plans for when she finds her own place to go with a world traveler theme in the room.  Perfect theme for guests, right? We had been searching for just the right headboard and then, I was contacted by Sauder offering to send me something from their website. We've had Sauder in our home in the past and have always loved the quality and durability of their products.  We've had desks and bookcases from Sauder but have never really looked into other types of furniture pieces.  Well, after looking through their site for about 10 minutes, we found the headboard we had been searching for!  Who knew? Sauder carries all kinds of bedroom furniture!  Headboards, nightstands, you name it!  In addition, they also have pieces for bathrooms, dining rooms and garages! Whatever room in the house, Sauder is sure to have something to suit your needs and style.
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture

The headboard we wanted for this room needed to be in a warm tone and had a rustic feel to it. The Carson Forge headboard met our wants and then some!A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
I don't know how Sauder did it but, it looks and feels like real wood! I mean it is is wood but we were not expecting this high of quality. And, it is not flimsy, take my word for it!  It took Mr. B & I both to get the box down the stairs. 
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
All of the pieces are clearly marked so putting it together was a snap!
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
And, Mr. B wanted me to make sure I mentioned that he likes that they used metal cams.
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
The instructions provided were clear and easy to understand. We've put together our share of assemble it yourself furniture and this was by far the fastest and easiest piece we have ever done.  No cussing needed!
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
I totally squeed when I saw the little design touches that make this headboard the perfect choice for this room!
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
Adore the metal detail! And yes, it IS metal, not cheapy plastic!
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
The shelf across the top adds depth and style.
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
Swoon!
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
And the frosting on the cake?  Mr. B's mother LOVES it too!  She just can't get over how much it makes her room feel more finished, warm and comfortable.
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
So much better than the before, wouldn't you agree?
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
After:
A Guest Bedroom Transformed With Sauder Furniture
I am so happy to have found out that Sauder creates such wonderful pieces outside of the standard bookcase or other organizational furniture! It's nice to know that they also have available such wonderfully stylish furniture to create the room/ home of your dreams! 
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How To Style A Christmas China Cabinet

How to style a china cabinet for Christmas
I wasn't even sure if I was going to decorate the china cabinet for Christmas but then, as I was going through my dishes, I found some that I have had forever and have never displayed.  The china cabinet seemed to be the ideal place to show them off!
How to style a china cabinet for Christmas
On the bottom shelf I layered some bright red chargers and added these cardinal plates I got on clearance from Macy's several years ago.  The cardinal candy dish is from Kirkland's.
How to style a china cabinet for Christmas

How to style a china cabinet for Christmas
Even though I have never seen one in real life, cardinals are one of my favorite birds. And their red coloring is perfect this time of year.
How to style a china cabinet for Christmas
I kept the top of the cabinet simple.  Just a few of my favorite pieces. Santa was a gift from my mother-in-law, The reindeer came from clearance at Stein Mart and the decorated sled is from Goodwill.  I added holiday picks to fill it in.
How to style a china cabinet for Christmas
Gosh, I just love Santa!  And this one just speaks to me.
How to style a china cabinet for Christmas
For the inside shelves I used some square red plates from Safeway years ago and placed ornament plates from Pier 1 in front of them. Several Godinger Shannon goblets hold red and gold ornaments.  Judging by this cabinet and my mantel decor, red and gold seems to be my theme this year. A shiny gold bowl sits in the center.
How to style a china cabinet for Christmas
On the top inner shelf I used some white Johnson Bros dinner plates from Goodwill to anchor more of the ornament plates. 
How to style a china cabinet for Christmas
Another Santa, shiny red mercury glass at that, sits on the right side. He was another gift from my MIL.  I'm guessing she does really know me! 
How to style a china cabinet for Christmas
I'm really pleased at how my digging through dishes helped me to create such a pretty display in the china cabinet for Christmas!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

You're Gonna Love It Link Party

Happy 3rd week of December dear friends!  I hope this finds you all in the holiday spirit?  I finally got all of my decor done and am now thinking of baking! Nothing better than a home filled with the scents of the season, am I right?  I will have some extra free time on my hands as I was let go from my job last week...yeah, Merry Christmas to me!  Those that have been following me know that this is not my first time at this rodeo and it is the nature of working in sales. So, I am keeping positive knowing that the rest of this month is not when anyone is looking to hire.  My resume is up to date and I have already sent several out. I'm thinking this is a good excuse to party!  

It's Time For 
The Features of the Week

The most viewed link last week came from Angela at Simply Beautiful by Angela
Angela showed how taking some simple items from the dollar store she could change them into high end decor! I love the painted vase!!  So, going to knock that off for myself!
My favorite was this beautiful Christmas sign from Our Second Hand House
Maybe during my time off I will finally master the Silhouette that has been gathering dust on my desk for 2 years and make one of these for my own!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Mantel Reveal

I bet you thought I was never going to share any of my Christmas decor this year didn't you!   It's been kind of a hectic season this year, but now I am ready to reveal to you today the mantel decorated for Christmas.  I will also be showing off other areas of the house that have been dressed up for the holiday over the next week so, be sure to check back in when you have time.  Or, better yet, sign up to get new posts delivered right to your email using the sign up form over on the sidebar --->>
My MIL was there again to help with the details. That's her snowman stocking. She loves blue and snowmen and she now has one to hang with ours. 
We had picked up a few poinsettia plants at Lowes for .99 right after Thanksgiving and The red leaves and gold foil set our color theme for the mantel. I covered some books in gift wrap and used them to elevate one of the plants.  I have put my MIL in charge of keeping them alive because although, I can grow veggies and flowers outside, I have a brownish thumb when it comes to plants inside!
I've had these red & gold mercury glass spires for years and have used them in my holiday decor every year since.
My MIL wrapped a box in the same gift wrap and placed small gold and red ornaments on top of it.  She then added my 3 little favorite old world Santas in front of it. 
A battery operated beaded lit garland sits in the front of it all to brightened it all up at night.
To the left of the fireplace is a shelf that surrounds the TV. 
We had so much fun decorating this spot!  Even Mr. B lending his touch by adding the stuffed snowman. We had picked up the little trees at Hobby Lobby and Linda (my MIL, yes, she does have a name LOL) set to decorating them while I added white fluff and snowflake lights that I purchased at IKEA last year. We added a few wrapped boxes to add more color.
Mr. B & I agreed that the clock has to stay in it's spot in at the mantel which means my beloved Santa piece needed a new home this year.  He fits perfectly above the TV shelf!
On the dining room side of the shelf I have my angel collection along with a couple of my little nutcrackers.  Oh wait!  Stop right here!  LOL!  I seriously did not notice until just now that my Michigan State University Sparty garden gnome (a gift several years ago from my son and daughter-in-law) snuck into the Christmas decor!  LOL!  I am guessing that was Mr. B's doing!! You know what?  He staying right there!! Christmas time needs to have some fun and whimsy, am I right?

Again, be sure to stop back by as I will be sharing the china cabinet all decked out for Christmas. In fact, here's a sneak peek just to make sure you do!
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