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Happy holidays! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to get a head start on some holiday decorating. This year, I went for a farmhouse Christmas decor vibe. I typically switch up my Christmas decor themes each year, and with having lived in so many different houses and apartments the past 15 years, I like to find an aesthetic that works with my home. And although I don’t usually get started this early, I feel like 2020 is the exception to the holiday decorating rule. It’s just been a weird year and we could all use some joy in our lives. If you have had your Christmas tree up for a month already, no worries, this is a judgement free zone.

I’ve rounded up 14 Farmhouse Christmas Decor items that I’m loving (and are in my home) that are all under $20! From garland and tree ornaments to wall art and Christmas village pieces, I’ve got you covered!

Farmhouse Christmas Decor Under $20:

Farmhouse Christmas Decor

 

  1. Farm Fresh Christmas Trees sign // $17 from Walmart
  2. Buffalo Check Reindeer // $15 from Target
  3. Felt Ball Garland // $15 from Target
  4. Wide Burlap Ribbon // $10 from Michaels
  5. Gold Poinsettia Picks // $3 from Michaels
  6. 40 Artificial Pinecones with Wire Attachments // $5 from Target
  7. Mistletoe Garland // $20 from Target
  8. Christmas Countdown Wall Art // $18 from Michaels
  9. Long Taper Candles // $4 from Target
  10. Buffalo Check Christmas Ornaments // $19 from Amazon
  11. Mini Burlap Base Trees // $15 from Target
  12. Christmas Village Pieces (Church & Metal House) // $5-10 at Target
  13. Red Poinsettia Picks // $4 from Michaels
  14. Gold Candlesticks // $9 from Michaels

I’ll be back with another post soon with details on how I decorate my Christmas with my favorite 3 types of ornaments: tree with picks, clips, and ribbon!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

When we purchased our house back in August, we knew we’d have our work cut out for us in terms of updating the interior so it didn’t scream 1990s. One of the first rooms to get a refresh was our dining room. We used Wallpops Nuwallpaper to get the job done. The room has these beautiful bay windows in the front of the house, but they were completely covered up by curtains and they were surrounded by a dark red wall. The space just needed to be brightened up with some character.

wallpops peel and stick

When I decided to look around for a peel and stick wallpaper that I could use around the bay window, I discovered Wallpops. They offer an amazing selection of peel and stick wallpaper designs. I landed on this Grey Breezy botanical pattern that I knew would look great with the natural light and next to the grey paint color I picked out for the rest of the room.

Just for reference, here is what this room looked like before we bought it:

This was my first time working with a peel and stick wallpaper, and I must say it was even easier than I expected to be. Aside from the fact that we had to cut around a LOT of window trim, it was really simple to work out any air bubbles and smooth out the surface. Even lining up the pattern on a new column wasn’t nearly as difficult as I initially thought it would be. Fortunately I had my mom over to help me, and let’s say she’s had her fair share of experience putting up wallpaper.

Wallpops Peel and Stick Wallpaper

wallpops nuwallpaperWe really started to get the hang of it after the first roll. Lining up, sticking and pressing out the air pockets was a breeze. The most difficult part of the entire project was getting the peel and stick wallpaper on the very top of each window where there was only about a 1/2 inch area of wall. I had to cut thin strips of the wallpaper and adhere it by dragging a pencil along the top of the window. I’m glad it ended up working out.

wallpops wallpaper

Once we finished up with the walls, I decided to use some of the scrap Wallpops to cover my outlet faceplate so that it would blend in better with the wall.

wallpops peel and stick wallpaper wallpops wallpops nuwallpaper

I am so happy with the final product. I had an amazing experience using Wallpops Nuwallpaper and I highly recommend checking them out the next time you want to try for a fun new print on your walls. It comes off even easier than it goes on, and it won’t ruin your walls!

wallpops peel and stick wallpaper

So now that we’re finally on a roll with some home improvements and remodels, I’ll hopefully be sharing some more updates with you all soon! We already completely refinished our laundry room and half bath, so I’ll be sharing some details about that project next!

After 4 months of apartment life in West Michigan, we bought a house! During a pandemic! We’ve been in this weird transitional phase for a third of the year and we couldn’t be more excited to settle our family into a spacious home in Norton Shores. Big thanks to our real estate agent and good friend, Ashley Wade of Greenridge Realty, for helping us find the perfect home.

we bought a house

We received the keys on Friday and have been painting and working on the house like crazy ever since. We officially move into the house this Saturday, so we’re aiming to get as much painting and cleaning done as humanly possible before then.

we bought a house

Look out for TONS of house updates in the next several months as we’re turning this 1990s sprawling ranch into a DIY dream. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, so it should be fun to see the entire thing unfold.

For now, here’s an empty house tour:

 

Since I’ve already dropped the news that our offer was accepted and we’ll be closing on our new house in mid-August, I’m throwing all of my eggs in the interior design and home renovation basket and sharing some of my latest inspiration with you. Although the things we plan to do with this new house will take time, elbow grease, financial investment, and the recruitment of help from others (what up mom & dad!), I do plan to share a lot of this journey on the blog and promise to be as honest and transparent about it as humanly possible.

So let’s start off with some recent inspiration. Today I’m rounding up some of my current favorite home decor pieces from Target. I’m crushing on boho vibes lately, if you can’t tell.

Target Home Decor Roundup

1. Landscape Framed Canvas – $15

2. Carved Wood Decorative Wall Mirror – $60

3. Square Diamond Throw Pillow – $20

4. Large Seagrass Pendant Light – $220

5. Dot Woven Throw Blanket – $40

6. Linnet Rattan Counterstool – $100 

7. Crawley Rug by Safavieh – $202

8. Brass Taper Two-Candle Holder – $21

9. 13″ Decorative Square Based Tapered Basket – $17

10. 10″ Ceramic Vase – $18

11. Jada Woven Pouf – $70

 

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We have some pretty big news to share….

We are moving to Michigan!

moving to michigan

This is incredibly bittersweet for so many reasons. The first being that we absolutely LOVE Nashville, and have made a home here. Steve and I met in Nashville and fantasized about the idea of moving here together. 5 years ago, just a few months after we got married, we made that dream come true. We went from a small 1-bedroom apartment in Belle Meade, to a rental house in East Nashville, to buying a 1950s farmhouse in Madison. We made friends that turned into family, grew in our marriage, brought London home from the hospital here, and have made hundreds of other memories while living in Tennessee.

If there’s one thing I want people to know about this move, it’s this: We are so incredibly happy to be moving closer to our families, but the decision to leave Nashville wasn’t an easy one.

Our time here has been amazing, and the factor that made this decision a bit easier (besides the fact that we cannot wait for London to grow up closer to family) is that we will have the opportunity to come back and forth often. Nashville will always have a place in our hearts and will always be London’s first home.

moving to michigan

moving to michigan

So much has changed in the past month. In the beginning of March, our city was hit hard by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Middle Tennessee. Then just a short week later, COVID-19 caused city lockdowns and we have been self-quarantined ever since. This means that we’re no longer able to give Nashville the proper farewell we’ve been planning since we listed our house for sale. We’re dealing with feelings of grief from not being able to embrace our close friends before we head north. Hopefully, once all this craziness subsides, we’ll come back down as a family soon and celebrate the way we originally intended to.

moving to michigan

moving to michiganWe are so excited to be closer to both our families (mine in Michigan and Steve’s in Ontario, Canada). We are ready to push through these uncertain times, do our part to flatten the curve, and come out stronger on the other end. As soon as those international borders open back up, we’ll be ready for Steve’s family to come visit us and see London again. Until that happens, we’ll be packing, cleaning, and getting ready to settle into our new lives and our next chapter in West Michigan with our baby girl.

 

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