How to Make a Donut Hole Tree

Now that the house is decorated and the presents are bought and wrapped, I’m starting to plan for our holiday gatherings, and in my family, food is always the first thing we think about. What yummy things are we going to eat? When I posted our Christmas dessert table a few weeks ago, the biggest question I got was how I made the glorious donut hole tree that became the centerpiece of our table, so today I’m going to show you how I did it!

The holidays can be such a busy time, so I’m all about anything I can do to make our Christmas special and fun without taking a ton of time or money, and this donut hole tree is absolutely perfect for that! You just need a few supplies and some delicious donut holes, and in about 20 minutes you can have a big, beautiful, edible decoration that will really wow your friends and family!

How to make stunning, whimsical donut hole tree for your next special gathering! So simple and fun! [Read more…]


Holiday Gift Guide no. 2 – Gifts to Really Spoil Her

Hi, friends! If you enjoyed the last gift guide with Gifts For Her Under $30, you are definitely going to enjoy today’s post! We all need affordable gift ideas, especially when there’s a lot of people to buy for on your Christmas list, but every once in awhile you want a special gift to really spoil someone! Or if you’ve been an extra good girl this year, you definitely deserve to be spoiled with gifts like these! I found everything from cute boots and beauty products to cozy clothes and tech accessories, with prices starting around $35. I hope these gift guides are helping you finish up your shopping, and I have gift ideas for the home coming up in the tomorrow’s post!

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Holiday Gift Guide no. 1 – Gifts For Her Under $30

Hi, sweet friends! Are you enjoying the holiday season so far? I have a good start on my holiday shopping, but as I was trying to come up with ideas for cute, affordable gifts, I decided I would share some of my favorite finds with you! Women can be hard to buy for because we either have everything or are super picky, but I found some great options that are stylish, functional, and UNDER $30! I think you guys know me pretty well by now, so it’s probably no surprise that there’s a bit of a theme going on with my picks… cozy neutrals, a little feminine, and rustic mixed with a touch of glam. I know I would love opening up any of these gifts on Christmas morning, and I’m pretty sure any of the women in your life would too… moms, sisters, girlfriends, daughters… there’s something for everyone! And just in case you’re worried about receiving something you’ll want to re-gift later, this is an easy way to show your sweetie or family what to get you too!

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Painted Mantel Makeover

Now that all the Christmas decorations are finished around the house, this week I was finally able to tackle some projects that have been waiting for some attention. I spotted this mantel months ago at the antique store where I have my booth, and even though it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, it had a good price and I knew I could customize it later to fit the style of our house. After some design modifications and a creamy coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, this mantel is now even better than I imagined!

A rustic mantel is given a big makeover for the holidays! See how milk paint transformed this cozy cottage mantel.

A rustic mantel is given a big makeover for the holidays! See how milk paint transformed this cozy cottage mantel. [Read more…]


White and Cream Christmas Bedroom

I’ve already decked the halls in my kitchen, dining room and living room, and this week I finally got to work on my master bedroom, which might be my favorite space to decorate in the whole house. There is something so cozy about this room, and I absolutely adore the soft white and cream color palette I decided to go with this Christmas. It’s soothing and bright and cheerful and the perfect backdrop for a little baby Christmas tree in the corner of the room!

This cozy master bedroom is beautifully decorated for Christmas with soft neutrals and tons of farmhouse charm. [Read more…]


Our Beautiful New Tree

I have a Christmas tree confession to make. Last year I was inspired to do a very simple, minimalist tree in our living room and only added a few white poinsettias and large snowy pinecones on the tree. In my head, it was going to look like this amazing Scandinavian beauty, but instead the tree turned out looking bare and boring and cheap. I should have known better than to try doing this look on our very old tree that has definitely seen better days, but needless to say I was pretty disappointed in the way it turned out and barely included it in any pictures I shared last year. I know that how our tree looks is far from the most important thing during Christmas and we are our own worst critics, but it’s something I get so excited to do each year, and last year was a let down for sure.

This year I definitely wanted to redeem myself, and I am so excited to be part of the 12 Bloggers of Christmas with Balsam Hill with my beautiful new tree!

A stunning simple, neutral Christmas tree and how to get this look! [Read more…]


Neutral Christmas Living Room

So far in the Seasons of Home holiday series, I’ve shared our winter wonderland Christmas kitchen and a very sweet holiday dessert tablescape in the dining room, but today I’m giving you a tour of probably the most exciting space to decorate for Christmas… our living room! This is the room where the big tree gets put up and we open presents on Christmas morning and curl up and watch Elf and the Grinch together, so it’s safe to say that I probably enjoy decorating this space the most each year since we spend the most time in here.

If there is one childhood memory that stands out the most during the holidays, it is being in the living room with all the lights out except for the lights on the tree and listening to Bob Seger sing Little Drummer Boy, Stevie Nicks croon Silent Night, and Whitney Houston belt Do You Hear What I Hear. I still listen to those songs every year as I put up the tree and turn on the lights for the first time with the boys. It’s simple and magical and memorable, and I hope to share this feeling of home, comfort and happiness with you as I take you on a little tour of our Christmas living room this year.

A beautiful farmhouse living room decorated in soft neutrals for the holidays! [Read more…]