We’ve been making a lot of progress on the house lately and, while things are really starting to take shape, there isn’t a single spot that is completely finished. Big changes have taken place almost everywhere but nothing has really been decorated or styled yet. We’re kind of in limbo between construction zone and almost there but we’re far from finished.

Even though I plan on taking it easy on the Christmas decorations this year I wanted to get at least one spot, albeit a teeny tiny one, looking a little more pulled together to bring in the season a bit. I figured the fireplace was a good spot to start.


A lot of surfaces in a house need to remain functional and serve a purpose but a mantel isn’t really one of them. It’s purely decorative and a spot where you can have a little fun. With all the work going on in the rest of the house, I thought it would be a good spot to pull together and reflect the season a bit.

Just painting the fireplace white made a huge different (remember when it looked like this!?) and the white stone creates a really nice and simple backdrop for accessories. I kept things pretty simple, just stacking some canvas paintings and a round mirror to create a some height and interest and then just brought in a few accessories to reflect the season a bit on our winter mantel.

our winter mantel

I filled a glass vase with some kindling we use to build a fire to bring in some natural wood texture while also staying convenient during fire building. I  guess this mantel does function a little bit after all ;)

I picked up this little wooden deer at the thrift store the other day for a whopping $1.99 and I love how he brings a little bit of that subtle holiday feeling without going full blown red and green Christmas.

our winter mantel

Some red roses in a hammered copper bowl (another thrifting find) bring some color and texture to the generally neutral mantel-scape.

our winter mantel

Nothing makes me happier lately than lighting a fire on these cold evenings we’ve been having so a stack of wood on the hearth remains really functional but still looks pretty. The natural wood elements make things feel warm and cozy.

our winter mantel

Bring on the holidays! Because even if the rest of our house is still a jumbled mess of construction, at least our mantel is ready for Winter. Ahh, the little things.

Now feast your eyes on this before and after…our winter mantel


 Happy Monday people!




We’re having some technical difficulties on the blog so things are going to be a little quiet over the next week or so. Bummer, I know. While our fate is in the hands of technical support (oh, how promising…) we’ll be busy finishing up a few projects around the house to share with you ASAP, but more importantly, we’ll be getting our party on. This past weekend, we got together with family to celebrate a wedding and, luckily, the celebrating doesn’t stop there.

dad's wedding_siblingsOctober really kicks off holiday season for our family with a few anniversaries, a handful of birthdays, and of course the winter holidays we all love so much. The last few months of the year are full of family, friends, and celebrations, which is exactly how I like it. I’ll be sure to update you on things around the house and what went into our celebrations once we’re back up and running.

In the meantime, say a prayer to the Customer Service gods, won’t ya? Because we all know how that goes… And be sure to follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with what’s going on while we’re gone.

See you in (hopefully) a week!


Since Kim Kardashian is trying to #breaktheinternet and all, I figured I should probably get a quick update in before we’re all sent back to the dark ages and forced dust off our encyclopedia collections and send handwritten letters via this place called the Post Office. GASP!

The last time I checked in with you all, the drywall was going up literally as I typed and since then, we have been able to prime and paint all walls and the ceiling and finish installing the recessed lighting. We’re still waiting on those glamorous after photos I’ve been promising you but things are really starting to take shape in the living room.

on our way to a finished living roomLet’s just pretend you can’t see my slouchy couch cushions and sloppy throw pillows, mmkay? We’re just happy to have a living room that isn’t completely overrun by power tools.

There are still plenty of ladders and toolboxes to keep me comfortable though. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now…
on our way to a finished living room

We still have a long way to go but considering the room looked a little something like this before we moved in…

on our way to a finished living room

I’d say we’re on our way to a finished living room :)

So what’s still waiting to be crossed off of our to-do list?

  1. Paint windows
  2. Add window trim and baseboards
  3. Re-build step at entry
  4. Build entertainment center/shelving
  5. Remove old carpeting & finish floors

Basically, there’s a lot left to do but, for now, I’m just going to revel in the glory of a fresh paint job.

Happy hump day, people!

Oh, and P.S. Dear Kim Kardashian, please don’t break the internet. I kind of like it.