This is a quick little project, but I really like how it spruces up our powder room. I had a simple soap and lotion set from Trader Joe’s, and I decided to decorate them with some marble contact paper.
“Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose.” Rosie Perez as Gloria in White Men Can’t Jump.
Does this happen to you? Sometimes I see something I really like from one of my favorite stores, and I think to myself, “I’ll wait for it to go on sale,” only to find that it’s sold out when I go look for it. Such a bummer! If it’s something I really love, I can often manage to find it on eBay or craigslist (win!)… but sometimes, I don’t (lose!).
Today’s post is kind of a “tie.” I immediately fell in love when I saw the Manzanita candelabra from West Elm a couple of years ago. But since I didn’t really have a use in mind, I procrastinated. Now, I’d really love to have this for our winter decor, and it’s all sold out. No luck on eBay either.
So off I went on a copycat chic, high/low adventure!
I did find this one which looks very close but costs a bit more than I want to pay.
Finally, I was happy to find a candelabra at Target:
I used silver spray paint on mine, and I actually love how it turned out! The silver color makes the chunky metal look sleeker, and it’s going to be perfect!
No longer desperately seeking candelabra,
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The new pine cone tree fits right in with his felt and feather cousins!
I might paint it another time, but for this year’s Scandinavian-inspired theme, the natural finish seems perfect! It took a while to put together, and Steve took the opportunity to make about two zillion conifer-inspired puns, so I have multiple reasons to be glad that project is over:)… but I’m really happy with the results!
This year’s Christmas is pared-down and pretty (if I don’t say so myself!). Most of our decorations are white, with touches of gold and silver.
I love how our simple white felt stockings from West Elm have fit into all of our Christmas themes, just by changing the ornaments. Here are the links to the past years’ mantels:
And this year, I used scrapbook paper and gold contact paper to make these ornaments that add a bit of gold and glam to our mantel. The stripes and dots make me think of a beautiful Kate Spade look.
And a few more looks at our mantel this year. Like the simple Christmas branch, it came together so quickly, which is a relief this busy season!
Last year, we celebrated a fabulous and fun retro mid-century Christmas with lots of over-the-top colors and decorations. This year, I’m going in a different direction with a pared-down Christmas.
I was inspired by pictures of simple branches hung with ornaments. I was going to do this in addition to our Christmas tree, but I’ve decided to do it instead of a tree, and it feels very liberating! This idea is great for people who live in small spaces or just want to simplify.
Our overall look this season is Scandinavian-inspired with touches of gold and glam, and our centerpiece here fits tight in.
Hope you’re feeling cheerful and warm this season!
Remember when I painted our Gold Feather Table Runner? It was one of a pair of linen table runners that I am making for our Thanksgiving dinner this year. I am so excited to host my coworkers and their families!
The design was inspired by a design by Jesse Breytenbach. She makes gorgeous stamped fabrics, and this flower (thistle? artichoke??) really captured the natural and elegant look I wanted for our Thanksgiving table. I used sharpie to draw the the design which satisfied my grown-up coloring needs.
Here’s a close-up of the finished flowers.
And here’s the runner with a preview of our Thanksgiving table!
I like the simple colors that evoke the season while still blending into the rest of our home.
Wishing you a happy holiday with your friends and family!