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My 2017 Holiday Decor Guide

Okay so maybe it’s not as much of a guide as it is just pretty much all of the chic, beautiful holiday decor I could gather in one place. 

There’s a fine line between holiday decorating and looking like your entire house took advantage of a North Pole “everything must go so you bought it all” sale. I’m looking at you, Great Christmas Light Fight (or whatever that show is called). I think my design aesthetic is fairly easy to understand: less is more and quality is far more important than most things. It’s no surprise that all of my holiday decor is minimal but chic (and a little bit trendy). That’s not to say I don’t love all of parents 1970s/1980s decorations (including the horrifying light up Santa head), but at my own house it’s a little more…understated. I like the idea of mixing certain tones (particularly white and silver) with pops of red rather than flat-out going red and green all over. Sometimes it’s just too much.

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Must Have Halloween Decor

Growing up Halloween was a huge deal in my house. As a kid my sister and I would get free rein to decorate whatever we wanted. I still remember these incredibly 1980s felt, orange pumpkins with silly expressions we hung on all the windows (Oh wow I found them online: here). Most of our decorations ended up being those buckets from McDonald’s and the dress up chicken nuggets because they were fun. We never really carved pumpkins except for the day before Halloween (or even on Halloween) because of my parents policy on making messes. Pumpkin carving is by far one of the messiest activities for children and pumpkin guts are disgusting. As an adult it’s still really fun to decorate for Halloween. I still don’t really do much in the way of pumpkins. I’ll display them but carving just isn’t my thing. Not only is it messy, it’s also dangerous for a clumsy person such as myself. I love Target sells fake, designed pumpkins and pumpkin art for me to stick on them instead.

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Wallpaper Can Be Cool, I Promise

When I hear the word wallpaper I’m immediately drawn to a mental image of the 1970s. Something similar to, say, this? But, in reality, modern wallpaper is actually pretty cool. I’ve seen it used a bunch on HGTV so my opinion has really turned around. There’s even a hilarious episode of Property Brothers where one woman is determined to use the world’s busiest wallpaper (at whatever cost) much to the chagrin of both Jonathan and her husband.

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It’s been March for 5 days which means I’m just considering it spring. Every few months I get incredibly bored with everything in my house. This can’t be a natural thing since you’re supposed to surround yourself with things you like and that inspire you. Those things that convey your personal style to people who enter your home. So, I went browsing on the internet because there’s not greater fun than loading up your virtual shopping cart with things you won’t actually buy (but really want).

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Dwell x Target

Modern by Dwell Magazine for Target has finally hit store shelves and I couldn’t be more excited. Sorry to that Target employee who had to witness me gasping for air when I finally saw the items in person. 

What I love about this collection is how it is an affordable, elegant, and modern solution to home furniture and decor. Modern design and it’s principles are my favorite and I’ve studied them for quite a while. This collection is perfect because the pieces can stand alone as individual pieces or as a whole harmonious collective unit. They are stylish, simple, and just plain beautiful to look at. Each piece has been innovatively designed to convey a sleek style while serving its function. The pieces breathe new life into concepts we see every day with indoor and outdoor living spaces. The metal outdoor sofas, chairs, and bar stools have decidedly abnormal, eye-catching silhouette that can be covered with padding for a more comfortable feel. The collection has some interesting pieces that give off a 1970s vibe including some rugs and the cocktail glasses. There are many mixed materials in the collection.

The collection itself is appealing to a wide variety of lifestyles, and even if you aren’t a modern design lover, there is likely to be something eye-catching.

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The 2016 Super Sized Gift Guide

Consider this the Toys R Us big book of toys for gift giving this holiday season

We are just about a week away from Christmas and while I haven’t finished my shopping (still got a few more things to pick up) I have had the time to browse the internet for the coolest gifts for pretty much everyone from moms & dads to hostess gifts.

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Natural yoga mat | Love & Lemons cookbook | Champagne high ball glasses | Poetic License candle | Pineapple measuring cups | H&M dress | Miu Miu hair mist | Zara Studio earrings | Zara heels

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Carry On Cocktail kit | Hedgehog boot scraper | Ojai candle | Dapper planner | Horn bottle opener | Cocktail book | J. Crew sweater | Apple AirPods | Sneakers

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J. Crew sweater | Columbo The Complete Series | Bath and Body Works candle | LaVanila perfume | Roku Streaming Stick | Double Leaf earrings | Pottery Barn throw blanket | Madewell slippers | Saturdays coffee | Warby Parker sunglasses

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Lumberpup hands free leash | Martha Stewart sweater | Aesop animal wash | Parker Lounger | Cat Pod | Sushi catnip toys | Bow Tie | Polka Dot bowl | Apple Cinnamon bone | Dog collar

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Parallele 45 Rose | Mixology dice | Marble cheese knives | Himalayan Salt tequila glasses | A Proper Drink book | Long burning matches | Vintage coasters | Pineapple serving dish | Monogram bottle stopper | Dark chocolate truffles

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Coach Rexy charm | Chill Pill charger | Quirky candle | Best Friend leather jackets | Rebecca Minkoff best friend pouches | Art Print | S’Well galaxy water bottle | Kate Spade iPhone case | Camille wine glasses | Who What Wear heels | Lush Ice Cube gift set | Cat necklace | Spirit Dust | Calm bath salts

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Holiday Decorating Guide

A few weeks back I was feeling a bit down so I decided to get a tiny little Christmas tree decoration at Target to lift my spirits. I realized afterwards that Christmas time is probably the time where my decorating goes absolutely nuts. Doesn’t everyone go a little crazy though?

I don’t have a ton of space to decorate, but I do my best to spread Christmas cheer throughout the season. I have my tiny little baby tree, my favorite frosted cranberry candle from Bath and Body Works, and usually (in about a week) it will constantly smell like some kind of baked good. With that in mind I went internet browsing to find some other really great things for decorating and entertaining this holiday season.

How beautiful is that Sugar Paper blush pink wrapping paper? 

Sugar Paper wrapping 2 Sugar Paper stocking 3 Christmas Crackers 4 Throw pillow 5 Naughty or Nice napkins 6 Hot Mulled Cider candle 7 Merry Christmas garland 8 Cookies for Santa plate 9 London ornament 10 Twig tree 11 Blue Silver Copper ornaments 12 Christmas tree cheese markers