Thursday, December 10, 2015

affordable style in the home for the holidays!

Have you guys seen 's new #affordablestyle lines? I have teamed up with them to share some of my favorite bits from their revamped home line. I was thrilled when they approached me, because one of the biggest things you guys ask for is affordable decor ideas. There is nothing I love more than adding some new goodies into our space around the holidays, and I was SHOCKED to see how much I loved in their home selections!! I found everything I needed on their website(no lie!) to help warm up each and every room - which is important when you are expecting guests!!

Amongst all the garland that I wanted to get my hands on (I ended up with the frosted bristle pine, I felt it looks more nordic!), I found the cutest wreath ever it has a fun frosted look it is the National Tree Frosted Arctic Spruce!  I also discovered the Walmart exclusive Better Homes and Gardens line -- which got me a bit excited about vanilla LED candles, who knew! I love the BHG tin bucket with a pine branch in it, seemed to be subtle and add a simple warmth to the corner, now if only I could convince my neighbors/husband/mom I am not a weirdo outside sawing mangily tree branches off in my front yard -- hehe!

Trust me, nobody is going to complain about a twinkling kissing ball! The curtain rod was to help bring the kissing ball to life. Kind of got a bit greedy with the outdoor touches,  you just can't stop me! Also, true story, that is the only window that has a window treatment in our home!

I loved the color pop of this "I hope something good happens to you today" 9 by Novogratz print, (here) because we all could use some well wishes to start our day! Also, is it illegal to mix different kinds of pine in one space?? Don't even care, I clearly am not the matchy-matchy type.

So... why did I really buy up all this new cozy decor? Well, for starters I am hosting Christmas this year which is a HUGE DEAL! You can't host and not have every inch of your home welcoming your guests! I also had a little filming done in our home with Camila Alves (YES! HER!) for her FB show! And well, I am not the most traditional, so I loved adding all these final soft touches to blend into my already existing home without taking over. Probably the coziest and most "me" feeling Christmas style I have ever had in my home!

I also started a new tradition where I had some friends over to wrap Christmas gifts - because HECK! Who needs a reason to have friends over really? I wanted it to be a chill night where we just caught up and packaged our pretty goods for the kiddos, before time got away from us!

I wanted the decor to be subtle but still really festive, because that is what suits me and my lifestyle. I am in the process of purging a lot of unwanted things, so I love the bright and clean look of the table settings without all the clutter. We had really light snacks, because nights with friends shouldn't be about all the fuss, it should be about good times and memories. I think we tend to overthink when having guests over, I really have become laid back when it comes to hosting. It is about the company and that is what creates the environment. I like it to feel really normal and stress free - I also want everyone to feel at home when they are with me.

The Pioneer Woman collection had the perfect tableware! I loved the bright colors and vintage style prints. I was so happy with how it looked when it arrived that I stocked up on everything in the line I could get my hands on! Everyone got to take their place settings home along with some The Pioneer Woman goodies :) And don't mind me and my bits of nature incorporated into every room -- sprigs on the napkins, so simple!

 I love these BHG hyacinth baskets, I have already found a million uses for them! During my little gathering I used them for holding the little toppings for our gift wrapping station. They will definitely be great for holding treasures beyond the holidays! I seriously couldn't stop buying all the baskets! ALL THE BASKETS! Seriously, I bought a lot! Thank you Better Homes and Gardens x Walmart for feeding into my obsession. (see more baskets below, because DUH!)

         More Better Homes & Gardens bins,  faux fur throw, and throw pillow all from

I really think that decorating your home for the holidays shouldn't be stressful. Just think of how you can add to each room versus completely transforming it. Everything I found at Walmart really blended into my already existing space and almost all of it can be used for occasions outside of the holidays. I really think that is the most successful way that you can bring the holidays is by keeping it warm and natural! I really do love that most everything can be for more than just Christmas, because your home should always be warm and fresh!

I dare you to visit their site and not be shocked by their new goods - I already am pining over a basket for my bike that I spotted!

Remember you don't have to spend a fortune at a boutique to make your home welcoming! Here is a list of everything I bought, so you can see that not all holiday decor has to be traditional! I hope you love their exclusive collections by Pioneer Woman, Better Homes and Gardens and 9 by Novogratz as much as I do!

And one more photo for good measure, because I am guilty of all things non-traditional. I love this blue recycled glass jar I also picked up on their site! Because, well, who knew! ps I clearly was too busy chatting that I didn't get much of my wrapping done at our little gathering :)

World's longest post everrrrrr just for fun, because this is the first Christmas where I have brought the house to life! Over and out. xx

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Charles said...

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Really impressive set up! Remembers me of the accommodations hired for my sister in law's destination wedding. Perfect event locations for the special day was quite near to them. All our guests enjoyed a lot. Brunch and tea snacks served were of high quality. Also the rich furnishings made the sitting arrangement more comfortable.