As the colder weather approaches and the holidays are in sight, what is better than cozying up around the fireplace? The sounds, the glow, the warmth- you really can't beat it. Right around this time of year, we start using our fireplace pretty much daily. Not only is it efficient on the cold winter days, but it just looks so pretty! As a stylist, one of my favorite areas of the home to decorate for the holidays (and in between) is the mantle and fireplace surround. Not only is it a focal point, but there are so many ways to style and restyle this area of your home- and you don't need to break the bank doing so.
Some of my go-tos when it comes to styling our fireplace: (and yours!)
BRING ON THE COZY
Blankets, pillows and poufs. You need 'em! Not only do they add texture and comfort, but they can be such an easy and affordable way to change out your vibe for each season. You can never have too many! (Just don't ask my husband...)
PUT THE FUN IN FUNCTION
Be realistic. While you obviously want your home to be a show stopper, you DO still live there- so it should be 'functional decor'. What do I mean by this? For example, a fireplace cover. Not only are they recommended for safety reasons, but they can be super fun and stylish as well.
SWITCH IT UP FOR THE SEASON
Add seasonal decor. During the autumn months, I love to decorate with muted florals, pumpkins (lotsss of pumpkins...), and yummy scented candles. A great way to add color and texture to your mantle is by adding floral garland!
KEEP IT ORGANIZED
A great way to keep the clutter to a minimum is to make sure everything has it's own place. Those throw blankets we talked about? Keep them in a stylish basket. Have a wood burning fireplace? Stack the logs in a modern wood rack and refill as needed.
Is your home in need of a restyle? Luckily for you, I have already done the leg work and rounded up some of my favorite items from Wayfair. Feel free to shop the items below and give that fireplace the cozy refresh it needs! Happy Sunday, friends!
Hey you, happy Monday! I don't know about you, but since becoming a stay at home mom a little over 2 years ago, I have practically been living in the "mom uniform". You know, the slobber stained yoga pants, baggy tee shirt and messy bun? Yup, that's me.
But lately I have been trying to take a few extra minutes in the morning for some self care- and trust me, it's long overdue! I have found that if I put on a bit of mascara, spray in some dry shampoo, and throw on a few timeless accessories, that I feel like a completely different person.
It seems like a no brainer, but just reminding myself to take an extra 20 minutes in the day for those few things can really make me feel better. Now let's be honest... I'm not busting out the spanx and stilettos for a target run but something as simple as throwing on a real pair of pants and a new cool watch can really change my attitude on the day. Which is why I am so excited to share my new favorite accessory with you- my Jord watch.
Why am I obsessed with Jord? It goes with anything!
Jord offers so many versatile and timeless pieces that it was hard to choose just one. I immediately fell in love with their unique wooden bands and knew it would be the perfect everyday accessory. I chose the "Frankie" series Zebrawood and Champagne watch and I couldn't be more obsessed. I love how neutral it is, and that I can pair this timeless piece with just about anything. Leggings and a baseball cap, sure. Booties and a chunky sweater? Yup! You can dress this watch up and you can dress it down, and what mom doesn't love versatility?
"Native to West Africa, zebrawood offers a striking grain contrast and exceptional finish. Although the growth rings are very pronounced, the wood occurs naturally with both large grain and fine grain patterns. Zebrawood is considered a luxury hardwood and is most commonly used in veneer application. JORD uses only whole wood stock to create our Zebrawood watches."
Check out the entire women's collection here
orange cardigan linked here
Great gift idea! You can personalize it!
One of my favorite things about Jord watches is that you can personalize them. That's right- Jord offers personalized engraving on their watches AND their one of a kind cedar boxes. How cool is that? Talk about a perfect gift idea! With the holidays quickly approaching, I have a feeling my next Jord will be one of the men's series for my hubby- the real watch fanatic in this house!
I am thinking something along the lines of "Our love is timeless" or "Every second I love you more". You know, something sweet that will prove that I still love him even when I'm nagging because he forgot to put the toilet seat down or put his laundry away- ha!
Unique simplistic design- Truly one of a kind!
Since receiving my Jord watch in the mail, I have gotten so many compliments on it. Everyone that sees my new timepiece can't get over how beautiful and different the design is. It's very simplistic and like nothing they have ever seen- and I love that!
Do you want to win $100 towards a new Jord watch? Or 10% off your next order? Fill out the entry form to enter our GIVEAWAY here!- It only takes a minute!
The contest will close 11/04/2018 at 11:59pm CST. Both the $100 and the 10% off codes will expire on 12/02/2018.
Hello there! Where are all my antique lovers at? Come on, raise your hand! If you're anything like me, you can't resist a piece with a little bit of wear and tear and some history behind it. Not only is most of the furniture in my home a repurposed piece, but being an antique lover is in my blood. When I was younger, my mom, sister, Aunt Barb and I would spend our Saturday afternoons driving around to find all of the local estate and garage sales- because what's better than rummaging through someone else's junk? HA! The old saying, "One person's trash is another person's treasure" still holds true in my mind.
Growing up with this love for vintage finds, is one reason why I was so excited when I was contacted by a company called Dalton Bain. Never heard of them? That's okay. I hadn't either until recently. But boy, I am glad I did.
Dalton Bain is an online boutique for antiques and fine furniture that was founded by a third generation antique dealer. Their online marketplace allows the consumer and the antique dealer to connect directly and has dissolved many of the barriers found in other antique websites. Their selection of vintage pieces dates back to the 17th century and is being updated by the hour. Unlike many other online antique stores, Dalton Bain is focused on high-end, quality pieces that you normally would have to spend hours to find. This platform allows designers and homeowners to shop at their convenience, and to communicate directly with dealers via instant messenger. Whether it is to negotiate prices, ask questions, or find specific pieces, Dalton Bain's interactive website and hands-on customer service team make the entire shopping experience a pleasant one. Oh, and did I mention they offer FREE RETURNS?! Yup.
Just to get an idea of some of the items this company offers, check out these GORGEOUS hand carved, Italian candlesticks that I got my hands on. These beauties date back to the 1700's and are even more beautiful in person!
I mean, just look at all the detail...
I think it's safe to say that you aren't going to find anything quite like these in your local mom and pop antique shop, which is why Dalton Bain is so great. Anddd, guess what!? They are offering all of my followers a coupon code for 10% off their entire website! All you have to do is register for a 'New User' account at www.DaltonBain.com using my Referral Code DD10, and you will receive 10% off your first purchase! It's that easy!
Wishing you all a great Wednesday, and of course, happy shopping!