18 Dec

Holiday Entry Way

This year I was asked to partake in Del Mar’s Home for the Holidays Design Challenge! Del Mar sent me and 4 other bloggers a lamp from their site. I received Annaleigh by Kichler and was ask to design my entry way in the holiday spirit featuring this lamp.

Due to the colorful nature of my home I don’t tend to decorate in the typical green/red/gold holiday color story. For this spread though I did decide to inject little peeks of it.

Here is my take on a holiday entry way:

holiday entry way

Now lets break it down. Since my lamp was almost 28″ high I wanted to make sure my decor wasn’t only on the entry way table, but went up on the wall.

Enter a boxwood wreath that was found at Trader Joe’s for only $10! I used some striped fabric to hang it.

holiday entry way

Typically I have an ikat skirted bench underneath my DIY grasscloth covered console,but in order to inject a little holiday green into the space I swapped it out with my emerald painted trunk complete with a leopard cushion we added a while back to provide extra seating.

holiday entryway

For the main area I decided to break the space into 3 different sections. My lamp and storage section, a floral centerpiece and a little injection of something different with my blue and white ginger jars.
holiday entry way

View from above:

holiday entry way
{ A trip to my local fabric shop and a yard of flannel shirt fabric helped tie everything together.}

Close up of lamp area:

holiday entry way
{Love who the pattern in the lamp even reminds me of snowflakes and works perfectly with a wintery entry way, but will also look great year round.}

Close up of floral centerpiece:

holiday entry way
{ I went with a candy cane inspired color story and even added little teeny tiny silver ball ornaments.}

I’m really happy with how the whole project turned out. It’s been quite the crowd favorite with visitors. Everyone has loved it!

Make sure you check out the other ladies participating in the challenge:

Carrie from Dream Green DIY
Erin from DIY on the Cheap
Angela from Angela Flournoy
Kelly from Dear Lovely

Can’t wait to see what everyone else did and see who wins the challenge.

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17 Dec

Stocking Stuffers under $20!

Sadly I didn’t grow up with stockings. It just wasn’t something my parents did and I never really missed it. That is until I started dating Jon and found out that he still got a stocking! My sister and I tried convincing my parents it was something we should start doing, but they didn’t bite.

So, I don’t need stocking stuffers, but I’m going to live through all of you who do. I rounded up some favorite items that I would love to open up in a stocking.

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No. 1: When I remember and have the time I love sending out hand written notes. You know what that means…my office is full of notecard boxes that have yet to be open. I can’t quit them and want to add these to my collection.

No. 2: Love a warm cup of tea on the go during my crazy days. Of course since I’m a metallic kick this one would be welcomed in my stocking.

No. 3: A tassled keychain always helps me find my keys in my purse.

No. 4: My cell phone is always dirty. Either from make up or let’s face little hands that want to play a game or listen to some music. Love these well kept wipes.

No. 5: Ok so this lip balm is a little over my $20 budget at $25, but it’s amazing and one of my favorites. Worth the splurge.

No. 6: With a dog and I love of black pants/leggings I always need a lint roller, but can never find one in the house.

No. 7: This packaging is so pretty that I don’t think I would ever even open this beauty up.

No. 8:Chic gloves currently on sale for $10 and then 30% off with code DASHER.

No. 9: Everyone loves a little love. Adore this heart to heart scarf. I actually have it and it’s lovely. On sale for $11.99 and then an extra 75% off with code NEWYEAR !!!!

Happy Stuffing! Now someone please talk my parents until getting their 33 old daughter her very own stocking…finally!

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16 Dec

Gift Guide for Her

Normally I’m a color lover, but for some reason this Fall I’ve been in the mood for neutrals and a little sparkle. Here are my current must haves that I think many ladies would enjoy for the holidays!
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No. 1: I love Urban Decays Naked eye shadow box so when I saw this mini version that would fit in my purse and has a bunch of extras like a bronzer and a blush I wanted to run and pick up Naked on the run.

No. 2: I have been getting a little tired of all of the statement necklaces out there. They are looking the same to me. Love, love, love this showgirl fringe necklace.It packed a punch, but the fringe is such a different look.

No. 3: I’m a big tea drinker so I have quite the mug collection going on in my house. Love the regal look of this crest and how it comes with a personalization marker so you can add your monogram!

No. 4: I’m constantly writing myself notes for blog topics, shopping lists, work to-do lists, etc. Love the petite size of this notebook and all of the sparkle!

No. 5: Crossbody handbags are my favorite. They are a lifesaver when you have two kids and need to be hand free yet have everything you need like your phone and wallet. Ah and it’s in the perfect stripe!

No. 6: Sometimes you just need a little token for someone. My go to gift for that is always nail polish. Love this shade called,Essie Hors D’Oeuvres by Essie.

No. 7: I wore this lipgloss during this photo shoot and it’s becoming one of my new favorites. I have been wearing it non-stop. I always feel a bit self conscious in a dark shade of lip gloss, but it’s the prettiest berry color and I have gotten non stop compliments on it.

No. 8: Amazing score for any interior design loving friend. A Kelly Wearstler Feline lumbar pillow for only $47.50!!! Madness! It’s neutral color story would work with so many spaces.

No. 9: This camel colored wool Monogrammed throw blanket would work perfectly with the pillow above and it can be monogrammed! It is originally $68, but currently 30% off!!!

Check out our gift guide for men here.

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15 Dec

Scenes from my weekend…

This weekend was full of work, work and more work. We had a lot of physical labor to do with two projects we were wrapping up that we thought would take a couple of hours, but took the whole weekend. I also was working on a Christmas surprise for Jon and spent around 12 hours attached to my computer. My hands are literally aching from all of the computer time. But after 3 nights of getting to bed around 2am I’m happy to report that it’s all finished!

I did manage to snap a couple of pics for the weekend recap.

Here is a peek at the project we were working on:

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I went out Saturday night to the outlets to get a little shopping done and Hudson was quite the helpful shopper. He even found a way to distract himself during the long lines. ;)

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We then grabbed a bite at Johnny Rockets were Asher was quite the hit!

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Hudson officially turned 3 on Sunday! It’s so crazy. I know everyone says it goes so fast and it really seems like they are being cheesy or exaggerating, but it really does. I don’t know where the days go. I can go back to the moment in the delivery room just by closing my eyes and here he is a little man. Ah.

Since we had his birthday party last weekend we didn’t have anything big planned for this weekend.

Hudson enjoyed a nice bath with his brother.

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Then we had lots of issues with potty training and time outs. Someone seems to be regressing and has lots of attitude. It was not a fun morning. In the afternoon we took him out bowling for the first time.

Hudson loved it!

Jon explained what he had to do:

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Then Hudson went off to tackle it on his own:

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Even Asher got into the action:

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The day continue with more projects and then a little birthday cake action. Hudson loves nothing more than blowing out candles.

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Crazy weekend and now we are back at Monday. Hoping to get a couple more gift guides out today/tomorrow. Hopefully the boys the day will go smoothly and I will be able to.

Happy Monday!

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12 Dec

Gift Guide for Him

I love blogger gift guides. They are always so helpful to me. It’s like having a bunch of personal shoppers whose style you adore curating a shopping list full of delight just for me. So, here are my two cents on some fun finds for the man in your life.

mens gift guide

I love Mast Brothers chocolates. Not only are they delicious, but they are beautifully packaged. I have gifted them before to Jon and he equally enjoyed them. Everyone loves artisan chocolate. It makes you feel a little fancy, but isn’t crazy expensive. This gift pack of 5 is only $40.

Harry’s is a high end looking razor at a quality price. The set featured above is only $15 and free shipping within the US. They even have shave plans that will automatically mail the man in your life razors depending on their frequency of shaving. If you are in NY you can even make an appointment for an actual shave or haircut in their corner shop.

Every man in my life enjoys a good throw to cuddle with on the sofa while they watch a movie. This deer inspired blanket would work perfectly in our man den. Happy wife and happy husband with this buy.

Want to hint at a trip you have been wishing to go on? Gift a field guide from WILDSAM field guides.They are less than $20 and are full of local lore, memoir and hand drawn maps. It’s a hybrid of a travel guide and a tribute to the location.

For monogrammed goodies I always head to Boulevard first. They have a bunch of different options and always offer gold monogramming on everything. For the man on the go this Charlie duffle is the perfect gift.

Alcohol always tends to be a popular gift with men, but instead of going with a bottle of something how about a chic flask with a leather cover complete with a monogram. Only $28

Happy Shopping!

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11 Dec

Midas Touch from Kipling

A couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to review a handbag from Kipling. I was able to pick from all of their new arrivals and the bags that spoke to me the most were the metallic options. Something about the holiday season makes me want to be decked out in sparkles.

KIPLING

Now having two little guys means that my typical crossbody bag or simply running out the door with my wallet isn’t going to cut it anymore. A diaper bag is way to big so that’s out as well. I need a bag that would be large enough to hold my phone, wallet, baby wipes, diapers and a spare outfit for Asher and a spare pair of undies for Hudson just in case we have an accident.

I found everything I needed in their metallic Beonica handbag in toasty gold.It has the cross body strap that I need for keeping me hands free, but the strap can be removed if I want it to look a bit fancier. It was a nice size at 13.25″ x 8.75″ x 6.5″ and it’s nylon inside and out which means it cleans up nicely with a swipe or 2 of a baby wipe. The best part was that it was originally $109 when I looked it, but is currently on sale for $59 and if you sign up for their newsletter you receive a 15% off discount code.

I was out running errands the morning of Hudson’s party and use it to tote everything I needed for the day in it.

zipling handbag

kipling handbag

kipling handbag

I love it and I’m so happy I got to test one out.

To check out their holiday catalog with all of their new bags head here. They have so many new updated styles and a new monogram shop which enables you to add your monogram via embroidery to a bunch of bags. They are also currently running a 12 days of Christmas promotion which a new sale item popping up each day.

Today’s post is sponsored by Kipling, but all opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that keep Effortless Style going.

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10 Dec

Cozy Cable Knit Pillows

During all of my Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping I did a little shopping for myself. How can you not when the deals are so good. I picked up a cable knit pillow for my living room and I’m in love.

It was nice to switch things up a bit in the space and the cable knit fabric adds a little winter nod to my living room.

cableknitpillow

I had to share the deal with you. It’s from Home Decorators and it’s only $26 for an 18″ pillow complete with an insert. I got a crazy deal when I bought it because it was part of a 30% off sale during Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

It’s available in 13 different colors!

I picked raspberry, but here are the other options:
cable knit pillows

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The pillows are photographed on the solid cable knit side, but the back side has 3 buttons on it and that’s how I have decided to display it.

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09 Dec

DIY No Sew Kids Apron

Hudson loves to help me out in the kitchen. He is a huge fan of making meatballs and baking cookies. When I was planning his party I knew I wanted to make it about all of things he loved instead of a theme. Cookies had to be involved and the idea of hot oven on in the kitchen with lots of little kids didn’t seem ideal, which meant we just did decorating instead. For our favors I knew right away that we needed aprons and I wanted them on a budget.

diy kids apron

Here is what you’ll need:

-ELLY Dish Towel 4 pack from Ikea.
-White grosgrain ribbon
-Bakers Twine
-Thickers Chipboard Letters in gold
-Iron on hem tape

I got the idea for these aprons from Say Yes.I just added a little of my own touches.

The stickers for the personalization are adorable, but so not sticky. I had to apply crazy glue to get them to stay in place.

DIY KIDS APRON

I wanted to stick with the baking theme so instead of applying my ribbon with hot glue I stitched them on with bakers twine. A little touch, but it makes me giddy.

diy kids apron

This project was super inexpensive, but it was timely. I only had to make 8 of them and it took around 2.5 hours from start to finish.

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08 Dec

Scenes from my weekend…

Hi All,

This weekend we hosted a birthday party for Hudson at our house. You see Hudson turns 3 next weekend, but due to everyone’s availability this weekend worked best for all. Lately we have been to way too many birthday parties at a kids place where they handle everything from the invites to the cake and we wanted to do something different.

We decided on a movie night where our guests could come in their pj’s watch a movie, eat some goodies from a stocked concession stand, decorate cookies and have an indoor snowball fight. Seemed simple enough.

It never is. I spent a big chunk of last week picking up supplies for the parties and was up till 2am on Friday getting things ready. I now know why parents decide to have parties at all of those kids places. Fun was had by all, but I’m wiped.

Here are some fun details from the bash:

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{Invite designed by Barbara of Studio Bara Bom.}

We used our invitation as our inspiration for the decor at the party. We wanted the party to have a wintery vibe, but not Christmas. So the addition of the blue in our invites really helped stick with a winter theme and break away from the traditional red and green of the season.

We set up the dining room with a pale blue tablecloth and a red/black buffalo check fabric. Since we had a good amount of adults attending the party so we used the dining room to set up a drink station and an area for all of the paper goods and cutlery that guests may have needed.

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The initials of our guest of honor and a massive floral centerpiece that was inspired by a candy cane with a mix of cherry red and white. I picked up loads of blooms the night before at Trader Joe’s and made it myself.
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Mason jars that we normally drink out of dressed up with snowflake paper straws that I found at Dollar Tree.
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S’mores station with the standard supplies and the addition of peppermint white chocolate and chocolate covered graham crackers.

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The basement was decked out with twinkle lights so that the kids could feel like we were having an outdoor movie night. The kids at their chicken nuggets and fries and then got to enjoy a little concession stand that I filled with an array of treats and little bags for them to do a little pick and mix.

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After the movie we brought everyone back upstairs to decorate cookies!

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After cookies they went back down to part take in a snowball fight with this faux snowballs. The kids loved it. Highly recommend them. I couldn’t even get any good photos of this because everyone was moving around like crazy.

We finished off the night with birthday cake!
birthdaycake

Each little party guest got to go home with their own apron. I decided it would be a good idea to make these myself and I was making them until 30 mins before the party!

apron

Hudson loved his party and everyone had a blast, but I’m exhausted and don’t think I will be hosting another birthday party at my house any time soon.

On Sunday I was wishfully hoping everyone would sleep in, but no we were all up by 7:30am. We helped me get the house in the Christmas spirit.

Hung a boxwood wreath that I picked up for $10 at Trader Joes:
boxwood

Hung garland over the fireplace:
garland

Christmas tree went up. I traditionally like going with a real tree, but with a curious little boy the last couple of years we have had to go fake and I do colorful bows instead of tempting oranaments as my decoration.
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My front door got into the holiday spirit as well. Cheerful striped burlap wreath from My Little Lady Crafts. Thanks Liz!

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I also had time to work on two photo shoots/blog posts and Hudson asked if he could go shopping aka open some of his presents. He opened a couple of gifts and Asher was extremely happy with this dragon bearing Hudson’s name embroidered on it’s foot.

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Asher also got into a little mischief with the paper towel roll during lunch time.

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Our weekend ended with a trip out to pick out a Christmas Tree for my parents house.

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Asher really enjoyed the whole process and squealed with delight. Hudson enjoyed it too, but he is still his in his no picture stage.

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It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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I’m wiped and need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

 

 

 

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05 Dec

Friday Finds…

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-How adorable is this Christmas set up above! Talk about props for a family photo shoot.I would have decked us all in red, black and white and had a ball!

-Anna Spiro from Absolutely Beautiful Things is one of reasons why I started blogging and went into design. Her work is absolutely beautiful and she isn’t afraid of a little color. I would love to meet her one day and first her shop in Australia, but until then I need to get my hands on a US copy of her new book that is currently available at Furbish.Santa, this is the only thing on my wish list.

-How chic is this play table? It’s every thing I ever wanted in a play table even though this budget option from Ikea that I zhushed is still a favorite of mine. How little does Hudson look in the photos! Ah it’s all going too fast.

-So many people in my life love nutella that I could gift this print to practically anyone I know.

-One of my friends is hosting a cookie exchange party this year and I’m super excited! I have always wanted to host one/go to one that I’m now on the hunt for the perfect cookie to make. These cookies are a current front runner, but we shall see what I end up doing. But let’s face it I’ve pinned a list a mile long of cookies that look delicious to make.

-One of projects I have to work on this weekend is styling my entry way with a lamp that was sent to me from Del Mar Lighting.I’m one of the five bloggers they picked to send a mystery lamp to and have us decorate our entry way with it! Fingers crossed I can knock it out of the park. I’m thinking emerald green, leopard print and black and white stripes for my starting point on this holiday inspired challenge.

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