Winter Decor

I’ll admit I’ve never really decorated our home for Winter until this year. I found this little transition of Christmas to Winter to be fun. I kept things VERY simple and spent zero cash.

I think it’s okay to keep out some of your Christmas decor but here’s my tips – eliminate the red and switch up where you had certain items. For instance, the thick knit garland around my tree is now being used on this book shelf. I also reused the white glitter picks from my Christmas tree. I feel that both of those items scream cozy winter.

Along with keeping out my garland, I kept out a little faux tree. I simply changed it up by sitting it in a galvanized bucket. Pine is winter-ish, right? Now I have a little green without rushing straight into Spring.

 Speaking of winter pine, I clipped some fresh pine from our Christmas tree and added it to a vintage crock on our farm table. Ummmmm, free!!! So far the little needles are hanging in there. If you do this, be sure to add water to the bottom!

So that’s what I did for my Christmas to Winter transition. Check out my recent post – Ahhh, My House Feels Sooooo Empty to see what else I’m up to during this Winter!!

Ahhh, My House Feels Sooooo Empty – After Holiday Home

Some of us dread it. Some of us love it. It’s the after Holiday emptiness of our home. We’ve had orange decor and pumpkins, turkeys and acorns, and Christmas trees and garland. For the past few months our homes have felt festive and full. Suddenly it feels empty.

I’m somewhere between love and dread when it comes to this after holiday emptiness. I love the simplicity and routine that comes with January; however, the house can sometimes feel a bit cold and empty. Here’s what I do to combat that empty feeling – I plan!

No – I can’t go to World Market and hit up the antique mall and buy a bunch of AWESOME pieces to fill the after Holiday void. Ummmm, can you say “budget”…Not to mention how pricy Christmas just was!! Nor do I even need to purchase extra “things”.

Instead, I take a step back and think of maybe a piece or two I want to invest in for 2019. Maybe a nice cabinet or large wall art. I focus on how I may could budget that awesome piece for 2019. Maybe you want to change out the coffee table. Well, now’s the time to start Pinteresting what you want and set aside a little money for it.

Also, now’s the time to do some DIY projects inside the house. Maybe freshen up the paint in a room (buying a can of paint can go a long ways in a space), change out a light fixture, or make a chalkboard wall. It’s cold outside so now’s a great time to work on the interior of your home.

Plan what you want your home to look like in 2019. Plan for any major purchases you’d like to make. When packing up the Christmas tree it’s hard to know if you should drown your tears in one last peppermint mocha or celebrate the fresh simple start with champagne. Girl, I say make a mimosa and start planning what your want for your home in 2019.

Christmas in the Kitchen

Kitchens are my favorite to decorate at Christmas time! I truly feel a kitchen is the heart of a home.

This year I wanted all the cozy kitchen vibes with lots of green trees and lots of warm lights.

Draping some lights across the white metal piece in our kitchen was one of the first things I did. I’m still loving the warm glow it gives…. secretly wanting to keep it up through Winter!

Next the evergreens! We hung faux garland across the sink window and put out little mini trees all throughout the space. Especially in the open space above our cabinets. We also added a little live tree on the island to serve as our little “family tree”. That’s been my favorite part of the Christmas kitchen decor.

What’s Christmas without a little red?! I pulled out the vintage Santas to give me a punch of  red. Nothing like a sweet classic vintage red. This also serves as a reminder of Christmas as a child because we had Santas displayed everywhere in our home growing up.

That’s Christmas in the kitchen!! Hope you enjoyed this festive post. Thanks for reading!

She Shed & Chicken Coop Christmas Blog Tour

Hi! I’m so glad you made it over to my blog and I’m excited to share the chicken coop with ya! Some of you possibly came from The Little Green Bean blog and if you did, welcome!!!

So I waited a minute too long to deck the halls of the chicken coop this year. I had a plan but I couldn’t find any fresh garland or wreaths in our WHOLE TOWN!! AHHH!! It turned out okay though because it forced me to be creative and I saved money!

I found myself at our local farmers market on my journey to finding those items. They were giving their tree clippings away for free! (Tip – I think most places that sell Christmas trees do this!) So Aaron and I grabbed some and threw them in the truck.

Once I got home I simply decked the coop with pine tree branches! I stuffed them on top of the coop and in a planter beside it. These pine clippings really brought life to our little coop and they were FREE! YASSSS!!!!

Next up, I added a red wreath (which I’ve had since my very first apartment) and a joy sign that was out in my shed! Bam, the chicken coop is now festive!!

If you found this inspirational, be sure to check out my friend at The Pickled Rose!

Christmas in the Workroom for $10

Yep, we made Christmas happen in the Classic Cottage Co. workroom. Many hours are spent in that workroom of ours so we decided to make it festive for the Holiday season!

Our small business functions on a small business budget so we wanted to play this Christmas decor game smart! I turned to my trusty favorite for me this season Target lights. Simply draping these lights around our chalkboard gave an instant Holiday glow. Not bad for $10!

Speaking of chalkboard, I grabbed my chalk (I’m such an artist. NOT!) and drew out a simple (VERY SIMPLE) tree. Note – If I can do this you can too!! This bit of Christmas cheer was free!

Next, Aaron and I went all over town looking for fresh pine. We needed a wreath and garland for this project and another we have coming up. We soon found out our community is out of garland and very limited on fresh wreaths. This actually worked out for the good. While on our search for garland we went by a farmers market and they let us have the Christmas tree clippings for FREE!! Tip -I think this is pretty common for places that sell live Christmas trees! So I grabbed my floral wire and and formed a little wreath from the clippings. Now I’m glad everywhere was out of garland because it forced me to be creative and saved us money!

Between these little festive touches and a peppermint candle, you have Christmas in the workroom. I didn’t even realize we only spent $10 until after is was finished. A little Christmas can go a long ways!

Fresh Pine Wreath

A simple timeless way to add holiday cheer to your home is with a fresh pine wreath! You can use it inside or out – either way it’ll have that little space smelling and looking like Christmas time!

That’s why when Artist Wreaths  reached out about sending us a wreath for the Holiday season – I said , “SURE”!!  There’s nothing like fresh pine during the Holidays.

The wreath we chose was the Cedar Roses & Red Princess Pine Holiday Wreath. I was attracted to this wreath because of the sweet cedar pine roses. I though those were a creative combo on a Christmas wreath. It has just enough neutral with a great pop of rich red. The wreath was delivered right to our door looking very full and fresh! It was the same type of treat as getting live flowers but this is prettier, larger and will last longer!

Over all, I was so pleased with my wreath from Artistic Wreaths! I think it makes for the perfect festive touch on a door, window or above a bed!

 Hope you’re already enjoying your Holiday season! Be sure to check out Artist Wreaths!!

The Clock Collection

Within the past year I have a newfound love for collections and grouped items that are very similar to one another. When similar vintage items are grouped it achieves a uniformed look with character.. if such a thing is possible. I’ve always collected milk glass (began at age 8) but recently I’ve wanted to broaden my collection abilities.

That’s around the time I began thinking clocks were cute. Yep clocks. Especially the little vintage desk clocks with the white face and blacks numbers. So I began hunting around the antique malls and keeping the ones I found while picking. (This isn’t my usual way of doing business.. lol)

Before I knew it I had gathered a little collection! Not to mention at a great price. Even at the antique malls I never paid more than $12 for a clock. In fact, most of these I found under $5. I’m not saying I found them everyday. Shoot, I didn’t even find them once a month but when I did they were reasonable priced.

I’m still working on my little clock collection. I recently styled them in our front living room on the top shelf of a bookcase. The hunt for my clock treasures has nearly been the best part of collecting!

Fall Dining Room Decor

 Fall and Christmas are my VERY FAVORITE times of the year to decorate my home! I love pumpkins, orange, fall scented candles, cooler temperatures.. ahh just give me all the warm cozy tones!!

So I did a little Fall decor on our farm table in the dining room. As usual, I kept it simple and tried using mostly items I already had. Sometimes shopping your own home is the best way to find cheap inspo! I tend to shop my own home every season and swap items around.

This Fall, I used some white cake stands to add height and antique glass jugs on either side of those cake stands. To add a little festive charm I styled some faux white pumpkins (from last year) on the stands. Then to add a little Fall orange-y color, I popped some orange florals from Hobby Lobby.

Simple as that! The only “new” thing for this space are the Hobby Lobby florals coming out of the vintage jugs. I personally feel Fall is quiet easy to decorate for! Just think, pumpkins alone are beautiful!

Simple, Sweet and Neat – Coffee Jars

Simple, sweet and oh so neat! We needed to make our little coffee situation both functional and eye appealing. So I went for my favorite glass canisters to keep our coffee area tidy!

Aaron and I like different flavors of coffee so one jar (the biggest) is for his coffee and the other is mine. For months we’ve been keeping the Folger’s containers under the counter. Having thear glass canisters enables us to keep our coffee nearby yet look cute!

Ha, these containers also serve as decor because they look cute! The older I become the more I look for decor to serve or be able to serve a functional use. That’s exactly what these glass jars do!

Ha, I just had to write about these little jars because they make me happy every morning. Thanks so much for reading my post today!

P.s. to see where I get my favorite glass jars click HERE.

Fall Decor Inspo

So pumpkin spice latte came out yesterday & that can only mean one thing – Fall will be here soon.

This year I’m switching up the Fall decor in our home. However, I really enjoyed my white pumpkin vibe last year so I figured I would share them with you all again just in case you’re needing a little inspo and are digging the white pumpkin vibe.

I so enjoyed my Fall Mantel last year. I used different tones of green with neutrals. Also, some sweet terra cotta pots! Fun times!!

The dining room had some fun fall vibes last year too. I used a large dough bowl with a striped table cloth (Linked) in it to soften the look with white pumpkins and lambs ear.

A white pumpkin here and a white pumpkin there at Le’ Bowman house!

Alright, so that was Fall decor of 2017. Hope these pics inspired you. Stay tuned to see how we’re styling for Fall this year.