HAPPY HOLIDAYS + SEE YOU IN THE NEW YEAR!

Merry Christmas 2018

The time has come to say goodbye to another year and I look back at 2018 with so many wonderful moments! Grateful, as always, for my amazing clients and also to my readers for your continued support of my work and the blog. Thank you, thank you thank you!!!

I will be taking a break with my family and will be back here on the blog the week of January 7th.

Happy holidays everyone!

If you’re looking for some inspiration over the holidays, please see some of my favourite posts from the year below:

ROOM REVEALS

  1. Kids’ Creative Art Studio

  2. Miles’ Room

KIDS ROOM DECOR

  1. Baby Nursery Inspiration

  2. Shared Room Inspiration

BOOKS

  1. Art Books for Kids

  2. 15 Calming Yoga Books for Kids

DECOR FAVOURITES

  1. 8 of the Best Play Kitchen for Toddlers

  2. Beautiful Toys You’ll Want to Display

  3. The Definitive Guide to Dressers for Kids

HOW TO DECORATE YOUR ENTRY FOR CHRISTMAS

Outdoor front door christmas entry

If your kids are anything like mine, they have been begging to hang up the wreath and decorate the house for Christmas since the day after Halloween! While we’ve fought this a little bit over the last few years, their excitement won us over this year and we are decorating extra early. I love the holiday season, mainly more catch ups with friends and seeing the magic of it all on the faces of the kids. To create space to enjoy this special time with them, I try to get as many things done before December, such as decorating the front entry and ordering Christmas cards so they can be written and sent in the first week of December. Last year’s cards were so cute and I can’t wait for this year’s to arrive! Even though we are the first family on our street to have a wreath up, it feels great to be ready when guests arrive. It really is just three simple steps to make your entry extra special.

STEP 1: HANG A WREATH

christmas wreath and bells
faux cedar and eucalyptus wreath

WHY NOT ADD SOME BELLS TO MAKE YOUR WREATH FEEL EXTRA FESTIVE?!

gold bells for front door wreath

I chose a fresh wreath this year but if your climate doesn’t allow for that, this faux cedar and eucalyptus wreath is by far the prettiest I’ve found. Use a sturdy door hanger to hang it. I like to match the colour of the hanger to the door so that it is as inconspicuous as possible.

STEP 2: ADD A FESTIVE DOORMAT

Merry Christmas doormat and entry rug

Buy a fun and festive doormat wherever you can find one. Hardware stores often stock seasonal mats and this doormat is on its’ second year at our house. If you are ready to splurge on a gorgeous mat, this Merry + Bright doormat is modern and pretty much perfect. Where size permits, I love to add an extra rug as a base layer to an outdoor entry. Use a 3’ x 5’ rug suitable for the outdoors as a pretty underlay for the doormat and why not take this chance to add a pretty pattern or some colour. This indoor outdoor rug is THE BEST and we have owned it for over a year with three kids tromping over it daily and IT STILL LOOKS NEW!

STEP 3: ADD ACCESSORIES

Use this moment to have fun adding decorative features! Get the kids to help (cute buckets are a perfect place for them to add sticks or pinecones that they collect on walks). Display a small tree like this 3’ one in a wicker basket if your entry is under a covered area and add festive bins for added fun.

black outdoor ceiling light

CHOOSE A LIGHT THAT ALLOWS THE LIGHTBULB TO BE CHANGED EASILY - I LIKE OPEN BOTTOM PENDANT LIGHTS OUTDOORS FOR THIS REASON

USE A BASKET FOR A SMALL TREE, FIREWOOD OR EVEN PINECONES! THE TEXTURE ADDS A LAYER OF WARMTH + INTEREST

PIN the image below to save the full look of a jolly, festive and bright entry for the holiday season below.

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YOU MAY LIKE THESE HOLIDAY POSTS TOO…

CHRISTMAS BOOKS FOR KIDS

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE (ETSY)

KIDS HOLIDAY PLAYHOUSE

PRETTIEST PERSONALIZED DIY STAR ORNAMENT

DIY personalized clay star ornaments
sydney star ornament
clay for making ornaments
clay star ornament
embossing letters

Looking for a quick, personalized DIY gift you can achieve by Christmas (yes really!)? This easy clay star ornament or gift topper is sure to make anyone on your list feel special!!! I love how these turned out!

Items needed:

How to make:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit
Step 2: Warm clay in your hands
Step 3: Roll clay to 1/4" thick
Step 4: Use cookie cutter to cut out star shape
Step 5: Emboss name on star (be sure you have the letters inserted correctly) and poke hole for string
Step 6: Bake according to time on box (I did for a few minutes less)
Step 7: Remove ornaments from oven, allow to cool
Step 8: Tie on string and voila!

GIFT GUIDE FOR KIDS UNDER 7

A little gift guide for kids with items that kids will love and look great in your home too! Last month, I shared my favourites from Etsy and then last week shared our favourite holiday books. These picks are toys we love or are on our list. As we all know, what our children truly want is our time, energy and love. That and more food than I ever imagined, HA! If you are like me and feel your kids have all that they need, please use this guide simply as suggestions of fun ideas you can give to friends or family who insist on buying something for your kiddos. There are prices ranging from $15 - $275 so hopefully everyone can find something that suits what they are looking for. Please note all items below can reach you before Christmas if you order today (some even later)!

Gift Guide for Kids 2017

01. // Soft Doll; 02. // Cloud Rug; 03. // Pull Bunny; 04. // Translucent Magnatiles; 05. // Wood Tetris; 06. // Lamb Pillow; 07. // Castle Blocks; 08. // Hazel Bunny; 09. // Robot Clock; 10. // Cool Speedster; 11. // Art Subscription; 12. // Mini Guitar; 13. // Puppet Theatre.

A HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE & GIVEAWAY WITH ETSY!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED - Congrats to ja_cs_ on Instagram!!!

It's November!!! I know, Halloween has just finished. It's a little early to think about the next holiday season and to get you in the mood, I have partnered with my favourite handmade site, Etsy, to give away $100 gift certificate to spend on whatever you like on their site! Yipee!!! Head over to my Instagram, like, follow and leave me a comment here or there telling me what you'd buy if you win and you will be entered for the gift certificate.

I'm sure you already know it, but in case you don't, Etsy is an online marketplace for the hand crafted and vintage. It is a site that I get lost in regularly searching for amazing handmade things that creative people make all over the world. If this sounds like your kind of thing, read on.

wrapping christmas gifts

I always hope that by getting gifts ready and wrapped early, it will allow the chance to fully enjoy the festive time with all the events December brings (Christmas train, lights shows, family events, etc.!!!). A year ago I shared my favourite garlands for kids rooms from the same site and I hope you love this selection as much as you loved that one! 

wrapping christmas gifts from etsy - ho ho ho banner

Giving handmade things feels a little extra special and to help you narrow down the vast number of options, I've rounded up my first gift guide of the season for the little ones in your life with 25 of my favourite gifts for kids from Etsy.

Etsy holiday gift guide

1.// Ceramic kids mug; 2.// Wood taxi car; 3.// Natural wood teether; 4.// Baby memory book; 5.// Ice cream stacker; 6.// Grey knot cushion; 7.// Mini ho ho ho banner; 8.// Wooden toy camera; 9.// Felt fire set; 10.// Owl soft toy; 11.// Wooden toy houses; 12.// Small star mobile; 13.// Grey cloud pillow; 14.// Children's bead necklace; 15.// Linen unicorn softie; 16.// Kids cat plate; 17.// Wooden toy car; 18.// Soft heart blanket; 19.// Gold star garland; 20.// Small storage bin; 21.// Personalized heart apron; 22.// Darling raccoon softie; 23.// Math learning set; 24.// Double pom hat; 25.// Pink heart pillow.

Etsy has also helped to make shopping for the holiday season a little simpler by creating their own gift guide, which you can find here. Happy shopping friends!

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*This post and giveaway was created with Etsy. The giveaway closes on Sunday November 4th. Winner will be announced here on the blog and in my Instagram stories.