It has been quite difficult to go back to our normal schedule after the holidays. The kids are back to distance learning and the first week of January was pretty rough. However, it is a new week and we are ready for a fresh new start.
Even though we didn’t put much Christmas decorations up last year due to the home renovation, whatever we had is finally put away and we are ready to transition back. Maybe even with some new home decor 🙂
If you feel the need to add new pieces to your home or just need to refresh, we are sharing some new finds and ideas from our favorite places.
Stovetop potpourri is an easy and natural way to make your home smell amazing in minutes, and your home more cozier. They’re also great last minute gifts you can put together quickly.
Below are some of our favorite recipes this holiday season. They will definitely set the mood and make your home smell like Christmas.
HOW TO MAKE.
Fill pot with 3 – 4 cups of water.
Simmer over low heat.
Add more water when needed.
TIPS FOR MAKING POTPOURRI.
Simmer on stove for an hour or so.
To reuse — Allow to cool, then refrigerate with lid between use and add water when ready to warm on stove again.
You may reuse for 2-3 days, as long as ingredients are still fresh.
Experiment different scents by using other fruits and spices.
Fall Blends: Apples, Pears, Cinnamon, and Cloves.
Christmas Blends: Cranberries, Oranges, Cinnamon, and Rosemary.
HOW TO GIFT POTPOURRI.
Package ingredients in a jar, basket or cellophane bag. Make sure ingredients are whole and not sliced. Add a tag or notecard with instructions.
If you would like to gift ready to make potpourri, you may dry your ingredients. Note: This process will add more time. We are sharing this link on how to dry fruit for potpourri — How to Dry Fruit for Potpourri.
MORE TO SHARE.
Below are links to other stovetop potpourri recipes we think you would enjoy. Check them out!
During the summer, we hired a general contractor, architect and engineer. We made plans to build an extension to our original master bedroom. Note — We have two master suites. We wanted a walk in closet and personal office space. However, things changed and we decided to turn the playroom (the second master suite) into our new master bedroom.
This was our chance to learn and build on our own. So, we decided to DIY!
Since we started a small business, we needed more space for an office and craft room. That is why decided to give up the playroom and have the kids move into our old master bedroom. We then take their old bedroom and turn it into our office / craft room. They can still have the same amount of space to play and store their toys.
A before photo of the kids playroom with and without toys. Our demo to do list:
We ran into a problem after we removed the carpet. The floor wasn’t leveled. So, we had to self level. We used Mapei Self-Leveler Plus and it can be purchased at Lowe’s or Floor & Decor.
Once ready, we began building the wall for the closet and re-painted the room white.
We decided to purchase the PAX CLOSET SYSTEM from IKEA. It was affordable and easy to install. You can also design your closet on their website using their free Pax Planner.
We are happy we decided to go this route. We learned a lot during the process and still got the closet space we needed, as well as the design. Even if you’re not building a walk-in/walk-through closet, you can still give your existing closet space a make over. Stay tuned as we work on new content on closet inspo and ways to give your closet a make over.
Also, we will reveal our faux concrete wall soon and a complete master bedroom reveal.
Do you need a fun, but easy DIY project for the holidays? Why not try dyeing bottle brush trees aka sisal trees? We’ve seen it all over Pinterest and we are sure you have too. So, we finally gave it a try. We had so much fun, that we are going to grab more colors and dye a couple more.
You can purchase them with color (will need bleaching) or you can try to find them without. We actually found a couple last year from Target that were ready to dye, but unfortunately haven’t seen them bring back this year. You can shop at your neighborhood craft store (Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Etc.) or purchase online from Amazon.
— Assorted Bottle Brush Trees / Sisal Craft Trees
— Glass Bowls and/or Cups
— Rit Dye (colors we used: wine and hyacinth)
— Paper Towel for Drying
— Rubber Gloves
— Hair Dryer (optional)
WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES.
If you need to bleach your trees, fill your glass bowl with 2/3 cup warm water and 1/3 cup bleach.
Wearing your rubber gloves, submerged sisal trees in water until color fades to white. If you do not want the white snow, you can carefully rub them off.
It is also okay if they bend, you can straighten them out later.
Once your trees have lost all its color, gently rinse them in warm water and lay them out to dry.
Fill up a few bowls or cups with warm water and add your dye — You can go as light or dark.
Wearing your gloves, dip your trees into the dye mixture and remove once you are happy with the color. If you would like to try the gradient look, dip your tree into your second dye mixture half way until you are happy with the color transition.
After dyeing, rinse under cold water and set on paper towel to dry. Once they have air dried, use a hair dryer to fully dry your trees (especially the center). Having it too damp may cause the center coil to rust.
Now that you have dyed your trees, what’s next? We are sharing a couple of inspo below on how you can use your creation and add them to your holiday decor.
Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. We reminisce about everything we are thankful for, feast on amazing and delicious food, and are surrounded by our loved ones around a festive and gorgeous Thanksgiving table setting.
You may be overwhelmed with all the food preparation and think you don’t have time to decorate and set the table, but you can always go the minimalist route in still creating a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape.
We are sharing our favorite links and also created a “where to shop” section to help you shop the look on some of these beautiful ideas.
Is it just us, or is November flying by so quickly? Thanksgiving is approaching and we usually have our Christmas tree and decor up a few days before. However, we are in the middle of home reno and it is extremely hard to decorate the house. We are hoping we can move into our new master bedroom right before Thanksgiving.
Home reno isn’t stopping us from all the holiday home decor. Our favorite to go to shop for the holidays is of course, the one and only … Target. They have the cutest items and definitely affordable. We are sharing our favorite holiday home decor ideas you can get at Target right now. Click on a photo and it will direct you to the product page. What is your favorite home decor this holiday season?
HALLOWEEN IS FOUR DAYS AWAY!!! We have been so busy with home renovations and preparing to launch our winter and holiday candles, we lost track of time. Eek! However, we were able to gather some quick and easy ideas. If you are looking for minimal Halloween home decor, you’ve come to the right place. We are sharing a couple of DIYs and linking you to some of our favorite products. We hope you find this very helpful and that you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween!
Super easy and fun. Our kids enjoyed sticking them onto our barn door and in their room. You can do-it-yourself, buy them on Amazon or both! We bought a pack from Amazon because they were pretty cheap, good quality, and shipping was fast. Good news, some are even on sale right now!
You can’t go wrong with pumpkins. Real or fake. Carve or no carve. There are a whole lot of ideas out there. We bought a couple of decorative knitted and raffia pumpkins this year from Target (our favorite holiday shop) to put around the house.
If you feel like being creative, you can always purchase real pumpkins and do one of these simple ideas we found on Pinterest.