Family

Our gallery wall may be all switched up in favor of Christmas decor now, but when I was wandering around my house trying to think of a good photo to represent my family, I couldn’t think of anything better than the one photo we have of our little family in it’s entirety.

We’ve tried to take family photos since this one, but with Ranger so much bigger now (I can’t believe he actually fit in my lap at one point!) it’s almost impossible to get everyone in one spot and sitting still long enough to snap a photo. We’ve come so far since that photo was taken – we’re now married, we’ve moved twice since that apartment, we both graduated from college, and we’re now living in a totally different city. Oh, and Ranger is about three times the size he was back then.

Someday I’d like to get an updated photo of our little family, but it always makes me smile to look back on this photo and remember when we were just getting started. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the things we want to improve in our house, and all of the updates we want to make, but then I try to remind myself that just two short years ago everything was completely different in our lives – and we’re so grateful for all of the big changes we’ve already made!

And with that, I’ve officially completed the Interior Design Bingo challenge – thanks for following along! I had fun, even though I had to reveal some less than attractive parts of our home, and I loved getting the chance to share some of the plans we have for the future of our home!

Do you have any good family portraits? Any tips for getting dogs to sit still and look at the camera?

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I’m participating in the Interior Design Bingo challenge hosted by Ali at His Birdie’s Nest - check out her blog for more info and for a list of participating bloggers.

 

 

His & Hers

Oh goodness. Another space I can’t believe I’m showing you. This is mine and Corey’s closet. And oh my word, does it ever need some help. As you can see, it’s incredibly messy, awkwardly laid out, and is crying out for some organization.

Eventually, I’d like to add in some more hanging space on both sides (Corey’s side only has one bar, and if we raised it up a bit we could easily fit a second one underneath), and I’d like to do something on the back wall that makes a bit more sense than those little shoe shelves – I had those in my closet in College Station and every time I look at them I’m transported back to my college days. I also envision some shelving for shoes all along the bottom perimeter of the closet. This closet has crazy a high ceiling, so once we get to the point of giving it a makeover, I want to make sure we utilize every bit of the height in the room.

Also? It’d be really nice to give it a good coat of paint, a pretty chandelier, and all-matching hangers. It’s the little things that will help make this closet feel less like it’s straight out of our old college apartment and more like a custom space that we can actually be proud of!

Let’s talk about your closet – love it? Hate it? What would your dream closet look like?

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I’m participating in the Interior Design Bingo challenge hosted by Ali at His Birdie’s Nest - check out her blog for more info and for a list of participating bloggers.

Red

Corey and I don’t have much (actually, any) red in our home on a regular basis. Our colors lean more towards oranges and yellows, and even though Corey loves red we haven’t found a good way to bring it in yet.

Of  course, now that we’ve got the house all decorated for Christmas, I’ve got red everywhere I look! This was a last minute addition to our decor when we realized we have way more ornaments than we actually need for our tree, and I wanted some way to display them. I grabbed my favorite cake stand, tossed some ornaments in, and plopped it down in the kitchen. It’s not the fanciest Christmas decoration ever, but it does the trick to bring a bit of the Christmas feeling into our kitchen, and it helps beef up our otherwise sparse collection of Christmas decor.

What are some tricks you use to make your house feel more Christmas-y if you don’t have a lot of decorations?

P.S. I thought I’d share an outtake from today’s prompt. I originally wanted to share a photo of Ranger hanging out by our fireplace in his Christmas sweater (which he loved wearing last year), but as soon as I put it on him, he totally froze up on me refused to move, no matter what I tried – he wouldn’t even look at me!

What. a. weirdo.

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I’m participating in the Interior Design Bingo challenge hosted by Ali at His Birdie’s Nest - check out her blog for more info and for a list of participating bloggers.

 

 

Complementary Colors

When it comes to Christmas decor, I’m a total sucker for the classic red and green combination. I’ve seen houses decorated beautifully in blues, in jewel tones, and in countless other combinations of colors, but I like to keep it simple – reds, greens, silvers, and whites. It’s one of the few areas in my decorating style that I like to keep things pretty traditional.

Of course, I’m also a big fan of sparkle in my Christmas decor, and I try to keep things sleek and modern looking. I plan to share some details about how our house is decorated for Christmas later this week, but I couldn’t think of a better example of complementary colors than our beautiful green tree accented with a sparkly red ornament.

What colors do you use in your Christmas decor?

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I’m participating in the Interior Design Bingo challenge hosted by Ali at His Birdie’s Nest - check out her blog for more info and for a list of participating bloggers.

 

Art

Corey and I don’t currently have a lot of art in our home, aside from the photos in our gallery wall. I’ve been thinking of where and how I can get some more art on our walls, and when I was cleaning out my old room at my parent’s house and stumbled on this frame from the photo booth at our wedding, I knew I had to bring it home to hang somewhere in our house.

It’s a perfect fit for the small wall at the end of our upstairs hallway, and would add some much needed color and interest to the otherwise bland space (you know, once we actually hang it). The only problem? I have absolutely no idea what to put in it. I don’t love the idea of a photo that large, and most of the prints that I’ve found just wouldn’t look right with the frame. I am not against making something myself, but it would have to be simple because I am not particularly talented at creating art that’s good enough that I’m wiling to stare at it every time I go down my hallway. And no way am I making it a mirror – I don’t want to be constantly forced to look at myself every time I want to go in the bedroom!

I’d love some ideas on what we could put in the frame – I’m at a total loss!

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I’m participating in the Interior Design Bingo challenge hosted by Ali at His Birdie’s Nest - check out her blog for more info and for a list of participating bloggers.