A few exciting things going on here!!! First, this is the FIRST space in our house to be completely set up and to no longer be littered with cardboard boxes from the move. Second, our tree is up and it’s kicking off all the touches of Christmas I’ve been so eagerly looking forward to incorporating into our home. Last and certainly the biggest, this is a dream partnership with a brand I’ve loved for so long, the store I can’t resist roaming during every trip to the mall since my high school years while dreaming of what our future house would be like, and now in the present day knew would align with the vision I had for this room. I’m so excited to share with you about some of the beautiful pieces Crate and Barrel offers, not only in furniture but also Christmas decor, and to take you with me through the process of how I style and choose pieces for a space.
It all started because we discovered that one of the bedroom doors had a fist-sized hole on one side. We could have just replaced that door, but we wouldn’t have wanted to pick that same style one since we weren’t into it, and then having one door different from the rest of the ones in the house seemed silly so we might as well just change all of them to what we want. How hard could it be? It’s just a rectangular piece of wood that fits into a rectangular hole (foreshadowing).
Around this time last year I was visiting Stockholm which was an amazing time to go because the city was filled with signs of Christmas. I had come across some beautiful paper and honeycomb ornaments at a shop and talked myself out of getting them because I was short on room in my luggage, and I’ve regretted it since. As I’ve started decorating our home for Christmas this year, the memory of those paper ornaments came top of mind and it became mandatory that I make my own version of them.
These 3D paper ornaments are simple to put together, very customizable, and shatterproof so they’ll last year after year as long as you store them well. Read on for the tutorial, and get the paper template downloads at the end provided in partnership with Canon!
We had a limited amount of time before we moved in to get some work done on the house, meaning we prioritized tasks that would be more convenient to do while none of our stuff was there yet, like painting. What seemed like a small task ended up being not small at all and is still going on today (we are estimated to finish this “pre-move-in” work by mid-end of November, which increases our original time estimate of 2 weeks up to 8-10 weeks!) It has been our first and thorough lesson on how projects can grow, complications happen, and budgets and timelines are merely suggestions.
We’ve already started working on the house with some minor pre-move changes that are still going on and have become post-move changes, but I took photos before all of that to show you what we’re working with, what it was we saw about this house that made us want it, the plans we have for it both near and far, and to kick-off this journey we’re taking you with us on to discover the potential of our home.