Holiday Home Tour: Our Living Room

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Well hello there! Remember me? Probably not, I’ve been terribly neglectful of this blog. I’ll try to do better…

At any rate, I thought it would be fun to share some of the rooms in our new house, as well as our Christmas and Hanukkah decorations with you. We closed on the house in May and although it had “good bones” and the previous owners kept it in immaculate condition, it certainly qualified as a fixer upper. As soon as we took possession, we ripped up all the carpet (in every room) and replaced it with hardwood, removed a wall, painted, installed all new lighting, and installed a railing. And by “we” I mean mostly Carter, with help from contractors. So not really me. But I fancy myself as the brains behind the operation… (And the decorator, obviously.)

And that was phase one: the stuff that needed to get done in order for the house to be presentable / safe to live in. Now we’re working on saving up to do phase two which will include gutting and replacing everything in our master bathroom (WHHHHHHHYYYY did people put carpet in bathrooms in the 80s?!?), the guest bathroom (luckily no carpet in there), and sprucing up the kitchen and our fireplace. In the mean time, I’ve been busy scouring the stores and the interwebs for the best home decor deals and Carter has been busy doing smaller-scale, less expensive projects like replacing the rotting boards in our deck, and completely re-doing our closets (the latter of which he is literally working on right now on as I type this).

I’ve been waiting to share our house until it was “done” but then I kind of came to the realization that it’s never going to feel truly done, so I might as well share our progress. And what better time to take some photos than when it’s decorated for the holidays?

Okay, now that was my long-winded introduction to… Our Living Room!! Yay! Dining room and family room tours will be up later this week.

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The high ceilings in the living room are what drew us to this house in the first place, but with high ceilings come massive walls that demand large-scale art, which can be be expensive. When we first moved in, the idea of decorating these walls was really daunting, but we were ultimately able to find some really budget-friendly ways do to it. You may recognize the cactus collage above our living room chairs from our old apartment. It’s a tad small for the space, but it will do, for now.


And for the art above our sofa I decided to embark on a DIY project with a giant canvas I got on sale at Michael’s Craft Store for $30. The whole piece, including paint, cost me less than $50 so I’m pretty proud of it, all things considered!

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I get a lot of questions on social media about our sofa so I figured I’d talk about it here. We took a huge gamble and bought it online from Wayfair, without ever getting the chance to see it in person or sit on it. But we got lucky and it ended up working out perfectly. The leather is so incredibly soft (I think you can actually order a fabric sample so you can see the color and texture before you commit to the couch) and it the whole piece is incredibly comfortable. We’ve had it for about three years now and it still looks brand new even though we sit on it every day and our cat and dog both love to sleep on it. I really can’t say enough good things about it! So if you’re in the market for a new sofa and want something with the chesterfield shape, I highly recommend ours because it’s seriously the best you can do for the price. Here is the link to the exact sofa we have, in the color “Steamboat Chestnut”.

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A note about our holiday decorations… I mentioned Hanukkah up above but obviously what you’ve seen here is our Christmas tree and snow village. Carter was raised catholic and I was raised partially jewish (with one christian parent and one jewish parent.) I do love Hanukkah and the message behind it, but I think we can all unanimously agree that Christmas is more fun to decorate for. So Christmas dominates our decor, which a few menorahs and dreidels sprinkled here and there (which you’ll see in this Wednesday’s post), and you better believe Carter has Hanukkah Gelt in his stocking!

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I’m slightly neurotic and like our gift wrap to have a theme that matches our holiday decor. This year I went pretty traditional “Christmas” themed with red, green and neutrals. I actually snagged all this gift wrap at the end of last season on major sale. I’m already plotting next year’s color scheme, as the end-of-season sales have already started! I think I’m going to go with an all black and white theme next year.

And there you have it – our living room during the month of December! Check back in a few days for our dining room reveal and in the mean time, you can shop our living room by clicking on the products below…



Holiday Party Look + A Hint of Sparkle

Cutout dress and leopard coat

Cutout dress and leopard coat

The crazy, out-of-control rain subsided last weekend for a few short minutes – just long enough to take these outfit photos. Can you tell by my lackluster hair in the photo above that I’m being drizzled on? Anything for this blog…

When I’m wearing a statement piece like this leopard coat, I like to keep the rest of my look fairly simple. For a holiday party, a streamlined dress in a solid color, red lips, simple black pumps, and just a hint of sparkle in my jewelry is all that’s necessary.

The small cutouts in this dress make it a little more special than your basic LBD, which helped keep the outfit feeling complete long after I’d gone inside and removed the coat. And the emerald color keeps it on theme for a holiday party but is still wearable almost year-round.

One of my favorite things I’m wearing here is my Monica Vinader ring. I’ve hardly taken it off since they sent it to me and I’m delighted that it’s every bit as lovely in person as it looked on Monica’s website. Pave’ diamonds and gold are a no-fail combination, but in my mind, what makes this ring special is its hoop shape that gives it an effortless, cool vibe. It’s the perfect touch of sparkle for a party outfit that doesn’t feel too prim and proper, while it just as easily translates to everyday streetwear. After all, you guys know how much I love pieces that serve double duty.

Outfit Details:
Gifted Monica Vinader ring (also sold at Nordstrom). Topshop dress (More sizes and colors here). Manolo Blahnik pumps (similar style for less here). Old ASOS coat (identiacal style here). Zac Posen clutch. Nars lipstick pencil in ‘Cruella’.


Leopard coat

Cutout dress with leopard coat

Leopard coat and Monica Vinader ring

Holiday party outfit

Minica Vinader

Disclosures: The Monica Vinader ring was provided to me for free. As you guys know by now, I ONLY accept partnerships with brands that I love and I feel confident you would love as well. All opinions expressed here are my own.