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Painted Pine Cone Garland

Monday, September 21st, 2015

There is NOTHING we love more than a simple project that turns the ordinary into something special!

While scrounging through our fall decorating tubs we found lots of loose pine cones begging to become something!

boxwood clippings | pinecond garlandWe brushed on some white craft paint and tied them together with a piece of twine…

boxwood clippings | pinecond garland 2

A five minute garland to spruce your home for fall, a great one for the kiddies as well!

Have a fab Monday xxx

Em’s Fall Favorites!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Here’s what I used to cozy up our family room this fall…

boxwood clippings | boxwood clippings fall faves

1  | Love THIS free printable! It is earthy and perfect for fall. I took it to my local print shop and had it re-sized and printed for just a few dollars. Framed in my favorite frame HERE, it cost under $20 for a great piece of art!

2 | Candlelight is not even and option in the fall, it’s a must! Love THESE brass lanterns from Pottery Barn. THESE copper ones are also beautiful!

3 | I got my sugar pine cones on clearance at Crate and Barrel a while ago but you can buy them on ebay HERE.

4 | We love THIS pouf! Jane loves climbing and jumping on it, and it beckons my tired feet at the end of the day.

5 | Brad got me THIS blanket for my birthday last year. It is perfection in every sense of the word!

6 | September first marks the day my wellies come downstairs for the season HERE. My favorite boots for rain and snow. I’ve had them for years and they still look exactly the same. Worth the splurge!

7 | The world’s greatest pillow cover HERE. Paired with my furry pillows HERE…so heavenly.

8 | I always love copper accents but even more so this time of year. THIS is perfect for the wet months ahead to house all our wet shoes and boots.

Do you have fall favorites you are adding to your house? Please share!

Em’s Fall Family Room

Monday, September 14th, 2015

I love that with every new season, I want our spaces to feel differently.

In the fall I want our family room to feel layered and cozy…ready for hot chocolate and a movie and a comfy place for Jane to play.

boxwood clippings | em's fall livingroom 8

boxwood clippings | em's fall living-room

boxwood clippings | em's fall living-room

boxwood clippings | em's fall living-room

boxwood clippings | em's fall living-room


em's fall livingroom 2

boxwood clippings | em's fall living-room

Just a few changes in accessories, blankets and throws can completely change a room!

Come back tomorrow to see all my favorite fall sources!

Update A Room on ANY Budget!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Sarah’s family room was feeling a little blah.

Her room has cream walls, a dark brown leather sectional and just felt a little dated.

With a next-to-nothing budget we brightened things up by adding more contrast by pulling black and white items from around the house.

Take a look:

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce


Change Throw Pillows
Sarah’s pillows were all monotone so it was a great start, all the couch needed was a little ‘punch’. These ones worked out perfectly, see HERE and  HERE. Adding pattern and contrast is always a breath of fresh air!

Switch up Artwork
We created the mini gallery wall by collecting unused black and white pieces from storage. Sarah had the silhouettes of the twins done at Disneyland and we popped them into $3 frames (HERE). To help bring the look together we painted basic circles onto a piece of card stock and hung with a skirt hanger. All these were attached with command strips, so they’ll be no nail holes when she’s ready to switch it up again!

Other existing frames got a fresh look by repositioning them. The brown frame in the entry, got a buddy by adding a one above it. This really made more of a feature and elevates the eye upward!

Add White!
White is essential to brightening up any space. A simple $8 lack table HERE worked great next to the couch.

.The room is the main living area in the house and doubles as family room and formal living room. We feel we mastered the art of living with kids, without sacrificing design and feeling like a grown ups!

Paint is next, we’re just meditating over color. Any thoughts on what would look good?

New Posterboard Abstract Artwork

Monday, August 10th, 2015

I love everything about abstract art. Simple, bold and graphic.

I’ve been eyeing several large pieces lately but they’ve been way out of my budget so I asked the artiste of the family, Sarah to create a copycat version.

Look what she whipped up!

boxwood clippings | abstract artwork

boxwood clippings | abstract artwork 2

You are never going to believe how little this cost to put together!

We used poster boards and brushes from the Dollar Tree,

basic black craft paint and these huge frames from Ikea that were $17.99 each (HERE)

Sarah literally brushed few strokes and we popped them into frames.

If you like the look of abstract art, spend five minutes and see what you can create!