Snow Covered Christmas Tree

E wanted a real Christmas tree this year so we brought one home this week.  It makes the house smell so wonderful I think it might be our new standard.  I decided to keep it simple and only add a few clear ornaments, which I already had, and decorate it with hand-cut white paper snowflakes.  I cut a few new ones each night so by the 25th, we should be having a White Christmas even though we’re in Florida. 😉

Verdibou Simple Christmas Tree

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Tuesday’s Treasury {Christmas Decor}

So much cuteness in this Christmas treasury by Vanessa Sicotte!

‘Christmas decor’ by vsicotte

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Red Burlap Christmas Stockin…

$87

Advent Calendar Bags – Chris…

$34.99

custom christmas stocking : …

$15

Holiday Wreath – Christmas, …

$85

Wooden Christmas Ornaments K…

$18

Mistletoe Holiday Garland. H…

$45

Set of three geometric ornam…

$46

Joy Christmas Phone Case – i…

$26.5

Vintage Shiny Brite Ornament…

$12

Pair of Vintage Christmas De…

$42

Reindeer antlers pillowcase …

$14

Christmas Pillow,Merry Chris…

$28

Felted Ball Christmas Garlan…

$24

Scandinavian Christmas Ornam…

$12

Woodland Moose Christmas Orn…

$26

Large Homespun Red and White…

$28

Unconventional Gift Boxes for the Holidays

Since the gift-giving season is upon us, I’ve been re-imagining some of our Verdibou finds as gift boxes.  Although I love wrapping gifts in beautiful decorative papers with ribbons and bows, I also feel guilty because all that paper just ends up in the garbage!  I like the idea of just putting a ribbon on a gift or putting it in a re-usable gift bag.  But for that extra-special person, wouldn’t it be fun to have two gifts in one?  I’m thinking a cigar enthusiast would love opening this vintage stogies box to find a special present inside.  And then, the box can be used as storage for small keepsakes afterwards or some other purpose.  What do you think?  Do you have any ideas for other unconventional gift boxes?

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Put a Bird On It! Michelle Morin’s Watercolor Pillows

Some time ago, I purchased this little Owl print on Etsy via UnitedThread by Michelle Morin. Michelle’s watercolors are so enchantingly vivid and beautiful that I wanted one in my home, to not only remind me to see the beauty in nature but for inspiration from an artist who has met her calling.

Today after work, I stopped by the mall to drop off a box at the Post Office and wandered down to Anthropologie – a store that always uplifts me because it is filled with so many beautiful and quirky curiosities.  I walked by one of their lovely sofas and saw something familiar…it was “my” little owl perched on a pillow.  It was odd to see him there.  I instantly got excited for my fellow Etsy Seller.  What a thrill it must be to see your art in a major retailer like Anthropologie.  It reminded me that the world is small.  And to aim for the stars. Way to go, Michelle!

{Click on the photo for the link to the pillows.}

Michelle Morin Bird PillowAnd because I recently started watching Portlandia, I couldn’t resist linking to this skit, “Put a Bird On It!” Too funny. 🙂

 

 

Special Edition: In My Home {West Elm}

Typically I use the “In My Home” posts to highlight vintage or handmade items that I love and are part of my own abode.  But, of course, there are lots of items in my home that don’t fit into those two categories…you know, the “new” stuff from major retailers…like West Elm. ❤

I have been a fan of West Elm for a long time.  I got their first catalogue when I was a freshman in college way back in 2002!  So, I guess I’ve been a fan for a decade.  Yeah.  And they’ve only gotten better and more refined with age, they’ve really honed in on a comfortable, affordable and modern style that appeals to many.  They always have bright and fresh color palettes and keep with the trends, while not following too closely.  They have also embraced the handmade movement, partnering with artists and craftsman to deliver unique quality products.  But enough of me gushing…on to the reason for the post.

West Elm Orlando is hosting a Facebook contest, “Show Us Your West Elm + Win” so I thought it would be fun to join the party.  Here’s the photo I entered of my bedroom.  You can click on the link above to go to the facebook page, view the other submissions, and like your favorite! Or click on my photo to go to my submission.

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Here are the West Elm items in my bedroom:

Scoop-Back Chair in White

Stripe Duvet Cover

Swiss Dot Euro Shams

Adalusia Wool Dhurrie Rug in Horizon

For some weekly design inspiration, you can visit West Elm’s blog: Front & Main

In My Home {Living} Tillandsia Air Plant

Have you been noticing these sweet little air plants everywhere lately?  I love the new trend!  Well, I shouldn’t say new because they’ve been growing in popularity for several years now.  I used to just see them around Etsy and local farmer’s markets but it seems that they’ve officially made it into mainstream consumerism.  Last weekend I purchased this little guy at my local nursery, Apenberry’s and this morning I saw a whole gang of them at West Elm.

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I love their versatility.  They don’t need to be planted in soil so they can literally sit anywhere and in anything!  (Like a great big conch shell or a lovely bowl.) They just need a few mists of water each week – or a nice humid bathroom with some natural sunlight.  Here are some of my favorite Etsy shops that specialize in air plants…

GET THE LOOK!

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Handcrafted hanging pods by Michael McDowell.  Very modern.  Very cool.

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EarthSeaWarrior

For those going for more of a quirky gone creepy aesthetic, there’s EarthSeaWarrior.  (I’m a fan of their lighting too – neon cords…yum.)

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Sea & Asters

Or maybe you’d fancy a miniature air plant terrarium from Sea & Asters.

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Let me know where else you’ve been seeing these lovelies!