Happy New Year friends!! Well it’s only the first post of 2018 but it’s already my favorite :0) Typically winter decor isn’t one of my favorite stages because it usually feels bare and unexciting after all the brightness of Christmas. I have to say though this year it felt really good to just clean the house out. Too much decor can start to feel overwhelming and the new year felt like a good time to pair down. The key is keeping that feeling of hygge with minimal decor.
i think it’s important to clarify here that hygge isn’t supposed to be about “things” but rather about creating an ambiance. Hygge is an experience you feel.
i decided to start with the picture of the bar area here for no other reason than I’ve never started with the bar area before so why not :0) It’s a lot less cluttered than it was during Christmas and as I’m looking at the picture now I just noticed someone stole a bottle off of the wine rack before I could get a good shot of it......hmmmm wonder who that was??! ;0)
When I look at this view of the living room my first thought is.....man I wish that tv weren’t there. (Insert face palm emoji) lol this is one of those “pick your battles” arguments I lost with Mike but man what I could do with a full mantle to decorate!! Ugh ok letting it go...
I loooove all the light that floods into this room daily.
Lanterns, candles, a huge cableknit throw and even little lights on that tiny tree at night really cozy up a room that can be quite chilly in winter thanks to all the windows and doors in here. Trees aren’t exclusive to the month of December after all :0)
The very neutral color palette was intentional after all of the bright red but I wanted to add some subtle color here and there. It’s hard to tell from this picture but the smaller pillow is actually a very light turquoise color, but the super soft fabric makes it perfect for a winter nap. Not all my pillows are napping pillows, but these are :0) They are from Pottery Barn a few years ago and the larger plaid ones are from Target.
Lets walk into the dinning room shall we?....
So I actually messed with the mantle quite a bit before I settled on just the stars. It felt so bare at first and then I kept telling myself, “but that’s what you’re going for” so in the end it’s very simple with a pop of color.
I also don’t think I mentioned the new fabric dining room chairs below. We purchased two of them right before Thanksgiving from IKEA. They are super comfortable and we’re on sale for only $71! That’s a steal for this type of chair trust me I’ve done lots of research!
I really debated buying this runner from Target (Hearth and Home) because if there’s anything I have more of than pillows, it’s runners, but sometimes you just need a new piece that motivates you to put away 6 plastic tubs of Christmas decor, the runner did this for me, lol. Totally worth the $17. For the centerpiece I used a vase that pulls in that turquoise color and filled it with remaining greenery, cotton stems and acorns. I just wanted an arrangement that added some color while still feeling natural. The element of nature is very important to creating a hygge vibe.
Moving into the family room. I left the trees I had on the picture ledge for Christmas and just removed the red berries. I decided to layer the grey with the dark grey and embossed pillows but added a pop of color with that perisian looking velvet pillow. I love this pillow so much it already has me thinking pink vibes for the Spring blog...:0)
So from this view how many trees / plants can you see? I count 5! I was talking with my nature loving cousin over the holidays and she was telling me she has a rule of minimum two plants per room in her house, even the kids bedrooms! My first thought was oh god that’s so much work! But the more I thought of it the more I loved this idea. It’s better for the air quality, reduces pollutants, brings the outdoors in, and naturally brightens even the most neutral of decor. The catch being I have to remember to water them. So hopefully you’ll start seeing a lot more plant friends work their way inside.
Spider plants and succulents may be the easiest of the “hard to kill line” so I’ll likely be starting with those. Below I just placed a buffalo check placemat in my wood tray and of course, a candle! This placemat was only $3 at the target dollar spot last year.
Of course everyone knows the litmus test for determining coziness is seeing where your dog decides to curl up. Yep, plenty of hygge happening in this room for Lucy!
The kitchen feels SO much more zen now. Just clean surfaces with minimal things stored on the counter top. I did add a vase with a candle to bring in some of the hygge vibe as well as another flowering plant but the important thing here is just, minimal.
So I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you all some pictures of all these little lights in action after going on and on about how hygge they make the house feel. Check out the rooms at night below.
i hope this helped you guys with some ideas to keep your Home feeling hygge for winter! Remember candles, blankets, nature, and you can’t go wrong. I also recently created a Winter Decor board on Pinterest to collect my favorite ideas. If you want to follow it my name is Kperr5ib. The gallery below includes some of my more recent pins. Happy New Year friends!! Stay hygge ;0)
When I think about my vision of the “perfect” Christmas I always imagine a Norman Rockwell painting. Scenes of snow covered country sides and towns and classic 1950s Americana images like the one below:
Its like a mix of A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life. The decor is a little brighter this year but definitely has this vintage influence going on. If that sounds like your idea of Christmas heaven keep on reading!
The decor this year was inspired by the festive decorations of Christmas past. It’s a little brighter than usual with some vintage touches but mostly I just wanted it to feel like fun because when you’re 4 you don’t remember the color scheme, you remember the fun.
The tin Christmas sign came from Merrifield Garden Center a few years ago and I just added some blue spruce springs to enhance the contrast against the white mantle. Stars were also big in the decor this year, they just have such a vintage Christmas feel to them.
The candle sticks came from the new Hearth and Home Magnolia line at Target ($14) and the little trees are real from Trader Joe’s. The rust stars tie it all together and those I borrowed from Mom :0)
Adding greenery to every room is something I always do. Clippings are free at most tree farms and nurseries this time of year and it adds that fresh scent of pine to every room! I will say if you are going to use it near a candle holder like the one below please use a fake candle!! No sense in taking unecessary risks!
So I asked Mike if he thought we should get a Christmas tree for our bedroom this year and he looked at me like I had three heads. Apparently I went a little over board on the trees this year (is that even possible) but truthfully I only put up my artificial one in the living room and a real one in the family room. Now I can see trees no matter what direction I’m facing in my house :0)
That little guy down there doesn’t count!!
Although I love trees I don’t have enough ornaments for them all!So the living room tree is very simple. It’s just lights, the grey burlap garland, and the burgandy sprigs I had everywhere this fall. I just tried to stick them strategically in the tree to give it pops of color.
The back corner came out so cute! Mike bought me this antique lantern at Lucketts earlier this year and I just added some red berries to make it a little more festive. Also I always get this question when I use this picture, the pine cones are REAL! They are just freakishly large :0)
When we bought this chandelier at Lowe’s earlier this year ($50) THIS is what I was envisioning! I just couldn’t wait to drape it in fresh greens for the holidays :0)
More stars! The table runner and all of these cute berries sprinkled about came from Simply Beautiful Spaces in Stafford, VA, which as you know by now is Simply My Favorite. :0)
The garland over my shelf is fake (bought it on sale last year) but I mixed in some real spruce clippings to add some more texture and get that fresh pine scent going in the dining room.
This is the room I’d say we spend 90% of our time in. I wanted it to feel cheery and cozy while still keeping a vintage vibe.
The only real red in here are the berries on the picture ledge and the pop of red from that cute lumbar pillow I picked up at Target.
Tree #1 peeping in from the back.
Tree #2! We went to Maynes Tree Farm this year in Buckeystown, MD to pick out our tree and it could not have been more picturesque. Way out in the country, and even a fun tractor ride out to the fields to cut your own! Highly recommend!
The ornaments are becoming more and more eclectic in our house. For instance I don’t remember having the El Torro Loco Monster Jam truck up there before but hey that’s how these things evolve when your family starts growing. It’s becoming everyone’s tree, not just my design project and I’m fine with that :0)
Cant beat this view at night.....where’s my wine??!
The Kitchen this year is Oh so bright! Haha I don’t think that’s what I intended when I first began but that’s just what it evovled in to once all my favorite pieces were out :0)
So this year I really wanted to find some antique bells to add to the vintage look. I searched all over and wouldn’t you know my Mom found the perfect ones at Chartruse and Co. in Buckeystown, MD. She always wins the treasure hunts. Anyway I tied them to this wreath with a really simple bow and I love the way it turned out! It’s a little understated but feels so Colonial to me.
Well friends thanks for coming over, I hope you enjoyed this look back at decor inspired by Christmas past. I think I’m going to go cozy up on the couch now and enjoy this early season snow!
The thing I love most about this quote is that October consists of SO many colors, you don't have to pick just one! In previous years my decor focused heavily on orange accents but this year I decided to go in a completely different direction and decorate for fall with NO orange at all! To be clear I have nothing against the color orange and I love pumpkin spice everything as much as the next person but sometimes it's fun to just switch things up a bit. So grab your pumpkin spice latte / beer/ whatever and come on in for a fall home tour!
One of the trends I kept coming across on Pinterest this year was layering your front door mat with a rug underneath. It's just a fun way to add some depth and interest to your entry way. I accented mine with a yellow mum and blue pumpkin but really you could add anything to the front and change the rug based on season.
Here are some of the examples on Pinterset that inspired me, just to give you an idea of different ways to complete the look.
So you'll notice a lot more reddish purple tones in the house this year, my ever present mini white pumpkins, and even some blues to bring out a cozy fall feel. There are also some "spooky" touches along the way for anyone who may be looking for ideas for a Halloween or Harvest party!
The spider web railing is always a favorite, albeit unnerving way to welcome guests into your home. =o)
mSo I'd like to preface these kitchen pictures by stating that we very recently held a gathering at our place the day before some of these photos were taken, HENCE the large quantities of alcohol in the pictures haha. The hope is to one day have a sideboard or buffet in the dinning room to house the extra alcohol you need on hand for the holiday season but until then, it's in the kitchen =o)
So the cute wreath here above the sink was the perfect fit to bring some reddish fall tones into the kitchen, you'll see the kitchen rug is a similar color. The wreath is from my favorite shop Simply Beautiful Spaces and the rug is a borrowed item from my mom that she picked up from Plow & Hearth.
The kitchen counters are a little more crowded at the moment than I would tyipcally like but, its life. It's a little tough to see here but one of my favorite new purchases is that tiny cheese cloche next to the cutting boards. Its just so darn cute I wanted to keep it out even after the cheese was gone so I added some purple battery powered lights and now it's got a spooky touch to it and I get to enjoy it illuminated! My buffalo check towels (because I can never get enough buffalo check) are only $6 at Crate and Barrel! And of course Alexa is on hand to provide recipes and music on command =o)
So if you ARE planning a Halloween or Harvest party, creating a self- serve bar area is a great way to allow people to make their own drinks, whether it's wine or liquor having all of the "Booz and Spirits" in one place creates a party atmosphere and another area to decorate with a fun runner or seasonal themed napkins. A bowl of Halloween candy for munching doesn't hurt either =o)
Plaid, fur and plum all contribute to the cozy fall vibe here and are accented with some greenery. I think this is the first blog post where I've shared my new picture ledge above the couch! Mike and I put together this incredibly simple shelf made out of walnut. I layered the picture frames which came as a set of three from Pottery Barn but you could use any frames, even mix and match the styles to add some interest to your picture ledge. Typically you'd want a shelf like this to be about 10 inches above the couch but unfortunately we had a very inconveniently placed light switch to contend with so this is a little higher.
The reddish - plum colored pillow cases here I found at West Elm last year and I loved the color so much I tried to incorporate it into the other rooms as well. I bought the throw below this summer from Pottery Barn but honestly it goes with any season so you'll probably see it in my Christmas post as well =o)
Some people would say I have a lantern obsession.....I don't talk to those people. I prefer the term lantern enthusiast ;o) Seriously though I can't get enough lanterns during fall and winter. Oh who are we kidding I love them in summer too! I think I've mentioned this before but I use all battery powered lights in my lanterns and sconces. Nothing like walking around your house with a tiny remote lighting up every room. All of these lanters came from different places and range in prices from $15 - $60 so if you're looking at adding some lantern decor to your home message me for the best "where to get" info! I've done the research.
Fun fall flashback!!! Is that a thing? I’m making it a thing. A few years ago I turned a blue pumpkin into my coffee table centerpiece. It’s such an easy project and people will ALWAYS comment on it when they come over!
Below I just wanted to give another idea for how to add some spookiness for your fall party decor!
Olive branches are such a great fall accessory and all the rage this year! If I could find an olive tree to put in my home, I would. I love the two toned leaves. Here is where I introduced some "blues" but if you notice all of these colors are more or less jewel tones so they all tend to blend well together. The dried hydrangeas on my mantle shelf came right out of the yard this year! They were more pink and purple when I cut them but in the drying process turned more blue and green. The runner on the table was only $3 in the Target dollar section guys, and its still there if you want it! The votive holders are from PB.
Below is another tablescape idea I used last year around Thanksgiving, but it makes a great statement at a Harvest party too! Just layer your favorite table linens, some pumpkins, eucalyptus leaves and voila!
I tried to bring in some of that reddish olive branch color to the mantle with those tiny red stars. They tend to blend in a little but at least it ties all the colors together.
The picture below is from a few years ago when I had a Halloween party in my apartment. The spider web table throw, wine bottle lantern, pumpkins, and skeleton toothpicks are fun and easy ways to dress up your table. I will search for the picture of the "pigs in a blanket mummies" that I made. They were a hit I swear.
A fun way to fall up your veggie platter is to put the dip in a pumpkin this year! I know I know it’s orange but it’s just for the party :0)
This year I used the same wine bottle lantern to light up my bar area. I also added some more reddish branches with my recycled glass vase and those two colors together just look SO fallish to me!
That bright velvet and heavily patterned pillow in the middle of the couch is totally out of my comfort zone. I'm a neutrals kinda girl but when I saw it I immediately fell in love. Oddly enough they were selling it over the summer at PB but I immediately knew these were the colors I wanted to do for fall. This little lumbar inspired all the other decor you see! You know the ONE color that DOESN'T go with this pillow....it's orange, so orange had to go. Sometimes that's just the way these ideas are born! Sorry orange...
More burgundy and olive branches in the living room being guarded by this dutiful little crow =o) My blanket basket is looking a little, "stuffed" here but I love just having easy access to blankets this season. Putting out your throws is a great way to make a room feel more "hygge".
Are you guys familiar with this term? It's everywhere right now so you may already know but it's a Danish word without an exact translation in English. Essentially it means a feeling of coziness. It's the idea of forgetting about all of life's stresses, lighting a candle, embracing nature, and focusing on the things that bring you relaxation and comfort. Think sitting by a bonfire sipping coco, or wearing wool socks inside on a cold rainy day reading a book.....its a great word right? Finally a word that describes exactly how I want my home to FEEL, all hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), all day.
Fall home tour would just not be complete unless I took you guys outside into the yard! Oh this yard, we did so much work to it this year, and I think it's all starting to pay off. To tie in the mums I used out front we went with yellow mums out back as well. They are in the cedar planters as well as in handing baskets on the posts on both sides of the yard. They just add a great pop of color against all of the green you see.
Of course you know the fairies need to get in on the fall action. I told them we weren't doing orange this year but they made such a fuss about not being able to find mini blue pumpkins that I finally gave up and just told them to do what they wanted.
Ah my window box, man I love this thing. I wanted to keep with the yellow theme with the pansies but also added in some cabbage for that purplish color. The great thing about pansies is that they do really well in the cooler temperatures, AND they will bloom again in the Spring so it's like two seasons worth of flowers for the price of one. If you want to see the window box from last year check out last years fall blog under the "Fall" section!
So if you're not into changing out your window box every season which can be time consuming and expensive, why not try the idea below! It's super fallish, rustic and unique! I took this picture at a little place called The Market at Grelen in Orange, VA. If you are looking for an adorable fall spot to sip cider, do some hiking, or pick up some plants from a nursery GO HERE. Check out my Instagram for more pictures of this fall gem, kp_newhomelove.
Well I hope you guys enjoyed the “no-orange” fall tour this year! There were some spooky touches and fall flashback photos so it was a little eclectic this year but once the ideas get going it’s hard to stop them! I hope everyone has a spook-tacular Halloween and fall season. As always I’m so grateful for your interest and feel free to leave any comments or fall ideas you have used in your home this year! Stay hygge friends ;0)
Happy Summer Friends!
Its the the start of my favorite time of year, June - December. I realize that's quite a range but what I love about the next six months is that they are full of outside time, family gatherings, and the best holidays! There is always something to look forward to right around the corner. So lets kick the summer off with some coastal touches!
So you might recognize the grey pillows from the spring blog, I love how they look up against the bright blue. The blue color also pulls in some of the blues in the seashells. Overall I just wanted to keep things easy breezy inside, like a relaxing day by the ocean.
I actually saw this idea on Pinterest and just loved the simplicity of it! Its such an easy centerpiece and the wicker with the different textures from the shells all create visual interest without being overwhelming.
Palm plants, fish netting, candles, and oars, oh my! There is so much nautical decor out there these days, especially at Home Goods, you could use buoys, ships, succulents, shells, whatever floats your boat basically (pun intended). My only advice would be to use it sparingly, you want to evoke the feeling of being at the beach without hitting someone over the head with it.
When I decorate the dinning room table I tend to use a runner over place mats or a table cloth, which is just my personal preference. But, lately I've been seeing table throws make a big come back and I really love the way it looks! It has a much more casual vibe than a formal runner.
This one is a little small but I already had it so the price was right =o) I also like how casual it is. Perfect for a laid back beach table.
One fun thing I like to do with the change of seasons is moving around my rugs, just to see how they look in other rooms. We haven't had a rug in the dining room up until now but I kind of love it. It softens the look of the wood on the floor and the table. The only thing is I need a run that's slightly larger, and more neutral. I love the pattern on this rug but it will likely clash with any festive runners or table throws I put on the table so I think I'm going to invest in a larger more neutral rug here that will work with all of my seasonal decor changes.
I had to add a pop of blue in the dinning room as well just to tie in all of the blues happening in the other rooms.
Of course if I'm using blue I'm going to incorporate my favorite shibori pillow cases! I swear these pillow cases work for every season. I paired them with some lighter grey linen pillowcases to tie in with the rug and break up some of the dark colors with the couch and the coffee table.
Lanterns, greenery, and more fish netting on the living room mantle keep the theme throughout. I think incorporating plants and greenery, whether real or fake, is a great way to give your home a summery feel and bring the outdoors in.
In addition to all these coastal blues I added in some coral pinks in the living room. It keeps the room very airy and playful which is exactly how I want my summer to feel.
How cute are these succulent candles?? I love them, and I doubt I will ever ever let anyone light them haha. I bought them on sale at Pottery Barn for $13 for all three. Not too shabby!
Using sand as a vase filler is also a great way to add little pops of coastal interest throughout. The office also got some added greenery and a seashell pillow. You may also have noticed that I switched the rugs in the office and living room. I'm telling you, rug roulette will calm the itch to buy new things!
A big part of getting ready for summer is getting the yard ready. Making it a relaxing get away not just for us but for our guests who stop by for a cookout! Our thought process has always been that if we make our backyard our favorite destination we can save on summer trips =o)
I planted hydrangeas in our cedar planters this year with the hope that maybe each year they will grow larger and larger and eventually I'll have planters overflowing with these gorgeous blooms. I'll keep you posted on how that goes haha.
The patio is primed for a smores party. These blue and white striped pillows really pop against the red chairs and were only $5 from the Target dollar bins section.
I've had a hard time growing things in my window box because it gets SO much shade, but this year I went with impatients and they seem to be loving it here! Which is great because they bloom all summer long.
So I want to take a minute to show you some dramatic before and after pics of the side yard! I wish I had the really early 'before' picture to share with you but I couldn't for the life of me find one. But imagine this, the entire side fence line was covered with pine trees the size of the ones you see there in the neighbors yard, four in total. In addition to that the fence was COVERED in about 20 years worth of ivy.
We had a company come in and cut down the trees, grind the stumps, and then we began the grueling two month process of cleaning out the dirt, ripping ivy from the fence, and then landscaping from scratch.
The struggle was REAL folks! Mike's face is no joke here. At a certain point I just lacked the sheer physical strength to rip out the ivy and Mike had to take all of that on. But don't judge me yet because I did all the pick up of the debris and that was no easy task.
These bags are full of ivy and underbrush. I wish I had counted but I know there were more than 20 bags.
Once all of the ivy was removed we were lucky enough to have Mike's Mom in town to help us with some of the re-landscaping and hole digging. As you can see our neighbors are VERY close. Which isn't necessarily a problem because they all happen to be great; however, as they say great fences make great neighbors! So we decided to try and create a landscape fence for privacy in the future. These emerald arborvitaes will get about 12 feet high and 4 feet wide which will fill in a lot of the side yard. We chose magic carpet spirea for contrast and because eventually they will grow wide and provide some additional ground cover.
It's difficult to see because it is quite small now but we have a Japanese maple in the back corner and a pink dogwood tree in the near right corner. it looks a thousand times better than it did before when it was just a pine tree forest and I can't wait to see it evolve and grow over the years! The maple, dogwood, and spirea will also all change colors in the fall which was something I really wanted in our landscape, color through all seasons.
It took about a month to grow new grass on this side and slowly but surely the spots are filling in!
My hydrangea on the right was a gift the year we moved in and this is the first year it's had real blooms!! They are pink and purple and I could not be more excited to go out there and look at them everyday =o)
As always thank you all for stopping by to check out some ideas for summer! If you want more photos of the house follow me on Instagram at kp_newhomelove or on Pinterest at kperr5ib. Happy Summer guys!!
Just in the nick of time!! Happy Easter weekend guys! I hope you're enjoying this amazing weather and maybe some egg hunting / chocolate indulging :0) I thought I'd start out with some Easter brunch table decor ideas!
Yellow is one of the main colors I have in the house this season so I wanted a tablescape that included that. It's bright, cheerful, and there are plenty of Easter eggs!
The fake cabbage leaves add pops of green and the cute bunny ear napkin rings were only $3 at Target!
The setting below is a little more on the natural side. The blues and browns from the chargers and placemats keep it springy and the taper candle sticks give it a little bit of a more elegant look. Napkin rings are such an inexpensive and fun way to tie together your look.
The runner and candle holder below are what sits on my table when I'm not hosting brunch.
The mantles were taken over by bunnies this year. The cute bunny and candle ring in the lantern are from Simply Beautiful Spaces in Stafford, VA. All of their spring decor pieces are on sale right now so this is the time to visit and stock up your bunnies for next year!! The cute bunny banner I found at Pottery Barn for $12.
Yellow and grey are the main colors throughout. I wanted to put a bouquet of yellow tulips on the coffee table but I ran out of time so you guys will have to use your imagination on how much cuter that would have been! :0)
My main goal was just to really brighten up the house! I wanted the inside to match all of the bright spring colors happening on the outside. Yellows and greens are a great way to accomplish this without going over board on color.
The family room is light, bright, and simple.
One new feature we've added this spring is this chandelier. It's much larger than our previous light fixture but I think it gives the room an elegant touch while still incorporating the wood we have throughout which keeps it casual. So I guess casual elegance is the term I'm going for here. Which is consequentially also how I would describe my personal style :0) For only $60 at Lowes this was one of our least painful renos :0)
The fireplace in the living room is a little more simple and a few cute birds have joined the bunnies! These cute chalk board bunnies are also from Simply Beautiful Spaces. For some reason I've been really into tapered candle sticks this season. Typically I use the large chunky wood ones but the tapers are making a come back I think! These were a steal on sale at World Market for only $5 each.
New rug can make a big difference! It's actually not new I just switched the rug with the one on the office. Sometimes just moving things into a different room can make it feel fresh and new.
There are a lot of dark browns in this room so mixing in lighter and brighter colors was key to giving it a springy feel.
These are the last of the bunnies. I know bunnies don't lay eggs but what the heck, they don't live under glass cloches either so you'll have to use your imagination about :0) It's funny beacause every time a certain three year old is over the egg count mysteriously decreases and I find them magically hidden in other parts of the house :0) Then again eggs are for hiding so I can't complain!
I hope I've given you ideas for some spring decorating of your own! If all else fails a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers will do the trick. Below are some of my favorite Pinterest finds that inspired me. Happy Easter everyone!!
Hi I'm KP, new home owner and lover of all things related to homestyle! I hope you enjoy our renovations, home decor and pictures of my fur child Lucy!