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european christmas market

10 Amazing European Christmas Markets

While the United States has cornered the market on Christmas lights in the wild, no one does Christmas markets better than Europe. From London to Berlin, it’s hard to find a city that doesn’t have a quaint market filled with…

painted window ornament

Holiday Gifting: Ornaments

I have a collection of ornaments that I enjoy displaying every year: Baby’s First Christmas ball (mine), Santa shooting hoops (his), Nacatamales (ours). Some have been gifts from friends, and others have been knick knacks we’ve picked up along our…

porcelain tealight house

Home for Christmas

Two of my nieces slept over on Thanksgiving night, and we spent the day putting up our tree and stocking up on lights. It’s the latest of a series of family sleepovers, involving both of our families. The older of the two,…

Goodbye 2014

Goodbye 2014

Can you believe this is the only (shareable) photo of our house during the holiday season? I took time off from sharing projects online this holiday season, and, without that pressure, I was able to create without worrying about the end…

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Lemons & Blueberry

Lemons & Blueberry

Is there anything in the kitchen more beautiful than a well made tart shell? I don’t think so! Which is why I was so excited when my friend Yolène passed on her recipe for standard pastry crust. I’ve made several batches,…

Cranberry and Lemon Shortbread

Cranberry and Lemon Shortbread

Ah, Christmas baking. I’m definitely putting my time in at the oven and hob (such an Irish word to use!). We hosted a small Christmas party for our team last night, which gave me the incentive I needed to try…

Printable Advent

Printable Advent

I created these numbers for an advent project, and thought I would pass it along, even though Christmas is late. I collect resources and inspiration for the holidays throughout the year. So bookmark it or pin the image for next…

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Miniature Truck with Christmas Tree by Vintage Junky. Merry Christmas friends! This year has been one for the history books. It’s been hard to stay focused and positive, but this blog has helped knowing that I have a creative and…

Christmas in Black and White

Christmas in Black and White

Photography by WDC. It’s a little late in the season to make this, but I’m saving for next year. Isn’t this genius? Created by Weekday Carnival, it’s a simple way to celebrate Christmas in ultra modern black and white. String,…

Vintage Christmas

Vintage Christmas

Photography by Frederikke Heiberg for Lantliv. Found via My Scandinavian Home, another simple Swedish home full of holiday cheer. I absolutely love the amount of light this home has. As well as the pine cuttings and simple decor, like the cut-from-the-forest…

God Jul

God Jul

  Photography by Carina Olander for Lantliv. The simple and natural Christmas decorations in this Stockholm home, as well as the love that is so obviously displayed in this young family, has me tearing up. This past year, and the…

A Handmade Christmas

A Handmade Christmas

Photography by Stacy Richardson Photography. Mix equal parts Southern Living with Briarwood Presbyterian, throw in a talented calligrapher, stylist, and photographer, and you have one of the cutest open houses I’ve seen in a while. My favorite details? The artist’s…

Ornaments and Mistletoe

Ornaments and Mistletoe

Photography by Stacey Brandford and Janis Nicolay. Looking at these photos from House & Home has me regretting the decision not to decorate our home. I put out the very few decorations we brought from the States, but they look…

Lonny + Domino

Lonny + Domino

Photo for Lonny Mag. I’m not sure why I’ve resisted Lonny Mag for so long. I guess because I wanted it to be more like Domino. But, I’m catching up on all the issues, and finding it more and more…

A Chalkboard Grey Christmas

A Chalkboard Grey Christmas

Photography by Patrick Cline for Lonny Mag. I’m really missing our chalkboard wall in this new house. It would go perfectly with the palette of gray and brown I’ve chosen. Instead, I’ll satisfy myself with these images of gray and chalkboard decor…

Christmas Cocktails

Christmas Cocktails

Photography by Kate Whitaker Holiday parties are the perfect time to experiment with seasonal cocktails and spritzers. Here’s a few I’ve found online to keep your festivities merry and bright. Caffè di Alpi via Some Kitchen Stories The Mint Icicle by…

Minted for the Holidays

Minted for the Holidays

When a representative from the Minted affiliate program contacted me with an offer for a free calendar, I was immediately hooked. We ordered our Christmas cards from Minted (see review below!) and I was really impressed by the quality of…

Juniper and Pine

Juniper and Pine

Image via Better Homes & Gardens. One of the items on my holiday decor “to-do’s” is to pick up a few containers for our front walkway. It has so much potential, and I haven’t had time or ambition enough to…

Gift Tub Delight

Gift Tub Delight

Image via Pottery Barn. Have a big family? Pick up vintage tubs and baskets and plop them on in. Each person gets their own. It’s a genius way to keep the under-the-tree mess under control.

Advent Mashup

Advent Mashup

Robot Advent by Next to Nicx, via Of Paper and Things. We decided to spend our Christmas money on travel this year. Which means I won’t be going all out on decorations and gifts. But, this girl isn’t going to…

Upside Down

Upside Down

Image via Pottery Barn. Thank you Pottery Barn for reminding me of my love of upside down bouquets. I used on the chapel doors for my wedding. It makes me want to head outside and clip off branches.

Christmas Color Inspiration

Christmas Color Inspiration

{Images via: lemons & loafers, J.Crew via Kelly McCaleb, and Martha Stewart.} Isn’t this palette from The Sweetest Occasion just lovely? The addition of blues to the traditional holiday red and green makes it so much deeper.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

From my family to yours. I hope you all have a safe and very merry holiday season. Thank you for all the comments, shares, likes, emails, and general awesomeness that you’ve sent my way. I’ll be taking the next week…

Cranberry Christmas

Cranberry Christmas

For years, the sum of my Christmas decor was a tabletop tree and glass containers filled with cranberries and water. I took the idea from a cousin who also did the same. They add color, natural beauty, and reflect light…

Christmas Baking

Christmas Baking

I picked up a few Martha Stewart packaging kits that were on clearance. For about $1 per box, I had a prettier option than my typical disposable pan option. They came with a box, ribbon, tags, and tissue paper. Everything…

Vanilla Bean Sugar

Vanilla Bean Sugar

Vanilla bean is one of those ingredients that I’ve just now started using. Because of the high cost ($3-4 per bean), it isn’t cost effective to use in everything. But in certain recipes there’s no extract that can match it….

Pretty Christmas Wreath Ideas

Pretty Christmas Wreath Ideas

Christmas is the time that all wreath forms look forward to all year. For most of the year, they sit silently in the wreath form aisle. Brushing dust from each others shoulders. Talking about the wreaths that have gone before…

Salted Caramel Recipe

Salted Caramel Recipe

Photography by Inspired Taste. Don’t these salted caramels look amazing? Find the easy recipe on Inspired Taste.

All Is Calm Christmas Garland

All Is Calm Christmas Garland

The cutest little garland from Lovely Indeed and posted on The Sweetest Occasion. Holiday perfection in mini silver glitter form. Click on the image above to see more images and a tutorial with downloadable template. And while you’re at it,…

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