♪ 7th day of BlogMas ♪
Secret Santa Gift Guide
Home Decor Under $50

If you're anything like me . . .

. . . you're probably scrambling the day of your Christmas party to find a great gift for your Secret Santa. I said I would be better this year, and here we are (our Christmas party is in two days and I still don't have my gift) so please, don't be like me this year. Order your Secret Santa one of these awesome under $50 Amazon Home Decor gift options right now for every special person on your list. Best part is they are all PRIME 2-Day Shipping. Why didn't I do this sooner?

Next year I'll be better I promise... 


For the Botanist ...

Geometric Wall Vase Set of 2 • $24.99

The simple, elegant and modern design of these wall planters are a sure fire win for your plant loving friend. 

 


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For the Artist ...

Shibori Indigo Throw Blanket • $21.90

Any artist would appreciate the handmade delicate quality of shibori fabric. This piece can double as a throw blanket on an accent chair or bed, or be used as a tapestry adorned on the wall.


For the Foodie ... 

Calabash Bowls Set of 4 • $24.95

Hand crafted and hand turned from one solid piece of Acacia hardwood, these bowls are sure to wow your foodie friend. Wood version ramekins, they're perfect for cheeses, dips, or serving food to the kiddos.

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For the Dog Lover ...

Ceramic Dog Treat Jar • $32.99

Go against the grain for your dog loving friend this year. This modern take on the classic cookie jar will have your friend wondering if they should stock it with human treats instead! 


For the Minimalist ... 

Rose Gold 12" Wall Clock • $44.99

This elegantly designed clock is sure to fit in with any minimalist design theme. The polished rose gold frame adds that metallic element making it the most perfect festive gift!

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Have you snagged any great Amazon deals this x-mas season? Let me know in the comments section!

♪ 5th day of BlogMas ♪
Small Apartment, how should I decorate?

When scrolling through Pinterest, Houzz . . .

. . . even Google Images in search of holiday decor inspiration, we're immediately shown breathtaking homes with staircases draped in garland, fireplace mantels decked to the 9's and of course massive, grandeur 12 foot Christmas trees just drenched in holiday charm. What about the little guys? The 800-SQ foot studios? The 1-bedroom apartments? In this BlogMas post, I'm narrowing in on the top 2 elements to focus on while decorating your small space. 


Focus No. 1 : Height


If your apartment is lacking in with, look up! Bring the eye upwards towards your ceiling. Utilizing the ceiling as a decor focal point will free up floor space, and create the feeling of a larger & taller room. Using decor with a designated color palette (primarily light) will help keep the decor feel cohesive and organized. 

Another great small space saving tip is to use your open walls for your holiday decor. In Image 3, we see a fantastic use of an empty wall space by creating a DIY christmas tree with natural garland and ornaments. This frees up floor space in a tiny aparment, and can be completely customized with a minimalist look, or a full, bushy feel you'd get with a real x-mas tree!


Focus No. 2 : Light


I'm a huge fan of ambient light - (hardly ever use the ceiling fixtures in my apartment) - especially string lights during the holiday season (shh -- I keep them up year 'round). The warm casted light of twinkling christmas strands warms up any small space immediately. Ambient lighting is so important to creating a cozy and comfortable space during the holiday season - and utilizing it in windows, and on walls in small apartment spaces helps to make the space feel larger.

A combination of height & light is a no-brainer in a small space. Again, this draws the eye upwards, accentuating the height of the space - eliminates floor obstruction and provides additonal ambient lighting that always makes a space feel bigger.


Do you have any fool-proof tips for decorating in a small space? Let me know in the comments section! Happy Decorating!

♪ 3rd day of BlogMas ♪
Dear Santa... My Lulu & Georgia Wishlist

One of my favorite gems of curated online retail world is Lulu & Georgia

. . . Their designers draw inspiration from all over the world, curating a collection of items that is meant to inspire and invigorate their clientele. I created a list of 5 items hosted by Lulu & Georgia I'd love for Santa to leave under my tree! 

We don't have a chimney, Santa -- but I'll leave the front door open if you've got one of these 5 picks on your sleigh!


Number 1 :

Agate Coaster Set, TealBring one of a kind beauty to your coffee table or desk with this glamorous accessory.

I love how these coasters are cut to highlight the natural concentric circles, making them a conversation piece drawing a pop of color to your holiday table scape.

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Number 2:

Emma Holiday Ornaments, Set of 4      Our Emma Holiday Ornaments will add a dash of color and excitement to your home for the holidays! Consider grouping with other colors of the Izmir Ornament for a finished look.

These ornaments are so sweet and simplistic, bringing a modern and refreshing look to your Christmas tree decor.


Number 3 :

Taliba Indigo Mudcloth + Fur Pillow -Pillows made with handmade indigo and mud cloth textiles from Mali, Africa backed with faux fur.

I worked on Shibori in textile school and let me tell you - it's a painstaking process that produces such a gorgeous result. I love the dyed fabric mixed with the faux fur - perfect for any accent chair.

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Number 4 :

Jonathan Adler Animalia Coasters -      On a table or at your bedside.

These are a perfect host/hostess gift - they're adorable, bright and flashy, and can be multi purposed as a trinket dish by the bedside. 


Number 5:

Del Chandelier, White Glam up your space with our ever-so elegant Del Chandelier. A luxurious feel without the glitz, but still enough to charm all guests. 

If you've read my other BlogMas posts you already know my obsession with wooden beads. I love how this piece is both casual with the draped bead look, yet totally graceful in it's classic chandelier shape.

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What's on your wishlist this year? Let me know in the comments section!