Home Office in Gray and White – Gray White Home Office.
But my office isn’t just relegated to that one corner by the window. I’ve extended my reach over here …
This side table is not just a side table. It pulls double duty by housing all my blog and household files …
I’m all about the hidden storage ideas. And the pulling of double-duty furniture and spaces.
So while I return to the magic making, I thought I’d share all of my home office shopping resources …
Home Office Shopping Resources:
Gray White Bathroom Makeover – Sherwin Williams Repose Gray Paint.
Is my family wondering, what’s next mom?
What TMI will you be sharing next week with your readers? Interiors of messy closets? Close ups of the contents of underwear drawers?
Well, I want to assure them this is the TMI wall.
Pinky swear. 🙂
P.S. The bathroom wall color is Repose Gray from Sherwin-Williams
P.P.S. Here’s a link to the bathroom “before” (complete with cringy photos! I’ve certainly come a long way!)
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Merry Christmas …
from the kitchen …
a week (and a day) late.
I know, I know. But I’m not holding my head in shame. Nope. I’m taking full ownership.
Besides, I already took pictures of the kitchen pre-Christmas day. And downloaded said pictures. And, among hundreds and hundreds, picked my favorites. And edited said favorites. And then culled through those favorites to pick my favorite of the favorites. And added them to this post. And then looked at them again and didn’t like how they looked. So I edited them some more. And I culled it down (again) to my favorite of the favorites of the favorites …
and if that sounds exhausting, it can be. But after all that work, how could I not share my Christmas kitchen? A week (and a day) late.
My original post idea for Christmas day (a week and a day ago) was to share my favorite part of the kitchen at Christmastime. And you might be surprised to find out my favorite, especially when there are so many things to choose from.
There are the delicious smells of cookies baking and roasts roasting. Which are definitely delicious. But that’s not my favorite favorite.
And then there are the cute mini wreaths on the cabinets that make me smile each time I enter the kitchen …
What I love the most about the Christmas kitchen is the sound of the dishwasher running on Christmas day.
Yep, that’s my favorite favorite.
Oh, and Happy New Year too! I don’t have a New Year kitchen or story to share. It looks pretty much the same today. Though, a little less merry …
and a little more messy! 😉
Christmas Table Setting in Gray, White, Gold – Gray and White Holiday Table Setting Idea.
Let’s start with the (faux) crystal candle holders and tapers. Old me would call them old fashioned, old lady table decor. But new/old me? New/old me calls them eclectic. Quirky. A fun mix of old with the new, sparkly white Scandinavian inspired trees.
And the gold flatware (which is actually gold toned stainless I found at Target)? Old me would see them as ostentatious. Flashy. Tacky. But new/old me? New/old me sees them as glam, rich and classy …
I’m liking how this whole new/old me thing works. 😉
Finally, the vintage-look-French-striped napkins (found mine at World Market). Old me would’ve called them rags. Relegated to wiping up messes. But new/old me? New/old me calls them linens. Crisp and fresh and deserving of a pressing before use.
Yes, I did iron them.
In keeping with the everything old is new again theme, I think I’ll apply it to myself. So when I look in the mirror instead of old me seeing wrinkles, new/old me will see lines of wisdom. And laughter. And smiles.
P.S. My apologies if this blog post is filled with ads for old people stuff and services. I mean, I did mention old people stuff in the copy and Google knows and documents everything. That’s not paranoia. That’s just fact.
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And as I sit in the living room looking into the dining room my little eye spies a box of Duck Tape. A few Christmas cards. An empty mason jar box filled with gray and white ribbon. A cookie canister. And embroidery hoops (from a failed craft project).
So, yeah, the mountain is growing …
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Christmas Decorations in Gray, White & Red – Christmas Home Tour – Living Room.
So thank you!
Thank you for supporting me … and encouraging me … to do my own thing!
And thank you for being here when I finally realized my path is a pretty darn good one! 🙂
And it only took me seven years! Sigh.
And I’ll end with the holiday dog picture.
Yes, yes, I realize all the cool girls have a well-behaved holiday dog picture on their holiday home tour posts. But here’s the catch: Ernie hates the camera. He runs from it with his head hung low and tail tucked between his legs. But for once Ernie didn’t run away when I pointed the camera in his direction. Perhaps he was really tired. Or perhaps he was really enjoying the Christmas tree.
Or perhaps he really wanted to give me a popular girl blog moment! Ha! 🙂
And now my pre-lit tree has one tiny little pre-lit section left. It’s the smallest piece of the puzzle that fits on the tippy top of the tree. I’m not sure why that one strand of lights continues to shine brightly. But if decides to follow the rest of the tree and dark next year …
Though, next year I’ll wear protective gloves. 🙂
P.S. Clearly Ernie is enjoying this year’s Christmas tree!
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You know what the saddest day of the year is?
The day the Christmas tree comes down.
Or, in my case, trees plural. As in three.
And, yes, I know I’m still clinging to Christmas. And, yes, I know I need to move on …
but it’s so hard to do when all I see for the next three months is a vast, cold, windy, overcast winter.
With nary a twinkle light in sight. 😉
And this Christmas was an especially merry one. As I’ve shared before.
Oh, and the make this Christmas even more magical was the snow. On Christmas Eve day! Blanketing the city in white …
and making Christmas morning just that much more magical.
This is Christmas tree #3.
This the last tree to go up. Waited for someone to return from college.
This was the last tree to get decorated. I added the red balls and ribbon … and waited on college student and high school junior to add the assorted decorations. This happened the eve before Christmas eve.
This tree has no rhyme or reason. No theme. No color story. Just a mishmash of ornaments accumulated over the years. Some I bought early on before kids. Some the kids buy during their annual pilgrimage to the Kristkindlemarket with their aunt. Some given as stocking stuffers from Santa over the years.
And I’m not even counting all the ornaments that did not make their way onto the tree.
We all clearly have our favorites.
Molly has a strong kinship with this lady. And always reserves a branch so she will hang front and center.
Sam likes non-traditional ornaments. Non-traditional colors. Non-traditional Christmas themed …
like what is that?
He even loaded one side of the tree with his favorites so he that he can see them as he sits on his usual perch on the couch.
This one is my favorite.
I’m not yet ready for the saddest day of the year. So I’m holding out until 2018.
Because who wants to ring in the New Year without twinkle lights? 🙂
Merry merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate Christmas!
And happy happy holidays to those of you who don’t!
Celebrate Christmas, that is.
Or perhaps we should mix things up with a Happy Christmas and a Merry Holiday cheer this year? 🙂
Either way, I hope you are having a lovely holiday season filled with friends and family and love and joy.
And I write this as I await my now-grown-young-adult children to awake.
I love that they still want presents to open under the tree.
I love that they still want a coordinated time to wake and come down to open said presents.
I love that they still get excited about the prospect of Christmas morning.
I love that they still want to hold onto the magic of the day.
Ten o’clock AM Central Time is official present opening time here at casa Braden …
so I better run off and get things ready.
So, again, Happy Christmas! Or Merry Christmas! And Merry Holidays! Or Happy Holidays!
Just pick the one that sums you up best. 🙂
But no matter how you say it, I hope you all have a wonderful-love-filled-day!
Duck Tape Candle Holiday Table Centerpiece – Silver & Gold Christmas Table.
I’m feeling extra merry this holiday season.
Super duper with an extra side of duper merry merry.
And it’s not forced merriment (which I’ve been guilty of in the past). Or self-induced merriment brought on with a huge diet of Christmas movies and music. Nope. This year it’s my heart-is-full-of-merriment merry.
I’ve been trying to put my finger on why this year is so extra merry for me?
Honestly, 2017 wasn’t exactly a merry year. (And, honestly, it’s not my unmerry story to tell). All I can say is the year started off troubled. Six months in things were headed for a very dark place. It wasn’t until the fall that things started to turn around.
So maybe it’s the fall turnaround that’s contributed to my extra merry this year?
Or maybe I’m extra merry because I didn’t put together a holiday home tour this year (spoiler alert: there won’t be one). And, as such, I didn’t participate in a blog hop holiday home tour this year.
Which took a huge-looming-pressure-filled deadline off my head …
and allowed me to decorate the house at my leisure.
Which I did. And which I truly enjoyed. With an extra side of merry.
To be honest, I skipped the whole holiday home tour because this year’s decorations look very much like last year. With a few exceptions. Like the dining room table …
dressed up in silver and gold.
The extra merry in me this year was hankering (and yes, I used the word hankering) for some glam. Some glitz. Some sparkle. And some bling.
Remember, you can take the girl out of Jersey but you can’t take the Jersey out of the girl. 🙂
… to create a glitzy-glammy-sparkly-glimmery-blingy silver and gold Duck Tape Candle Holiday Centerpiece.
How To Make Duck Tape Candle Holiday Centerpiece
Start with Duck Tape Mirror and Duck Tape Texture. They come in fun and festive (and glam) colors of silver and gold and iridescent hues of blues and pinks too. Duck Tape Mirror is shiny and bright. And Duck Tape Texture added some much-needed bling to my holiday table.
Just roll it onto the candle ..
… like so …
… and so.
The best part? The Duck tape is sticky but not too sticky, so you can just unroll and adjust as needed.
For the tapers, I alternated Duck Tape Texture in gold bling …
with Duck Tape Mirror in silver that come in smaller rolls.
And just like that, I added some glam to my holiday table. And it only took a few minutes of my time!
Which makes me even merrier than before! 🙂
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Christmas Outdoor Decorations with Garland and Red Bows.
Okay, it wasn’t some windfall inches upon inches of snow.
But it snowed!
Now, you may be wondering, “Why, Linda? Why are you so excited about snow? You live in Chicago, after all.”
To which I would respond, “Why, yes. Yes, I do live in Chicago. But you might be surprised to find out that snow on Christmas is pretty rare around here.”
In fact, I can’t remember the last Christmas we had that it snowed. Or even had a dusting of snow on the ground.
Let’s just say Christmas 2016 was a big disappointment. Snow wise.
And it wasn’t even that cold …
I did a little “Googling” and discovered the most frequent amount of snowfall recorded on Christmas is zero.
Yes, you read that right. Zero.
That happens 60% of the time.
We have 27% chance of trace amounts of snow. And another 27% of less than an inch.
The highest amount of snowfall recorded on Christmas occurred in 1950 when 5.1 inches fell.
That was 67 years ago!
And we only have a 2% chance of that happening again.
Sounds like the same kind of odds given to The Cubs winning the World Series. 🙂
So perhaps now you can understand why I get so excited when Chicago gets a little snowfall before Christmas.
Oh, and I’m hoping for that 2% Christmas day chance of snowfall in 2017. 🙂