interior design

Easy Ways to Update Your Home for the Holidays

November 24, 2015

*This post is in partnership with American Signature Furniture.
updating your room for the holidays



1. Camelot Accent Chair
2. Birchwood logs
3. Cableknit Pillows
4. Camelot Storage Ottoman
5.,8., and 9. Lindbergh  Candles
6. Pour over coffee maker
7. Sheepskin
10. Darling Magazine

When the evenings start to get dark early and the temps start to drop, you start to feel all the best holidays coming up. For me, I immediately want to make the house feel cozy, warm, and welcoming. There are actually simple ways to do this without a complete overhaul. Here are a few easy ways to update a room for the holidays to welcome guests.

  • Move your furniture around! You can push your furniture against the wall and direct it around the mantle or Christmas tree. You could parallel your chairs against the wall or pull them back to open up the room. This makes for a more conversational environment and feels less crammed when you have guests over.
  • Change out your pillows — The most inexpensive way to change the look and feel of your furniture pieces is by switching out the pillows. I just have a few pillows I like to trade in and out of our family room that make a big visual difference … and I have a soft spot for cableknit!
  • Work in a sheepskin throw — These are generally inexpensive options to add some cozy pieces to a room that are neutral in color and can make you feel like you want to kick off your boots and stay in for the night.
  • Add some seasonal aroma — Light ’em up! Oh what a good candle can do, right? Completely lifts the mood of a room and oftentimes cues up some nostalgic memories of the best time of year. A few fire logs don’t hurt either. In our house, the fireplace becomes what we focus the furniture around in the winter!
  • Change up your bar cart — I love to add some hot drink options like coffee or cocoa to have on hand to serve your guests. A good pour-over coffee option is easy on the eyes too. 😉
  • Have some good coffee table reading material — A good stack of magazines or books is a great way to update your space as well as leave some options for your guests as the day winds down.

What are some ways you like to update your space for the holidays? I am really looking forward to the coming weeks and the chance to spend more time with loved ones we don’t get to see often. But for now, you can find me in the corner cozy chair with a good mag, pillow, and a fire going.


Breakfast nook makeover.

November 3, 2015

I found our kitchen table at a flea market last year and it only had a cheap primer slapped onto it. Since then, it has been a well loved table being used as a both a breakfast table by morning and an art table by day. I never got around to painting it, so it got pretty beat up. The island behind the table was also in sore need of a fix up.

 Breakfast nook


dining room rug

Adding bold colors to your home.

October 22, 2015

You can tell by the way I have decorated our home, that I am a sucker for bold color. Almost every room in our house has a good strong color in some way or form. For National Color Day today, I am sharing a few ideas of ways you can infuse some bold hues into your own home….

dining room rug
(our dining room, photo by Chelsey Heidorn)

Peacock cabinets I used an overdyed peackock blue rug in our dining room to work in some color, and you could also use a good all purpose paint + primer or cabinet paint to add this color onto your kitchen cabinets or an accent wall. (Pacific Pleasure is a great color!)

Reading-nook-In-Honor-of-Design (our bedroom reading corner)

yellow door

I’ve always dreamed of an ochre yellow door or couch, but for now, blanket throws will have to do! Here is an example of a great way to add some deep yellow to the inside of your home or maybe even on a bedroom door! (Valspar’s Squash Blossom VR011B is a really good hue!)

A cool thing about Valspar paint is that they have a color guarantee which allows you to return paint if you aren’t satisfied with the color. Since I tend to be wishy washy with color decisions I find this extremely helpful. 😉 Their interior paints have served us well so far! We used some light greys in our living room and guest room that lifted so much light compared to the dull brown it was before. 

What color are you itching to try in your home? I say go for it! It’s National Color Day after all!

*This post is in partnership with Valspar!

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