sans christmas decorations and what to do next year

I don’t feel very festive…let’s just get that out there. The closest thing I have to even being a Christmas decoration is a wicker wreath in the shape of a star. I’m not kidding, look…


But, you can hardly consider even this a Christmas specific decoration because I love stars, so they stay all year long, AND it’s sitting in the corner of the spare bedroom…behind the door. #lifeandchristmasfail

I’m not the Grinch though, I swear! But, while we’re on that topic…does anyone know when it airs on TV? I may not be the Grinch, but the movie is awesome.

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I just can’t justify putting decorations up when we won’t even be here on Christmas to enjoy them. Seems counterproductive, don’t you think?

Which is why I vow to decorate next year instead. It may sound crazy to be thinking about decorating next year, when this year hasn’t even finished, but this is why I’m rightfully a type A – I like to plan things.

Let’s start with a Christmas tree.


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I’ll probably just opt for a fake one. It’ll lessen the chance of any squirrels residing in there ;)! And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you have not watched one of the funniest Christmas movies, ever (and yes, the husband and I have already watched it).

I also want to do some sort of advent calendar. I don’t know about you, but I automatically think of the calendars that come with the horrible little chocolates, yet, we still got them every year. I’d like to go a step above this (which isn’t that hard to do) and create my own. Insert Mrs. Martha Stewart wannabe…


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I saw this idea (via Pinterest) with the little stockings as the advent – brilliant! I’d probably put the good advents in my sock stockings…sorry a year in advance hubby!

Also, lights.


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I never thought I’d be a light lover, but I am. Maybe I’m loving lights more because I don’t have any, but I drove by some tonight that I absolutely loved. I asked the husband if he’d go for a walk with me one night to stealthly takes pics of them. I posted the pic above because they are closest to what the lights looked like – but outside, of course. Twine on the brick with lights in the shape of stars. When I do post the pic, I bet it’ll be nothing like you picture. Either way, super cool and rustic, which seems to be what my style has evolved to.

Since I’m not decorating this year, I think that’s a solid start for next year. And now I have a year to work on it (read: leave it to the last minute).

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Please ignore my lack of posting. I am currently in the brink of exams. 2 done, with 3 to go. I am hating life, but it will be worth it in the end. But, if someone wouldn’t mind crawling into my brain and putting the information there to save me from actually reading it all, it’d be greatly appreciated!


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decorating: what’s your style?

Let’s get this out there: I’m a picky person. The husband can attest to this.

So naturally, when we started talking about how to decorate, I tried to take hold of the reins (it’s ‘reins’ right?) – did I also mention I’m a word junkie, linguistic nut and like things said pretty literal? We’ll get to that another time.

So back to decorating; I figured, I’d give him the chance to put his ideas out there, but ultimately, they better match mine.

Take for instance, this blue sofa.


Originally, it was going to be it’s taupe brother (sister?), but the husband was worried about stains getting on it (mistake #1), so I found the blue one, instead. The husband thought the blue might be a bit too bold (really?) and didn’t necessarily like it at first. But picky-set-in-her-ways me, was now in love with the new colour. In the end, the husband ended up loving the colour – maybe it had to do with the fact that he knew I wasn’t straying from this decision, or maybe it did actually grow on him. But either way, I blue won.

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So, it’s always good to establish your decorating style before you actually start decorating (or have decided on a non-neutral couch), because if you have no idea how to decorate a room, you might end up with something like this instead.

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And, no one wants a non-functional room (unless you like working out next to a fireplace).

I’m pretty new in the decorating department, but still can kinda summarize what my style is: somewhat modern, with a classy edge, and absolutely love stars.


^ This is so how I would hide my ugly kid, too. Kidding!

I think it’s pretty clear how tough decorating can be…even when you know your style. What makes it even more tough, is liking something you wouldn’t even know you liked, until you’re looking at it. Like this, for example:


I looooove how inviting this living room is. What am I at now? Rustic, modern, with a classy edge? Sure, works for me. Just to put the ‘modern’ tinge back in there, this one is also super cool:


And kitchens, this is where I become a super-picky mess. Not really for the decorating part, but the style/space in general. You see, I love food. I also have to love the area where I prepare my food. Down the road, I would like a kitchen (that’s huge, obvs!) that gives me the freedom to love food all over it. Take this:


Now, I know this one is ginormous, but I love the pantry in the corner. I’m very visual, so shelves full of food that I can practically walk into would be my haven. I also like the look of this one:


I’ll subside the pantry love with tables that the pantry food can go on – the kitchen table. I love the idea of windows all around.


Who doesn’t love a lot of windows?! Oh right, the mom with the kids who put their window markers, face paint, boogers and handprints all over them. My bad!

Now I’m just even more lost than when I started and have given up on the concept of having a design style. I guess you’ll just have to come over and decide what my style is for me!

Question of the day: What would you say your style of decorating is?!