Halloween Madness

It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year…and I went a little crazy with the Halloween touches. The past few years I’ve become a holiday decorating minimalist, so this is me really going all out, haha. If not at Halloween, when? Proudly, all the Halloween items still fit into 1 storage box, but there’s fun stuff going on in most every room of the house this year and I’m feeling it! Basically me right now:Starting out front with the new white paint and new black fixtures and the new-to-Halloween orange door!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE. This was the year for exterior transformations and dang have we come a long way since our tan and turquoise 2017 Halloween. I didn’t change much in the entry from last year. We are still using this weird old organ as an entry table! The den was given Halloween decoration crumbs, but look how festive! Spider webs are becoming my favorite Halloween addition. Big impact with minimal storage. (Do you notice the couch swap I am experimenting with? The colors are working.) We are still doing this. Probably until my kids are 40.
My very complicated addition to the kitchen/front window. Whoa, we even spilled the festivities into the bedrooms (see this one here). OVER THE TOP.
We’ve been doing Halloween family movie/show nights every Friday…Spooky Buddies is an all time favorite of my kids and I tolerate it for the Halloween campiness of it all. But we recently started watching The Addams Family together (the original TV show), which I loved as a kid but haven’t really watched with adult brains, and it is SO GOOD! They are all I want to be. Tish is my new role model. What are some of your favorite Halloween movies/shows? And do you go all out decorating for Halloween or pass? xoxo Jenny

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One More Christmas Post

OK, one more Christmas post before the big day! This time, our entry. (Family room here and den here.) I loved walking down the hall to our simple entry Halloween decorations this year, so I basically copied that but in Christmas form. I swapped mirrors (this one is from Amazon and is one of my favorite purchases!), then added a little white tree and lights. Again, pretty low-key decorating this year. Festive but contained. Give me a few more years and I might be down to nothing! The older I get, the more stressed I get, and the less excess I can handle. Is this natural life progression…or should I talk to someone in 2018?  This special little vintage “KISS ME” mistletoe decoration was made by my kiddos great grandma. So sweet. Around the corner from the entry, in the dining room bookshelf, I tucked my favorite vintage reindeer along with our advent calendarSo if you are keeping score, I completely failed at a calm, simple, reflective December despite my best efforts. I’m a wreck. Does this just happen as kids get older and have more of a social life/homework/etc? While I’m not ready to pack up the decorations, I’m really looking forward to some quiet next week after all the celebrating, when we have nothing scheduled but some hardwood flooring install (in the kid bedrooms!). I desperately need a break, mostly from being my youngest’s teacher, ha! Christmas plus regular mom stuff plus homeschool has just pushed me over the edge this month. Like pass the pillow, I’m gonna scream. So sad, but true, and just life. Hope your December fared better! And if so, tell me your secrets to simplicity. If not, there’s always next Christmas! Merry Christmas from my crazy house to yours! xoxo

Christmassy Den

I never would have thought that my blue room would be one of the most Christmassy, but every year it is! This room always gets the most basic of decorations (2016 and 2015) and nevertheless, it is always ready to party. All I did this year was add a tinsel wreath to the fireplace screen and hang a vintage mini aluminum tree and BOOM it’s Christmas. The colors in here just lend themselves to lots of shiny silver and bright colors, I guess. Whatever the reason, thank you den for your enthusiastic participation! Most everything in here is vintage except for the rug and mirror. Family room Christmas right here!

Praying for California today. All the firefighters, residents and animals. None of the big fires are in our county, but could so easily be. The neighborhoods burning in Ventura look just like ours. I clearly have a soft spot for shelter and “home”, and the safety and comfort they represent. I can’t imagine the pain and workload facing the many who have lost so much. And the horses. The horses! It’s so heartbreaking. God bless firefighters. Here’s how to help. xoxo

Oh, Christmas Tree!

faux sheepskin christmas tree skirt ikeaIt’s that time! Our aluminum tree is up in our family room! Last year it was in the den and we did a flocked tree in here, but in the interest of simplicity, we are keeping things nice and minimal in 2017, which always ends up being my favorite way to decorate for Christmas. I’m such a sucker for simple glass balls on Christmas trees, especially airy aluminum ones, and after some deliberation we landed on this turquoise/yellow/orange/green/gold color scheme that I am loving in this room. I think it’s the prettiest tree ever, but I think that every year.
mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny britemid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteThe “tree skirt” is just two Ikea faux sheepskins.mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteSome ornaments are vintage, but those lovely turquoise and aqua ones are new from Michaels. It’s hard to find a really good vibrant greenish blue, so I scooped up a bunch after Christmas last year and a few more boxes this year too! I want more orange but nobody ever sells orange ornaments…
Elsewhere in the room, tinsel drenches the bookshelf and a few little vintage trees sit here and there and that’s the extent of the decorating!This beaded tree was my husband’s grandma’s. Isn’t it adorable? That spacey base alone!Not planned, but a perk from outside is how well this year’s tree coordinates with our patio and backyard (same colors as crazy wall!). Double fun!mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny britemid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteIt goes without saying that a color wheel illuminates the tree at night, making boss wall shadows everywhere! I’ve scattered a few other festive touches around the house and it feels like just enough, not too overwhelming. I’ll share more next time!

Hope you are having a slow and simple December. We would be except I’m pushing to finish the front yard saga (yes we are still working on that) before the new year and, if we make it, it will be cutting it close!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi internet! I’m popping in to say a quick Happy Thanksgiving to you! We just got back from a few wonderful days in Palm Springs and, in between laundry loads, have this going on in our house. I’m so not ready for this, but the kids are. Holiday confusion! I have a feeling we’ll spend the day debating over whether we’ll get a real tree too this year (team kids) or just go nice and minimal (team me)…not the worst 2017 Thanksgiving debate you could have I guess. Wherever you stand (even team no Christmas decorations til after this holiday – I KNOW!) I hope you have a wonderful holiday! So thankful to you all and this weird internet world where I’ve gotten to connect with so many of you fellow house nuts!

See you on the other side of black Friday (team Cyber Monday/burn Christmas consumerism to the ground…#innerconflict).

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Jenny