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User Image pencilshavings Posted: Jul 2, 2012 3:32 AM (UTC)

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Would it be weird to leave the tree up year round? 🤩 Asking for a friend. ♥️🎅🏻♥️
User Image pencilshavings Posted: Dec 13, 2017 2:02 PM (UTC)
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Scrooge McChihuahua. 😂 Nickels wants you all to know that he sees your elf on the shelf shenanigans and he is #notimpressed. He also has zero time for anything other than stealing food right out of Archer’s hands, taking approximately 26 naps a day, and yapping at anyone who dares walk by the house in a very canine-curmudgeonly manner not unlike old men shaking their canes and shouting “Hey you kids! Get outta my yard!” #thepoopies #hesanangryelf
User Image pencilshavings Posted: Dec 13, 2017 3:59 AM (UTC)
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Happy Christmas colors 💗💎♥️
User Image pencilshavings Posted: Dec 12, 2017 3:53 PM (UTC)
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Obsessing over @mehomecollection’s dining room. That chandelier! 😍😍😍
I like Mondays because my house gets tidied up from top to bottom ... for a solid 15 minutes until everyone gets home and it explodes in school papers, toys, and groceries. Whyyyyy can it not stay clean longer?
I can’t get enough of these little wire fairy lights I found at Target last year — I snapped up several more sets a few weeks ago when they put out all the Christmas stuff. I use them year round and they come in battery operated or plug in but you can twist them around practically anything. Here they’re wrapped around this boxwood garland from @ballarddesigns but I’ve also used them on my big ceramic pagodas and left them plugged in 24/7. One year later and still going strong! Wee tiny ginger jar c/o @janabekdesign and stacked boxes by @sugarpaperla for Target. Get all the lights and boxes and goodies here —-> #LTKhome #liketkit )
An old photo I’ve shared before but felt appropriate on this chilly December morning. Had so much fun with @simonshingleton last night. It was the first year in a long time I enjoyed doing the Christmas party circuit and didn’t dread seeing myself in photos. Bonus points for fitting into my favorite Kate Spade dress from years ago. Thanks @weightwatchers 💙💗🧡💚❤️ #NSV #weightwatchers #weightlossstory
User Image pencilshavings Posted: Dec 7, 2017 4:00 AM (UTC)
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Have you ever made tassels? It’s seriously the easiest DIY ever. Would you like me to put a tutorial together on how to make this garland? 🎄♥️🎅🏻
User Image pencilshavings Posted: Dec 6, 2017 2:18 PM (UTC)
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Last year I made several of these simple boxwood wreaths from one giant (and totally budget-friendly) Trader Joe’s wreath. Get the whole tutorial via the link in profile. ♥️🎄🎅🏻 Still love that @sugarpaperla ribbon that I hoarded in bulk.
JOY! 🎄🎄🎄A happy scene that proves you can decorate for Christmas in colors other than red and green. 🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻 Sofa by @leeindustries in @stroheimfabrics @cryptonfabric // joy wreaths by @ballarddesigns // pillows by @janabekdesign // ottomans borrowed from my upstairs #oneroomchallenge by @mehomecollection @crlaine
User Image pencilshavings Posted: Dec 5, 2017 5:40 PM (UTC)

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Obsessing over this gorgeous shot of @tobifairley’s home. Those modern monogram pillows are perfection and the color scheme is 👌. Color done right.
All is calm, all is bright. ♥️🎅🏻🎄😍 There’s something so wonderful about the glow of a Christmas tree, isn’t there? Pure magic.
User Image pencilshavings Posted: Dec 2, 2017 4:44 AM (UTC)
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Oh Nickels. Don’t let me disturb you, or anything. (Swipe to see his response 😂👈🏼) #thepoopies #chihuahuas #sojudgemental
Obsessed with these gorgeous vintage inspired finials from @hobbylobby. They were a prominent piece from my workshop at @crossingswomen a few weeks back and I love them so. Such a good price point too — the biggest one is only $18 and almost everything is 50% off. Such 👏a👏steal👏 Little string lights are the @sugarpaperla for @target ones and I love the mini globes on them. ♥️🎄🎅🏻
User Image pencilshavings Posted: Nov 30, 2017 4:31 AM (UTC)
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You may remember a few weeks back how we reconfigured our dining room into what I now think of as the reading room. It’s such a bright and happy spot in the house and it has the perfect window for the Christmas tree. So that’s where I put it this year. And it’s all kinds of happy, merry and bright. Love those chairs we bought from @hhousefurn — fabric is the Clooney pattern from @cryptonfabric. ♥️🎄🎅🏻
// currently // Sitting upstairs with this view while Jude does his homework on the floor. Wondering if I should bother decorating the little tree because it looks pretty cute as is. 🎅🏻♥️🎄😍 Rug by @barclaybutera for @nourison // @crlaine @tobifairley ottomans by @mehomecollection
This was from last year but it still makes me smile. I feel kinda like decorating for Christmas is my own personal Olympic sport. 😂♥️🎄🎅🏻
User Image pencilshavings Posted: Nov 28, 2017 2:01 AM (UTC)

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Do you still read blogs? Why or why not? 🎤 Here’s my answer: No, I’m not reading many blogs these days. If I’m being honest, the blog world has felt less than inspiring lately. I miss reading personal stories and seeing insights into the way other people live. I think that’s what attracted me in the first place: finding interesting people doing interesting things. And after nearly a decade of writing online, comments and pageviews are down overall for me and everyone else and yet there’s this nonstop push to GET MORE VIEWS, GET MORE LIKES, MORE MONEY, MORE MORE MORE MORE. The pressure to compete and to have professional imagery, etc. is so strong. How does that resonate with you as a reader? As for me, I still love design, decor, pretty images and creating a beautiful home. But I’m wondering what that really looks like as we move towards 2018. Thoughts? ❤️
Reveling in a semi-quiet house as I try to wrangle it into order after our trip last week. Which of the big sales have you taken advantage of?