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Christmas in the Kitchen

I have never given a tour of our new kitchen on the blog. When we moved in this past summer…I just sort of dumped things wherever they landed. It still needs a good organizing…but I have all winter for that right? :) It is the heart of this home. We spend 75% of our time just hanging out in here. We love that it is connected closely with the family room and screened in porch. The kitchen was designed perfectly for us. I snapped a few pictures to share….I didn’t go crazy with Christmas décor in here…because I am still figuring out where I want things. This winter I plan on doing something on the windows…tackle the pantry organization and a few other touches to finish the space a bit. It functions beautifully and everyday I cook in here I love it more…I’m going to stop chit chatting and let you look around… (look….it’s snowing in my kitchen!! #thankspicmonkey:)…

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First let’s start in the foyer….if you park out front….this is what you would see first:) Come on in….christmas in the kitchen @cleverlyinspired (12)

 

My dad refinished this vintage dry sink for me…I adore it in this space. The lantern is from overstock and has just the perfect touch of copper:) I talked about our outdoor décor a few weeks back….

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Kept things simple and just used what I had….a tinsel wreath and some berries…a few shiny ornaments in a bowl:)

 

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After you walk through the family room….

 

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…you come upon the dining/kitchen space….

 

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I showed you this space briefly when I made these platter shelves…. I love to start and end my day here…

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…so does Stella…. (can you say SPOILED?)…

 

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On the other side of the room is the kitchen….

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Just put up a bit of garland over the sink….and a few Christmas boughs on the windows with red ribbon…

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Another tinsel wreath on the pantry door….

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I talked a little bit about this space (here…and I will be sharing more projects for this space in the new year. We love how this house feels….very comfortable and very useable. All the  spaces are family friendly and that fits how we live.

I am going to be taking some time off from the blog. I will be back in the new year…or maybe before:)I do have some yummy New Year’s appetizers to share…:)

I wish you a wonderful Christmas and if you are new here welcome! Please feel free to poke around a bit:) And I know I don’t say it nearly enough…..but thank you.

Thank you for your loyalty, for your kind words about Cleverlyinspired. It has been an amazing 4 years…and much more to come. xoxo

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(stools from World Market, paint on walls is Constellation (ben moore), Granite is Bianco Antico, cabinets are Wellborn glacier, Island is Willow, backsplash is 4×15 white subway with gray grout, handles are oil rubbed bronze, floors are random plank rustic grade hickory stained on site with Jacobean stain by Minwax, pendant lighting is from Shades of Light, dining fixture is from World Market,)

Let me know if you have any other questions:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Casual Christmas Decor

It really feels like Christmas has snuck up on us this year. I probably say that every year…but with moving and a very busy beginning of school year it just seems that it’s hard to believe that we are midway into December. I share these pictures with you to inspire you….not to stress you out. Please know that when you see all the fabulous blog home tours and everyone’s home looking so festive—for every perfectly lit Christmas tree there is a hidden room full of laundry waiting to be done, gifts needing to be wrapped and homework waiting to be checked. Never…ever think that my house looks like it does in these pictures all the time. Before I took these photos I gathered 4 coats…29 puppy toys, 400 magazines and countless socks…so they wouldn’t be in the photograph.  But since I cleaned up….I thought I would pull out the tripod and snap  a few pics. I hope you enjoy this mini tour….I am off to do laundry now:)

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My mantle was kind of giving me fits this year. I wanted decorations to complement the nice beefy cedar mantle and distract from the equally beefy television above it. I am so used to decorating a mantle that I really didn’t know what to do with the TV hanging there. I didn’t want to cover up all of the pretty stone. I really didn’t want to put any kind of nails or sticky glue on it. My solution was to use thumb tacks along with one cup hook along the corner where the stone meets the ceiling. I searched through my Christmas boxes and found a few grapevine wreaths that I have used in the past along with the gold grapevine stars and wooden cranberries.

 

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All of these things I had in my possession already so I didn’t have to buy anything except this wide red ribbon. I found this ribbon in the wedding department at Michaels (same ribbon I used on the outdoor wreaths). I used my 50% off regularly priced item coupon and got a humongous role of red wide ribbon for 10 bucks. It has 20 yards on it and will last me probably several seasons. Best deal of the century! Sidenote: I will be sharing with you very soon the story about the curtain panels….yes, those are horseshoes:) I stare at them daily! Moving on…

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I simply wrapped floral wire around the thumb tack and then around the cranberries and pushed it into the corner snuggly. The wreath is hanging off of a cup hook with floral wire. I think it decorates the space without taking away from the beauty of the stone and the mantle.

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I used some more wooden cranberries with cup hooks on the underside of my mantle along with another gold grapevine wreath. I think it’s hard to decorate around electronics like this large TV but at the same time they’re part of our lives and rather than work against it I decided to just work with it. Decorating above it kind of makes the whole focal point of the room come together. So when the TV is off you can really enjoy all the decorations still.

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I know that it may not look “magazine”…or picture perfect…our Christmas is a mix-match of things that have been collected over time….and it is all perfectly imperfect to us….

 

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I hope you got a few ideas to put to use in your home:)

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I’m going to clean up the other rooms to share now so that I can share it with you soon;) If you are looking for more Christmas inspiration…look here!

 

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Free Christmas Music Playlist

Earlier this week I was sharing some of my party tips that I’ve used in the past. I mentioned how important music is to a party. It’s kind of a no brainer but I have been to several parties where there have been no music playing. And I think it’s the easiest thing to do to change a mood. I have music on in the background most days. Especially if I’m working in my kitchen I would much rather listen to music then have the TV on.

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I am a big fan of spotify and I have shared a playlist for Thanksgiving in the past. Here is one for Christmas. Maybe it has some Christmas tunes on there that you may have not heard yet. Download it and play it this holiday season and feel free to pass it on. Spotify makes it easy to share on your favorite social channels. I think the one album that brings back my childhood Christmases is the Carpenters Christmas album. My parents had the record and we played that every season of my childhood. I hope if you’re entertaining this weekend that this music will lighten the mood and put everybody in a fun festive spirit!

xo

Happy weekend friends!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Traditional Outdoor Christmas Decorations

What a week we have ahead of us….sadly my husband’s grandfather passed away last week. We have his funeral tomorrow. He was probably the kindest man I will ever know…and his grandson surely takes after him. He lived a full life and for that we are all very thankful.

I wanted to share our Christmas porch in case you wanted some ideas for your outdoor spaces. I will be taking some time off this week to enjoy the holiday with my family. I wish you a very restful and happy Thanksgiving. I sure am thankful that you come here to visit me everyday….much love to you all!

Pull out your comfy pants….grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa put and a warm pair of socks and join me on a little tour of the outside decorating that we did this year.

 

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One of the things we love about our new house is its traditional colonial style. I wanted to stay true to the style of decorating when it came to getting the house styled for Christmas. When we went to Colonial Williamsburg last year I noticed that many of the houses are just decorated with fresh greens and seasonal fruits.

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I thought it would be fun to recreate that on our house but use fake fruits so that I don’t have to do this every year hahaha. These wreaths came together quickly and for a total of 5 wreaths I spent just $125. Not too bad….that includes the wreaths the light and the fake fruit. I found the wreaths and lights at old time pottery …the fruit on Amazon and the extra wide red ribbon in Michaels wedding section. This ribbon came in a large bowl of 20 yards and I use my 50 percent off coupon. I have used it everywhere inside and out!

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Much cheaper than the Christmas ribbon. I put the lights on the wreath first… Then hot glued the fruit on. I thought I would have to wire the fruit on but I found that the hot glue made it stay a lot more secure and in place. Place the fruit on the wreath first  to see how you can make them uniform. Instead of doing a large bow on all of the reasons I decided to just fold a long piece of ribbon in half and wire it about 5 inches from the center..

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The great thing about this bow is  it doesn’t take up much ribbon but it adds a nice splash of color and you don’t have to fiddle with bow making! So that is a win!

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Around the front door I reused my wreath from last year and placed on the monogram that I bought recently in the fall. Around the door I decided to use some light lanterns in varied sizes with red candles. Splashes of red on the thrift store radio flyer sled that I found last year. A basket with a plaid throw and firewood with some ice skates leaning up against it…

 

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All I’m missing are some carolers outside my window am i right? I think this whole look goes well with our colonial style house…. Kind of like Bob Cratchit lives here or something. That is if he was given that raise that Scrooge promised him and move to America in the mid 1800’s but you know what I mean. The lanterns were such a good deal! I found them at Old Time pottery. The nice thing about them is they work in any season really so I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of them.

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It has been a lot of fun decorating this new space for Christmas. I love to change it up a bit and this is definitely I knew quote old quote style for me.

Happy Thanksgiving week! I will be popping in on instagram and Facebook a bit….see you there:) And if you are new here…welcome! Be sure and look at the past projects on the tabs at the top of the page:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY New Year’s Eve Ball

I shared this last week over at my girl Jen’s at Tattertots and Jello…but in case you missed it there….here ya go…

We will most likely be in our pj’s all day on New Year’s Eve….I don’t know about you….but this December kicked my butt! I am ready for the silence that January brings. But if you are having friends over…this would be a fun activity for the kids to whip up.

So…weather you are having a big ole party or just hangin in your pj’s….this DIY New Year’s Eve Ball is sure to be a hit! This one ball took me 3 minutes to make….I love a quick craft!! I think they would be so pretty hanging in a big collection too….

 

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Supplies for one ball: (I would make a bunch and hang them up at different levels…so pretty!)

1 piece 12 by 12 sparkly paper

2 paper fasteners or brads (I found these large sparkle ones at Michael’s)

scissors or rolling cutter

ruler or straight edge

hole punch

thread for hanging

 

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Directions:

cut 8 strips of that are about  1 inch (easiest to do with a ruler and rolling cutter)

punch a hole in the top and bottom on the strip of paper

use a fastener to gather the top

use a fastener to gather the bottom

Fan strips out to create a ball shape

attach some fishing line or thin string to hang from the ceiling or light

 

I think the glitter scrapbook paper makes a perfect sparkle for New Years….but you could really do this for any occasion. I found the that heavier cardstock works better than the thinner paper…just something to keep in mind….

 

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Hope this adds to your fun this New Year’s Eve:)

 

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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