Christmas Home Tour 2019: Merry + Bright

Better late than never! But I thought I’d share a few pics from our home this year and how I went about decorating.

I usually start by collecting images on Pinterest for inspiration… a theme usually pops up pretty quickly. For the past few years, I’ve really been into a “merry and bright” theme… neutral but with lots of pops of pinks, reds, and greens. Cheerful and simple.

My Pinterest inspo.

And here’s the final look! The Christmas mugs, plates, and ornaments have been collected over the course of a few years. And every year, we get a fresh Frasier fir (from Home Depot) and I save the cut branches for decor around the house.… // Continue reading.

December Mood

May and October, the best-smelling months? I’ll make a case for December: evergreen, frost, wood smoke, cinnamon.” ― Lisa Kleypas

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Minimalism and What I Do Spend Money On

Minimalism is wonderful for the environment (less stuff getting thrown away/replaced constantly) and your sanity (less stuff to clean/repair/organize) but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the dopamine hit that frequently comes from shopping. Our household doesn’t spend much on THINGS… whether it be new technology (our television is over 10 years old and still works perfectly!) or clothes/bags/jewelry (yay for thrifting) or cars (we downsized to one car!)… but we do happily spend on fun, meaningful (to us) experiences and services that make life a tiny bit easier. Here are my and my husband’s top fun/unnecessary spends:

  • Travel! Probably the #1 “fun” expense in our household — we stock away a good amount on a monthly basis to explore the world.
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