5 Weekend Holiday Things

December 19th, 2014

It’s the final weekend to get your Christmas prep complete. Here are five things you could try to make the season calm & bright. Happy holidays all!

Xo, Annie

#1 Spray paint basic Christmas lights gold for a more glam look. via landeelu


#2 Are you looking for a creative and handmade gift idea? Here are 30 ideas to choose from!  As an always cold foot person I would stick these hand warmers in my slippers. via christianpf


#3 I love this simple and homespun style napkin presentation via debbie do’s


#4 Create a Scandinavian nook somewhere for watching snow out the window or reading a Christmas story. You could copy this look with one trip to IKEA ;)


#5 Paint your window with a removable paint pen. Great for people like me in California who don’t get snow on Christmas. via selina lake


Sneak Peek :: Getting Modern & Cozy in Maine

December 18th, 2014


I have had many East Coast designs, but this is my first in Maine. I was so excited to see the style inspiration for this family. They wanted things cozy, modern and most importantly toddler friendly. I love how it came together with function and style. In fact I just may have to get the pouf for my house!

Do you want the Decorator in a Box treatment in your home? I would love to help! Just contact me HERE and let’s get started.

Xo, Annie

 OB-Main Design

OB-Main Design


5 Days of Ornaments :: #5 Scrap Globes

December 17th, 2014

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This concludes my 5 days of ornaments. I hope you enjoyed my attempt at being crafty. Nora and I sure had fun and our tree is looking great…which I will share with you soon. The final ornament #5 is Scrap Globes. You simply purchase clear glass or plastic ornaments at your local craft store then fill with the remaining ribbon and yarn clippings/scraps. I think these are our favorite and the prettiest ornament.

Xo, Annie


5 Days of Ornaments :: #4 Ribbon Trees

December 16th, 2014


I bring you ornament #4 Ribbon Trees. These were fun and easy. Simply cut some twigs from a tree in the backyard and tie different kinds of ribbon on them. It is suppose to be in the shape of a tree, but ours did not turn out that way. Ours look more like ribbon on a twig. You get the tree effect by cutting a shorter strip at the top then making it slightly longer on the next ribbons down. Something about the way I tie ribbon put it at an angle and makes things non tree like.  Even though ours don’t look like trees they are still pretty and festive…I think.

Here is how they turned out…

Xo, Annie


5 Days of Ornaments :: #3 Peppermint Melts

December 15th, 2014

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I’m continuing my five days of ornaments this week. Those of you who missed last week I made white clay cut-outs and yarn candy canes. Today I bring you #3 peppermint melts. I must say these are a one season ornament. They are so cute, but boy are they sticky. They are fine once on the tree, but I would not try and handle them too much. They were fun and easy. Here is how we made them.


Step #1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step #2 Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Spray your Christmas cookie cutters and place them on the sheet/pan.

Step #3 – I let Nora my three year old help with this. Fill the cookie cutters with unwrapped peppermints. The less ornate the cutter the better. Our stars broke very easily… but bells, hearts and Christmas trees worked nicely. Another tip is to make them thicker with more peppermints so they are more durable.

Step #4 Place them in the oven for 4-5 minutes until melted. Pull them out and let them cool for 1 minute. Poke a hole in the top for string with a skewer or toothpick (spray with cooking spray). Then pull apart the cookie cutter to release the candy.

Step #5 Tie on the string and hang once fully cooled off. Tip..hang these up high out of little ones or pets reach. I found several that had been licked by my daughter that were hanging down low…gross.

Xo, Annie

Friday Five Holiday Things

December 12th, 2014

Happy weekend all! Here is your Friday five……

Xo, Annie

#1 Hang a holiday print with your decor. via minted


#2 Make monogram marshmallows for your cocoa. via etsy blog


#3 Wreath your door. I just love this boxwood with a stripe bow. via crane concept


#4 Deck the mantel. I LOVE this via Nesting in the Bluegrass.


#5 Get that tree up already. via affari


5 Days of Ornaments :: #2 Yarn Candy Cane

December 11th, 2014

This was the simplest and I think the cutest of our five ornaments. All you need is yarn and candy canes. Simply tie the yarn to the candy cane and wrap it around covering the entire cane. These were fun to sit and do while we sipped hot chocolate and watched Rudolph. Nora had a hard time wrapping, but enjoyed trying was getting the hang of it. We wrapped ours in white yarn with a hint of gold in it. The chunkier the yarn the better. Here is how they turned out…..

Xo, Annie


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5 Days of Ornaments :: #1 White Clay Cut-outs

December 10th, 2014

It’s been a crafty Christmas so far…

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I’m not usually a crafty person. Something about having a three year old girl and Pinterest have evolved me into a beginner crafter. Hasn’t Pinterest turned us all into crafters or aspiring ones at least? This year I wanted our tree to look a little less modern and a little more homespun Scandinavian. I thought the best way to achieve this would be to make our own ornaments. I also thought it was a great way to start some Christmas traditions. We made five different styles of ornaments. Today I will share with you the  first ornament and our favorite. It was a fun little science experiment for Nora and I. This one seemed to go the smoothest for us. It’s very similar to making playdoh.

White Clay Ornament Recipe

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup corn starch

3/4 cup of warm water

silver & red glitter


Mix the dry ingredients in a sauce pan then stir in the warm water. Mix over a medium heat, stirring as it starts to bubble and come away from the sides of the pan. When it has started to dry and resemble a soft play dough consistency, take it off the heat and leave it to cool for a few minutes. Place it on the counter and roll it into a ball making it pliable. It should look and feel like bright white play dough. Then roll it out with your rolling pin, sprinkle and pat with glitter.  Cut out just like cookies with your cutters. Place in the oven for 1 hour at 100 degrees. Then we left ours out on cooling racks over night for good measure. Tie with butcher string and viola!