Spring Bar Cart

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Happy first day of spring! How I have been waiting for this day, since winter was taking more than 4 months to pass by! Thanks east coast 🙄I have been looking forward to having a major spring cleaning haul and updating our space with some new spring items. I realized I actually didn’t own much holiday decor for Easter, which is ironic because so many of the pastel colors that come with spring are totally my vibe!  I have been looking for small pieces that work within our space already that add an extra touch and trying not to go overboard. Space is of the essence here in NYC and I feel like I’m already overflowing ! I’m usually not into bunnies or chicks this time of year for Easter decor, but  I do love giving everything a light & clean refreshed feel for the spring season. We are getting so much more natural light and with daylight savings we’re enjoying it! Now I can’t wait until we can be back to summer grilling on the rooftop.

I’ve finally been able to keep my pitcher full of fresh flowers (thanks Trader Joe’s you had me at $6 bouquets)  I rotate them almost weekly and  they brighten up our space with a touch of color. I did grab a few home decor pieces at Marshall’s and Homegoods while on errands last week and tucked them on my bar cart for now. That’s where I found the adorable carrot cocktail napkins, and golden speckled eggs, and wooden bunny! I’ve been eyeing some pillow covers & fresh throws for spring. Etsy has some great pillow case options so I don’t have to invest in new pillows. Since our new couch came with two I have been covering them with pillow covers from pottery barn / Etsy.  Since it is our first spring here I’ve been careful about what pieces I want to keep out or rotate seasonally. I’ve been thinking of updating our  table tray / coffee table so searching for some new ideas and open to feedback! I believe it’s one thing at a time when in a new space,  but I am itching to have mostly everything finished. I still have photos to finish printing from our wedding on one of our walls.

I’m sharing all the details to my spring bar cart update in the widget and links below. My bar cart is easy to theme since it’s acrylic I found it here. I thought the string lights with spring garland were the perfect touch and they light up! I just had to get them for under $6 at Target.  Now it’s time for the weather on the east coast to start doing it’s part to feel like it outside, as much as I bring spring inside!

Hope everyone enjoys the spring bar car reveal. I made it clean & easy for now, but thinking of adding a banner or one near the window to welcome spring. As I update it more I would love to hear your comments and feedback!


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Holiday Home Styling Sales

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Bar Cart & Table Top Setting Details

Jingle Bell Stir Sticks // Sugar Paper Company has the most adorable holiday decor and bar cart finishes at Target each holiday season. I grabbed these adorable bell stir sticks for cocktails to place on my holiday bar cart and love that they’re a real jingle bell!

Gold Bow Napkin Rings // I also picked up these gold bow napkin rings from Sugar Paper Co. that could be used year round. I have a lot of accents with gold throughout our space so these were the perfect touch for the plaid napkins I put together for our table setting.

These place card holders would also be perfect for a more formal gathering and are match with the cocktail stir sticks!

Marble Coasters// These are a favorite of mine that also make a great hostess gift.

Mini Tree 🌲 Target they come in 3 different sizes small fits perfect into the mugs and I did this as a gift for a few friends this year. Now is the time to stock up and they’re great for thin fireplace mantles or window sills.  

Bottle Brush Trees// pink one was old from Target dollar section and the green and white ombré is Pier One. 

Ceramic House// I love these ! Perfect for winter vignettes and glow with a tea light inside. All of mine are from Target but Michaels and Hobby Lobby also sell similar.  

My mug is old from Anthropologie but this year I found a cute plaid print mug I gifted from Pottery Barn. They’re marked down to $5 right now!  

Moscow Mule Glasses  

Acrylic Bar Cart // World Market  

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Home Decor for the Holidays

This is a super long post but I’ve rounded up so many items that are marked down for end of the season and could easily be used next year or saved for gifts!

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I often will use Bath and Body Works as my go to for candles to make the place smell festive along with hand soaps. Lately I’ve been finding some of my favorite home candles from TjMaxx or Marshalls. This is also where I found so much of my holiday decor like the reindeer stocking holders, stockings, trees. A lot of the terrariums I use on my window sill and shelves are from Hobby Lobby.

I had shared some of my favorite home decor pieces in this blog post. I had grabbed a few neutral pillows for winter from Pottery Barn & the golden snow flake one is from Michaels. Target also has this cute option. I usually opt for pillow covers that way I can interchange between seasons and not have to store a bunch of plush pillows. I found mine at Pottery Barn on sale.

Right now is the best time to snag any holiday decorations since much of it is on clearance!  

Target has up to 70% off and Homegoods / TjMaxx also has 50% off all holiday too. I usually stock up on wrapping paper, gift bags, and house warming gifts. Other great finds on sale are the ornament and wreath storage boxes to store it all away. 

I usually leave most of our decor up through the new year since we travel over the holiday and want to enjoy it for a few more days.  My favorite piece is our monogrammed mirror friends designed for us from our wedding. I love how it fit seamlessly into the space and is so personal to us!  

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Stocking Holders & Stockings// TJMaxx Then I found this silver style on sale at Pier 1! Perfect gift for newly weds or new home owners for next season too.

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 Our Tree’s ribbon is from Shop Hello Holidays and it is the best quality! I had heard another blogger, Emily Ann Gemma rave about it so I caved and got some of the rolls on sale. They sell out quick but I know I’ll have it for years and it really adds a great touch to the tree!

Each year Kevin and me go to the Bryant Park Holiday Market shops and pick out an ornament to customize together. Since this year we’re in our new place we had to get a front door ornament. I love this tradition we’ve done for over 7 years now!

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Garland on Shelf// Michaels  

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Photo Shelf / Wayfair 

Couch / Customized in gypsy vapor  

Snowflake Pillow Cover / Pottery Barn  & Ikea

Floor Lamp / Target  

Rug / Wayfair Absolutely love the soft and modern look of this rug. It’s soft without being rough and complimented our couch too.

Table lamp & Tables/ TJMaxx similar here & here

Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket  Super cozy and soft a favorite of mine and any guest that visits us! Makes a great house warming gift, along with the marble coasters.

Fur Throw / a heavier one that is so soft on each side from Pottery Barn. It washes and wears so well and is on major sale!

Table Tray / Homegoods (old) loving this option too  

If you have any questions about any of the items or there’s something missing let me know! I would love to have your thoughts so I can re work our decor for next Christmas. Wishing everyone a restful holiday season and merry wishes for a healthy and memorable 2019!

 

 

Holiday Home Decorating Inspo

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we’ve just bid farewell to Halloween and turned the clocks back. Yay for extra sleep and brighter mornings, but I cannot stand how early it gets dark! I ran some errands this weekend and of course it’s next to impossible to get out of Target for under $50 when I only needed a few household items. My self control is never good there!

I was giddy like a child to see the holiday section filled with so many decorations. I took a walk through to get some inspo. I couldn’t help but pickup a few little pieces to get me set on holiday decorating. I’m going to try and get a head start on it this year since we’ll be traveling for both Thanksgiving and Christmas and have a friend coming to visit next weekend. November is sure to fly by!

How adorable is this little ceramic house and tree?! It comes in white, silver, gold, and a variety of sizes. I love candle light and the houses will glow with some tea lights in them. Sugar Paper always has dainty details for entertaining and these gold ribbon napkin holders are perfect to go with our gold chargers. I couldn’t find them on their website but I did see them in store. I stopped into Bath & Body and they were having a $4 a candle sale so grabbed one to save for December. They would also make great gifts too! The deal is only on for today so if you want one of their single wick candles for gifting now is the time or Black Friday.

I’m looking forward to finding some new ways to decorate our new place and enjoy it before it’s time to travel and holiday shop. This way I can share some of my favorite finds with all of you before they sell out (and I can persuade my husband to help me with the tree before he travels again for work.) I mean if Starbucks has started with their holiday cups then it’s not too early to deck the halls right?

Since our place already has accents of gold throughout I’m going to keep with that and then add some pops of red and ivory. Many of our decorations we’ve had for a quite some time and some of it has really lasted if I invested in it and other pieces I’m ready to toss and refresh. And I can’t handle the mess of glitter so anything with that has got to go! I’m thinking of finding a piece of garland for our window sill that I usually place some decorations on.

We usually purchase a real tree and have cut it down ourselves upstate near our parents homes and drive it back down to NYC (really, we’re crazy!) But we always loved getting to grab our tree as a family after Thanksgiving just in time to head back to the city. Though last year it didn’t happen and we decided to opt for the artificial for sake of easier setup and clean up. So as much as I miss the fresh smell and experience I’ll supplement for a real wreath instead. Tree isn’t up quite yet, still debating which space to set it up in but I’ll probably move on that after next weekend.

I’ve listed some of my favorite holiday finds for decorating below and linked out to the ceramic pieces from Target. I’ve also spotted some great items at Homegoods, Pier 1, Nordstrom Rack, and Michaels. Michael’s always has so many great deals so I placed an order with a coupon code for some sprigs for the tree and ordered some ribbon from another great retailer on ebay.


Ceramic Houses White version and Gold Version

Ceramic Tree White version I swear I got the little green one in my photo from Target. It’s $3, but I just can’t locate it on their site. It’s in the Wondershop section by Birchwood Bay Decor if you check in store.

Sugar Paper Napkin Rings (having trouble finding on site but are in store)

Happy Holidays Napkins


Marble Gold Trim Coasters (Homegoods old) similar here and holiday version

Balsam Candle


Here’s a little wish list of items I’m thinking of for inspiration. Be sure to click on each image in the widget to see the full details on the product’s website. Looking forward to sharing more soon. Let me know where your go to spots are for holiday decoration shopping!