Quick Holiday Decor Tips

I helped out with the holiday decor at my parent’s house over Thanksgiving and took a few photos to use as examples for my holiday decorating tips! Hope you find them helpful.

Group accessories in threes:

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Incorporate holiday decor into your everyday look:

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Don’t be afraid to combine similar items:

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Add a bit of sparkle:

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Embrace vintage decor:

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Switch out art for the season:

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Procrastinators Guide to (Finally) Taking Down Holiday Decor

Yes, shame me if you must. I just took down my Christmas tree this weekend. I have plenty of reasons to justify it though. Largely because I was away for the holidays and out of my apartment for two weeks so I didn’t get to enjoy my tiny tree. So I figured since it was still cold outside and my $20 live tree lasted for two weeks without water (I’m still shocked) it was not quite time to take it down at the beginning of the month.

Last weekend, I took down:
-Ornaments from tree (to enjoy it one more week; just with lights)
-Holly and berries vases (DIY post here)
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This weekend, I took down:
-Tree and lights (RIP)
-Jingle bell decorations
-Mini tree on the bar

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A few things I decided to keep up through this winter season:
-Snowflake dish towels in kitchen (as long as there is still a chance of snow…)
-My beloved Thyme Fraser fir candles (so it can always smell like Christmas)

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Finally, the items I’ve officially declared “staying for the foreseeable future”:
-Vintage disco ball ornaments in the vase on my desk
-New disco balls from CB2 I bought after Christmas on clearance- that are now in this vase as my dining table centerpiece

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Are you the type to take everything down right after the holidays? Mid January? Still holding on to it for dear life (like me)? Comment below!

End of 2013: Flipagram of My Apartment!

If you haven’t heard about Flipagram yet, go download it! So easy and fun and a great way to share memories of family, friends, travels, or in my case- apartment transformations!

2013 has been quite a year- moved into my own apartment, started this blog, redecorated a bit, and had the amazing opportunity to meet and interview Genevieve Gorder! Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

I made a Studio Style Blog flipagram: click here to watch!
(photos are all mine, song credit goes to Blind Pilot)

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Also made one of my trip to NYC here if you have another :30 to spare 🙂 

Hope you all had a great year and thanks for following along on this blog journey- cheers to 2014!

Vintage Finds at Miss Pixie’s: Pt 2

On my recent visit to Miss Pixie’s, I found a tray, two metal tins and three vintage disco ornaments… all for $25 total!

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Tray went on the bar.

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Always have such a great time browsing at Miss Pixie’s and never leave empty handed!

Read about another trip to Miss Pixie’s here. And check out Miss Pixie’s website here. 

Holiday Decor: Updates

After decorating my parent’s house, I figured it was about time to do my own apartment! I debated getting a tall (but relatively thin) fake tree this year, but ran out of time and didn’t find one I love quite yet, so hopefully that will be next year. Instead, I popped over to Whole Foods after work and bought a little 3 ft tree (with stand already attached, thankfully.)

Here’s the little tree riding home with me in a cab. The thought of taking it on the bus or metro was a nightmare so I decided a cab was a smarter idea 🙂

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Pre-lights and ornaments

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Tree complete!

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I love the reflection of the lights on the floors.

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Some of my favorite ornaments. Some old, some homemade with pipe cleaners and some new.

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My second tree on the bar (uber tiny- probably 10 inches tall) that my mom made for me in college- look closely it’s KU! Rock Chalk!

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The rest of my holiday accessories!

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Perfect ending to my decorating evening- watching SNL Christmas.

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This will never get old…

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Check out all things holiday on Studio Style blog here.

Holidays in Kansas City

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I went “home” to Kansas City to see family and friends. Here’s a little taste of Thanksgiving and Christmas decorating! 

Cranberry turkey! I kiddingly told my little cousin to carve a turkey on the top and she actually did- and it’s quite amazing. She’s a budding artist. 

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I sent a Pinterest link to my mom awhile ago for a fruit platter turkey. On Thanksgiving day, my mom, sister and cousins sliced up the fruit and arranged it.

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Plaza Lights (If you’re ever in Kansas City around the holidays… a must see! One of my favorite things about going home.)

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Decorating for Christmas at my parents house:

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My grandma made this stocking when I was little and I still love it! 2013-11-29 21.26.56

Pretty before shot without ornaments:

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No Christmas tree is complete without a precious cat sitting under it!2013-11-29 09.37.04


Check out more holiday posts here.