Still in love with my new dining room wallpaper. And this length of plaid flannel I got at Joann’s. I never finished the edges or anything, I just threw it on the table and immediately began setting it up with my grandmother’s china. And no one has ever noticed the frayed edges. Ha. ✨ ⠀⠀ Done is better than perfect. Don’t get caught up in the details. Ten years ago I never would have set the table without hemming and pressing and making it all precise. And I was a wreck, a victim of my own outrageous expectations. So much wasted energy. ✨ ⠀⠀ Instead, on this day, I snapped a photo, smiled and thought about how much my grandmother would love seeing The Good Stuff on display. Because she would. No stress. No beating myself up over turned seams. ✨ ⠀⠀ Don’t forget about The Crop. What’s going on outside the pretty square. Life is messy, real, and loud. And it is so easy to let the holidays fuel frustration or anxiety.... especially if you’re scrolling through endless seemingly Perfect Squares. It’s not hemmed. There’s stuff on the chairs. There’s some art project made of recycled deli containers on the other side of the table. ;) Take a deep breath, friends, and enjoy this beautiful season! XoxoCC✨ ⠀⠀ #christmastime #christmasdecor #holidayinspo #ohioblogger #abmchristmas #pocketofmyhome #homedecor #interiordecor #housetour #madforplaid #TartanTuesday #plaidtable #goldandbluetable #greenandblueplaid #greenandbluetable #greenandblueholidays #raphaelwallpaper #sandbergwallpaper
I love wrapping perhaps even more than actually shopping for the gifts. I’ve always enjoyed it — even as a little girl. It’s like each present is it’s own little project and gift itself. 💗 ⠀⠀ When I was about 12, I invited my neighbor friends over to have them wrap with me. I couldn’t figure out then why they thought this was a strange way to spend the afternoon. I get it now; not everybody thinks this is the most fun part of the holiday. But I still do! ⠀⠀ I love this simple gift wrap option @jennakathleenportraits posted last week. Maybe I’ll make a gift wrap idea round-up and share it here... Anyone interested in seeing more like this? ⠀⠀ Here’s to a sparkly new week! #butfirstcoffee ☕️ . . #christmastime #christmasdecor #thatsdarling #holidayinspo #rosegoldchristmas #rosegold #ohioblogger #abmchristmas #abmholidayspirit #makesomething #giftwrap #gifting #prettypackages #giftwrapidea #dspink
Just in case you’re wondering, the sparkly bar cart is still making me smile. ⠀⠀ I wanted to thank everyone who has reached out to check on me. You’re all so kind. Back problems are nasty business, and I can usually count on getting back to almost normal after a week or so. This particular episode was pretty intense, and it’s a tricky time of year to just lay perfectly flat and do *nothing*. THAT might have been the hardest part! ⠀⠀ I’m standing for 15 mins at a time now and occasionally trying to sit — on the very edge of my seat, completely erect, like some turn of the century parlor miss— but that, my friends, is progress. Winning. ⠀⠀ My family has been amazing. Jay, @missmangram and her younger sisters have been so helpful and tolerant of my annoying frustration. Also, thanks to Amazon and Target online, I am not completely behind in the Christmas shopping. (We have yet to see what i bought while on muscle relaxers.) I’m probably still not driving for another day or two. That whole sitting thing gets in the way. So shopping is tricky to say the least. ⠀⠀ Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Hallmark Movie Channel for their nonstop offerings of feel good holiday entertainment. The girls and I have been staying up late, binge watching and ranking our favorites, and I think even though this week has been painful and frustrating, we are having the very best time together. 💗 ⠀⠀ Cheers, my friends! Enjoy the season. It’s always over so quickly, so make every day count! xo ⠀⠀ #pocketofmyhome #christmastime #christmasdecor #thatsdarling #holidayinspo #ohioblogger #abmchristmas #abmholidayspirit #rosegold #pinkchristmastree #abmhappyhour #christmasbarcart #barcart #barcartinspo #rosegoldchristmas
Turns out, it is a good thing I decorated early. I have a long history with back problems that seem to pop up at the most inconvenient times. This week has been one for the books. Oy. ⠀⠀ I’ve been watching Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies and following the much anticipated @elsielarson adoption story of little Nova here on instagram. Both are perfect remedies for the otherwise bedridden grouch that I become when I’m out of commission. 💗💗 ⠀⠀ And it’s snowing in the South, so all of my girlfriends are sharing the best photos of their kids and themselves enjoying the white stuff! So much good in my feed today... Happy Friday y’all!
And now for something completely different... just in time for #TartanTuesday... the Christmas Lodge Man Cave is up on the blog! ⠀⠀ Check it out if you are interested in an extensive and unedited use of plaid, lots of leather furniture, and 70s paneling. ⠀⠀ #christmastime #christmasdecor #holidayinspo #ohioblogger #christmastree #showmeyourchristmastree #abmchristmas #abmholidayspirit #homedecor #housetour #abmathome #pocketofmyhome #madforplaid #tartantuesday #mancave #mancavedecor #lovelyinterior #thatsdarling #newblogpost #interiordecor #paneling #antlers
Jay and I worked most of the day yesterday on installing the rest of our dining room board + batten and I’m so excited! There is still caulking and painting and it will probably take me 1,000 hours, but that’s progress people! ⠀⠀ Today we are off to Christmas dance shows and the city tree lighting. I just love all of the fun and festive plans this time of year! 💗 Happy Sunday! (Also, yes, the table is set all the time these days bc it’s pretty that way and #ItsADecorThing. The kids think I’m nuts. 😂)
Nothing makes me smile like twinkle lights around the house. Inside. Outside. In unexpected places, like the kitchen counter or the bookshelves. Sometimes life needs some extra sparkle... and I absolutely love that in December you don’t even need to apologize for spreading that glow. ⠀⠀ Happy Friday, friends. xo ✨ ⠀⠀ #christmastime #christmasdecor #holidayinspo #ohioblogger #christmastree #showmeyourchristmastree #abmchristmas #abmholidayspirit #platinumtree
I am not the kind of girl that eats out for lunch very often. 1) I don’t take time for it 2) it’s just extra $ I could spend on projects 3) I’m always by myself. ⠀⠀ But today I called my guy and asked him to meet me on my way back from dropping off my vacuum for service. And he could, which is a bit of a miracle. Almost as much of a miracle as me having clean hair AND a true outfit as opposed to grody project clothes. So we met for lunch at the art museum, which always makes me happy. ⠀⠀ Seriously, if you are in Columbus, you have to eat at the cafe inside the CMOA. It’s run by Cameron Mitchell’s people and today I had a roasted chicken and golden beet harvest salad with a grainy Dijon vinaigrette that made my mouth SING. ⠀⠀ Also, you are surrounded by cool art and people who go to art museums at noon on a Wednesday. 💙 That is all. ⠀⠀ And yes, my precious Miele vacuum is in for repair. So if you’re stopping by my house any time soon, you’ve been warned.