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Raise your hand if you skip to the mailbox this time of year in hopes of receiving some Christmas cards from your friends and family. I’ve got both my hands enthusiastically raised over here.

Every year, I try to find a creative new way to display our Christmas cards (you can check out some ways I’ve done it in the past here and here). So of course this year was no different!

DIY Christmas Card Holders | Lemon Drop Life

This one was really easy, guys. Just pick up some embroidery hoops and clothespins, add a little hot glue, and voila! Cute Christmas card holders to hang on your wall!

DIY Christmas Card Holders | Lemon Drop Life

One tip: flip a few of your clothespins so they face the inside of the hoop – you’ll fill more space that way!

I also picked up a few extra embroidery hoops and filled them with some fabric scraps I had on hand (you can iron yours before you use them, if you’d like – I’m a rebel). I love the extra color and festive-ness they add!

DIY Christmas Card Holders | Lemon Drop Life

 

This is one super simple DIY that takes almost no time or money at all, you guys, and it makes such a big impact when you combine a few of them! How do you guys display your Christmas cards?

I’ve officially been putting up Christmas decor in our house for, like, three weeks now and I still have more I want to do. What can I say – I just can’t get enough of this holly jolly season! One of the first things I got up, though, were our stockings.

Growing up, stockings were always one of my favorite things. I loved the sight of all of our classic red and white stockings hung on our stair banister, and they were always the first thing we opened on Christmas morning. We’ve used the same stockings the last few years, but we only had three of them so I knew I needed to order new ones this year. I wanted something simple that would be stylish for years to come, and I actually ended up ordering them from Oriental Trading (unfortunately, I no longer see them on the website).

I knew I wanted to add a little something extra to personalize the stockings, so I picked up some wooden letters from the craft store along with some gift embellishments I picked up in the dollar section at Target.

Simple Stocking Embellishments | Lemon Drop Life

At first, I considered attaching the embellishments directly to the stocking, but realized I would be leaving them a lot more versatile if I didn’t do that. Considering how much I love to change things up, I figured it would be best to not actually alter the stockings themselves, that way I could change up the embellishments down the road if I want.

The first thing I did was add a little sparkle to the wooden letters – what’s Christmas without glitter?!

I coated each letter in some Mod Podge, and then sprinkled on some glitter. Don’t be afraid to go heavy on the glitter, a lot of it will shake off. And be sure to do the pouring over something that you can easily use to pour the excess glitter back into its’ original container.

Simple Stocking Embellishments | Lemon Drop Life

 

After I had each letter sufficiently coated, I did another layer of Mod Podge on top to seal it and prevent the glitter from constantly flaking off. So far, it’s worked pretty well.  Once the letters had dried, I affixed the extra embellishments with hot glue – burlap bows with a bell for the ladies and red felt Christmas trees for the gents. Then I simply hung them on the stocking hanger with each stocking.

Simple Stocking Embellishments | Lemon Drop Life

Simple Stocking Embellishments | Lemon Drop Life

 

It was so simple to do and it just adds just that extra touch that our stockings were in need of!

Simple Stocking Embellishments | Lemon Drop Life

 

I love seeing them all lined up in a row!

Sooo..remember when I showed you guys the new and improved view from my bed? It looked something like this:

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

Well, now it looks something like this:

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Well, hello GIGANTIC TV.

Let me explain. With the impending arrival of bebe #2, we’ve had to do a bit of a room shuffle in our house. What was the guest bedroom is becoming her nursery, and therefore JP had to give up his man cave (*gasp* the horror!) to become the guest room. So, his huge only-meant-for-a-man-cave TV had to go somewhere.

Ever since we got married, I have been staunchly against having a TV in our bedroom. I’ve read a million articles about having a successful marriage that basically said putting a TV in your bedroom is the kiss of death. It shows your partner you’re more interested in The Bachelor than them, and before you know it you guys barely even talk anymore. But the truth is, JP and I love relaxing and watching movies or a good show together. Most nights, we ended up laying in bed and watching Netflix on his iPad anyway. And since we’ve moved it into our room, we’ve started a new nightly routine where Roarke lays in bed with us and we all watch an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and have some play/snuggle time. It’s become a really sweet tradition that I find myself looking forward to at the end of every night. So, bottom line: TV in the bedroom – not so bad.

But let’s get real here and talk about the beauty underneath the TV. That killer mid-century modern dresser.

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop LifeThe angle of this picture makes that drawers look uneven, but they’re not.

I scored this lovely on Craigslist for $75. Originally it was all dark walnut, but I painted the drawers white, and I LOVE the way it turned out!

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

And I’m totally gaga for the original brass hardware that came on the drawers! The shadows are making them look funky and scratched here, but in real life they are gorg! And just in case that whole TV-in-the-bedroom thing is bad for a marriage, I put a lucky horseshoe on the dresser to counteract any bad mojo. ;)

So you might be asking, what happened to the gallery wall? Well, it got shifted to another wall in our master bedroom.

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

I don’t feel like it looks as ‘complete’ on this wall, if that makes sense, but I think adding more pictures and filling up the wall over time will do the trick! And we’ll add definitely be adding more photos once baby girl arrives!!

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

So that’s the current state of our bedroom..anyone else been shifting any rooms around? I have to admit, I’m kind of digging the fresh spin on spaces that had previously been untouched for years!

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Howdy, lemon-droppers! We’re currently on vacation in Alabama, but I’m stopping in to share the mood board I put together for our baby girl’s nursery.

For Roarke’s nursery, we had a pretty clear theme. Baby girl’s nursery is a little more eclectic. In my mind, it’s going to have a somewhat natural, bohemian feel with little touches of sweetness. And when I say “sweetness,” I was inspired by the phrase “Sugar and spice and everything nice…” and I love the idea of whimsical touches of sweet treats (cupcakes, candy, etc.) as a nod to our sweet girl.

So without further ado..

Sugar and Spice: A Baby Girl Nursery | Lemon Drop Life

 

A couple of these items are things we already  have and are incorporating into the nursery design. Our plan is to use Roarke’s crib in her room eventually…she’ll just sleep in a bassinet in our room for the first couple months. So for the sake of this mood board, just imagine a white crib as part of the plan.

We already have the over dyed purple kilim rug that we used in the guest room, and I found a vintage wicker and cane rocking horse at an antique mall a few weeks ago that I am totally in LOVE with.

The rest of the mood board is just made up of things that I’m obsessing over, like some tie-dye curtains (I’ll probably DIY some) and a large scale macrame wall hanging (possibly a DIY also) for behind the crib. And I envision a series of these fantastically whimsical animal prints by Anna Burnett over her dresser (that will likely double as a changing table).

I may not have all the details hammered out, but one thing is for sure: this sweet little baby’s nursery will be filled with LOVE!

Show of hands: how many of you have about a thousand family photos on your computer that you keep meaning to get printed and framed? Yeah, that’s me with both my hands up.

I print yearly photo books for our family (which reminds me, I need to finish up 2013..whoops), but I’ve always meant to also get some printed and framed. Recently, we inherited some really nice black frames with double mats from a friend who was moving, so  I took that as a perfect opportunity to print some family photos and create a little gallery wall in our bedroom!

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

I decided to stick with black and white photos to keep a cohesive theme and I made sure to select a mix of different orientations. I ordered my prints from mpix.com and I am thrilled with the quality; I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to get photos printed! (I’m not sponsored by them in any way, I was just really satisfied with their product!).

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

I had 4 frames for 8×10’s and 3 for 11×14’s. I think if I had been doing this gallery wall from scratch (i.e., I didn’t already have these frames) I would’ve been tempted to also do some 5×7’s for more variety, but honestly I’m so happy I didn’t. I love the large scale of these photos and the fact that I can see them from across the room when I’m lying in bed!

Yeah, this view? My favorite. Minus the lily white legs.

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

And of course, I’ll be adding some more photos once bambino #2 gets here. I’ll probably pick up a bunch of black Ribba frames from Ikea the next time we’re there, and they should blend in nicely with the other frames!

And I can’t end this post without showing you guys this adorable little lamp.

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

 

I picked it up at Wal-Mart (go figure!) for $9.99! The shade was originally white, but I added a little copper paint to the top and bottom for some extra oomph..cute, right?! I love how it ties into the wooden plaque.

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let all those precious family moments sit on your computer, get them printed and hung somewhere in your home!