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If you follow me on IG you’ll know I’ve been obsessing over Chip & Joanna, Fixer upper, and basically the entire franchise {I even went to the library to get their book}. I honestly have no idea where to start when it comes to interior design and creating a home I want to be in. I am just hoping that interior design is in my blood since my grandma used to own her own interior design business, but if that isn’t the case I want to start educating myself {and educating you!} , hence the book.

The photo above is kind of my inspiration / vibe I want for my apartment (/Mikes apt since we are moving in together at the end of June). I want it to be a mix of woods, natural textures, antiques, and some modern pieces. I’m not exactly sure what “style” I’m going for, but I just want it to be unique to me/mike and not something I copied off of Pinterest.

I’m hoping I can pass along what I learn, share my mistakes, and show you how to design a home/apartment you love. So stay tuned for more blog posts/IG stories on the topic!

Making Your Own Winter Wreath
 
 

Not sure why I decided to make a winter wreath, but I’m so glad I did! I love how it turned out and that it’s exactly the way that I want it. It’s hard to find a cute wreath with the color scheme I like, so being able to pick everything that went into the wreath was so cool.

I want to share with y’all how I made it, so if you want to try too, you can! It’s pretty simple, but I will give you some tips/tricks that I learned along the way.

Step #1

Gather your supplies.

I chose different plants but all within the same shades, so it looked cohesive! (p.s. I didn’t end up using the lavender!) Make sure if you are buying this from Michael’s/Jo Annes that you use coupons! This saves you so much money.

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Step #2

Get the base down.

Figure out what flower is your base. I chose to use the flocked eucalyptus as my base as well as the regular version. Once I had these all cut into manageable pieces, I started with the flocked eucalyptus and evenly spreading it throughout the frame. It figured out it was easier to tie it down toward the middle and then bend the top and bottom to where I wanted it. Then, I would tie down the bottom of the stem and leave the top free.

*Note on the wire: I cut the wire pieces into 2 inch pieces and before I tried to use them as ties I bent them into more of a “c” shape, so it was easier to tie the stems to the wire wreath.

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Step #3

Add in decorative flowers.

Next, I took my more decorative flowers/plants to make the wreath look fuller. Once the base was in, I added 5 sprigs of the bunny’s tail and then the white berries. There wasn’t an exact science to where I added them, I just tried to make the wreath balanced on all sides. I tied down the bunny’s tail with wire, but the berries were too short to tie, so I just tried to snuggle them into the wreath enough so they wouldn’t fall out.

*Note on the flowers: The easiest flowers to use were the ones with wire in them, so next time I am definitely going to try to find flowers with wire throughout the entire piece. Makes it way easier to keep things in place.

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Step #4

Take a step back.

After you’ve added all of your pieces, I recommend hanging it on the wall and seeing if there are any spots that look more sparse than others or have more white than others. I found that one section needed more flocked eucalyptus, so I added that in there. Plus I had to mess around with some branches and bend them to the way I wanted them. This is the part that probably takes the longest because you are just bending and moving things until you like it.

And that’s it! It took me around an hour to put it all together, but it was also my first time ever doing this! I love the way it turned out too.


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7 Secrets To A Cozy Bedroom Nook
 
 

I am always getting questions from my friends about how to decorate their new apartments! So, I thought I would start to incorporate some home decor posts into my mon, wed, fri posting schedule.

This week I wanted to show you how to make your bed cozy. I’m basically obsessed with lying in bed, so I make sure to have a cozy nook to cuddle up in. And with that, I have learned some tricks/tips to making your bed the most amazing place!

First, I’ll share my tips to making your bed area cozy and my product recommendations at all price points!


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#1 Stick To A Simple And Light Color Scheme

If you like my Instagram feed/style, then the secret to good room decor is to keep your color palette SIMPLE and LIGHT. The two fastest ways to make your room seem cluttered and un-cozy is to incorporate really dark colors and clashing colors. 

If you have dark blue sheets, dark blue comforter, and black shades...your room is going to feel dark 24/7. I don't know about you, but I'm obsessed with my room looking bright and clean. The easiest way for me to do that is to stick to neutral shades. You can still incorporate blue shades into your room but make them LIGHT blue or incorporate into patterned sheets. 

Using bright orange, green, red, purple, makes your room feel cluttered even if it's 100% spotless. Sticking to neutrals and a selected pop of color gives your room cohesion and creates an inviting area.


#2 Mix Textures And Fabrics

This is really the secret to depth and comfort on your bed. I like to have white sheets and a cute textured duvet cover. Then you can throw on a blanket to add another layer of texture in the winter! I'll link some of my current favorites below, so you can see what I'm talking about. I also like to add 10000 pillows to my bed... which leads me to ...


#3 Layer Pillows

Mixing some creme fur pillows, with knit pillows with a pop or orange or grey, will guarantee a soft fluffy bed. In my room, I don't have THAT many pillows (I'm in-between moving), but if I had it my way I would have SO many on my bed. Big square ones in the back and 4-5 smaller ones in the front with all different textures. 


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#4 Lamps Make a Difference

They make SUCH a difference, that I took mine out of this picture because I hate it so much (note to self: get a new bedside lamp). This is another opportunity to add a layer of depth to your room and to allow for light to shine through. You can also mix it up and add a mental texture here with the base of the lamp! I also LOVE the Edison lightbulb look if you live in a house where you can install your own light fixtures.


#5 Change Your Nightstand Knobs

This will change your room (so dramatic). Go to a Home Depot or Anthropologie and pick out new knobs for your dresser (also if it's a bar pull, then measure the distance between the holes). My old nightstand drawer pulls were broken and not adding anything special to the room. Now I have these cute white ones that add some personality to my parents' old nightstand. It's also something small and budget friendly you can do to spruce up your room.


#6 Add A Carpet Where Your Feet Land

Adds depth & texture. Am I getting annoying yet? 

Pick out a neutral pattern or something white and fluffy. This is so nice in the morning when you get out of bed and have a soft place for your feet to land. It will also break-up your flooring color which is pleasing to the eye. You also want to get one that is bigger than just a door mat, so part of it can go under your bed. 


#7 Abstract Artwork

This elongates your room decor to include the walls and draws the eye up to the ceiling. If you have a small apartment bedroom, then this is your best friend (pro tip: add a mirror to your closet door to give the illusion of more space). I recommend going with abstract artwork because it's something that you won't get tired of and is softer than a graphic poster. You can even do this yourself, that's what I did! Just buy a large canvas on Amazon and either use acrylic or oil paints in 1-3 colors.

 

 


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Winter Decorating Ideas: After Christmas

Hi loves, hope you had a great Christmas! 

Today's post gives you some inspiration for how to decorate your house after Christmas. I know I find it a little challenging to transition from Christmas decoration overload to more winter decorations, but I think these pictures will help! Even with Christmas being over, you can still let the greenery theme carry over into January and February and just leave a hint of Christmas festivity. Here are some cute images from my mom and aunt's house to give you inspiration for your own home.  Hope you love them as much as I do. 

Small metal bin with your left over Christmas tree trimmings and holly branches.

Small metal bin with your left over Christmas tree trimmings and holly branches.

If you have a mantel, this is a cute idea for making it the focal point of the space.

If you have a mantel, this is a cute idea for making it the focal point of the space.

An easy way to dress up a branch wreath, with a bow and some winter leaves.

An easy way to dress up a branch wreath, with a bow and some winter leaves.

Pretty orange flowers and green leaves with a rustic table runner for entertaining. 

Pretty orange flowers and green leaves with a rustic table runner for entertaining. 

DIY: Rosemary Christmas Place Setting

Hi loves! 

This idea came from my mom <3 For our Thanksgiving we made these cute rosemary wreaths and I thought they would be perfect to share for Christmas! All you need is fresh rosemary, 1/2 in ribbon, and twine (and scissors). Add one of the cards from yesterday's printable to get the best holiday look!

See below for instructions and the final product! Thanks for reading. xoxo.

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step: 1

Your supplies: fresh rosemary, ribbon, twine.

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step 2:

Cut twine and ribbon into 2 inch pieces.

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step: 3

Use twine to tie together rosemary in a circular form. Tie ribbon in one knot over twine (to hide it). Cut edges to your liking.

Home DecorSarah Gross
Table Name Cards - Christmas/Holiday Party

Hello loves! 

Me again with another printable! Made these so you can easily print them out for your Christmas or Holiday parties. Then, just add your guest's names in the blank spot, like I did with mine! Look out for a simple table decoration to go along with these tomorrow.

Tag me in your pictures when you use them!

Download here!

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Look For Less: Anthropology Christmas

Whether you've been caught up at work and haven't had time to decorate, or decided to throw your own last-minute holiday party, these decorations will show you how to get the Anthropology Christmas look for less!

I love the mix of different textures and small tree details that create a winter wonderland for your home. See my picks to re-create the look, links are below!

Hope you love them! 

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1. Knit Table Runner ($35)

2. Candle ($20)

3. Mini tree ($30)

4. Matches ($10) and Wool Reindeer ($10)

5. Stocking ($38)

6. Christmas tree candles ($10)

7. Vase ($60)

8. Your local home depot/plant store

9. Stocking ($13)

10. Pillow ($19)

11. Mini tree ($18)

 

Home DecorSarah Gross
A Twist on Christmas Decor - Get The Look

As you all know, I am inspired by what I see around me, and being able to recreate that using what is available today! This specific scene was taken at the Baltimore Botanic Gardens during Christmas time. I love the look of gold starts and greenery, that doesn't scream Christmas, but still is in the holiday spirit. If you love Christmas, but don't want crazy decorations, this look is for you! 

Not to mention, it is easy to re-create and is cost effective. See below for details.

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1. Gold Stars ($13) These are easy to put in your doorway or on your walls for some extra sparkle to a room. I wouldn't recommend hanging these from the ceiling unless they are very high ceilings as it would get caught in guests hair. 

2. Magnolia Wreath ($90) A new take on the greenery wreath, this magnolia wreath is perfect for any household that wants to bring the Christmas and fresh winter greenery into their home without the hassle of evergreen thistles falling everywhere. I love a little-added bow to this as well!

3. Wool Wreath ($45) I love the coziness of this wreath and how structured it is. It adds a bit of texture to your wall or door and is handmade, which is an added bonus.

4. Small Leaf Wreath ($47) Again, I like this as an alternative to the classic Frazier wreaths.

5. Feather Garland ($34) I love this as an added texture when mixed with either the silver or gold stars. It goes a lot with the wool wreath and is a great contrast to the sharp edges of the stars. I would recommend putting this on the wall with your stars.

6. Classic Wreath ($20) You have to have your classic wreath as an option! Although this one is fake, a fresh wreath would also be great. They really are a symbol of Christmas time and the wonderful happiness that comes with it. 

7. Silver Stars ($19) Hang on your wall with the gold stars or sting across your windows, so the silver catches the light. 

Thanks for reading

xo,

Sarah