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A Little Christmas

Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas

Is it a sign you're getting old when you truly start to believe that the holidays come earlier and earlier every year? Sigh.

Well here we are! Just a few days until Christmas. I've been meaning to share a few photos of the house for a while now, and I'm coming in just under the wire, eh? This is actually the first year in all 6 years we've been married that we actually got a Christmas Tree (and it's real! So extra points for us, right?). I've actually loved having it way more than I thought it would. The warm glow it gives off as we cuddle up on the couch each night together is just a teeny bit magic. It feels so magic in and of itself I opted to keep decorations really simple and just went with a few metal stars all over.

How is everyone's holiday season going so far? I am so excited to just chill and eat cookies all day - bring on Christmas!

Before & After : The Guestroom

Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered

It's been a long time coming, hasn't it? We bought our home over three years ago and I haven't shared much of our renovations so far. Mostly of our time and money up until now has gone to fixing things that are necessary, but not so "pretty". But here we are, this summer I got some big things done upstairs, and am super excited to finally have some finished spaces to cozy up in!

Here's the before...

Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered

After...

Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered Blog

Before...

Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered Blog

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For the last few years we've been mainly just using this room as extra storage, and it sat pretty untouched from the before photos. It definitely felt so good to finally say goodbye to that horrible highlighter yellow color on the walls, and swap it out for something really soft, clean, and bright. We also got rid of the radiator cover and have the old beaut a fresh coat of white paint.

I'm still adding a few more things (is there even such a thing as too many plants??) but I'm so excited to finally have a spot for our friends to be able to stay now that isn't an air mattress on the floor of a storage room.

Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered
Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered Blog
Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered

Nine Home Decor Projects to Try

Thrift shops and flea markets are great for finding unloved treasures that just need a little makeover. I still am in love with my little tea cartI rescued. But whether you save an old piece or buy one new, having a little cart dedicated to your love of tea is always fun:)

Decorative pillows can be so expensive, but it can be fun and cheap to make your own! Whether you make your own stamp or buy one, it's a pretty simple project to do.

Pajaki chandliers are a great little decoration for a window, or can be adorable used as a mobile over a crib! You can choose to make it completely from scrach or buy some of the materials pre-made. Whatever way you choose to do it, they're fun to put together, and really lovely!

Old tin trays are another one of those things that tend to always be at thrift store, and it's so easy to give them a little makeover. Adding a little herringbone pattern to one is quick and simple - you can check out the tuturial here!

Celebrate your love for your own little furball with some silhouette art! I cherish my little version of Krammer even more since we lost him - it's nice to have a little reminder of our favorite guy.

Looking for some fun, usable decorations? Make a map of the world (or just one country, if you like) out of some corkboard. You can even paint it to give it a little extra pop, and then use it to pinpoint places you've been, or just pin up some notes!

Another great alternative to spending a small fortune on cute pillows is to sew your own. I made a pair of these swiss cross pillowsa while back and we still use them on our couch! You only need to know the basics of a sewing machine to make them.

I love this candle holderI made using a tree branch and some twine. It's pretty simple, and just plain lovely, in my own opinion!