Post Holiday Sale – Pottery Barn 60% Off

I know that at this time of year, we are so over buying any holiday decorations. However, with the deals going on, it’s such a great time to stock up for the next year.

Right now, Pottery Barn is running a 60% off sale and has some adorable stuff, like these stocking holders

Reindeer Stocking Holder - Pottery Barn

Reindeer Stocking Holder – Pottery Barn

this pillow

Holiday Pillow - Pottery Barn

Holiday Pillow – Pottery Barn

this other pillow

Embroidered Holiday Pillow - Pottery Barn

Embroidered Holiday Pillow – Pottery Barn

these metal reindeer

Metal Reindeer - Pottery Barn

Metal Reindeer – Pottery Barn

and Jill, you totally need these K. Hall bar soaps!…

K Hall Bar Soap - Pottery Barn

K Hall Bar Soap – Pottery Barn

Hope you all find some great stuff!

 

 

 

 

Homemade Holiday Gift: Russian Tea

I can’t even believe that we’re only a couple days away from Christmas! This entire year has just flown by. And our January is already filling up, so there’s definitely no resting in our house after the holidays are over!

Are you done with all your shopping? I still have a few small things to get, and really no time to do it. But I’m sure I’ll figure something out! One thing I did get done are these homemade gifts for my co-workers. Each year, I like to make some sort of goody for my colleagues – they mean so much to me. One year I did peppermint bark. But this year and last, I made my mother-in-law’s Russian Tea. And I think it’s the winner.

It’s like pure comfort in a hot mug.

Homemade Gift - Russian Tea

Homemade Gift – Russian Tea

 

Homemade Gift - Russian Tea

Homemade Gift – Russian Tea

Here’s the recipe.

3/4 cup instant tea

2 cups Tang

1 & 1/2 cups sugar

3 oz lemonade mix

1 & 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp crushed cloves

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. When ready to drink, stir three tsps of mix into a mug of hot water. Enjoy!

Mantle Decor – Holiday Style

Our mantle is our focal point in our living room.  To see how I traditionally style the mantle check out this post.  Now that we are in the holiday season I wanted to share with you my holiday mantle decor.  And to no surprise I tend to gravitate towards a neutral color palette. I add a bit of sparkle to add some flair and a little sparkle is so pretty with all the white lights surrounding and providing reflection.Holiday Mantle

Holiday Mantle

Holiday Mantle

Holiday Mantle

Holiday Mantle

Holiday Mantle

The stockings are from Pottery Barn but are now sold out.  These are similar (the ivory ones) and are on sale and I love the texture.

The garland and wreath I bought bare from Michaels for 50% off and then added lights, neural variety of ornaments and other fun neutral holiday accessories in the holiday section at Michaels.

Reader Feature: Katie’s Holiday Apartment Style

I don’t know about you, but I can NOT believe that Christmas is only one week away! I just dropped my Christmas cards in the mail today, I still haven’t wrapped any of my presents, and I have yet to put my garland outside that I bought two weeks ago!!

We put so much pressure on ourselves during the holidays, so I’ve decided to let go a little and not worry about all the things I have YET to accomplish. But rather focus on all the wonderful things I have – like a healthy family, the opportunity to spend time with so many friends and family, and my career. Think we all need to let go just a little. You agree?

Back to business. For today’s Reader Feature, we’re showing my friend Katie’s holiday style. We’ve talked about Katie in the past, when we highlighted her wedding as well as her long wall challenge. This time, she was kind enough to send us photos of her Dallas apartment, looking all festive for the holiday season.

Thank you so much for sharing Katie! Happy holidays!

Reader Feature: Dixie’s Holiday Decor

Today’s reader submission comes from a special lady in my life.  My very own mother, Dixie.  As you may have gathered now, she is very stylish and has a keen eye for design.  Without further ado, I bring you her home all decked out with holiday decor.

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Dixie Holiday DecorRemember the wall of mirrors?  They also got some holiday love with poinsettias and ribbon. photo 3

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photo 1Also recall the fall tablescape for the enormous table?  Well it got a holiday update as well. photo 2-2

Dixie Holiday DecorAnd one of the grandkids favorite spots – the village collection.  Dixie Holiday Decor

 

Reader Feature: Brianne’s Christmas Love

Remember when we showed you our friend Brianne’s home? Her style is very much a mix of vintage and glam, with a little bit of reclaimed wood here and there. Pretty much my kind of girl. So when she sent us her Christmas decor photos, we knew we’d love them!

Brianne's Christmas Love

Brianne’s Christmas Love

 

Brianne's Christmas Love - MiddleRedefined.com

Brianne’s Christmas Love – MiddleRedefined.com

 

Brianne's Christmas Love

Brianne’s Christmas Love

 

Brianne's Christmas Love

Brianne’s Christmas Love

 

Brianne's Christmas Love

Brianne’s Christmas Love

My favorite of all these adorable pics is this one. She DIY’ed this reindeer art piece, and it’s so flipping cute! She said she searched the Internet for a reindeer outline, printed it, cut it, traced it onto a canvas, brushed mod podge within the shape, then sprinkled glitter onto it. She then shook it off and touched up a few areas, using tape to clean up around the edges. Finally, she sprayed it with a light coat of hairspray!

DIY Glitter Reindeer from Brianne - MiddleRedefined.com

DIY Glitter Reindeer from Brianne – MiddleRedefined.com

Thank you so much for sharing Brianne! As always, you provide us fun inspiration!

 

 

Design Read

Do you have someone in your life that is into design or has a passion for decor?  (me, me!)  Wait, don’t misunderstand, I am not asking you to buy me these books but I wanted to share with you three newer released books that are on my list of decor books to add to the collection.  Besides this chilly winter weather is perfect time to cozy next to the fire and have a great read.  Here are my top three choices.

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You can find them here, here, and here.  Or go grab one (or all three) for yourself.

Happy Reading, Designing and Reupholstering!

 

Holiday Photo Backdrop

This weekend, we had a holiday party at our house. My husband coaches collegiate volleyball, and his team along with the coaching staff had a year-end holiday party and white elephant gift exchange. It’s always so fun to hang out with the girls outside of the matches we attend all season. My little man just adores them – he shows off like crazy.

The coach my husband works with – a dear friend of ours – had a fun idea for taking photos this year. So fun, in fact, that I thought I would share it with you all as an idea for holiday cards or even your upcoming parties. It’s so, so easy.

She simply brought over a sheet, hung it with clothes pins from our window hardware. And then ran holiday lights up and down the entire sheet. You attach the lights at the top and bottom of the sheet with more clothes pins. Because her light strand was green, she used a green sheet. However, this would be really fun with a white sheet and a white strand. We talked about doing that next year.

DIY Holiday Photo Backdrop

Holiday Party Backdrop

Holiday Party Backdrop - MiddleRedefined.com

Party Photos We had such a great time with the team and taking these photos! Thanks Coach Posey for bringing over this awesome idea! I’m sure it will inspire others to take some fun pics too!

Reader Feature: Theresa’s Holiday Decor

Our first reader submission came from Theresa. We figured out that we’re actually neighbors and both contirbute to the same local magazine. I’m loving her emerald green ornaments (Pantone’s color of the year!).

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Theresa's Holiday Decor

Theresa’s Holiday Decor

And check out her fabulous DIY pillows! She said the poinsettia one was inspired by a post written on Centsational Girl. Thanks for introducing me to Centsational Girl’s blog Theresa! I hadn’t heard of it, but after perusing it, I think she’s found a new reader in me!

Joy-and-Noel-pillows

Joy-and-Noel-pillows

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poinsetta-pillow

We so appreciate Theresa sharing a little of her holiday world with us. I’m so digging the stenciled pillows, and I’m starting to think those would make fabulous holiday gifts for some of my family members! Maybe I’ll give them a whirl myself!

Please continue sending us holiday photos from your home! Simply email us at middleredefined@gmail.com. Have a great weekend everyone!

Reader Submissions Wanted

Our family will be getting our tree this weekend and finally decorating for Christmas! We’re slightly late this year, but it’s been a crazy Fall, so we’re just now able to get around to even thinking about Christmas. I’ll show you pics once we get it all done. But I want to see yours too!

Please send us photos of your holiday decorations and/or Christmas DIY ideas. We’d love to feature readers all throughout December if we can. Just email us at middleredefined@gmail.com.

Here are some photos I found on Pinterest to get us started. Enjoy!

BHG

BHG

BHG

BHG

All Things Bright and Beyootiful

All Things Bright and Beyootiful

Pennies on a Platter

Pennies on a Platter

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