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!

 

 

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!

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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

Reader Submission – Window Treatments

Middle Redefined reader Sara was having a design dilemma in her living room.  Sara asked for advice on a “major eye sore” she was having with the back wall in her living room.  She was struggling with accessorizing around the window and how to address the window treatments.

BEFORE:Before - Sara

Since Sara lives in West Virginia – we discussed via email.  Sara likes color and was up for new throw pillows and accessories so she set out on a shopping adventure.  She scored new throw pillows and wall decor at Pier 1.  The jewel toned accessories look great in the space.

Jewel toned throw pillows and wall decor

Jewel toned throw pillows and wall decor

While she was out shopping my goal was to address the window issue.

In my opinion, the real “issue” was how to make her window appear larger and a focal point for the wall.

An easy solution to make your windows appear larger (which I highly recommend for everyone when dressing a large focal window) – hang your window treatments floor to ceiling and have the panel start at the outside of the window.  This illustration gives you a great visual on the Do’s / Don’t when hanging window treatments.

Window Treatments

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For Sara – since she added the jewel tones and pop of color in her accessories I wanted to find a great tone on tone pattern that would add some visual appeal but not compete with her color palette.

West Elm had these great panels that Sara ordered for her room.

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I also recommended that she replaced the blinds with sheers.

Sara just sent me over the after and I think you will agree it is amazing how much larger her window now appears.  Since the largest size was sold out Sara was unable to hang from floor to ceiling but I think they still look great!

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Sara - After

Thanks Sara for reaching out to Middle Redefined.

Do you have a design dilemma?  If so, let us know – Erica and I would love to help and give our recommendations.