Home for the Holidays

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

Welcome to my home during our favorite time of year— Christmastime! Turns out, decorating for Christmas this year was more challenging than in the past, because of all my houseplants! Ahhh! I have trees and greenery everywhere, so I had to relocate some babies in order to make space for things like our Christmas tree, as well as a vignette on our dining room cabinet. Things get a little more maximalist this time of year, and then come January, things will feel a little empty and sad. But let’s not talk about January! Let’s just pretend it’s never going to happen. And in the meantime, I’d love for you to come on in and take a look around at our home, slightly transformed for this special time of year.

Artificial Christmas Tree in a Pot

This year we purchased a white tree to replace the larger artificial pine my parents had given to us. We just needed the floor space. On that floor-space saving note, I decided to try potting our artificial tree rather than using a tree skirt or leaving the white metal stand exposed. I was excited about the prospect of a pot for the tree base, but a little worried it wouldn’t look right. Maybe I’m just a worry wart, because it turned out beautifully, and I’m so glad I took the time to do it!

All I did was use pour half of a bag of Quickcrete into a plastic pot with a 1.25″ PVC pip segment in the middle. I poured the concrete around the pipe rather than plunging the pipe into the concrete, because I needed the height to insert the metal rod of the tree base. I did end having to trim the PVC pipe down a bit after it was in the pot (which I did using a Dremel tool), but I figured it’s better to have it too long than too short, because cutting it wasn’t too difficult.

If you want to try potting your artificial tree, here are my two main tips of caution:

  1. Make sure you pipe is the proper diameter to fit snugly around your metal base before cementing the pipe.
  2. Drill a hole through the side of a pipe for a large eyelet screw to tightly screw into the pipe to secure the tree base once the base is in place inside the pipe.
  3. Make the potted base before assembling your tree. It’s just so much easier to make sure things fit and whatnot. :) I didn’t do this. In fact, my tree was decorated and I broke a couple of cherished ornaments moving the tree into the pot! Sad face!

Artificial Christmas Tree in a Pot

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

I also did more subtle decorations in the living room with greenery on the TV stand, a cute little sign, and white bottle brush trees. The former coffee table vase contents of eucalyptus was swapped out for white wintery looking branches. And I hung a star marquee light beside the sofa artwork as well. Not too much, but just enough, in my opinion.

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

The dining room is a bit more festive than the living room. Because I don’t have a fireplace mantel, I decorate the dining room cabinet as though it were one huge mantel. I got the silver tinsel trees here, the deer from Target, and the other elements I’ve had around for a while. Except for our little winter scene in the cloche jar! That was a fun, easy project I did with Lucy. The jar is from JoAnn.

winter cloche jar scene

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We also got new stockings for the girls (from Target) and I made an advent calendar that our whole family is obsessed with! Check out the full DIY at A Beautiful Mess here.

We also added some decorations to the girls’ new bedroom, but I’ll share more about that room soon! What are your favorite Christmas decorations? Mine, hands down, has got to be the tree.

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

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1970s Magazine Inspiration

1970s boho modern kitchen

The 1970s is experience a revival in the design world these days, and as someone who likes a little sophisticated kitsch (that’s a thing, right?), I couldn’t be happier! I recently picked up some old House & Garden magazines from around 1969-1972, and found myself pouring over the interiors featured inside. Sure, a lot of the ’70s needs to stay buried, deep, deep down never to be seen again. But some of it is just gold. Harvest gold, sure, but if you look past the nightmarish wall-to-wall carpeting and remember the magic of sunken living rooms and malm fireplaces, there’s treasure to be found.

I hope you enjoy a little decor inspiration for your Friday! I can’t stop thinking of oversized hex tiles, earthy color schemes, and funky textiles. I’m all about the mix— a bit boho, a little mid century, a touch traditional, and a dash of glam. That grasscloth clad room below right? With the tailored white furnishings, oriental rug juxtaposed with the lucite coffee table and malm fireplace? Heaven. Which one’s your favorite room?

1970s home decor

1970s home decor

1970s sunken living room

1970s open shelving kitchen

1970s pink carpet bedroom

Comfort Works Ikea Karlstad Slipcover Review

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

I hope you’ve been having fun following along with my living room makeover! I’ve been having a blast over here. The last piece of the puzzle has fallen into place, and I’m so excited to share it with you: The Karlstad 3+2 sectional slipcover! I know before I had said it was the media center, but I stand corrected. THIS is the most dramatic change of the whole makeover. Our living room actually feels sophisticated now!

You may be wondering about the slipcover process, so read on! I put together a review of the Comfort Works slipcover I received for my Ikea Karlstad sectional.

Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Replacement

I found Comfort Works after searching online for Ikea replacement slipcovers, and was really excited about the fabric styles available. I didn’t like the options available at Ikea, and actually my sofa model has been discontinued since then. Yikes! Thank God for Comfort Works. I knew I wanted something light, neutral, and natural (probably linen), and they had a lot of fabric options to choose from. But not so many that it was overwhelming by any means. I ordered 8 fabric samples, and was able to see their comfort and durability ratings, as well as dump coffee on them to see what happened!

My favorite option was the 20% linen 80% viscose blend— Liege Biscuit. It was soft, had the natural look I liked, and my coffee beaded up and dripped right off when I dumped it. That was reassuring! So I ordered the 3+2 sectional slipcover, and also requested that two bolster pillows be made in the same material. I simply provided them with measurements, and they sent the covers with the rest. (I had to stuff them myself when they got here.)

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

The slipcover arrived in fabric pouch that was shipped inside a medium-size cardboard box. I was actually surprised at how compact it was in there. I excitedly pulled it out, snapped a pic, and put on Tangled to keep Lucy occupied as I set out to slip the new covers over my cushions.

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

Each of the covers were labeled, so it made it really easy to figure out what went where. The zippers were easy to close, and the covers fit like a glove. Not too tight to zip, but tight enough to to look very tailored.

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

Of course, because of the linen blend and the compact packaging, the cover had wrinkles after installation. I had thought about steaming it a bit, but then I didn’t get around to it, and now the wrinkles have mostly fallen out on their own, with a bit of subtle wrinkling on the skirt portion, which I actually kind of like. I had wanted the natural linen look, after all. What you see below is after the wrinkles had fallen out. I didn’t do any ironing or steaming.

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

Comfort Works specializes in Ikea replacement covers, but they also do custom covers. You can contact them with your needs and someone will assist you with what measurements you need and pricing information.

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

I really adore our new sofa cover, and love the fresh look it’s given to this whole room. The piping details, skirt, and bolster pillows make the sofa feel like a brand new piece. It certainly feels much more expensive than what it is. Ikea? What? No way. YES WAY.

Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Replacement

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

As you can see, the kids are all over this thing. I already had to clean up a couple of food accidents (Cheetos once, chocolate the other time), and it easily wiped clean. Whew! I’m so glad I finally went with the light cover I had been afraid to commit to when I first bought this sofa. I know I wouldn’t have been happy with the Ikea ivory cover, so I’m glad I waited until I found Comfort Works. What a dream this baby is!

Comfort Works gifted me with this slipcover to review and share with you all. Everything I shared is honest and authentic, and I couldn’t be happier with my new slipcover! I know many of you have Ikea furniture too, so hopefully this was a helpful review for you, and I hope you’ll check out Comfort Works if you’re looking to up your furniture game a bit. Thanks for following along!

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