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Saturday, December 29

West Elm's Boerum Bench

A couple days after Christmas I headed out to do a few returns and exchanges like everyone else and their mother & while out I passed a West Elm store and decided to peak in to check out their new Spring line.  Right away I spotted something that really caught my eye.  

I snapped a few cell phone pics and sent them to Mr. Show Off w/a message "This is perfect, what do you think?"  His reply "How much?" nothing else, no, yea I like it, or what are the measurements,  just "How Much?"  as that is usually his question so I called him to tell him about how perfect it was and after a few minutes, I hung up, left the store and about an hour later we were back.  We paid, packed up the truck & headed home.

Coming into our house from the garage you come into this hallway which opens up to the Living Room.  I decided to first find artwork for the wall and was lucky enough to find the Ballard Design Sacha Mirror @ Home Goods for a steal! (click here for that post) but the space was still lacking something. It needed a bench.  Perfect for additional seating when we have friends over and a good spot to put on little shoes before she heads out the door to school.

Here is the before


 here is after with our new Boerum Bench from West Elm


Here is the view from the opposite side of the hall coming in from the foyer.  At 58" long, its the perfect length for this long wall.  I decorated one side with 2 lanterns and threw on 2 pillows that I stole from our couch, until I find other pillows.  I am thinking about incorporating yellow into the room so I will be on the lookout for yellow pillows. But for now you get the idea.




I am really happy with it.  Its pretty heavy.  Made of solid Mango wood so it feels nice and sturdy when you sit on it.  The bench comes in two colors, Cafe - a warm stained brown and Natural - the color we picked.    Its sold at West Elm as a Dining Bench, but as you can see it works as a bench in any area!  Here is the link with more info on the West Elm site.  My mom thinks we should add a bench cushion to the top of the bench, to make it more cozy and soft, but I don't know I kinda like it without a bench cushion, we will see.






Monday, December 3

Christmas touches {round 4}


This weekend was the main event for my 4 year old little Ms. Show Off.  We put up the tree an decorated it with fun colors of pink, purple, blue, green and red.  I didnt want the traditional silver, gold, red or green look this year so we decided to puch it up a bit with some color.

My daughter loved it!  So much in fact that as the Christmas music was playing she decided she wanted to dance.  Twirl to be exact.  And she wanted to wear a skirt.  The tree skirt.


There she is wearing the tree skirt - fits her perfectly.

In the end, we she finished decorating the bottom half of the tree and for the most part it looks good.  Although the ornaments at the bottom half of the tree are a little crowded and not uniformly spread out....thats ok though, I will fix it later.  But I did tell her how beautiful a job she did.  She was so proud!  For now here is a little sneak peak of the top of the tree so that you can see what colors we used.  I  snapped the pic so that you can see the MINIMAL decorating I did to the table in our dining room.  One ornament on top of each little topiary.  So Easy - hahaha.  I figured its ok since the buffet in there is all "decked" out - click here to see it.


Sunday, December 2

Christmas touches {round 3}

I'm back with another small update on how we (or maybe its just me) are decorating the house with little touches of Christmas here and there.  I am not one one for huge displays or a entire room decked out of Christmas decor....I like just a few touches here and there.

While at Target for no real reason at all, I spotted a set of pretty colored mini ornament balls in the dollar spot.  8 for $1? Sure!  I will take 3 tubes!

I thought I would use them on the Christmas tree but decided to put them in the kitchen instead.  Yes, the kitchen.  In a bowl. On the table.  But not in a bowl like that.  Like this.

Bowl - o - ornaments

Cute and simple huh?  In the kitchen eating area, I usually have this footed silver bowl filled with fake limes...

Before

But, its the holidays, why not add some Christmas-y sparkle and flair in the kitchen.  I quite like this look..

After

So now when I walk into the kitchen, my eye is drawn to that shiny bowl of colored ornaments...soooo Christmas-y! and easy (my motto this season)


 
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