A holly, jolly Christmas tour ..

Happy December 1st, y'all! I cannot believe this season is already here! This year has absolutely flown by for our family. We have experienced so much change and goodness in the past 12 months. Going into this Christmas and holiday season, our hope is that yours is full of joy, love, peace and sweet memories! .. okay, now pour another cup of coffee, grab a blanket and keep scrolling.

Join me on this little holiday tour of our home! 

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We kept the front door and porch simple and classic.

And meet one of our cute little greeters, Ryleigh (the golden retriever) :)

I loved that we were able to purchase our wreath from a local tree stand here at the beach that donates its entire profit to local charities! It always makes the purchase even sweeter.

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The 'P' stocking is my favorite! It still seems surreal that we have a little one for the holidays and that this is her 2nd Christmas with us! Time sure does fly by way. too. fast.

Next to hers, are her brothers (fur brothers) stockings, awaiting their bones and goodies from Santa.

Our Christmas tree is full of very special ornaments and memories! Hanging those on the tree as a family (yes, Kevin insisted Piper HELP US) .. was one of my favorite nights so far! :)

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Just like the front door, we kept the mantle and decor inside simple and classic. My husband would not let me move the sound bar from the mantle, sooooo... what's a girl to do? Design OVER it of course! ;) The garland is actually clippings from the tree stand (where we purchased our wreath and Christmas tree). They were sweet enough to let me raid the huge pile of leftovers for a few spare limbs for decorating with! 

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More tree clippings shown here.. in a beautiful vase we have had and used throughout the year in our home! 

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This Christmas pillow was one of the very few things we purchased this year for decor. I saw it in Target and just had to have it! I wanted it to be the base of our holiday decorations and color palette. 

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Next up.. our quaint dining area off the living room..

I was able to use salad plates that we had to layer to our everyday white china for another simple table setting, that added JUST enough Christmas to this area..

With a few berry accents on the napkins, mixed with the gold silverware, it's the perfect little coastal holiday setting!

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How easy is this!? Go grab some pine cones from outside and throw them in a textured bowl or vase! I love the dimension this little combination adds (with the woven basket).

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The rest of the rooms in the house still need a little Christmas cheer, but for now, I'm going to bask in this season we are in and enjoy moments with my girl. (And also count how many time she will pull the ornaments off the tree and throw them at her brothers). 

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Thank you for joining me on this holly, jolly Christmas tour of our home! I can't wait to see some of your holiday decor in YOUR homes and see just how you're using simple items in and around your home to dress up the simplest spaces! 

Merry, merry Christmas you guys! Stay tuned for lots of new goodies this coming year! 

xo-

Our coastal home >> progress part 1

We moved into our new home about 2 weekS ago! Some days I feel like we have accomplished so much, & others I feel like I'm sitting in the same chaos I was 14 days ago. (haha) 

To be honest, we have tackled lots of projects all around the house and I think because they're so spread out and somewhat random (that's my ADD kicking in), it can feel like a mess. But I wanted to take y'all along the first 'almost' completed project! (that was accomplished this past weekend). If you guys follow along with us on Instagram you may have seen our exterior plans for the #pipermovedtothecoast project >> aka our house. hehe 

Here's a little preview of the design plans that I originally dreamed up for our front porch and exterior:

Okay, so these plans altered a little.. but we got started on the vision! 

Here is the before pics of the front porch; 

Although the red was unique and fun - we wanted to give the exterior and entrance a more classic and traditional look. 

So, we picked a classic black paint for the front door! We decided to do black shutters as well, but we wait for those to arrive! (patience y'all! That's what I'm learning with a lot of spaces in our home.. it takes patience to get everything in and installed :))

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VALSPAR 

EXTERIOR PAINT FOR DOOR/TRIM - CLASSIC BLACK

My dad so graciously opted into painting for us! My parents came down for the weekend for my mom's birthday & for helping around the house with unpacking and boy was it a HUGE help! dad finished up the door and the exterior accents, as Kevin worked in the yard and I tackled boxes inside! I went with him to pick out a few of the details for the porch and exterior and he brought the plans to life! I chose traditional numbers for the front door (FINALLY TOOK OFF THE AWFUL ONES THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY THERE - IN CURLZ FONT AND COMPLETELY RUSTED OVER FROM THE SALT AIR!). WE WENT WITH BRASS NUMBERS AND A BIGGER SIZE TO REALLY STAND OUT AGAINST THE BLACK! 

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NEXT, CAME THE SELECTION OF THE greenery FOR THE FRONT PORCH! I originally THOUGHT I WANTED TO HANG FERNS (4 OR SO) OVER THE RAILING.. BUT THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUT IT, THE MORE I shIED AWAY FROM THE IDEA BECAUSE I FELT IT MAY BECOME TOO BUSY.. TOO QUICK. I WANTED TO KEEP IT SIMPLE OUT THERE & REFRESHING! SO, AGAIN, DAD AND I WENT TO lowe'S AND PLAYED AROUND WITH A FEW IDEAS (PLANTERS AND PLANTS).

THE pink hydrangea! IT WAS PERFECT! AGAIN THE BLACK DOOR AND IN THE PERFECT PLANTER! I WAS SO HAPPY WITH HOW THESE TURNED OUT! NOW, PROJECT KEEP THEM ALIVE IS IN FULL FORCE! THEY ALWAYS LOOK HOT NOW AND THIRSTY! SO, I'VE BEEN DRENCHING THEM IN WATER THE PAST WEEK OR SO IN HOPES THEY KEEP SOME COLOR :(

NOW, FOR THE FRONT DOOR MAT - AGAIN, I ORIGINALLY THINK I WANTED TO GO MORE BUSY AND FUN, BUT DECIDED AGAINST THAT WHEN WE WANTED TO MAKE IT fEEL MORE TRADITIONAL WITH POPS OF COASTAL! I FOUND THE PERFECT ONE! I searcHED high AND LOW AND EVERYTHING FELT TOO SMALL OR TOO COLORFUL! I wanted SOMETHING THAT FELT WARM, INVITING, GROWN-UP BUT AT THE SAME TIME, FRESH AND 'us'.

Found this one at lowe's..

(I loved mixing the finishes on the porch! The brass, the black, the bronzed hardware and pots for the plants) it makes everything feel more layered and 'at home'.. the same finishes everywhere is b o r i n g :) 

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now, we wait on the shutters to arrive! I will also be including our rockers, lighting & pillows in PART 2 OF OUR EXTERIOR PROJECT! I'M SO GLAD YOU CHOSE TO FOLLOW ALONG WITH US ON THIS journey OF SETTLING IN! 

XO-

Part II of the kitchen transformation >>

Sorry for the delay in this Part II edition of the kitchen transformation we recently completed! Do you ever think you're going to knock something out for the week, and then all of sudden the weekend is here and a million other things took its place?! Ahhh.

So, here ya go! 

Here's the other side of the kitchen that wasn't revealed in Part I.

Eeeeeek!

BEFORE:

So, we did a little 'paint' magic, new lighting, new accent chairs and ART! 

We even changed out the hardware on the cabinet piece to tie in the new cooler tones of this kitchen! 

We brought in new barstools for the island that made a huge difference! Before these upholstered stools were used, there were black wood barstools that made the room feel dark and outdated.

I know this is an awful shot of the island before, but it's all I could find on my trusty iPhone :( (you can semi-see the previous island lighting in this pic & the traditional, intricate style of it. We had to spruce it up a little!)

AFTER:

The island pendants, barstools, new rug and wall color helped bring this space to life! 

What's your favorite part that we changed? Leave in the comments below! 

& happy designing :)