I was invited to a Holiday Tea Party at IKEA last Thursday to see their Food & Holiday Decoration Collection. I have to say that it really jump started my holiday spirit! I love the colors of this season, and the warmth that it brings to the inside of the home. I never have candles lit more than at Christmastime!
On the way out I bought a bunch of fun new items to trim the tree, such a these awesome little birds. I love the colors, and the handmade esthetic of many of the ornaments. They are going fast, so I’m glad that I am thinking ahead this year! Although I suppose that with Christmas being NEXT MONTH and all, I’m not that far ahead, am I?!
And don’t forget that it’s better to give than receive! This year, between November 4 – December 29, 2012, for every soft toy or children’s book bought, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1 to help fund education projects supported by UNICEF and Save the Children.
Have you started prepping for the holiday season?
There are toys EVERYWHERE right now. I think that they are conspiring to take over the house… I can tell just by the look on their faces!
We are going to be ripping up the carpet in our youngest’s room soon, so it was emptied of all Lego, ending up on the train table, bumping the trains to the floor… and so on. Storage systems are going to be top of the list on my next trip to Ikea.
Happy Friday! And Happy Mother’s Day Weekend to all you moms out there!
Remember my mud room inspiration pics? Well, I’m finally making some progress! I went fabric shopping today! My mother in law came over to see the boys and I got to escape for three hours! Luxurious, and very productive. Does anyone else have a full body reaction when they find exactly what they’re searching for? Just me? I knew that this Robert Allen fabric was “the one” as soon as I saw it. It’s New Damask BK in Greystone and I LOVE it!
I really wanted to pull from the colours in the adjoining powder room for my laundry & mud room reno. Between the dark grey baskets that I found at Homesense, and this Robert Allen fabric that has both the gray and yellow, I think it’s working! I’ve just placed the fabric on the bench for the picture… I do still need to sew the cover. My sewing projects for the home have been limited to roman blinds so far, so I’ve never had to do piping. Just out of curiosity, have any of you used piping before? I had thought about using some contrasting yellow piping, but now I’m thinking that I might just keep it all in the same fabric. Any thoughts?
I just saw that the DIY I posted last week is featured today on Design*Sponge! Welcome to anyone who has wandered over! Please say hi, I’d love to meet you! And for those of you that haven’t checked out Design*Sponge lately, go check out their newly redesigned site! I’m so impressed with all their work!
Well here we go! If you’re reading this then it means the creative exchange has begun! I’m writing my first post in between washing dishes, wiping faces, and printing out proofs of the latest Christmas card design that I’m working on for a client. And that pretty much describes the balancing (or lack of) that goes on over here at our house… welcome!
Photo: Nunuboo Photography