our christmas kitchen

I’ve had this post drafted for several weeks now and am finally getting around to sharing it with y’all! I wanted to reeeeally go all out on holiday decor this year, especially in our kitchen, but opted to go with subtle touches instead. Since we’re still buying new pieces for the house, it makes more sense to wait until after Christmas and grab a bunch of holiday decor on major sale for next year when we can really deck the halls!

I’m honestly really enjoying the minimal touches of greenery and pops of red, even though I’ve added a few things since taking these photos. And no, our kitchen is not normally this clean! The island is normally a resting place for backpacks, water bottles, and toys. At least we have photos to prove it was clean for a few hours :). Sharing details on everything below!

I can’t really link anything because most everything in our kitchen came from Home Goods, Burlington, or is old. But I’ll tell y’all sources just in case you want to go out and hunt! I’ve also found similar items so you can order if you’d like.
Our bar stools are from Target a few months ago but are sold out, really similar ones HERE.
The wreath and greenery on the back of the chairs both came from Michael’s. The wreath was $5 and didn’t have flocking, but we bought a few cans of flocking spray at Walmart to spruce (pun intended!) it up. Similar wreath HERE.
The greenery on the chairs are 50% off at Michael’s right now making them $3.50 apiece. I thought that was a pretty good deal considering they come with the ribbon. I just used a piece of clear Scotch tape to tape them to each chair and it worked- they’ve held up for weeks and you can’t see the tape.
Our “Letters to Santa” cookie jar has been a huge hit. It is under $10 at Walmart right now but only in store (THIS one is also really cute). They had so many in store that I wanted, and now I’m regretting not getting! My favorite was a red truck with a tree in the bed (that would match the rest of our decor) but I’m glad we went with this one instead because Bear thinks it’s a real magic cookie jar that transports letters to Santa. He puts a letter in it almost every day and his elf, Johnny, delivered a special letter from Santa back to Bear.
The tray by the pantry is a $6 ROSS find and we love it- it houses all of Bear’s homework and notes from school. THIS one is pretty much identical.
Our Candy Cane Lane is another $6 ROSS find along with the jute rug under it, and the tea towel with trucks is from there as well (THIS one is similar).
The galvanized 3 tiered stand is from Hobby Lobby- it’s normally $30 but every other week goes on sale for $15. I love using it to decorate for each season, and it’s great for parties as well. THIS one is a bit of a splurge but also really pretty!


Think I covered everything but if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them in the comments! I get questions about our floors quite a bit and they are tile made to look like wood. The light grey color is easy to keep clean and we have loved them so far. Thanks for stopping by!
xo, Britt

movie nights with balsam hill+hallmark channel

I can’t hold off any more on sharing this post with you guys- the holidays are upon us!!! And I’m sorry in advance to any Thanksgiving sticklers who prefer to hold off on decorations until after Thanksigiving- I totally get and respect that (my grandma is the same way and lets me hear about it). I, however, can’t help but pull out the holiday decor as early as possible, which happened to come in the form of November 1st this year. #noshame

The reason I couldn’t wait any longer is because we got the most beautiful new tree & ornaments from Balsam Hill that I was dying to see in our living room! I’ve had a lot of questions about our tree since posting it on Instagram- it’s the 9 foot Frosted Frasier Fir and we are very happy with it. I get that Balsam Hill trees are more expensive than the trees you see at most other retailers, but having one myself now, I understand the difference in quality. The foliage really is lifelike- it feels like we went out and cut down a real tree but without all the mess (“little full, lotta sap”). And the lights are probably my favorite part of all. Our tree is COVERED in lights and it’s so beautiful by night- I love seeing the tree reflecting in our living room windows. Really sets the mood for the holiday season and gives all the cozy vibes!

Bear with these photos as our home decorating is still a big work in progress. We did finally get a TV stand, but still need a coffee table, living room chairs, something over the mantel, and lots in between. But we are enjoying taking our time with the decorating process and the Christmas decor fills the gaps quite nicely so far. :)

Nordic Frost Ornament Set | Alpine Ski Set | Frosted Picks | Hallmark shirt

Now that you’ve seen our Balsam Hill decor, I hope you love it as much as we do. And onto another very important topic…Hallmark Christmas movies. You guys know that I’m obsessed with Hallmark Christmas movies and have been talking about them for weeks. What’s even more exciting is that our Balsam Hill ornaments/decor are featured in several of the Hallmark movies this season:

11/3: Christmas Joy- Did you catch this one? It was SO good!
11/24: Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
11/25: A Shoe Addicts Christmas


I’m so excited for both Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane and A Shoe Addicts Christmas; will be recording them ASAP so I don’t miss them! Do you love Hallmark Christmas movies, too? If so, what’s your favorite? I love anything royal-related & listed out the best (in my opinion) Hallmark Christmas movies in THIS post. Please leave your favorites in the comments so I can record those, too.
Happy weekend, friends! We are headed to College Station tomorrow to watch the Aggies take on Ole Miss and the boys are pretty excited. I can’t wait to catch up with my bestie from college, Elissa, and get a peek at Santa’s Wonderland!
xo, Britt

how to paint kitchen backsplash

When we bought our home back in July, we fell in love with pretty much all of the house except for the kitchen backsplash. As soon as we walked into the kitchen, the dark patterned tile glared at us as if to say “Change me!”. It’s not that I don’t like patterned tile/backsplash, but with our particular granite style it just felt really busy in the space. It also made the kitchen appear much darker/smaller than it would with a lighter tile. Our home was in the very final stages of construction and the builder wouldn’t change the backsplash at that point. We decided to take matters into our own hands and two months after moving in, finally tackled the project. We considered all options, with the first of course being to simply replace the tile. But this proved to be pretty pricey, since they’d have to not only replace the tile but also the drywall behind it.

We went to Sherwin Williams (this post is not sponsored by the way!) where we were given some direction as far as what primer and paint to use and how to go about the process. I’ll share all of it below! Here is our before and after:

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Zach was a big help with this project- thank you, Z! He started by taping everything off, removing light switch plates, and doing some heavy-duty sanding. Since our tile is glass and was very slick/shiny, we needed to do a lot of sanding. The electric sander ending up crashing on us so Zach sanded most of it by hand.

Once it was ready to be primed, we did 3 separate coats of Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer in White, letting each coat completely dry for 3-4 hours before applying the next layer. With that dark tile, it took 3 solid coats to conceal it. If you had lighter tile, it would probably only take 2 coats. We did paint over the grout, which was a medium grey color, so we used 2 separate brushes to paint. A medium-sized roll brush to apply paint evenly/smoothly and a sponge brush to get in the grout and along the top/bottom of area. We bought a gallon of primer but didn’t end up using even half- a little goes a long way with this stuff. We also waited to buy all of our paint and materials until Sherwin Williams was having a 40% off everything sale, which brought the cost of the entire project down to under $100.

We did all the priming on a Sunday and let the final coat dry completely overnight, waiting until Monday evening to finish the job. You wouldn’t have to wait this long, but this is how our schedule worked out and we were able to finish the job pretty easily on Monday. We used Sherwin Williams Emerald paint in “Rhinestone” as the final color, and are really happy with how it came out! It’s a very light, cool grey, that blends well with our granite and flows with the rest of the kitchen. We debated going with the same white as our cabinets but wanted a slight contrast. Two coats of paint later and we were finished! The Emerald paint adhered very well to the primer; we were impressed with just how easy this part of the job was.

It isn’t perfect, and if you look closely you’ll notice the edge of the grout where the tile meets the granite needs to be touched up. We just bought little paint brushes for this last night and will get it done soon, but for now we are loving our new backsplash!

If you’re wanting to given your kitchen a fresh new look and are tired of your backsplash, definitely considering giving it a paint job! Our kitchen feels much brighter, cleaner, and less “busy”- which we love since this is the heart of our home. Not that I cook all that much, but we do make lots of trips to the refrigerator regardless. :)

Hope you all have a great weekend!
xo, Britt