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

our fall door decor+DIY pumpkins

A few weeks ago, I got the itch to decorate our outside doorway arguably prematurely, but did it anyway (what do you call this area? outside entryway? front door area? whatever, you know what I mean). Home Goods has had their fall decor out for weeks and I’ve been eyeing it, eager to get my hands on some pumpkins and I finally gave in to the urge. Us Houstonians seem to be abnormally obsessed with all things fall, especially considering we don’t actually have a fall. Maybe that explains it- fake it til you make it. If we pretend it’s chilly outside with foliage on the ground, maybe it will actually happen one of these days. Like, say, early December.

Regardless of our lack of seasons, y’all know I am holiday obsessed and this year gingham seems to be all the rage for both fall and Christmas decor. And I’m here for it. I’ll link what I can below and share where I found everything, as well as explain how Zach made the large wooden pumpkins 3 years ago in case you’re a DIYer. They were pretty easy to make and have held up really well, even through the move! Speaking of move, I think that’s why I decided to decorate our outside entryway (still don’t know what to call it..)- because the inside of our house is still such a wreck that I needed one small space to fix up, at least. I’ll get to the rest eventually but for now, here’s what we’ve got…

I searched high and low for a wreath that wasn’t $60+ and even at Home Goods and TJ Maxx, they were pretty pricey. I don’t like anything too orangey, if that makes sense, and was surprised to find this wreath at Walmart for under $20. I added some gingham ribbon (found in the Christmas section at Hobby Lobby) to tie it in to the rest of the decor. I’ve gotten more questions about the gingham doormat than anything, which is currently on sale at Hobby Lobby for $10 in the fall decor section. I bought 2 because I know this one will get dirty and I want a back-up for the holiday season! If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby close, here is a very similar option. The gingham pumpkins were also a Walmart find (Hobby Lobby has them too for around the same price)- they have orange and white gingham print as well here.

The happy harvest sign came from Home Goods for $20 but I found similar on Etsy, and same for the galvanized planter ($10). The yellow mum came from the garden section at Walmart for around $10 and I eventually want to add a few more to our porch area that you can’t see in these pictures- it’s to the right of the doorway and still needs some sprucing up. We have an old white bench there now that I need to put some pillows on and maybe add a little table. I can’t wait to drink coffee there in the mornings when the weather does finally cool off! We’ve had the baby sleeping doormat for awhile and it’s been a lifesaver through lots of UPS deliveries and workers fixing things on the house- would also be such a great shower gift! As far as the wooden pumpkins, there are also some similar ones on Etsy here if you’re not into crafting. But if you are, sharing how Z whipped them up below!

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I had Zach text me his “Pumpkin How To” from work, and here’s what he said:
”I used 8 ft. landscaping timber or posts ($3) and first cut a long stem part. I don’t know measurments- it’s just however tall you want the pumpkin to be. Next I cut the wood in pairs for each side, making each pair shorter than the last. I laid all the boards out and cut 2 two by fours the width of the pumpkin and nailed the boards to the back of the pumpkin (in hindsight I should have screwed them instead of nailing since they’ve been used so much). Painted them and done”.

As far as measurements go, I don’t think they have to be precise at all since they pumpkins are supposed to look rustic and farmhouse style, not perfectly symmetrical or flawless. Any little mistake in crafting just adds to their charm! Speaking of mistakes, I actually painted the pumpkins myself- the easy and fun job. Which again doesn’t have to be perfect at all (thank goodness), and then just tie some green mesh ribbon for a leaf “bow” and you’re set!

I hope that makes sense as far as the pumpkins go- if you have any questions at all just leave them in the comments and I’ll (get Z to) answer them for you. Thanks for stopping by!
xo, Britt

nordstrom sale home decor

I have finally gotten around to shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale home decor and wanted to share some of my favorite finds with y'all! There was a lot to comb through but I found some great deals that I hope y'all will love just as much as I do. There were a ton of rugs in the sale, I'm sure some of you noticed, but I honestly didn't feel like any of them were that great of deal (even though I do love a lot of the designs), and only wanted to share affordable items with y'all that I'll be ordering, as well. And here they are!

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1. Deny Designs Matcha Blush Five- Piece Gallery Art Set (reg. 99, sale $65)- When I saw this set I was done for- I had to have it! I'm redoing my office in the new house and these prints will add the perfect pop of color without being "too much". $65 for 5 prints is a really good deal, too!
2. Monogram Buffalo Check Throw (reg. $59, sale $38)- Y'all know I love anything with a monogram on it so naturally I'm drawn to this plaid blanket that comes in both grey and navy. I love the neutral grey the most, I think- and these make the best gifts! Now's a great time to get them for Christmas gifts while they're under $40. 
3. Voluspa Maison Blanc Tin Candle Set (reg. $48, sale $29)- I LOVE these candles and have stocked up on them during the sale to give as gifts! Thee make amazing hostess gifts, teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, etc. and smell amazing. Your friends will think you spent much mores since the set is $20 off. 
4. E2 Concepts Tray Table with Casters (reg. $225, sale $149)- This table, y'all...I ordered one for the new house but I'm seriously considering ordering a second! Don't let the name fool you- it's not only a tray table. You can use the it as a bar cart, display table, etc. So many uses and such a timeless piece for under $150! 
5. cupcake and cashmere Iridescent Floor Lamp (reg. $239, sale $159)- I've been on the hunt for a good floor lamp and I was so excited when I saw this one in the sale. I've loved cupcakes and cashmere forever (Emily is a blogger turned designer!) and everything in her line is so chic and timeless. I plan on ordering this lamp for our living room and may end up with two since it's such a good deal.
6. Square Quatrefoil Mirror (reg. $48, sale $29)- This mirror is such a gorgeous piece with the natural wood+glass combo and is super versatile. Put it in an entryway, in a set of 3 above a bed, or mixed in a gallery wall. Endless possibilities and a great price. 
7. Chunky Cable Knit Accent Pillow (reg. $59, sale $39)- These pillows are so cozy and add a great element of texture to any couch/chair/bed. I can't decide what color to get but I'm leaning toward the "Ivory Dove" for our couch- they come in 4 colors and they're all perfection!
8. Cool Mist Cosmos Scentilizer Diffuser (reg. $40, sale $26)- If you are into oils, this diffuser is a really pretty one that is at a great price point. It's electric and best of all, it's designed with a built-in timer and automatic shut-off so you can operate it worry-free.
9. Monogram Lumbar Accent Pillow (reg. $42, sale $27)- Another monogram piece that I couldn't pass up. I think pillows in this shape are a nice touch to a bed and also make such a cute gift! 
10. Embroidered Velvet Pouf (reg. $99, sale $65)- These poufs are going like hot cakes and it's no secret why- they're so cute and versatile! Chic enough for a fancy sitting enough yet casual enough for a college dorm room. Nordstrom has a lot of these in the sale but this grey velvet is my fav. 

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Did you shop the sale? I'd love to hear your picks!

We got home yesterday from the Fullwood family vacay at Crystal Beach and Bear had the best time- we're still recovering and will head out on another road trip soon that I can't wait to share with y'all! 
xo, Britt