Kid-Friendly Dining Chairs

Kid-Friendly Dining Chairs

Last week I wrote about dining chairs with young kids, and I received some great feedback from you guys! I'm thankful for that. That post mostly talked about what to avoid, so I wanted to follow up to let you know some better options!

When I think of what would make for a really practical chair with young kids, I prioritize smooth and hard surfaces that are easy to wipe down, very few nooks and crannies, and something super sturdy. While woven chairs like these are gorgeous, I can just imagine peanut butter and jelly stuck between the fibers. That's the stuff housekeeping nightmares are made of!

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Dining Chairs and Kids: Lessons Learned

Dining Chairs and Kids: Lessons Learned

It's probably not super encouraging to start off in January talking about things I regret, but I really hope that these Lessons Learned posts will help you guys avoid some of the mistakes I've made. Last time, I wrote what I've learned about painting wood white. This time, I'm talking about choosing dining chairs with kids in mind. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Lesson Learned: In our house, dining chairs with fabric seats were not a good idea.

Let's go back in time to 2011. We had recently finished our kitchen and we needed chairs and counter stools. Ben and I did not have children yet. What that means is that I did not understand how grimy the whole mealtime-with-kids situation can be.

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House Goals for 2016

House Goals for 2016

When we bought our house in 2009, it needed so much work. It has been a long road, but the big renovations are mostly behind us. The biggest project of 2015 was installing a privacy fence on the street side of our backyard. It was a hard but satisfying project!

Looking forward to 2016, there are a few things I want to tackle around the house. In the spirit of goal setting, I'll lay them out now and perhaps revisit them at the end of the year to see how we did.

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Transitioning Decorations from Christmas to Winter

Transitioning Decorations from Christmas to Winter

For the past month or so, I've been mulling over some ideas for how to stretch holiday decorating dollars. When the stores start to put out Christmas decorations in late fall, I get so excited to add a few pieces to my holiday collection! But when the decorating budget is tight, it can be hard to spend money on home decor items that only last a month or so during Christmastime. Do you face the same struggle?

Let me walk you through how I transitioned our hearth and mantel decorations from Christmas to winter. Then I've got some general principles to help you think about how you can do the sameβ€”all with the goal of helping you get the most bang for your decorating buck. Here we go.

I was really ready to take down the Christmas tree this year. Our living room is our everything room, so it very quickly starts to feel full and cluttered. (The Cozy Coupe is on vacation in the basement because we just needed some room to breathe. :) ) So I took down the Christmas tree the day after Christmas.

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Will You Vote for Me?

Will You Vote for Me?

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

A few weeks ago, I submitted photos of Kate's room over at Project Nursery. Right before Christmas, I received an email letting me know the room had been chosen as one of five finalists for December's "Room of the Month." What a sweet surprise!

I'm up against some steep competition, but I sure would appreciate your support! You can vote here at Project Nursery. It just takes a quick second.

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Easy Outdoor Planters for Winter

Easy Outdoor Planters for Winter

I have never really done much to decorate the outside of our house for the winter months. Part of the reason is budget. When we do have money in the budget for decor items, I usually prioritize interior stuff over exterior. Do you guys face the same struggles? Is it just a Minnesota thing since we're inside for so much of the year?

Our front porch was looking rather sad, and I am thankful to have found a way to fill it with welcoming beauty for free!

A while back, a cousin on Ben's side (Hi, Erin!) posted a picture to Instagram of a winter planter she had put together and I was super inspired. I know you can buy spruce top bundles, red dogwood branches, and pretty birch logs for sale at grocery stores and nurseries, but they were kind of expensive and I just couldn't pull the trigger. Not when I would rather save that money for maybe putting together a little playroom in the basement (ahem). Ya hear me?

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Sentimental Christmas Decorations

Sentimental Christmas Decorations

As I was pulling out the Christmas decorations this year, I had two little helpers who were pretty smitten with each thing I brought out: snow globes, a tiny ceramic village, a wooden Christmas tree with miniature ornaments my parents brought back from Germany.

In past years, I haven't put out all these things because frankly, I just don't have the space! I don't have a lot of surfaces in my house to display such things. We don't have a coffee table in the living room or a formal dining room where I could put a Christmas centerpiece on a table or add decorations to a sideboard.

I'm not saying this like it is a negative thingβ€”I was just wondering where I was going to put all the little Christmas decorations my girls love! These are the sweet little things that will make their eyes wide as we pull them out each year. I wanted to find room.

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A Fun Christmas Corner

A Fun Christmas Corner

When you decorate for Christmas, do you put holiday decor all throughout the house? I used to keep the Christmas decorations mostly in the living room, but since we've had the girls, I started bringing little touches into their bedroomsβ€”and ours!

In our bedroom, I had such a blast styling up our dresser to show you the free Christmas art prints I made for you to download. The colors in the Luke 2 art print match perfectly with what we already have in the room: red and aqua.

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Decorating for Christmas with Bright Colors

Decorating for Christmas with Bright Colors

It started with a bright print from Summer Harms's shop.

And then there's this whole situation happening at Target right now. My friend Beth tipped me off via Instagram so I was excited for a Target run! The bright pom-pom garland came home with us. I'm eyeing the pink bottle brush trees but I think I'll wait for the after-Christmas sales.

All this to say: Our holiday mantel this year is a bright bonanza.

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