Advent Calendar Options

It’s December people! Ah – when did that happen? Thanksgiving is over and done with (we hope yours was amazing!), and the Christmas decorating season is upon us. Have you hung your lights and wreaths? We talked about advent calendars last year and although advent calendars tend to be a family thing, I’m still pretty excited, as a girl in her mid twenties! I’m so busy that I’m tempted to get this delicious reusable option, but I’m hoping to get my DIY on this week. With beautiful inspiration like this, how could I not at least try!

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Loving Now // Wall Paper

We grew up in a time when wall paper was terrible… dated floral and patterned ceiling boarders, but times have changed. We are seeing wall paper being used in all sorts of stylish new ways with exciting new imagery. Check out some of our favorites these days…

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In the bathroom –

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Also, how to make a fabric wallpaper feature wall, how to use wallpaper inside a bookshelf, and how to create the illusion of wallpaper with paint and stencils!

Room Refresh // Minimal Living Room

We’re back with our second Room Refresh, with our focus still on living rooms! Today we’re covering minimalism, and in the sense of home decorating it can mean a lot of different things. The style of minimalism can see a generous range, from Scandinavian minimalism (seen in this post), mod{ern} minimalism, to literally just the bare essentials. But one thing is certain, they all like white and concrete! And while we do love our trinkets, there is something so refreshing about being unattached and removing the unnecessary. Check out some stripped down living rooms that posses a lovely openness about them…

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First things first, in order to achieve this look you need a lot of wood (preferably unfinished pine or teak), a tinge of industrial, and a bit of greenery. Scandinavian minimalism is very much focused on the integrity of the products used and the neutralism between everything. But don’t let go of all color, texture or pattern! And most importantly, minimalism isn’t about getting rid of EVERYTHING just to do it, but paring down your things to your most essential & treasured, and showing those off. Marry your beloved items in your sleek, airy room and you’ll be good to go!

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Urban Outfitters Lamp // Leif Clock // Home Depot Ficus // Industry West Wire Chair // West Elm Side Table (a tad expensive but West Elm is great stuff) // Ikea Cowhide Rug // H&M Linen Pillow Cover

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Advent Calendar Craze

Since my family is German, we’ve been doing advent calendars my whole life. I didn’t know other people didn’t do them until I got older and none of my friends showed as much enthusiasm for them as I did. But these days I’ve been seeing a resurgence – in a modern way, and I have been blown away by some of these creative and beautiful pieces! I’ll always have a soft spot for the traditional ones though; a small piece of paper with an adorable German landscape, with little woodland creatures coming to hang out with the school children in a beautiful old city! Here’s an example of one that might hang in my parents or grandparents’ home:gm_AdventCalendar_Vintage

Now onto the amazingly creative and modern advent calendars!gm_AdventCalendar_MerryThoughtRustic and cabiny, this nature inspired calendar is quite the focal point! Instructions on how to make this beauty can be found here.gm_AdventCalendar_OhHappyDayI absolutely love this one because my apartment is tiny, so this could totally work as a tree alternative as well! We usually get a mini tree, but this has such a presence! *Also, I had no idea that the fabric is from Ikea, and while I checked online and couldn’t find this one specifically (probably in store), I noticed so many other festive and fun fabrics.gm_AdventCalendar_AFewThingsThis homemade clean and crisp idea will fit into any home.gm_AdventCalendar_OhHappyDay2gm_AdventCalendar_OhHappyDay3Oh Happy Day! does it again with her adorably wild DIY ideas! These 2 completely different, but absolutely amazing projects double as full decoration on a sideboard or a bright and cheery wall hanging.gm_AdventCalendar_ChrisLovesJuliaA wooden refillable calendar to use for years and years. Beautifully made by Chris Loves Julia. gm_Advent_modernYour non traditional color schemes that will catch anyone’s attention! 1 // 2 // 3

There are so many fun ideas out there, and I hope next year I can get myself into gear early enough to come up with my own project! But for now, it’s just great to see how many other people out there appreciate the advent calendar as much as I do!

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