I’ve been obsessed with the new Holiday Collection from Serena & Lily. (For example here, here, and here.) They asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted to be a part of their holiday blogger contest and I jumped at the opportunity. Me and 4 other bloggers decorated rooms in our homes using Serena & Lily holiday products. I chose to decorate the Christmas tree in my living room with their beautiful ornaments, string paper lights and giant snowflake lights. (Their ornaments are the prettiest glass ornaments I’ve ever seen.) They are hosting a contest on Facebook where everyone can vote for their favorite blogger-designed vignette and enter for the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Serena & Lily. Click here to visit their Facebook page and enter to win. (And please please pretty please vote for me!)
Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day
I just got my December Golden Tote and I think this service is genius. I tried out their site a few months ago while I was in a clothing rut and fell in love with the whole process. You know that panic stricken feeling you get when you realize you have a bunch of things to go to and you don’t have a ton of options to wear? That happened last week and all of a sudden my Golden Tote showed up (true story!) Basically, you pick out a few clothing items from their site and fill out a style profile, Golden Tote will send them the items they picked along with a few surprise pieces chosen by a stylist. I picked out this white sweater and a cute vest, but the stylists also sent me a pretty dress and some perfect sweaters that I’ve already worn a ton. This would make such a great gift for my sister or a friend!
This post is sponsored by Golden Tote: a surprise shopping spree bundled up in a cute, canvas tote bag and delivered to your door.
It’s party dress time. My calendar is full over the next few weeks with just about every holiday party possible so now I have to figure what to wear. I’ve been using an awesome new website called Chippmunk to find the best deals. Basically, it’s a search engine just for online coupons. I put in my shopping budget, and it shows me how I can save money at the stores where I’d normally shop. I love that every code is verified so there aren’t any expired coupons on the site. And there are a ton of retailers that offer exclusive coupons just for Chippmunk. It’s really made shopping online during the holidays so much easier. All of the dresses below were found on sites with Chippmunk deals!
This post is sponsored by Chippmunk.
Woohoo! I’ve got some “after” pictures of our bedroom today. After renting apartments for years it feels pretty liberating to be able to do ANYTHING I want to the apartment. The front bedroom (that we are calling the Master bedroom) is a beautiful space with Bay Windows. The trim had been previously painted white and it had white walls. So it was definitely a blank slate. When I went looking for inspiration for our house I kept searching for “Modern Victorian” I want to keep all the amazing details that make me love the apartment, but I want the space to feel modern and fresh.
I kept coming back to Jenna Lyon’s Brownstone, probably my favorite example of this. What I like about the room is it still feels fresh several years later. They take risks (like painting everything black!) but there are a ton of architectural details and everything feels modern and a little sparse. I loved how they had painted their trim black too, not just the walls. It gives the room a whole different look than accenting the room with standard white moulding. After weighing my options I became obsessed with painting my whole bedroom black. This might not seem like a risk to some people but I have spent my whole life trying to figure out how to make my small cramped apartments feel “lighter” so to actually make some thing darker on purpose seemed scary to me. Coincidentally Valspar contacted me about the same time and I told them I would LOVE to work with them considering all I do is think about paint colors all day. So I started looking for the “perfect black.” Valspar has an awesome Love Your Color Guarantee where if you aren’t happy with your first color you can have another color “on them.” It’s a pretty amazing guarantee because anyone who paints a lot knows that sometimes, no matter what you do, the paint colors don’t turn out how you thought they would. It was so nice knowing I had the option of switching colors if I didn’t love the bold color I originally chose.
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We were visiting the Marimekko flagship store in New York last Spring when I saw this fabric. It was upholstery weight and gorgeous and I knew it would be perfect for our old yellow sofa. I had bought a vintage yellow sofa off Craigslist earlier and I loved the shape but the velvet wasn’t in great condition. I knew that it would need to be reupholstered soon.
When we were getting ready to move to our new house I figured it was time to update the yellow sofa too so I ordered a big bolt of the beautiful fabric and sent it off to the upholsterer. When they returned with the sofa a few weeks later I couldn’t believe it! It came out even better than I hoped. The fabric is perfect because it’s a pattern but still feels like a neutral. I topped it with some beautiful Marimekko pillows and voila! It’s done.
My mom always had Marimekko patterns and fabrics in our home so I love that I will continue the tradition. Their patterns are so iconic and classic and fun! I’m also pretty obsessed with their clothing line. The dresses are not only beautiful but the quality is really unbelievable. Did you have Marimekko when you were growing up? Have you been to one of their new stores?
This post is sponsored by Marimekko.
Photos by Ashley Batz for Oh Happy Day