The Best Way to Decorate Your Tree Step-By-Step

Creating a Christmas tree that you love is easier than you think.  It is a labor of love, but you can create one that looks just like the professional trees you see in magazines and on tv shows. You can achieve this look by layering your tree with lots of different textures, ornaments, and ribbon.  I will break this tree down as I decorate to show you the steps I take in decorating my trees.  My trees may look different every year, but the process is always the same.


 Breaking down the steps to decorating this gorgeous Burberry Plaid tree. yourstrulyjenn.com

Start by taking all your boxes out of storage.  You need to be able to see everything you have in order to decorate at your best.  This step is very important. Don’t skip it.

Bring all your Christmas stuff out of storage before you start decorating. yourstrulyjenn.com

I’m lucky to have a walk in attic that gives me quite a lot of storage space.  If you don’t have that space you could use your garage, a closet, a storage locker, or shed if you need more room.  Lay out all your ornaments, sprays, and picks so you can see what you have.

Spread out your ornaments and floral supplies so you can see everything as you decorate. yourstrulyjenn.com

Now it is time to actually put your tree together (if you’re using an artificial one.)  My husband is allergic to real trees so this is what we use. I actually like them, because you can put them up any time you’re ready and they can be manipulated very easily.

Now it's time to put your tree together. yourstrulyjenn.com

Fluffing your tree before you put the ornaments on is the step I hate the most.  I would definitely advise you to wear a long sleeve shirt while doing this.  I learned the hard way. Stringing lights and fluffing trees in short sleeves can leave cuts on your hands and arms for weeks.Adding lights and a stomper make your tree go the extra mile. Yourstrulyjenn.com

If you buy a tree without lights then you need to add them at this point. You usually need 100 lights per foot.  For example, if you have a 9 foot tree, you need 900 lights.  Make sure you buy lights that have a cord that is the same color as your tree.  For example, if you have a green tree then the cord needs to be green.  If you have a flocked tree then your cord should be white.  Also, cut the tags off the cords.  You don’t want those showing through your tree after all the hard work you put in. I felt like my tree didn’t have enough lights so I added a string of lights around the tree and then I put twinkling lights down the center to give it a hint of sparkle for that wow factor.

I make a bag every year of much have supplies. yourstrulyjenn.com

At the end of the season I put away my most used supplies in a bag or box and put that at the top of all my stuff.  I usually include my wire cutters, different colored wire, ornament hooks, scissors, tape, and a couple different pens.

Put the tree topper on before your ornaments. yourstrulyjenn.com

If you use a tree topper I attach it or create it before I start putting anything on the tree.  It usually requires me to be on a ladder so I don’t want things falling off the tree as I’m trying to manipulate the top to get my topper on.

Put your large picks and floral items in before the ornaments. yourstrulyjenn.com

If you are going to add picks and florals to your tree, you need to put those items in next. They are large items that fill in your tree.  They are space fillers and they change the shape of your tree dramatically.  You do not want to try to put these in after you add your delicate glass ornaments. I usually put all the fillers near each other to make a bigger impact.  On this 7 1/2 foot tree you can see that I used 2 types of snowy picks.  I put approximately 20 large snowy picks on the front of my tree.  I do decorate the back of my trees, but not to the extent as the front. I add more picks as final fill ins when I do my vignettes in a later stage.

Now it is time to add the ornaments to the tree. yourstrulyjenn.comNow it is time to add your ornaments. I usually put the bigger ornaments on the bottom with the medium in the middle and the smaller ones on top. You can create depth and add drama by putting ornaments from the inside out.  There are several different ways to add ornaments to a tree. You can add by doing one color at a time to disperse them evenly.  You can group them in sets of 3 to do cluster groupings. You can decorate by creating lots of vignettes all over your tree. This is why setting out all your ornaments in an earlier stage comes in handy so you can see everything.

Create small vignettes all over your tree that you keep repeating until the tree is decorated how you want it. yourstrulyjenn.com

At this stage I like to create small vignettes in 36″ sections around my tree to make it look symmetrical.  It is also a good way to spread your items out instead of using them all in the same area.  It gives you a much more unified look. At this point I like to use a variety of ornaments and use the rest of my picks and berry sprigs.  Some people put ribbon on in the beginning stages, but I like to add it on in the end.

Burberry Plaid Holiday Home Tour - yourstrulyjenn.com

  Try these steps when decorating your tree. I think they will help you achieve the look you’re going for.  I always end up changing things as I get further into the process.  Stepping back and looking at different angles will help you see if there are any spots you missed or if anything needs to be changed.  At the end I always style the bottom even if it is just some ornaments or packages on the skirt.

I hope these tips were helpful in showing you the process of how I do my tree during each stage. I would love to see your trees on Facebook and Instagram.  Please tag me if you share so I can see how wonderful they look.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Classic Red and White Holiday Home Tour 2

CLASSIC RED AND WHITE HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

I’m excited to be posting more of my home in a second holiday home tour.  If you are just joining us for the first time welcome. You can check out my first holiday home tour Burberry Plaid here.


Classic red and white frosted Balsam Hill tree- yourstrulyjenn.com

I have a blast decorating my trees every year.  I like doing several trees.  We always do a family tree where my kids can have full creative control of that tree.  For more explanation of how I decorate, check out FAQ about Christmas.

Decorating in classic red and white this year. yourstrulyjenn.com

Normally I start with my main tree to set the tone of how the theme is going to go and then base all my decor off of that.  This year I started with the mantel.

classic red and white balsam Hill tree- yourstrulyjenn.com

This is my 9′ Frosted Noble Fir Balsam Hill Tree.  I have had it for 4 years and I love it.  It is so fun to decorate.  The white trees are always my favorite.  Balsam Hill trees are so easy to store and put up every year.   If you are looking for an amazing tree this one is for you.  If you are looking for an office tree or one you have to transport somewhere I would advise you to choose one of their other trees. This one tends to be a little messy when putting up and taking it down.

Close up of all the details of this beautiful red and white Balsam Hill tree-yourstrulyjenn.com

I love how the red and white looks on the white tree.  If you don’t have a flocked tree you can make it look flocked by adding snowy picks all over the tree.  This really changes the look of your tree drastically.  I will be doing a detailed post on how I did that on my Burberry Plaid tree next week.

Red and white ornaments adorn this Balsam Hill tree- yourstrulyjenn.com

I like to decorate the bottom of the tree as well.  It gives it a more styled look.  I leave it like this until I am ready to put wrapped gifts under the tree.

Gorgeous 9' frosted Balsam Hill tree decorated with red and white ornaments.

Even though the tree was a flocked white tree, I still used white picks to give the tree the look I wanted to achieve.  Then I went with red berry picks and red and white ornaments.  I love this red ribbon from Michaels.  I’ve had it for a couple of years and I have used it in so many different ways.

Close up of this gorgeous Balsam Hill tree with classic red and white ornaments. yourstrulyjenn.comIf you’re putting ribbon on your tree I would suggest choosing wired ribbon.  It is so much easier to manipulate.  You can curl the bottoms and get it to go where you want it to.

White and clear ornaments were the inspiration for this tree. yourstrulyjenn.com

The inspiration for this tree was completely different.  I wanted a very delicate looking tree.  I wanted everything I put on this tree to have a softer, more romantic feel. I couldn’t find the white bows I wanted so I went on ETSY and found them at a wedding shop. They are actually wedding pew bows.

I added some beautiful decor elements to these lanterns from Pier 1. Yourstrulyjenn.com

These lanterns are from Pier 1.  I have been collecting them for years, but I know they still have them.  I wanted to bring in the same elements from the tree and foyer so I added bows, crystals, and pinecones to the lanterns for a more finished look.

Close up of this classy white tree. Check out all the soft elements on this tree. yourstrulyjenn.com

I used all white and clear ornaments, snowy picks, natural looking textured fillers, white ribbon, white flowers, and crystals to create this look.

White decorated Christmas tree with snowcapped embellishments. yourstrulyjenn.com

I have been collecting these gorgeous boxes for the last 3 years since Sugar Paper has been collaborating with Target.  Check them out in stores or online before they sell out.

Cute foyer decor to accent the all white Christmas tree. yourstrulyjenn.com

Of course the trees are the main event in your decorating, but this sweet little vignette adds so much to my foyer.  It was space that I felt needed something.  Make sure you take advantage of the space in your home where something unique can be created.

Christmas bunny with Joanna Gaines ribbon. yourstrulyjenn.com

I hope you have enjoyed my holiday home tours this season.  I will be breaking down these posts further into how I did my trees and mantel in upcoming posts.  Stay tuned for that.  Please follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter so we can stay in touch.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

 

Plaid Burberry Holiday House Tour

Burberry Plaid Holiday House Tour

Happy holidays and welcome to my first house tour of the season.  This is always my favorite post of the year and the one I think about in the middle of the summer.  If you found me through Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk then welcome.  Her home is decorated so nicely and she has tons of homes on her tour that you won’t want to miss.  You are definitely in for a treat.  If you haven’t decorated yet or are just looking for some ideas, I hope you leave today with some inspiration and more importantly, some holiday cheer.

Burberry plaid tree- yourstrulyjenn.com

Welcome to my holiday house tour. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

My theme this year started around a Burberry scarf.  I am very into plaid.  For more plaid ideas check out my Pinterest board “mad about plaid.” I love the Burberry print and I already decided at the end of last year that I was going to use it in my decorating for 2017.  I love knowing my theme early because you can shop year round for items to go with your theme.

Going back to classic red is always fun, but giving it that splash of black brought in that wow factor.  The white dishes are Emma from Pottery Barn and the black dishes are from Joanna Gaines’ new line from Target.

This centerpiece arrangement is from Target.  I also added a Pier 1 garland and some natural elements to give it this final look.

I loved using natural elements this year.  The pinecones were big for me.  You will see them in all the trees, vignettes, and arrangements I did.  I loved using the pomegranates and the baby’s breath to add the finishing touches to this centerpiece.

 It took many layers and textures to create this tree.  This is just a regular store bought  7 1/2 foot tree.  You don’t have to have an expensive tree to get yours looking fabulous.  You can create this look at home.

I love putting wrapped packages and boxes under my tree using coordinating ribbon in my theme color.  You can find some of these boxes on sale at Target from the amazing Sugar Paper team.

This year I added a lot of red berry picks, white picks, pinecones, and anything that gave off an “it just snowed” feel.  I love the final product.  In my next home tour, you will see two more trees that I am obsessed with.  So come back for that later this week.

This red and white ribbon I used in my house tour from 2015.  I purchased the ribbon from Michaels.  I also have it in the black version. I use these all the time.  I even used them for my daughter’s graduation which was teal and black. Try to save your ribbons.  You never know when you will need to reuse them for packages or for your tree like I did here.

Burberry plaid tree- yours truly jenn

I will have a post later in the month explaining how I decorated this tree step by step.  However, if you are looking for more tips on how to decorate your tree, you can check that out  in one of my earlier posts.  Also, if you are a big Youtube fan check out Rebecca Robeson of Robeson Design.  She is amazing.  She has design sessions once a month for $10 where you can learn all kinds of tips to carry over into your own home.

These are our gigantic doors as one little boy told me on Halloween.  I love my Frontgate wreaths and garlands.  I have used these the last 6 years and they are still going strong.  I purchased the red bows this year and I am obsessed with them.  They are so luxurious and you can use them inside or outdoors.  It is hard to find bows and at this price so you need to get them before they sell out.  I may order 8 more in case I decide to do something different outside next year.  That is how much I love them.  I am not sponsored by Frontgate. I just love their stuff.

This is my teacup Maltese, Cupi (rhymes with puppy). She actually let me put a bow on her and she sat nicely on the picnic basket for some pics.  Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  She was actually quite amazing and got lots of treats after.

I have collected these packages and boxes over the years.  I try to save my good things to recycle for other years.  Especially neutral colors like white and black that I know I will use again.  When you are buying entertaining pieces and you don’t want a neutral, think red.  Do you know how many holidays include red? Valentine’s, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Christmas.

I get a lot of questions about Cupi on my Instagram account.  If you’re not following me on my social media I post very frequently there so you can check me out on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Cupi is 8 years old and weighs 5 pounds.

These are my “bought off a vendor on the road in New York scarves.”  They are the only ones I trust being outside.  But I love them just the same.  The monogrammed rug is from Frontgate.  They also carry a monogrammed everyday version is you don’t want the Christmas one.

In my dining room I used silver and white because it matches the white tree in my foyer.  I will be showing you that tree in my next home tour.  This garland is from Pier 1.  I wanted something a little lighter for this table and I think it turned out nicely.

I love the look of this bow from the Joanna Gaines collection at Target and the Eucalyptus leaves.  It just gives a very soft, elegant look.

All of my glasses and dinnerware were purchased from Home Goods.  I try to shop my home first and see what I have before I purchase anything.  Luckily, I had everything, but the ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed this home tour as much as I enjoyed decorating and putting it together for you.  During the holidays so much can get in the way of the real reason we celebrate.  So this season try to slow down a little and spend time with your loved ones.

For unto you is born

this day in the city of David

a Savior, which is CHRIST the

LORD.

Luke 2:11

 

Yours Truly,

Jenn

How to Deal with December Without Going Crazy

How to Deal with December Without Going Crazy

If you‘re like me you may be a little overwhelmed when mid-November rolls around and you haven’t started thinking about Christmas yet.  The fun countdowns don’t seem so fun anymore.  They seem like they are judging you on the progress you have made so far on the to do list that is a mile long.  Did you make the party menu, shop for your niece and nephew, wrap the gifts for your mother-in-law’s party this weekend?  These tips are designed to get you through the holidays judgement and stress-free.  Let’s do this.

Get organized and decorate early so you’re not overwhelmed

There are so many things moms have to take care of during the holiday season.  I like to start early enough to give myself breathing room. Think about your Christmas cards early.  If you know you are going to need to set up a family photo shoot in early October, then make sure you have set this up in the summer.  Then get your outfit ideas out of the way so it doesn’t sneak up on you.  Check out my Pinterest board for great ideas for photo shoot clothing ideas.  Also, here is an amazing post by a local photographer who did a family photo shoot for my entire family on my grandmother’s 80th birthday.  She gives some great tips on planning for Christmas cards.  I also like to give the house a little spring cleaning in the fall.  When I take down my regular decorations to put up my Christmas decor, I do not want to put it in a filthy mess.  I want clutter free areas that are dust free.  Go through your house and look for areas that can use a little attention before pulling out more stuff.

Get your Christmas cards done early for a stress free December.

Schedule Traditions early on the calendar

Write down all events that you have to attend.  These are your non-negotiables.  If you know every year you do 3 family parties, a special dinner, and Christmas Eve service at church then make sure those get on the calendar in October.  Then as plans come up you may have to say no to some events that just don’t work out or may interfere with the “must do” on your calendar.

Stay on your eating and workout program

Everyone wants to look their best in family photos around the holidays.  But even more importantly, I want to feel my best and have energy to do all the things I need to do around the busiest time of the year.  I want to be healthy, and be at my best for my family.  The best way to do that is try to go to bed and wake up at the same time you normally do.  Sleep habits are so important. I also have noticed when I go on vacation and change my eating habits that I feel horrible.  You are going to indulge a little, but don’t eat from Halloween to New Year’s as if you’re on vacation.  Your body will thank you in January.

Shop early and wrap as you go

I try every year to get my shopping done by the end of November so I can really enjoy December.  I don’t think I’ve every officially made it.  But I try really hard.  Shopping and wrapping takes a lot of physical and mental energy. I love getting people thoughtful and meaningful gifts.  I think it is great to ask the person directly what they want.  If they give me a list I can get them something they really want.  One year I asked my mom to paint my office for Christmas.  It may not have been conventional, but she’s an amazing painter and she was thrilled to do something for me that I really wanted. If you can’t get out to the stores you can still do your shopping from home by shopping online.

Shop early and wrap gifts as you go-yourstrulyjenn.com

Know Your Theme Early

You may think I’m crazy, but I already know the theme for Christmas 2018 and have some ideas for how I will decorate. The reason I do this is for the amazing after Christmas sales and because I shop year- round for good deals.  Here are some items I have bought during the year that become available for better prices at other times.  Keep your eyes open for wrapping paper, lanterns, candles, crystal, dinnerware, placemats, and ribbon.  Plus you may have a certain budget at Christmas since you’re also purchasing Christmas gifts for your family or entertaining.  Spreading it out during the year makes it a little more cost effective.

I hope this was helpful. I want you to enjoy the holidays with friends and family and make December 2017 your best holiday season yet.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Holiday FAQ

I recently posted a picture of my tree from last year to prepare for the upcoming holiday season and got some different questions.  I thought I would do a holiday FAQ session and answer those questions that others have asked me in person and across social media.  I would love it if you would share this post with your friends.  They may get some good tips that will help them this season with their holiday decor.

Q.  Do you let your kids help you decorate?

A.  My husband and kids really get into Christmas and the home decor. Sometimes I will say, “well I’m not going to put up that tree this year.” And they really make a fuss. So of course I always change my mind and put up all the trees.  Even though I change things around I try to do the important things they like.  They always do the “family tree” with our Hallmark and homemade ornaments.  You know the ones you made at school when you were little.  I leave the creative process to them on this tree entirely.  I pretty much do the rest of the house with whatever theme I choose for that year.  That way everyone is happy.

Q.How long does it take you to complete a tree?

A.  This is hard to answer.  The bigger the tree the more time it takes me.  The thing that takes me so long is getting all my boxes out, putting them in the right rooms, and then pulling the trees out and fluffing them.  Although, is this not my favorite part of decorating, fluffing your tree is the one thing that will make it look like a whole different tree.

There are some 9’ trees with large diameters that take me a couple days. Between putting it together, fluffing, decorating, and tweaking it, it is a huge job.  But a 6 ½ foot tree would only take me like an hour and a half.  I could whip that little guy out in no time.  I would definitely set aside a couple hours where you could work on it without breaking.  I think you would feel you really made a lot of progress then you could work on it here and there to finish it. Don’t forget to add something cute at the bottom.

Coastal Christmas tree done in blues and greens for a local business.

Q.  Do you decorate before or after Thanksgiving?

A.  This is the big question everyone wants answered. Since I blog, I always put my stuff up before Thanksgiving.  I need time to decorate down to the smallest detail, photograph it all, and edit all my photos to upload on my blog starting at the end of November.  However, I am lucky that my neighborhood is one that on average is filled with early decorators.  I would say if you are hosting Thanksgiving at your home, continue to have some fall items up, but if you’re not hosting then go for it.

 

Q.  Do you decorate trees for other people?

I decorated this Coastal Christmas tree for a local business.

A.  I do. I mainly decorate for businesses, but have done some for residents that have asked me as well.  Last year, I also worked with an amazing builder, Tara Preston, at her Homearama home.  I helped decorate the Christmas portion of the house.  My tree was showcased in the paper to advertise the event.  That was a huge honor.  I love Christmas decorating.  It makes your home so festive and really makes me happy to do it for my family.

I had so much fun creating this traditional red and gold tree for a local builder for homearama Christmas edition.

Good luck with all your decorating this holiday season.

Happy Holidays

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Ways To Fake A Clean Home

Spring is here guys and the outdoor chores are soon going to be added to our already full plates.  I love being outside in that gorgeous weather, but then I have to deal with the pool, and the yard work and all the other things that go along with spring and summer.  I bet you guys do a big spring cleaning to get your home and yard ready. If you feel overwhelmed with all this extra work there are several things you can do to fake a clean home.

I decided this year to use my winter months wisely. If you’re like me, You’re kind of cooped up inside and that means you’re looking at everything that needs to be done in the house.  I have been organizing my attic and home this winter so when spring comes I could solely focus on all things outdoors (which to me is kind of fun.) We are currently in the process of building an outdoor kitchen and fire pit area and I am so thrilled to be adding these cool entertaining areas to our back yard (more on this in later posts to come).

So lets get into what things you can do to fake a clean house.  My daughter just attended her boyfriend’s ring dance and the kids came here to take pictures.  Of course I wanted the down stairs to look nice in the areas where they were going to take pictures. So here are some things I did to make sure the house was in great shape.

Clean off your desk area or any cluttered space visible to guests. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

  1.  MAKE SURE THERE IS NOT CLUTTER- Our desk area in the kitchen is a place where papers and little items seem to congregate.  I made sure that each item was either thrown away or was put in its proper place.  Don’t just throw things in the drawers because you will then have to take care of them at another time and things just start to pile up.
  2. USE BASKETS IN YOUR HOME IN HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS-. My kids are older and don’t have toys in our home, but I do have a son that is very into his shoes.  So in our mudroom, I have a large basket for the shoes that stay downstairs.  It looks so much nicer to have the shoes contained in one place.  Everyone can find them easily in the morning and no one is tripping over them in the kitchen anymore.
  3. USE TRAYS TO ORGANIZE YOUR DECORATIONS- Trays are great for keeping all your decorations together and organized on your ottomans and coffee tables.  Plus, there are some really beautiful ones that can really pull your decor and style together. They also limit the amount of things you can place on them so you’re not tempted to over decorate.
  4. HAVE FRESH FLOWERS PLACED AROUND YOUR HOME- Fresh flowers add so much to a room.  They are fragrant and give such a polished elegant look to your home.  You can’t go wrong with fresh flowers.  For a cheaper option, go with store bought flowers and make your own arrangements.
  5. LIGHT A CANDLE- When I go into a hotel or someone’s home that smells fresh or of baked goods, I automatically think it is a clean home and I want to spend more time there.

Use baskets to help keep your home clean. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I hope some of these tips can help get you through some of your special events or when someone says they’re stopping by in 30 minutes and you need to straighten your home up quickly.  Do you have any tips that could help us?  Leave a comment down below and let us know a tip to create a clean house in a jam.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

 

Tips for The Procrastinator

Tips for the Procrastinator

Are you still going strong on your New Year’s resolutions or are you already slipping back into your old habits? They say it takes 21 days to change a habit or get into a new routine and 90 days to change a lifestyle. I never really do resolutions. I like to set obtainable goals for my professional and personal life. That way I have ways to evaluate those goals for success or to reassess if need be. Procrastination is a huge obstacle that throws a wrench in even the best intentions. When I was in college and had a big test to study for I would do everything else I could think of before I would focus and study. I would clean every inch of my apartment, I would go to the gym and workout, and I would put in a couple extra hours at my campus job. Finally, after everything was done then I would study. I put it off until I couldn’t think of anything else to do. It would always get done, but why wouldn’t I just focus and buckle down from the beginning and just study?

We tend to procrastinate on things that we fear or are not good at.  This makes perfect sense to me. Who wants to do something that you’re dreading?  I have found the best way to tackle my week is to make lists.  I am definitely a list kind of girl. Then I prioritize my list into tasks that need to be done in order of importance.  Seeing everything visually allows me to check what items I can finish myself and what tasks I can delegate to other people in my house.

Sticking to a routine helps me stay on task.  My kids leave for school at the same time everyday and as soon as they leave I’m dressed and ready to work.  Setting a timer also helps.  Giving yourself a certain amount of time to check emails and social media really saves you from going over board and wasting a lot of time.

Try to limit distractions especially if you work from home.  There are so many things that can distract you.  I work from home and there are tons of things that can get me off task. The best thing I did was to create my own work space.  I have my own office where I can shut the door and be creative in a beautiful space. I try to get all my work done before my kids come home so I can give them my full attention when they get home.

The key to being productive is just starting.  You wouldn’t believe how much you can get done if you just start.  This will put you in such a positive place that I bet you will want to keep going and stay motivated to complete whatever project you’re currently working to finish. You can do all the research in the world for your business, but if you don’t take action nothing will ever get done.

Quotes

I found these quotes pertaining to procrastination on Pinterest.  Some didn’t have the sources  but they are included where it applies.

PROCRASTINATION IS THE THIEF OF DREAMS. (CREE INDIAN SAYING)

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHO YOU ARE AND WHO YOU WANT TO BE IS WHAT YOU DO.

IF IT TAKES LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES TO DO, DO IT IMMEDIATELY. YOUR LIFE WILL INSTANTLY BECOME MUCH MORE ORGANIZED AND PRODUCTIVE.

CLUTTER IS THE PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF UNMADE DECISIONS FUELED BY PROCRASTINATION. (CHRISTINA SCALISE)

 I would love for you to check out what I’m doing on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

What’s New For Valentine’s in my Fave Home Stores

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and you don’t want it to creep up on you at the last minute.   I thought I would check to see what’s new for Valentine’s Day in my fave home decor stores and share them with you.  What are some of your fave home decor stores?  I bet we have some of the same favorites.

Valentines in my Fave Home Stores

You don’t have to have a Valentine to enjoy these Valentine’s Day marshmallows from Crate and Barrel. They would be perfect for your hot chocolate or pancakes.  Your kids will love them too.

Crate and Barrel also has the amazing heart waffle maker.  Don’t only make them once a year on Valentine’s Day.   You could make them on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays and that special Saturday swim meet.  Just think of all the days you could use it.  Your family will really appreciate all the extra effort you’re taking to make the perfect breakfast.

Check out this journal What I Love About You by Me from Amazon.com.  This journal allows you to fill in the blanks of the book about your affections in a relationship with someone special.

The Cambria 16 piece dinnerware set in red is perfect for Valentine’s Day.  I know I’m a huge proponent of white dishes, but if I had to pick a speciality set I would pick red.  You can use it for so many holidays like Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Christmas. This set from Pottery Barn is just too amazing to pass up and it’s on sale right now.

These Williams Sonoma white wine glasses come in a set of 2 and would be perfect for a romantic dinner with your significant other or someone special in your life.  They would look amazing on your table set for 2.

Don’t forget to check Target’s online store for some Valentine’s Day decor.  They had this amazing pink rug that would welcome all your guests. This festive pink Valentine’s Love Hooked Rug is 18″by 30″ and would look amazing at the front door.

Show me some love and follow me on Pinterest.  I have a ton of beautiful home decor and creative topics that you would love.  I post to Instagram daily so check me out there too.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Decorating Trends for 2017

Comfort with a touch of luxury best describes decorating trends for 2017.  I can’t imagine a better way to entertain guests and family in your home with big comfy couches and luxurious fabrics.  With new technology upgrades people are choosing to stay home and entertain in the comfort of their own home.

2017 Colors of the Year

Color is so important when it comes to decor.  Do you even know how many white paint colors there are? Who would ever imagine choosing a white paint color would be so difficult? The fashion trends that come down the runway dictate a lot about what styles and color you will see in furniture trends.  Below you will find some of the most popular colors of the year. I just did a guest bedroom for a client in a deep purple and white and it looked so rich and luxurious.

Pantone's 2017 color of the year is Greenery. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Pantone’s color of the year is Greenery.

Benjamin Moore’s is Shadow (deep purple)

Glidden’s is Byzantine Blue

Dunn Edward’s is Honey Glow (mustard Yellow)

Sherwin Williams’ is Poised taupe

Greenery office e-design board highlighting Pantone's 2017 color of the year. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Mixing metals is still in. YEAH! Shiny brass is making a come back and copper is here to stay. I’m happy about copper sticking around for a while. I am really into that look and it matches a lot of the dishes and decor that I own. No matter what the current trend is, buy things that are classic that will stand the test of time. Especially if they are expensive purchases. Items like pillows and accessories are easier to replace and are less expensive so those are good items to switch out and play around with.  These items can be your trendy “fun” pieces that you can experiment with using bold pops of color.

Whether your fave spot is a glamorous fur chair, a masculine leather recliner, or a plush one and a half chair; whatever furniture fits your style will work in 2017. Remember to make a personal statement in your decor and be yourself and your home will be a reflection of your style and personality.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Frequently Asked Questions

I have been blogging now for over two years and I get asked some questions over and over.  I thought it would be fun to answer some of your FAQ  in one place.  I didn’t know a lot about blogging when I first started.  You have to admit it’s not a job that a lot of people really understand so I can relate to people being curious about it.

  1.  How do you keep your white furniture nice with pets and kids?  Honestly, when my kids were younger I had darker leather furniture that cleaned up very easily.  We don’t eat in the room with white furniture.  My kids are old enough now that they know how to take care of the furniture which is nice.  However, there are so many options these days with slipcovers you can wash and wonderful fabrics.  I think you just have to do your research and be knowledgeable about what you’re buying and for what purpose.
  2. What camera do you use?  I use the Canon Rebel T5I.  The very first DSLR I had was a Nikon D60.  My son used to play travel baseball and my daughter used to cheer and I took hundreds and hundreds of pictures each weekend of their sports.  That camera was very good with the long range lens.  I really love my canon for my indoor blogging shots.  I have several different lenses that I use according to what project I’m shooting.
  3. You were a reading specialist. How did you become an interior design blogger? This is the biggest question I get.  I guess because the two seem so different.  But they are both very creative jobs.  I loved teaching and I was quite good at it.  I had a Master’s Degree in Reading and taught the lowest performing first grade readers in a program called Reading Recovery.  I loved my job.  Once my second child was born I only worked one year and that was it for me.  I knew I wanted to stay home with my children.  But that first year was a hard transition for me at home.  The stay at home mom role didn’t just happen easily for me.  There was an adjustment period, but I never looked back.  When my kids were both in school I enjoyed volunteering at their schools.  Then when my son was 10 and daughter was 13, I even tutored SOL students for about 3 years.  However, I just didn’t feel this was right for me. Something was missing. I started doing little projects around the house and practicing my photography and finally I merged the two together and decided to start Yours Truly Jenn. I loved it.  It was the creative piece that I didn’t even know was missing.
  4. Where did you get your animal print chairs from in your living room?  This room took me 8 months to pull together and the chairs and coffee table were the hardest pieces to find. The chairs came from Horchow. You can find similar ones here.  I love them so much.  Between the animal print and the leather they really bring a  masculine element to the room.  If you missed my fall room tour you can check it out here.
  5. Do you like working from home? People that know me really well know I can’t stand traffic or driving.  I hate driving at night too.  Skipping a commute is amazing.  Whenever I’m out during rush hour I’m really thankful for my husband and how much he provides for our family because he is constantly on the road.  I have an office that I adore so I get a lot done there.  What could be better?

If you’re still curious about me and my blogging experiences you can check out these posts.  They may help you find what you’re looking for.

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