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Sunday
Dec102017

how to keep your christmas tree fresh until new year!

 

Picking out our Christmas tree is something we wait all year for!  In a perfect world, I'd get mine the day after Halloween, but living in the South, where it's warm and muggy until right about now, usually means our trees are extra crispy just in time for Christmas itself.  The last three years, though, and so far this year (knock on wood) we've had the best luck keeping ours fresh all the way until New Year - and I'm not just talking about keeping it alive, I mean soaking up water twice a day, smelling amazing and still soft to the touch!  I realize many people are ready to take their tree down the day after Christmas, but there isn't anything I love more than curling up on the sofa with a glass of wine and a movie under the soft glow of white twinkle lights for as long as I can push it!  The secret is two simple steps, but they make such a huge difference! 

First, make a fresh cut at the base.  (I do this even if the vendor says he just did it because I'm a tad OCD and also because I like to keep an inch cut off the base, mark it with the year and keep it with our Christmas stash!) 

Next, I use a 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch drill bit to drill two or three holes in the base of the tree, depending on how big the bottom is.  This helps the tree guzzle water like you wouldn't believe!  I had a couple in my toolbox from when I made mini pumpkin taper candle holders; I found mine at Lowe's.

And that's it!  Seriously, it couldn't be any easier.  Just be prepared to check the water level on the tree a couple times a day at first; for the first week, I ended up adding water three times every day.  Now, I fill it up first thing in the morning and then again around dinner.  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are gearing up for a fabulous week! xx

Thursday
Dec072017

a vintage JB Van Sciver bamboo bed for Lydia

            

I'm a firm believer that good things come to those who wait - or, in my case, when you aren't even looking in the first place!  It seems like whenever I'm on the hunt for something in particular, I always come up empty handed, but my best finds to date have always been popped up when I least expected.  A prime example of this was earlier this summer when I was searching Craig's List for a bamboo table for the upstairs guest room; I typed in "bamboo" and the very first image to pop up was of an original JB Van Sciver four poster bamboo bed in all its yellowed glory.  I didn't have a place for another bed and I hadn't planned on getting a new one for Lydia - she was in love with the daybed her daddy made for her - but I just couldn't stop thinking about how amazing this one would look with a fresh coat of white paint, or how my little miss would feel even more like the princess she is in this four poster beauty.  I called the owner, who set it aside for me, and made the hour and a half trek to pick it up.  In the end, it was so worth it - it was even prettier in person, it was in great shape, is super sturdy and the price just couldn't be beat. 

Here is what it looked like before painting:

After cleaning it and giving it a light sanding with 250 grit sand paper, we used our air compressor to spray a light coat of primer and then followed it up with two coats of Benjamin Moore White, the same color as her walls, but in a semi gloss finish. I absolutely love how it turned out; the white is so fresh and clean and it truly looks fit for a little princess! 

I still need to find something to replace the Animal Print Shop prints above the bed (a mirror? new art?) and she needs some end tables, something for all her books and a duvet; right now, she's got flamingo sheets from Target's Pillow Fort line and two of her Euro pillows from her daybed.  We are making headway, slowly but surely, but she's so happy with her new bed and that's all the matters to me; the rest will come in time (probably when I'm searching high and low for something else!)

 Any recommendations for replacing the animal prints, I'm all ears!  I'm leaning toward a small, gold mirror but I'm open to any ideas!  Happy Thursday, everyone!

Tuesday
Nov212017

entertaining essentials for the holiday season

The only thing that excites me as much as eating dinner on Thanksgiving is how I'm going to set my table for the big day!  Some of my favorite holiday memories are centered around the table and how much more special is it when that table is decked out to the nines?  Lydia has even gotten into picking fresh flowers and which cloth napkins she wants with which plates - it's so much fun having a little one to share in the fun!  With only two days until the big day, I've got my favorite entertaining basics on hand and ready to go - pieces I use all year long and then dress up for the holidays with beautiful linens, flowers and a little favor at each plate.  Here are a few of my favorite entertaining staples that are the jumping off point for a beautiful Thanksgiving table and that will last throughout the entire holiday season, just in case you're in need of some inspiration (and the best part is that almost all of this can be found at your nearest mall or HomeGoods!)

Rattan chargers / French wine glasses / Rattan wrapped tumblers / Tortoise ice bucket

Simple white platters / Bamboo flatware / Unscented votive candles / Marble and brass tray

Saturday
Nov182017

welcome back!

Helllooooooooo!  This has been quite the long blogging pause, hasn't it? It turns out, being a momma to two littles with a hubby who is gone for more than half of the year, doesn't leave much time (or energy) leftover for blogging. Not to mention the fact that Luca is still waking up A LOT at night, which makes it a little more difficult to focus and blog at the end of the day.  As much as I've loved posting here over the years, I always said that if it began to feel more like work than fun, I would stop.  All summer long, I kept lists of ideas and projects to post but at the end of the day, I was just too exhausted to sit in front of the computer when I could be grabbing whatever sleep I could get.  So, instead of sweating the blog, I focused on making this an unforgettable summer for my littles  - swimming til our piggies pruned, lots of play dates, trips for ice cream and countless movie nights.  And you know what?  In the end, a blogging break was just what I needed to find inspiration once again; and I actually got the chance to make some changes to my own home, instead of just blogging about them! 

So, now it's time to focus on something other than breastfeeding and when Luca will finally sleep through the night, because Lord knows I could use something else to talk about!!   I've spent the last couple months writing, snapping and editing pictures and starting new projects, all of which I'm excited to share here.  I have no idea if there's even anyone still stopping by here or not but I hope to get my rhthym back quickly and I thought it might be a good idea to reintroduce myself for anyone still following along!  Welcome to Bungalow Blue!  I'm Kelly - wife, momma to Lydia and Luca, interior decorator, habitual blogger, treasure hunter, relentless DIY-er and dog lover - always looking for the beauty in the every day.  Looking forward to seeing you back here real soon!

Tuesday
Jul042017

july 4th

Happy Independence Day from my family to yours!  I hope you all enjoy an amazing day, filled with friends, family, too much food and a cocktail or two (or three!)  I'll be back up and running after the long, slow weekend. Cheers!