My holiday home tour

Dec 12, 2015


Welcome to my Christmas Home Tour. Some of my blogger friends from Instagram and I have joined to bring you great ideas for decorating your home for the Holidays. I know you wouldn't want to miss these tours: Happy Happy Nester, Crazy Chic Design, 2 Ladies and a Chair, Too Chic for Words, Home and Fabulous, Meme Hill, Designs by Laila and Oscar Bravo Home.
Now, come on in and let me show you around our humble abode!
When we bought our 1938 home we feel in love the rustic bricks on the porch. Although it is a tiny area, I love adding a small details that will speak of the current season. I created this swag using some leftover branches from pine trees, green ribbons and some old ornaments from previous holidays. Sugar pine cones add the finishing touches to this area.


On the front door a +HomeGoods wreath with added silver ornaments dictates what I've used as a concept for this year's Christmas decor. While standing here you'll noticed how I've used natural elements to bring in a fresh look with the used of different greeneries.


Over the console at the left I've placed a small pine tree inside a bronze round vase, a couple of deer from last year +The Home Depot  Holiday Challenge and some more pine cones.


On the right side corner you'll see our tree full of more green accents, but still I found a way to add some sparkling details. For this task I used ornaments that sort of replicate the look of mercury glass and a silver color ribbon from +Michaels Stores. I also added some dry hydrangeas and silk "lamp ear's" leaves to keep adding to the fresh look of this room.


Over our mantle lies a needle like pine tree garland to which I've added some magnolia leaves from our garden and a couple of crystal branches from +Michaels Stores. This will make it look fuller and sparkly whenever the sun hits this way.


When we bought our home they told us that the fireplace didn't work. For now I'm fine with that, but to create an illusion of some sort of warmth in this area I simply put a couple of birch logs wrapped with led lights inside this nook. This way I get rid of the awkward opening besides creating a vignette opportunity.


Moving on to the dinning area, a simple centerpiece created from candlesticks, more magnolia leaves, green ornaments and tiny pine cones was all that that this table needed (oh, and also Bella peeking out for the shot).


The kitchen is one of those areas that many of us tend to forget when decorating. You can check out how I added a festive look to mine here.




I hope you've enjoyed this tour. Don't forget to pay a visit to my friends (Happy Happy NesterCrazy Chic Design2 Ladies and a ChairToo Chic for WordsHome and FabulousMeme HillDesigns by Laila and Oscar Bravo Home) and let me know what was your favorite part of our home.



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Christmas Room Tour: My green kitchen

Dec 11, 2015

Christmas Room Tour Green Kitchen

There is one part of our homes that during the holidays is left unattended. Maybe it is because we feel that the kitchen is the place where messes are done before big parties, but we most not forget that this area is one of the favorite spots where the guests like to hang out.
Christmas Room Tour Green Kitchen
Today I'm joining the Christmas Room Tour hosted by Just a Girl Blog were more that 20 bloggers will be sharing incredible and inspiring room ideas perfect for the holidays. If you are visiting from Lindsay Hill Interiors blog, welcome to my kitchen! I'll make sure you get out of here with cookies and coffee at hand.

Christmas Room Tour Green Kitchen

I'm a fan of simplicity and in my kitchen even more because of its modest size. This area is all white (except for the wood counter top) which makes it perfect to use green as the pop out color. I love nature so for me it was a "no-brainier" to use some leftover pine tree branches throughout my decor.

Christmas Room Tour Green Kitchen
This cute little pine tree was made from some leftover branches. Will soon post a quick tutorial for it so stay tuned.
Christmas Room Tour Green Kitchen
I love mixing faux and natural pieces on my wreaths because these gave them a realistic and fuller look.
Glass canisters are a great way to incorporate texture and color into the kitchen. Because these were going to be over my coffee station, I chose two different sizes in sets of three to make this area more interesting. 

Christmas Room Tour Green Kitchen
Christmas Room Tour Green Kitchen

About that coffee station, I found the perfect size table at Ikea. It is incredible how much stuff I can put in this area and have everything at hand when preparing my beloved coffee.

Christmas Room Tour Green Kitchen

I'm sure you wouldn't want to miss Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Room Tour. And don't forget after you visit her (coffee and cookies at hand) you can still get more inspiration from Fox Hollow Cottage, Not Just a Housewife and  Kindred Vintage & Co. Happy holidays!

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Last minute simple ideas for decorating your Thanksgiving table

Nov 18, 2015

Thanksgiving simple decorating ideas

Running last minute errands before the big Thanksgiving dinner can leave you without any time left for decorating. I've been there and felt so incomplete! But today I'm sharing two very simple ideas on how to add a bit of pizzazz to your table. 

Thanksgiving simple decorating ideas

Run to your backyard (or to your nearest park) and take small leaves. I had been saving some from last Autumn and they've really preserved well their color. Placed them inside a small glass (I'm using some shot glasses from +HomeGoods) and in the middle a tea light candle. This will add a serene warm look to your dinner table. If yo don't have leaves, you can use coffee beans or even tiny pine cones.

Thanksgiving simple decorating ideas

Up next, gather a couple of wheat stalks, cut the steam and using a hot glue gun paste a piece of thin galvanized wire in the back. Before gluing it, try giving the wire a "U" shape. To finish it (and if still with time) you can put a strip of ribbon to cover the side of the glue. This little piece will add an elegant touch to your napkins. 

Thanksgiving simple decorating ideas
Thanksgiving simple decorating ideas

It's in the small details that you can make your Thanksgiving dinner table a total success. I hope that these simple ideas will help you make that day extra special! Do you have your tricks for adding that special touch to your setting? Share your thoughts with me.

Thanksgiving simple decorating ideas

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Silver and gold accents for a glamorous holiday table setting

Nov 10, 2015


The holidays are just a couple of weeks away and I couldn't resist myself and had to start practicing my table setting for future family gatherings. This year is going to be extra special since my only brother will be joining us for Christmas and he's planning on surprising my 3 daughters with his visit. I just can't wait to see everyone's face light up with excitement!


Because this is a special and memorable year, I've decided to make my setting glamorous by adding silver and gold tone accents. To start my arrangement, I've placed sets of dishes with a modern and beautiful design. These are from the new Holiday collection of BHG at Walmart and I have to say that they are "ultra-stylish". I love simplicity but along with it a bit of glitz never hurted anyone!


No table setting will be finished without a centerpiece and one of the elements that I loved the most was the candle holder reindeer. I painted this accessory with gold spray paint so it blended better with the rest of the setting. You can find this beautiful adorn also from BHG at Walmart, here. I threw into the mix some mercury glass trees and candles to create a warm atmosphere and to add to the glamorous setting I've envisioned.


On this table design I love repeating the globe shape. You will find it in my pendant air plant holders, on the teardrop napkin holders (which are Christmas tree ornaments), on the mercury glass candle holders and even on the wine glasses. This creates a unifying element throughout the entire setting.


I love how this setting turned out; it is of a simple design but with that special Midas touch that only gold (and in this case, silver) can bring. When setting a table always remember that one of the most important things you can do is to play with the heights of each of the elements. This will assure you a pleasant sight and unity throughout the centerpiece.
For this coming holidays, are you planning on decorating your table or do you focus more on your mantel or outdoors? Share your ideas with me.


So honored to be part of the BHG Live Better Network where, as a blogger, I've received compensation by BHG at Walmart. The opinions stated here are my own. For more updates on their products and decor ideas, you can always follow them on FacebookPinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

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Why you'll start dressing your walls with art

Nov 9, 2015


When it comes to selecting a piece of art, for me it has to speak for itself. No matter the size, art can put a face of drama, it can bring a subtle mesmerizing feeling or even a sense of happiness every time you look at it. No matter your perception, one thing is for sure; art always creates a statement and it dresses your walls in an eloquent yet elegant way.
Recently I was asked by the great people of Top Art to pick a piece of art from their monumental collection. I was so impressed with all the great choices and ended up choosing a stretched canvas from the artist Michelle Oppenheimer, called Intense. Her work is characterized by simple titles that will allow the person to freely interpret and reason each piece individually without her influencing ones opinion.


Intense to me is a strong and dramatic approach to neutrality. While there are people who might think that using a neutral palette can result into a boring design; I think that by adding textures and playing up with form can add interest. And Michelle does exactly that in this specific piece.
I love how there's a tension between the perpendicular strokes yet the tension seems to dissipate into the soft grays. There's also an element of surprise; foot prints of both a human and an animal are present in this canvas.


I will not bore you with my analysis but the truth is that this piece of art dresses to perfection my wall. It is what seals this room almost monochromatic theme in a dramatic and elegant way.
Will you add drama or will soft strokes dress your walls? Pick your choice!


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Holiday centerpiece: make it edible and easy

Nov 7, 2015

Simple edible centerpiece

I'm always looking for ways to surprise my guest. And this year during the holiday gatherings I've decided to create a tablescape that will get my party started... an edible and colorful centerpiece.
My first stop in order to create this setting was Walmart where I got all the delicious fruits and vegetable (at incredible prices) used on this project. Once I was at home, I took one of my wood cutting boards, a small cheese board and a wood vase (all from HomeGoods)and used them as the base of the arrangement.

Simple edible centerpiece

I used for this setting colossal pomegranates, big grapes, rambutans because of their attention grabbing textures, plums and added  little radishes to balance taste and sizes. A good piece of cheese was placed over the small cheese board along with some pine cones and pecans to finish the decoration.

Simple edible centerpiece

I love how the vibrant colors of the fruits and vegetable pop out from the table. The mix of soft and rugged textures are a true feast for the eyes.
This table centerpiece was so easy to do and the best part was that after the party there was no decoration to put away, just a couple of boards to clean up!

Simple edible centerpiece

Hope you've liked this simple idea. Have you tried making an edible centerpiece or any other arrangement with food? Share your ideas with me!

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Art that speaks to your senses

Oct 28, 2015


Art is an important part of a room's transformation. It can upgrade its style from simple to elegant or even create the most interesting atmosphere. Of course a piece of art will say a lot about its owner's taste and lifestyle,or simply speak about a certain state of mind.
A while ago I was asked by Minted to chose a piece of wall art that in some way could speak to my senses. My decor style, as you might know by now, is very simple with the use of neutral colors but with emphasis in textures either visual or tactile. So when I was in the hunt for that special piece I turned my eyes into abstracts.


I'm sure the piece I chose had a sentimental meaning to Benedetti (one of the feature artists at Minted), where she explored "the impact of high contrast and subtle layers focusing on movement through line"; but for me this piece evoked a feeling of contemplation and reflection not just on matters of great importance but on things we face everyday.


The "Black Impact" (a limited edition piece) also had that textural thing I'm always after in my decor; brush strokes, paint drippings and geometrical forms. The colors are all in the neutral gamma and the best part was that this piece can be customized from the frame to the size. I love the fact that Minted carries a great stock of "Oversize Art Prints" (this one is 40"x30") which was ideal for the big area over my fireplace where it now inhabits.
Big wall art pieces make for a great focal point and this particular one will give my guests a warm welcome.
I received compensation in the form of a wall art in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions and photos are my own.

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Our "petite" Autumn house tour

Sep 22, 2015

Small house Autumn house tour
There is no better way to welcome this season than with a colorful door wreath. Find the tutorial here
Warmer colors, cooler temperatures, cozy rooms and pumpkin everything; these are some of the things I love the most about Autumn. Even though we don't see the change of seasons here in Miami, there is a certain " je ne sais quoi" in the air that brings a different mood and ambiance around our home.

Small house Autumn house tour
Small house Autumn house tour
Although Halloween is a couple of weeks away, smiley pumpkins are starting to show around our home. 
Today I'm sharing some scenes of how I've incorporated Autumn around our small house. From touches of orange and gold to soft greens all go in harmony with the neutral palette I usually use.

Small house Autumn house tour
Small house Autumn house tour
Some faux fruits in the colors of the season are adorning our mantel in the most simplest way.
Small house Autumn house tour
Small house Autumn house tour
When in doubt, I bought lots of pumpkins in different sizes. They make the whole space look so whimsy!
Small house Autumn house tour
Small house Autumn house tour
Small house Autumn house tour
On our small abode, the living room and dining room are one next to the other. In order to make a soft transition and to avoid making this area feel crowded; I stayed with my neutral palette. Some acorns served as a sweet reminder of this season..

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