2017 Holiday Gift Guides: For Him, Her & Kids


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  1. Gold Cactus Trinket Dish – You don’t have to be from the desert like I am to love a little bit of cactus in your life! This trinket dish is so cute in a bathroom, on a console table or on top of a stack of books.
  2. Leather Tote – I have and use this leather tote every single day. I love its simplicity and after three years of daily use, I can vouch for the quality! It’s great gift for yourself and others!
  3. Hair Pins – I get asked about my bobby pins every time I’m wearing them in my insta stories. I wear them three or four times a week probably and I LOVE them! They stay put really well and don’t rip your hair out either. I get constant compliments and questions about them, which means they’re great gifting material!
  4. Tassel Earrings – Inexpensive but nice looking statement jewelry is always a good gift idea, I think. These adorable tassel earring definitely fall in that category! I have been surprised at how often I wear them considering I don’t usually choose dangly earrings! I LOVE them.
  5. “To Be Continued…” Bookmark – I love low-tech gifts, don’t you? I’m ready to throw my phone away and read a book in a hammock for the rest of my life.
  6.  Gold Circle Necklace – Other than my barrettes, my gold circle necklace is probably my most commonly asked question in my direct messages folder. It is handmade and real gold so I wear it every day, all day and it still looks brand new! It layers so well with other jewelry but is pretty on its own, too!
  7. 2018 Planner – Perfect gift for teachers and coworkers!
  8. Narciso Rodriguez For Her Perfume – Have you smelled this perfume yet? It’s a winner. I have been wearing Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille for years, and it’s my favorite, but I had been looking for another scent to mix things up a little. My friend Jenna introduced me to this (surprisingly affordable) perfume and it’s a really good one! My husband loves it and I get compliments often when I wear it!


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  1. Sunglasses – Classic but not boring sunglasses are my jam! Love, love, love these from my very favorite sunglasses brand, Quay.
  2. Personalized Necklace – A really (REALLY) cute spin on the Carrie necklace. I’d love one of these for myself, but I also want to get one for my girls!
  3. Journal – I think journals make sweet gifts, probably because I’m still really into hand-written to do lists. :) This one is beautiful!
  4. Portable Phone Charger – Helpful and cute!! Another great co-worker/teacher gift!
  5. “Read this if You Want to Take Better Photos” Book – I recently got this little book and I love it! It’s pretty enough to have sitting out, but it’s also a good read.
  6. Red Matte Balm – Another frequently asked question in my DM’s is about this red lipstick I wear on the regular. It’s a matte lip crayon and it’s SUPER cheap. It can go on in a thin layer for just a hint of color or it can layer to look more like traditional red lipstick. If I had to only have one lipstick on me, this would be it because it’s so versatile!
  7. Black Suede Loafers – Cute with ripped up jeans especially!
  8. Gold Stud Earrings – These go-with-anything bar studs make a great gift for that friend that feels in a fashion rut. I gave a pair recently to a friend who was feeling a little bored with her clothes and general look. These earrings felt a little bit adventurous to her, but not too risky at the same time. She loves them and wears them often! (and I wear mine all the time too!)
  9. Plaid Top – The perfect holiday/winter top for all of us that are overeating this season! :)


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  1. “Men of Style” Book – DYING to get my hands on this book! I hope Michael likes it too! :)
  2. Sunglasses – Love a good green glass tortoise shell frame pair of sunglasses on my man! These are 35% off today!
  3. Gold Tie Clip – I bought this one for Michael last year and he loves and wears it often!
  4. Mini External Hard Drive – How sleek is this techie gadget? It is waterproof and pocket sized!
  5. Leather Watch – I know I put this on the Men’s guide, but I’m honestly considering this watch for myself! It’s a STUNNER.
  6. Fun Socks – Never enough socks around our house! Michael loves to get fun colors and patterns to mix up his work wardrobe every day, which makes for an easy gift for me! :)
  7. Backgammon Game – I grew up playing backgammon with my parents and siblings, so I’m nostalgic for the game anyway, but how gorgeous is this set? It’s BURLWOOD!!!!


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  1. “Lost in NYC” Book – Have you heard about this city travel guide series? Straight from the description: “Getting lost in the city is not about throwing away the map. It’s about surrendering yourself to the essence of the place. The sights, smells, flavours and sounds that make it unique. The photography, the art, the creativity that provide its individual inspiration. Getting lost is diving headfirst into what makes each city its own.” Sounds amazing right? Ready to hop on a plane right now and go explore!
  2. Key Ring – Modern and cool are two descriptors you’d never pick for a key ring, but this one is both of those things! LOVE.
  3. Notebook – Get a gorgeous handmade notebook and support Public School Art programs?! Double nice!
  4. Leather Phone Case with Card Slots – Michael is all about having the tiniest wallet possible. I think this would do the trick!
  5. Bose Bluetooth Speaker – We need a couple new speakers around the studio and I think this little guy is so cute!
  6. Beanie – I love the color and texture of this beanie.
  7. Leather Luggage Tag – Simple, cool and practical. This would be fun to combine with the travel book! (OR WITH A PAIR OF TICKETS TO PARIS!!!) ;)


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  1. Dollhouse – I know we’ve all seen it, but it’s too good to not mention here. Margot is getting a dollhouse under the tree this year and I can’t wait!
  2. Star Wars Planters – I mean, guys, they’re Star Wars planters! HA! I actually don’t even really love Star Wars, but I still think these are so fun!
  3. “Home” Book – I love this book and how it portrays different concepts of what home is. It’s a great conversation to have with kids, helps them learn about the world around them and usually ends up with everyone feeling grateful, which is never a bad thing!
  4. Cloud Nightlight – Super sweet and works great!
  5. Play Kitchen -I dare you to try and find a cuter modern play kitchen! It doesn’t exist! :)
  6. Razor Mini Scooter – One of our neighbor’s daughters got this mini Vespa-esque scooter for her birthday earlier this year and as far as I can tell, every single kid in the neighborhood will now be getting one for Christmas. It will be like a hilarious little scooter gang racing around our streets! Hahahhaha! They are pretty amazing and well-made for the price (they hold up to 170 lbs so there might be a mom or two joining the scooter gang every now and then!!).


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  1. Pink Ballet Dress – Always my girls favorite dresses to wear! They are gorgeous and wash SO well.
  2. Wooden Cocoa Set – The cutest spin on a play tea set! Play hot cocoa! :)
  3. Velvet Hair Bows – I love velvet bows for making regular kids clothes look fancier for holiday parties and church.
  4. Headphones – These are so handy for travel or even just in the car on long errands days!
  5. Instax Instant Camera – Still our family’s favorite toy. We have albums full of these snap shots and they are priceless to me!
  6. “A Poem for Every Night of the Year” Book – I’ve declared that 2018 is the year we slow down as a family. I want to work less, cook more, pick up gardening, throw out our TV and play games together or read together instead. This book has a poem for every day of the year (Angelou, Shakespeare, Whitman, etc) and a little paragraph before the poem to provide context. I know my girls will love discussing over dinner or after baths before bed! Bring on the slow times! :)
  7. Wooden Baking Set -Margot is suddenly VERY into all things imaginative play. We already have a play kitchen, but this little baking set would be right up her alley!
  8. Pom Pom Beanie – I love this little beanie and I love that it is black! Very city kid, very cool!


HAPPY SHOPPING! What have you found this year that you can’t live without?! I’d love to hear!

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Home


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  1. Buffalo Check Dog Bed – Linus needs a new dog bed this year and I think I’ve found a winner! :)
  2. Spiced Cider Candle – Candles make the best hostess gifts. This one is perfect for the holidays. It smells warm and cozy!
  3. Candle Tool Set – If you want to give a candle but want to take it to full-gift status, add a few little things like a cute box of matches this candle tool set to make it feel a little nicer.
  4. Decorative Matches – See above :)
  5. Gold Planter – We have this planter in the studio and get asked about it all the time. It looks SO expensive, but isn’t! Bonus gift points for adding a beautiful plant like a fern or succulent. A small Norfolk Pine would be my pick!
  6. Ceramic Hand Vase – I LOVE cheeky accessories and this one fits the bill without being too juvenile or silly! I’d love this filled with eucalyptus branches sitting on an entry console (or anywhere, really!).
  7. “Dinner in an Instant” Book – After hearing enough of my friends rave about the Insta Pot, I finally caved and bought one, though I’ll admit I haven’t done much with it yet. I just got this book and it’s beautiful and is making me SO excited to get adventurous with my Insta Pot!
  8. Instant Pot – I like my crock pot in theory, but the problem is that means I have to be thinking about dinner at like 8 am. For someone who doesn’t like to think about, see or smell food until about 10 am (I inherited this unfortunate trait from my mother), the insta pot (which can do the same work as a crock pot in a literal fraction of the time) seems too good to be true. I’ve used mine a handful of times for rice, a roast and shredded chicken for tacos and so far it is holding up to the hype! Do you have any favorite recipes, cookbooks or websites for the Insta pot?
  9. Salad Servers – We all have kitchen items we overbuy. Mine are most definitely salad servers. I love them and I don’t care who knows it. They’re just SO pretty and these horn servers are DEFINITELY coming to my house (and probably a lot of friend’s homes) this season.


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  1. Echo Dot – I don’t actually have the Echo Dot, but I want one. The (more than 60,000!) reviews are hard to ignore and now’s the time to snag one when they’re basically half off!
  2. Compact Ice Maker – Pebble ice is life. We wanted to install an undercounter ice maker when we renovate but they are notorious for leaking/flooding so it felt hard to pull the trigger. Enter this little beauty. It’s pretty cheap, small and works like a dream. ALSO there is no need to have it hooked up to a water line!! You just pour a bit of water in the machine and it spits out 1.5 pounds of pebble ice very quickly! I make a batch every couple of days  and throw it in one of these ice holders in my freezer! Easier and faster than making a run to Sonic. :)
  3. Buffalo Check Rug – I’m OBSESSED with this check rug. It looks cute in any (and I mean ANY) room. Laundry, bath, entry, bedroom, living room, you name it. It especially looks cute layered under a coir mat at your front door!
  4. Marble Salt Box – Little marble salt cellars and butter keeps are my other kitchen collectors items! :) This salt box it too good and would make a great gift with some truffle salt or pink Himalyan salt!
  5. Copper Salt & Pepper Grinders – Another cute hostess gift idea! Throw in a sweet linen kitchen towel if you’re feeling extra generous!
  6. Cheese Board & Knife – Okay, this is the BEST little bread/cheese board I’ve seen at the under $30 price point!! It comes with a knife and it’s the PERFECT size for leaving out on the counter. I bought three of these to have on hand for holiday and year-round last minute gifting. The wood is the perfect color and finish and looks more expensive than it is!
  7. “The Art of the Cheese Plate” Book – The perfect addition to the perfect bread board (above!)


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  1. White Nesting Bowls – I have these and LOVE them. They are helpful to have and use and they look great on open shelving!
  2. Gold Chain Frame – You guys know I am obsessed with brass chain frames! I used them here and here and want to pretty much use them in every room redesign going forward!
  3. Oil & Vinegar Bottles – I have these on my little spice shelf in my kitchen area and I use them everyday. They are are handy and gorgeous! I’d love to give these along with this amazing salad cook book!
  4. Wall Clock – I love, love, love clocks that hang from the side like this one! Perfect for mudrooms and kitchens especially!
  5. La Compagnie De Provence Soap – My favorite hand soap! I mean, who doesn’t want to feel more French just generally in their life?! It’s the perfect price point to make a special gift.
  6. Lounge Chair – Months later, still obsessed with these armless chairs. The price and the caning on the back!!! SO GOOD.
  7. Indigo Tassel Pillow – I just got this pillow in the mail and the tassels are SO CUTE!!! It makes a great layering piece!
  8. White Dutch Oven – My insta pot might be quickly taking over the place in my heart currently held by my Dutch oven, but also maybe not. :) I guess I’m just a traditionalist when it comes down to it and I literally can’t think of anything better than making a big pot of vegetable stew with my girlies on a chilly night. (Bonus points for the more affordable price point and the beautiful chalky white finish on this pot!)


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  1. Woven basket with Tassel – I LOVE a good basket, like, SO MUCH. I especially love them for planters! And how cute is this one with the green tassel?
  2. Faux Sea Grape Plant – If you’re wanting to make the basket a very special gift, I’d get one of these faux Sea Grape trees too! I love that this is tree sort of a fun twist on the fig tree trend, but is different enough to feel fresh!
  3. Tabletop Easel – I love using easels to style a console table or shelf! It is a beautiful way to display your smaller art pieces and prints in a unique way.
  4. Handmade Planters – I love these handmade little planters from one of my favorite etsy shops, Her Name is Mud! They make beautiful gifts (and so do her personalized ornaments!!)
  5. Insulated Water Bottles – These are so pretty and make great gifts for teachers, kids, coworkers and friends! I keep them all over to help me try and kick my Diet Coke habit. :)
  6. Gold Tape Dispenser – Another obsession of mine is quirky, beautiful office supplies! This brass tape dispenser is VERY HIGH on my want list!
  7. Geode Coasters – These little geode coasters look amazing on a coffee table tray and would make the perfect hostess gift! I know I’d love to get them!



Modern Holiday Decor Round Up!



This weekend we started decorating for the holidays around the studio and at my house. I have a sliiiiight allergy to real trees so we’ve been using our faux white tree for the past couple of years, but this year my girls have been begging for a big, real tree since basically July. I gave in and will just pop a couple extra Benedryl for the next few weeks. :)





At home and at the studio, I’m keeping it simple this year. I’ve been drawn to more modern holiday decor to add to my more traditional Christmas items I’ve collected over the years. I’m most excited about making these wooden bead garlands and a few simple wreaths! Also our friends over at Sonoran Handmade sent us this amazing modern acrylic nativity that I really love!




Here are a few other modern Christmas decor items I’m loving this holiday season! Also if you haven’t checked out Hearth and Hand collection yet, you must! So many great, affordable pieces!


Glass Christmas Trees   //   Wood Nesting Houses   //   Mini Ornament Set

Nutcracker   //   Tree Topper  //  Glitter Ball Ornaments


Plaid Pillow  //  Pillow with Tassels  //  Copper Trees

Tree Ornament Set  //  Metallic Ball Ornaments  //  Stocking


Gray & Marble Ornaments  //  Plaid Pillow  //  Velvet Pillow  //  Gold Place Card Holders

Gold & Silver Glasses  //  Blue Ornaments  //  Paper Accordion Trees  //  Round Firewood Holder

Our Favorite Black Friday Deals!


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I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving!! I’m up at my parents’ house with my family, enjoying the cooler weather and stuffing our faces. We all just woke up from our Thanksgiving naps and now we’re all talking about Black Friday sales!

There are a couple of general sales to be aware of – like Overstock’s 15% off (my mom’s bar stools are from Overstock! Love them) and West Elm’s Buy More Save More sale (you can snag my favorite office chair in the world for 30% off!). In an effort to help you save time, we rounded up  some of our favorite and most asked about items from that we used throughout the year – that also happen to be a part of some awesome Black Friday sales!

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Indigo Lamp Base – $34!

We used this dark indigo lamp in our One Room Challenge master bedroom and it is so, so beautiful! It is the absolute perfect shade of blue!!

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Brass Wall Sconce – Only $44!

These weren’t the original sconces we intended to use in this space, but this last minute change ended up being one of our absolute favorite elements of the room!! These sconces are so beautiful and look SO much more rich than the $44 price tag!

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Carlisle Bench Cushion Sofa  //  Moroccan Rug – 6×9 only $141!!

My favorite roll arm bench cushion sofa is 20% off today only! And check out the price on one of our absolute favorite rugs!

And World Market is taking 40% off furniture! I still love this coffee table and it’s console table sister!

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Live Edge Coffee Table

We still get SO many questions about this blue overdyed rug. This color and pattern are also perfect for families with kids and pets – it hides everything!!!


Overdyed Blue Rug – 6×9 only $115!!

And these black and white lumbars are still a favorite! They’re on major clearance this weekend for only $17!

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Black & White Pillows – $17


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One of our favorite pillow makers, Danielle Oakey, is offering 15% off from the 24th-27th! Here are a few of our favorite styles!


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Everything in The Vintage Rug Shop is 30% off! If you are in the market for some gorgeous vintage rugs, now is the time to grab one! Use code YAYBLACKFRIDAY!

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Framebridge’s Black Friday sale is awesome – 20% off all of their black frames using the code BLACK20. Such a great deal! Also – we got so many questions about the two new prints we used in the One Room Challenge bedroom! MERCER and COTTONWOOD will be available in the Print Shop at midnight on Sunday night. We are doing a HUGE Cyber Monday sale that will launch at the same time, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter and to follow us on Instagram for the announcement this weekend!

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MERCER print

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Happy shopping, friends! xo