How is it already November? (More importantly, how have I not blogged in nearly a year?) November means the busy holiday season is upon us, and I’ve already begun prepping.
I moved the second desk and the bookcase out of the office. I purchased a chair for the space to make the corner of the room a comfy reading nook. Bonus: the chair can serve as extra Christmas seating for guests! I’m hoping Santa brings me a lamp and small end table to finish out the space.
I’ve also ordered a large area rug for the living room:
It gets mixed reviews, but the price was great! I think it will work just fine with a nice rug pad underneath. Plus I don’t have to worry about it being too precious at this price point.
I also made over this cute little stool for extra Christmas seating. Trust me, it was not cute before. (The cat helps the cuteness factor.)
It’s normal, day-to-day function will serve as a place for Travis to take off his work boots (rather than tracking who-knows-what all over the house each evening).
One large project we’ve tackled this year is painting most of our interior doors black. Every room should have something black it it; why not the door? I’m loving the contrast, and it’s a serious upgrade from the yucky cream-ish doors color we had before.
We still have a few doors left to paint, and we’ll tackle those as soon as warmer weather arrives. Our new paint sprayer might be one of my most favorite purchases made this year.
In addition to prepping our home, I’ve also been thinking about meal prep. I’ve decided to make one of my easiest — and most crowd pleasing — desserts this Thanksgiving. The only problem was that my trifle dish didn’t have a lid making travel difficult. Amazon to the rescue with this inexpensive solution.
I love it so much, I might even order another one.
One of my biggest holiday purchases this year was a new Christmas tree since we said goodbye to our old one last year.
I’m in love with the size and shape of this new tree. It fits our room perfectly! I also added a few cranberry ornaments this year in addition to our normal black and white. I’m not sure if I’m in love with the cranberry, but time will tell. The cranberry stays for now.
That’s some of the holiday prep I’ve been working on lately. How — and when — do you prep for the holidays?
Want some more holiday inspiration? Click here for 5 tips for a stress free holiday. Or click here to see our house decked out for the holidays last year.