A Pretty Black Christmas Tree for the Dining Room

Remember my steal of a deal on a white Christmas tree? It was not meant to be. Even after a call to customer service, it was apparent that Target.com had sold me a tree it did not actually have in stock. The nearest location that had the tree available in store was in another state.

This story has a happy ending, though. I found a different tree that is absolutely perfect.

I ordered this 6-foot, black pencil tree from Overstock, and I love it. It was a bit more expensive than the white tree, but I was still able to apply my PayPal credit bringing my total out of pocket spent for this tree to $30. The best news? I already had some gorgeous glass ornaments to adorn the tree and ribbon to make a bow for the top. I bought some pretty bows at Target and one strand of lights to finish the tree, bringing the total spent on this tree to only $40.

Black Christmas Tree at BetweenWeekdays.com

The tree is perfect in front of the large window in my dining room. I put it on a crate to give it a little height and draped the base with a tablecloth I already had to round out my festive little tree. My favorite thing might be how well it correlates with the large white Christmas tree adorned with black ornaments in our living room while still maintaining its own sense of style.

Favorite Things Christmas Brunch

Maybe next year I’ll add another tree to my Christmas decor. 😉

Holiday Planning

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.

Holiday Planning at BetweenWeekdays.com

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.)

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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.

Holiday Planning at BetweenWeekdays.com

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.

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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.

House Tour: Living Room

First up on the house tour of our first home is the living room. Join me as I walk through the space (and down memory lane a bit).

When we purchased the home in 2009, the carpet and been removed and every surface was filthy. We hired a professional cleaning company to clean the entire house, but we still found ourselves scrubbing every surface after their second cleaning attempt. Imagine me scraping boogers off closet walls and cleaning walls with Swiffer mops. It wasn’t pretty.

The guys from the cleaning company did a great job, but the house had many stubborn layers of grime from the previous owner and his dogs. It also smelled pretty bad.

The living room was covered in a layer of filth when we purchased the house in 2009.

Now our living room is looking much better. It’s amazing what a good cleaning, a coat of paint and new carpet can do for a space.

When you enter the front door you walk into a small entryway that leads either into the living room or downstairs to the basement.

The mirrored coat rack is a super conveient spot to drop jackets, umbrellas, hats, etc. I’ve had it since my college days.
Originally a rickety bannister separated the living room from the stairs. It didn’t make the cut, so Travis and his dad built a pony wall to replace the bannister.

Before the rickety bannister was the only separation from the living room to the stairs. Now, the sturdy half wall looks like it has always been there.

We sold the banister and its spindles at a yard sale a couple of months ago. It’s always nice to know that something that didn’t work for you is finding new life in someone else’s home.

The sofa has always been a favorite spot in our house whether we’re entertaining or just chilling with the pups.

The sofa is a favorite hangout spot in our house. Can you spot Roxy’s tail above?

The large mirror above the sofa was a lucky consignment store find. It bounces around a ton of light and helps make the room feel larger. It measures just shy of five feet wide by four feet tall. Hanging it was a tricky endeavor, but well worth it.

Since putting our house on the market, we’ve removed all of the personal details, so you won’t see the family photos or other personal items that once made this room feel more like people actually live here. One of my favorite personal effects in this room, which has now been removed, was the collage of photo frames on one wall.

The collage of family photos has been removed since placing our house for sale.

The frames coordinated with the mirror nicely without being in-your-face matchy matchy. I blogged about the photo frame collage last year. Click here to read more.

During the Christmas season, our tree replaces a chair in the corner. We’ve hosted Christmas dinner in this house for the past couple of years, so it’s always been a really special place to decorate.

Decorating the living room for the holidays has always been fun.

The half wall sometimes acts as a sofa table. I’ve had a lot of fun decorating it for the different seasons.

Isabel models the 2011 Christmas decor.

The orange pillows stuck around way after the fall season last year. In fact, they stayed on the couch until we depersonalized the room in preparation for selling our house.

There were a couple of changes we weren’t able to make in the few years we lived here. I would have loved to add a mosaic tile in place of the tile on the fireplace surround.

DIYers are never finished.

We also had big plans to build a shelf under the television to house media components. It has a large hole behind where the TV sits, and we had always planned to make it look more custom.

Our living room has been the central hub of our house for nearly four years. We’ve loved it since we moved in, and we’ll continue to love it until we sell our house.

Our living room is comfy, cozy and the place where we most enjoy spending our time.

Source List:

Sofa, Fowler’s Furniture
Coffee Table, Fowler’s Furniture
Chairs, Ashley Furniture, Darcy Collection, Color: Cafe
Decorative Pillows, Kohls
Chenille Throw, Target
Large Mirror: Local Consignment Store
Picture Frames: Hobby Lobby

Paint Color: London Coach, Valspar

Update: A new page has been added that lists the entire house tour. To see the entire house tour, click here.

I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Show Us Your House Party.

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