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. 😉

Blue House Tour: The Office

We’ve already wrapped up the tour of the guest rooms, and now we’re moving into one of the rooms where I spend the majority of my time: my office, also known as the sunroom. This is where I do all of my blogging, crafting, bill paying, etc.


BetweenWeekdays Floor Plan_Office

As a reminder, here’s the before of this room:


The previous owners also used the sunroom as an office, and it’s funny to look back at how different this room is now. Today, it’s sporting a new paint color, a new light and a whole new set of furniture and accessories.

The yellow walls and window valances just weren’t doing it for me, so we removed the valances and painted the room what I thought would be a deep gray. It ended up being a very pretty blue that sometimes looks gray when the sun hits just right (color below).

The Office at BetweenWeekdays.com

While I wish the room was larger, I’m really pleased with just how functional it actually is. The room may have wall-to-wall furniture, but it doesn’t feel cramped at all thanks to the large windows and openness to the living room.

The Office at BetweenWeekdays.com

(Yes, that’s Winter’s litter box. I know it would have been prettier to remove it for the photo, but this is real life!)

In our first house, we had two separate office spaces: the office upstairs and a corner of the downstairs living room. The office upstairs functioned as an occasional guest room and a space for our desktop computer to live. It was mostly unused after we purchased my MacBook Pro. I did the majority of my crafting downstairs. Having two separate office spaces kept me running back and forth a lot, so I’m definitely glad to have one office space now.

The Office at BetweenWeekdays.com

I have a lot of storage in this space thanks to an armoire we purchased off of Craigslist that Travis retrofitted for all of my crafting supplies in the top. The printer and more traditional office supplies are in the bottom. I also have a bookshelf and a few desk drawers for storage.  A trunk in the corner houses all of our board games. Since my storage space is limited, it really helps me limit what I bring into the space.

The Office at BetweenWeekdays.com

One day soon I hope to show you exactly how I’ve utilized the armoire for all of my storage needs.

I’ll admit that I did compromise on the office space when we purchased this house, but, so far, it’s working really well for me. I like that I’m not separated from the rest of the house, plus having my office right off the living room forces me to keep it picked up.

Room Source List:

Armoire: Craigslist
Book Shelf: Walmart, South Shore Gascony Collection
Chairs: Kirkland’s, HomeGoods
Chandelier: Overstock
Computer: iMac
Computer Desk: Walmart, Better Homes and Garden Autumn Lane Writing Desk
Crafting Desk: IKEA
Lamps: HomeGoods, Rooms to Go
Wall Art: Kirkland’s, Etsy

Paint Color: Mark Twain House Ombra Gray, Valspar

I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick.

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part II: Office

In Part I of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, we tackled the dining room light. A new chandelier was purchased, and the old one found a new home in an unexpected location. This week, we’re looking at another strange shuffle.

When we moved in our house, the office/sunroom had a way-too-big ceiling fan.


Personally, I don’t care for ceiling fans. I think they’re dust catchers that make me cough, so I never turn the fan on. Since I’m the only one who uses this room, the fan didn’t make sense. Plus, it was way too big.

We replaced the fan with a light we had in the master bedroom of our last house. There are no pictures of it in our last house, because we removed it when we decided to move. We knew we wanted to take it with us, so we bought a basic ceiling fan to replace it.

The “new” office light is my favorite in the house.


It’s a crystal chandelier in a chrome finish with a transparent black shade. It’s available on Overstock and always seems to be on sale. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I just love it.

But what about the giant fan that was previously in the office?

It was a perfectly good fan, even if it wasn’t something I would have chosen for myself. It now happily resides in the front guest bedroom.


I might eventually decide to replace this fixture, but not anytime soon. For now, I like it just fine in here.The fan that was previously in this room is now in a yard sale pile. It was very small and past its prime. I’m hoping someone can find a use for it.

That’s Part II of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. With every change we make to this house, it begins to feel more and more like home to us. I’ve got to say that I’m loving living here.

What changes have you made to your house that made it feel more like home? We’re inching along the path to feeling like we’re home.

To read Part I of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, click here.

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