Holiday Home Tours: Sasha

Welcome to the last week of the OAL Holiday Home Tours! This week we are featuring Sasha’s beautiful home! Sasha uses white decor, natural greens and sparkly vignettes to make her house feel festive.

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Above is Sasha’s guest room and wrapping station that she creates each year. The wrapping is all tucked away in drawers and baskets. There is under bed storage for gifts in waiting.

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Furniture from a different part of the home is re-purposed for the season as an entry table. 

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The front entry remains uncluttered and inviting with a simple display, art and seasonal storage.

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The chalkboard door gets an easy update with a wreath, homemade pom-poms, and vintage bells.

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Lots of ideas in this room! Don’t have room for a tree? Consider a small tree in a container. Consider securely hanging old skis, snowshoes or sleds as wall decor. Make the space inviting with textured pillows and throws.

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Handpainted ornaments in a bowl grace the coffee table.

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The entertainment center and bookshelves are are not over cluttered and decorated simply with a few pops of greenery. That’s all it takes!

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the ideas in the OAL Holiday Home Tours. If you have any questions or would like some help decorating your home this holiday season, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Wishing you joy and happiness this Christmas! 

Holiday Home Tours: Becca

Welcome back to the OAL Holiday Home Tours! This week we are featuring Becca’s house.

With it’s small spaces, Becca has to be careful not to overdo the decor and be mindful of storage. By buying neutral pieces, she is able to re-use things year after year. 

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We created a gallery wall in our living room with thrift store art, greenery and baskets.

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A cozy throw and a fresh wreath from Trader Joes are all this corner needs.

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Ikea pillow covers and this adorable deer pillow from Grandiflora Home and Garden are simple, neutral additions to the couch.

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A flocked pencil tree is perfect for small living spaces. 

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A wooden bowl filled with ornaments and copper lights are the centerpiece for this dining banquette.

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In the kitchen, Trader Joes cedar garlands look and smell amazing for the whole month of December.

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Ikea wreaths dress up this pantry. Use command hooks to hang decor and you’ll avoid damaging your surfaces.

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In the only bathroom, Becca continues the deer theme with a small ornament and print she found online.

Thanks for touring Becca’s house. Have questions? Please feel free to comment! And remember the OAL team can help you with your holiday decor, party prep and gift wrapping! 

We will see you next week when we feature Sasha’s house on the OAL Holiday Home Tours.

Holiday Home Tours: Kristin

Welcome to the OAL Holiday Home Tours series! Contrary to the home tours you see on Pinterest, our homes are all about showing simple, soothing ideas to decorate your home so you can enjoy the holidays without the chaos and clutter. So without further ado…

Welcome to Kristin’s Holiday Home tour!

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Right as you come in the door, you’re greeted with this charming entry vignette. A simple grouping contained on a plate makes for a charming display.

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Struggling with your mantle? Kristin used neutral colors, unique party lights and a simple tree to make hers festive. Hint: remove your everyday items before adding your Christmas decor.

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Her dining table is ready to host a gathering with this beautiful dough bowl filled with ornaments as the centerpiece.

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You can never go wrong with white candles in any display!

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This cozy sitting area needs nothing more than a simple wreath window treatment!

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In her kitchen, the chalkboard gets a quick and elegant makeover with the drawing and garland.

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In her living room,  Kristin’s color palette is primarily white and grey. The tree is covered in family ornaments and contained in a galvanized bucket. With two young boys and a dog in the house, Kristin doesn’t over accessorize or clutter her surfaces. Setup and cleanup is a breeze, leaving her more time to spend with her family.

If you would like help this holiday season, please give OAL a call! We will see you next week when we tour Becca’s house. 

Storage Solution Series: Becca

Hi and welcome to Becca’s space! You may have seen some of this before, but we want to reiterate a few key storage solution ideas that may work for your space!

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In her pantry, Becca uses mason jars with labels on the lids to house all of her dried goods. Its easy to see when she is running low on something and refills her jars easily by buying in small amounts in the bulk section of the grocery store. Baskets are great for holding snacks and baking goodies. They look clean, tidy and are easy to pull out. The cupboards below house all the seldom used appliances.

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These drawers in the office/pantry area contain office supplies, paper, art supplies and electronics. Again she used mason jars and trays from Target to contain everything.

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This extra long drawer is a gift wrapping station! She only keeps what will fit and tosses the rest. Only keep one roll of wrapping paper per holiday or, even better, just buy kraft paper and decorate it with ribbon!

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Open shelving in a kitchen is great for everyday use items like plates, mugs and mixing bowls.

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The laundry room is small, but functional. Cupboards above and to the side of the washer and dryer hold cleaning supplies, pet supplies and extra linens. There are no extra closets in the bathroom or hallway, so this is it for storage! Keep it simple and streamlined with white bath towels and baskets to contain rags and dirty laundry. Use what you have – things don’t have to match or be perfect!

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In the master bedroom, Becca uses an armoire for all of her clothes. It is the best system! She doesn’t have to fold hardly anything and she can see what she has year round! She keeps a list inside the armoire of clothes to purchase so she can maintain her time capsule wardrobe.

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Jewelry is displayed using an old drawer. Small cups hold stud earrings, brooches, rings and watches. By having everything visible, Becca wears jewelry more often!

Overall, visibility is key. You’re less likely to go out and purchase something when you can see you already have it or can easily find it because it has a designated home.

Thanks for stopping by! Join us next week for Julies house!

Storage Solution Series: Sasha

Next up on the hidden spaces/unique solutions tour, is Sasha’s home.  Sasha has lived in her 1500 sq foot home for twelve years and her favorite thing is finding a solution on a budget and/or within a tight space.

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  As we tour her home, you can see that Sasha frequently places things on trays for easy cleaning and containing.  She also tends to use baskets for additional linen storage, especially in rooms with minimal storage areas like the guest room below.

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One of the places in her home with extremely tight storage space, is the main bath.  For this, she hung a couple of inexpensive shelves from Target, and fluffy stacks of towels are pretty and easy to grab.

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One of the continual issues in her home for years, was the drop zone. They all enter through a garage and then walk right into the kitchen. Everything used to get tossed onto the island which made the whole open concept space feel cluttered and chaotic. To calm the issue, she first stacked her washer and dryer and added upright cubby shelves next to them.

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Then, because mail and keys were still getting scattered all over the island, she installed some very affordable buckets from Ikea to the end and used vinyl letters to label them. They get used daily now. In the kitchen, she removed doors to the most used cabinet and then painted the back of it to match the island color.  It functions so well with an active family. She also rethought a nearby coat closet that was rarely used, installed some simple shelving from Lowes and turned it into a pantry space.

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Sasha moved their family computer into the kitchen/dining space for homework time converting an existing table and baskets for storage space.  With clear labels, everything has a home and seldom feels overwhelming.

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Though Sasha’s home doesn’t have a lot of extra storage spaces, the master closet is really large.  To organized this space on a budget, she purchased a dresser and cubby shelf from Ikea and then stacked them.

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 For her shoe storage, she purchased glass blocks at Lowe’s and pre-cut shelf boards and stacked them up.  It works so well and didn’t break the bank.

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Join us again next week for more unique and practical storage solutions!