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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. 

OAL Team Outdoor Spaces: Julie

Happy Summer!  The weather in the Pacific NW has been absolutely beautiful for the past month.  I love summer and I love spending time outside so my outdoor spaces are really just an extension of my indoor spaces…simple, welcoming and low maintenance!  Oh and I almost forgot, low cost as well.

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My bright orange chairs are a fun addition to my 20 year old white bench and an easy change when I’m tired of them  ($17 at Lowe’s).  I also am also in love with my hanging basket, a Mother’s Day gift from my youngest son.

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My outdoor wicker is an older set from Costco.  I love the neutral color and it’s easy to change pillows, wall art or add an outdoor rug when I need a new look.

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I love color and I always keep a few perennials in my pots so that I don’t have to replant each year.  My asters have come back now for 2 years! A $25 planter from Lowe’s is a great addition next to my perennial pot. I also added a small coral lantern that I picked up on sale for $7.00.

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As always, the team at OAL is happy to help your create your own special outdoor spaces. We love what we do and creating cheerful, low cost, low maintenance inviting spaces is our specialty!  Step out and soak up some sunshine today!

OAL Team Outdoors Spaces: Sasha

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Welcome to my outdoor space!

Over here, I am all about keeping my kids close, and keeping their friends close as well! With a twelve and fourteen year old, our yard needs have changed over the past few years, and we’ve tried to adapt our outdoor spaces to those changing needs. Gone is the play yard structure, and in it’s place, we have a 15 foot enclosed trampoline. (Sadly it killed the grass in the main part of our yard, but it brings in kids from every part of our neighborhood and keeps them entertained for hours on end, so it is worth it.)

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We also added what we call the Party Pit to a backyard corner that never got used much when our kids were little. It’s hidden behind one side of our house, but it’s the perfect spot for catching the last rays of the sun in the evenings and feels like a hideaway of sorts. We put two creamy-painted picnic tables back there for entertaining friends, a potting bench my guys made that doubles as a buffet, a fire pit surrounded with Adirondack chairs for marshmallow toasting and late night chats, and six garden boxes ring the outside edges. Over the top of all, we strung cafe lighting which creates a festive mood.

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Our family doesn’t love doing yard work, but I enjoy gardening and especially growing flowers to bring inside and enjoy all summer long. We made an herb garden box, a salad garden box, one for veggies and three cutting garden boxes. We have an out of control Wisteria vine growing up the side, and we have plans for a small arbor as you enter into the party pit

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We have a lot of places to land in this yard, which is perfect when there are a lot of middle schoolers around. We have a hammock, an umbrella topped bistro table, a bench with cushions, and some lounging chairs in various corners. On the other side of our house, we have a long narrow strip of grass that gets used as our ball throwing area. Each night, as the BBQ is going, my people play catch or shoot nerf guns in this area. I even created a painted plywood target for them and hung it on the inside of the gate.

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I love lavender plants, hostas, boxwood, peonies, lilacs and hydrangeas and you’ll see them scattered throughout the front and back yard beds.

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 Perhaps my favorite corner of our outdoor space, is our front porch. I spend a lot of my summer out here. It’s a perfect place to sit in the afternoon shade, sip iced tea, and keep an eye on kids bike riding or roller blading, etc. (I showed a before and after of these these chairs here, in this post. One problem with having homes so close to one another, is a lack of privacy. Earlier this past spring, I hung a trellis on the side of the front porch and planted a climbing clematis. It doesn’t exactly solve the no-privacy issue, but it does help it to feel a little more private and it wasn’t an expensive fix!

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When we moved into this home twelve years ago, it was a new construction, spec home with very basic landscaping and no grass. Every year we have add a little more to the landscaping as the budget allows and over time it has begun to take shape. Our exterior color is gray and I’ve kept an overall yardscape color of greens, blues, lavenders, and whites that compliment the house color.

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It is so easy to get bogged down with all the ideas we want to do, and the budget for the things we actually can do…. Every project I’ve ever tackled, has been on a budget, using what I had on hand, or adapting what I could get my hands on or make, and now everything in our space tells a story, albeit an imperfect story. So yeah, the umbrella might be broken and have to be opened a certain way, and the borders might not be perfectly edged, or the grass under the trampoline might have turned to dirt, or there might be an empty flower bed all year long waiting for budget freedom to get filled… but the nice thing is this; It doesn’t have to be perfect to be perfect for you. Life isn’t a Pinterest board, it’s a work in progress. It’s otter pop wrappers on that just oiled butcher block table top. It’s watermelon rinds thrown into the grass. It’s a slightly deflated exercise ball on the trampoline and kids fighting at the top of their lungs over who’s turn it is. Or at least it was for me yesterday. And it was pretty perfect just the way it was. Thanks for stopping by!

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