at home for the holidays


hi guys! what’s happening? it’s been a busy week so i apologize for always being behind schedule here. i was supposed to announce the giveaway winners days ago so first things first!…they’re elissa from the traveling pear and jasmine from jasmine kyle sings.. hope you enjoy the books, girls!

it’s been a long hard day and what better way to wind down then to look thru pinterest? i guess it’s a little obsession (am i the only one)? if there’s a minute to  spare you know it will stir up something fun. today it got me thinking about decorating and the holidays. so many of us need just a quick fix to wake up a room and it doesn’t have to take much. so from a (shhh) lazy decorator, here are some of simple diy’s to freshen things up in an afternoon.

it’s easy to get  trim and put it along the edge of a curtain. if you have 9 ft windows you’ll need about 7 yards. you can even use iron on tape to hold it.


color coding books and straightening out shelves is about as basic as it gets. and gratifying too!


there are old tiles at markets and salvage places. or just tape and paint the diagonal stripes.


clear clutter


go a little monochromatic


paint a wall


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skirt a sink with double stick velcro and pins if you can’t sew


define spaces


paint a frame around the shower or lines along the base of the room. all you need is tape and black paint.


minimize and use your best


put your stamp on it


tiered serving dishes are in every thrift store. so are the cups and saucers.


upcycle baby bottles


glue and sprinkle sequins to your shower curtain!


and outside…solar lights


or votives from the dollar store


try symmetry


set a pretty table


or add glitter to the shoes your were so over!


most of all keep it simple. this is supposed to be a time of joy so enjoy and spread it! i’ll try too! bonne nuit mes cheres amis!

December 13, 2012. Decorating, Holidays.


  1. Rhonda replied:

    Merci, Claudia for a very heartfelt post! I enjoyed each image you shared, especially those crates from France, ooh la la. Hope you rest up and are enjoying these pre-holiday days.

  2. Kay Ellen replied:

    Pretty pretty Claudia:)) Pinterest is the best place to dream!
    Happy 12/12/12

    Kay Ellen

    • Karen Albert replied:

      Claudia, how wonderful. Simply elegant and so gratifying!

      2012 Artists Series,

  3. Clare replied:

    I keep my books colour coordinated too! Lovely pics.

    ~ Clare x

  4. Faith B replied:

    I Love those crates from France!!!! Where did they come from?

  5. JasmineKyleSings replied:

    OH I can’t tell you how inspiring this post has been. I saw it on facebook and I HAD to come by! SOOOOO beautiful I wish I was richer and had more time and help!!! Saving them ALL for later!!! Thank you!

  6. ARod replied:

    thanks for all the gorgeous inspiration

  7. peggy braswell replied:

    Pintrest is addicitive + to be sure. Loved all your chosen images + the last one is my fav.

  8. pixelrites replied:

    I Love these images – thank you. Inspiring

  9. Marilyn replied:

    Hi Claudia!
    Loved these pictures. And yes, this post is inspiring. I save posts of yours that I especially love in my own files so I can find them fast.

  10. Nikon replied:

    My favorite is that white room – the “home office” or study with the woman at her computer.

  11. Style Maniac replied:

    What a wonderful round-up of little things that can make a big difference.
    A great holiday treat!

  12. Vicki Archer replied:

    Such fab suggestions Claudia… Have a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays… xv

  13. bizFlats replied:

    This is gorgeous inspiration for everyone. Corporate Housing Barcelona

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