Christmas Fireplace Decor

Christmas Fireplace Decor

Last week I took a poll and most of you voted to see brass candlesticks incorporated into my fireplace decor. I bought a few and decided to decorate this weekend! I love how it turned out and hope you do too!

I went with two tall and three small candlesticks to create a complimentary grouping. The candles were purchased at Trader Joe’s… who knew they had such affordable candles?! 

The garland is also from Trader Joe’s and I placed two on top of each other. Many of you asked how I keep it fresh, and the answer is… I don’t! We don’t run our heater here so that does help keep it fresh, but it won’t last too long. I just enjoy it while it lasts and use my faux garland once it dies!

All of our fireplace decor is linked below for you to shop. Make sure to tag Halfway Wholeistic in your photos on Instagram so I can see how you’ve styled your fireplaces! 🙂

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Old Navy Try On

Old Navy Try On

is having an amazing sale today! 30% off your entire order which means there are so many things are on major discount. Click on the small product icons below to shop each outfit!

I know many of you bought and love this coat as much as I do so I thought I’d share how I styled it! If you’re still waiting for your size to come back in stock… don’t worry! They restock their items almost daily so keep an eye out and watch my Instagram stories for in stock alerts.

The coat pairs well with so many things because of how neutral it is! I love pairing cream and cognac with other creams and even black too. I opted for a fine knit sweater underneath so that it wouldn’t be too bulky. It’s hard to see here, but underneath my sweater I have a cream blouse that simply adds another layer to the look. I paired all of that with my favorite jeans (size 24 petite), cognac booties, and a few accessories and called it a day.

Click on the photo icons below to shop this look! Can’t wait to see how you style yours.

I bought these joggers in all three colors.

I’m wearing a small here, but purchased them in x-small.

Seriously love these new shoes! New are true to size and are so lightweight and comfy. Wearing a small in the black hoodie that comes in lots of different colors! It’s on sale for $13

Sweater: XS

Sweater: Small

Jacket: Small

Hoodie: Small

Jacket: Small // Pants: XS

Jacket: XS Petite // Pants: 2 Petite

Jacket: Small

Jacket: Small

Jacket: Small // Pants: 2 Regular

Plaid Top: Small // Pants: 0 Regular

Sweatshirt: Small // Pants: Small (need XS)

Our Gender Reveal

Our Gender Reveal

A few weeks ago Jordan and I announced that we’re having a baby! In case you missed it, make sure to check out this post where I gave Jordan the surprise of his life 🙂 Sharing our news with all of you was so much fun. I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful we are for all your thoughtful and encouraging messages. We enjoyed reading every single one. You were truly a blessing to us! 

Since then I have been feeling great! The first trimester was a little challenging with the exhaustion, nausea, and food aversions, but I have no complaints about trimester two! Jordan checks my belly about twenty times a day looking for any sign of the baby bump 🙂 It’s definitely coming in, but nothing to write home about just yet!

Well today we wanted to share some even more exciting news… We’re having a BOY!!! Eee! Can you believe it?! When I took a poll a few days ago in my Instagram stories the majority vote was girl. Many of you said it was because you were hoping to see all the cute clothes I would buy for a little girl. haha! While buying bows and darling dresses would definitely be fun, we are over the moon that we’re having a boy.

It was the weirdest thing. The second I found out I was pregnant I just knew we were having a boy! Every time I pictured our sweet baby I always envisioned myself holding a little boy. I found myself looking up names and clothes for little boys. When my mom and two close friends were convinced I was having a girl, I started second guessing myself for sure… but the gender reveal eventually confirmed my strong conviction!

Back in October Jordan’s family was in town so we decided to book an early gender detection ultrasound. Both our families went and watched our baby do flip after flip as the technician tried to get the best views to detect the gender. After looking at two specific angles, she was convinced she knew the gender, and her twenty years of experience had me pretty convinced she was right. We had her write it down on a card and place it in an envelope… the suspense about killed us!

The next day we had a few friends and family over for a gender reveal party. I’ve always thought gender reveals were so much fun, so I knew I wanted to have one when the time came! It’s such a fun way to celebrate the exciting news. I did a neutral “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” them and tied in pops of pink and blue with the silver and gold. We purchased blue and pink poppers and had them in separate boxes. One of my friends (who is due with her baby boy in January!) volunteered to read the gender card and pass out the correct poppers to everyone. Once they were all passed out we counted down from ten and revealed the most exciting news of our lives… we’re having a BOY! I’m still just as excited as the moment I found out. If you watch the video you can tell Jordan is quite excited as well 😉

As of yesterday I am officially 19 weeks along. Everything seems to be going well with baby Staples so far, and we’re continuing to pray for God’s blessing on this little life. We have a name picked out already but will be sharing it once he’s born. Now it’s on to the nursery design! I have it all planned out and am hoping to have it finished by the end of February. Make sure you subscribe to Halfway Wholeistic if you don’t want to miss any of the posts or updates!

As always, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. So fun to share this exciting time in our lives with all of you!

Gender Reveal Party Photos by BJP Photography


Guest Bedroom Makeover

Guest Bedroom Makeover
This design is in collaboration with Overstock, Winnoby Home, and Serena & Lily. All product selections and opinions are my own!

I’m so excited to share our guest bedroom reveal with you today! This room went mostly undecorated for the three years we’ve lived in our home, and I’m happy to say it’s finally finished. It feels so much more put together and welcoming for our guests! This room will be right across from the nursery so that’s another reason I’m happy to have it finished! Always feels good to cross another room off the to-do list, doesn’t it?

bed / sheets / duvet / quilt curtains / chair / rug / nightstand lamps / ladder cream pillows / throw blanket / buffalo check pillows / cream geometric throw pillow

All of the furniture and décor is from Overstock, Serena & Lily, and Winnoby home. Each and every piece is so beautifully crafted and will be in our home for a long time, I’m sure of it! It’s always a goal of mine to select quality, timeless furniture that will be able to stand the test of time and outlast all the different fads and ever-changing home décor styles.

bed / sheets / duvet / quilt curtains / chair / rug / nightstand lamps / ladder cream pillows / throw blanket / buffalo check pillows / cream geometric throw pillow

The bed, sheets, duvet, and curtains are from Overstock and I linked them for you below! Sometimes ordering online can be unsettling because you’re unable to feel the textures and see the true colors. I’m here to tell you that each of these products are truly gorgeous in person! I would highly recommend them if you’re considering making a few purchases for a bedroom in your home.

bed / sheets / duvet / quilt curtains / chair / rug / nightstand lamps / ladder cream pillows / throw blanket / buffalo check pillows / cream geometric throw pillow

Oh and that rug and chair you’ve asked so much about? Those are from the cutest online shop called Winnoby home! I had the hardest time selecting these pieces because I wanted just about everything on Winnoby’s site J The rug is the perfect addition to a neutral space as it bring in some color, character, and warmth. The chair is sold out for now, but there are a few other similar items you can check out!

bed / sheets / duvet / quilt curtains / chair / rug / nightstand lamps / ladder cream pillows / throw blanket / buffalo check pillows / cream geometric throw pillow

As for the side tables, lamps, teak blanket ladder, pom throw pillows, and throw blankets, those are all from Serena & Lily. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I opened the boxes and the furniture from Serena & Lily was already assembled. GAME CHANGER! I didn’t even have to wait for Jordan to get home to set everything up J I’m so happy with the way each of these pieces tied the room together. They truly add a sophisticated, yet modern feel to the room.

bed / sheets / duvet / quilt curtains / chair / rug / nightstand lamps / ladder cream pillows / throw blanket / buffalo check pillows / cream geometric throw pillow

Now that the room is finished I can’t wait for our first guests to come and enjoy this cozy space. It feels so good to know our friends and family will have a pretty space of their own when they visit! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. The next design will be the nursery! Hoping to finish that by February. Can’t wait to share more with all of you!

bed / sheets / duvet / quilt curtains / chair / rug / nightstand lamps / ladder cream pillows / throw blanket / buffalo check pillows / cream geometric throw pillow

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Holiday Gift Guides

Holiday Gift Guides

duvet / ribbon / greenery

Buying gifts during the holiday season is such a fun tradition. There’s just nothing quite like the gift of giving! I’m sure many of you find great joy in the shopping experience, but others of you may feel a bit overwhelmed. I get it, there’s just so much available these days that it’s hard to sort through it all! That’s why I thought it would be fun to start a series of gift guides that will hopefully help point you in the right direction, or at least give you some good ideas!

bed / sheets / duvet / pillows / quilt / pajamas / ribbon / greenery

bed / sheets / duvet / pillows / quilt / ribbon / greenery

bed / sheets / duvet / pillows / quilt / pajamas / ribbon / greenery

I’m starting my gift guide series off with gifts for girls. This is basically my Christmas wish list. It’s packed with products I own and love, and also includes things that are on my own personal wish list. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, this guide is here to help! There are lots of great products to choose from that would be great for sisters, moms, in-laws, grandparents, and even teachers. Can’t wait to see what your favorites are! 

Click directly on any product in the photo below to shop!

 

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by the blog today! Make sure to subscribe so you won’t miss a post. More gift guides will be posted soon!

Photos by Chelsea Frandsen Photography

Christmas Home Tour

Christmas Home Tour

The holidays are such a magical time of year. Decorating for this season brings me so much joy and I look forward to it all year long! I can honestly coming home to a house filled with festive plaids and a twinkly tree are what my dreams are made of.

I’m sure many of you are starting to prepare for the Christmas season so I thought I’d give you a quick tour of our home and provide you with all the product links in one place. Make sure to tag me in your photos on Instagram so I can see how you’ve styled the pieces in your home!

Fireplace

As usual, I kept things simple with our fireplace. Mixing a faux cedar garland with fresh eucalyptus was my solution for a natural-looking yet manageable garland. The texture from the knit stockings helps to break up all the neutrals, and adding other elements like the birch wood and pops of black complimented all the white. I would love to add some brass candlesticks to the mantel to finish it off!

Living Room

Now that we have a cozy rug and Christmas tree in this space I just can’t get enough. After three years without a rug, I finally went with a medium pile Moroccan style rug that really warms things up. We also purchased a faux Christmas tree for the first time this year and I’m so glad we did. Our tree came in three sections and took about two minutes to put together! Don’t forget to fluff the branches to make it look like the real deal!

CLICK HERE FOR OUR RUG




Bathroom

Bathrooms are easy to overlook when it comes to decorating, but adding touches of greenery and swapping out artwork can make all the difference! I designed this Merry Christmas sign and replaced our “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” once for the holidays. Such an easy and inexpensive way to change things up! I’ll be sending out the digital copy to all of my subscribers in the next few days, so make sure you sign up here to get yours!

Guest Bedroom

After remaining pretty barren for a few years, I finally designed our guest bedroom with the help of Overstock, Serena & Lily, and Winnoby Home! Everything came together so nicely and I’m so happy with how it turned out. I can honestly say I would recommend every single product in this space and wouldn’t change a thing! I’ll be posting a more detailed before and after post of the room soon so stay tuned!

bed / sheets / duvet / curtains / chair / rug

Kitchen

I know I still haven’t done a full kitchen reveal, but this post can count as a mini reveal! I’m still waiting for our sliding door to be installed between the kitchen and the laundry room, and then it will be complete and I can share more details then! It’s been so nice having a pretty kitchen to cook in this holiday season. I’m so thankful for this new space!

Dining Room

We added a new table to our dining space not too long ago. It’s such a beautiful, affordable piece and I’m glad we made the switch! This year I paired a green velvet pillow with a neutral plaid to make the dining table feel a bit more festive. I hadn’t thought to incorporate pillows in the dining room before, but I must say I’m loving the look!


I hope you found some inspiration in today’s post and enjoy decorating your home for the holidays. It’s always my hope that the décor of my home sets the scene for many memorable moments. Creating a comfortable, inspiring atmosphere fills me with the joy of the season and allows me to embrace all this season has to offer. Wishing the same for you, sweet friends! Thanks for stopping by!

Photos by Chelsea Frandsen Photography

Casual Christmas Card Outfit Inspiration

Casual Christmas Card Outfit Inspiration

I was working on our Christmas cards over the weekend and thought I’d share some Christmas card outfit inspiration with you! This year I’m ordering our cards through Minted. They have so many gorgeous designs to choose from, and they even have an add-on option that will address all your envelopes… YES PLEASE! They’re having a sale this weekend (ends today) so make sure to put your order in ASAP! Use code BF2018 for 15%-20% off your order!

We snapped a few Christmas photos at Peltzer Pines Tree Farm in Yorba Linda, CA. I’ve gone to this tree farm to pick out a Christmas tree every year since I was a little girl. It’s such a fun tradition and one of the few places around here that you can actually pick and cut your own fresh tree! 

Jordan and I both have pretty simple, casual style so I paired basic sweaters with various textures and a plaid pattern to make it feel just festive enough for a Christmas card. Jordan said he felt like he belonged in a cabin in Aspen with that sweater on haha. I’m just thankful it’s cooled down enough around here to actually throw on a cozy sweater! We’ve officially reached the 60°s which is big news around here 😉 

I’ve linked all our outfit details below and even included some other casual and a more classic look if that’s what you’re going for. Wishing you all a merry holiday season!

Women: black sweater / denim / puffer vest / black boots / plaid scarf / letter board
Men: hooded sweater / boots / denim

 


 

Holiday + Black Friday Sales

Holiday + Black Friday Sales

Today’s Featured Items

Scroll to bottom of post for more of my top picks!

I love a good deal as much as the next person… the next person meaning YOU because I know how much all of you love sales! 🙂 I thought I would round up a few of the sales going on this week and also select my favorite picks. I hope this makes it easy for you to access all the sales from one quick and easy location! Click on the store links to go directly to the site, or shop my picks below by clicking on the product photos. Happy shopping and Happy Thanksgiving!

Had to start by telling you that my Christmas pajamas are 50% off when you sign up to be a rewards member! That means they start at just $19! Such a great deal! Did I mention they are SO soft and cozy? I’m wearing a small in the top and XS in the pants for sizing reference.

Our Christmas tree is also marked down today and you still have time to purchase for this Christmas season! I purchased the 6.5 foot, unlit, wide version. It comes in all different heights and you can buy it pre-lit as well! It took me about 1 minute to set-up because it comes in 3 parts. Once you fluff each branch it look so realistic! This pretty rug we just added to our living room is 50% off and you won’t believe the price. It’s such amazing quality too! The pile height is perfect and creates such a cozy living space.

Photos by Chelsea Frandsen Photography

For You

DSW – 25% off + free shipping with code ITSWILD

Target – 15% off sitewide!

Abercrombie & Fitch – 50% off the entire store + free shipping


American Eagle – 50% off all sweaters

Anthropologie – 30% off everything + free shipping


ASOS – 25% off everything with code EPIC


Bandier – 25% off everything


Express – 50% off everything + Free Shipping 

Goodnight Macaroon – Up to 50% off sitewide. Buy more save more event!

 

H&M – 30% off today only! Discount applied at checkout

J.Crew  – 50% off your purchase using the code CYBER


Loft – 50% off your purchase with code CYBER


Madewell – 25% off your purchase using the code SHOPALLDAY


Nordstrom – Up to 60% off


Old Navy – 40% off entire purchase. Discount applied at checkout.


Sam Edelman – Up to 25% off. Buy more save more event. Use code MORESAM


Shopbop – Up to 25% off full-price items / 15% off orders of $200+ / 20% off orders of $500+ / 25% off orders of $800+ Using the code “MORE18”

For the Home

 

Boutique Rugs – 55% off with code CM55! My rug is part of the sale too. CLICK HERE for the link to our new living room rug!

McGee & Co. – 20% off everything with code THANKYOU

West Elm – Up to 70% off + Free Shipping with code CYBER

Pottery Barn -Up to 70% off + Free Shipping with code CYBER

World Market – 40% off furniture with code FURNDEAL + extra 20% off for rewards members

Rejuvenation – Up to 25% off buy more save more event + free shipping with code FREESHIP

H&M Home -30% off today only! Discount applied at checkout

Wayfair – Up to 80% off

Overstock – Up to 70% off + free shipping

My Favorites

DIY Dipped Vase

DIY Dipped Vase

I’ve been on the hunt for a large centerpiece vase for our dining table for a while now. It needed to be fairly large scale so that it could stand it’s ground on the table, but many large vases also come with a pretty large price tag. So, I finally came up with the idea to make my own ‘designer’ vase on a DIY budget! I love the way it turned out so I thought I’d share the process with you today so you could make one for yourself.

Don’t you love projects that can be completed in one day? I know I do! Such a satisfying feeling to be able to spruce up a space with minimal time and cost investment. This project was super simple and only took me about 10 minutes of actual work time. Drying time makes it about a two hour project total. Not bad for such a pretty outcome! Here’s what you’ll need and the steps you can follow to make your own dipped vase.

Supplies:

  1. BIN Spray Paint Primer
  2. White Spray Paint in Satin Finish
  3. Painters Tape
  4. Plastic Bag
  5. Glass Vase

Instructions:

  1. Clean and dry the vase.
  2. Tape around the bottom of the vase. Press firmly to ensure complete adhesion to the glass.
  3. Place plastic bag over the top of the vase, tie it, and tape it to the existing painter’s tape on the vase.
  4. Spray two coats or BIN primer, allowing 30 minutes between each coat.
  5. Spray two coats or white satin spray paint, allowing 30 minutes between each coat.
  6. Allow it to dry for an hour.
  7. Fill with water and your favorite greenery! I included lots of my favorite faux greenery below.

That’s it! I love how it turned out. Such a fun and easy project. Make sure you tag me on Instagram if you try it out! Would love to see how you style it 🙂 PS: My dining table and chairs are 40% off for a few more days! Everything is linked below for you.

 

My Holiday Inspiration + Recent Purchases

My Holiday Inspiration + Recent Purchases

I wait for the holiday season all year long, and I’m so excited it’s finally here! November and December are by far my favorite months. Everything from the décor to fashion trends just speak to me! Not to mention all the fun family times and traditions we get to experience this time of year.

I’ve found there are two type of people in this world. Those that decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving and those that decorate after. haha! In my opinion, you should decorate whenever your heart desires! I used to decorate the week of my Thanksgiving break (since I’m a teacher), but I’m starting earlier this year and am so excited about it! It’s so much easier to find in-stock items when you shop ahead, and also I’m just glad I’ll get to enjoy the décor a little longer! 25 days in December just isn’t enough for me. Not to mention, the holidays aren’t TRULY about décor anyways. They’re a time for gratitude, joy, and hope. So whether you decorate before or after Thanksgiving, I hope you enjoy this holiday season as much as I know I will!

Today I wanted to share my holiday inspiration for this year. I’m going to highlight things I’ve purchased, plan to purchase, and things I’m loving.  I’ve found that planning out my purchases using inspiration photos ensures that I’m purchasing pieces that will work together to create a beautiful space. It has also helped me to avoid overspending on items I don’t really need or love! My hope is that this post gives you a bit of inspiration and guidance as you decorate for the holidays this year.

Almost all of my décor has been ordered and I’m decorating this weekend. I’ve planned a holiday photo shoot with my girl Chelsea Frandsend and it’s going down on November 17th. You can expect to see all my décor in action after that!

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Pillows and Décor

This year I opted for a blend of red and neutral plaid, buffalo check, and green velvet pillow covers. The colors and patterns will blend together to create a modern yet traditional holiday look! All of the pillows were bought from amazing small business owners that sell on Etsy. Boho Pillow, Hackner Home, and Petaja Fiber Works were all so gracious to collaborate with me this season. Each of these ladies are so talented and provide quality pillow covers at fair and affordable prices.

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Tree

After years of purchasing a real Christmas tree each Christmas, I finally bought a faux one! This faux tree will allow me to keep it up longer than the real one, plus I just love the look! The greenery is so realistic looking and it’s fairly affordable. The one I bought is the 6.5 foot, wide, unlit version, but it comes in 7.5’, 9’, 10’, 12’, and 15’ in both slim and wide versions. You can also opt to have it prelit if you don’t want to string your own lights! As for the tree ornaments, I linked all of ours below!

 

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Garland & Greenery

I was waiting for the garland that matches our tree to come back in stock, so in the mean time I found a few other affordable options. I think investing in quality greenery is important because the cheap stuff can look so… cheap! My favorite holiday greenery is definitely cedar. I love the way it hangs and creates a very natural look.

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Tablescape

Hello Fashion Blog teamed up with Studio McGee to create this beautiful tablescape. It’s my inspiration for this year because I have a similar table and rug! I’ll be pairing black plates, gold flatware, buffalo check napkins, and greenery to create a similar look. By the way, my dining table and chairs are on major sale through November 25th, so make sure you grab them if you’re in the market for a new dining set! So many of my followers have purchased the table and everyone raves about the high quality for such a low price. It really is a good one!

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Gift Wrap

The blend of grays and cranberry in this inspiration photo is just so gorgeous! Make sure to subscribe to my blog to receive my Christmas gift tag printable in your inbox on

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Kitchen

This is our first Christmas in our new kitchen. I’m excited to get our floating shelves up and decorate them for the holidays. Adding simple items to the countertops like wood cutting boards, greenery, and fruit are a great way to create a festive feel in the kitchen that will be sure to inspire all your holiday baking.

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Holiday Style

Sweaters and booties are my go-to outfit this time of year, but I wanted to purchase one holiday outfit for parties or other special occasions that might require something just a little extra. I thought pairing a plaid skirt and cozy sweater would be so cute, so I purchased this skirt that’s on sale and will be wearing it with this gray sweater! I also linked a few other things I’ve purchased and have been loving lately.

Hope this helps you in your quest to decorate for the holidays! There’s nothing quite like a cozy home at Christmas time. Enjoy every minute!