Holiday Gift Guide – for Preteens

We’ve got another gift guide for you today! And this time, we’re focusing on preteens. It can be a tough age to shop for. They’re not little kids anymore, but they’re also not as grown up as they may think or feel (right, moms?). So we’ve rounded up what we think (and know from experience) will make your preteen smile this holiday season!

This sweater is even cuter in person and so thick and soft, not at all itchy.

Such a cute backpack with a sweet bow detail.

This kit for learning to crochet looks like so much fun, especially with those colors.

A pretty apron for a girl who loves to bake and/or cook.

Ban.do makes such fun and colorful accessories, like this adorable pencil case.

They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but we think these designs by Rifle Paper Co. make these classics even more fun.

A cute little compact mirror for when she’s on the go.

Stylish earmuffs to keep her warm without messing up her hairstyle.

Leopard print purse. Need we say more?

This top is adorable and the sparkly detail on it makes it perfect for holiday parties, even if it is pink.

A beautiful hardcover journal for her to keep her favorite memories.

This nail design kit looks like so much fun! Perfect for sleepovers and at-home manicures.

We love these sweet, simple bar clips. Perfect for styling her hair on her own.

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Holiday Gift Guide – for the Kids

We’re so excited to share our first gift guide for the holiday season. Can you even believe that we’re already here? The year has flown by and now it’s time to prep and shop for the upcoming festivities. We’ve rounded-up some amazing gift ideas that are so cute and sweet and we’re sure you and your kids will love.

A doctor kit for them to practice their future passion.

Pick a Pine Tree is such a sweet book about visiting the tree lot, picking a tree and coming together with friends to decorate it for the season.

How cute is this layered animal puzzle? You can use it to practice animal sounds as you go.

This sudoku cube puzzle is a fun way to challenge young minds.

Maileg’s little sister mouse is so sweet and fun. There’s a whole family of them, including her brother, this super hero mouse.

How pretty is this play kitchen? Plus check out all of these great play kitchen accessories too.

This sticker activity book teaches kids about dinosaurs with a fun interactive activity that’s virtually mess free.

Yum Yummy Yuck is an adorable new book by Cree Lane and Amanda Jane Jones that teaches kids the difference between what’s good to eat and what is plain yucky.

This watercolor paint set has enough paint to last through many projects. And for any craft lover, make sure to check out the whole Hand Made Modern line at Target; it’s so good.

We love this wooden fold and go Barn and are sure your kiddo will too.

This wooden activity table is graphic and stimulating for babies while being neutral so it won’t clash with your decor.

We love this adorable stuffed fox with his cute sweater and boots.

This wooden horse swing is so cute and fun!

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DIY Dried Orange Slice Garland

Nothing feels more like an heirloom Christmas decoration than dried orange slices. We fell in love with this nostalgic garland idea last year and decided to try our hand at creating our own this year. We are excited to share our process with you!

Materials:

Step One: Set your oven to 250.

Step Two: Cut the oranges: You’ll want to hand slice your oranges about 1/4″ of an inch. It’s important to cu them as consistently as you can so they will cook evenly in the oven.

Step Three: Squeeze out the juice: We use a paper towel to squeeze the oranges of as much juice as we can. Don’t squeeze too hard. You don’t want to break through the flesh of the fruit.

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Last Week’s Links

How gorgeous is this Scandinavian style home? WhiteOak Homes whole portfolio is full of amazing designs.

1. ‘Tis the season for warm blankets. We think the best way to corral them is in a pretty basket and we just love this basket with it’s leather handles.
2. Now’s the perfect time to prep your holiday cards. We absolutely love this sweet, simple design.
3. These crawling studs are so beautiful. We think they’d pair perfectly with an every day outfit, but especially with any fancy holiday ensemble.
4. Juniper Print Shop has been putting out a new print every day this month and they’re all so good. Our favorites are their vintage finds, like this watercolor scene of Paris.
5. Good nightstands that don’t break the bank are hard to find, so we had to share this beauty with you.
6. We think this sconce would look amazing above that beautiful nightstand too.
7. The ruffle neck detail on this sweater is so good.
8. We love the color and neckline of this coat!
9. The before and after of this kitchen is amazing! Look at how much of an impact they made with only a minor change of the layout.
10. We’re big fans of the One Room Challenge over here, so we had to share this gorgeous bathroom. You won’t believe it’s the same space as the before picture!
11. Have you check out our holiday shop? We have these adorable little houses to create your own winter scene. We love the peppermint stripes on this festive farmhouse.
12. And this frosty cottage has the cutest window details and a sweet bunny that kids adore.

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We can’t get over how beautiful this kitchen is. The dark countertops paired with the soft gray color of the cabinets, and in that beautifully moody light, is just so inviting. You can check out the whole space here. Designed by Joanna Laven.

Today’s Last Week’s Links is a special round-up of a dozen throw pillows we can’t get enough of. Let us know what your favorites are in the comments!

1. The colors and pattern on this pillow are so perfect.

2. This black and ivory stripe is so good and making a case for black throws.

3. Every sofa needs a good lumbar and we think this one fits the bill.

4. We love handmade items for home decor and this pillow has the prettiest texture due to its handmade features.

5. A chunky knit throw pillow pairs perfectly with other patterned or solid pillows. It’s really the perfect companion and we especially love the detail in the knit of this pillow.

6. Leather is another great texture to add to your throw pillows. It warms up the space and elevates the design. We especially love this leather pillow.

7. Another great lumbar pillow with such pretty texture.

8. We love the simple stripe of this throw pillow and the fact that it’s made from Sunbrella fabric, so it’ll stand up to kids, pets, and basically anything you can throw at it.

9. Velvet is such a soft and inviting fabric, especially in home decor and we love the warmth of the color on this pillow as well.

10. Long lumbars for a bed can be really pricey, but not this one. It’s subtle stripe and fringed edge are so good too.

11. Speaking of bed-sized lumbars, we are absolutely in love with this one.

12. Linen is a timeless textile. This linen check pillow would be so good for bringing out during the cooler months or enjoying year-round.

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Kaysville New Build – Pool House Reveal

After we had designed the Kaysville New Build inside and out our clients decided they wanted to add a pool house and we were more than happy to oblige! We were so on board with the stone structure because we knew it would add warmth and a historical feel to the white exterior of the main house.

The pool house is outfitted with a shower and a private door that leads into the bathroom.

We mirrored the custom wood doors that were on the main house to tie the pool house into the property and make the two structures feel cohesive.

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We love the clean simplicity of Justin and Chelsi’s Instagram feed. Make sure you check out the before on this gorgeous bathroom. It’s an insane transformation, in the best way!

1. This vintage art is so gorgeous and we love that the shop shares the artist’s history.

2. Love this floral dress. Perfect for wearing on Thanksgiving.

3. This faux fiddle leaf fig is so good and comes with zero chance of dying from neglect or too much care.

4. The tree would look super cute in this basket.

5. The Olaplex No. 7 bonding oil smells so good and leaves hair feeling amazing.

6. We love this entry table. The details of those legs is so pretty.

7. This paper bag garland tutorial looks like so much fun and the end result is so pretty.

8. We love a good plaid pillow!

9. Have you checked out the earrings at Millie Mae? We’ll take on of each, please!

10. In our Fall Decor Post, we linked to some white velvet pumpkins, but how cute are these colorful pumpkins? We love the muted tones.

11. This chair looks way more expensive than it is. Plus! You can get 15% off right now with code OCTOBER (ends tonight!).

12. We know our homes have a story, but according to numerologists, they also have a personality. This is such a fun read! Tell us in the comments about your home’s number and if you think what that number means matches your home’s personality. We’d love to hear it!

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Kaysville New Build – Exterior Reveal

When it came to the outside of our Kaysville new build we knew the exterior had to be just as amazing as the interior. We worked on several revisions of this exterior to get it just right. One of the biggest challenges was the size of the home. It is sometimes challenging to design a cohesive and overall visually pleasing facade when you are dealing with a larger home with multiple pitches, dormers, roof changes, chimneys etc. We stuck with our main farmhouse theme and brought in a color scheme of black, wood and white with stone and a red brick chimney mixed in.

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Our Favorite Slipcovered Sofas

Today we’ve rounded-up our favorite slipcovered sofas! The best thing about these sofas is that their covers come off and can be washed. The fabrics used on slipcovers are generally more durable as well, making them tougher against stains and regular use wear. These are such a great option for families with kids or pets, or both! The fabrics are durable too, so they’ll last longer and look good doing it. Plus, we think the look of a slipcovered sofa just exudes comfort. Don’t you want to just curl up with a cozy blanket and a good book on any one of these? Or snuggle in to binge watch your favorite show(s)? We sure do!

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Last Week’s Links

This breakfast nook is so dreamy! We love this adorable tudor home designed by Heidi Caillier Design.

1. Kirsten wore this cardigan in our fall home decor tour. And guess what? It comes in a pullover style! We love the sleeve details and we think any of those colors would be so great for fall, winter, holiday parties, you name it!

2. We love these teak and rattan stools! They would look especially good used as plant stands.

3. Ivy and Ro makes such cute headwraps for babies and moms too! Their fabrics are so soft, yet they hold really well. No slipping or sliding!

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