Not-Your-Average Holiday Wreaths

As we enter the holiday season, it’s time to start pulling those festive decorations out of storage, and maybe think about adding a few fresh ones into the mix.  Holiday wreaths are a classic way to bring the holidays into your home, and there are so many fun options out there to experiment with.  There are plenty of gorgeous botanical style wreaths that we see every day- both fresh and dried.

But, if you look a little more outside the box, you’ll find wreaths created from many unique and interesting materials like metal, felt, wool, and tinsel- just to name a few.  Because these wreaths require no maintenance and are not made of fresh botanicals, they can also make for wonderful gifts (think: easy to pack or ship).  

We’ve rounded up a few of our current favorites, and hope they inspire a little creativity in your holiday decorating this year!


A colorful, metal wreath looks anything but cold on this front door!



Light up little extra holiday “joy”… 



If you prefer a more simplistic style, an all-white metal design screams “Winter Wonderland”.

The White Company


Live by the beach, or just love a little boho in your life?  Try a simple, woven wreath, or a bright and beachy accent with starfish or wood.




Etsy (Shop: Mabel and Dot)



Pottery Barn


A felt wreath can be classic and beautiful- and oh so practical!

Pottery Barn Kids



And who says holiday decorations have to be in traditional colors?  

Annie Selke



Etsy (Shop: Elf House Finds)



Etsy (Shop: Fat Pom Poms)


We are loving the pom pom wreath trend- but if you’re not ready to fully commit, try adding a few pom poms to jazz up a more traditional wreath.

Etsy (Shop: Haven Wood Farm Co)


Alternatively, you could try a neutral monotone or subdued, earthy hues.

Etsy (Shop: Thread and Canvas Decor)



Etsy (Shop: Blue Pine Design Co)



What holiday wreath trends are you loving?  Have you found one you like best, or will you be trying a DIY project?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!


Holiday Gift Guide: For the Foodie

If you’re stuck on what to give for someone on your list, they’re sure to love food…right?  We thought so.  For our favorite foodie-friendly picks this holiday season, look no further!


For those who are always cooking up something delicious, they probably go through kitchen towels pretty quickly.  And what foodie doesn’t love some good culinary wordplay?



We LOVE these limited edition spatulas from Williams Sonoma.  Not just because they are unique and personalized by your favorite celebrities, but because every purchase benefits Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry”.  Gifts that give back are always the best, don’t you think? 

Williams Sonoma


A pretty set of cheese knives is perfect for the foodie who loves to entertain.  These ones from Anthropologie are so fun, that we think they may even get more compliments than the food!



When you love to cook and taste new things, you can really never have enough spices.  We partnered with RawSpiceBar again this year to test out a few of their new flavors, and they are more delicious than ever!  We even used their poultry seasoning on our Thanksgiving turkey, and it was fantastic!  RawSpiceBar makes the perfect gift because you can use them to create your own tasty meals, or follow their recipes online for some more inspiration.



If you prefer to make your own homemade spices, try gifting them in a beautiful olive wood box for a thoughtful (and yummy) surprise.

Williams Sonoma


In an Italian house like ours, we can never seem to have enough basil.  If your climate doesn’t allow for an herb garden year-round, don’t skip on the fresh herbs just because it’s winter!  Now you can have your own herbs grown right inside your house, and it couldn’t be any easier. 

Available at Amazon


I always love seeing the fun designs that Draper James comes up with in their home and clothing lines, and these Southern-inspired mugs would sweeten up anyone’s early morning.

Draper James


Is it just me, or can you never have enough stoneware during the holidays?  Between hosting dinners and bringing dishes as a guest, my collection of Le Creuset stoneware gets worked overtime.  I love this festive plaid pattern because it can go right from your oven to the table in perfect style.

Le Creuset, Available at Williams Sonoma


For the foodie who loves to be up on the latest trends, check out Chrissy Teigen’s brand new line of home goods at Target.  Bonus: you can’t beat that price point!

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, Available at Target


One of our favorite cookbooks this year has tons of healthy, unique, and insanely delicious recipes that your foodie will adore.  Our favorite so far is the Coconut Banana Ice Cream with Three-Ingredient Chocolate Sauce- yum!!

“Eat Better Not Less”, Available at Amazon


Any other foodie favorites to add to our list?  Let us know in the comments!  Happy holidays, everyone!


Holiday Gift Guide: For the Health Enthusiast

Nowadays it seems like there are so many different fitness plans, diets, and easy ways to get fresh, beautiful ingredients to help fuel our bodies.  Chances are, there’s a health enthusiast on your list this season (or maybe it’s you!), and we’ve got some gift ideas to help keep them fit through the holidays.


First, our all-time, favorite, go-to cookbooks.  These recipes are made for athletes, with wholesome, nutritious ingredients to fuel your lifestyle.  Plus, we’ll take ALL the health tips we can get from Olympic athlete, Shalane Flanagan!

“Run Fast Eat Slow”,  Available at Amazon

“Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow”,  Available at Amazon















With all that new recipe inspiration, they’ll need lots of storage to make meals throughout the week.  Might as well make it pretty!




This past year, our family has become so in love with drying fresh fruits and vegetables.  It’s a great way to make your produce last  so much longer, and is perfect for healthy snacking on-the-go!

Available at Kohl’s



I have yet to meet a health enthusiast who doesn’t want to put avocado on just about everything.  They’re creamy, nutritious, delicious, and apparently make for an adorable throw pillow.

Urban Outfitters



A necessary part of any healthy routine is taking the time to relax and recover.  A stylish floor pillow is the perfect place to meditate, stretch, and recuperate.

World Market



Having a vegetable garden is wonderful if you have the space.  Realistically, many of us living in the city don’t.  I love that this heirloom seed kit is such an easy, compact way to be able to grow your own ingredients- vegetable garden, or not!

Williams Sonoma



I really believe that plants are some of the best ways to decorate a home.  This book can help show you which ones you’ll want for your own healthy home!

Available at Amazon



Every week, our local farmer’s market is always the best place to go to find fresh, seasonal items.  This bag from The Little Market will help them bring some those healthy ingredients in style, and give back to the artisans in Bangladesh who created it.

The Little Market



Of course they’ll need somewhere to put all those fresh fruits and veggies when they get home.  A two-tiered bowl for their table will hold it all!

Lulu and Georgia



What other health-inspired gifts will be you gifting this year?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!  Happy holidays!


Holiday Gift Guide: For the Hostess

‘Tis the season for lots of holiday get-togethers!  If you’re planning on celebrating at someone’s house, it’s always a sweet idea to bring a little something for your gracious host or hostess.  A nice bottle of wine or a homemade dish are always appreciated, but we’ve found a few other unique ideas that we think they’d love.  

P.S.  Stock up on a few so that you have something to bring to any last-minute party!


You can never have too many festive linens, right?  We would toast to these towels any day!



Kate Spade New York



The Little Market is a wonderful company to browse through for gifts that give back.  This box of hand-painted Moroccan cups is not only a perfect hostess gift, but every purchase even helps empower artisans in Chabi Chic, Morocco.

The Little Market



Going to a holiday cookie party?  Why not bring your treats in a jar that shows your host how grateful you are to be there!




In our family, every Christmas Eve has a delicious antipasto spread.  We’d love to bring one on a monogrammed board for our wonderful host!




Sometimes going with the tried and true simple candle or set of soaps is just the ticket.  Try mixing it up with one that looks just as beautiful as it smells!



World Market



Whatever you decide to bring to your holiday party, remember that your hostess is just happy to have you!  Enjoy your celebrations, and please feel free to share your favorite ideas in the comments.  Happy holidays!


P.S. For more ideas, check out one of our previous hostess gift guides


A Fall Festival for Your Front Door!

With all of the pumpkins, gourds, and other festive fall items popping up in grocery stores lately, it is the perfect time to have some fun decorating that front door of yours.  There are so many different ways to carve, paint, and stack your pumpkins- we just love these entries so much, we can practically smell the pumpkin spice just looking at them!  The best part about a festive fall door like one of these, is that it doesn’t just have to be for Halloween!


So this one might seem like it’s for the expert carver, but what we love most about this is the idea of a pumpkin flower pot for your autumn arrangement!

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens


What a fun project for a rainy day with kids!

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens


How great is this apple wreath?!  With a bright red door like that, it is the perfect backdrop for a fall welcome.


Midwest Living


A simple chalkboard with warm season’s greetings is a quick, easy trick to really spice up your front door without too much time decorating or carving!

Love of Family & Home

Love of Family & Home


For something that will last all season long, try a ribbon wreath.  It would be easy to store and use again next year, too!




For those of you who love the neutral look, try an all white display- right down to the daisies!




Stacking pumpkins and wrapping your door in autumn leaves?  How could you go wrong?

Grandin Road

Grandin Road



What’s your favorite fall look?  We’d love to see pictures of YOUR festive front door!!