My Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

Let’s take a tiny break from holiday talk this morning to get real about something that has been making me feel a little low as of late: Internet cruelty. As someone who puts her life and home out there for the world to see (and comment on) on a daily basis, I’ve learned not to get too upset by negativity. I respect everyone’s opinions—but not when those opinions are rudely put and destructive. There’s a BIG difference between saying you don’t like something and saying you think a person is “stupid” or “an idiot” for designing her home a certain way.

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

So, when Apartment Therapy asked if I’d like to shed some light on this topic after a certain photo they posted of our home took on a nasty life of its own, I was all for it. I would love for you to click over to Apartment Therapy to read my essay and to weigh in with your own thoughts, perspectives, and opinions in their comments section. It’s already getting pretty heated over there, and I wonder if any of you have more to add to that space.

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

Before you read my essay, though, I wanted to warn you that a certain four-letter expletive is used. I promise it’s not meant to offend, but more to underscore the types of things I hear from strangers fairly often on viral social media posts. It’s not my quote, but literally something I copied and pasted from someone’s comment about our home. I just thought I’d give you a heads up since the commenters on Apartment Therapy got the wrong idea that I intentionally used that language to get a reaction—not the case!

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

Thanks, as always, for your support, for hearing me out, and (perhaps most imortant of all) for your thoughtful, respectful comments here on the blog. It means more to me than you’ll ever, ever know…Now, please hop over to read my Apartment Therapy essay, and be sure to share your own thoughts about Internet bullying and negative commenting either below or in Apartment Therapy’s comments section.

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

*Photos by Andrea Pesce
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Christmas Gift Guide: Manly Man

Christmas Gift Guide: Manly Man

Every year, without fail, John and I struggle over what to get his dad for Christmas. He’s just one of those people who is really hard to shop for, and who rarely asks for anything—bless his heart. Truth be told, both sides of our family are working hard to simplify and none of us is asking for much this year.

The key to the perfect gift amongst our parents and sisters (and for us, too) is practicality. So, with that in mind, I pulled together a dozen gift ideas that I think the guys in your life will love, including my father-in-law. A handful of things are just for fun, but most I think tick the box for usefulness, too. Would you add anything else to the list? Do tell in the comments below!

Christmas Gift Guide: Manly Man

  1. Watch
  2. UNBORED Games Book
  3. Crystal Whiskey Glasses
  4. Long-Sleeve T-Shirt
  5. Stainless Steel Beard Trimmer
  6. Trucker Hat
  7. Quilted Dog Blanket
  8. Energising Face Scrub
  9. PrimaLoft-Lined Shirt
  10. Clif Bars
  11. Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey
  12. Socks

This is actually the only gift guide I plan to publish on the blog this year, main reason being that I feel like we’re all being inundated by these types of posts on other favorite blogs and I don’t want to overwhelm you. I’m a big, big fan of gift guides (clearly!), but the last thing I want to do is seem pushy or sales-y. That’s definitely not the purpose of this blog, rather it’s meant to inspire you to come up with your own creative ideas. So, my hope is that this list above helps put you in the right frame of mind if you’re still on the hunt for a little something to give the guys in your life.

In case you’re totally head over heels for gift guides, though, and can’t get enough of them, feel free to click the linked graphic below to visit the curated Dream Green DIY shop, which is packed with click-able, shop-able ideas. You guys, in particular, might want to sign up for the Dream Green DIY newsletter, too, because the next issue hits everyone’s inboxes next Wednesday, and features last-minute Amazon Prime gifts to order ahead of Christmas day. Sign up here!

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DIY “Days Of The Week” To-Do List Calendar

* This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

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While a good portion of my DIY projects for Oriental Trading need to be intentionally “evergreen” (meaning they can be used or made any time of the year), this project is definitely something that, I think, works so well for this Christmasy holiday season.

Just think about it! How fun and practical would it be to use this DIY “Days Of The Week” To-Do List Calendar to countdown all of your very favorite festive traditions?! We’re talking Christmas movie nights, greeting card addressing, baking and decorating sugar cookies, maybe even an annual local wreath-making workshop. I know I’m hugely biased, but I would love to use this finished pin board to lay out each of the weeks’ tasks leading up to December 25, because this really is the most wonderful time of year, with to-dos that most definitely don’t feel like chores.

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DIY Days-of-the-Week Clothespin Board | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

When Christmas is over, though, you’ll be able to use the clothespin calendar for any and all of your weekly obligations and events. It’s the perfect way to get you organized before diving head first into the brand new year in just a few weeks’ time. Visit the Oriental Trading Fun365 website now for the full tutorial for my DIY “Days Of The Week” To-Do List Calendar, and let me know in the comments a handful of the projects that are still left on your Christmas to-do list.

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Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Well, all I can say for myself is this: I really did try not to use so many photos in this post. I just couldn’t edit the collection down any more. This room is so festive and happy to me, which more than warrants a barrage of photographic evidence—at least in my opinion. I hope you guys don’t mind. My advice? Click “play” on some holiday tunes, grab a second cup of coffee (bonus points for the peppermint-flavored kind!), and settle in to soak up our full Christmas living room tour—22 photos and all.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

While the furniture arrangement stayed largely the same this year in comparison to last year, the color palette is practically on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. We went from hot pink and minty blue holiday décor, to a softer, more neutral collection of colors.

Our new earthy art acted as the main source of inspiration for the new palette, as well as our existing leather couch. Alongside those pieces, our old collection of pink and blue ornaments just felt a little out of place. So, I quickly ran out to Target and spent $20 on a set of “rusty” round ornaments to use instead. I was able to combine the new rust-colored balls with our existing set of gold and silver ones from years gone by to fill our white tree with warmth and shimmer.

It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune year after year on new ornaments to suit your evolving tastes. Just supplement and combine what you already own to remix the look.

Learn more about our earth tone gallery wall here, including 19 other prints to inspire your own neutral art collection.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Earlier this week, I explained how my sister and I went on a mini shopping spree at Tuesday Morning, and how impressed we were by all that we were able to find (and afford). This was a shop I hadn’t been to since my days in high school, but it turns out that the brand has an awesome décor collection up for grabs. We had to edit our haul down quite a bit before lugging our carts up to the cash register because there were so many good picks to be had.

Watch the video embedded above to find out what we bought for the living room and how you can make a lot of the pieces work well beyond Christmas, too. By the way, while the post on Wednesday was sponsored by Tuesday Morning, this one here today is not. I was just that impressed and couldn’t help but spread the love into a second day.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

I’m still well into purging mode right now, and am resistant about bringing anything new into our home unless I have a firm place in mind for it. Because of that mindset, I worked hard to style the space with as few traditional Christmas accessories as I could. Those little things add up so quickly and end up wreaking havoc on our basement storage system the rest of the year, so a lot of what you see here will probably end up staying out past Christmas.

The only things I plan to put away come December 26 are the Christmas trees, ornaments, the dried wreath, and our stack of holiday books. Everything else (from the pom-pom garland and artwork, to the new lamp, pillows, tray, and textiles we picked up at Tuesday Morning) will stay right where you see it. By keeping the holiday-themed accents to a minimum, they’re going to take up far less room in the basement, and (my favorite part) it will probably take about 25 minutes to clean up once the holidays are over.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Honestly, after looking through these photos, I feel like it could be even more minimalist. There’s just something about that big white Christmas tree that seems to scream, “LOOK AT ME!” am I right? What do you think? Should we have gone even more muted with our holiday decorations?

I think the room falls somewhere in between minimal and glam, which sounds like just about the most ridiculous combination a home could identify with, but I’ll simply call this my baby step toward minimalism until the 2018 holiday season rolls around. Tell me: what’s your Christmas color palette this year?

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar

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Entertaining is something I love in theory, but I honestly don’t do it all that often. I have lots of ideas, and I love perusing other blogs and Pinterest for party ideas, but I personally tend to get really stressed out by the idea of hosting a large gathering.

This past year, though, John and I have worked hard to push ourselves beyond that anxiety, and we’ve successfully had our families up to the house for a few small gatherings (like this one). By keeping our guest list to family, it takes some of the pressure off—after all, we know our parents and sisters won’t judge us for having a home filled with half-finished projects!

The holidays, in particular, always provide lots of motivation to put my hostessing cap on, and this year I’ve decided that the perfect no-fuss, low-stress family gathering is one centered on a simple DIY Christmas hot chocolate bar. I’ve teamed up with the folks at Tuesday Morning to build the perfect holiday buffet, and I’m sharing all of the details (including a must-grab shopping list) below.

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The first thing you’ll need (of course!) is a buffet. The china hutch in our dining room actually transforms into a buffet by clearing and lifting off the top shelf portion, so that’s exactly what we did, but any buffet or console table will do.

If you don’t have a buffet, though, it’s totally fine to clear off your main dining room table to use as a place to set your food and serving dishes. We did this for my dad’s birthday party since we had extended family joining us for that gathering, and it worked out really well. We all ate comfortably in easy chairs in the living room.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Must-Grab Accessories:

  • Runner or placemats
  • Linen or paper napkins
  • Faux evergreen wreath
  • Large serving bowl
  • Small serving bowl
  • Stack of dessert plates
  • Tiny bowls for toppings
  • Festive tray
  • Mugs
  • Spoons
  • Holiday decorations (ceramic reindeer, bottle brush trees, etc.)

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I took my sister along with me to our local Tuesday Morning (find your own store here) to gather supplies for our little holiday party, and it was an absolute blast. We filled our cart to overflowing with all sorts of things—from pillows (our living room reveal is coming on Friday, so stay tuned!) and plates, to Christmas-themed accents and serving dishes, too. We were able to make our budget go really far, and I love that this set of pieces can be used year after year.

I’m really trying to be extra intentional this year with the pieces I buy for our house. I want to buy things that I know we’ll love year after year, so I wandered the store with that in mind. Every time I picked up an item, I asked myself, “What are a couple of ways I can put this to use?” If I could only come up with one cool way to style the piece, I put it back on the shelf.

I used to go out and buy all sorts of really specific items for a particular party or decorating idea, but I’ve come to realize that my tastes change far too often to shop that way. Instead, I try to buy neutral pieces that work for parties and everyday occasions, for winter and fall, too. You know how a lot of people are into capsule wardrobes? Well, I’m into capsule decor! It’s the same idea of purchasing a few key pieces that work for all sorts of occasions and seasons.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Must-Grab Food:

  • Pre-popped seasoned popcorn
  • Christmas sugar cookies
  • Hot chocolate packets
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • BONUS: Whipped cream at-the-ready in the fridge

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Once I had everything home, I first laid my runner down (an earth-tone beauty that will work any day of the year!), and then placed each of my serving dishes down on top of that. I rearranged until they felt right, and then I filled in the blank spots with Christmas-themed pieces—things like a pair of metallic gold Christmas trees and a few vintage accents that I already had in our holiday stash. As for art, a faux evergreen wreath (you’ll find similar ones at Tuesday Morning!) was all I needed to get the festive point across.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

In the end, this Christmas buffet took maybe 30 minutes to set up, and since I bought mostly pre-made food from the grocery store, it was even less time-intensive. I hope the styling accents and food shopping lists I put together help get you excited to throw your own hot chocolate party this Christmas.

You can click here to learn more about Tuesday Morning, and to find a store location near you to explore. Keep an eye out on Friday for the reveal of our decked-out holiday living room with even more from our shopping day, as well as lots of decorating advice, too.

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DIY Leafy Holiday Card Holder

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Have the holiday cards started rolling in to your mailbox yet? Or, maybe more importantly, have you mailed your Christmas cards yet? I’ve got that annual task on my own to-do list this week, which is a little later than I’d like, but such is life!

One of my favorite Christmas crafts each year is finding new ways to display all of the pretty holiday cards we receive. Some years I prop them all up on the China hutch in our dining room, whereas other times I go all out by taping them up around our entry door. This year, I teamed up with Oriental Trading to create a one-of-a-kind display that plays into my love for all things natural.

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Pop through to the Oriental Trading Fun365 website to see the full tutorial for my DIY Leafy Holiday Card Holder, and then tell me in the comments how you love to display Christmas cards. Are you like me and change things up from year to year? Or, rather than keeping them out for all to see, do you tuck those precious cards away in a photo album for a more intimate keepsake? Do tell in the comments below.

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December Favorites + Printable Christmas Wishlist

December Favorites + Printable Christmas Wishlist

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed a great weekend, the very first one of December. I ducked out of town for the last few days to visit my best friend in Richmond, Virginia, and had so much fun wandering the city with her. Not surprisingly the homes, streets, and shops are all decorated top to toe in honor of the holidays, so I was basically on a Christmasy cloud nine.

Anyway, I’m back this morning with a brand new ‘Favorites’ roundup in honor of the new month. Are you enjoying these types of hands-on, chatty posts and videos? It has been a lot of fun stepping outside my craft room to talk through what I’m loving each month, and I work extra hard to bring the roundup to life with the video format I’m experimenting with.

Let me know in the comments what you think of this new series, but in the meantime, keep scrolling for my free printable Christmas wishlist download and find out what I’m loving this month. Oh, and don’t forget to watch the video to hear my tips on how to pair things up for Christmas gifting later this month!

December Favorites + Printable Christmas Wishlist

My December Favorites:

1. Sudio Regent bluetooth headphones + iTunes gift card: These bluetooth headphones are such a game-changer.

2. Cottage Hill magazine + throw blanket: I can’t get enough of the Cottage Hill Instagram feed, and their magazine is just as gorgeous in person.

3. Trader Joe’s Almond Butter Granola + Mighty Stash Pack: Our new go-to grab from Trader Joe’s, plus a genius collapsible lunch box.

4. Andes by Satsuki Shibuya + art museum tickets: Click here for the art roundup I mentioned in the video!

5. Cactus Coloring Book by Brittany Jepsen + Stabilo Markers: This coloring book from the founder and blogger behind The House That Lars Built will keep you (or your holiday gift recipients) busy for hours and hours.

6. Wise Apple Vintage vase + air plant: The prettiest vase from my very favorite online vintage retailer.

7. Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories C Scape Night Booster + face towel: This cream is super indulgent, and I love the idea of pairing it with a pretty face towel for Christmas.

8. Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadow + Brush Craft Oval 7 brush: These eyeshadows are perfect for New Years.

December Favorites + Printable Christmas Wishlist

In case my ‘Favorites’ roundup happened to remind you of a few things you’ve been meaning to add to your own wishlist, I created a quick printable Christmas worksheet. Just download the PDF, print it out, and then fill in the blanks with your name and all of the items you’re dying to add to your collection this season. Maybe you’ve had your eye on a pair of shoes or a pretty sweater? A new favorite movie or book? Just write it all down and hand the sheet off to your family as they work to fill in that blank spot under the Christmas tree for you.

December Favorites + Printable Christmas Wishlist

December Favorites + Printable Christmas Wishlist

Thanks, as always, for following along with me! I’m so thrilled to be diving into a brand new month with all of you, and to round out the year with fun new content all geared toward inspiring you ahead of the kick off to 2018. Now, hop along to YouTube to check out the video (or click ‘Play’ on the embedded one a few images up!), and then tell me in the comments what you’re loving this December.

December Favorites + Printable Christmas Wishlist

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Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

I got a little sidetracked because of Thanksgiving and taking some time off last week, but I’m back as planned to share the final full room tour of our home: my office. This space has seen all sorts of different looks since we moved into our 1960s ranch two years ago—including a yellow-walled guest room set-up and, most recently, a pastel color scheme—but the look you’ll see today is most definitely the winner in my book.

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

I worked hard to pull the color palette way, way back and have, instead, worked with mostly warm earth tones. Almost everything you see in this room is vintage (the only larger exceptions being the rug, tall cabinet, and desk chair). The reason for this is that I’m kind of sick and tired of seeing the exact same things in every interior design and blog picture on the Internet.

Of course, I realize that statement is a little hypocritical since I most definitely own a few of those trendy pieces myself, but I’m trying really hard to resist subliminal messages in lieu of owning unique one-of-a-kind type furniture. Now, whenever I’m out shopping at a secondhand store I keep an eye out for solid vintage pieces to replace our reproduction furniture—our dining room chairs are at the top of my wishlist for replacement, by the way.

In the office, specifically, my desk was the first thing to go. I switched out the Big Box Store white desk I had impulse ordered last year with a mid-century tanker style desk that I bought from a local antique store for $150. It has so much more storage and the tabletop surface is massive, making it a cinch to spread out with paperwork and notebooks (not to mention a big bowl of pasta or a turkey sandwich come lunch time).

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

As for the art, I ditched the busy collection of mis-matched framed prints that I experimented with before, and hung just two pieces in their place: a landscape and an abstract, both in the same earthy color palette. The new art is so much easier on the eyes, and doesn’t distract me from my work nearly as much as the old pieces did.

I don’t think I realized just how much I was hurting my productivity with busy art before. Now, with the calmer prints in place, I really appreciate how the right art can be the difference between an efficient day and a distracted one.

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

It’s kind of funny to go back and read those older posts that I’ve linking to here today, because I clearly thought I had absolutely nailed the design each time. It just goes to show that playing around with different designs at home can be a lot of fun, even if you don’t end up agreeing with yourself and your own style choices six months later.

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

My style has evolved more than ever before these last two years, and while the current look of my office—bright white walls, calm art, antique furniture, and all—is my favorite yet, there’s no telling what it will look like another year down the road. For the sake of my wallet, though, I sure do hope that this look “sticks”!

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

OFFICE RESOURCES

Brass Hardware: Forge Hardware Studio

Felt Letter Board: Letterfolk

Face Pot: DIY

Rug: Joss & Main

White Globe: I Spy DIY

Curtains: Target

White Ceiling Fan: Joss & Main

Landscape Painting: Minted

Abstract Painting: Minted

Dresser: Estates Revisited

Desk: Queen City Marketplace

Desk Chair: HomeGoods

Tall Cabinet: Wayfair

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3 Easy-To-Ship Long Distance Holiday Gift Ideas

*This post has been sponsored by American Greetings. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Since we’re all about to dive headfirst into December tomorrow, it seems like the perfect time to kick things off with a little gifting conversation—namely, easy-to-ship flat-pack packages for those long-distance loved ones of yours.

It seems only natural to pair gifting talk with Christmas cards, too, so while perusing your favorites shops this season, don’t forget to stock up on holiday greetings. I’m so excited to be partnering with Target for today’s gift guide because they offer designs and sayings for everybody—seriously!

I spent way too long happily loitering in the Christmas card aisle at our local Target while putting together my trio of gifts, and I feel like I should mention that I’ve been working on this project since before Halloween, so one or two funny looks were, not surprisingly, shot my way as I was choosing Christmas cards with skeletons and pumpkins just a few aisles down. In my mind, though, it’s never too early to start Christmas shopping, so let’s go ahead and talk details!

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3 Easy-To-Ship Long Distance Holiday Gift Ideas | dreamgreendiy.com + @amgreetings #ad

For The Festive Fashionista:

Each of the three gift ideas I’m sharing in today’s post was inspired by a specific holiday greeting card, and the first one was a no-brainer after I chose the card. That cute “Decembrrr” text was all the motivation I needed to pack up a little collection of cold weather goodies.

With my goal to keep items as flat as possible for easy (read: CHEAP!) shipping, I chose a knit beanie, a soft neck scarf, and I also threw in a pair of rose gold earrings for an added festive touch. I think the entire collection will be so appreciated as my long-distance friend heads out into the cold in the name of holiday parties this season.

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3 Easy-To-Ship Long Distance Holiday Gift Ideas | dreamgreendiy.com + @amgreetings #ad

For The Pre-Planning Pal:

The moment I saw this pretty plaid greeting card, I knew I had to get it for my next gift. The phrase, “I love sharing Christmas with you,” may, at first read, seem a little funny for long-distance gifting, but I love that it hits home the fact that we don’t necessarily need to be in the same city to enjoy the holiday together.

I plan to send this package and card off to an old college friend, one who, I know, will appreciate the slew of accompanying desktop organization treats. A set of pretty folders, new pencils, sticky notes, a journal—none of it is outrageously expensive, but, when packaged up nicely together, it’s probably the type of thing your far-off cousin, aunt, or old school buddy wouldn’t think to buy for herself.

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3 Easy-To-Ship Long Distance Holiday Gift Ideas | dreamgreendiy.com + @amgreetings #ad

For The Weary Workaholic:

It doesn’t get any better than a cozy night in this time of year, so, for my last gift idea, I wanted to make sure that I gave my distant best friend the excuse to do just that. I want her to tear into this gift and realize that she needs to treat herself for a change.

I think a collection of fancy chocolates and a good book will help encourage her to indulge in some much-deserved “me” time. Finished with a sweet gold-foil “Season’s greetings” card (that I know she’ll hang on her bulletin board year-round!), I think it’s the perfect present for my bestie.

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3 Easy-To-Ship Long Distance Holiday Gift Ideas | dreamgreendiy.com + @amgreetings #ad

In my (admittedly boisterous) opinion, I think close physical proximity has nothing to do with how well we connect over Christmas—it’s all about making sure we tell our favorite human beings how much we think of them throughout the year. These inexpensive flat-pack gifts should do the trick!

And the even better news is that you can really send any of the gifts I’ve explained in this post year-round—to celebrate a new job, for a birthday, or even just because. All you have to do is switch out the card for something more seasonally appropriate.

3 Easy-To-Ship Long Distance Holiday Gift Ideas | dreamgreendiy.com + @amgreetings #ad

Which of the three gift ideas above is your favorite? Who would you like to send a Target greeting card and flat-pack present to? By the way, everything you see here in this post was picked up at Target within the last month, so feel free to copy things down to the very last chunk of chocolate!

I hope this little gift guide encourages you to think about friends and family you might not have sent a treat to lately, because, oftentimes, those are the ones who need to know you’re thinking of them the most. Happy shopping, and happy official start to the holiday season, guys.

3 Easy-To-Ship Long Distance Holiday Gift Ideas | dreamgreendiy.com + @amgreetings #ad

*When shopping for your holiday cards this year, be sure to check out the fun and festive options offered by American Greetings at Target!
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22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

From where I sit typing this post I spot two holiday wreaths, a glittering tree decked out in baubles, our stack of childhood Christmas books on the coffee table, and there are holiday tunes pumping from the record player. But just before redecorating our home for the season, I spent time revamping our living room with a hearty dose of soft earth tone color.

Since I know your blogroll and social media feeds are probably already overwhelmed with holiday decor posts, I wanted to share a little bit more about our earthy living room makeover pre-Christmas tree, plus a simple roundup of art that works for year-round display. Whether you hang these pieces next to an evergreen tree weighed down with ornaments, or your favorite summertime throw blankets and pillows, I think you’ll find them to be a welcome, oh-so-soothing addition to your fine art collection.

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

The inspiration behind this new set of art was my continuing need for neutrality in our home decor. Ever since announcing that I planned to embrace a softer, more minimal color palette at the start of 2017, I’ve been purging my brighter decor in lieu of classic pieces that I know will make us smile for years to come.

Throughout the process of experimenting with more neutral decor, I’ve come to love cool earth tones and rich, rusty hues, too, so I picked a set of pieces that falls within that palette—a green and orange abstract, a seated dancer, and a monochromatic leafy line drawing. Scroll on for links to those you see pictured here today in our living room, plus 19 others, all of which were pulled from Artfully Walls online.

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now:

(1) Horse 1 (2) Givon (3) An Orchid (4) Blur (5) Modern Landscape (6) Fallen Hours (7) Eucalyptus 1 (8) Negba (9) Untitled by Anna Ullman (10) Wild Mustard (11) Beast Coast (12) Birds (13) The Seduction of Memory and the Distraction of Anticipation (14) Fox Hill (15) Identity (16) Soma (17) 1/14. 8. (18) Hydrangeas for Paula (19) Andes (20) Young Dancer (21) Above (22) Lilies

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to completely transform the look of a room just be switching out the art. Our living room has gone through all sorts of different looks in the past two years (see it before here and here) even though most of our furniture has stayed the same. New art and a few new accessories instantly changes the vibe of a room for a much smaller investment than all new furniture would require. Try it out in your own home and see for yourself!

Stay tuned next week to see what the same art collection looks like alongside our holiday decor, and tell me in the comments below which of the 22 earth tone art prints speaks to you.

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

*This story was an in-kind partnership with Artfully Walls. Though compensation wasn’t received, we were given product to style and experience first-hand, and I earn a small percentage from purchases made by the affiliate links above. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Dream Green DIY!
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