Merry Christmas!

Jack the Goldendoodle and Lily the Labradoodle - The Inspired Room

Merry Christmas, from our house to yours!

This week I’ve been trying to focus on finishing up my Christmas to do list, but mostly I have been just enjoying puttering around the house. That’s my favorite thing to do! Last week I got a new dresser (YAY!) and this week I organized my closet for the first time since we have lived here (I’ll share updates and details on how my room is coming along and progress on the rest of the house after the holidays!). It feels so great to be getting organized!

Jack the Goldendoodle - The Inspired Room Family Room

Jack is dreaming of a white Christmas. I would love that, too! It’s unlikely but just in case we get a flake or two, I’ve been trying to finish up my errands so I can just stay home and sit by the fire the rest of the week. We have some family coming up Christmas day so we’ll have a house full of guests. I can’t wait!

Yesterday I stopped in Costco to stock up on some T.P. (you really don’t want to run out while you have guests in the house especially if it snows, right?) and I ran into The Inspired Room on the book table! Yahoo! It was so exciting to see it there!

The Inspired Room book in Costco
If you live in the Seattle area, stop in a local Costco and check it out! It’s a great price too. I’m hoping if enough people buy it maybe they will stock it in more stores around the country. It doesn’t hurt to ask your local Costco for it!

I also stopped in Whole Foods and saw the book there, then at Barnes & Noble, and then again at the Seattle Amazon retail store on their “highly rated” table at the front of the store! So surreal but really cool to see it in so many places!

Jack and Lily

These two pups look cute and fluffy, but don’t let Jack and Lily’s innocent faces fool ya! It wouldn’t be Christmas around our house without the annual “unraveling”of the tree! This year they were back at it. Every year I think I should finally be able to trust them around the decorations and then when I’m not looking, they still act like puppies and take the animals off the tree before we even get to the holiday (Remember last year’s mischief?).

Our pups keep things fun around our house, but I do wish they’d leave the animal ornaments alone!

I would love to see your house at Christmas, if you have a few moments over the next few days to to upload a photo or two to Home Love Stories that would be wonderful!

Michaels Family

This has been an amazing year full of surprises, house projects and fun changes for our family. I can’t wait to do a recap of this year and share my house dreams and goals for 2016! I’m super excited about all I have planned for this house and the blog. But meanwhile, I’m going to finish up my wrapping :)!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Before you go, check out my article on (in)courage for the image I think we should all Pin to our Pinterest Boards this Christmas. 

(The wreath in the top picture is from Harry & David and the wood cabinet in the top picture is from here)

My latest guide on eBay: How to Make the Best First Impression with Your Home

7 Festive Treats for Christmas

Mint Snowman Marshmallows - by I Am A Food Blog

Mint Snowman Marshmallows by I Am A Food Blog

Coconut Chai Eggnog by Sea Salted Sunshine

Coconut Chai Eggnog by Sea Salted Sunshine

DIY Cookie Cutter Cookies - Handmade Charlotte

DIY Cookie Cutters from Coca Cola Cans by Handmade Charlotte

Winter Cider Sangria Recipe - The Inspired Room

Winter Cider Sangria

Christmas Candy Cane Mini Donuts Recipe - Paper N Stitch

Candy Cane Mini Donuts by Paper N Stitch

Mulled Hot Cranberry Apple Cider

Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider

Snowflake Pepper Cookies - Fork and Flower

Snowflake Pepper Cookies by Fork and Flower

More posts:

4 Essentials for Memorable Entertaining

How to Hang Garland, Wreaths, and Stockings Without Nails

How to Make a Festive Boxwood Wreath Chandelier

Inspired Christmas {Stairways}

My posts on eBay:

Easy Winter Table Decorating Ideas

7 Seriously Easy DIY Garlands for Christmas and Beyond

5 Simple and Inexpensive Christmas Decorating Ideas

Gift Wrapping {Ideas, Tips & Tricks!}

* * * Gather Inspiration * * *

Unique Gift Wrapping Idea - Flora and Fauna - Tutorial by Once Wed

DIY Flora Fauna Gift Wrapping Tutorial from Once Wed

Polaroid Gift Wrap Idea - City Farmhouse

Add a personal touch from City Farmhouse

Creative Ways to Wrap Gift Cards - A Beautiful Mess

Creative ways to wrap gift cards via A Beautiful Mess

Free Printable Chalkboard Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags - Ella Claire

Free Printable Chalkboard Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags from Ella Claire

Use Scraps for Creative Gift Wrapping - Colorful Gifts - A Beautiful Mess

Use scraps for creative gift wrapping / A Beautiful Mess

Kraft Paper Burlap and Boxwood Wreath Gift Wrap - Craftberry Bush
Ideas for festive embellishments from Craftberry Bush

 See 6 more DIY Gift Wrap Ideas here!

* * * Learn Helpful Tips * * *

How to add tissue to a gift bag – (watch video, above)

Creative fix for when you are short on wrapping paper (find the solution in the video, above)

How to make a fancy bow (tutorial in the video above!)

* * * Gather Your DIY Gift Wrapping Tools * * *

If you don’t have these supplies in your home, you might want to pick them up so you’ll be ready to go both for Christmas wrapping and the year ahead!

Here’s my list of ‘gift-wrap essentials’ that will help speed up your process and make your gifts simply beautiful.

Gift Wrapping Ideas - The Inspired Room

1. Graphite Lace Gift Wrap // 2. Kraft Paper Gift Wrap // 3. Paper Grocery Bags // 4. Washi Tape // 5. Washi Tape // 6. Gold Washi Tape // 7. Handband Pre-Cut Tape // 8. Iridescent Ribbon // 9. Natural Pre-Tied Bow // 10. Jute Twine // 11. Black Baker’s Twine // 12. Stickers and Labels // 13. Kraft Labels // 14. White paint pen (these are great for writing on kraft paper, black gift wrap, or chalkboard gift tags) // 15. Gold paint pen


We have a huge round-up of free printable gift tags here!

* * * Happy Wrapping! * * *

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