Top 5 Posts of 2013

Top 5 Posts of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, I thought I’d share some of my most popular posts from the year. I really tried to step up and post more this year. And, I tried to share new tips, projects and ideas that you hadn’t seen before. I truly want Red Leaf Style to provide inspiration and excitement about decorating your home because I have so much fun with it. Here’s to an even better 2014 and a look back at what you loved in 2013:

5) Are You Stuck in a Decorating Rut?

Bookshelf with books and potted plant.Do you ever think your home just feels boring? It’s just…the same? You want to change it up but you don’t know how? You’re in a decorating funk, my friend. I’ve been there too. You just have to get out of your usual way of doing things. Here are five ideas to pull you out of that decorating rut.

4) 15 Ways to Clean With Baking Soda

Baking soda and sponge.Do you have a box of baking soda in your cupboard? Lucky you. That humble little box holds the ingredient to clean, refresh and deodorize your entire home—and it’s completely natural. Here are just fifteen ways to clean with baking soda.

3.) How to Make Beeswax Candles

Lit beeswax candles.These pretty golden candles make lovely gifts. And, candles aren’t as hard to make as you might think. All you need is beeswax, wicks and some jars. Follow my simple tutorial to make your own beeswax candles.

2) 5 Best Vintage Thrift Store Finds Ever

Vintage white cart holding bowl and mixer.Whether you’re a regular thrift store shopper, like me, or just a once-in-a-while browser, anyone who loves vintage can appreciate a great thrift store find. Check out my five favorite thrift store finds from over the years.

1) 5 Ideas for Vintage-Inspired Headboards

Blue shabby vintage bed headboard.With the right headboard to frame your bed, you can change the whole look of your bedroom. Need some inspiration? Check out these five vintage-inspired headboard ideas.

Which one is your favorite post? Let me know in the comments!

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Christmas Mantle 2013

Garland on fireplace mantle decorate for Christmas.
Welcome to my Christmas mantle this year. I went with super traditional red and green, with a bit of gold metallic mixed in. What’s most exciting about my mantle though is that I decorated it for the holidays without buying anything new! After shopping around the house for items I liked, using last year’s Christmas ornaments and repurposing branches trimmed from the Christmas tree, I had a pretty display.

Christmas tree next to fireplace mantle decorated with red ribbon.I already had all of the containers, candlesticks and tins used on my mantle. I don’t remember when I bought the big wide ribbon. It was in my Christmas storage box, along with all of the ornaments.

Fireplace mantle decorated for Christmas.I guess I did buy the supplies to make these Christmas tree cones. (But it cost me less than $4 to make the three cones.) Instead of garland, I used the branches trimmed off the bottom of my Christmas tree.

Fireplace mantle decorated for Christmas.The antlers (found on the ground by my boyfriend) seemed appropriate for this time of year.

Fireplace mantle decorated for Christmas.Does it look Christmasy in my home or what?

What do you think of my mantle this year? Let me know in the comments…

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Decorating For Christmas: New Holiday Art Print

Christmas picture with the saying "It's the most wonderful time of the year."

I’ve been obsessed with a trend I’ve noticed around the home blogging world lately: decorative pillows with holiday sayings on them. One of my favorites is this “Baby It’s Cold Outside” pillow over at The Nester. It’s an unexpected touch of festiveness without looking over-the-top Christmasy. I think I’m also into mixing words/type into home décor right now. As a writer, I’m a big word nerd.

I didn’t feel like committing to a pillow. (I’m hard on them.) So, when I spotted this print with its modern merry look, I had to have it. I don’t even remember how I found the artist, Lindsey Nichols at The Curious Nickel, but when I saw that she was based in Kansas City, Missouri I was even more excited because buying her print meant supporting local art!

Well, this pretty baby arrived today! I popped her into a simple black frame I already had, and right now she’s hanging out on my mantle. I’ll probably move her around the house several times and I can’t wait.

Psst. Lindsey’s having a sale over at her shop on Etsy. Buy two 8×10 prints, get one free. I took part in her sale, so I have two more of her pretty prints. One is a gift and the other I’ll show you in a future post. You can also check out her work at The Curious Nickel on Facebook.

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Making It a Christmasy Christmas

Christmas tree and fireplace mantle in red and green.

Every year I get the urge to make it really Christmasy Christmas. By that I mean a fully decked out house with lots of Christmas cheer. I’m talking festive decorations in every room, Christmas cookies, fudge and baked goods out on display and a big real Christmas tree. As I start decking the halls though, it seems like there’s always more to do than there are days in December. Living in apartments or rental houses never helped either. Before, I didn’t have the space or the décor (picture lots of college furniture) to make my home look as merry as I envisioned.

But this year I did it. Even though I live in a rental house, I managed to give my home some holiday style—and it didn’t take a lot of effort or money. The only Christmas decoration I actually purchased was my tree. By simply reusing what I already had or crafting decorations myself, I made my home quite festive for Christmas.

Now, it’s  time to just enjoy it. I hope you enjoy it too!

Fireplace mantle decorated for Christmas.Here’s a little taste of what my Christmas mantle looks like. I’ll write a full blog post on my mantle soon!

Christmas tree decorated with paper snowflakes.My Christmas tree is a Fraser Fir. I love its soft needles and piney scent. I didn’t have many ornaments to decorate my tree. So, I used a few strands of lights, a big wide ribbon I already had and I made snowflake ornaments out of toilet paper rolls. (More on those soon!)

Christmas postcard nestled in the branches of a Christmas tree.As more Christmas cards come in the mail, I plan to nestle those in my tree’s branches. I’m all about easy (and free) Christmas décor.

Bookcase decorated for Christmas.I added Christmas touches here and there around the rest of the house. Here you can see bulb ornaments stuck in cups on display and my cinnamon stick ornament hanging from a stocking holder.

Bookcase decorated for Christmas.Winter greenery in a vase.I stuck leftover trimmings from my Christmas tree, in a few vessels around the house.

What do you think of my 2013 Christmas decorating? Let me know in the comments…

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Wooden Chair Makeover: After

Wooden Chair Makeover: After |

Remember this wooden chair I found in a pile of garage sale leftovers bound for the trash? The chair just needed a little bit of a makeover to transform it into one pretty piece. One leg was a bit cracked, but I  fixed that with some wood glue. (You can’t even tell it was ever broken.) And, the yellow cushion had seen better days. That was the bulk of the transformation. I just recovered the cushion using a staple gun and a pretty piece of linen I found at an estate sale. It barely took any work because I just covered over the fabric that was already on the cushion. I didn’t even have to take anything apart.

In case you missed it, here’s the before pic:

Wooden Chair Makeover: Before |

And, here’s the after:

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Don’t ever let a chair cushion that’s stained or in an ugly fabric deter you from getting a chair you love. Many times the cushion is easily removable and you can recover it yourself. Recovering this cushion took me about 15 minutes. P.S. I got this adorable ethnic pillow cover in Portland, Oregon.

What do you think of the chair? Do you like the transformation?

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