repinned: christmas decorations

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! But on to our favorite holiday...Christmas! It's the best time of the year. We cozy up, drink warm things, sit in candle and twinkle light and watch White Christmas on repeat while making/wrapping gifts. So in extreme anticipation of decorating and setting the mood, I've been pinning inspiration out the wazoo. Last year, Kyle and I just had a tree and that was it! Not this year, my friends. No, this year there will be wreaths, garland and lots o' candles. And since we don't have a fireplace mantle situation in this city apartment of ours, I'll have to get creative. So, for your viewing pleasure: a taste of our favorite ideas-inducing Christmas decorations below and our Christmas Pinterest board for even more. Enjoy!

repinned: wall moulding

There's something so rich and romantic about wall moulding and paneling that elevates a space and creates a cozy environment. In two recent projects, we've specified wall moulding because DAYUM does it make a difference. You can see the dramatic before + after of one of them here. In this aforementioned dining room, there was a pre-existing chair rail, arched corner cabinets that were squared off, lower doors at an awkward height and minimal crown moulding. The wall paneling did such wonders for that room, as did painting it all one color, and adding a ceiling medallion. PS- there's real moulding which is labor intensive and more ornate and then there's the fake (well, not fake but more imitative, and just as visually pleasing if done well) called shadow boxing or faux paneling which is what we installed in Leah's dining room. Way easier on the bank account. We especially love the juxtaposition of decorative moulding with minimalist fixtures. (See first inspiration image!)

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It may be because I've watched Marie Antoinette too many times (the Sofia Coppola one- is there another?) that now I truly believe moulding is the solution to a soulless room. There isn't a scene in that movie that doesn't feature some seriously dramatic and stunning French wall paneling. IT'S SO GOOD. Now you have a movie to watch this weekend that will provide you with an eye feast of awe-inducing wall decoration. 

Happy Friday! Oh and follow us on Pinterest for more inspiration!

wreaths 'n things

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Last year, Rehabitat posted about decorating for Christmas and specifically about an heirloom wreath made by my grandmother. This year, I tried at my own wreath and turns out, it was easy as pecan pie! AND it brings lots of joy to my living room. It's December 15 which means you have 10 days to try your own. (And you will still have more time to enjoy it than back in the day, when Christmas trees weren't set up until Christmas Eve! See A Christmas Story.)  

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Pictured here: a twig base, fresh greenery from the tree, and seeded eucalyptus spray painted gold. (Lasts longer that way!) 

 { Merry Christmas from Rehabitat }



We love Christmas. 'Tis the season for celebrating the birth of Christ and DECORATING! I will also accept being with family, White Christmas sing-a-longs while gift-wrapping, and eating too many ginger snaps. My every waking moments leading up to Christmas day are spent being utterly creative and... maybe a little over the top. Definitely. This year, Rehabitat took inspiration from an amazingly creative source and family member,   Handmaden. This advent calendar reminds us of the peace, joy, and purpose of the season, and BONUS it's also pretty. Here's our versions.