Hello Holiday season, FINALLY! Is it just me or has this year been the longest year of our lives?! 2020 threw us all the curveball of a lifetime, and while we all handled it in our own ways, I think one thing we can all agree on is that we need some holiday cheer. This year has been, well, tough to say the least but also extremely long. To help get that going a little earlier this season, we have rounded up some of our favorite holiday decor options to brighten up your home this Christmas!
Holiday shopping may look a little different this year but that doesn't mean your gift giving has to! I have rounded up some of my most favorite gift ideas for all the different types of people in your life. From your entertainer mother in law, to your lounger of a best friend, this gift guide has got you covered!
PIE TIME!! The very best part of Thanksgiving dinner. With so many delicious options it's hard to pick a favorite holiday favorite, but I promise you no other flavor comes close to a homemade apple pie and I want you to try my recipe for yourself! Impress your family this holiday with hand made crust, sweet apple filling, and stunning top crust designs!
Kara’s Homemade Apple Pie Recipe
Top Design Ideas:
Homemade Butter Pie Crust
Weather you're making a basic pie or creating intricate crust art, every great pie begins with great tools!
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Holiday decor is easily our favorite kind of decor. What other season allows a little glitter of every shape, size, and color?! We want to show you how easy and inexpensive it can be to add a little holiday spirit to your home, and what better part of your house to play with than your fireplace mantel?
Well, Christmas is right around the corner so let's get decorating!
CHOOSE A THEME
First things first, you must decide your color scheme and theme of your decor. One of the many ways holiday decorating is so fun is because you can make it whatever you want. From classic red and green, to glitzy gold and silver, all the way to crazy neon colors, your decor can be as wild or simple as you want it to be. We chose to go with a little glam this season, using green, with, gold, and silver.
Depending on the size of your mantel, find a few pieces of large garlands to be the base for your styling. Garland can be simple and green or it can be wild with crazy colors and glitter, what ever you choose, make sure it is a good base that compliments your other elements incorporated throughout.
We went with a classic pine garland with a sprinkle of snow on the leaves and some pinecones as accents. We purchased two of the same 6ft garland and overlapped them to appear fuller and to eliminate any seams between the two separate pieces. Make sure you fluff as needed to make the garland more realistic and full.
A statement piece is a must when it comes to mantles, it immediately draws the eye to your special piece and sets the tone for the rest of your decor. We decided to go with artwork with lots of glitz to dress up our simple garland and begin our glam theme. Having a larger piece in the middle, like artwork or a sign, allows you to add smaller pieces around it, we suggest stacking like items of different sizes on top of each other for added depth as shown.
GROUPS OF THREE
On each end of the mantel, we chose items with different heights in groups of three to add dimension on the sides without going overboard. We kept it simple, sticking with neutral colors and even adding in some decor elements we use year-round like candlesticks, white vase, and jute basket. Repurposing decor not only fun to give items a different feel and purpose, it is also very cost effective!
We had so much fun styling this beautiful space, there is something about the holidays that just puts a smile on our face and we wanted to bring that to everyone's home by giving simple decorating tips!
For more ideas and tips, follow along on Instagram @beckmannhouse and tag us in your projects.
In a world of muted colors and clean, bright white spaces, we aren't afraid of a little boldness.
This easy DIY tile stencil project was not only so satisfying to see come to life, but it gave the entry way the POP it needed!
Follow along as we break down each step for you to tackle this proejct on your own!
What You'll Need
Behr (or any brand) exterior paint
Painting set (roller, small roller, paint pan)
Paint brush extender
Step 1: Prep Surface
To prep your surface, use a deck brush and a concrete prep solution, depending on the surface you are working on, the solution needed may vary. I used 1 part solution to 3 parts water and then let the solution sit for about 10 minutes for best results. Now it's time to brush away any old residue (dirt, rocks, etc.).
Put some muscle into it to ensure a clean and smooth surface to work with!
*Let the tile completely dry before moving on to step two!
Step 2: Paint Grout Lines
Paint all of the grout lines with your exterior paint using a thick paint brush to map out the squares for your template. It is easier to get the grout lines with a paintbrush than the large roller.
Step 3: Paint Concrete
With your paint pan, roller, and extender, start applying the concrete paint to all of the tiles. Make sure to start from the back and move your way towards the front, this is so you don’t get stuck!
Depending on your coverage, you may need to apply 2 to 3 coats to your surface letting the paint dry for about 30 minutes between each coat.
*Let the final coat of paint dry for several hours or overnight before applying the stencil.
Step 4: Stencil Concrete
Tape the stencil down onto one square of tile at a time, making sure the stencil is straight and centered. The key to good stenciling is applying very little paint over the stencil, this prevents the paint from seeping under the stencil and bleeding onto the tile. A small foam roller works best for this.
After rolling your roller into the paint pan, be sure to roll off any excess paint onto a piece of paper before applying it to your stencil. The great thing about concrete paint is if you happen to mess up your stencil, you most likely will be able to wipe it off right away so keep a damp paper towel or cloth nearby!
*Once you have completed stenciling, allow the paint to dry for several hours.
Pro Tip: make sure you do not tape your stencil onto the very next tile adjacent to where you just painted, otherwise your paint may still be wet and could mess up your design! I found it helped to jump around in a pattern giving myself plenty of room while I was letting the stenciled tiles dry.
Step 5: Seal Concrete
With a new paint pan and roller, apply the concrete sealer. This will seal in the color and eliminate chipping, peeling, and overall wear and tear.
Voila! Your hard work and patience has left you with a unique and bold statement to enjoy
for years on end! We hope you love your finished product and would love to see your new addition!
Tag us on Instagram @beckmannhouse to share your results with us.
Happy Stenciling friends!
I have found such a passion for real estate investing, and if you are reading this, I am sure that you have an interest in it as well! There are a number of different ways that you can start investing in real estate and many different strategies or types of investments that work for your personal end goal.
In this blog post, I am sharing what financing and investment strategies that I personally do.
I hope you enjoy reading more about some of the basics of real estate investing!