Steal this Idea: Under the Bed Wrapping Station

Last night I got to attend a Martha Stewart event (check out my instastories for the scoop!) which led me scouring Martha's website for the recipe for the amazing caramel corn she made for us. And then I was down the rabbit hole looking at all sorts of things but stopped dead at this. Why didn't I think of this?

Under the Bed Gift Wrap Station

If you recall I made my a gift wrap organizing storage station a while ago but sadly I had to get rid of that when this closet was turned over to Agatha's wardrobe. Oh the things we do for our kids.

But Martha's version is even better b/c you can actually wrap ON the thing. And the tap and scissors are right there! NO more searching the depths of the junk drawer. I love it and I want one. Hey Santa - put this under my tree please!

Choose Your Own Adventure | Door Hardware [sponsored post]

Finding the right hardware for our home is like finding the right jewelry for your wardrobe.  There is no absolute right or wrong but rather you want these elements to reflect your home's personality in a consistent way.  There are endless choices when it comes to door hardware styles - both a blessing and a curse.  If you are struggling with finding the right hardware finishes for your home, I've created a fun little choose your own adventure guide below with my friends at Schlage.  Simply pick the image that appeals to you, and I'll select a door finish and a couple of doorknob styles that would suit.

Ready, set, go!

Love shiplap? Clean lines mixed with vintage accents? Bold colors in chippy paint? Then your style just might be what I call 'modern rustic'.  You want the modern advantages of open, renovated space but you appreciate a fine patina.  You'll want to select a finish that will work well with both sides of the spectrum.  Aged Bronze is the perfect middle ground.  The nearly black finish is contemporary while the subtle bronze highlights are a nod to the past.  This finish is a great crossover to bring together brass, bronze and black finishes that may appear elsewhere in the home.

Are neutrals your favorite colors?  Are you drawn to large, all white rooms with high ceilings? Do you like clean counters and uncluttered closets? Do you design a room with entertaining in mind?  If so, you might be more of a 'classic contrast' lover.  The best finish choice for your aesthetic is matte black.  Clean lines and a flat finish work in all types of homes and make for beautifully grounded accents against white and neutrals.  Hard to go wrong with this type of finish whether it be in door hardware, bathroom fixtures or cabinet knobs.

Do you prefer an eclectic mix of decorative objects collected over time?  Can you not pass an old bookstore without searching the stacks? Does your home tell a story about your life?  Do flea markets fill you with joy? Do you have a least one serious collection?  If so, you might just fall into a 'cozy cottage' decorative style.  You shy away from modern and lean into a warm, collected feel.  The perfect finish for your home is antique brass.  Not overly shiny or golden, this finish works well with your favorite older pieces and architectural details.

Does the idea of a minimalist life appeal to you except for the part about giving away all your stuff?   Do you have a mid-century style chair with a frilly pillow on it? Do you have a collection of mismatched glasses in your cupboards? Your are a mix of all kinds of styles that should not work together yet your home is perfect for you.  You are sweet and simple and everything in between.  Your hardware should be quiet and practical while still pretty to look at - a satin nickel finish is just the thing.

You have reached the end of the adventure. Have you found the door hardware finish right for you? Did I capture your style?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schlage. The opinions and text are all mine.

disclosure: This post is sponsored by Schlage but all opinions expressed are my own.  Thanks to all of my partners who support Brooklyn Limestone.

Easy Holiday Decor DIYs from Christmas Past

One of my favorite parts of Christmas decorating is unpacking some of little decor DIY's I've created over the years.  They are buried in the older pages of the blog but I love to reuse them year after year. Here are my top 9 that anyone can make with just the most basic tools and materials.

What is your favorite item to uncover in your holiday decor boxes?

Slow Christmas Decorating

This year we are decking the halls much more slowly than year's past. (I'm calling it a slow decorating movement!) Mostly because we have an active one year old that likes to sneak away and pull down whatever off limits new decor item mommy has just put up. When we only had one child, this wasn't really an issue. With two it's a whole different kind of problem. But we are making merry in small doses. I plan on doing more as well but I like to pretend I live in the moment and will hold off on a Christmas bonanza until at least December 1. Deal?

frosted alpine tree | carved wood tree stand | gold wood bead garland | let it snow banner | console table | brass mirror

Until then I did want to share a few little corners of Christmas that are popping up. Starting with this frosted alpine tree and carved wood stand from Balsam Hill. I'm in love with it's sweet simplicity. I'm planning on moving it to another room when we put the big tree up for now it's the perfect accent in this corner. The tree is super light and the base is super heavy - making it a perfect foil for toddler pull down experiments. I found this ice skating painting at a yard sale a few weeks ago. I was so excited about that I didn't even bother to try to negotiate - I knew it would be just the thing for holiday decor this year.

Another thing I'm absolutely obsessed with this holiday season (I shouldn't even say holiday because I've been using them in different configurations since they arrived early November) are these miracle flameless candles.  It's hard to tell in a still photo but check out the video I posted on my instagram a few weeks back.  They look like the real deal and are 100% idiot proof.  They cast a beautiful glow.
Miracle Flame LED candles | Greenery Branches | Frosted Pine Cones | Chalkboard | Magnetic Letters | Drapes | Deer Head Magnet | Dining Chairs

Who is with me on the slow decorating? I'm not quite ready to rush through to Christmas just yet but I do love the holiday spirit.  This weekend we had a great family meal, visited Santa (complete with crying baby captured on film), got started on Christmas cards and starting gift shopping at some local Brooklyn makers.  A great start to the holiday for us.  How do you feel about slowing it down?

Baby's First Year Book | Oscar

You know how everyone has their "things"?  Well one of my "things" is that I don't want Oscar to think he got the short end of the stick being a second child. ( Even though we all know that he is definitely getting a more tired and crazed mother than his older sister got!)  To that end, it was super important to me that I finish a real baby book for him.  I did one for Aggie and despite it taking FOREVER, I finally got it done for Oscar as well.

made with Blurb

I know it's a small thing but you have no idea how excited I was to cross this off the to-do list I've had all year long.  Granted, I'm way behind on my usual annual photo book (hello 2016, I'm coming for you just as soon as the holidays are over).  Here are some of the highlights...

Or if you really want to see the entire baby book, click here.

I realize he won't have any appreciation for this in the near future but one day when he is older he might know how much his mother was worried about him feeling second best.  That has to count for something right?

Ok moms of more than one.  Am I crazy?  Or do you do this stuff too?

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