Keeping It Simple: Evergreen Wreaths

By Kate Riley November 29, 2017

I opened up the Christmas closet last week and brought out a few bins of favorite holiday things, the same sets of reindeer and bottle brush trees and ornaments that I love. They are once again layered around the house. My style has settled into a predictable palette: I mix metallic sheens with white ceramics and add fresh evergreens and it always pleases me year after year.

The same for my front door wreath, my plan is to work up a similar version of the copper cowbell wreath I made last year since it was so easy: just a few ornaments and ribbons and copper cowbells tied to a flocked wreath I bought at a local tree lot. It took me maybe 10 minutes to assemble and I loved it all season long. Perhaps this year I’ll add a string of lights.

Keeping it simple has allowed me to spend more time lounging in my pajamas with my kids like last night, or meeting friends at the pub for trivia night like tonight. It’s just not worth it to stress out over decorating the house, it should be a joyful time and not one filled with anxiety. So each year I find I do less and less and that means I have more time to actually enjoy the holidays.

Evergreen wreaths are as traditional as it gets, and a symbol of the season. If you’re feeling what I’m feeling, keep it simple by picking up a basic evergreen wreath at a local lot or grocery store to use as your base, then head over to a friend’s house and embellish it together with ornaments, ribbon, or contrasting botanicals.


one kings lane


I spied various evergreen wreaths online, these look simple enough to recreate with yard clippings or base wreath.


camille styles


carrie / christmas in London


made from scratch


garden therapy



darling Darleen

martha stewart


magical christmas wreaths



stone gable blog


forever green flower co


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What choices have you made this season to keep things simple?


Budget Friendly Brass Lighting

By Kate Riley November 27, 2017

On impulse I began a living room refresh last week, right in the middle of the holidays! Crazy I know. I started by covering the gray walls with fresh white paint and I bought molding to add additional trim above the existing wainscot to frame my art. I also decided it was time to swap out the light fixtures and I started with a this new brass sconce on the tufted sofa wall.



When I went searching online for both sconces and mini chandeliers (I need two for the ceiling spots) I found several budget friendly and good looking brass light fixtures under $300.




mod angled / jasper / dauphine

metro / clarke / anglerlayla

feiss conant / opheliamodern gold with shade

mitzi 1 / savoy  / mitzi 2

mod brass geometric / uptown pendant

See also: Favorite Sources for Affordable Lighting

This week I’m adding new molding and art and I’ll share the finished space as we get closer to Christmas. :)