“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like a Savvy & Chic Christmas” Series – Girl’s Room

“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like a Savvy & Chic Christmas” Series – Girl’s Room

It’s Day 199 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and it’s also the third post in the “It’s Beginning To Look Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas” series, with today’s focus being a girl’s room, my daughter’s in particular.  Hers is probably my favorite room in the house. Until a few years ago, it was pure Shabby Chic, but when she hit her tweens she wanted bohemian elements infused. Shabby Boho is how I’d describe it now. It’s the perfect backdrop for my Savvy & Chic Christmas decorating style, which is inspired by quintessential Shabby Chic and vintage decor. I thoroughly enjoyed cleaning and then decorating this space today and watching it begin to look like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in my girl’s room.

Originally my daughter and son shared a room when I married my hubby and we moved into the house with him and my three stepsons seven years ago. Then three years ago, my middle stepson headed off to college, my “surrogate” son moved into an apartment with my oldest stepson, and my youngest stepson moved to the lower level bedroom. All this change freed up a room so the two youngest could have their own rooms. Once that happened, unlike all of the other rooms which are either communal (i.e. living, dining, kitchen, bathrooms, etc.) or shared spaces (i.e. master bedroom, my son’s room/occassionally older boys’ room too, and children’s bathrooms) where I inherited some furnishings and decor, her room presented a perfectly clean slate (other than a blue and yellow tulip wallpaper border along the baseboard – I never knew such a thing existed!) Eventually I’ll tackle the unfortunate border, but since it’s not visible, the room looks gorgeous decked out for Christmas!

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I’ve always been a bit obsessed with pink Santas. Even though he’s carrying a green tree (not my fave) I love it with his gloves. I found the trees with their pastel ornaments and they’re perfect with this Santa. A tree on the nightstand is visible in the Shabby Chic-Inspired mirror.                 Such a sweet look for a girl’s room. 
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Atop a vintage nightstand I purchased long before she was born sits my daughter’s picture in a Simply Shabby Chic frame. Surrounded by small trees, with a Simply Shabby Chic Kids lamp, house bank, an etched mirrored vase (actually a toothbrush holder with the lid removed), and pale pink roses, this is such a pretty Christmas vignette.  
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The last of the Christmas trees (Hobby Lobby) on display in this corner of my daughter’s room where a bit of her Shabby Boho spirit is evident. As soon as she expressed an interest in it, I found the Shabby Chic dream catcher on Ebay and snatched it up for a song. The Simply Shabby Chic lamp shade, dress nightlight, and more roses make for a cohesive, collected look, at Christmas and all year.                                                                                                                                      My children are “besties”, so both have pics of the other in their rooms. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Christmas decorating enthusiast, I hope you’re enjoying this series as much as I am writing it. Whether you’re enamored with Shabby Chic style or not, the point of Savvy & Chic style is to own your personal decorating sense of style, whatever it is. If you love traditional holiday decor, go for it. If ultra modern  is your thing, do it with gusto. Just love what you do and have fun doing it. Make your home and your workspace what you want it to be so that you can celebrate this Christmas season in a setting that is beautiful, comfortable and functional for you and yours or for those popping by your office or cubicle. Perhaps that could mean placing a Pink santa or pastel ornaments in a girl’s room or your office to make it look a lot like Christmas…

Is it beginning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas at your house? At work? I’d love to hear from you. And who knows, you could even win a little Christmas present…

Be  savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Laundry Room

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Laundry Room

 

It’s Day 197 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and this is the second post in an “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas” series. Originally I was using the term Shabby Chic in the title, but after posting and receiving very few visits to the post last night, I did a little research on whether the Shabby Chic decorating craze that sweep the world in the 90s and the first decade of the 21st century has had its day. What I discovered is that while vintage chic, granny chic, up cycled chic, and a myriad of other terms have replaced the Shabby Chic description of the style, the style itself is alive and well. Even so, I’m wrestling with letting go of using it and replacing it with Savvy & Chic, which is basically owning your personal sense of design style be it Shabby Chic, farmhouse chic (ala HGTV’s  vastly popular Fixer Upper) or an eclectic blend of various styles. The point is to decorate with what you love to make your home beautiful, comfortable and functional for the holidays and all year long. For me, that means making every room in the house feel a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas, including my newly made over laundry room.

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A silver dressed Santa that complements the launry room silver bling perfectly, down to his glittery star. The bottle brush tree is a variation on the creamy ones all of my other santas hold. Not usually a fan of the industrial look, budget constraints caused me to embrace what I have – exposed ductwork, pipes, and concrete walls. By adding touches of silver, and lots of Shabby Chic elements, I am pleasantly surprised by how pretty this functional space now is. 
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Santa from another view of the laundry room. While I didn’t add drywall, by using a Simply Shabby Chic clearance curtain I got for a song over a year ago, I gained a “finished” space. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Christmas decorating enthusiast, I hope you are inspired to add a holiday touch to your utilitarian spaces.

Savvy Chic-ing Christmas

  1. Santas or other decor in the same color scheme as your utilitarian space or in complimentary colors (i.e. My silver Santa in my silver and white space).
  2. Santas, a small tree or other decor with similar textures or finishes as your utilitarian space (i.e. My Santa’s glittery star with my silver foil baskets).
  3. Holiday artwork can bring a festive touch to your utilitarian space (I plan to add some of my children’s – it’s quirky and I’d rather display here than in more elegant spaces).
  4. Shop TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Target, Hobby Lobby, and antique/flea market, secondhand/thrift stores for great decor at affordable prices.
  5. Use what you love and have fun!

Would love to hear if you use some ideas found here. And I’m considering a giveaway for any who send in photos. So how can you Savvy & Chic your space to reflect your holiday spirit?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Boy’s Room

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Boy’s Room

It’s Day 196 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m excited to kick off an “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas” series, starting with a boy’s room, namely my son’s. After not using Santas in my Christmas decorating for years, it’s so much fun to deck the halls (and every room) with them now. And while I used to almost dread the profusion of red and green that clashed with my soft interiors every Christmas, I can truly say it’s now the most wonderful decorating time of the year!

So why was Santa excluded from my holiday celebration? For nearly a decade I attended churches that frowned on Santa because they felt Xmas was literally taking the Christ out of the holiday. Somewhere along the way I became a Christ follower as opposed to being religious. There is so much freedom in that! And I also learned that the birth of Christ and Christmas can coexist. In fact, I believe kind Saint Nick would have been the first to bow down and worship baby Jesus – The Reason for the Season. An ornament with Santa, hat in hand and on bended knee kneeling by the manger is one of my favorites. But I’m not blogging to try to convince or convert anyone to my way of thinking; just sharing my personal journey and how I came to peace with Santa sharing Jesus’ birthday in my home.

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I’m a sucker for white Santas holding white bottle brush trees. Whenever possible, I have him positioned to proclaim the birth of Christ. The crown symbolizes Jesus as King of my heart.

And the red and green thing? Anyone who knows me they’ve never been my thing. So until the last decade or so, I stuck mostly with white, silver and gold decor. Then I began incorporating Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic pretty, pink and pastel take on Christmas into my interiors. Now I truly get into the decorating spirit! Again, the look is not for everyone, if you want to color outside the traditional red and green box (pun intended) and add some Savvy & Chic style to your Christmas decor, I’ve got a few tips.

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The Christmas house on the right was my first. Though dark, it was the first I’d ever seen and I fell in love, especially with the bottle brush trees. Like the burgundy house, the one on the left and the village in the middle all have touches of red. This makes them ideal for my son’s room. The burgundy tree in the background of the village ties in so well with the original house…
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I didn’t have a tree for years. Now each room is graced with at least one, often many, in varying sizes. My son’s room gets decked out in green bottle brush trees that tie in with the ones on the Christmas houses. His room has blues, purples, and golds, so these are nice but still masculine.
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Try as I might, I must confess as a new blogger and photographer, I couldn’t get the lighting right for this picture, even in natural daylight. It has me thinking maybe I want a camera for Christmas…Now I only use my iPhone. Still, you can see how all of the elements play well together. the whites, golds, and bottle brush trees are the common denominator. The lamp is an antique store find that I painted cream to match the shade. The Simply Shabby Chic green curtain with a subtle blue stripe has been in my son’s room since he was an infant.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Christmas decorating enthusiast, I hope this post has inspired you. If you want to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic with your decor, here’s what to look for:

Savvy Chic-ing Christmas 

  1. Santas in whites, creams and pastels. If carrying a bottle brush, this can be incorporated into the room’s overall scheme.
  2. Christmas houses with bottle brush trees. There are new ones out there or you can find vintage versions online at eBay, Etsy, or by doing a search.
  3. Bottle brush trees bedecked with ornaments. Here’s where I mix in the traditional colors with my Savvy & Chic palette to make the look cohesive.
  4. Shop TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Marshall’s, Target, Hobby Lobby and antique/flea market/secondhand/thrift stores.
  5. Use what you love and have fun!

Would love to see any pics if you decorate this way already or are trying something new.

Be savvy and chic,

~Pink Collar Coach