Today, I'm snuggled up in Columbus, Ohio with a hot cup of coffee and whole slew of half-packed suitcases! This weekend, I'll be meeting with a client in Kansas City, Missouri to kick off planning for her 2018 wedding in Italy (che romantica!), and then I'll be jetting off to Oranjestad, Aruba with the oh-so-talented destination wedding photographer Tracy Enoch to assist her in her craft and style all the beautiful wedding details for a fabulous, fun couple.
In the meantime, though, I'm enjoying settling into our new home in the midwest - even if that means figuring out how to clean husky paw prints from our back patio door when the Windex simply turns to ice when it hits the glass (yup).
This year, I started with decorating our master suite for the holidays. The bedroom is, after all, the coziest place in the home, and it's where I spend at least 8 hours of the day - even if I'm snoozing for that time. Here's a little peek of our calming, minimalist holiday decor this year. Enjoy!
That wonderful lamp is a Target mix-and-match piece, and I loved how the texture went with our pin-tuck style bedspread (a Homegoods find). The pretty books were a lucky thrift store discovery. On one of these cold, winter Columbus days I will force myself to read them both so they aren't just sitting around looking cute and useless.
This nightstand is one of my favorite design "mistakes" ever! It was originally a family hand-me-down, a brown wood and iron piece, which was absolutely beautiful but a little too heavy and dark for my style. I detached all the metal components and covered it with two coats of glossy "winter gray" Rust Oleum spray paint from Home Depot, expecting a cool gray finish that ended up an icy blue. It was not at all what I'd hoped, but once I painted the metal pieces gold and introduced the nightstand back into our room, I loved it! To those who have asked about all the steps I took to do this project the "right way," I admit with shame that I didn't. I didn't sand it, didn't prime it, didn't do any of the things you should probably do when spray painting wood furniture. We're fairly gentle on wood furniture (with huskies, upholstery is another story - ha!), and it has held up well for 6 months so far.
I coveted this mirrored queen four-poster bed at Pier 1 Imports when I found it, and debated white vs. gold finish for way too long. I finally ordered it in gold, and it became our guest room bed in Texas. When we downsized in our move to Ohio (in hopes of spending less time keeping up a home, and more time traveling the world), we moved it into the master and got rid of our old king bed. People think we're a bit crazy to not have a king bed in the master bedroom, but we found it pretty easy to adapt. I found downsizing to be difficult and disappointing up front, but after a few months, once I started to make the space my own with minimalist, creative decor, I woke up one day and realized I truly didn't miss all the "stuff" I once thought I needed. It's a freeing feeling, but it does take time to get there. If you've recently downsized, keep the hope!
I adore these cute winter reindeer pillowcases from Pottery Barn. They were a gift last year from my mom. She has a pretty amazing sense for home decor.
Ah yes, the crown jewel: the rose-gold tinsel Christmas tree. The first reaction I've been getting to this is, "ERMAGHERD, you have a tree in your master bedroom!" We never had one before this year, but when I found this skinny little guy at Target, it basically told me, "You're gonna buy me and I know just the place where I will hang out!" Generally when inanimate objects talk to me at the store, I ignore them and don't tell anyone about the incident. But in this case, I thought it would add a lot of joy to our little condo, so I went for it. After adding a scarf for a skirt and throwing some cute Sugar Paper gift boxes under the tree, the whole setup does add quite a bit of warmth and coziness in a place where we're still not quite ready to face a very chilly winter!
And most importantly, it wouldn't be the holidays if my cute husband and husky dog didn't mess everything up with zero care that I just got it all clean and organized. But hey, this time of year is all about cuddling up with your favorite people (and dogs), so I'll consider this a home design win.
Happy holidays from the Francisco family!