Category: Home Decor

I am definitely not a home decorating expert or even aficionado, but I do love it with a passion!! I am a serial wall paint changer, curtain buyer, and area rug obsessed to boot. All of those things add up to a big annoyance for my husband, but he’s a great sport about it!

I’m alive, I promise!

I talked all that trash about taking a break from social media while still blogging…and I did the exact opposite. Weird how that happens, huh? I mean, the first two weeks of the new year just shouldn’t count towards the fresh start in my opinion. We’re all scrambling to catch up from slacking off during the holidays, trying to get our shit together to log in a work out, or maybe just in a general post holiday haze. I’m all of the above! Anywho, I’m back for good with lots of rambling posts planned. But today is all about how absolutely freaking disgusting my eight year old’s room was when I decided to clean it this morning. Not kidding, I cleaned up empty Capri Sun pouches, what seemed like 9,000 craft beads, dozens of American Girl doll accessories, hunks of old dried modeling clay…and a partridge in a pear tree.

Homemade Chalkboard for Children's Room - Best quote!

I painted this chalkboard two years ago. I found the quote online randomly, and I loved it so much! I’ve gotten a bit better with my chalk art, but I can’t imagine repainting it now! Read: I’m too lazy.

Seriously, y’all! Laila is the complete opposite of me. She will hoard even the tiniest of scrap papers for it’s “sentimental value”, while I’ll throw anything away to have a clean house. I can’t with the clutter and junk everywhere, so I tend to stay out of her room. I know how much I valued having my own space and privacy as a child (because I never did!) and I try to give Laila room to grow and be herself. But DAMN, home girl sure knows how to wreck a room. Enter the bad cop Mom, with a trash bag and entire bottle of Thieves cleaner. I went to town; three hours later, we have a clean room!!! I took pictures to show some fun projects I did three to five years ago when I put her room together, and also to preserve the whole thirty minutes that her room looked like this. “Tornado Toddler” Carson was waiting in the wings to destroy it right after I snapped my last picture. It’s way more fun playing in Sissy’s room, right?

DIY Girl's Room Decor

I bought the bedding from Pottery Barn Kids about five years ago…I’m a sucker for the Princess and the Pea themed print. Starting to think about redoing her room now that she is nearing the Tween years…Lawd help me!

DIY Tissue Poms for a girl's room!

I made the pom-poms years ago, maybe five? The heart canvas used to be an owl print from Target. I spray painted it with glitter and gold, and used acrylic pink paint for the heart!

DIY Girl's Room Decor - Pink and Gold Glitter

We purchased the wood letters and frame from Michael’s and just spray panted them! I kept the two shades of dark/light pink consistent throughout her room, as well as the glittery gold. We also refinished this Craigslist find dresser with cabinet paint and Anthropologie drawer pulls that I found on sale. Her West Elm desk and chair was an UBER lucky estate sale purchase and it’s my favorite!

DIY Dresser Rehab and other DIY Girl's Room Decor

This dresser was a lucky Craigslist find – Solid wood and only $30!! We used white cabinet paint leftover from our kitchen reno (more on that later) and bought the knobs on sale from Anthropologie. I reused an old canvas painting for the glittery gold and pink flower, and she requested the 2017 banner that I used this NYE. It’s gold sequins and matches her decor perfectly! And obviously, the Home Diffuser, her only electronic in the room.

DIY Girl's Room Decor and Chalkboard Art

I bought the wood heart and blank “chalkboard” sign from Hobby Lobby. I sprayed glittery gold on the heart, and used a metallic gold oil-based paint sharpie to write out the sign!

Laila IS like me in that she loves to read. Madeline is one of my favorites, I read the French versions in middle school when I starting taking my first French classes. I want her to love French as much as I do, but so far she is very “EH” to it. 🙂

Banks literally sat there for hours and just watched me clean…didn’t even offer to help!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I cannot believe tomorrow is finally Thanksgiving! Even though I’ve been thinking about it and planning for weeks, it seems like November was the quickest month of all. If you follow me on Instagram (@elle.at.home) you may have seen that I’ve been buying decor pieces here and there, while simultaneously freaking about hosting dinner. And here is the finished table, all ready for our family! I love decorating and putting my vision to work and I am so happy with how it turned out! Having a Christmas tree in the mix isn’t traditionally Thanksgivingy, but sometimes you just have to go with what makes you happy and break tradition. Just ask Merida! No decor makes my heart happier than white twinkle lights, and I feel like it brings a festive and cozy feel to the entire room.

Thanksgiving Chalkboard

When you’re chasing after two kids, decorating, and baking at the same time…sometimes ya forget how to spell “Pumpkin”! FAIL

Thanksgiving Table Decor Thanksgiving Tablescape

Table, Chairs, Hurricane Vases, Candles

The menu was much easier to put together than the table, that’s for sure! Both of our families have very different Thanksgiving dinner traditions. My family always fries a turkey and cooks Boudin from our native Louisiana, which is a type of rice dressing made with pork liver and stuffed in a sausage casing. Don’t freak! It sounds funky to someone who has never heard of it (most of America) but it’s SO GOOD. My husband Michael’s family always roasts a turkey and makes a ham, which my father-in-law pairs with the most amazing honey mustard sauce you’ve ever tasted. So this year I thought it would be perfect to mesh both of our family traditions! I give you:

The Anderson-Hill Mega Thanksgiving Menu

2 Fried Turkeys
Spiral Ham with Honey Mustard Sauce
Louisiana Boudin
Ma’s Apple-Sausage Stuffing
Green Bean Casserole
Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Salted Dinner Rolls
Pecan Pie Bars
Pumpkin Sheet Pie
Chocolate Creme Pie
Apple Pie
Wine and Champagne

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Gold Plate ChargersPlates, Runner (old, similar here), Silverware, Flutes, Place Mats

Laila has been looking forward to Thanksgiving almost as much as me, she really loves all of the anticipation and festive atmosphere of the holidays! Plus, she LOVES to eat, a girl after my own heart. Buddy really couldn’t care less, although he is excited to have everyone together. While it was a lot of work putting this together and planning it all, I’m so happy that we are lucky enough to have pulled this off and to be able to spend this special day with our family. I can’t help but to think of those less fortunate who can’t enjoy holidays with family and friends, and it really makes me thankful for each of our blessings. This day is always a reminder to take nothing for granted. Happy Thanksgiving friends, I hope your day will be filled with too much turkey and all the happiness in the world!

I wasn’t sure how big of a bite I was taking when I volunteered myself to host my very first Thanksgiving dinner this year but…I know now!

This is the first year that my parents and 5 of my siblings will be in Florida for Thanksgiving, so I was determined to get us all together with my husband’s family. As the eldest child and the one with the most centrally located house, it is always my natural choice to be the hostess. I always try to be a good hostess! Just call me Monica. (What up Friends reference!) But when I sat down with my husband to plan things after I voluntold him that we are doing this, I calculated…and calculated again. Surely I made a mistake, is my mind playing tricks on me? My mind: “Nah girl, you just invited 22 people over for dinner. Good luck dummy”! Kidding, I only slightly freaked out.

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Now, when we purchased our cute little house three years ago, I was not picturing that my family would finally move to Florida! Now that 7 out of my 1 billion family members are here, I find myself pining away for a huge house with a medieval style banquet table that can seat us all. Alas, I’ll have to make do. I’ve been turning details over in my mind to figure out how to accommodate everyone in one place. I don’t care about paper plates and scattered guests if I’m hosting a normal party, but this is the big leagues people! Thanksgiving is my favorite dinner of the year, and I cannot slack on this one! While I’m positive that I’ll have to mod-podge chairs and tables to fit everyone, I’m still not clear on if I’ll make this an outside party, or somehow fit us all in my dining room. I’ve been looking up some ideas on Pinterest (My Page) for this which I’ve posted below.

 What I am sure of is that we will have matching place settings, a beautiful tablescape, and lots of decor. Because dammit, being festive is my thing. I’m not sure how it will all turn out because I have images of my place settings, dishes, and accessories all floating around in my head, so when I get my dining room back (I’m currently painting it, ugh) I’ll have to lay everything out like a physical mood board. What Thanksgiving plans do you have? Any tips on pulling off a huge family Thanksgiving successfully? I’m slightly terrified!!