gift guide : deck your halls or gifts for your holiday host

unruly things  |  gift guide : deck the halls

hooray for the 2013 gift guides!!!  this year we’re hosting Christmas in our house and I could not be more thrilled.  we’ve invited anyone in our family who can to spend Christmas with us.  in years past, I’ve never felt like I should really decorate a ton since we weren’t going to be here to enjoy it but this year I’m stoked to totally deck the halls.

when do you decorate for Christmas?  do you start before Thanksgiving?  wait until the turkey is finished?  or put it off until the last minute?  we’ll start decorating next week, as soon as we’re back in town from Thanksgiving in Idaho.

one : fresh garland to hang over the mantle or entry way / two : tiny globe ornaments to decorate the tree / three : a set of doggies to join your animal ornaments / four : snow dusted pinecones / five : rosy red felt garland for the tree / six : led tea lights so your toddler won’t burn himself with real candles / seven : a cozy merino throw to snuggle up with / eight : the prettiest wreath for your door / nine : a lantern to add to your camp-inspired holiday decor / ten : tiny vintage Christmas houses, all lined up in a row / eleven : Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer because you just can’t live without him / twelve : The Scrawny Little Tree to add to your holiday books / thirteen : The Night Before Christmas, for starting new traditions / fourteen : gold ribbon for tying up packages / fifteen : golden deer to prance around your dining table / sixteen : globe lights to string outside / seventeen : a gingerbread man stocking for the littlest in your family / eighteen : and another stocking just for kicks

stay tuned for more from the 2013 gift guide next week!  see the 2012 gift guide right here.

{watercolor gift tag by Lauren Spencer King for Unruly Things}




home progress : that rug

unruly things  |  home progress : area rug

last week I posted about some of our simple living solutions, some that we’re currently doing and some that we’re hoping to carry on in our quest for a new home.  until we find that perfect home, we’re trying to work with the space we’ve got.  after the holidays we’re planning on really diving into some of those simple living room updates that I posted about.  but to start with, we just got this incredible area rug and it’s amazing how much it brightens up the space.  isn’t it the most perfect area rug for a little play area?  I can’t decide if we’ll leave it out or wait until we’re settled in a new home, but I have to say, I’m liking the vibe in here now!  so cheerful.

unruly things  |  home progress : area rug

{photos by Alyson Brown.  area rug c/o Medallion Rugs.  if you haven’t been to their site, it’s a must – their selection is impeccable.}


home progress : living solutions

living room updates

a month or so ago I shared with you some ideas that I’d been pinning as inspiration for buying a home.  since then we’ve put in an offer and it fell through.  someone told me that the #1 rule in buying a house was to not get attached, but naturally I did.  but we moved on and have still been looking for the perfect home.

while we’ve been on the hunt, one important thing for me is a natural place for Wolf to play.  currently, we share the living room space with all of his toys and it works for now, but it definitely needs some improving.  we’re hoping to find a house with a dedicated play room, but in the event that we don’t, I’ve been looking for great storage solutions, area rugs and ways to partition off a little space just for his toys.

even though we share the space, our current living area is big enough for lots of play and for living.  our rental has carpet so we don’t really need a rug but an area rug would be great to spruce up the room – especially given our current case of dull boring carpet.  one thing we need is a great storage solution and I’ve been looking into storage benches.  we’ve got a few of these bolga baskets – which are fantastic!  and I’ve been looking into bookshelves for little books and our books too.

do you have any great storage solutions for a shared living space with kids?  I’d love to hear it.

one : leather couch from room & board / two : floor lamp from school house electric / three : pouf from crate and barrel / four : storage bench from ikea / five : rocking chair from dwr / six : kilim pillow / seven : bolga basket / eight : area rug from medallion / nine : bookcase from crate & barrel / ten : fiddle leaf fig


my illustrated vacation

Illustrated Vacation by Brittany Powell Parich

I love photos.  it’s so fun to flip back through old pictures and reminisce on good times.  so when Brittany contacted me about her latest project of painting custom watercolor snapshots of people’s vacations – I nearly lost it.  such an amazing idea right?!  and much more unique than hanging another photo on the wall.  plus, they’d make amazing gifts to commemorate a special trip.  I asked Brittany to paint this photo of Wolf and I from our most recent trip to the Philippines and just love how she interpreted it and can’t wait to hang it up on our wall.

Brittany is offering a special discount of $50 off the Small Illustrated Album if ordered by December 7.  just mention that you’re an Unruly Things reader!

Alyson Brown Philippines photo

thanks to everyone who supported the Philippines Typhoon Relief funds I posted about last week.  your support and kindness means the world!

{illustrated vacation photo by Brittany Powell Parich, original photo taken in Coron, Philippines by Levi}