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House Fenway’s Favorites

It’s been such a crazy start to 2017! I’ve been very busy collecting my seasonal favorites and I wanted to share them with you. These are makers and sellers that I follow and love. Their products are simply lovely and I highly recommend them! Make sure you check out their shops. Enjoy! ~M

Sassafras Home

Sassafras Home out of Oxford, Mississippi has a unique selection of handcrafted decor, specializing in items made of rustic burlap. From pillows to garland, you can add a touch of  farmhouse charm and easily warm up your surroundings. Their pillows are an absolute HF favorite!

A brand new addition to the Sassafas Home line.

Brave Season Design LLC

This husband and wife duo, Brave Season Design LLC, is new to the ETSY community. Fueled by coffee and faith, Wendy and Chad Franklin, create beautiful hand-painted wooden signs. Custom orders are always welcome!

Hand-painted LOVE sign from Brave Season Design LLC.


Oregon-based Buntingsnmore has the cutest handmade decor and gifts. Bunting is in the name but they do offer A LOT more! Pillows, throws, banners and trays just to name a few.

Paper and crocheted handmade bunting from Buntingsnmore

O Sweet Goodness

Two sisters with a love for making unforgettable events, that is O Sweet Goodness. One of Katie and Emily’s most popular items — elegant floral mobiles. These mobiles would look gorgeous above a nursery crib!


Thirteen & Market

You will always find beautiful and unique decor at Thirteen & Market. The collections they put together are simply amazing! Hurry, a lot of the items are seasonal and they go fast. How could they not? They’re gorgeous!

Two-tier rustic wooden tray from Thirteen & Market.

Twenty Something Feet

I love soy candles and my favorite candles are from Twenty Something Feet. Made in their signature rustic zinc container, they are free of dyes and made from the highest quality essential and fragrance oils. Fill your home with some wonderful seasonal smells!

Rustic soy candles from Twenty Something Feet.
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Holiday Box: Decorating Made Easy

Life is busy and during the holidays, it’s even busier! Dinner parties, school holiday concerts, shopping – the list goes on forever. As a full time working mother, it’s hard to juggle it all. During the holidays one of my favorite things to do is decorate the house and trim the tree. This process usually involves making multiple trips to the store and by the end, I’m exhausted. For me, this year was a little different. I found a company to help with my holiday dilemma, Holiday Box.

Holiday Box makes it easy and stress-free to decorate for the holidays.
Here is how it works:

Order your box

Choose the holiday you would like to decorate for, select which box and place your order. Your box will arrive at your door one month before the holiday (If you order late, your box will arrive in about a week).

Holiday Box is partners with Partnerships with Industry employing adults with special needs. Each item is carefully wrapped and the holiday box packed with pride!
Decorate & enjoy

Everything in your Holiday Box is yours for that holiday season. Decorate your home and enjoy the holiday.

My Holiday Box: A Holiday at Home
Keep what you like, donate the rest

After the holiday is over, keep as many or as few of the items as you’d like. The cost of your order is a credit toward any items you choose to keep. Return shipping is easy and free. Holiday Box donates as many returned items as possible.

Holiday Box works with a handful of San Diego based non-profit organizations. Returned items are donated to these non-profits and are distributed throughout the community to spread holiday joy.


My Holiday Box Experience

When my Holiday Box arrived on my doorstep, I couldn’t wait to get start decorating for the holiday season. I didn’t have to run to the store; I didn’t have to dig through boxes in my basement storage. Everything was packaged neatly and ready to unwrap and decorate. This year I selected the “The Holiday at Home” box which included 9 items:

  • A Winter holiday wreath
  • A handmade rustic pinecone and candle centerpiece
  • Set of 2 handmade fairy ornaments
  • A handmade wooden snowman figure
  • A wooden wall hanging featuring a truck carrying Christmas trees
  • A Merry Christmas serving dish
  • Set of 2 sitting gnomes

The box had a great mixture of items, a handful of them handmade. It felt great decorating knowing that I didn’t stress over it. I could keep what I wanted from the box, return the rest and the items I gave back would help spread joy to a family in need the following year.  What a great feeling that is! I get to do something I love (which is decorate), continue it year after year with the credit I receive and help someone in return. What a fantastic way to celebrate the true meaning of the holidays!

Holiday Box is offering up an exclusive promotion for House Fenway readers. 20% off your order from now until Friday, December 9, 2016!! Shop and enter promo code HOUSEFENWAY at checkout to redeem. I’m so excited to partner with them this holiday. They are an incredible company that goes above and beyond to help the community. They are definitely a company that I’m happy to say is my Friday Favorite! 🙂

This handmade pinecone centerpiece was the perfect addition to my holiday décor.
This trendy vintage red truck worked perfect in my front hall!
The evergreen wreath is so versatile. Hang it on a wall or use it as a centerpiece!
This cute little handmade snowman is ready to welcome our guests.
The Christmas Gnomes hangout by the fireplace waiting for Santa’s arrival.
Hot cocoa and cookies are that much sweeter with this adorable plate that came in my Holiday Box!
These two handmade cuties will stay up well past the Christmas season.



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Christmas Color Palettes

Christmas is inching its way closer and it’s almost time to start decorating (if you haven’t started already!). There are so many ways to decorate for the holidays with so many color palettes to choose from. I usually gravitate to the traditional red and green, but I found so many cute collections this year that put a twist on traditional.

Check out these wonderful palettes and try something new!


Here is a subtle and elegant palette with items from Crate and Barrel. Make your house into a winter wonderland that can stay up well after Christmas is over!


Go gold and glam! West Elm has a great selection of gold holiday décor this year. It’s very sophisticated and modern. Another look that can stay up well past New Year’s.


Muted mistletoe is almost traditional but just a little less saturated. This palette works well with natural elements such as pinecones and evergreen. This collection of Christmas items is from Target. I’m such a sucker for plaid and holly!


Traditional kicked up a notch. This intense color palette works great with patterns such as plaids, polka dots and stripes. Pier 1 has a fantastic selection of whimsical and minty Christmas decorations this year. It’s refreshing and fun!

Whatever color palette you decide to use this Christmas season, have fun with it and make it your own — that’s what it’s all about! 🙂



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How to Style a Fireplace Mantel: Halloween Edition

The fireplace mantel – a focal centerpiece, a gathering spot and the heart of a home. If you are lucky enough to have one, they can be such a joy to have. It is one of my favorite spots in our house. It keeps me warm on cold chilly Wisconsin nights, it’s a place to gather with family and it’s extremely fun to decorate (especially for the holidays!). I’ve been slowly accumulating Halloween items in the anticipation of decking out my mantel for the spookiest night of the year and it’s finally ready! I originally wanted to share my frightening finds but thought it would also be nice to also explain some basic design principles to make sure your mantel is done up just right.

The Elements


1. Repurposed Door

I like to save items I think could “live another life”. I hate clutter and I’m not a packrat but I also hate tossing items that can be repurposed. We moved last year and had to get rid of an old giant entertainment center (it was a beast!) Most of it was junk but I saved the doors. I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for a fireplace mantel. The height of the door was a great center structure to “build” my arrangement off of. I dismantled the door hardware and gave it a couple quick coats of black chalk paint. It was perfect!

Here is is the door before painting:



2. Handcrafted Pumpkin

As an artist by trade, I have a real respect and love for handcrafted items. I love to support local artists whenever possible. My husband and I found a Wisconsin chainsaw artist that makes incredible wood cravings. We fell in love with a whimsical Jack-o-lantern 🎃 and had to bring him home with us. Aside the door frame, it would add just the right color and height to my grouping.


3. Candles

Every haunted house needs some eerie candles, right? Candles and Halloween seem to be a natural fit. I found some mercury glass candle sticks on a clearance table at TJ Maxx for $5 a piece. Hope could I pass that up? I love the thrill of a good deal! I picked out 2 different candle stick heights to create visual interest.

The candles I picked up at World Market. I love the spooky skulls. They add a nice vintage feel. Again, I chose two different height candles to keep visual interest.

Note: When picking out items it’s important to think about size, item proportion and color. If everything is the same size, the same height, the same color, the same texture, it will dull your design and make your arrangement visually unappealing.


4. Holiday Wreath

One word, Target! This jewel of a wreath was a steal for only $20. I really like the metallic balls and thought they would compliment the mercury glass candle sticks. The mixture of Halloween colors tie the whole arrangement together.

5. Mini Pumpkins

Little Jacks are my favorite! They are very versatile in Fall decorating and they last all the way through the Thanksgiving season. I bought a ton of little guys and alternated orange and white pumpkins on both ends of my mantle to create symmetry.


6. Wooden Sign

A vintage-style October 31st sign made of wood and burlap was another great find. Can you believe it was only $3? Target’s dollar area. ( Yes, I know. I spend too much time at Target. 😆) I thought it was just the right size to layer in front of the door frame. Layering items instead of aligning items adds dimension and depth to a grouping.


7. Flag Banner

I might sound like a broken record but – Target. This year they had an amazing selection of inexpensive Halloween decorations and I totally took advantage of it. I strung the flags across the mantle to breakup the hard horizontal line on the wood mantel. The shape the banner makes and frames the whole arrangement and helps move your eye from one side to the other. I love using banners. They are so easy to make and add a great look to a fireplace.

The Finished Product


Here it is! The finished arrangement. I’m so excited my Halloween mantel turned out. It’s just what I pictured! I loved using a mixture of items — repurposed, handcrafted, new items and some fantastic steals. It’s all about make your space yours and ending up with something you love to look at. It’s all about making your space — uniquely yours!



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#FridayFavorite: Beanbag Door Stopper

This week’s #FridayFavorite is both cute and functional! I found this adorable Open Door Decor beanbag door stopper at a boutique in Door County, WI. (Vacation shopping trips are so much fun!) The boutique owner told me that these are by far her best seller. She just can’t keep them in stock. The coolest thing about these door stoppers, when they aren’t in use, they can be hung on the door handle. Super clever!



I found Pavilion Gift Company online and they have a ton of cute designs to choose from. My doorstop definitely fits our house, “Welcome to our loud crazy fun home“. We definitely fit that description —at least everyone but me. 🙂

Pavilion also has a nice selection of door draft stoppers with some fun sayings. I say check it out! It is this week’s House Fenway #FridayFavorite!