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I love the holidays, but let’s be honest, the older you get the more hectic they can become.  Whether you’re starting the trek to visit friends and family this week, or running around trying to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving feast, it is easy to get lost in busyness.  The days can fly by in all the hubbub of things you “have to” do and when you sit down come the new year and look back, the holiday season can become one big blur.

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The holidays don’t have to be perfect to be absolutely beautiful though.  Ask me about the time my Dad dropped the turkey on the floor. It’s one Thanksgiving we will never forget and still laugh about today. There is grace for the imperfect, even in the midst of the holidays. Thank God!

I think it is often the unplanned moments of time being spent together that stand out as the most cherished memories…

Mom making up words in a post-dinner game of Balderdash.

Dad snoring by the fireplace.

Stealing the last puzzle piece to have the honor of placing it in the completed puzzle at the end of the night on Thanksgiving (I got in trouble for this one on a number of occasions.)

That first bite of my sister’s peanut butter pie.

Carefully hand washing each of Grandma’s china plates.

Counting our blessings as a family around the dinner table.

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You are not simply making a meal, you are making memories.

My Grandma was an amazing woman.  While she gave me many gifts during her wonderful life (including the name Piccadilly) one that has always been particular special was this china set.  Why you might ask? It’s because throughout my childhood she painstakingly searched it out, piece by piece, lovingly curating a set just for me. I think it wasn’t simply because of the beauty of the plates and bowls and serving-ware, but because she knew that they would be the setting for many a memory. Memories that she would always be at the table for in spirit. I’m so grateful she had the foresight to give me that gift.

This year I would encourage you to set your table with intention. Think about each person who will sit around it. You are setting the stage. You are not simply making a meal, you are making memories. Ones that will hopefully outlast you. A year from now, they may not remember how perfectly the table was set or which recipe you followed, but they will remember the feeling around the table. Celebrate the moments and those memories will stay.

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5 Tips for Styling & Personalizing Your Rental Home
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Giiiirrrlll… Let’s be honest. We’re not all at the point in life where we are ready to buy a home and take on the serious adulting responsibilities of a mortgage, lawn care and a whole other myriad of home owner-ish things. If you’re like me that means that renting is your best bet. I’ve lived in more rentals over the past few years (between DC & Miami) than I can remember and so I’ve learned a trick or two about decorating a space without leaving a long-lasting mark (Hello! A girl’s got to get her deposit back!).

When I moved into this room I rented in a beautiful, old historic home on Capital Hill in Washington, DC there were two things on my mind 1) I knew I couldn’t make any najor changes to the space because it was on the market 2) I wanted a tropical oasis that reminded me of where I was dreaming of heading next… MIAMI. My amazing friend, Emily of Either/Or Design helped me create this super fun, and perfect-for-me space with a few inexpensive tips & tricks.

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1. ACCENT WALL

When I moved in I had my heart set on pink walls. If you know me (or have spent longer than two seconds on this site) you know that I love pink. That being said, I knew that pink wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The compromise? A pink accent wall. It gave me the splash of color I was dreaming of but significantly cut down on the amount of time and effort spent later on painting it back to white.

In addition, we created a super fun design on another one of the walls with… get this… painters tape! It doesn’t just come in bright blue. We created a graphic design on the wall that I simply peeled off with zero mess when it was time to move. I also used bright pink Washi table on my doors for a fun touch.

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2. PLANTS

I may not be a crazy cat lady, but I AM a crazy plant lady. Plants give a space life! I ended up collecting a miniature pineapple plant, a bromeliad, a banana tree & a potted palm tree over the months that I lived there. They were the perfect option to bring a touch of the tropical to my traditional DC home.

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3. REMOVABLE ART

Washi tape has been my best friend! In this space I used it to create art collages of beautiful snapshots I had taken from my last trip to… you guessed it… Miami.

On top of that I had larger framed prints that I leaned against the wall or placed on shelves. Lastly, as you can see, I did make a few nail holes in the wall. I realized that it was worth the easy Spackle and touch up paint job to truly make it feel like home.

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4. FUN BEDDING

Flamingo Sheets. The end.

Ok… maybe not exactly the end, but you get my point. Fun and comfortable bedding goes a long way in making you feel at home. I found the sheets at Macy’s, the b&w striped pillows at IKEA and the tropical print pillows on Etsy.

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(Rental)Home Sweet (Rental) Home

Make your space feel like you without spending a bundle on decor and making changes you can’t easily undo.

5. AREA RUGS

Just because your space has carpet doesn’t mean that you can’t layer an area rug or two on top to complete room’s look. A strategically placed area rug, can not only cover a carpet that has seen better days but can provide a fantastic foundation for the rest of the room’s decor.

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Celebrate the (Rental) Season!

I hope you feel empowered to celebrate whatever season you might be in & truly make your home feel like home.

What are some ways that you have decorated your own rental space? Are there things that are keeping you from truly being present in your rental season and enjoying your home? Let me know!

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