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Christmas Decorations for the Home

Christmas Decorations for the Home | Squirrelly Minds
Above image from Christmas Cracker DIY. All other images curated and designed by Squirrelly Minds.
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Christmas decorating is one of my favourite things ever! We aren’t allowed to decorate until after Yanksgiving (the mister’s rules not mine, though I agree), so I’m eagerly anticipating the upcoming weekend. Our decor is a bit all over honestly. The tree is pinks, silvers, whites and reds, while the decor is more natural. Everyone likes to style a bit differently so I found 3 different Christmas decorations looks: gold and black, natural, and colourful.

Gold and Black Christmas Decorations | Squirrelly Minds

1: Gold geometric stag head / 2: / Honeycomb decorations / 3: Gold glitter star / 4: Gold and black christmas tree baubles / 5: Gold beaded ribbon / 6: Gold glitter reindeer ornaments

Seriously that gold geometric stag head. I just can’t handle how amazing it is! I love the idea of a gold and black Christmas. Totally contemporary and not what you’d expect at all, but man is it oh so classy or what?

Gold and Black Christmas Decorations | Squirrelly Minds

1: Hanging Star Advent Calendar / 2:Laser cut wooden windmill ornament / 3: Pine cone and berry branch garland / 4: Wooden ornaments / 5: Twig & Star Wreaths

I love the look of decorations in natural colours and materials. It feels super homey, handmade, and christmassy to me. I have the deer version of that laser cut wooden ornament and it’s my favourite item that hangs on our tree.

Gold and Black Christmas Decorations | Squirrelly Minds

1: Felt circle garland / 2: Retro glittery ornaments / 3: 50 pack pink and purple decorations
4: Jingle bell garland / 5: Door mat

Who doesn’t love colour! This is for people who might not like the whacky shapes of a Dr Seuss Christmas, but who sure love rainbows!

Gold and black, natural or colourful, what’s your christmas decorations style?

Home | Pillows and Throws with Wayfair

Pillow and Throws with Wayfair | Squirrelly Minds
We finished our dining room and my studio a while back now, then took a little break before moving on to the kitchen and living room. These are the largest rooms in the house so they’re taking a while, especially the living room. We finally finished the main painting and are working on touch ups now. The next thing will be bringing in the piano, getting art up on the walls and changing curtains, which is proving to be a bit nightmarish.
Anyone know where I can get affordable and stylish 14 foot pin hook curtains?
Pillow and Throws with Wayfair | Squirrelly Minds
But I just can’t wait long enough for everything to come together, so I add little decor touches like styling the bookshelf or coffee table, or adding pillows and throws. So I was excited when Wayfair invited me to try out items from their pillows, throws and poufs sections. I knew it would be the right boost of decor in the ‘work-in-progress’ room.
Pillow and Throws with Wayfair | Squirrelly Minds
We’re painting our mantel navy and gold, so this pillow was a perfect match, especially as it sits on the barcelona chairs across from the fireplace. With our moroccan rug and other items we also have a lot of geometrical black and white patterns throughout the room, so this throw was the perfect way to continue the theme throughout the space.
Pillow and Throws with Wayfair | Squirrelly Minds
We’re still a long ways from finishing (hello basket-box turned side table, your days are numbered), but it’s refreshing to be able to add little elements to make the room feel more homey and styled. Textiles, including pillows and throws, are the perfect way to do just that.
Thanks Wayfair!

I could use some more advice:
What’s your #1 decor tip on how to easily style a room?

Home | Bathroom Shopping Guide

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Outtake from the Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal
This post is sponsored by bathandshower.com. All opinions remain my own.
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When we finished our huge basement renovation, we took a much needed break from anything that would require a trip to the hardware store. But we slowly got over it and finished the dining room and studio. We’re now unexpectedly at full steam ahead with our bungalow redecorating with our copper and white kitchen slowly shaping up, and after over a year of dealing with the hideous banana split colour, our living room is finally getting painted in the next couple weeks. All that we’ll have left is the hallway, bedroom, and bathroom.
UGLY PICTURE ALERT
Beautiful Bathrooms Shopping Guide | Squirrelly Minds
Ohh my much loathed bathroom. See, our bathroom is so tiny it doesn’t even warrant square footage on the floor plan. One day we plan to knock out a few walls and do a huge reno to the main floor (can’t wait) but for now, I’m going to dream about these beautiful bathrooms.
These two bathrooms are my inspiration for our mini bathroom makeover and our future bathroom overhaul, and if I lived in the UK like many of you lucky folk I’d be hunting down items over here. Care to come dream with me?
Beautiful Bathrooms Shopping Guide - Photo by Per Kristiansen | Squirrelly Minds

Photo by Per Kristiansen / Styled by Matt Carr & Joyce Lo

I’m obsessed with two styles of bathroom right now, and one of them includes lots of gold/brass touches. Yes there is a chance that in 10-20 years our hypothetical children with be thinking “god mom WHAT were you thinking!?”, but right now I just love the touch of regality gold and brass bring to a room. It can be tricky finding accessories in gold, but thankfully my friend spray paint is always by my side.
Here are some items to go along with the above image, including ones I would add to complete the look.
Beautiful Bathrooms Shopping Guide | Squirrelly Minds

1 . Round Mirror / 2. Pedestal Sink / 3. Shelf / 4. Towel Rack / 5. Bath Faucet
6. Traditional Free Standing Bath



Beautiful Bathrooms Shopping Guide - Photo by Andrew Grinton | Squirrelly Minds

Photo by Andrew Grinton / Designed by Barbara Purdy

Now this bathroom I have been obsessed with for years. Or at least since I first pinned it about a year or two ago. I just love the mix of cold ceramic tile with soft wood – especially the slatted wood on the shower floor! It gives the space a completely calming feel, making the bathroom a place you want to stay in, unlike mine which is a space you spend as little time in as humanly possible. Wood and white tile is the other bathroom look I’m completely obsessed with. Maybe I’ll mix wood, white and gold for our bathroom for the ultimate combo….
Beautiful Bathrooms Shopping Guide | Squirrelly Minds

1. Mirror / 2. Sink Faucet / 3. Vanity & Basin / 4. Shower Head / 5. Storage Unit
6. Heated Towel Rack / 7. Tub Panel

For the month of October, bathandshower.com are having a huge accessories sale at 75% off. So if you’re in the UK,
a) I’m jealous (hope to join you in a few years)
b) Hop to it and go redecorate your bathroom! You lucky duck.

Contemporary, Modern, Spa like…What bathroom style is your fave?

Home | Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal

Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Welcome!
You’ve seen bits and pieces of my home studio/office on here and instagram, but I’m excited to finally do a full reveal of the entire space! Get ready for an image heavy post guys, cause I have a lot to show you here in the Squirrelly Minds Studio.
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds

Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
As I pieced the studio together, I featured various projects such as the gold curtains. But I really took my time completing the room because there was so much I wanted and not enough funds. Hey man, working part time and renovating a house sucks the ‘pretty-studio-things’ budget dry. So I entered the Stapes Office Makeover contest, fully not anticipating actually winning.
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
I was floored when I got the e-mail saying my design was selected. Woohoo! Winning this makeover really kicked the studio renovation into full gear and has made it exactly what I wanted. It’s so funny to look back on what this space used to look like. The changes made a huge difference, especially the chair.
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Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
I got my IKEA desk last March. I knew it would be a multipurpose space for typing, crafting, painting, and more – so it needed to be big. This really is the command centre of the room, which is why I took so long putting together the gallery wall above and around the desk.
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
I cut out kraft paper to match the size of each frame, then spent over a month taping them up, rearranging them, and looking at them from different angles to decide on an orientation I liked. Insane I know, but if I didn’t get it right the first time I knew I’d drive myself bonkers.
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds

Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
As you can probably tell from the rest of the photos, I like having walls full of bright happy colours, so this blank wall is a bit of a tough contrast for me. But I purposely chose to have a blank wall so I can use it to photograph against, such as for the colour game printable. When it’s not in use, I have this garland (cheers Lexi!) hanging up with washi tape so it can be quickly taken down for set up and pictures.
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
I often get asked about my dresser, which is my ultimate craft storage (alongside my frighteningly messy closet). I salivated over this Nood dresser every time I walked by the shop window. I mean, it has a perfectly sized washi tape drawer! But sadly it was far out my price range. I continued the one sided love affair until the shop announced it’s store closing sale – 50% off! I was sure sad to see such a great shop go, but so glad this dresser was finally mine!

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Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
But out of all the winnings and scored deals, my favourite item in the room is the rug.
Similar to a rag rug, this manta (Portuguese, traditionally a bedspread) was woven by my grandmother in her tiny rural Azorean town. But not only woven. This is what makes the manta so incredible; my mom’s mom grew flax seed, stripped the seed to make linen, made clothes for her herself, her husband and 9 children from that linen, then when those clothes were far from repair after hours of farm work, the fabric was deconstructed and woven into a manta.
Talk about up-cycling.

Well you’ve seen the dining room and now the studio. Next on the docket is the kitchen! Hopefully we won’t take months to finish that one as well.
Thanks for joining in on the tour!

Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds

Want to get the studio look?

Accessories
Rug / Gold Vase / Milk Vase / Notebook


Art
“Do More of What Makes You Happy” / Hello / Balloon / Abstract


Electronics
Printer


Furniture & Fixtures
Office Chair / Desk Top / Desk Leg / Desk Drawers / School Chairs / Drawers / Floating Shelf / Desk Lamp / Ceiling Light / Curtains

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