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My Easy (and Inexpensive!) DIY Fireplace Makeover + A GIVEAWAY!!!

My Easy (and Inexpensive!) DIY Fireplace Makeover + A GIVEAWAY!!!

This DIY fireplace makeover is sponsored in part by StickPretty. All opinions expressed are my own. My fireplace was an ultimate drag from the moment I stepped into this house. Don’t ask me why someone decided to adhere the very first, blush watercolor art tile […]

Patrón-a-tini・A Three-Ingredient Tequila Martini

Patrón-a-tini・A Three-Ingredient Tequila Martini

This post is sponsored by Patrón. All opinions expressed are my own. I’ll be dead honest, if I have a tequila of choice, it’s Patrón. Challenge me to create two crafty cocktails using this killer collectible Patrón Silver One-Liter Limited Edition Tequila bottle as an […]

Print Your Artwork + the Anticipation of Surprise = Parabo Box

Print Your Artwork + the Anticipation of Surprise = Parabo Box

Parabo Box | Print Your Artwork | Anticipation of Surprise | Curated Home Decor | Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

I advise my photography clients of this notion on the reg: print your artwork! Yeah, yeah, it’s the digital age, but an online gallery doesn’t compare to a tangible piece of art in your bare hands. I’ll never forget what it felt like developing my photos in the darkroom and watching a blank piece of paper come to life. #whyiprint

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Enter Parabo Box. These tangible art-lovin’ nerds take print your artwork to a whole new level—with the added bonus of the surprise. 😯 Designed by Parabo Press (and if you were a college photo nerd like me, Parabo Press was founded by Photojojo which is only the cutest, quirkiest camera accessory shop out there), this monthly service takes your most popular Instagram photo and creates a unique print or art object, along with a themed set of curated (and secret!!) goodies inside.

Say whaaat?! Gimme all the new tchotchkes!!

How she workie?

Tag your favorite photo of the month with #printmeplease or the Parabo Box team will stalk your account like little photo elves for the most liked image of the month. Next thing you know, an alluring, beautifully-packaged black box with some fine goods will arrive at your front door.

I was shivering in my boots when I received my box—partly because the Brigham Craftsman is an igloo in the winter—but also because the anticipation was killllling me! All I knew is December’s box was cocktail-themed (uhhh, yaaaas kween) and one of my favorite Colorado travel photos was in the *mix.* 😜

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What was inside?!

Lo and behold, two cute-as-heck copper mugs, a set of cocktail picks, a wintry cocktail recipe booklet with Punch Drink (super score!!) and some killer metal coasters with my fave print. Every box comes with a little booklet describing your new kit. Not to mention, the an illustrated “Cheers” print and coupon for a FREE PHOTO BOOK!! Awww, you guyssss.

My hubby was just asking me about printing photos of our life adventures, so thank you Parabo Box! I’ll be snagging that little number right up.

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There’s a limited supply each month, so walk your little tush over to Parabo Press and snatch this month’s box (a.k.a. happy mail) while the gettin’s good.

If you like Parabo Box, then you’ll love Parabo Press!!

Use coupon code JESSB to receive 20% off Parabo print products (excluding box).
Expires 12/31!

 

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Try This: Last Minute (and Hilarious) Handmade Christmas Cards

Try This: Last Minute (and Hilarious) Handmade Christmas Cards

You’re To-Do list is large. *shriek* You’ve waited too long. *crash* You want to give Christmas a personal touch, but there’s only two weeks until Santa’s sleigh show’s up. *gasp* It’s all good, guys. I’ve got the cutest, most peculiar, handmade christmas cards for you. […]

Tequila: It’s Better Than You Think・A Festive Punch with Patrón

Tequila: It’s Better Than You Think・A Festive Punch with Patrón

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Eclectic Home Tour・Winter 2017

Eclectic Home Tour・Winter 2017

Ho-ho-how awesome it is to be back on the Eclectic Home Tour series—winter edition!! Jolly thanks to Jess Rey at Domicile 37 for inviting me onto this talented, holiday-inspired blog hop. There’s a link to all home tours at the end of this post, so be sure to visit all of these fabulously festive ladies before you’re off on your merry way!

If you’re new here or stopping by after Cate’s digs at Style Mutt Home, WELCOME!! I’m Jessica and I live in a 1934 Craftsman Bungalow home with my husband, Christopher, and our three goofy fur babies, Murphy, Marla and Sylvester. We’ve adored our home for just over four years and closed on her two days before we got married. We’re get sh*t done kind of people (also crazy). 🤘🏻

Christmastime makes me so nostalgic. I grew up in a home with an off-the-boat Italian grandmother who reigned Christmas like no other. Outside, inside, ev-ery-where! I’m not big into the oft-seasonal decor switcheroo, so my youngster experience is the reason for my season and why I change things up in the Brigham Craftsman for a single month’s time. 

Eclectic Home Tour Winter 2017 | Boho Glam Christmas Decor | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

Living Room

It’s my first time decorating in my wildly redesigned home. It’s made the process a little tough, but resilience is key in this house! Most of my previous decor was aligned with my coastal / rustic roots. I opted to keep my decor (somewhat) minimal by adding pops of color with my favorite vintage Christmas collections. I also adore my Article sectional sofa even more because of how gosh darn good it looks rearranged. I finally achieved the classic “tree in the window” look.

Yaaaaaas kweeen. 👸

Eclectic Home Tour Winter 2017 | Boho Glam Christmas Decor | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

For the past four years, I’ve made all of my fresh wreaths and garland. This greenery is so aromatic and adds such a classic holiday feel. I pull the good ol’ New Englander card by donning wreaths on my front windows and door with red ribbon.

One day I’ll have a vintage Santa and reindeer blow mold flying from my hour to the street. One. Fine. Day. As if it wasn’t dark enough in the winter, every time I pluck those wreaths off I have the intense desire to shout from the rooftops: LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN. 😂 On the flipside, I absolutely love seeing them from the inside.

Eclectic Home Tour Winter 2017 | Boho Glam Christmas Decor | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

If there’s anything minimal, it’s the Christmas tree!! I won two live trees at a fundraiser earlier this year. Turns out the trees were from an aspiring Christmas tree farm on a friend’s private property.

Let’s just say I found the Charlie Brown tree of my dreams. I might have to make private property Christmas trees a thing. Legally, of course.

Eclectic Home Tour Winter 2017 | Boho Glam Christmas Decor | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

I sprinkled Charlie with glittery gold ornaments and a brown faux fur tree skirt for a proper finish. We have a beautiful red cast iron tree stand, but proportionately it was not working on its own. If I had time to make or found the perfect garland, I would’ve added that, too. My husband missed the tree topper, so she’s donning a shiny gold star now. I totally like it better. Minimalism is hard.

The mantel is always my favorite to decorate—white stockings, greenery and brass candlesticks. How can you go wrong?! I’ll close off the sconces as soon as I find my future large, arched gilt mirror. I’m looking for you, boo.

Eclectic Home Tour Winter 2017 | Boho Glam Christmas Decor | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

THE OFFICE

I decked out my shelfie by adding a few nostalgic pieces from back in the day—the vintage red flocked santa sleigh and reindeer (one of two) and my mini childhood Christmas tree. I love the faux reindeer head as well. I found him at a thrift shop for one fat dollar.

I do wish I had more greens to drape in this room—a skinny white pine garland of sorts. It would’ve worked so well with the Hunter Green. Nevertheless, it puts a reminiscing smile on my face everytime I look over at the blinking poinsettia lights. They’re older than I am and just so goofy!!  

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DINING ROOM

After seeing Christmas cacti like Jen’s (@blissfully_eclectic), Myrtle had to get draped with string lights. I usually go all soft-white light, but thought my hubby would like a little colorrr. He continues to petition for multicolored lights. Ya give an inch, they take a mile!

Eclectic Home Tour Winter 2017 | Boho Glam Christmas Decor | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

Here’s where a few of my MCM Christmas collections shine. Over the bar is a vintage, spring loaded Santy Claus (another one of two 🙈). He came from grandma’s house in Queens. He’s a little bit creepy and 100% hilarious. It gives good ol’ Christmas whimsy to our Hollywood Regency brass bar cart.

Eclectic Home Tour Winter 2017 | Boho Glam Christmas Decor | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

Over the summer we came into two really funky finds—a nutcracker from my mom-and-pop-in-laws and the best Santa punch bowl you’ll ever see. The 12-cup, in perfection condition, vintage punch bowl came from a thrift shop outside of Syracuse, NY. I had to have him. And I did. Best $50 I ever spent. Bring on all the tree trimmings!! 🍹

Eclectic Home Tour Winter 2017 | Boho Glam Christmas Decor | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

Finally, I draped my fresh, eight-foot long arborvitae garland over the entryway. I love, love, LOVE the way it looks against the Justina Blakeney + Hygge & West wallpaper. And it looks damn good peeking out on the living room side, too. Soon I’ll set our Christmas Day table with my grandmother’s china, brass candlesticks and lotsa eucalyptus. SO PRETTY.

Eclectic Home Tour Winter 2017 | Boho Glam Christmas Decor | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

MASTER BEDROOM

I kept this room simple by adding a few pops of fresh white pine cuttings on my dresser, a teeny-tiny, faux tree and the second spring loaded Santa. This one permanently lived in my childhood laundry room so he’s a bit stretched out. He’s also the more conniving-looking of the two and unofficially our Christmas home protection system (I might run if I saw voodoo Santy Claus 😂). On the flippity flop, waking up to the view of Christmas tree twinkle is da bomb.

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GUEST ROOM

A mini reveal! I’ve been teetering in our downstairs guest room for two months. The room came alive when I recently received my grandparents first bedroom set they bought when they got married 60 years ago. The gaudy-licious, black deco set makes my heart go pitter-freaking-patter. It’s not nearly done, but she’s shaping up to be a star. The best part: 90% of this guest room is thrifted.

Eclectic Home Tour Winter 2017 | Boho Glam Christmas Decor | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

I bedazzled our guest room’s holiday spirit with fresh cut white pine branches and the second 1950s-era red flocked Santa and reindeer figurines. They’ve always made an appearance somewhere. I just crush hard on them. Also, every guest room NEEDS a bar. Non optional here.

Eclectic Home Tour Winter 2017 | Boho Glam Christmas Decor | Jessica Brigham Blog | Magazine Ready for Life

Thanks for Joining the Tour!

There you have it, fraaaands! My holidaze decor. I so appreciate you popping on by. Keep moving along the holiday decor train: Next up is local gal pal, Diane of The Rath Project. With her flair for the eclectic, this is surely one holiday home tour not to be missed!

 

Would love to hear from you!

Do you collect vintage Christmas decor?

Cocktails in every guest room?!

DIVULGE IT ALL IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!

 

Winter Eclectic Home Tour

Monday

Domicile 37 // Desert Domicile // Kobel & Co. // Whimsical Blue Living

Tuesday

The Gathered Home // Casa Watkins Living // Up To Date Interiors

Wednesday

Monica Wants It // Designing Vibes // Maker of Home // Michelle Matangi

Thursday

A Designer at Home // Style Mutt Home // Jessica Brigham // The Rath Project

Friday

House Homemade // House Haus Home // Jeweled Interiors // Domicile 37

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Nap Tested, Husband Approved: Why I Love My Sven Sofa

Nap Tested, Husband Approved: Why I Love My Sven Sofa

It all started with a pretty girl’s velvet dream. One day, before my interior world went wild and turned upside down, my girlfriend showed me a modern haven of delicious velvet (and leather) wonders in all sorts of contemporary colors. Unbeknownst to me, that compelling image of the Sven sectional sofa was imprinted in mind for a future time.

I’ve received numerous inquiries about my Cascadia Blue Sven Sofa (a.k.a. The Blue Wonder) via Instagram. Today, I’m addressing all of your questions as my love for TBW couldn’t be stronger. She’s so luxe there’s even an emoji that emulates her sheer awesomeness.

Here it is, in all it’s virtually-tufted glory: 🛋.

Buying Online (It’s not so scary!)

Let’s talk about the big elephant in the room: buying a couch online. 😟 It seems the thought makes the proverbial music cut out in a room and the old timey disco box explodes. I lovingly coveted Sven for months with my inappropriately lustful eyes. Was I little nervous to buy a sofa online? Sure; but those images were everything I longed for, and the price was right. Ya also get 30 days to decide. For me, that was a shoo-in. Sign meee up.

A photographer by trade, I can firmly attest Article does an amazing job highlighting their “Articles.” The product photos and the real thing are one in the same – color, detail, etc – which I also noted in my review. Not to mention, the visual specs of the couch put me at ease, which can be found at the end of each product gallery.

Nap Tested, Husband Approved

It was important for this couch to be deep enough for my hunky hubster to be comfortable (and nap often) leading me to my next major point: this sofa is c-o-m-f-y: comfy!!! This is the most common query and the answer is a resounding YES! A husband, two cats, a very “well-trained” dog and myself would agree. I work here, he naps here, we chat here (I’m am currently here). Needless to say, there’s lots of cush for this here tush.

Luxury for Less

Once my heart was set on velvet, there was no turning back. The living room’s future statement piece, it had to be sleek, bold and luxe (a.k.a. hot to trot). Sounds expensive, right? Well, it can be! I’d never bought an adult sofa before, so I did my research. Like a good adult.

Buying a brand spankin’ new, decadently designed, lavishly velvet, mid century style sofa can come at a price (upwards of $2800-5000 before shipping). All in at $2300 (including delivery and in-home installation) was an investment I’ll never regret. I wasn’t in town to relish in the delivery (#onlyregrat 😭), but my hubby FaceTimed me for a partial experience. Now that’s true love.

Simplicity of Choice

You might know that feeling … when you go to a restaurant, you’re freakin’ starving, you get the menu, and you’re overwhelmed by too many goddamn choices?! What I love about Article’s color selection is what I love about a really, really good restaurant: limited choices. One page, single, uno. The velvet Sven sofa comes with five color options – and that’s it! It’s a beautiful thing. Quality over quantity takes the cake for me every single time.

With simple choices comes efficiency. Unless otherwise noted, they’re stocked and ready to ship within the week. I ordered mine on a Monday and it arrived on Friday. Yeap, that’s how they do, boo.

Durability: Pets, Cleanliness & Sunlight

Let me be frank, this girl gets used. She’s no showpiece; she’s our well-loved, and well-lived on, sofa. It’s been nine months and she’s holding up fine to the test of time. Trust me, she’s seen alotta derrières.

A lot of people have asked: velvet and pets?!! *cue dramatic music* I had the same concern and Article kindly addresses this on their FAQ page (also an adorable answer). Leather is recommended to avoid any unwanted attention, but with our felines I’ve made due with the beautiful invention of hot pink Soft Claws for Cats. Works like a chaaaarrrm.

 

As for our very cooperative 60-lb. lap dog, Murphy helps himself to napping, mailman greeting and pillow smushing (ya bastard) 😐 while we’re out, accompanied by the gracious slobber mark on occasion. The website states the fabric is dry clean only, but I’m happy to report a cold, moist paper towel and a quick rub down with a soft bristle brush per tufted square blends that precious gift into oblivion.

This method also works when your beautiful husband comes home from an especially sweaty Crossfit workout and takes a load off on TBW before changing his gym shorts. 🙄

And let’s be real: with pets comes pet hair, people. Expect to see your beautiful, brand new velvet sofa attracting what feels like millions of precious furry family reminders. Cleaning is a form of meditation to me; I highly recommend the practice.

Regarding sun-faded fabric, I have not been negatively impacted at all. Since its arrival, my Sven sofa lives underneath a window with at least six hours of direct Southern exposure. I’m regularly flipping my cushions to keep them lookin’ oh-so-fresh and poufy (I even keep the zipper side up once in a blue to keep’m balanced). Not sure if this helps, but I can report nothing but good things in this department.

That Cascadia Blue, baby. That’s where it’s at. 🛋 (oh, there she is again).

The Particles: Customer Service

I love when I find a business with an expressive sense of humor and a good, moral company feel. Article hit this nail right on the head. The self-proclaimed “Particles,” you get the good vibes on the site and via email (if you’re anything like me, you feel like you can intuitively read people via email. Crazy? Probably. 😂).

Originally, I was torn between two colors: Grass Green and Cascadia Blue. One of those super sweet Particles swiftly responded to my inquiry and snail-mailed two fabric samples right away for nada. In fact, it’s one of my very first Instagram posts: 💚 or 💙?! To which they also replied. I love you, Particles.

In Summation

So, buying online? Truthfully, I like a little risk. The Blue Wonder was everything my modern living room dreams were founded on. It was completely out of the box from what I was accustomed to (shout out to granny’s hand-me-down couch) and so rewarding when reaping the benefit of taking that chance. It was worth every single penny, she looks damn good, and she’d holding up to regular use just fine. Thanks for kickin’ some serious tush, Article.

This is NOT a sponsored post. I just love my Article Sven sofa and that’s that. Respek. 👊🏻

 

Are you contemplating an Sven sofa by Article?

Do you have one and love it?

Tell me your stories! Ask me your questions! Permission for bragging rights starts now.

 

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