Christmas Decor

 

We had the perfect snow day yesterday and I spent it decorating the house for Christmas. Winnie spent it cuddled up in “her” chair with a quilt, and Dave ripped out the carpet in the dining room. He also made a homemade pasta and meatball dinner. I was definitely the winner yesterday! DSC_0994

It’s so fun to be able to change up the house after I have a pop up shop. It’s like I get to start with a clean slate and I usually mix in my shop items. It was especially fun this year with the glass collection that I have amassed. Most of the items below are actually for sale in my shop. Some are not yet listed. You can message me for anything that you see, except the ceramic tree, that is all MINE. DSC_0003

The above is the minimalist holiday design, with just lights and vintage glassware. And  below is the maximalist with lots of trees added. Which do you prefer? DSC_0007

I collect Christmas trees and my collection has grown quite a bit over the years. I try to buy or craft some new ones each year, so the collection is always expanding. The ones on the right below were crafted last year. And the jeweled tree was a gift from my parents. It is an antique and oh so cute. I have 4 of them, which I’ll have to get better pics of. DSC_0008

We switched around some seating and moved this piece of our sectional to this nook. I think it makes this part of our house so cozy! What do you think?

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It was the perfect amount of snow to make everything beautiful! DSC_0024

Here is the house all aglow last night. As you can see, Winnie pretty much didn’t leave that spot all day. I used tinsel on the tree this year and I LOVE IT! Every year I look for it and can never find any. But last year I found some at a yard sale. Score! DSC_0043DSC_0055

The tree is decorated with lots of birds, tinsel, lights and round glass ornaments in silver, orange and blue. DSC_0058DSC_0061

DSC_0065DSC_0068Have you decorated your tree yet this year? What was your theme or color palette?

POP UP Shop Tomorrow!

Hey everyone! The POP Up shop is tomorrow Saturday, December 2nd. I’ve been busy all week getting ready for it and am so excited to have you all join us! This year I will have a bunch of friends joining me. You can read all about these talented friends in the last post here.

I’ll have lots of vintage home goods including pitchers, glassware, kitchenware, pottery, art and candlesticks.

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Vintage pottery

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Philadwellphia Feature

I am so very excited to announce that our home was featured on Philadwellphia, which is a local mid century modern home website. Check out all the gorgeous photos that were shot for the feature. They also have a lot tidbits and info about us and our home. It was built in 1963 by a local architect, Robert Morrison.

Check out the link HEREMorrison-House-Exterior-1

The craziest thing happened when this was posted. My Mom shared the feature on her facebook page and we found out that a nurse that she used to work with is a nurse for the architect of this home! As you will read in the article, the architect built this home for his family and they lived here for almost 50 years. We feel so lucky and honored to be able to live in this amazing home. It’s like living in a tree house and our friends have nicknamed it Ewok Village.

I’d love it if you check out the article and comment here with your favorite room. Mine is the living room/kitchen area.

And here is a link to a post about it from my old blog shortly after we moved in.

Bucks County Beauty

I had the pleasure of visiting the cutest house with the best view in all of Bucks County a couple of weeks ago. My friend Ericka who used to live super close, moved about an hour away to a tiny town on the Delaware River in Bucks County. She now lives in this amazing home with her husband and their 5 dogs.

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I mean, look at this place. It definitely feels like it jumped off of the pages of a very cool magazine, like Martha Stewart Living. Ericka has always had really good taste and killer decorating skills. She recently downsized and moved in with her lovely new husband, John. It was so fun to see how she edited all of her stuff into this perfect Bucks County home. Amazing job lady!

The drive up River Road is absolutely stunning! It’s filled with cute towns along the river on both sides.  The leaves are at peak season currently, so a drive up now would be even more beautiful than normal.DSC_0418

This is the view from her yard, looking down over the Delaware River. DSC_0422

LOVE this rug. DSC_0430

 

And the living room. A recent update from Ericka is that she scored an amazing leather sofa “from” Crate and Barrel. And by from I mean actually from Craigslist for a deal.  I can’t wait to see it. DSC_0432

I’m in love with the details in this guest bedroom. DSC_0434

You can see my sister’s cute head in this shot. She was visising us from Florida, and spent the day with us, which was also wonderful. DSC_0436

The attic has this amazing window. DSC_0438

Chill spot in the master bedroom. DSC_0439

View from the ROOF deck. DSC_0440

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And bathroom details. I love the collection. DSC_0448DSC_0452

This pheasant rules. And the antique piece that it’s sitting on is stunning. DSC_0455

Here are 2 of the 5 rug rats, on an amazing rug. Ericka has 2 boxers and John 3  basset hounds. DSC_0468

They also have a BOAT! Yes, we also got to chill on a giant pontoon boat on the Delaware River on a glorious day. It was like in the 70s/80s that day. DSC_0489

 

Picture perfect.

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Thanks for the hospitality Ericka and John!

I’d love to know, what was your favorite part about this home?

POP UP Shop December 2nd

Hey friends. I’ll be having a POP UP shop at my home on December 2nd from 12-5.

You’ll be able to shop my house, which will be set up with all of my vintage housewares, and handmade quilts and pillows. In addition, my talented friends will be here selling their amazing creations.

Senpai + Kohai make handcrafted fashion. Their clothes make you feel like a million bucks when you wear them. Here are a couple photos from their collection that they shot in our home, which is where this event is taking place.

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Marilyn McCauley, makes wonderful handmade ceramics.

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Jason Koons makes amazing papercut art

 

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And Traci Elaine will be here taking complimentary portraits of you! She just shot a  bunch of photos for me, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

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The shirt above is from Senpai + Kohai and look how happy I am wearing it 🙂TraciElaine_Brandi-12

We all hope to see you at our event! Stop by to hang out with us and enjoy some tasty food and drinks.

Saturday December 2nd, 12-5

Email me at brandeyehome@gmail.com for the address!

You can read about a previous pop up shop here, at my old blog: http://brand-eye.blogspot.com/2016/08/well-that-was-fun.html

 

Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

I was looking for a cocktail to make this fall using blood oranges. And I am always a fan of bourbon, so blood orange bourbon it is!TraciElaine_Brandi-115

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 2 oz blood orange juice
  • 2 oz seltzer (or more to taste)

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Photos by Traci Elaine. She did an amazing job and check out her website here.

Wooden and Milkglass Tablescape

Are you already thinking about how to decorate your Thanksgiving table? Or maybe you have a dinner party coming up and you want a fall vibe. Here is a great idea for a super simple tablescape. Wood and milkglass. Or it could just be wood and white. Whatever you have will work. And if you want to buy any of this gorgeous vintage ware, it’s all for sale in my brand*eye home shopwoodentablescape4

I used a combination of wooden candle holders, wooden bowls, and milk glass glasses. woodentablescape3

How great are these turned wooden candle holders? And the combo of white pumpkins and green gourds? A local farm stand had these beauties and I scooped up the bumpiest gourds that I could find.

woodentablescape2And the milk glass hobnail glasses are gorgeous. I like how they make the wood pop even more, because of the contrast. I actually have 12 of them in the shop. You can find them and all of the vintage ware that you see here in my brand*eye shop!

wooden tablescape1How are you planning to decorate your table this year? Mine may look a lot like this. I am really digging the wood and white this year.

Fall Markets: October 21st and 22nd

Hey friends. If you’re in the eastern PA area and want to check out my handmade and vintage home goods in person, be sure to stop by one of these events this weekend.

On Saturday, October 21st from 10-3 I’ll be at The Craftery Market in Ottsville, PA at Linden Hill Gardens. It’s only $5 per ticket, and you can buy them here. This market is being held in and around a beautiful old stone barn. And Linden Hill Gardens is a beautiful garden and nursery, where you can find lots of wonderful and unusual plants.

8230 Easton Road (Route 611)
Ottsville, Pennsylvania 18942

I CANNOT wait! The photo below is from there website, check it out here.

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And then on Sunday, October 22nd from 10-4 I will be at the Clover Market in Bryn Mawr. You can find all the details here.

7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA

It’s finally getting to be chilly fall weather, so you may want to pick up a wonderful handmade brand*eye quilt or pillow. And of course, there will be a lot of awesome vintage finds for your home.

I hope to see you this weekend. Stop by and say hello!

Easy Pumpkin Fall Decor

I am a big fan of decorating and crafting for fall. And I especially love crafting if it’s easy! Typically I decorate using a general fall vibe, instead of a Halloween specific vibe. This way all of my hard work will still be appreciated through Thanksgiving. And it makes hosting on Thanksgiving that much easier, since the decorating is already done in October.

Here are a few easy painting ideas with pumpkins. pumpkins after

You only need three things: pumpkins, paint, and paint brushes. pumpkings supplies

I painted just the stems of a few pumpkins with a metallic paint. And on others I painted the entire thing. The turquoise pumpkin is my favorite! The one on the right is a black painted gourd, which also turned out really great.

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My friend made this cool one with a gold and black pattern.pumpkin gold and black

One great way to decorate your home with your pumpkins is to add a few of them to a tray. Odd numbers work best. Then fill around the pumpkins with some colorful leaves. pumpkin after

I hope this gave you some new and easy ideas of crafts to do this fall. These pumpkins were all made with my girlfriends at a craft night, but these ideas are easy enough to do with kids. What is your favorite fall craft or decorating idea?

Save Your Coleus by Cutting It

If you are like me, you love to plant coleus in your garden each year. It’s such a beautiful plant that comes in so many different colors and works well in shade. This plant is known for its leaves, but it will flower. When it flowers it actually takes away from the beauty of the leaves, so keep it in check by snipping off the flowers as soon as they appear. They are not hardy in our zone, so at the end of each season it’s sad to see them go. This year you can try this technique to save them all winter, and you can plant them outside again in the spring.

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Coleus at the end of the season before cutting it

Use a pair of scissors and snip off a few nice pieces of each coleus that you want to save. I suggest picking the hardiest plants to use. You want to have a piece that is about 5-8″ long. Just approximate, there really is no wrong way to do this.

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Coleus pile

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