Christmas Decor Tips and Tricks!

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We can start decorating for Christmas now, right? Well, I am. What are a few of your favorite items to set out during the colder months?!

Here’s my DIY winter decorating colab!


-Do not be afraid, I repeat DO NOT be afraid to add lots of texture during the colder months. This brings a warmer feeling into your home.

-Drink peppermint/cinnamon flavored coffee and listen to Christmas music while decorating – get the creative juices flowing.

-In past years decorating I have had people ask me how I keep my “everyday” decor items and mix them with whatever season I’m in. This can be challenging since I love lambs ear, and mixing it with cotton and pine isn’t the easiest for winter, but honestly just roll with it. If it makes you happy, do it. And don’t think twice about it. Don’t be confused though, I do put away most of my lighter green items.

-Add red. Which is hard to believe I’m even suggesting red because usually my colors of choice are grey/white and wood. But during Christmas red brings a comfort feeling. Add red (plaid) pillows or signs with red writing.


-Hide lights wherever you can, I prefer small string lights with a battery but any will do. Also, use timer lights if they’re in your budget this season. These lights are especially amazing if you have open soffits like us! If your microwave is mounted above your stove check in the cabinet above it to see if you have a plugin, if so add a small hole on the top of the cabinet to plug in and pull your lights through.

-Buy candles that smell like winter and hide them in cute jars/containers.

-Add a wreath or your kids school projects to the front of your top kitchen cupboards with command hooks. Command hooks aren’t damaging and super easy to remove so they’re perfect for the job!

-If you don’t have a fireplace like us, use your staircase railing to hang your stockings. To cover up where you hang them, add long greenery all the way down the railing. so cute!

-Add a push button extension cord to your tree for easy access to turn on! Amazon has them for a whole $6.96!

Hopefully some of my tips and tricks from experience help you out this holiday season! If you have any, please comment and let me know how you conquered your decorating!

-My Cedar Chest

Thankful, grateful, blessed with a side of cheesy potatoes


Happy Thanksgiving!

When I said I was starting a blog for my DIY’s that doesn’t mean I’m just limited to repainting and home decor, right?

This is my first year hosting Thanksgiving at our new house (I have no idea what I’m doing truthfully) and I decided to take the stress off myself a little bit by reaching out to my mom and sister to bring a few dishes to help me out. My all time favorite dish (anytime) is cheesy potatoes. Wow, a cheesy potatoes recipe DIY is making a debut on my second blog post (that’s how important they are in my life). This recipe makes about 15 servings.

The Goods:

9’ by 13’ glass pan, lightly sprayed with Pam

30 oz. thawed hash browns

1 cup milk

2 cans cream chicken/mushroom condensed soup

1/2 cup sour cream

2 cups shredded cheese (I love cheese)

2-4 tablespoons melted butter

Sprinkle salt and pepper, garlic or chives

If its your thing add a small onion (I will if I’m not wearing makeup so I don’t cry off any mascara).

I buy the frozen hash browns, (if you make yours with real potatoes, please reach out and let me in on how that’s done!) and let them thaw out a bit, this trick will help so they aren’t so watery!

Combine milk, condensed soup, sour cream and cheese together in a big bowl and spices too, I use my mixer. Next add in hash browns. Once all combined pour into your sprayed dish and pour melted butter over the top.

Cook for 1 hour uncovered at 350 degrees, and eat! Yum!

I truly hope everyone is surrounded by family and love today. I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly looking forward to my food coma and especially thankful for my oversized sweater today. Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. here’s a super fun way to serve your guests drinks during the Holidays! Our awesome rustic cooler was gifted to us for a wedding present hand crafted by Mike Bley out of Wauneta, Nebraska!


And it’s so practical!

-My Cedar Chest

Inside the Chest

About Me, decor, diy, Journal

Hi, I’m Meriel. You can call me Mer, or whatever else strikes your fancy. I’m a Nebraska born and raised girl. I’m a coffee enthusiast and self proclaimed professional couponer. In my very near future I hope to own a dog. Has anyone else ever tried to write about themselves? Wow, this is so much harder than I anticipated it to be.

Basically, as a kid I watched my mom parade around garage sales finding the best bargain for an old chair or dresser she could recover or repaint. She has paved the way for my love of decorating and DIYing. They always say moms know best right? So, here I am – wanting to help those who need a few pick me ups on DIY’s. Enjoy!

For my more professional readers:

Hi, I’m Meriel. By day, I’m a 25 year old Pediatric Dental Assistant. My husband and I have been married since June of 2017. He’s a project manager for a commercial construction company all while building homes on the side, honestly he comes in really handy when a new project arises! We enjoy traveling, and sitting on our couch eating kettle popcorn. My decorative style is a mixture of modern farmhouse and rustic. I truly believe Lambs Ear saves lives in all rooms, and plaid too. I started learning Calligraphy about a year ago, I taught myself by many YouTube videos and following Pinterest pages, in which now many signs warm the walls of our home. In my spare time I wander the aisles of Home Goods, Hobby Lobby and Cooper & Co. stirring up ideas for decorating or DIYing. Enjoy!