Kara Loves Coco- Home for the Holidays

We love to be home for the Holidays.  I grew up with a lot of traditions surrounding the Christmas Season and I love creating our own new traditions with Coco.  My Mom always went completely over the top with our Holiday decorations and I remember how magical our home felt as a little girl this time of year.  My parents would blast the John Denver Christmas album and decorate for days.  I really want to create that for our family and I try to accomplish it by collecting a few things each year to add to what we currently have.  I also incorporate a lot of things that are sentimental to my husband and I from our childhood homes. 

Our tree is a perfect example of this!  Every ornament has a story.  Give me a few glasses of wine and I will tell you the tales of each and then ask if you want to watch our wedding video and sob together.  The tree topper is over 35 years old and I still have the box that it came in with the price tag on it (75 CENTS). It is the furthest thing from a color coordinated, everything matching tree but that’s what we love about it.  I have ornaments from the year my husband and I were born and some that we both made in elementary school.  Each one evokes a special memory and reminds me of how special this time of year is.  Our tree skirt was hand made by Austin’s Grandma and has pom pom’s on it.  POM POM’S! She was a fabulous and stylish woman who worked at a fur store and it’s no surprise that she threw a few pom pom’s on that tree skirt considering how on trend they are now! What else do I collect you ask? Nutcrackers.  I did ballet for over 12 years and was in the Nutcracker each year.  I may or may not be obsessed with the Nutcracker and aside from going to see it annually, I’ve started collecting them.  Coco is just as obsessed with them as I am! 

I’m sure there is a psychological reason for all of my sentimentality this time of year.  So let me lay on this couch and let’s discuss, shall we?  The Holidays today are very different for me personally than they were 10 years ago and even more different than they were 20 years ago.  There were years where I had a hard time accepting that they had changed so much.  Family members have gotten married, had children, gotten divorced, moved far away and passed away…. all of which contributed to a shift in how we spend our Holidays.  They say that the Holidays should be about people, not stuff but for some of us, the stuff reminds us of the people we love and the happy memories we have with those people and the times that we shared together before all of the change. So I say only when it comes to the Holidays, pile on the stuff!  Happy Holidays and thank you so much for following along! xo

Home Sign: Target/ Baby Sleeping Sign: Etsy

 Mirror: Ballard Design/ NOEL Stocking Hangers, Candle Sticks, Stockings, Faux Plants: Pottery Barn

Red Ribbon: Costco/ Black and White Striped Wrapping Paper: Amazon/ Gold Star Wrapping Paper: Papyrus

 Wreaths: Restoration Hardware/ Chairs: World Market

 Black and White Pillow: Home Goods/ Velvet Pillow: Pottery Barn/ Couch: Ethan Allen/ Mug: Target/ Books: Amazon

 Chair: Ethan Allen/ Side Table: Ethan Allen

Chicago Sign: Z Gallerie/ Blue Ottomans: Overstock/ Rug: One Kings Lane/ Coffee Table: Pottery Barn/ Side Chair: Home Decorators/ Blue Pom Pom Pillow: Pottery Barn/ Blue Pot: Home Goods/ End Table: Pottery Barn/ Clear Lamp: Ballard Designs


  1. Deborah Richards
    November 8, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Wow, cool post. I'd like to write like this too – taking time and real hard work to make a great article… but I put things off too much and never seem to get started. Thanks though. Excellentathome.com

  2. Meiqing Xu
    December 7, 2016 / 7:00 am

    longchamp bagsrolex watchesmichael kors outletugg boots canadacheap nike air maxugg bootscanada goose uklouis vuitton handbagschristian louboutintoms outlet201612007caiyan

  3. Liam Olivia
    December 21, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    A person who is creative can do some interior designing on his own even without formal training. Those who have an eye for what is aesthetic can just as easily decorate and design his own house depending on his tastes. House plans

  4. Mueeid Soomro
    January 14, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Even though luxury is a synonym for space, most small home owners are eagerly using home interior decoration to create definition areas for each individual.homeindec.com

  5. Jack Son
    March 7, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Sellers need their real estate agents to be marketing their homes, not fixing them up! Hire a professional home stager and you can be assured that the all-important fantastic first impression will be created.http://futonfanatic.com

  6. Destiny Kaitlyn
    March 14, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Among many spots worth going by are Spain's flourishing capital Madrid, the energetic beach front city of Barcelona, the celebrated "Running of the Bulls" at Pamplona, major Andalusian urban areas with Islamic design, similar to Seville, Granada and Córdoba, the Way of St. James and the ideal Balearic and Canary Islands.http://aroundbulgaria.com/taxi/burgas/pomorie/

  7. Craig Ronald
    April 20, 2017 / 7:16 am

    During any holiday and festive season, we love to decorate our home. Most probably, in Christmas and other seasons, we are choosing different types of themes and following different trends for design. Here in this article also we can get a perfect design for our home for the holiday season. This is really appreciable, thanks for this wonderful article with useful information. Vinyl Windows Tarzana

  8. Hadon HAL
    May 1, 2017 / 12:36 am

    One of the smartest moves that any of us can make is to give our backs some time off. quocmai

  9. Shiney
    May 9, 2017 / 9:34 am

    Take the measure of cash your house is worth, and subtract the adjust of your home loan advance. Whatever is left is your home value. On a home worth $200,000 with a home loan adjust of $150,000, the home value would be $50,000. squareonecondosdeal.ca

  10. Brad Pitt
    May 10, 2017 / 11:17 am

    This information is very useful. thanks for sharing.Palliative Care

  11. Sid Brother
    May 31, 2017 / 12:21 am

    You can expect to spend hours at kitchen and bath centers, flooring stores, lighting stores, appliance stores and much more. Kitchen Redesign Model

  12. Tanveer Shah
    June 10, 2017 / 6:46 am

    I would like to say that this blog really convinced me to do it! Thanks, very good post. hampton bay lighting company

  13. John
    June 21, 2017 / 11:35 am

    coach factory outlet onlineclarks shoes outletchristian louboutin outletnike roshe oneguccilevis outletnike outlet onlinetomscoach handbags outletpandora bracelet20170621yuanyuan

  14. johne johne
    June 30, 2017 / 10:41 am

    I've started collecting them. Coco is just as obsessed with them as I am! electric griddle reviews

  15. Kyle John
    July 21, 2017 / 10:43 am

    This may seem like very unusual advice concerning interior design for new homes especially coming from someone who is working within the design industry. Abby Ray

  16. john sun
    July 21, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    This blog has a positive and eager result.mthruf.com

  17. kimberlyjames
    July 27, 2017 / 4:58 am

    You should keep in mind, wixsite.com/ however that the showerhead's big eight-inch Official Website dimension could not permit it to totally tilt and Compound Miter Saw Showdown: 8 Tools, Tested readjust on some shorter shower.

  18. ROCKEY 12
    August 5, 2017 / 10:18 am

    This blog has a positive and enthusiastic outcome.Car Carpet Cleaner

  19. innoxent boy
    August 15, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    This blog is so important. A present for the blog readers.natural gas grills

  20. Corner Blog
    August 18, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Here is a simple to take after aide on the best way to pick the right kind of espresso or Espresso Lizcoffee machine for lease for you.

  21. Innocent Mk
    August 20, 2017 / 6:50 am

    A home stager views a home through the eyes of the prospective buyer.Make The Simple Blog They are therefore able to make and implement recommendations that will show the house in the best possible light.

  22. Rosy
    August 28, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Albeit custom constructed homes are more costly you will have the fulfillment of putting resources into a home that suits them and you don't need to manage the decisions a past proprietor made. You likewise don't need to burn through cash on updating your home. homyden.com/lawn-maintenance-best-weed-eater-in-depth-reviews/

  23. nancycongdon
    September 4, 2017 / 6:19 am

    This unique design vidmeup.com/ makes it really simple official guide to make use of at a bestkitchenfaucet2017 typical sink, bar sink, Best Kitchen Faucet Reviews and in a selection of Kitchen Faucet various other setups.

  24. Alex mark
    October 3, 2017 / 8:07 am

    Moved far away and passed away…. all of which contributed to a shift in how we spend our Holidays.selling

  25. Nick
    October 6, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    In many nations buying apparatuses close to the happy season is the best choice to spare cash since organizations think of marvelous bubbly arrangements and rebates. where to buy portable table saws

  26. john sun
    October 14, 2017 / 8:00 am

    Charmingly dumbfounded to see this meshwork of surprising words.rubyusers

  27. Traci
    October 23, 2017 / 9:23 am

    Work around the room as per a specific example keeping in mind the end goal to guarantee that you either don't forget any ranges or that you don't spotless what has just been finished. HCE

  28. Traci
    October 23, 2017 / 9:24 am

    With this said it isn't hard to keep your home clean. The advantages of a perfect home are broad from both a mental, social and wellbeing perspectives. A messy home not exclusively may turn into a genuine wellbeing peril it likewise can hinder your way of life while a perfect and composed home has the correct inverse impact.HCE

  29. Aniqa Rajput
    October 28, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    A home garden is an important part of the home's face. Having a decent garden helps in creating a better image of the home and in turn raises its value.guarantor loans

  30. Muhammad Burhan
    November 4, 2017 / 9:03 am

    Terrific is the most suitable word to depict this blog.Abby Ray

  31. Tim Otis
    November 20, 2017 / 10:35 am

    This is a good read i have done today so far, I am delighted to came across it. I'll be back again to check out other posts as well. Home Tips and Tricks

  32. Lauren Gottlieb
    January 18, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    This blog is so nice to me. I will keep on coming here again and again. Visit my link as well.. SaddleBackLighting.com

    January 20, 2018 / 9:18 am

    thanks for the tips and information..i really appreciate it.. Lights On Club.com

  34. mona martin
    February 25, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    It's a disaster to give a present which ends up getting recycled either at Christmas or to the nearest charity shop or otherwise just sitting in a cupboard. home interiors

  35. niche service
    April 11, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    The works so flawlessly made. They are recently overwhelming.coffeemachineking.com/

  36. suzi
    August 29, 2018 / 8:02 am

    Loved them.Best sewing machine for quilting 2018

  37. Cindy
    November 6, 2018 / 9:46 am

    Happy Holidays and thank you so much for information.

  38. Topsellar1
    January 7, 2019 / 3:00 pm

    Truly engaging and charming. This blog has it all.check this

  39. innoxent boy
    January 8, 2019 / 2:14 pm

    Hi there, I discovered your blog per Google bit searching for such kinda educational advise moreover your inform beholds very remarkable for me.visit us

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Shop the feed