DIY christmas chair wreaths

I was inspired by the home tour @ThePottedBoxwood did of @DunbarRoad designer, Carla. In her dining room, she had affixed beautiful ribbons and wreaths to each chair, creating the most timeless Christmas statement. I knew there had to be a way I could create the look in my own home!

christmas chair wreath, dining room christmas decor, diy tutorial, ikea slipcovered chairs
christmas chair wreath, dining room christmas decor, diy tutorial, ikea slipcovered chairs
christmas chair wreath, dining room christmas decor, diy tutorial, ikea slipcovered chairs
christmas chair wreath, dining room christmas decor, diy tutorial, ikea slipcovered chairs
christmas chair wreath, dining room christmas decor, diy tutorial, ikea slipcovered chairs
christmas chair wreath, dining room christmas decor, diy tutorial, ikea slipcovered chairs
christmas chair wreath, dining room christmas decor, diy tutorial, ikea slipcovered chairs

DRESS tartan shift dress (also available here) | SHOES gold loeffler randall heels | TABLECLOTH tartan ralph lauren tablecloth | PLATE WALL blue and white plate wall (tutorial linked) | LAMPS white table lamps | CHAMPAGNE BUCKET sasha nicholas monogrammed champagne bucket | SIDEBOARD caitlin wilson design bianca double cabinet | RUG safaveih seagrass rug

Hello, friends, and happy 15 days until Christmas! Today, I’m excited to share a little DIY tutorial with you for creating these red ribbon chair wreaths.

How did this all get started? I was inspired by the tour @ThePottedBoxwood did of @DunbarRoad designer, Carla’s, home. In her dining room, she had affixed beautiful ribbons and wreaths to each chair, creating a gorgeous, timeless Christmas statement. I knew there had to be a way I could create the look!

After a trip to Michaels and a few trial and error attempts, I was able to come up with exactly what I was after. It turned out even better than I had planned!

So, without further ado, here is a DIY tutorial for creating Christmas chair wreaths! If you’re more of a visual learner, I’ll be posting a walkthrough on my Instagram Stories as well! (I’ll be sure to save it to my highlights tab so you can revisit!)

 

diy christmas chair wreaths

 

Creating your own Christmas chair wreaths is surprisingly more simple than you may think! The first thing you’ll need? Dining room chairs you can push needles into. My $95 slip covered dining room chairs are from IKEA, so I don’t feel bad about a few pokes. (These chairs are truly the best!)

If you have wooden or metal chairs, however, or don’t feel good about putting needles into your dining room chairs, you can still create this look! All it will take is a little creativity with heavy-duty double sided tape or command strips.

Aside from your dining room chairs, there are only three things you’ll need:

 


 

Ribbon

 

The first thing you’ll need is a spool or two of ribbon. I used a 2.5″ floral satin ribbon (not wired) to create a classic Christmas look, but you can really have fun playing with different colors and patterns!


Wreaths

 

Mini wreaths are the key component to this piece Christmas decor. I grabbed these 10″ mini cedar wreaths from Hobby Lobby, but there are plenty of options out there. This button leaf option would be adorable, as would this one!


Push Pins

 

To secure your wreath, you’ll need a handful of push pins. Choose an option the same color as your ribbon (like these) and they’ll blend right in! I found that it only took about 3 push pins per chair to secure the wreath, but that could vary based on your chair and the weight of the wreath you use.


Step 1:

Loop one wreath through the spool of ribbon, then play with how far down you want your wreath to lay on the back of your chair. Tip: I used a shorter loop of ribbon to attach the wreath just to the other side of the chair, then used a longer single piece to create the red stripe down the front of the chair. Basically, you’re creating a seamless look using two pieces of ribbon. This helps keep the wreath more secure, and saves ribbon!

Step 2:

Once you decide on your ribbon lengths, cut the remainder of ribbon for the rest of the chairs. You can use the first ribbon cut as a guide for the rest in order to create symmetrical pieces!

Step 3:

Take a wreath with ribbon, and hold at the top of the ribbon with the wreath hanging down. Fold the jagged edges of ribbon under, then lay over the top of your chair and pin the ribbon into the cushion. Keep your hand securely on the ribbon until you’ve finished securing! I used three pins to secure my wreaths.

Step 4:

Next, tie a bow using your spool of ribbon. Heads up: it took me more than a few tries to make each bow look perfect. Have patience, it pays off! (Once you make your first bow, untie it and use the ribbon length as a guide to cut the rest of ribbon for the remainder of bows. This ensure they all come out the same size.)

Step 5:

Use another push pin to pin the back of the bow onto the ribbon holding your wreath. You can play around with the placement and have fun with it! I affixed the bow at the top of the wreath, but it would also look cute hanging from the bottom of the wreath or pinned directly into the top of the chair.

Step 6:

If you’d like the ribbon to go all the way down the front of the chair, like I did, cut a length of ribbon that reaches from the seat of the chair to the wreath ribbon. You can either secure the top of the ribbon underneath the pushpins you used to secure the wreath, or fold the cut edge under and use additional pins to pin over the wreath ribbon. Then, use pins to secure the bottom of the ribbon into the base of the chair back. (I didn’t even use pins, I just pushed the ribbon into the crevice!)

There you have it! This Christmas chair wreath is a beautiful, simple and cost-effective way to add some holiday cheer to your dining room. After seeing how easy this was to create, I’m looking forward to using the same method for different holidays throughout the year. How cute would this look with pastel colored ribbons for Easter?

If you create this in your own home, I’d absolutely love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @LonestarSouthern so I can share!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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inspired // christmas decor ideas

I’ve always loved decorating for Christmas, but it hasn’t been until I’ve gotten older that I’ve realized the true art form it can be! There’s a certain magic to transforming a home into a home for the holidays, and the work that goes into creating a seamless, beautiful Christmas decor…

I’ve always loved decorating for Christmas, but it hasn’t been until I’ve gotten older that I’ve realized the true art form it can be! There’s a certain magic to transforming a home into a home for the holidays, and the work that goes into creating a seamless, beautiful Christmas decor scheme is certainly not lost on me.

This will be our second year in our home, and I’m still using Christmas decor from my apartment days. Since we’ll only be here for one more Christmas after this, I don’t plan on committing to anything above-and-beyond for this house, but I have had fun sprinkling in a few budget-friendly bursts of Christmas cheer here and there.

I can’t wait to show you a few peeks. But until then, enjoy browsing this lovely curation of Christmas decor!

 

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If you have any interior design accounts you love following that are bringing a bit of cheer to your feed, would you leave them in the comments below? I’d love to be inspired!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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the happy list // no. 10

I learned something insane today… do you want to know what? Christmas is just 21 days away! I know this may sound weird, but I’ve really enjoyed this Christmas season thus far. Don’t get me wrong… I miss the crowds, the hustle and bustle, and so many traditions from life…

I learned something insane today… do you want to know what? Christmas is just 21 days away!

I know this may sound weird, but I’ve really enjoyed this Christmas season thus far. Don’t get me wrong… I miss the crowds, the hustle and bustle, and so many traditions from life pre-pandemic, but there’s something about the slowness of this past year that’s allowed me to really soak in Christmas instead of hurrying straight through it. So, bring on the next 21 days!

SWEATER cable knit sweater (c/o, get 15% off your first Pearl by Lela Rose purchase with this link) | PANTS leather pants (c/o, get 15% off your first Pearl by Lela Rose purchase with this link)) | SHOES black heeled embellished mules | HEADBAND black velvet headband

Today, I’m excited to share my tenth happy list with you all! What started as an attempt to lift my spirits at the start of COVID has turned into one of my favorite blog series. So I hope you enjoy this little list of all things happy, and add your own in the comments below!

 

the happy list

 

  • Want to watch Hallmark Christmas Movies, but don’t have cable? I just signed up for “Hallmark Movies Now,” which gives you access for about $5 a month! (Much to Andrew’s dismay. :)
  • If you’re looking for a way to spend $7,000, might I suggest this dress? And then might I borrow it?
  • Christmas gift alert! One of my favorite organizations, Starfish Project, has released a beautiful necklace with a special purpose. With each purchase of the Give Hope Mother of Pearl-Necklace, a necklace just like it will be given to a woman currently experiencing exploitation in a brothel in Asia. (To read more about the mission of Starfish Project, click here!)
  • Fancy a cozy Christmas cocktail? Try this simple recipe my friend used a few weeks ago. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since!

1 jug of Trader Joes Honeycrisp Apple Cider

1/2 cups of Fireball (eyeball it!)

Heat the two on the stove until piping hot and serve!

  • This Amazon find that I wore in my Instagram Stories last night got all the love in my DMs. It’s so cozy!
  • This fabulous home tour is going to put you in the Christmas spirit STAT!
  • Our Christmas cards are in! I ordered this style and they turned out so cute. Will share them next week!
  • Cold weather got ya down? A few favorite brands released their resort collections this week! Take a virtual vacation with Tuckernuck and Alexandre Birman!
  • As I’m finishing up this post, Andrew just walked up to the front door bearing Chick Fil A, and a peppermint milkshake! A surprise early day… time to get the weekend started!

Love from the Lonestar State,

Kate

three gift guides // under $100, under $50, under $25

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Nordstrom today to share some gift guide inspiration for you across all price points! Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly stocking stuffers for your best friend, or something perfect for the guy in your life, you can find it all at Nordstrom.

December first has arrived, y’all! I don’t know about you, but it officially feels like the Christmas season now. I even woke up to 40° weather here in Florida! Before you know it, the big day will be upon us.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that I enjoy the Christmas season so much more when I get all of my gifts taken care of and ordered straight away. There’s nothing more stressful than the last-minute gift hunt, is there?

JACKET faux fur jacket (wearing xs) | DRESS cream sweater dress (wearing xs) | SHOES kate spade houndstooth shoes | HEADBAND black velvet headband (sold out, similar linked) | BAG black chanel crossbody (similar here)

Nordstrom is one of my favorite retailers for just about every scenario, but especially when it comes to gift-giving. Their free shipping, free returns, expansive selection, and amazing customer service make them the obvious, hassle-free choice for the season.

I’m thrilled to be partnering with them today to share some gift guide inspiration for you across all price points! Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly stocking stuffers for your best friend, or something perfect for the guy in your life, you can find it all at Nordstrom.

I spent a lot of time putting these gift guides together, and I hope you enjoy! You’ll find gift guides for $100 and under, $50 and under, and $25 and under below. Happy shopping!

Please note, at the time of creation, certain items were on sale. If shopping this post after December 1, some items may have gone back to full price.

As always, click directly on an image to shop.

 

three gift guides

 

$100 and under

 

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$50 and under

 

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$25 and under

 

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So many fabulous ideas, right?! I don’t know about you, but I’m not dying for the make-your-own microwave popcorn bowl! How cool that you don’t even need any oil… and it’s just $20!

I also have to point out my number one recommended gift, this Chanel lip gloss in the shade “Merry Rose.” It’s been my favorite for years now because of it’s perfect, neutral color (looks amazing on everyone) and non-sticky, luscious gloss. It’s under $50, but packs a huge punch because who doesn’t love receiving Chanel?!

Let me know if anything else caught your eye!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

Thank you, Nordstrom, for sponsoring this post!

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cyber monday sales worth shopping // my favorites

Today’s the day! My favorite shopping day of the year is here. I actually unplugged on Black Friday, and can I be honest? It was the best! I loved being able to unwind and relax all weekend… and now I’m so excited for all of the Cyber Monday madness!

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Today’s the day! My favorite shopping day of the year is here. I actually unplugged on Black Friday, and can I be honest? It was the best! I loved being able to unwind and relax all weekend… and now I’m so excited for all of the Cyber Monday madness!

I’ve spent a long time pulling together my absolute favorite sales for you to browse, and I hope you enjoy!

 


 

J.Crew

 

50% off + extra 10% off your purchase

 

CODE: CYBER

$365 $164.25

$34.50 $4.95

$198.00 $89.10

It’s no secret that J.Crew sales are pretty common these days, but this one is the best I’ve seen all year. Would be a great time to get matching Christmas pajamas, or a nice coat you’ll own for years!


 

Mi Golondrina

 

up to 50% off select pieces

 

CODE: no code needed

$195 $136.50

$295 $177

$245 $159.25

If you’ve been following me for any number of years, you’re most likely familiar with my Mi Golondrina obsession! Each piece is hand embroidered by artisans in Mexico, and is a true work of art. Sales never happen, so definitely take advantage!


 

Anthropologie

 

30% off everything

 

CODE: no code needed

$128 $89.60

$138 $96.60

$148 $103.60

Candles, sweaters, all things cozy and cute! Anthropologie is 30% off site-wide today.


 

Tuckernuck

 

20% off sitewide // 25% off orders over $500 // 30% off orders over $1000

 

CODE: BIGSALE

$238 $190.40

$208 $166.40

$395 $316

Oh, Tuckernuck. You never cease to make me smile! This retailer is one of my absolute favorites, filled with the perfect mix of all things colorful, classic, preppy and fun. Sales are rare, so this one has me excited!


 

Loft

 

50% off your purchase

 

CODE: CYBER

$69.50 $27.80

$79.50 $39.75

$89.50 $35.80

Loft is one of my favorite destinations for petite-friendly clothes. The dark green sweater on the left is one both my mother and I own and love. So much, in fact, that I ordered two!


 

Shopbop

 

20% off your purchase of $200+

 

CODE: CYBER20

$395 $316

$310 $248

$208 $166.40

If you’re looking for a beautiful pair of designer shoes you’ll wear for years, or a stunning dress for a special occasion, look no further than Shopbop. This 20% off sale makes that splurge-worthy item you’ve been eyeing worth it!


 

Caitlin Wilson

 

20% off your purchase

 

CODE: THANKFUL

$508 $406.4

$400 $320

$1,898 $1518.40

This year, I’ve started to realize the importance of saving up for beautiful, well-made home decor pieces as opposed to only buying the cheapest option available. (I still love my HomeGoods, though!) Caitlin Wilson has quickly become my favorite furnishing destination. She creates truly gorgeous pieces, and her Dallas showroom is a dream!


 

Lilly Pulitzer

 

20% off your purchase

 

CODE: THANKFUL

Add a little sunshine to your winter with a bit of Lilly Pulitzer! These pieces make such great gifts, and I know I’m adding that cute pink sweater to my list STAT.


 

cyber monday sales

 

Here is a list of other Cyber Monday sales worth shopping!

ALEXIA MARIA // 20% off site-wide, discount applied in cart

BARRINGTON // 15% off site-wide, 20% off orders over $250, 25% off orders over $500

BANANA REPUBLIC // up to 75% off everything, no code needed

DRAPER JAMES // 30% off site-wide, no code needed

EVERLANE // select styles on sale, no code needed

H&M // 20% off site-wide, no code needed

HONEY & HANK // 20% off site-wide with code: THX20, 25% off orders over $250 with code: THX25

THE IMPECCABLE PIG // 40$ off site-wide, CODE: CYBER

KATE SPADE // 50% off your order, CODE: DEALSDOTCOM

LISI LERCH // up to 60% off and free shipping, no code needed

NORDSTROM // up to 50% off site-wide, no code needed

ONE KINGS LANE // 25% off site-wide, CODE: OKLCYBER10

POTTERY BARN // 20% off your order, CODE: CYBER

SERENA & LILY // 20% off site-wide and free shipping, CODE: TOGETHER

TORY BURCH // 30% off site-wide, CODE: THANKS

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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deals for days event

As I mentioned on my Instagram Stories, I typically never post on Thanksgiving, but a few technical difficulties prevented this post from going live last night! So I hope you don’t mind this fun roundup of favorite finds from the Deals for Days event!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hopped on my Instagram Stories this morning to say hello and wish you a happy day, especially if your Thanksgiving looks a bit different this year. It certainly does for Andrew and I! Even so, I’m determined to fill it with fun moments and special memories while we’re away from the friends and family we usually celebrate with.

I plan on cooking all day, perhaps indulging in a mimosa or two, then cleaning up and throwing on a fun outfit to make the day feel festive. And goodness knows I’m already looking forward to feasting tonight! :)

As I mentioned on my Instagram Stories, I typically never post on Thanksgiving. I love to spend it fully present with my family, and I know so many of you prefer to do the same! Today is a little different, however, as some technical difficulties kept me from posting a collaboration meant for last night.

So I hope you don’t mind this post! Walmart has been a wonderful partner over this past year, and they’ve asked me to share about their Deals for Days event… where you’ll find tons of markdowns perfect for the holidays! The event started last night and will continue through Friday.

Here are a few of my favorite finds included in the sale! As always, click directly on an image to shop:

 

deals for days

my favorite finds

 

 

cozy sweaters // classic navy dress // plaid wrap // ray bans // hunter boots // small crossbody bag // tennis bracelet // beanie and scarf set // heeled booties // tan bag // cozy furry booties // levis denim jacket // levis jeans // gucci bag // prada sunglasses // cozy parka

plaid wrap

I was so impressed with this little wrap when it arrived! It’s soft, cozy and completely classic. Neutral enough to work with any outfit, yet festive with that little pop of red. Looks quite elegant on, and it’s just $18! I’ll be sharing a peek at it on my Instagram Stories later today.

faux fur parka

Goodness knows I don’t need a big coat here in Florida, but if you do, this parka is amazing! Fabulous quality and a great fit… all for under $30.

cozy booties

Let’s just say these cozy booties look just like a far more expensive pair I own, but at a fraction of the price. I wear them non-stop, so at under $30 I’m thinking I need a pair of these in every color!

Like I mentioned above, I’ll be sharing a peek at some of these pieces, along with other fun finds, on my Instagram Stories later today. I hope you enjoy!

Now, back to cooking! :)

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

Thank you, Walmart, for sponsoring this post.

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