12.21.2012

Holiday Details & Ugly Sweaters

As I mentioned before in a previous post here, D and I moved back to Hoboken into this awesome apartment that has so much space and character -- so I couldn't wait to decorate, especially for Christmas. I have to admit though, it has been a little hectic moving in only a few weeks ago, trying to get everything set up and put together -- AND trying to decorate for the holidays. But we made it work. I plan on giving you all an official apartment tour next month when things are less crazy and I can get more done (right now our "office" is more of a "I don't know what to do with this yet so I'll stick the box in here" room. So until that gets all straightened out, I'll just give you a sneak peek of some holiday details -- followed by some ugly sweater pics of a party I went to this weekend.
Enjoy : )
Mantle in the living room. I LOVE the exposed brick here {totally a selling point for me} and with the mantle, I wanted to go with earthy browns, natural pine cones, garland and knit stockings with our initials. We also had an "incident" with a Yankee candle and a certain someone's very expensive and beloved tv which we will not speak of -- which has resulted in battery powered fake candles --much safer let me tell you!!
Winter = furry soft pillows with deer on them. Obviously.
The tree.
Some of my favorite ornaments --NY Giants and a doxie ornament that looks like our little Tiki girl!
More holiday pillows -- which in my opinion could use all year round!
My Christmas chalkboard!
Some festive garland I made with scrapbook paper and baker's twine. easy peasy!
cute vintage salt and pepper shakers my mom gave me to add a little old school charm.
legit mistletoe. Although I do miss the wannabe mistletoe D and I made a few years ago seen here.
Small holiday details in the bathroom. More handmade banners and a jar full of rubber duckies. Side note about the ducks -- D and I have this weird game where we hide these little ducks around the apartment and we have to find them (sooo weird, I know) but it's become a tradition. Not sure how or why it started but it has. So over the years we've collected these little ducks and I thought it would be cute to store them in a little glass jar in the bathroom as decoration.
Even more fun - I found Christmas ducks at Target in those dollar bins so this was the perfect edition for a little holiday cheer in an unlikely spot!
My Christmas ducks representing!
This is the second fireplace/mantle in our bedroom. I added some of my handmade banners, and a collection of other Christmas goodies. Again, I would have liked to have more time and effort in putting together a more polished look -- but since we only moved in 3 weeks ago I'll give myself a break. It's amazing I even decorated for the holidays at all now that I think about it!
More flame-less candles. Best intention ever.
This past weekend D and I went to my friend's annual Ugly Sweater/regift party. Since I've been crazy busy this month, I kinda totally forgot to find or make an ugly sweater so we were scrambling at the last minute. My sweater I found on the clearance rack at Target and D's sweater is from Goodwill for a solid $2. (which by the way, is from Gap and appears to be brand new -- so score, because he likes the sweater on him, and I think I do too!)
Now this my friends, is an ugly sweater. Well actually she's wearing a sweatshirt...but you get the deal!
For the regift portion of the night, the deal is that you are supposed to bring a regift you've gotten over the years or give away something you don't want -- and in return you get someone else's regift. It's definitely really funny to see the crap people give/get and always great for a laugh. And who knows, you might get something you actually like. Like D for example, got this porcelain tree that lit up and he actually liked it. We'll let him put that in his man cave! ; )
Me? I'm keeping my gift a secret because someone in my family might be getting a re-re-re-gift and I don't want him or her to read my blog and find out.
No worries, it's cool -- this is how my family rolls. Re-gifts are a must for our family Christmases because we love to laugh.
Group picture of the whole party. And even though I might look tipsy, I swear I was just blinking! 
But apparently the "ugly Christmas sweater" is back in style -- so you can find really cute ones everywhere. Here are some of my favorites below.


ugly Christmas sweater!

16 comments:

  1. my favorite is definitely the furry deer pillow :) how cute!! great pics from ur ugly sweater party!!

    XO Meghan
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  2. That is awesome that you moved to Hoboken! I work on Park ave. The apartment decorations looks really cute! I love the chalkboard sign and the garlands.

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  3. My hubby once had a candle "incident"...he wound up accidentally setting curtains on fire! The ugly sweater party looks like so much fun...I think your sweater is actually kinda cute! Happy Friday!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
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  4. Steph! Everything looks great. I can't wait to see the apartment!

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  5. First off, your place looks so wonderful! I love exposed brick also...and 2 fireplaces?! Love it!
    And both of you actually look super cute in your "ugly" sweaters :)
    Merry Christmas friend!
    xo - Marion

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  6. You place looks awesome - 2 fireplaces is like heaven at home! Looks like a great party - you too are too adorable!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  7. I love the beautiful salt and pepper shakers. They bring such vintage Christmas cheer. Merry Christmas. xx. McKenna lou

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  8. super nice photos!
    have a great weekend <3
    enjoy <3
    xxxx love

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  9. We have a miniature longhaired Black and Tan doxie so I love to find ornaments or even any kind of decoration that's a black and a tan doxie. We have 3 ornaments on our tree for our Frankie :-) and I LOVE your apartment... can't wait to see more pictures!

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  10. i don't see tiks stocking on that mantel, how rude. come home little girl, we have a stocking for you!

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  11. I LOVE your Christmas decorations, especially the duckies in the bathroom! Too cute ;-)

    PS...that porcelain Christmas tree may be worth some money. I can't tell in the pic, but it looks like one that I have and its antique. Hold on to that!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi AJ. How would i find out if its worth money? Any idea? Thanks and Happy Holidays!!

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  12. Looks like you decorated every square inch of your home....I love it! A home with charm/character is the best! It always feels cozier! The ugly christmas sweater party with the regifts is my favorite:)!!

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  14. So congrats on the new apartment you two. It looks so nice especially with all the space, two fire-places and the exposed brick. It looks more like a house than an apartment. How many square feet is it?

    I love all your Christmas decorations, especially the garlands, your cute pillows and the pine cones. I wanted to decorate with pine cones this year myself (besides ornaments,) but couldn't find any cheap ones. =(

    Also both of your "ugly" sweaters are indeed cute. Love all 5 sweaters posted in that colage, too.

    Merry Christmas S & D!!

    <3 Ada.

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