all black holiday

Since I will be at Bijou’s Holiday Market all weekend and we’ll be embracing the Holidays full throttle with lights and music and gifts galore, I try to dress the part, too! Here’s what I am wearing this weekend as well as a few other good finds! Raleigh’ Rag is live too, their holiday line is amazing. Always obsessed with Rags to Raches.

Gap has 40% off EVERYTHING and these lace up jeans are the most rad ever. I love that they have that edge and sexiness but they’re still wearable to work or with the kids. I put it with this cozy sweater with the fur cuffs. Its a great fit and festive without screaming RED & GREEN & METALLIC – if that’s more your bag. 

Also speaking of bags I got my Freshly Picked backpack all weekend long since I have to carry ALL the things. I am LOVING it! It launches Monday for all you who didn’t do their Kickstarter. I have these slides in two colors now and love them! Also loving a glitter eye (more budget friendly) for a more bland outfit any time of year, but especially during the Holidays. So fun!

For day two I fell head over heels with this ruffled overall jumpsuit. They fit like a dang dream and I feel like I don’t say that often, if ever. My turtleneck is H&M and sold out but this turtleneck is a classic (make sure you get it tight if you’re wearing it under things) and these boots. I love the heel height for long days like today and also it has the appearance of glitter but it’s not! Its just like this wrinkly foil which I love because patent boots look terrible once you’ve worn them a few times. All those creases reflect and stand out like crazy, you can’t tell with these! Also this rose gold is gorg.

I am obsessed with layering with a thin turtleneck. It is so chic, so any dresses that seem like they’re a little too revealing for Winter, just imagine it with a T-neck under! ASOS has 25% off dresses, H&M has up to 50% off Party Looks. I’m glad we could all be on the same track. Also these roundups make me crazy because I can’t choose the color of certain pieces. Like this blue top – its way better in black. Click to see all color options! Also am I crazy to put these lace-up mountain boots with a frilly dress? Maybe.


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family canvas art

I am sorry we haven’t had a house update in awhile! By the end of this month we should have LOTS to show and I can’t wait! Russ has been busting hard on the inner workings of the house – the electrical, the plumbing, installing the windows. Doing the piping for the central vac, pouring the garage cement, and getting everything ready for the 4-Way inspection. So not much looks different even though he’s wired 196 can lights. OOF! Russ’ dad joked you’ll be able to see the house from space.
Once we pass the inspection then it’s onto sheet rock and the house really starts to change. Russ hired a guy who will start doing the stucco and stone work on the outside while Russ does the timber cladding. It’s been so amazing to watch unfold but as a pretty Type-A person the times when I don’t have anything to do are the worst! DIY time! We created a canvas like this when Hayes and Cal were tiny, and since Raleigh’s entrance we knew it was time to do another!Family Canvas DIYMy taste in art is almost always abstract so this type of work will fit right in with the vibe, and since so much of the house’s bones are neutral the pops of color are a welcome addition. And this costs less than $20 so that puts my mind at ease considering our current cash flow situaion. Hint: low.Family Canvas DIYI don’t know yet where it will go but it will always remind me of this truly sweet time in our lives. The excitement is palpable and we’re on the edge of something we could only dream of even this time last year. And the kids are itching to be involved just like I am, so I am glad they can be a part of this and have that sense of belonging. So here’s how we did it!

I use non-toxic washable paint so they can rub it all over their belly (Raleigh) and we can clean up after with no problems. Each member of the family gets their own color and their are no rules except for staying on the canvas. It’s so fun to watch them at work and see how the art piece unfolds!

RALEIGH was first. As you can see you have to embrace the mess. Good thing it all washes off!Family Canvas DIYThen CALLUM! He got his hands and feet covered and bear crawled all over it. Ha. Very spot on for him, he didn’t even look twice at the paint brushes.Family Canvas DIYRUSS and HAYES did theirs together with brushes. Hayes picked hot pink and could’ve gone for hours. Most of the canvas was pink so we had to arrange it on the frame so it felt a little more even color-wise. Ha!Family Canvas DIYMy turn!Family Canvas DIYAnd the finished product! If your family is older and less hands on(in) with the paint your color palette options explode – acrylic is my favorite type to use in these instances. You can also just buy the pre-stretched canvas so it’s all ready to hang! We just love the experience of getting in and on top of it. Also great if you want a super oversized pieces as this canvas is an 8 foot square! A super inexpensive option to cover some serious wall space! This project costs $8 for the canvas, $6 for the paint (you can buy 4 ounce bottles in sets of 6!) and the wood to stretch it over is less than $4. Not bad for $20!Family Canvas Art

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Small Fry Home Tour: Johansson Family

Welcome back to Small Fry Home Tours! Here is a little back story about today’s home! I won’t always have so much to say on the matter, but today is special so I hope you don’t mind. 😉 Keep scrolling to the next post to see the photos! Since we had the amazing Hunter Fowler shoot this home and she’s always so generous with photos, I have so many  I am going to split it up into a handful of posts. So today you will find their shared living spaces, and we’ll come back with bedrooms and other details later on!

Rashelle and I started Bijou Market together back in 2009 (which is THIS Friday and Saturday) but of course not where the story began! Bijou Market

Catch the rest of the story after the jump!

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Small Fry Home Tour: Johansson Main Floor

Photos by Hunter K. Fowler.

Welcome back to Small Fry Home Tours. Catch all of the series homes HERE! This is the home of @rashellejohansson, custom built in 2015. All shopping links at the bottom of each section of the home! I teamed up with Society6 on this post so if you comment below you’re entered to win a gift card! Ready? Come on in…

ENTRYModern Home TourWhich splits to right to the office and to the left a sitting room.

OFFICE – with their family motto in neon “Work Hard Be Nice”Modern Home TourOFFICE: Desk + Chair + Bookshelves: Ikea // Neon: Custom via Life Lucky on eBay // Vogue Print: Society 6 // Trash bin and paper tray: Modern by Dwell via TargetModern Home TourSITTING ROOMModern Home Tour

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Modern Home TourFRONT ROOM: Baskets: Target + Maeberry Vintage via Bijou Market // Gold Wall Hanging: Nate Berkus Target (similar) // Planter: Ikea // Grey Couch: Vintage // Rug: Rug USA // Green Couch: Macy’s – Similar on sale! // Flag // Pillows: Ikea / Target / Modern Thread via Bijou Market // Light: Urban Outfitters (similar) // Vintage Items: Table (similar)  / Framed Newspaper Print / Piano

Pass those rooms and you will hit the MUDROOM + LAUNDRY ROOM. (Downstairs bath images to come!)Modern Home TourMUDROOMModern Home TourLAUNDRY (complete with chute from the boy’s upstairs bathroom!)Modern Home TourThe other side of the hall is the stair case to the top floor and down to the unfinished basement:Modern Home Tour DINING: Table: White Shanty legs on a reclaimed vintage table top! // Chairs: Amazon (4 for $180?!) // Prints: DIY // Light: Crate & Barrel (similar!)Modern Home Tour

LIVING ROOM!Modern Home TourModern Home TourModern Home TourLIVING ROOM: Yellow Chair and Lamp: Ikea // Couch: RC Willey // Rug: Rugs USA // Pillows: Ikea / Target / Modern Thread via Bijou Market // Gallery Wall: DIY art + Annie Blake print // Vintage trunk

KITCHEN

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Modern Home TourBarstools // Light Fixtures

PANTRY! Yep that is a “Costco door”! aka small door that opens to the garage so they can stick their groceries from the trunk of the car right into the pantry!Costco Door

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Check back next week for the upstairs and follow @rashellejohansson if you want more peeks into the space!

Also for those who asked here are her budget decor tips!

  • Don’t buy anything you can’t afford to replace. I want my kids to feel like they can live in their own house. I don’t stress if they have a pillow fight with my cushions or jump on my couch because if worse comes to worse we can get a new one.
  • Don’t just buy it because it’s on sale, wait until find what you want. Then if you love it you will make it work in all your spaces and the pieces will travel with you.
  • Always look vintage first, KSL or Craigslist for dressers and other pieces that stand up to multiple owners. If you want quality, vintage is typically made a lot sturdier and it will be the same price as new.
  • DIY – Art and other decor items are easy to DIY but add so much personality and life to a space. Kids art is another way to get color and vibrancy and movement to a space without feeling like it has to be perfect. They’re going to think you bought it anyway so they’re likely not going to criticize it anyway. And if they do, they’re dumb. If you don’t feel confident in making it, Society 6 has an amazing collection of original art and you can buy it in whatever medium and size you need.

Society6 tip! You can search for whatever style of art you are looking for and find something that fits you perfectly! Like Pop Art or Pattern. Then once you start seeing patterns in artists you like you can search just their shops, favorite them for later, like Frank Moth or Kevin Russ. Grab a gift card to Society6 on Instagram today! @smallfryblog.

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