This post is in collaboration with Framebridge, but all opinions are my own.
We are finally hosting Christmas for the first time ever in our ‘new’ home! For those that do not know, we moved in just over a year ago and have been working (slowly) to make it feel like ours since then. We put off decorating for a while because we had a hard time balancing decorating, travel, events, and other things that we wanted to do, but I feel like we are finally at a point where we are able to balance those things a little better than before and we are finally spending money to decorate in order to make it feel more comfortable and homie.
Now that Christmas is almost here and we are hosting it in our home, I knew that I had to work hard in order to spruce and clean it up before everyone arrived. In fact, my parents are spending the night with us, my sister is spending the night with us, and then we are hosting Christmas dinner for THIRTEEN people! So, today, I want to share with you what all we have done over the past few weeks (and what we have to do) to get our house Christmas ready!
What we already did:
We got rid of junk
Our second guest room was filled with ‘junk.’ Boxes full of things we didn’t know what to do with, boxes of things to give away, artwork that we needed framed, and extra blankets and decor. My sister is staying in that room this week, so cleaning it out was essential and I am so glad we did because now our home feels cleaner and less packed. Plus, I got to frame my artwork that I have been holding for months and months and it looks amazing!
We framed special artwork
Like I mentioned above, we framed artwork that we had been holding on to for months and months. We had a special, custom Lesley Grainger piece that I received the month we moved into our home and then we also had two paintings that we purchased in Italy over the summer that I had been wanting to get framed for the longest time.
We looked into frame shops in Atlanta and we looked into places like Hobby Lobby, etc. but I wasn’t really impressed. They were extremely expensive and I knew that I didn’t want to skimp on quality just because I was not ready to spend (many) hundreds of dollars. So, I looked into Framebridge and found that it was much more affordable than traditional frame shops and it was so much easier. If you are like me, then you don’t have much free time, especially during this time of year. Other than the weekend that we were snowed in, I have not had one weekend free in months, so knowing that I could just mail in my pieces was a huge time saver for me.
The entire process with Framebridge was extremely easy and so convenient. I searched through the frames online, ordered three, and then waited for my package so that I could ship it back to them. When the package arrived, I was definitely impressed. They included shipping labels and everything was extremely well-packaged. I was comfortable putting in my loved paintings, knowing that they would be safe.
One perk that I really loved is that I received an email from Framebridge letting me know they received my packages. I knew they would be safe and arrive shortly, but I definitely breathed out a sigh of relief when I received that email. It was such a nice touch that they added. Then, I just had to play the waiting game until I got a ship email.
A few days later, I received my paintings and they were perfect!!! The frames are extremely sturdy and reliable – I love them! There are even felt pads on the back of the frames, in order to protect the wall. I am very, very impressed and I cannot wait to use Framebridge again in the future.
The Lesley Grainger piece is framed in their “Montauk” frame which you can find here. Their description is: “This beachy white frame with a classic profile is a little bit casual, and beautiful with family photos.” The two Italy paintings are in the “Bolton” frames, which I LOVE! Their description is: “This wood frame with an oiled steel finish and rivet detailing is masculine and industrial but still thin, making it surprisingly versatile.”
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We put up our Christmas decorations
If you are hosting Christmas, you of course have to put up at least some decorations! This year, Ian was finishing up his CPA exams, so we didn’t have much time, so we skipped putting up most of our exterior lights. We did, however, add a few and we went all out inside. Our tree is 13 feet tall. We added candles to our windows, we of course decorated our mantle, and we have a few other Christmas touches here and there, throughout the house.
We stocked up on fireplace essentials
One thing that screams Christmas to me is a fire, so we had to make sure that we could have one by purchasing enough wood to last the whole day. One of our early Christmas presents is also a gas log set, so we will eventually install that.
We are having our garage fixed
As I am writing this, I am currently listening to our amazing drywall expert, Jhion work on our garage!!! Yay! Many of you know that we unfortunately had leak after leak after leak in our garage. It seriously has been one thing after another in our home, but we are so excited to finally get everything fixed and Jhion is doing an amazing job. If you are in the Marietta area, I definitely recommend checking him out for all drywall and painting needs. He’s great!
What we have to do:
Our amazing house cleaner, Adriana is coming on Thursday to give the house a deep clean and then I am going to do another clean on Saturday, right before everyone gets here. My dogs shed A LOT, so I have a feeling I will have to keep up with the house before Christmas dinner, too.
Touch up paint
We had our house painted before we moved in, so everything looks pretty good. There are just a few things here and there that we need to touch up. Our tree was so big that it scraped our walls and took off paint, so I have to get that fixed up before everyone arrives.
Once everything is complete, I cannot wait to celebrate! This is my favorite time of year and it is going to be absolutely perfect.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! Don’t forget to check out Framebridge for all of your framing needs. How are you celebrating your Christmas this year?