Home for the Holidays

If it were up to me, I’d rewrite Bing Crosby’s song, White Christmas. The chorus would instead sing, “I’m dreaming of a black and white Christmas…” While I’m at it, I’d tweak the classic Christmas story, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to make it fitting for our first holiday in San Francisco.  Take a tour of our home here!

I’m dreaming of a black and white Christmas 
Just like the ones I used to know 
Where the treetops glisten, 
and SF bikers listen 
To hear sirens on the blow


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the console with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The baby was nestled all snug in my belly,
while visions of sugar plums danced in my head.
And daddy in his Nike tech fleece, and I in my cap,
had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.




Behind the Scenes!

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My design process (you’ll see me share more of my boards as I show other projects):

  1. Vision – I start to envision the room or event. I go with my gut instinct. I work off of the first few images that appear in my mind. With this project I asked myself what was my tree style? I had this idea of creating a black and white tree. I never had seen it done in the way I was imaging it so I was curious to know how it would turn out.
  2. Research – Google is my best friend to look for inspiration. Many people use (and recommend) Pinterest, but I don’t. I’m always disappointed what I find. I love Google Images PLUS you can click to see where to shop it most of the time. Google also now has a “shopping” tab where search results from e commerce stores will show up. When I was researching “black and white christmas tree” for finished trees, the inspiration that came up usually was just of a white tree or ornaments you could buy. Well, at least the ornaments came up so I knew there were ornaments available.
  3. Save – I begin to save photos to add to my vision board after I organize all the photos. I find each item that I want to buy.
  4. Create -I create a 2D version of my idea. Then I build my board from scratch onto a powerpoint presentation. First is the tree, then add each ornament just as if I’m decorating. When I’m done, I send it to my husband so he can get an idea of what I’m going to do. The other great thing about building a vision board is you’re sourcing where to buy what you need. As I mentioned before in #2, the photos usually come from an e commerce store. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just add the words “FOR SALE” or “BUY” (ie. “black and white striped gift wrap paper buy”)
  5. Shop – I order each piece from my vision board. Sometimes the pieces are out of stock so you’ll have to hunt for other items.  The one thing on my board that I had to do some shopping around for were the stockings. I knew I wanted white stockings, but I didn’t know style yet. I found ours on Etsy and made a few changes since I couldn’t find 3 of one style. It worked out perfectly since Mini Milan could have her own. Having the vision board gives you a guide while shopping and styling. It doesn’t mean you have to stick to it 100% but if you’re clear on your vision, making adjustments is always easier.  I was so happy to find ornaments in the two patterns I’m obsessed with: polka dots and stripes. Side note: these are the same two patterns and colors that I incorporated into our wedding. 
  6. Style -I wait for everything to come in before styling.  Once everything arrives, BOOM, I go to work.  It’s pretty easy at this point because I know exactly how it will turn out. Setting everything up took about 4 hours. My husband helped me put up the tree and fluff it. Then he left for meetings. Once he got home, he was pleasantly surprised! I work pretty fast hehe. 🙂

Where to buy:

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Amazon.com – ornaments, wrapping paper, ribbon, accesories, stocking hangers, faux wreath, Wayfair.com – faux Dunhill Fir tree, Costco – Nutcrakers, Etsy – vintage and handmade stockings, stocking labels (not shown), Target – Entryway decor, DIY – Natural wreaths (hung on balcony door and as a centerpiece on our dining table)


Wishing you all a Happy Holidays from our desk to yours!

I’m dreaming of a black and white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be  black and white

xo Team Milan + #miniMilanComingSoon

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