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Christmas in The Kitchen

It's not the biggest room in our house but it might be the most festive....maybe. 

Part two of my holiday home tour is HERE. Today it's all about the dining room table and let me tell y'all, it's darn cute. Layered with tons of textures, colors, and heights, this dining room table is one for Better Homes & Garden magazine. Okay, I'm biased but whatever, judge for yourself....

There's few places in our home that we spend more time at than our dining room table. I've said it a million times but we really do eat every single meal throughout the week at the table together. It's our time to turn the tv off, put down our phones, and recap our days for each other. It's a special time for us making this a special place. I had high standards and lots of ideas for this area and couldn't wait to mix our tablescape up! 

It's no secret that I started decorating for Christmas on Halloween morning but did y'all know I got up early and went to a million places scooping up holiday decor? It's true, I did. Stop number one was my favorite store when looking for holiday decor: Hobby Lobby. With them (ALREADY) running 50% off on all Christmas decor, how could I say no? I did manage to get out without selling my spleen but still left with stuff cause duh, Hobby Lobby. That stop resulted in the $5 wreath you see at the bottom of my layered centerpiece below.

On top of the wreath is a metal vignette I picked up from Home Goods this time last year for around $10 and a small piece of a lace tablecloth I used for a DIY project awhile back. This created the perfect little base for some of my favorite Rae Dunn pieces that were previously stored on shelving above our coffee bar. Alongside all the RD is one of my favorite items I've ever thrifted....the wire milk bottle stand. (Notice the cookies canister too? I'm lookin at you Santa. Your welcome)

SPOON, FORK, KNIFE was a set of RD that Eddie K found for me and it's honestly one of my favorite pieces we have. They usually come attached to a little platter but can easily be removed with hot water. I pulled them off and have been displaying them separately, like shown in the photos, with some gold utensils from Target. While the ones I purchased are no longer available, I've linked a similar set HERE. Yeah, that's right, they are plastic. No shame. 

To fill the spaces and add more texture/layers, I threw in some ripped up book pages and some tiny red/green/gold ornaments we never use on our tree. I let the smaller objects organically spill out of the vignette and onto the table a bit to create a more natural look. 

To complete the tablescape, I  used some of my new Rae Dunn Christmas mugs to stack on top of some smaller oval plates. Each place setting consists of the follow: oval plate, Christmas mug, leather scrap, ripped book page. Again, LAYERS. IT'S ALL ABOUT LAYERING. 

Anyone else already decorating for the holidays? Share your photos with me on social media. Can't wait to see how y'all style your dining tables!

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Pottery: Rae Dunn || Wreath: Hobby Lobby || Gold Utensils || Wire Milk Bottle Holder (similar)

FA LA LA Living Room Tour

It's no secret that decorating our home is one of my favorite hobbies. With that being said, it's no surprise that I've already loaded up every inch of our house with holiday decor. Don't shame me just yet though, it's not all red and green with presents under the tree just yet. It's neutral, cozy, and everything I want to see when I come home in the afternoons. 

So without further ado, say hello to our fa-la-la living room. 
(ps....can't believe this is the first time y'all are seeing our living room at Beechnut Bungalow. Truthfully, the lighting isn't all that wonderful in here so it's not an easy task to photograph it. But, the stars aligned and here it is in all its glory.)

When I first moved to Austin and into Eddie K's apartment, it was very much a bachelor pad filled with only a few pieces of furniture. The living room consisted of the "Hamilton Sofa", two "Lucas Wire Base Chairs", and the "Marble Box Frame Coffee Table", all from West Elm and linked at the end of the post. His style was definitely more modern, simple, and sleek. I actually didn't love the pieces much at all until we moved into the house and we were able to mix it up a bit with a much bigger space and open floor plan. My motto? Add some blankets and pillows and before you know it, the coldest spaces/pieces will be cozy and comfortable. 

Tip: Add an area rug to your space to create a more complete and cozy room. The one in our living room was a Target clearance special for $10 (regularly $199).

To get this space ready for holiday decor, I grabbed a ton of throw pillows, snuggly blankets, and fresh greenery to go along with the flocked tree I picked up from Walmart. Yes, I said Walmart, It's a 6' foot tall artificial tree that's covered in the prettiest "fake" snow you've ever seen. It's hard to believe it was only $30. (Sidenote: this tree sales out every year. not your local Walmart and grab one now!)

While the tree hasn't been decorated with ornaments, it is up and providing all the cozy vibes even in it's nude state. Below the tree you also won't find a frilly tree skirt or red + green presents. Even though they are the colors of Christmas and cheesy ornaments and wrapping is totally normal, we decided to stay true to our farmhouse style and draped a canvas drop-cloth from Harbor Freight around the bottom for a classically simple tree skirt. I must say, there's something very relaxing and peaceful to have trees without a plethora of ornaments and actually looks very pretty without the fluff. 

I finished up the space with some greenery, table accents, and wall decor. I am in love with eucalyptus and buy it every single time I see it at Trader Joes. I placed it in a Rae Dunn POUR pitcher from TJ Maxx, and layered on the table with the Lonesome Dove photo book, Whiskey Boat Goods candles, and a galvanized container from Michaels. 

Behind the sofa are a pair of floating industrial-style shelves that my super handy boyfriend made for us. (Seriously, he's so handy. Follow him on Instagram HERE to see more stuff he's annoyingly good at.) On the shelves there's a collection of random items I've picked up here-and-there since moving to Austin. Notable mentions: customized leather sheet music that I got Eddie K for our anniversary, terra-cotta planter Eddie K brought home from the UK, railroad ties we found from the tracks behind our neighborhood, and a hand-printed canvas "AUSTIN" flag from our friends at Wild Standard.  While pricey, the quality is incredible, and it truly is a statement piece. Well worth the investment.


AHH! I'm in SPARK Magazine!

"Dreams + Gasoline perfectly encompasses who Morgan is: a girl who most certainly has dreams to achieve and the drive to get there. Although from Tennessee, Morgan is now one of Austin’s finest bloggers, taking special interest in home d├ęcor, style, and food while also finding herself as a newfound business owner. As she continues to make her mark on Austin, Spark got the lowdown on life right now."

EEK! I was featured in SPARK Magazine and I couldn't be more excited about it. 
I was approached a few weeks back and jumped at the opportunity to work with them on an interview/feature. We chatted about life, love, my move to Texas, and all things D+G. 

photography: Laura Kay Saucedo