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What a week it was!

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, it’s all systems go for Christmas!

I wrapped up my Christmas decorating inside our home and started working on the porches and potager garden.

As an aside, I’m not doing all that much in the potager garden this year, but want to add some festive garland and string lights around the fencing to spruce it up. I thought it would look so pretty throughout winter, particularly when it’s covered in snow.

To make my outdoor planters for winter, I shopped at some local nurseries and foraged for the greens. There is A LOT here to cut, but I needed to supplement some at the nursery.

Here’s a peak at my planters for this season. I’ll be sharing my outdoor porch decor later this week.

outdoor porch planter for winter with cedar branches, pine, white pine, variegated boxwood, magnolia leaves, red berries and oversized pine cone in large black urn

My youngest daughter, Tori had surgery on her foot this week. She had a painful bunion that made it hard for her to walk believe it or not.

So a really wonderful foot doctor shaved the bone and cut into the tendon to help remove the bunion and fix the alignment of her foot.

She’s been in a lot of pain this week but is on the mend. She should be well enough to compete with her swim team after the holidays so for now, its a waiting game while she recuperates.

But so far, she’s healing quite well and is less pain every day.

before surgery

The big news of the week is I’m heading to Las Vegas with Chris to attend the Construction Super Conference.

Not sure if I’ve mentioned it here before, but since Chris started his company in 2014, I’ve been helping him with marketing.

So we are bringing the band out to Vegas!

I’ll be sharing the sights in my Instagram stories throughout the week, so if you want to follow along, you can head over to my Instagram page here and make sure you are following me to see the adventures.

We don’t plan on gambling or anything like that. If we have time, I’m more into the food experience and shows. So if you have any good recommendations, let me know because I think we have some time before the conference starts to soak in some sights.

We are also meeting up with one of Chris’ besties from high school who lives in Arizona so that will be really fun too.

modern farmhouse christmas decor in the family room with cozy ski lodge style with round mango wood birch lane coffee table, monstera plant and poinsettias

What I’m Shopping For This Week

As we head into the holiday gifting season, I am shopping for loved ones and close family friends.

Here are some fun gift ideas that I’m shopping for this week plus some outfits to wear at the conference.

Cause I gotta look good right? LOL!

cozy ski lodge look for christmas in modern farmhouse with sweater snowflake pillows, monstera plant, sectional sofa and poinsettias

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

I shared my holiday home tour of the front entry hall, dining room, living room, and family room. It all looks so cozy and love where my decorating style is going here at the new house!

It’s really coming along and feeling more like home every day.

christmas in the front entry hall with thrift store cabinet, sansevieria snake plant, christmas trees, stair garland with neutral christmas decor
flocked christmas tree in vintage farmhouse with painted inlay wood floors decorated with a neutral color palette with ribbon, ornaments, and a garden style touch

I also shared the details of my new flocked Christmas tree and how I decorated it this season. I love the garden-stye vibe and it looks so pretty in the front entry hall.

In addition to my holiday home tour and Christmas tree, I also shared my latest YouTube video where I shared how to make those pretty Christmas ornament clusters on my tree, wreath, and stair garland.

Wait until you see how simple these are to make! You can do them in whatever color palette you want too.

easy diy ornaments for christmas 2022 close up of ornaments on flocked christmas tree

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

Because I’m all about Christmas decorating this week and joined a huge blog hop with lots of incredible Christmas aesthetics, I thought I’d share some of my favorites because there was a lot!

My good friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew hosted this amazing Christmas blog hop and I love her home. She moved a few months before me and her house is incredible.

I love the moody colors mixed with the plaid that she decorated with for the holidays.

red and white christmas decor with plaid wrapping paper under flocked christmas tree by the tattered pew

But I’m also a huge fan of my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill.

She did SO MUCH decorating her home this year for the holidays and love her new faux Christmas tree!

Wait until you see how she decorated with natural neutrals!

Cottage on bunker hill christmas vignette with natural neutral christmas decor small trees, garland and jingle bells

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse always knocks her Christmas decor out of the park.

From her festive DIYs to her quaint industrial farmhouse home, I love everything she does!

Wait until you see how pretty her farmhouse kitchen looks all decked out for Christmas!

The Ponds farmhouse industrial farmhouse christmas kitchen decorating ideas

My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells also shared her cozy cottage Christmas decorating ideas for the kitchen.

I have yet to decorate my kitchen yet for the holidays but Kim shared some really good ideas for vignettes I might have to try!

Wait until you see how pretty her Christmas cottage looks this year!

shiplap and shells christmas kitchen in her pacific northwest cottage by the sea

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

These cozy cabin decorating ideas for Christmas.

I got some easy and affordable Christmas decorating ideas from one of my blogging besties here.

This classic Christmas decor is impeccable.

These European cottage Christmas ideas.

These neutral Christmas decorating ideas for a cozy home.

This cozy Christmas home tour.

These charming old world red and white Christmas decorating ideas are truly magical!

close up of flocked tree with crocheted tree skirt

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  1. So many great shopping finds Stacy! The sweater dresses look amazing! Hope your daughter is improving – I feel her pain, foot surgery is no easy thing! Have a great week!

  2. Stacy,
    Your Tree is gorgeous and I’m loving everything you’ve done to your home. So glad Tori is recovering! I can’t wait to see what you think of Vegas. Thanks for sharing my kitchen tour.

  3. Stacy, thanks so much for sharing my holiday home tour. I loved seeing all of the decorating ideas this week…and your tour was stunning! I hope your daughter has a speedy recovery!

  4. Stacy you are a busy lady! Praying for your daughter to recover quickly and that you have a fun trip to Vegas! Thanks for sharing my tour and for joining me on it! I love to see how you are decorating your new spaces!!! Merry Christmas!

  5. I hope your daughter is recovering quickly Stacy. Between knee and foot surgeries, I feel her pain. Thank you for sharing my Christmas kitchen post, my friend.