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Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 111

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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

We are in full holiday swing here. With the inside of our home mostly decorated for the holidays, I’ve been feverishly working on the outside.

From the porches to the planters and adding more Christmas lights, I’m still decorating here, how about you?

close up of 1850 farmhouse with christmas lights after a light snow

We want to do A LOT more Christmas lights here than we have, so I’m thinking it will be more of a focus for next year that we’ll start on much earlier.

It was such a task to decorate the inside of our home for the first time that more of my focus was on that.

So next year, expect a lot more lights than you’ll see this year. And I’m giddy just thinking about how amazing it will look!

I’m still going to add a few more this year, but there’s so much more I’d love to do.

close up of front porch rockers and christmas lights with front door wreath and mini trees decorated with christmas lights

On the home front, Tori started back at school after her surgery two weeks ago. She’s still in some pain but doing much better.

And it’s great that she’s getting back into the swing of things.

Shana also came home this week from school. It’s so nice to have all my baby chicks under one roof again.

modern farmhouse family room with large floor to ceiling windows decorated with cozy ski lodge look for Christmas. Boho inspired coffee table made from mango wood, throw blankets, sweater pillows and red poinsettias with cozy battery operated candles and houseplants

With her home, we just started watching the show The Watcher.

Have you seen it yet?

It’s really good but very creepy! Probably not the best time of year to watch it, but we just saw a few Christmas movies and wanted to watch something a little different.

And the show takes place in a nearby town, so we have to watch it.

Cozy little christmas in the formal living room of 1850 farmhouse with roaring fire, mantel decorated for christmas with garland and lights, lanterns and battery operated candle, king of christmas tree, christmas lights and loloi olive and charcoal area rug

What I’m Shopping For This Week

It’s been a whirlwind week of last-minute Christmas shopping for friends and family.

You guys were asking me about this dress last week and let me tell you how much I love it! Dress it up or down, it’s really comfortable and flattering.

Entering Hakkasan at the MGM Grand Hotel with blogger Stacy Ling

Here’s what I’m shopping for this week!

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun and BUSY week on the blog!

For starters, we chatted about some quick ways to spruce up your home with indoor Christmas decor for 2022.

From adding throw pillows and blankets to swapping out bath and kitchen linens, there are easy ways to help make your home feel more festive.

Do you need to do all of them?

Absolutely not. Because even the smallest of changes can make a huge impact in a living space.

cozy textured neutral decor in the living room decorating for Christmas 2022 in modern farmhouse with dark leather sofas and christmas greenery
Living Room in Winter

It’s also my favorite time of the month when my friends and I get together for our monthly supper club.

And this month’s theme is a wonderful wine and cheese party for those quick or planned holiday gatherings.

Chris and I enjoy doing them both with friends and on our own while touring our property. But they are so fun to do as a casual way to get together during the holiday hustle and bustle.

close up of wine and different cheese on wood cutting board with fruit and crackers on bistro table with candles, roses, and red wine in glasses
close up of wine tasting table with pinot grigio, roses, cheeses, fruits and crackers on wood cutting board in formal garden at sunset

That said, are you good with pairing wine and cheeses? It can be a little overwhelming so I shared my best secrets in this week’s post.

As part of the festivities, I shared how to lighten your white wine with a few spritzer recipes that are perfect for lowering your caloric intake but also wonderful to serve year-round.

And we also shared some festive ideas for a dinner party menu if you want to do more than just wine and cheese.

close up of wine and cheese table in the formal garden with cafe lights, red roses, cheeses and red wine

As an aside, wasn’t the wine-tasting party in the formal garden so pretty? It was a cool night, but not too bad where we couldn’t enjoy the sunset.

Want to feel like you’re there? You can watch the video here.

I also shared my latest YouTube video where I gave you a festive tour of the front entry hall with lots of details on my flocked tree and foyer decor for the holidays.

Click here to watch!

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.

One of my favorite posts from the week is from my good friend Kim at Shiplap and Shells who created the most beautiful Christmas tablescape.

I love that poinsettia with the festive greens and her cozy cottage Christmas decor.

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse shared how to tie the perfect bow on holiday gifts every time.

I don’t know about you, but I need these tips as I just started wrapping Christmas presents.

She really simplified this process and makes it sound so easy!

Oh and I love these creative Christmas decorating ideas for the dining room shared by my good friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms.

She always has amazing ideas for streamlining all the things.

And her Christmas decorating ideas are no different.

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

This remarkable Christmas centerpiece that you can make in under 20 minutes.

These DIY Christmas ideas you should try.

These tips for making dried orange slices.

How to use Christmas ornaments for quick decorating ideas.

close up of a wine and cheeses party tasting station in the formal garden at sunset with red roses, pinot noir, cheeses, candles, and wine glasses.

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  1. All very lovely… enjoy seeing how others decorate … always inspiring.. I’m always tweaking … just finished wrapping most of my presents… a blessed Christmas to you and yours

  2. Everything looks so beautiful inside and outside at your home! It’s always so great to have the kids home together! Thanks for the share this week, Stacy! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with lots of memories made! 😘🎄