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    Under the Mistletoe

    Christmas has always been a favorite around the Russell house…we literally count down the days starting December 26th (only 359 days to go!) There is just something about snow falling, the taste of hot apple cider, Baby It’s Cold Outside playing, the smell of a fresh cut tree, and the twinkle of Christmas lights that can’t help but bring out a smile. Isn’t the Christmas season magical?

    Christmas only comes once a year so of course we didn’t leave any of the details out!

    First came the tree…

    Our rustic barn doors needed a little holiday spirit…DIY wreath compliments of Target & Hobby Lobby and only $10!

    And then there was…tree #2 (we just had to have a REAL tree this year!)!

     The stockings were hung by the chimney (faux mantel for us! and of course coming to the blog soon!) with care…

    And the decorations dazzled in hopes that St.Nick would soon be there…


    What an amazing Christmas it was…we have SO much to be thankful for
    & there is nothing like the Christmas season to help remind us!
    (PS. we found the best site to order Christmas cards from quickly and inexpensively! Check it out here!)

    However, somewhere in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, we forgot to make our 2nd annual Christmas ornament featuring our two big mile stones of 2016…buying our first house and welcoming Harvey our Shiba to the family. If we finish by tomorrow, it still counts right?!

    Did you meet under the mistletoe? We can’t wait to hear about
    your favorite things about Christmas in the comments below 🙂

    xo, the Russells


    Let the projects begin!

    First comes house….then comes house projects! We made our list, we checked it twice, and the projects began!

    Paint, nails, plywood…we jumped aboard the farmhouse trend train & our DIY shiplap wall was born.



    So let’s start with the basics:

    • 8′ X 4′ X 1/4″ plywood (we used 3 sheets) cut into 8″ strips
    • 1″ wire brads
    • 1 gallon of semi gloss white paint
    • 2 pennies for spacing

    We started by cutting the plywood sheets into 8″ strips which was the most time consuming part. After the strips were cut, it was smooth sailing & we started nailing each board to the wall.

    TIP: Use the pennies to keep the spacing equal between each board 🙂


    Almost finished…one more board!


    Two coats of white paint & voila….

    Hello shiplap wall!


    And for the finishing touches…decor!


    Wooden letters: Hobby Lobby  (added twine and black paint for an extra farmhouse feel)

    Hanging tin baskets: Decor Steals (this sight is AMAZING! but be warned…you will become addicted!)


    xo, the Russells