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Best of 2017 – Your Favorite Posts

Posted in Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on December 29, 2017

2017 is coming to an end! Today, we’re sharing a roundup of your favorite posts – decor, crafts, and entertaining – from KnockitoffKim written over the past year. 

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And just like that, Christmas is over! I’ve been trying like mad to relax this week, but the wheels won’t stop turning. It’s time to pack up all of the holiday decor. I’m ready for New Year’s cleaning and organization. I want to set goals for the upcoming year for all I want to accomplish professionally and personally. Truth: I’ve been carrying my measuring tape around taking measurements or four in all of our unfinished rooms! Just me? Okay then – I’ll simmer down and have another cookie.

Although I’m knee-deep in planning for this upcoming year, it’s always nice to take a minute to reflect on the past year, and all we accomplished. Life is such a whirlwind that it seems like nothing ever gets completed around here, which is why this blog is so much fun for me – it documents all of the things that happened – in this case, I documented at least 60 things that happened! It’s nice to see that at least a few projects were completed and to reflect on all the fun we had.

FAVORITE POSTS FROM KNOCKITOFFKIM FOR 2017

DIY and DECOR

Last year I participated in two make-over challenges – The $100 Room Challenge in January and the One Room Challenge last summer.

The $100 Room Challenge resulted in my fun and functional powder room, and I shared all of the details on how to make-over your powder room for just $100. One of your and my favorite projects from the challenge was the Caitlin Wilson inspired DIY Stenciled Bold Painted Wall Treatment that brought the whole room together. A year later, seeing this room still makes me smile!

100 Budget Bathroom Makeover with Paint

Navy and White Bathroom With Green Accessories

Bathroom Makeover View from the door

Later in the year, our Foyer got the One Room Challenge treatment when we finished off the facelift we’d started years before. I love the eclectic modern feel, and the wainscotting makes me swoon to this day. The popular  How to transform your stairs with paint and our DIY  Glass-look Acrylic Disc Pendant light tutorial both helped to make our entrance warm, inviting and colorful!

3-Colorful modern budget foyer makeover

How to make-over stairs with paint

thrift store light makeover

ENTERTAINING

We’re oft-entertainers and this year was no exception to that. Not that I’ve had time to blog about all of our shenanigans! #badblogger However, rest assured that we enjoyed the year with various parties and events. Sometimes, we just invented reasons to celebrate!

We started the year off right with a Back to School Party tablescape and celebration.

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How to get an A+ in Fun with a Back to School Party Table

Set the scene for a Tony Awards Party with a South Pacific Themed tablescape.

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 How to Set a Tablescape Right Out of Broadway’s South Pacific

I finally got around to adding a tutorial (and free pattern!) for this fun 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop for our 50s party.

Pink Cadillac Photo Prop

50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop

We set a fun Modern/Vintage Christmas Tablescape.

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Tips on Setting a modern Vintage Christmas Tablescape

CRAFTING

Although there was plenty of crafting going on, these were some of your favorite projects.

favorite applique towel

How to make your favorite appliques with Cricut

Tea Cup Succulent Pot

How to Make an Easy and Unique Tea Cup Succulent Planter

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Fabric embellished pumpkin craft

Rustic Wall Art

DIY Rustic Starburst Wall Art

Goodbye wild and wonderful 2017! Hello, 2018! I’m looking forward to seeing what 2018 has to offer. Many thanks to you for your support this past year and all of your kind comments and emails. I’m grateful for many things, including you! Happy New Year – may the coming year bring your happiness and prosperity and lots of reasons to “knock it off”!

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Eclectic Christmas Fireplace Mantle Ideas

Posted in Christmas, Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on December 7, 2017

A handful of Christmas Fireplace Mantle decorating ideas incorporating pinks and reds and lots of nostalgic touches! 

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Hi! I’m popping in today to share some more Christmas decorating tips with you! This time we’re talking about your Christmas Fireplace Mantle! Some friends and I are sharing all of our favorite ideas – be sure to scroll down to visit all of the mantles in this hop!

Oh, and before I forget – Thank you for all of the love on my Vintage Modern Christmas tablescape! I’m so glad so many of you liked it. Christmas tablescapes are always so much fun to put together! I hope you were able to find all kinds of inspiration for your table this season!

 Eclectic Christmas Fireplace Mantle Ideas

Christmas Fireplace-from front

I struggle a little bit with decorating our fireplace because of where it sits in my living room. It lies between two windows, but it’s not centered between them, making me a little bit crazy and providing a bit of an awkward view. On top of that, like many of you, my television is above my fireplace mantle, which is a whole lot less pretty than a giant mirror or beautiful art. It’s a challenge for sure!

 

For this year’s mantle, I reused many of my old favorites from last year and just rearranged them in new ways.

STOCKINGS

Christmas Fireplace-Stockings

I purchased my stockings at Target and added the personal stocking tags last year. I’m so glad to have finally found socks that will have some staying power and adore the whimsy and color of the stocking tags.

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PINECONE TREES

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The pinecone petal trees moved from my dining table last year to the Christmas Fireplace mantle this year! I love how they look placed over the fireplace.

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The crystal trees are vintage – if anyone of you had an Avon lady in your family back in the 70s and the 80s you’ve probably seen these before!

Christmas Fireplace-Crystal trees

They used to have three little lights inside that twinkled off the Crystal facets. The lights on these lamps haven’t worked for quite some time, but I love them just the same. They remind me of Christmas growing up. There are always warm fuzzies when I put them out each year!

A FEW NEW THINGS

I did add a few new items this year. The pink candle holders have a slight mercury glass finish and came from the target Dollar-spot. I love how the pink complements the colorful stocking tags.

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On the left and I added a pruned rosemary tree – it smells heavenly mixed with the evergreen of the Christmas tree.

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THE TREE

On the other side, stands our Christmas tree. I think it quite possibly is the most beautiful tree we’ve ever had and I love how the Christmas tree lights dance and twinkle on the glass and crystal.

Christmas Fireplace-Tree

 

I topped the few gifts I’ve wrapped with these adorable gift tags,  available for free download to those that subscribe to my newsletter! No spamming! I promise! You’ll also gain access to the members-only Goodies area, packed full of all sorts of fun printables!

Christmas Gift Tag Graphic

A mirror is leaned to balance out the windows, and a small crate holds family photos. One of my most prized possessions sits atop of the box; A folk-style Santa, complete with pipe, made for me by my mother the year before she passed away. It’s still as lovely today as the day she made it for me and brings back so many happy Christmas memories.

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I can’t fix the window situation or move the TV – at least without a family mutiny. But I can enjoy the magic of Christmas, complete with old and new treasures and lots of twinkly, glittery lights.

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Thanks for sharing that magic with me!

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Setting a Modern Vintage Christmas Tablescape

This modern tablescape maintains a vintage Christmas feel with fresh greenery, bright, vibrant blooms. The bottlebrush trees and cheater-putz houses all lend a nostalgic feel, and the geometric globes hold a special gift, just for you – free Holiday gift labels! 

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Hello, Friends! The most magical time of the year is upon us with Christmas Day arriving in T-minus -21 days! I hope you’re as excited as I am!  I’ve been busy decorating every nook and cranny – I’m sure you have been, too! Thanks so much for stopping by today and joining 27 beyond-talented bloggers and me for our Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop. Be sure to visit them all to soak up every fabulous Christmas table decorating idea!

HOW TO SET A MODERN VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPE

I stepped outside of the box on this one and created a tablescape with modern color, style, and accents, which still maintained that vintage Christmas feel I’m so crazy about.  I love green and red as much as the next person, but I like pinks and blues and turquoises far more, and this setting has that in gangbusters!

THE ROOM

Like many of you, I’m sure, the only time my dining room gets dressed up is special occasions. A few years ago we created a dining/play multipurpose room. During most of the year, our dining table folds up and acts as a console table. But when Christmas (Or Thanksgiving. Or Halloween.) comes around, things get fancy, and that table folds out!  Here it is the night before the big decorating! For more information on that, click here!

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THE CENTERPIECE

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I started by laying a scotch-pine runner, adding sprigs of Leyland cypress and boxwood atop a teal and vintage looking lace-edged layered table runner, right down the center of the table.

vintage Christmas - Greens

I nestled glittery candles and cheater-putz houses bathed in glitter in pinks, blues, and other pastels. I’ll be sharing the fastest tutorial on these later in the season!

vintage Christmas - Putz Houses

Next, came various sizes and colors of bottlebrush trees, along with clementines for color and texture.

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Colorful reindeer ornaments adorned with sparkle flank the sides of the runner.

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Geometric globes hold small gifts, wrapped in ribbon and love from Santa, just for you. His gift? These free downloadable gift tags!

Christmas Gift Tag Graphic

 

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In the center sits a large vase of vibrant blooms and evergreen stems.

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THE PLACE SETTINGS

The gold chargers are my holiday standbys, but I love finding new ways to use them!

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The salad plates were a budget find this year. I love the whimsical message and images and the mix of colors and patterns. Linen napkins wrapped in gold napkin rings and red and white baker’s twine bows set the scene. I wasn’t able to find Christmas crackers in time, but rest assured I’ll be adding them before the season is out!

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I’ve been dying for pink dinner plates, but I’ve been unable to find any in the right shade (or budget).  I decided to take matters into my own hands and painted these on regular white dinner plates using a non-toxic enamel – I’ll be sharing a tutorial shortly!

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Being an informal table setting, I skipped the place cards. I may decide to use my gift tags as place cards later in the season.

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Just because it’s an informal setting doesn’t mean I’m skipping the crystal! These crystal goblets hold cranberry mimosas garnished with fresh cranberries, orange slices, and sprigs of Rosemary. I know what we’ll be serving for Christmas breakfast!

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NEW VINTAGE

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Even with its non-traditional colors, this table still holds all that is near and dear to me at this time of year – a place to gather with my family and friends, to celebrate the most wonderful time of year, surrounded by magic! And, of course, a visit from all of you!

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Merry Christmas and many thanks to Chloe at Celebrate & Decorate for organizing such a fun blog hop – always one of my favorite collaborations! Don’t forget to visit the other contributors – I’m headed over there now!

 

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