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Holiday FAQ

I recently posted a picture of my tree from last year to prepare for the upcoming holiday season and got some different questions.  I thought I would do a holiday FAQ session and answer those questions that others have asked me in person and across social media.  I would love it if you would share this post with your friends.  They may get some good tips that will help them this season with their holiday decor.

Q.  Do you let your kids help you decorate?

A.  My husband and kids really get into Christmas and the home decor. Sometimes I will say, “well I’m not going to put up that tree this year.” And they really make a fuss. So of course I always change my mind and put up all the trees.  Even though I change things around I try to do the important things they like.  They always do the “family tree” with our Hallmark and homemade ornaments.  You know the ones you made at school when you were little.  I leave the creative process to them on this tree entirely.  I pretty much do the rest of the house with whatever theme I choose for that year.  That way everyone is happy.

Q.How long does it take you to complete a tree?

A.  This is hard to answer.  The bigger the tree the more time it takes me.  The thing that takes me so long is getting all my boxes out, putting them in the right rooms, and then pulling the trees out and fluffing them.  Although, is this not my favorite part of decorating, fluffing your tree is the one thing that will make it look like a whole different tree.

There are some 9’ trees with large diameters that take me a couple days. Between putting it together, fluffing, decorating, and tweaking it, it is a huge job.  But a 6 ½ foot tree would only take me like an hour and a half.  I could whip that little guy out in no time.  I would definitely set aside a couple hours where you could work on it without breaking.  I think you would feel you really made a lot of progress then you could work on it here and there to finish it. Don’t forget to add something cute at the bottom.

Coastal Christmas tree done in blues and greens for a local business.

Q.  Do you decorate before or after Thanksgiving?

A.  This is the big question everyone wants answered. Since I blog, I always put my stuff up before Thanksgiving.  I need time to decorate down to the smallest detail, photograph it all, and edit all my photos to upload on my blog starting at the end of November.  However, I am lucky that my neighborhood is one that on average is filled with early decorators.  I would say if you are hosting Thanksgiving at your home, continue to have some fall items up, but if you’re not hosting then go for it.

 

Q.  Do you decorate trees for other people?

I decorated this Coastal Christmas tree for a local business.

A.  I do. I mainly decorate for businesses, but have done some for residents that have asked me as well.  Last year, I also worked with an amazing builder, Tara Preston, at her Homearama home.  I helped decorate the Christmas portion of the house.  My tree was showcased in the paper to advertise the event.  That was a huge honor.  I love Christmas decorating.  It makes your home so festive and really makes me happy to do it for my family.

I had so much fun creating this traditional red and gold tree for a local builder for homearama Christmas edition.

Good luck with all your decorating this holiday season.

Happy Holidays

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I have been blogging now for over two years and I get asked some questions over and over.  I thought it would be fun to answer some of your FAQ  in one place.  I didn’t know a lot about blogging when I first started.  You have to admit it’s not a job that a lot of people really understand so I can relate to people being curious about it.

  1.  How do you keep your white furniture nice with pets and kids?  Honestly, when my kids were younger I had darker leather furniture that cleaned up very easily.  We don’t eat in the room with white furniture.  My kids are old enough now that they know how to take care of the furniture which is nice.  However, there are so many options these days with slipcovers you can wash and wonderful fabrics.  I think you just have to do your research and be knowledgeable about what you’re buying and for what purpose.
  2. What camera do you use?  I use the Canon Rebel T5I.  The very first DSLR I had was a Nikon D60.  My son used to play travel baseball and my daughter used to cheer and I took hundreds and hundreds of pictures each weekend of their sports.  That camera was very good with the long range lens.  I really love my canon for my indoor blogging shots.  I have several different lenses that I use according to what project I’m shooting.
  3. You were a reading specialist. How did you become an interior design blogger? This is the biggest question I get.  I guess because the two seem so different.  But they are both very creative jobs.  I loved teaching and I was quite good at it.  I had a Master’s Degree in Reading and taught the lowest performing first grade readers in a program called Reading Recovery.  I loved my job.  Once my second child was born I only worked one year and that was it for me.  I knew I wanted to stay home with my children.  But that first year was a hard transition for me at home.  The stay at home mom role didn’t just happen easily for me.  There was an adjustment period, but I never looked back.  When my kids were both in school I enjoyed volunteering at their schools.  Then when my son was 10 and daughter was 13, I even tutored SOL students for about 3 years.  However, I just didn’t feel this was right for me. Something was missing. I started doing little projects around the house and practicing my photography and finally I merged the two together and decided to start Yours Truly Jenn. I loved it.  It was the creative piece that I didn’t even know was missing.
  4. Where did you get your animal print chairs from in your living room?  This room took me 8 months to pull together and the chairs and coffee table were the hardest pieces to find. The chairs came from Horchow. You can find similar ones here.  I love them so much.  Between the animal print and the leather they really bring a  masculine element to the room.  If you missed my fall room tour you can check it out here.
  5. Do you like working from home? People that know me really well know I can’t stand traffic or driving.  I hate driving at night too.  Skipping a commute is amazing.  Whenever I’m out during rush hour I’m really thankful for my husband and how much he provides for our family because he is constantly on the road.  I have an office that I adore so I get a lot done there.  What could be better?

If you’re still curious about me and my blogging experiences you can check out these posts.  They may help you find what you’re looking for.

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