i’m thankful for so many things and yesterday was an opportunity to actually say what i am thankful for OUT LOUD, i don’t do that enough and i am going to start trying harder.

at the moment, here are the top 3 things i am thank for:

1. dek & our relationship. i truly have a lover, a friend and partner in life with him and i’m so happy with where we are today. we’re stronger than ever and have a deeper connection than when we first got together. we just “announced” to our family that we are trying to get pregnant. we’re ready to grow this family of ours!!!

2. family. don’t know where i would be without the guidance of my mom, dad, sister and brother. i have unique relationships with each of them that i am so thankful for.

3. ambition. to work, to travel, to explore. i’m thankful this spark is alive in me and in my mind. i will never stop dreaming and doing things that i love and i’ll never stop reaching for the endless possibilities that i can and will creating something amazing in this life.

i’m also thankful YOU are here reading this post on my site. if you didn’t notice already, it’s gotten a little bit of a makeover (post coming soon about that!), hopefully you will find the site more visually appealing. feel free to share the top 3 things you’re currently thankful for in the comments below, i’d love to hear!

anyways, back to thanksgiving and the good stuff, the food! it was my second time hosting this holiday and probably won’t be my last, i love doing it! everyone offered to bring a dish which helped alleviate the pressure. i made a simple, but tasty brisket in the crock pot, following this recipe. it’s super easy – you just throw everything in the night before and wake up to garlic aroma filling the house and tender brisket with mushrooms marinating – everyone was drooling over it – it was insaaaannnne! i also made this white bean dip that i snagged from cupcakes & cashmere’s site, which was light and oh, so snack-able. dek made oven-baked chicken from his mom’s recipe book and we had a simple green salad with tomatoes, feta, pine nuts and pecans with lemon-garlic dressing. my mom brought smashed potatoes & gravy and pumpkin bread (dekel’s favorite!) and my sister brought an intense marbled chocolate and peanut butter reese’s cheesecake and champagne for mimosas. my aunt brought bread rolls and grandmother brought a pickle tray with olives and cranberries. it was SO nice to enjoy a casual lunch with the fam & a delicious meal gathered around a tablescape i was pretty proud of. i definitely indulged in one too many helpings of smashed potatoes & reeses cake with vanilla ice cream but it was soooo worth it!

after lunch we played some table games, our favorites are spoons and mexican train, then we migrated over to the living room to lounge on the couches and have some blonde roast coffee & pumpkin bread. we sifted through the endless pile of black friday ads and mirelle made a list of “doorbusters” we wanted to go check out that evening. after watching a painful first half of the cowboys game, i gave in and went shopping with my mom & sister. we headed out to poke around in jc penny’s, kohls, old navy and target. i scored some great pieces that i am sharing on the blog tomorrow, so be sure to check back.

my tablescape – created with garland from at home stores with pine cones and candles layered in (mandarin currant scent) & vases with eucalyptus from hobby lobby for height. mix-matched napkins are from world market and the gratitude cards are from my mom, tied with white pom-pom string.

bar cart vibes + a festive DIY (inspiration from this post)

Festive Bar Cart

white bean dip

white bean dip appetizer with veggies and pita chips

marbled reese’s cheesecake made by my sister, mirelle

Reeses cheese cake

sister pic, post lunch

post-Thanksgiving meal sister photo

2nd annual family thanksgiving selfie stick pic, 1st annual pic here

Thanksgiving family photo

hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving, enjoy the weekend!

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i know, i know…it’s not even thanksgiving yet, but in the spirit that dek & i are hosting thanksgiving lunch with our family again this year annnddd i’ll be hosting our annual girls christmas party, i wanted to sprinkle a few festive touches of décor around our home before we have company over the next few weeks. here are 5 easy, budget-friendly ways to incorporate festive touches of décor around your home:

1. customize your ornaments

if you already have a tree, great! if you don’t and you’re ready to purchase one, i would recommend a faux tree with built-in lights. then, it’s all about customizing your ornaments. i like to use wood slices or chalkboard surfaces to add personality to my tree. you could also easily hang things like this on doorknobs, the fridge door, kitchen cabinets, etc. the K is for Kaiser & P for @peanutinthecity…our pups 🙂

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2. bows are your best friend

there’s something soooo holiday about those red velvet .99 cent bows, try adding them to a window sill planter, a lamp, your cabinets….go nuts with these guys.

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3. look up: hang ornaments from the ceiling

ok, if you don’t have a hanging globe installation over your dining table like i do, you can try hanging different sized and shaped ornaments from light fixtures, doorways – you could do this with mistletoe, too.

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4. use mini trees

i have a few of these from @athomestores, here is where you can browse them, and how cool that they are funky colors like blue & mint green! i put them on our entryway table and on top of our liquor cabinet.

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5.  create a simple, not-so-perfect tablescape

this gray table runner with silver sequins & these geometric christmas trees are what i had from last season, but any grouping of three objects will create a simple scene for any surface. you could do this with mason jars and twigs from outdoors, another idea could be succulents with ornaments.

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dekel & i have really made this little apartment of ours feel like a home.
we have personalized it, added our touches of our own, cooked here, we’ve cleaned (luckily it only takes about 15 minutes max!) and we love our neighborhood. chillin here with the windows and patio door open is amazing & we love that we’re up on the 2nd floor so we have privacy from down below. also our whole place gets so much natural light, which creates such a bright & cheerful atmosphere.
here are photos of our home, if you would like to see:


colorful flowers from my mom in a weizen glass  on our bar
beautiful bar stools, found here.
 i wanted to create a designated place for our keys, sunglasses a random things we grab out the door or need to set down right when we walk in. (or to remind me to grab my phone on the way out; i’m always forgetting it!) i found this double-decker mail holder at genesis benefit thrift store and spray painted it with black chalk paint with the intention of changing up the sayings/ reminders every few weeks 🙂 we also needed to put up some hooks so when we drop off our coats/my purse it doesn’t end up on the couch or bar stools. we found these at ikea and they keep our coats hidden behind the front door. perfect. if you are wondering what the brown little hanging sack is by my our keys in the photo below, it is fresh lavender & i’ve become obsessed with this scent & placing little sachets all around our apartment/ in my car, etc…
 
the kitchen area
as previously mentioned, i really wanted to keep things off the floor of our apartment as well as off the counters, clutter reduction was in full effect when we decided to find a way to hang our utensils and knives in the kitchen. these were also found at ikea, i love the end result & i LOVE that very little stuff “lives” on our counters.
we lined each cabinet with black lining for a more firm grip for dishes and mugs + it just looks nicer!
storing items in my dishwasher?
how sex & the city of me!
entrance to our bathroom with a positive mantra; this sign was found at an estate sale for .50 cents! i spray painted it with black chalkboard paint & love the result. i think i love chalkboard home decor. 
you can call me obsessed. 
simple shower curtain, $7
 amazing wooden towel rack with hooks that we scored here, $8
now, my closet is still a work in progress, as i own waaayyy too many accessories and clothing items and really need to do a full closet clean-out, like this one, before summer rolls around. but in my opinion, i found some creative ways to utilize this one small closet that we share. i took over the left side and hung my jewelry & accessories all over the place. my thought is “if you don’t see it, you wont wear it” – so of course i needed to make it visually appealing. 
necklaces + lavender

 i hang extra purses on the back of the closet door & belts hangout next to our super cute laundry bag (from here!) with my craft supplies stacked neatly behind them. 

 shoe rack found here.
the living area
view from the patio
our dining area;

coffee bean sack found at lulu b’s, gifted from my sister as a ‘housewarming’ 

our bed & bedside tables floating shelves 
(i have found that keeping items off the ground is key when working with little space)

this is a little corner of our living room behind the couch, where we added some more floating shelves to create a stacked effect. (& again to keep things off the floor!) i wanted to showcase some cute bronze camels from a market in jerusalem, a photo of me & dekel on our wedding day which always overwhelms me with emotion when i look at it & a photo of my mom, grandmother & grandfather bathing me, in awe of me. one of my favorite photos of all time because it’s like now the tables have turned and i am in awe of them. a style book by lauren conrad also resides on these floating shelves for outfit inspiration or shopping guidance, when needed.

this game lives on our coffee table! have you tried it? 
it’s so vulgar, so fitting for my family- ha!

last but not least, is our beloved patio area. dek & i love sitting outside talking, so it was a necessity that we at least have a small space to put two chairs. 
our view is of railroad tracks which i have already been drawn to

walking path beneath our patio

hope you enjoyed this home tour 🙂
for home decor and organization accessories, i would highly recommend popping into ikea, at homeworld market. these places seriously have some amazing things going on right now.

thanks for reading!

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initially inspired by these, i knew i wanted to use small, wooden crate-like boxes to assemble a “centerpiece” for our living room area. since we live in a simple studio apartment and the floor plan is open, our whole place is basically just one big room, which we love. it feels open, inviting & homey. but there was just one big wall we weren’t sure what to do with. we were on the search for free or cheap wooden boxes, i mean we could have made them, but luckily dekel’s friend had 5 that he didn’t need and they were exactly what we were looking for, so we took them on as the DIY project i have always been wanting to do!we were going to my grandmother’s house today to do some yard work & around-the-house chores, so we brought our boxes and some black spray paint to do this potentially-messy project in a corner of her giant backyard. we first removed leftover stickers that were on the boxes and sanded each box down. then we took a slightly damp cloth to the boxes to wipe them down from debris. to avoid painting the grass black, we cup open a few 45 gallon trash bags and found some weights to hold the bags down. we decided to take advantage of this spray painting opportunity to DIY some patio chairs as well. my sister gave them to us for our little outside seating area and they are perfect, besides the color and the fact that they would leave green residue when you touched them, so a coat of black paint was a necessity & i think they came out great!

the next step was to decide how wide we wanted the v-shape format on our wall and just nail them in! we honestly just eyeballed the heights, so they might be off a tad, but it looks amazing to me & i love the result! to finish off our centerpiece, we added something to our wall that we’ve been wanting to mount for a while now, our scratch map! i got this for dekel for his birthday 3 years ago and finally it’s up:) (you can find one here!)dek sanding the boxes

  
 
the straightening tool is crucial so you don’t have uneven boxes, really helps!
we need to scratch more countires…i think costa rica will be the next one!


hope you liked this post!


stay tuned if you’d like to see how we decorated our small space of the world; full apartment tour coming up this week!
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