This year I had our cards made by CardsDirect.com. I have used many different sites in the past, but CardsDirect worked best for us this year. They had the perfect combination of cute card designs and a price that made sense for my Christmas budget (yes I have a budget for Christmas- otherwise I would go bananas and blow all our money!). We did a photo card (this is the Bright Merry Holiday Photo Card) and it comes with a shimmer overlay to give it a fun texture and unique look. You can see in the image above how the entire card looks like it was dipped in fine pixie dust! I love a card that has a unique little touch like that.
CardsDirect makes ordering Christmas cards easy and affordable with plenty of great designs to choose from.
The display we made for the cards was so cheep and easy to make! We started with an old window that I bought at a thrift store and turned it into a great statement to show off all of our friend's cards (hint hint- time to start sending them to me!)
A wooden frame ($6) - we used a window and knocked out the glass and interior wooden pieces. You could also build a wooden frame from planks or pallets.
Chicken Wire ($5)
Sand Paper ($5)- we have an electric sander which made sanding the paint off of the window much easier!
Wood Stain ($6)
Clothes Pins ($2)
Wire to make window hangable ($4)
Boxwood Wreath ($16) from Target
The sanding took the most time because I wanted every bit of paint removed. And we thought attaching the chicken wire would be a huge pain, however my husband just hammered nails around the back of the frame and twisted the chicken wire around the nails to secure it in place. I had used this window in the past as a shadow box, so the wiring to make it hangable was already attached. When I originally added the hanging wire, I bought a small kit at Home Depot that came with the wire and two clasps to nail into the frame. It was very simple.
Our apartment doesn't have a large space designated for a dining room. We always had a small round table in the hallway that leads into the living room, but never though a full dining table was possible. However, as we start planning to buy a home in the future, we wanted to invest in a large family dining room table. I played around a ton with how we could fit a family sized dining table in the small space and finally came up with a solution.
First off, we picked out a table. I didn't want to pick a table and chairs that fit our small space, I wanted the table that would go in our future home and make it fit in our small space. I would suggest looking at it that way to prevent yourself from buying something that you will just end up replacing in the future.
I went with the Macbeth Modern Dining Table a set ofTruman Dining Chairs in white and a set of the Calais Side Chair in Gray from Sleek Modern Furniture. I logged around 12 hours on their site trying to decide which pieces I was going to go with! I wanted a solid and classic table and a mix of modern and traditional chairs. I am so happy with the combination that we went with!
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Here is my biggest tip when designing a full sized dining room table in a small space, PUSH THE TABLE AGAINST THE WALL. This will create 2 feet of extra space, give you a faux mantle that you can decorate seasonally, and gives you the look of a dining room without taking up too much space.
You can put a bench under the table on the end near the wall or just remove the chairs to storage and bring them out when you need them. When you have a big meal, just pull the table out and add the extra seating near the wall.
So in recap: buy a table you love and make it fit the space rather than the other way around, and push the table agains the wall.
Both of those tips can make it possible to have a full sized dinning table in an apartment.
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Have you done your Christmas cards yet?