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Our Pacific Northwest Coastal Christmas

Christmas, Coastal InteriorsAnneke McConnell

Happy Thanksgiving Eve you guys! And thanks for the love on my last blog post!!

This is one of my absolute FAVORITE times of the year to decorate.  I'm not much of a seasonal decorator, but when it comes to Christmas time, I'm ready to transform our little beach house and make it feel a little magical.  It doesn't take much since it's so tiny!

With twinkling lights, soft seasonal blankets, and holiday greens, I downright LOVE it! The older our kids get, it seems I can't decorate soon enough too. This is the first year I've decorated before Thanksgiving, but we do still need to put up our Christmas tree. Soon enough! Maybe tonight? 

Enjoy this peek into our Pacific Northwest Beach House!  Details are listed throughout the post and at the very end. :-)

I couldn't pass up these cute sea star Christmas trees when I spotted them at Homegoods.  They were just too perfect!  I found the stocking hangers there as well.  The vintage sled was a fun touch to add this year, and it was a score of a find at a recent vintage market I went too.  You may have seen me share all the cool treasures on my Instagram stories!

As much as I love real greenery, I've found that faux garlands and greens are more and more lifelike these days, pretty affordable (even the pre-lit ones), and make much less of a mess.  I found a lot of ours in person at Michael's stores. :-)

Even though our three kiddos are a little bit older, they are LOVING this North Pole Post box. (It's almost sold out!) It's fun to see them playing pretends and writing notes to "Santa." Haha. The huge Nutcracker was another Homegoods find.  I've often found a ton of similar items from TJMaxx which is their sister company!

I recently took our tv mount down (hence the holes in the rock) and am hoping to frame this DIY art soon and get it up there.  Just add it to the "to-do" list! It's made of some project plywood I had cut to size for me at Home Depot, then painted with a white chalked paint followed by hand written sayings using a gold paint pen (my favorite gold leaf diy pen!).  

I love how this pantry is working out in our kitchen since we got it! It was really easy to put together which is nice (not always the case!) and in all honesty I'll probably whitewash before too long since it has a warmer tone than I'd prefer personally. It also comes in white and has really given us the extra storage we so desperately need, until we can renovate! It's easy to reach for the kiddos too which is nice. 

I always get A LOT of questions about our hardware and absolutely LOVE them! Since we did a DIY Makeover on our kitchen, I splurged a little more to get quality hardware that could withstand saltwater air and kiddo's hands. ;-) You can find them HERE

These crystal Christmas trees were handed down to me through my family, but you can find something similar HERE and HERE.  The wreath is sold out, but you can find a similar one HERE. The cute pom dish towel was another Michael's store find. I LOVE IT! Again, you can find our champagne brass hardware HERE.  And I LOVE our Delta faucet, which you can find HERE. We had the Leland Kitchen Faucet in our previous home, and I loved it so much, I wanted another Delta faucet in the beach house. 

When looking into the kitchen from our living room, I love how our island light adds a little contrast, brightens the entire space, but doesn't take up a ton of room. We don't have the high ceilings I'd love, but this was an amazing solution for us! You can currently find it HERE and HERE and it comes in an 7-light version as well.


Thanks for taking a peek at our Beach House Christmas here on the Puget Sound.  We definitely have a love for the Pacific Northwest coast and making the holidays magical for our family. Have a blessed holiday with your family!







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That's CRAZY!



(up to 80% off)


Serena & Lily

(20% off EVERYTHING)


McGee & Co.

(20% off everything)


One Kings Lane

(20% off EVERYTHING)

I'm looking at getting THIS!! SO many great items!


Sam Edelman


(Again, a favorite shoe brand. I love the Hazel and Olette, & Petty)


T3 Micro

25% off with code FRIDAY17

(These hair tools are amazing!)


Tory Burch

30% off Holiday Event

(one of my fave handbag designers!)



Up to 50% off -my FAVE store to shop!


Saks Fifth Avenue

Up to 60% off - this is how to afford designer items!

Don't miss out on designer items like this Chloe Faye Bag and AG Jeans



More Black Friday Deals and Gift Guides coming your way!


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The Best Christmas Tree Collars and Bases

ChristmasAnneke McConnell


Hey friends! I hope you are doing well. :-) Thanks for the love on my last blog post all about Instagram Essentials for Business!  Making some small shifts can really make ALL the difference. 

Today's blog post is all about Christmas tree collars! I LOVE this look and when I did a poll on my Coastal Interiors Instagram for your preference, it was heavily in favor of Christmas Tree Collars. 

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Some call them bases. Some people achieve a similar look with baskets, buckets, basins, or stands, but in general, it is having the look of a collar versus a traditional Christmas tree skirt.

By far, THIS ONE is my favorite for looks. It may sound a little silly to some, but you could convert it into a dog bed during all the other seasons. All you'd need is a similar size round dog bed (like this one) to plop in the middle of it and you're good to go!  Another one worth noting is THIS ONE which is my favorite for affordability.


There are plenty of beautiful options out there and even a fun spin on the concept like this Snowman Tree Collar. That would be so FUN for a kid’s Christmas tree. I know our kids would get a kick out of something like that!


I’d love to know if you end up buying and decorating your Christmas Tree with one of these collars! Comment below or share with me on my personal Instagram



(remember many of them may be discounted from the price shown!)

Some current sales worth mentioning:

Minted: 15% off Holiday Cards

HM: New Sale Items added daily (LOVE their affordable sweaters!!!)

Nordstrom: Fall Clearance Event

Pottery Barn: up to 70% off sale

Saks Fifth Avenue: up to 40% off sale

J.Crew: 40% off sale

Express: 40-50% off Women’s Dresses and Sweaters, Men’s Suits and Hoodies, plus Men’s and Women’s Jeans and Women’s Outerwear!



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Weekend Faves and Sales

Boys Room, Christmas, Coastal Interiors, Deals, DIY, Fall Fashion, Fashion, Fave Picks, Furniture Makeover, Handbags, Gift Ideas, Holiday, sale alert, Recipe, InteriorsAnneke McConnell

Hi friends! It's been a fun week of LIVE videos on Facebook, connecting with my Mom Bosses, and creating things for our beach house!  Today I even got to have some girlfriends over to shop my closet as I was cleaning a ton of pieces out from style blogging.  I would probably have never planned it if not for reading Present Over Perfect recently - things were definitely not perfect around here, but it was SO fun to spend that time together!

Also did you happen to try the Pear Sauce Recipe I shared this week? Ours is already almost gone!!!

Here's a quick run down of this week's Favorites across the internet and not to miss sales!


1. Most Liked Photos on Coastal Interiors.



2. Most Liked Photos on DIY Painted Furniture

Teal Painted Dresser





3. Favorite Recipe to try - Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte!




4. Favorite Quartz Layered Necklace.

This one is currently 50% off and so SO pretty! This will go with everything and is perfect for the upcoming Holiday season, from casual nights with your spouse or girlfriends to a fancy party.



5. Favorite Book.

We are getting ready to tackle money mindset in the Mom Boss Book Club and will be going over The Abundance Code!  If you're a small biz owner and mama, come join us!


6. Favorite Christmas New Arrival.

P.S. The older I get the more excited I get for Christmas! Let a girl be happy! lol This Santa Stop Here Door Mat is just too fun! I've started creating a separate page for all things Christmas Holiday HERE and will continue to update it through the season!

7. Favorite Blog Post.

My style blogger friend Mallory from Style Your Senses recently created a super helpful blog post on Family Photos 101 with how to pick your family's clothes for photos and little tips and tricks!


8. Fave Handbag.

Anthropologie is having a huge sale this weekend for their 25th Anniversary and this round crocodile print cross bodybag immediately caught my eye. It's been a long time since I've seen that print and loved it, so I think we have a winner and it would look great with a neutral Fall and Winter sweater like this one.  More favorites from the sale are below!

Some not to miss sales!


Anthropologie - 25% off everything

Loft - 50% off everything

Madewell - up to 60% off select items (check out this tie-cuff sweater)

Pottery Barn - up to 40% off select items

Coach - New to sale up to 40% off

Wayfair - up to 70% off holiday



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Gift Guide: Gifts Under $50 for HER

Christmas, Fave PicksAnneke McConnell

Happy Thanksgiving week! As I highlighted in my previous blog post, the Black Friday deals are already creeping up all over the Internet. It's fun and exciting to score such great deals, but it can also be super overwhelming! 

I've already seen Ray Bans and a Michael Kors watch for 85% off and about fell off my chair. As a heads up, if you're looking to snag some deals online this weekend, be sure to follow along on Facebook where I'll be sharing what I feel are great deals worth mentioning! 

On that note, this week I am doing my best to focus on BALANCE. When I began blogging so many years ago, I didn't even realize how out of balance I was (late nights, no plan, etc.), so it's a subject near and dear to me, and one I'm constantly growing in.

Balance IS possible!  This week I am so thankful for the opportunity that blogging allows me to maintain balance in my life. :-)

OK! So today's post is all about Gifts for Her under $50!

With prices fluctuating throughout the upcoming days and weeks, the prices of the items below will likely change, and hopefully decrease! 

As I'm already gearing up and planning for next year, one of the first items I spotted are these cute day planners below. I LOVE the fun and bright colors!

Below are several items I found across the Internet for under $50 that are sure to be a well loved gift for that special someone in your life, many items even under $25.

You can hover over the photo for the price and click the photo for details and any updated price and sizes (if applicable). Remember to have fun with it! :-) Happy shopping for all your friends and family (and a little on the side for yourself!). ;-)