Monday, July 30, 2018

Christmas 2018 Home Decor Trends | BentleyBlonde

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be joining so many talented bloggers for my first Christmas in July Blog Hop! If you're new to my blog, thank you so much for stopping by. Welcome, if you just came to my blog from my sweet friend Brittany at Addison's Wonderland. If you haven't visited her site yet, be sure to take a look! Brittany is an incredibly talented interior designer with such elegant style, and I know you'll have enjoyed her tour.

Today I'll be sharing a couple photos of my Christmas decorations from last year, as well as sharing my take on decor trends for this upcoming Christmas 2018!

Last year I decided on a classic red ticking stripe theme to add a punch of color to our flocked wonderland. I loved how the warm red berry branches, and thick canvas ribbon added dimension to our tree and garland. Hope you enjoy these photos from around our home. I also shared a full Christmas house tour on my Youtube channel HERE

Our Living Room Christmas 2017



Dining Room


Living Room Christmas 2016

Want to know what I think will be "in" this holiday season? Check out my predicted top decor themes for Christmas 2018 below!

Flocked Trees and Garland

Flocked trees and trimmings add a touch of snowy wonder to any holiday space! The beauty of flocked trees is that they can look just as beautiful naked as they do decked out with ornaments. All of our flocked trees are from King of Christmas, and I've linked them individually further down in this post. Hands down, King of Christmas has the fullest, and most natural looking flocked trees on the market and they hardly shed! (a major bonus for this clean freak mama) 

King of Christmas

King of Christmas

Winter Wonderland

Sticking with the ever popular snowy theme, trees decorated with  white faux fur, feather boas and even dollar store dusters (read more about them at CraftBerry Bush) will be center stage this year! Achieve this look by draping a thick, white boa in your tree, add snowy picks and flocked pinecones to add dimension.

Craftberry Bush

Ella Claire Inspired

Neutral Farmhouse 

Rustic touches and neutral muted tones continue to rein supreme in the decor world this holiday season. To achieve this look, try placing tabletop trees in rustic steel buckets, add a burlap runner with fresh pine trimmings to the table, and accent with wooden candlesticks and various textured pillows.

Love Grows Wild

Liz Marie Blog

Red Ticking Stripe

A classic Christmas fabric like red ticking stripe will add a touch of nostalgia, and a pop of color to your holiday decor! I went with the red ticking stripe theme in our home last year by tucking curls of ribbon throughout our flocked tree, and tied onto rustic lanterns.



Black & White Buffalo Check

The perfect farmhouse touch, buffalo check, will be making a big appearance this Christmas in it's trendiest color variation, black and white. I'm loving this look and majorly considering this fabric as the inspiration for our Christmas 2018 decor theme! 


Just Destiny Mag

Colorful Vintage

Everything old is new again! Beautiful frosted glass ornaments, colorful vintage bulbs and other nostalgic touches are making a big comeback. Try this look out by checking out your local thrift store or antique shop for hidden treasures! 

Country Living

Town and Country Living

If you're looking for a new tree this year, I highly recommend checking out the beautiful trees over at King of Christmas! I own their 9 Foot King Flock Artificial Tree Unlit and the 8 Foot Prince Flock Artificial Tree with Warm White LED Lights, as well as their flocked garland, wreath and tabletop size trees and they are all AMAZING. I've been beyond impressed not only with the amazing quality of their trees, but also with their excellent customer service and speedy shipping! I've linked below all of the King of Christmas items we have in our home:

Prince Flock Artificial Tree

King Flock Artificial Tree

3 Foot Jr Prince Flock Tree

9 ft by 12 ft Jr Prince Flock Garland

24'' Prince Flock Wreath

I hope you enjoyed seeing my home all decorated for Christmas from last year, and my take on upcoming trends for this holiday season! Please head on over to the next stop on our Christmas in July Blog Hop, Amy at Cuter Tudor. Amy is an incredibly talented blogger whose wonderful style makes everything beautiful. 

& Super Exciting News! King of Christmas is generously giving away one of their beautiful trees to one lucky winner! Be sure to enter via Rafflecopter below! (Giveaway will run from July 30 - August 3, 2018).
You can also see the rest of the bloggers in this amazing hop linked below, don't miss them!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Christmas in July collage

Christmas in July - A Blue Nest
Addison's Wonderland
Bentley Blond
Cuter Tudor
Planning Ahead: Tailor Your Christmas Colors to Reflect Your Decor Updates
Gathered Grace
My 100 Year Old House
Noting Grace
Curated Farmhouse
The Mellionaire House

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by King of Christmas. All opinions are my own. Thank you to King of Christmas for sponsoring this post! Post contains affiliate links

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia coming to TARGET! from Chip & Joanna Gaines

Holy Shiplap.. do I have some EXCITING news for you!! 

HGTV Fixer Upper stars (and probably my favorite couple of all time), Chip & Joanna Gaines are launching an exclusive home and lifestyle brand at Target! 
Hearth & Hand with Magnolia which will be available at Target and on November 5th, will debut with 300+ home decor and lifestyle items just in time for the holidays! The partnership will be ongoing, with new products introduced each season. Prices in the collection will range from $.99 to $129.99
Can you say, Christmas wish list?! My wallet is already crying ;) 
Here is a sneak peek of some of the goodies available in the collection! I'm already eyeballing those striped linen napkins- swoon! 

Photo credit: People

Photo credit: People

Photo Credit: Magnolia Market

Are you excited about the Gaines' new Hearth & Hand with Magnolia brand at Target? 
Let me know in the comments below! 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Urban Decay Naked HEAT Palette + SWATCHES!

UPDATE: Check out my NEW Youtube video with SWATCHES & Review of the Urban Decay Naked HEAT Palette + Collection, Here:

It's happening, beauties! 
Urban Decay is about to drop the fifth Naked palette, Urban Decay Naked HEAT! 
Featuring "12 all-new, cant-live-without amber-hued neutrals- including warm browns, burnt oranges and rich siennas."
Terracotta shadows have been having a moment for the past few years, so I am beyond thrilled that UD is giving us beauty junkies the palette of our sunset-hued dreams! I'm always drawn to warm toned shades, so I will definitely be picking this palette up!

PHOTO: Emily Kemp, Glamour

The 12 Shadows Included in Naked HEAT:
  • Ounce: a satin champagne
  • Chaser: a nude clay
  • Sauced: a warm taupe
  • Low Blow: a toasted almond
  • Lumbre: a burnt rose gold
  • He Devil: a spicy paprika
  • Dirty Talk: a fiery gold
  • Scorched: a shimmering rust
  • Cayenne: a baked brick
  • En Fuego: a charred red
  • Ashes: a deep oxblood
  • Ember: a blackened copper

PHOTO: Hannah Choi, Allure

The Naked HEAT palette will retail for $54. 

UD is also releasing a Limited Edition HEAT Collection, featuring three new Vice lipsticks in the shades, Fuel (warm, peachy nude), Heat (metallic rust), and Scorched (Shimmering Copper). Lipsticks will retail for $17 each. There will also be two new 24/7 Eye Pencils in Alkaline (deep burgundy), and Torch (burnt cayenne), available for $20 each.

Pre-Order:, June 12
Available: June 30, stores

Will you be picking up this palette? Let me know in the comments below! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

DIY Farmhouse Bench Tutorial | BentleyBlonde

Hey Ya'll. 

I'm so excited to finally share this DIY Farmhouse Bench Tutorial with all of you!
After adding board and batten to our entryway last year, I knew I wanted to complete the look with a farmhouse style bench for our guests! Unfortunately, after searching at a ton of local retailers, I had no luck finding what I was looking for.
As luck would have it, my friends over at Osborne Wood graciously offered to provide a set of their beautiful turned legs for another DIY project, and I just knew they would be the perfect fit for the farmhouse bench we'd been dreaming of!
If you've followed my blog for awhile, then you probably remember our DIY Farmhouse Table and Dining Set Makeover, using Osborne Wood Husky Dining Table Legs (my absolute FAVORITE diy of all time!) 
For this project, we decided to go with a smaller version and perfect compliment to our dining room table legs, the Country Bench Leg.
After visiting Lowes to pick up additional supplies, and with the help of my amazing dad; we created the perfect farmhouse bench for our entryway! Read on to find out how we did it.

Materials Needed:
(2) 2x4x8 (apron)
(2) 2x6x8 (top)
(4) Osborne Wood Country Bench Legs (hard maple)
Wood Glue
DeWalt Plate Joining No. 10 Biscuits
(1) box Fine Thread Drywall Screws (6 x 1-5/8")
(4) 6 inch lag screws & washers (optional)

Tools Required:
Table Saw
Biscuit Jointer
Drill Motor

Can we all just take a moment to swoon over these gorgeous hard maple Country Bench Legs from Osborne Wood? They are a beautiful addition to our farmhouse bench, and a perfect match to the Husky Dining Table legs we used in our DIY Farmhouse Table Makeover!

Bench Top:

-  Cut the 2x6s into (3) lengths of 41 inches.

(We cut our wood down using a table saw, however if you dont own a saw, you could have the hardware store cut your wood to length for you).

- Cut the remaining 2x6 pieces into lengths of 15 inches.

- True the edges of the 2x6's so that the edges are perfectly straight.

- Put a bevel on the top edge of each of the 2x6 pieces before jointing.

- Then cut biscuit slots on the edges of each of the 2x6 pieces (as shown below).

- When all biscuit slots have been cut, glue up edges, insert biscuits, put them together, and clamp until glue is dry. (check glue bottle for drying times)

Bench Apron (base):

-  cut legs to desired length (we cut ours down to 17 inches tall )

- Cut 2x4 into (2) lengths of 43 1/4 inches, and (2) lengths of 7.5 inches.

- Place one leg at each corner, placing 2x4's between the legs as shown below, and center on the top.
(The 2x4's are placed 1/8 in. inset from each leg for aesthetics).

- Cut biscuit slots on the end of  each 2x4, and corresponding slots on each leg where the 2x4 and leg meet.

- Once this is done, glue and clamp the 2x4's to the legs ensuring the base (apron) is squared.

- Once glue is dry, place base on bench  top, and install 6 corner blocks (we used scrap wood) as shown below, using drywall screws and glue.

- We pre-drilled the 1-5/8" holes and countersunk the heads.
Adding 2 drywall screws vertically into the bench top, and 2 horizontally into the bench base.

- Sand entire bench until smooth (we used 400 grit, followed by 800 grit, and finished with 1200 grit).

- After sanding, use tack cloth to ensure there is no dust on the bench surface.
- Apply (1) coat of Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner on bench top (according to product directions).
- Then apply (2) coats of Minwax English Chestnut stain on bench top (according to product directions).
- Apply (3) coats of Polyurethane, wet sanding in between each coat.
- Apply (2) coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White on bench legs and apron.
- Seal legs & apron with wax if desired.

Bench top after stain application:


Decorated for Christmas:

I'm so happy with how our DIY Farmhouse Bench turned out! It adds the perfect contrast to our whitewashed board & batten entry, and gives our guests a much needed place to set their things. It will also be a great place for Colton to sit and put on his shoes for school one day, thankfully for this attached mama, those days are far in the future! ;) 

A huge thanks to my dad for all of his help with this project, and to Osborne Wood for providing the beautiful bench legs for this post.