Lily & Val Living - A pretty place for all who love the simple things in life.
Lily & Val Gift Guide: The Hostess With The Mostess

For that person who loves to host and entertain guests. These gifts are great hostess gifts but can also be a great choice to put together a little gift bundle for those who just like to throw a party. This list has a mix of decor and cooking items, which make hosting fun and easy! Trust me. They will thank you for thanking them!

Lily & Val Gift Guide: Hostess With The Mostess

Keepsake Kitchen Diary Classic  |  Fancy Matches  |  Winter Wonderland Candle  |  Brunch Lady Tray  |  What’s a Hostess To Do Book  |  Let It Snow Plate  |  Pyrex Recipe Card Pack   |  Hibiscus Rose Cocktail Mixer  |  Eucalyptus Kitchen Towel Taper Holder  |  Party Party Party Napkins  |  Artichoke Lemon Pesto 

Lily & Val Gift Guide: The Coffee Snob

We all know one…maybe you are one! There are so many things a coffee connoisseur may want or need. Surprise them with a little coffee related decor or an opportunity to up their coffee game with the Home Barista Book. A little coffee themed holiday decor or reusable Coffee Sock filters can brighten any caffeine addict’s day! If you know a coffee loving couple, give them the handmade dual pour over stand so they can enjoy their slow coffee making and still sip together!

Lily & Val Gift Guide: The Coffee Snob

Coffee Ornament Set  |  Coffee is My Happy Place Tea Towel  |  Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker Coffee Chalk Art Print  |  Coffee Snob Mug  |  CoffeeSock  |  First Coffee. Then All The Things Pencils Pour Over Stand  |  Home Barista Book

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #79

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #79, we’re documenting snapshots of our week. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #79 with iPad Pro rose sketches, White Space Magazine prints and New Years' Eve 2017 preparation

1. “I was trying out a loose, sketchy style on my iPad pro! I love the movement and feel of it.” – Valerie

2. “‘Just as white space in design allows your eye to focus on what’s most important, the same holds true in life.’ I LOVE these wise words and print from White Space Magazine. A great reminder.” – Valerie

3“2018 will be here before we know it! You can look for this chalk art download coming to the shop soon!” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #79 with L&V cards at Trader Joe's, hosting friends with Grandma's china and meeting lattes4“L&V spotted at Trader Joe’s!” – Valerie

5. “We entertained friends over the weekend and I was able to break out Mak’s grandmother’s china and our gold flatware! Also, I took this photo with Mak’s new iPhone X! I can’t get over the quality.” – Valerie

6. “My first latte in over a month! I needed to avoid it for some health reasons, but was cleared to have it again in moderation! I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a latte more. This day was also exciting because we were brainstorming some exciting things for 2018!” – Valerie

Beautiful Holiday Fireplace Styling By Krista Fredricks of Pike Petals

Friends, what a treat it is to share these GORGEOUS photos with you! Krista Fredericks of Pike Petals styled this amazing holiday mantel using her L&V holiday prints and the eye candy was too good not to share!

Beautiful Holiday Fireplace Styling By Krista Fredricks of Pike Petals using Lily & Val hand lettered prints

The two prints used here are a 16×20 Polar Express Print and 11×14 Let Heaven and Nature Sing print. Both found in the Lily & Val Shop.

“The quote from the Polar Express tugs at my heartstrings and reminds me of many childhood years spent decorating the tree while watching the movie. The smaller brings a little of the outdoors in with a beautiful woodland tree.” – Krista

Beautiful Holiday Fireplace Styling By Krista Fredricks of Pike Petals using Lily & Val hand lettered printsBeautiful Holiday Fireplace Styling By Krista Fredricks of Pike Petals using Lily & Val hand lettered printsBeautiful Holiday Fireplace Styling By Krista Fredricks of Pike Petals using Lily & Val hand lettered prints Beautiful Holiday Fireplace Styling By Krista Fredricks of Pike Petals using Lily & Val hand lettered printsBeautiful Holiday Fireplace Styling By Krista Fredricks of Pike Petals using Lily & Val hand lettered prints

I love how she stacked and slightly overlapped the framed prints here. The addition of the dramatic overhanging boughs and classic tapers have me swooning! The overall feel is elegant but so warm and cozy.

Beautiful Holiday Fireplace Styling By Krista Fredricks of Pike Petals using Lily & Val hand lettered prints Beautiful Holiday Fireplace Styling By Krista Fredricks of Pike Petals using Lily & Val hand lettered prints Beautiful Holiday Fireplace Styling By Krista Fredricks of Pike Petals using Lily & Val hand lettered prints Beautiful Holiday Fireplace Styling By Krista Fredricks of Pike Petals using Lily & Val hand lettered prints

Feeling inspired? I know I am!

Get all the details and tips via her blog post here. 

Happy Decorating!

Lily & Val Gift Guide: The Girlie Girl

For the most feminine people on your gift list, check out some of these beautiful gifts. From luxurious honey hair oil to a little flowery Christmas decor, the ladies in your life will love these thoughtful pampering gift ideas! Remind her how awesome she is with the “morning beautiful” stacking mug or make her smile with the “pretty and smart” award ribbon. Add to that the always stylish makeup zippered pouch and you feminine recipient is sure to just love your gift!

Lily & Val Gift Guide: The Girlie Girl

Makeup Zippered Pouch  |  12.25 L&V Hand-drawn Art Print  |  Honey Hair Oil Rose Gold Button Earrings  |  Mornin’ Beautiful Mug  |  Pretty & Smart Award Ribbon  |  Rose Ring  |  Tassel Scarf Hello Gorgeous Box Sign Creme de la Creme Tray  |  Falala Bottlebrush Tree Note Card

How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging

Hi friends! I hope your December is off to an AMAZING start! For today’s post, I wanted to share an extremely simple decor DIY using a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging! I made it for my own home this year and thought you might enjoy it too!

How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging

You will need:

A metal hanging specimen frame. I used the 12″ x 12″ Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia brass frame from Target!
An 8×10 Lily & Val print. (I chose this one.)
Faux Greenery (Mine is from Hobby Lobby)
A note about the faux greenery: I did not use a specifically holiday greenery. Instead, I chose these plastic greens because they were a smaller scale and would drape a bit easier off my small frame as opposed to a mantel or something of a larger scale.
Green floral wire
Scissors

How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging

Directions:

When I saw these brass specimen frames as part of the Magnolia for Target collection I knew I had to have one! I love how easy it is to switch out the artwork. It came with the “Merry & Bright” print pictured above, but I switched it instead with the 12/25 Lily & Val print. Just add a tiny piece of tape to the back of the print and it will stay in place once you close the frame.

How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging

Next, create the greenery swag that we will then attach to the brass hanging frame. Cut two pieces of your greenery and place them together facing opposite directions. Use the floral wire to attach them together. You want to make sure you only wire down the stems and not the greenery coming off the stems. They will help cover your wire.

Add any additional needed length to your swag by attaching more greens with floral wire. I wanted mine to cover the top of the frame and drape down the side.

How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging

Then, attach your greenery swag to the frame using small pieces of floral wire. I attached the end of the greenery to the left side chain to look as though it was climbing the frame a bit, then attached another piece to the loop on the right side, letting the rest of the greenery drape naturally over the side. Adjust any greenery pieces as needed to cover the wire. Hang and enjoy!

How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging

So simple, but it makes for a really unique, modern display! I’m using mine as part of a gallery wall in my dining room! I love how it looks paired with my “It’s a Wonderful Life” Canvas.

How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging It's a Wonderful Life Chalk Art Canvas | Christmas Decoration | Christmas Art How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging How to use a Hearth & Hand™ brass frame from Target to make this Holiday Wall Hanging

Happy Christmas decorating, everyone! I hope you enjoyed this decor DIY!

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #78

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #78, we’re documenting snapshots of our week. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #78 with Mixbook Holiday card collaboration, Flow Magazing feature and lamb's ear Christmas trees

1. “My Mixbook photo cards and matching return address labels came in! I’m excited to send these this year!” – Valerie

2. “I never tire of seeing my work in Flow Magazine! This one was spotted at Barnes & Noble! Love the quote, too.” – Valerie

3“I made the cozy DIY Lamb’s Ear Cone trees we posted a few weeks ago! What a fun & simple DIY! Love it.” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #78 with gorgeous sunsets, Keepsake Kitchen Diary on the go and handwritten memories in the KKD

4“I normally don’t even bother trying to take a photo of a sunset because the photo never does it justice (and this one really doesn’t either) but it was one of the most amazing sunsets I had ever seen in my life! I had to try.” – Valerie

5. “On my way to Thanksgiving dinner at my parent’s house with my Keepsake Kitchen Diary in tow. I had a list of recipes I wanted my Mom to fill out in her own handwriting.” – Valerie

6. “My Mom filling in the pages of my Keepsake Kitchen Diary with precious recipes and, of course, the memories that make them special. She has the most beautiful handwriting.” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #78 with joyful chalk art, gluten, dairy and sugar free pumpkin pie and watercolor art

7. “I updated my kitchen chalkboard this week for Christmas!” – Valerie

8. “I’ve been on a pretty restrictive diet for some health reasons and I needed to follow it through Thanksgiving. I was worried about missing out on all my favorite, nostalgic dishes, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! So many friends on Instagram helped me with recipes and tips. Mak was so sweet and even made me this gluten, dairy, and sugar free pumpkin pie!” – Valerie

9. “Mak’s Mom is a professional watercolorist and while we were visiting her for Thanksgiving she and I had a painting day! I learned so much from her.” – Valerie

“Heavenly Peace” December Free Desktop Wallpaper Download

Winter watercolor landscape free desktop background download

For December’s free desktop downloads, I channeled my inner Bob Ross and painted this soft watercolor landscape.

Confession: Bob Ross puts me to sleep. This is not a bad thing and it’s not because I am bored – quite the opposite! His painting combined with the sound of his voice is soothing and comforting. When my head is spinning at the end of the day, I watch a Bob Ross episode on Netflix and my mind begins to calm. I feel happy and relaxed.

Even if in a tiny way, I hope this little landscape painting inspires those feelings of calmness when you look at your tech this month.

The theme of the 2017 Holiday Collection is “All is Calm.” It’s meant to inspire trading the hustle and bustle for slow and intentional. This reminder seems to be needed the most when I’m on my devices.

Free heavenly peace snow covered tree desktop background

These monthly downloads give me the opportunity to play and explore new things creatively and this one was a lot of fun. As I was painting, I shared the process on my Instagram stories and I asked if I should add hand-lettering or leave it without. The answers were mixed, so I decided to offer the download both ways! I hope you enjoy! Happy December, friends!

Free download with Winter forest desktop background Free desktop winter woodland watercolor scene

Download DECEMBER DESKTOP WALLPAPER WITH LETTERING OR WITHOUT.

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS >> Click the “DECEMBER DESKTOP WALLPAPER” link or the image above. When the image is opened in a new window, right-click the image and select “Save image” or drag it to your desktop (You may have to click twice to bring the image to its full size).  Once the image is saved, go to your System Preferences> Desktop/Screensaver and choose this image as your new wallpaper!
Coordinate your tech with this bonus iPhone wallpaper with lettering or without!
Free desktop download with winter woodland watercolor Winter snow covered tree watercolor free desktop background download
Lily & Val Gift Guide: That Special Guy

You love him, but he’s a tough one to buy for! Give him something he will really enjoy this year. Whether it’s a nice reminder he’s got it going on or something special for his bar cart, these ideas are bound to make him smile.  These unique items go well together for a little gift bundle and are great for the guy who has everything.

Lily & Val Gift Guide: That Special Guy

Hello Handsome Pillow  |  Sexy Beast RibbonYou’re My Favorite Order Note Card  |  Orange Clove Cocktail Mixer  |  NEATO whiskey glass  |  Beard Treatment Oil Credit Card Tool 

P.S. Be sure grab your Holiday Gift Tracker to keep all your gifting ideas, budget, and even wrapping to-dos organized this holiday season!

Keep your Holiday Gifting Organized with the Holiday Gift Tracker by Lily & Val

 

 

Lily & Val Gift Guide: The Bachelor

For the single guy living that bachelor pad life, this list has a few masculine decor items. If they don’t like to decorate…well, you just helped them impress their next guest! These fun handmade candles will improve the way his space smells and comes in lots of fun scents that are based on banned books, a great conversation starter. The Useful Book is also great for anyone moving out on their own for the first time. With lots of DIY and basic home improvement instructions, it is sure to save the day once or twice.

Gentlemen Sign  |  Retro Wooden Ornament SetHand Salve  |  Handmade Lamp  |  Old Fashioned Chalk Art Print  |  Gentleman Ceramic Planter  |  Guide To Coffee Drinks Print Clove + Orange Banner Book Candle Dinner Plate The Useful Book