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Before and After House Tour
Homemade bread with just 5 ingredients and three easy steps! Delicious focaccia recipe via maisondepax.com

Painted Burlap and Craft Paper Gifts

Brilliant! Painted burlap, craft paper, and wood tags make beautiful gift wrap for any occasion | via maisondepax.com

Yes, my friends, I have yet another gift wrap post for you today... I hope you aren't getting tired of them yet.  We've just been having way too much fun wrapping gifts at my house this year.  I'll spare you the ones my children painted...  Let's just say red and green together make brown.  Smeared all over craft paper.  But a happy 2 and 4 year old working hard to make things for other people makes one happy and proud mama.  But I digress... Today I'm sharing two beautiful looks I … [Read more...]

More Simple and Stunning Gift Wrap Ideas

so many gorgeous gift wrap ideas! via maisondepax.com

I'll be honest, the flurry of the holidays has gotten away from me this year...  Am I the only one?  But in an effort to enjoy my holiday, today's post is going to be long on pictures and short on words (and everyone breathes a huge sigh of relief, right?). Just two quick things from me today: first, I shared last year some simple and stunning gift wrap ideas (along with my two secrets for the most affordable gift wrap ever!). This year, I shared more simple and gorgeous gift wrap … [Read more...]

Gray Whitewashed Dining Set Makeover

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

I have been so blessed to inherit furniture from family, and my great grandmother's dining set is one of my favorites... But I confess that I was not a big fan of the colors she chose... The cream was too warm for my taste, and the green wasn't really me either. Plus, the finish had seen better days. So when Annie Sloan Unfolded asked if I wanted to try their products, I decided it was time to paint this set.  And I'm so glad I did.  Oh, and can you guess what color I chose? … [Read more...]

Red & Green Holiday Party Recipes (M&MJ #86)

Perfect holiday party recipes! Red and green appetizers and sweets via maisondepax.com

Welcome... to week 86 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! Just 9 days until Christmas!  I'm sure you're all doing last-minute shopping, present wrapping, and party planning... And I'm here to help this week. Don't miss my holiday gift guide: My beautiful and affordable gift wrap ideas: And today's party food!  Remember, if you're reading this via email, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  And don't forget, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all … [Read more...]

Natural, Neutral Gift Wrap Ideas

Great gift wrap ideas! Simple, natural, and gorgeous... via maisondepax.com #hoilday #Christmas #present

Only 9 days until Christmas...  I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by!  Have you finished your shopping yet?  If not, be sure to check my "favorite things" holiday gift guide for ideas for everyone on your list.  If you have finished shopping, though, then it's time to wrap!  And I've got six gorgeous gift wrap ideas that are natural, simple, and so easy to make. I am really into natural elements with a touch of sparkle (you can see that in my home tour here if you like), so … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Trees

Sophisticated and simple Christmas tree decorations via maisondepax.com

This was the first year we've ever had two trees... and I'm loving it.  More sparkly white lights?  Yes, please.  More festive feeling?  Absolutely.  But decorating two trees might seem daunting... It shouldn't.  Here are some simple Christmas tree decorations that can make any tree beautiful and elegant on a very reasonable budget. We always have a tree in our living room...  And I dress it like I dress my home: mostly neutral, with plenty of texture, and a little sparkle here and … [Read more...]

Simple Holiday Decorating

simple Christmas decor - 10 minutes to make your guest room perfectly festive for the holidays | maisondepax.com

It has been quite a week, filled with millions of twinkling lights, elegant topiaries, fancy French decor, and beautiful memories of Paris... I'm ready for a little simplicity.  How about you? In fact, I'm so ready for simplicity (and sleep!), that today's post is just images for you.  If you have any questions about the room (our attic that we renovated earlier this year), you can probably find the answers and links in this post.  Otherwise, I made the mason jar luminaries myself, and … [Read more...]

French Christmas Decor: Photography

stunning black and white photography of Paris via maisondepax.com

Welcome to the last day of our French Christmas tour! On Monday, I shared my Christmas home tour, replete with French-influenced decor. On Tuesday, I shared how to wrap rosemary trees in burlap for a beautiful, seasonal topiary. Yesterday, I shared something close to my heart: my Parisian-inspired library all decked for the holidays. Today, I have one last way to bring French-inspired decor into your holiday home. Since we lived in Paris for several years, I have had the … [Read more...]

Chez Noel: a French Christmas Tour

Gorgeous Christmas home tour full of simple, beautiful, diy and French-inspired decoration ideas via maisondepax.com #decor #holiday

I have a serious ache... And I'm not talking about the kind you get from eating too many Christmas cookies (though that may be forthcoming, too). At the risk of sounding entirely obnoxious... It's been over two years since I've been to Paris.   We lived there for about two years; my first son was born there; I made friends from all over the world; I ate way too many raspberry tarts; I had a beautiful, international church family; I took long walks along the Seine with Mr. … [Read more...]

Festive Christmas Crafts (M&MJ #85)

Cute Christmas crafts, perfect for the holiday season! via maisondepax.com

Welcome... to week 85 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! I'm so glad you're here!  If you are not familiar with link parties, this is a place where bloggers can link up their posts to show off their work.  And bloggers and non-bloggers alike can find tons of amazing projects, recipes, and inspiration all in one place!  If you're reading this via email, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  Remember, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects … [Read more...]

Burlap Wrapped Rosemary Trees

Burlap wrapped rosemary trees - great tutorial and perfect little holiday accents | via maisondepax.com #decor #plants #Christmas #tutorial #diy

I'm so excited today to start off my French Christmas tour! What on earth is a French Christmas?  Well, if you ask my four year old, he'll probably start singing "The First Noel" - way too loudly and totally off key.  ;) But that's not exactly what I had in mind.  I've gathered together some incredibly talented bloggers who are influenced by French decor, and I've asked them to share some of their gorgeous ideas with you.  Let me tell you, you're in for a treat! Today, I'm … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour

Sophisticated and simple Christmas tree decorations via maisondepax.com

It's the most wonderful time of the year... Really.  I love Christmas time.  If I could live every day (and night) by twinkly Christmas lights, I would. If you're here from the Christmas tour, welcome. In case you're new, my name is Rachel, and I live deep in the heart of Texas with my amazing husband, two boys, and baby girl.  I feel so very blessed.  It may still be a sultry 75° down here, but that doesn't stop us from some serious Christmas celebration! We have lived … [Read more...]

Classy (and affordable!) DIY Stocking Hanger

Classy (and cheap!) DIY stocking holder: use a curtain rod | via maisondepax.com #Christmas #diy #decor

I have a confession.  Last year for the last 10 years, I have simply hung my stockings via painters tape.  True story. Could we ever put presents in them?  No. Did it require some seriously creative mantel decorations to hide the bright blue tape? Yes. But painter's tape no more... This year, I was determined to hang my stockings the right way.  With gorgeous, coordinated stocking hooks.  Or at least five simple, plain ones. Yes.  FIVE.  Do you know how pricey … [Read more...]

Christmas Mason Jar Luminaries

Mason jar luminaries - adorable and easy Christmas decor via maisondepax.com #diy #holiday #decoration

Irony: a state of affairs that seems deliberately contrary to what one would expect. I love it.  Irony, that is.  And not just because I'm a former English teacher... because it's like a little surprise, just waiting to entertain you.  And that's how I felt - thoroughly entertained - when I was playing with these mason jar luminaries that are simply perfect for the holidays. I won't bore you with instructions.  You can see what I did.  The baker's twine came from Target's dollar spot, … [Read more...]

Holiday Cookie Recipes (M&MJ #84)

Fantastic recipes for holiday cookies via maisondepax.com #recipe #holidays #dessert

Welcome... to week 84 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! I'm so glad you're here!  If you are not familiar with link parties, this is a place where bloggers can link up their posts to show off their work.  And bloggers and non-bloggers alike can find tons of amazing projects, recipes, and inspiration all in one place!  If you're reading this via email, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  Remember, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects … [Read more...]