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Ampersand for Command // DIY Scarf-Wrapped Wreath 11.24.2015


Based on our Camp Christmas trend for Command, we have put together a really fun DIY for you all to try!

Fashion can be the most fun way to stay on top of the trends, so we decided we’d incorporate one of our favorite fashion accessories into our holiday home decor. Scarves frequently have great patterns and texture, so find the perfect one and we’ll show you how to turn it into a holiday wreath to hang on your front door! Head over to Command for the full step by step tutorial!













Photos by  Wheat Photography

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Ampersand for Command DIY Advent Tree 11.23.2015


Come December 1st, kids and adults alike begin the exciting countdown to Christmas Day and an advent calendar is such a fun way to bring the countdown to life! We created this life-sized version using kraft boxes, bags and envelopes along with Command™ strips, clips and hooks to accommodate all the various sizes of little gifties you might want to include for our Bright & Merry Trend for Command! It’s bright and fun and so easy to create! For the full DIY, including all the Command™ products we used to bring it to life, head to



















photos by Wheat Photography video by Paper Crane Photo

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Ampersand for Command // Trend: Bright & Merry 11.18.2015


For kids or kids-at-heart, Christmas is pure FUN! Bright & Merry captures the more playful side of the holidays. It’s irreverent and punchy. Neon has made it’s resurgence in the past few years in home decor and it’s here to stay, now infiltrating holiday decor as well! These fluorescent tones are the brightest colors imaginable and can seem overwhelming when standing alone. Mixing these neons with a neutral, whether it’s raw wood or kraft paper, gives it a new, more livable vibe. Color-blocking and color-dipping play a role in Bright & Merry as does the glossy feel of acrylic. Let the neon glow as bright as the tree lights!

We felt like the Bright & Merry trend was the perfect place to do something kids would love, and the idea of an advent calendar was our first thought! It’s so hard for little ones to be patient while waiting for Christmas so an advent calendar is great for making the time leading up to it fun, too.

The calendar we designed was something that we would’ve never even considered had we not been using Command™ products. There is no way we’d put a million nails in our wall to achieve this one. We decided to really leverage the Command™ Small Picture Hanging StripsCommand™ Quartz Spring Clips and Command™ Small Wire Hooks to do something we couldn’t do without them. They allowed us to use all different sizes of boxes, bags and envelopes to fit our gifts and hang them knowing they would come right off the wall with no marks after the holidays. We think this one will be a winner with our own kids!

For all the details about the Bright & Merry trend, including how we made it come to life with this DIY advent calendar, head to


Photos by  Wheat Photography // Hair by Nicole Brancato @nicolecarmelle // Makeup by Stephanie Borger of Simple Beauty

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  1. Courtney Shelton

    LOOOOOOOVE this one!!! Everything looks awesome!

    November 18, 2015 8:11 pm

Ampersand for Command // Trend: Sugar Plum 11.16.2015


Next up for our How to Holiday looks for Command: Sugar Plum!!

Pop the champagne! Sugar Plum embraces the fizzy, sparkly, glitz of the holiday season! Jewel tones have played a major role in the past, but 2015 embraces the spectrum of lighter hues. Pastels are a surprising and refreshing twist on a holiday palette! Think blush, lavender and sky blue. Pastel pink is a big player and looks rich mixed with metallics. And, as we think of metallics for this look, keep in mind the whole range of matte gold, glittery bronze, and smooth rose gold!

To bring this look to life, we envisioned this Mixed Media Garland draped across the wall! We created and gathered all of the pieces but realized, hanging it might get really tricky. And, it turns out, without our new favorite Command products, it definitely would’ve been a nightmare. This look could’ve caused too many holes in the wall than we’d like to imagine. We’re SO thankful we were partnering with Command on this!! And here is where Command™ Brand products are genius. We have loved Command™ products forever, but didn’t realize they had a whole collection of products designed specifically for throwing a party! There are a range of hooks specifically for hanging balloons or honeycombs from the walls and ceiling and others designed for hanging banners. We put a new twist on the awesome Command™ Party Banner Anchors and used them in layers to create this look. You guys, seriously, we were giddy! We sounded like a Command commercial the way were were going on and on about how awesome they were!

Anyway, hop over to Command for all the details about the Sugar Plum trend, including how we made it come to life with this Mixed Media Garland, head to!









Photos by  Wheat Photography // Hair by Nicole Brancato @nicolecarmelle // Makeup by Stephanie Borger of Simple Beauty

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Ampersand for Command // Trend: Gilded Modern 11.11.2015


Our second trend we put together with Command is Gilded Modern! Christmas doesn’t have to be all about the traditional red and green. The fresh combination of black and white that is trending in home decor will mix with metallics for the 2015 holiday season. Black and white stripes will replace traditional Christmas patterns and brass is the metallic for this look. Gilded Modern is sophisticated and refreshing. It feels new, yet timeless!

When we decided on this look, we couldn’t think of a better place to bring it to life that the living room – the mantel to be exact! And a holiday-specific gallery wall would sound like a nightmare to put up and take down except with Command products, it truly is super easy and damage-free! No holes in the wall and nothing is permanent! In fact, we changed our mind on the layout several times, but you would never know!

For all the details about Gilded Modern and how to get this look in your own home, damage-free, pop over to Command!








Make sure you check back for the Gallery Wall DIY and how we created this Himmeli wreath with paper straws!!!

Photos by Jenny Wheat of Wheat Photography // Hair by Nicole Brancato @nicolecarmelle // Makeup by Stephanie Borger of Simple Beauty

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