Update your home decor with Decocrated’s Summer 2020 Box (discounts too!)



I know it’s hard to believe that it’s summer time. Most of the things we look forward to are simply not happening this summer. For example, my family and I are terribly disappointed that the Dutchess County Fair will not be happening in August. We look forward to that every summer. We’re also reluctant to visit state parks and the beach for obvious reasons (pandemic). I guess this summer we’ll spend in our condo with the AC blasting and watching every movie on Netflix, Hulu and Disney+. Sigh…

One thing I am able to do this summer, regardless of what is happening around the world, is update my home’s decor and add some fresh new pieces to give my home a summer vibe.

If you read my site on a regular basis, you probably recall me writing about Decocrated. Decocrated is a seasonal subscription box that sends subscribers 5-7 full size products that reflect the season. The fall box has fall related pieces, the winter box has winter related pieces, and so forth.

The Summer 2020 box is now available, and let me tell you, the goodies that came in the box are worth every penny!

I LOVE when my Decocrated box arrives. It’s like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one. The box is huge!

I try my best not to look up spoilers for each box. I love being surprised. I will admit that sometimes I can’t wait for the box to arrive and I will look up spoilers, but even if I do know what I’m getting in the box, I’m still super excited for it to arrive.

For the Summer 2020 box I did my best with an unboxing video. I know it’s not the best video, but it’s a work in progress. Hopefully I’ll be better by the time I unbox the Fall 2020 box.

Here is my unboxing video, in case you would like to check it out.


I LOVE the contents of this box. I honestly can’t tell you which is my favorite piece. If I had to choose just one, I think it would be the two tiered display shelf. Although… I really do love the succulent planter and the mirror too. It’s so hard to choose!

Here is what came in the Summer 2020 box.

Going clockwise…

Two Tiered Display Shelf – I LOVE this piece! I can think of so many ways to use this. You can use it in the bathroom to display and organize hand towels, perfume, decorative soap, trinkets and more. You can also use it on your kitchen counter to hold your fresh fruits and vegetables to make them easier to “grab and go.”

This shelf set could also be used on your dresser to hold jewelry and perfume, or you can use it to organize your make up.

The shelf pieces come off so that you can use them to serve thing such as snacks, appetizers or desserts.

I had wanted to use this in the bathroom, but it didn’t fit in the space I had in mind. You’ll have to keep an eye out on my social media pages (SheScribes on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, @She_Scribes on Twitter) to see how I ended up using this piece.

Decorative Throw Pillow Covers – Each box that I have received from Decocrated always included a decorative throw pillow case or two. This box came with two pillow cases. One side is a lovely, gold color and design. The other side has a texture to it. I want to say it reminds me of burlap, but not like a potato sack. It’s pretty!

Artwork – Each box features artwork from a specific artist. This box’s artist is Kate Aurelia Studio (@KateAureliaStudio) and Kasey Free Studio (@KaseyFreestudio). It’s a pretty summer design with a lovely blue (like the summer sky!) and bright yellow lemons.

The artwork is double sided. The other side features lemons (no text).

The artwork that comes with the boxes can be displayed in a variety of ways such as in a frame or on a cork board. Because you receive a new piece with each box, you will always have a new piece of artwork to display.

Golden Planter/Basket – This is a really cool piece. It can be used as a planter or you can use it like a basket to store and organize things.

This piece matches the gold “cups” (see below) and try that I received in the Spring 2020 box. I love it how many Decocrated pieces can be mixed and matched and displayed with other items from previous boxes.


I wish I still has the above items handy so I could put them next to the planter/basket that came with the Summer 2020 box. I had packed it away when I brought out our summer decorations. If you saw our basement storage area you’d know why digging them out would be easier said than done.

Succulent Planter – This is SO CUTE! It’s a little planter with fake succulents in it. The succulents look real. Not only do they add a pop of color to any place you place it, but the planter is also very decorative.

I can’t keep plants if my life depended on it. I decorate my home with realistic looking fake plants and flowers. This planter fits right in. I even have other fake succulents around my home.

Also included in the box..

Small rug – This little rug would be great to adorn your front door, your sliding glass doors, bathroom, kitchen or hallway. It can really be used just about anywhere.

My cats love this rug. They think it’s for them. There is usually a cat sleeping on it throughout the day. Thankfully this is pretty easy to clean.

I love the colors (light blue/gray and white). It reminds me of something you’d find in a home with a beach-theme.

Mirror/Mirrored Tray – This is another favorite piece from the Summer 2020 box that I really like. It’s a mirror that you can either hang up on the wall, or use it as a display base.

Currently I have this hanging on the wall in the hallway (I can give myself a last minute “once over” to make sure I look OK), but I plan on using this as a display base with Halloween and Christmas decorations that I have.

This seasons Decocrated Box is pretty amazing. I love each and every piece that came in this box.

You can purchase individual Decocrated boxes (currently the Summer 2020 box is available for purchase), or you can purchase a subscription for the entire year (four boxes – Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer).

If you are interested in purchasing the summer box, a yearly subscription, or for more information, visit Decocrated.com.

SAVE 10% on the Summer 2020 box (or any individual box) using the discount code SHESCRIBES10.

Save 30% on a yearly subscription using the code SHESCRIBES30.

Look for Decocrated on social media (their links are on their website).

Be sure to check out these hashtags on social media –  #WeAreDecocrators #SummerBox #FeaturedArtist #Decocrated.


*I received a free box in exchange for my review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Spring cleaning? Why not do some spring decorating too.


The Robins are back! Spring is finally here.

So… how have you been holding up during the quarantine? I know there are still several states that do not have “shelter in place” procedures in place, but here in New York, we do. I live about 30 minutes outside of New York City. We have a lot of COVID-19 cases in my tiny county. I’ve been out twice in three weeks – once for a doctor’s appointment, and once to get quarters from the bank so we could do our laundry (we have a paid laundry in our building’s basement).

If you are not in quarantine, let me tell you, it’s BORING! Most especially when you live in a tiny condo. To say that I have “cabin fever” is an understatement.

I’ve been trying to find things to do around our home to keep me busy. There is only so much Netflix and Disney+ I can watch.

Let me tell you, our condo has not been this cleaned and organized in a very long time. I’ve even thinking about how you use carpet rakes to clean the bedroom carpet. Don’t get me wrong, I do clean, but mostly on the weekends. These days I am dusting and vacuuming pretty much every day. I still hate cleaning, but I appreciate it giving me something to do.

Have you started spring cleaning yet? If not, now is certainly a great time.

With the change of the season, it’s also not a bad idea to do a little spring decorating too. You don’t have to go crazy and decorate your entire home, or even each room. However a few new pieces here and there, some fresh (or realistic looking) flowers and/or plants, and lighter, brighter colors.

I love decorating for the holidays, but I also enjoy switching things up for the change of season as well. In the spring I like adding flowers (realistic ones – I don’t have a “green thumb”). I also like to add some color around my home. I even switch up our shower curtain (our spring/summer ones has a lot of pretty flowers on it).

For most people, going to a store to pick up some accent pieces to spruce things up for the change of season is easier said than done these days, when all non-essential stores are closed. You can shop online for pieces, but that takes a lot of time, not to mention all that individual shipping fees.

I can’t wait for the Lilacs to bloom!

There is a way to get some new accent pieces for your home all in one shop. It’s called Decocrated. If you follow my blog, you have probably seen other posts about the brand.

Decocrated is a business that curates beautiful home accent pieces and more, and crates seasonal boxes to send to it’s customers.

Decocrated is a subscription service, but you can purchase an individual box and cancel your subscription at any time. Trust me, once you’ve received your first box, you’ll be hooked.

Whenever my Decocrated box arrives, it’s like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one.

I try desperately not to look online for spoilers. I like the element of being surprised with what’s inside the box. You never know what you’ll get.

Each box features several full size products such as candle holders, framed artwork, throw blankets, wreaths, baskets, pillow covers, signs and more.

Not too long ago I received the spring box from Decorated. I hate to give away any spoilers, so if you don’t want to know what is in the box, you might want to scroll down to the bottom of this post.

The Decocrated box is a fairly large box. Inside you’ll find all the pieces individually packaged. Decocrated takes care into making sure all of your items arrive safely to your home.

Inside you’ll find some extra cardboard pieces, which are used to buffer the product boxes. Those cardboard pieces are clearly marked that they are not a box, this way you don’t have to worry about accidentally not opening something up.

As always, I was extremely pleased with all the goodies that came with the spring Decorated box. Some of the pieces I can easily utilize year round, not just for the spring months.

This is what came with this seasons’s box.

I LOVE this metal “house.” I can see this being using in many way. I can also see me using this outside on our (covered) balcony.

Currently I have a flameless candle inside this piece. Once I am able to get out and do some shopping, I would love to put some flowers inside of this. Maybe even have some ivy vines (fake) wrapped around the outside.

It’s a lot bigger in person that it looks in the photo.

I have so many ideas for this piece! This is one of my most favorite pieces from this box.

This is a really pretty magnetic chalkboard with wood accents on the side (the wood is a bit darker than it appears in my photo).

There are hooks on the back so you can hang it up. Currently mine is not hanging up, only because I have not committed to where I want to hang it up. There is not a lot of room in our kitchen.

Currently mine is resting on the counter top. I use it to make notes to myself.

It doesn’t come with chalk, but you can get chalk at your neighborhood dollar store.

The magnets on the chalkboard also came with this seasons’ box. They are beautiful in person! It’s hard to tell from my (horrible) photo, but the magnets are very colorful, and some of them have inspiring words on them.

Sadly, my photo for the framed piece of artwork didn’t turn out that well either. This piece of art is a lot more colorful in person.

This framed 8″ x 10″ (guesstimate) piece of art is by Kelly Merkur. She also created the artwork on the lovely magnets that came with this box.

I like the simplicity of this piece of art. Most of the art I have on my walls is of places and nature. This piece is different than what I typically have. I like that it’s different. I also appreciate that it came already framed. That way I was able to hang it up right away and not have to worry about going to a store to find a frame for it.

Also in the box are these really interesting metal “tubes” (for lack of a better description) and tray. The “tubes” are different sizes (heights) and are empty on the inside. You can fill them with whatever suits your fancy, from flowers to flameless candles, or anything else you can think of.

You can also separate the pieces and use them in different areas of your home. The possibilities are endless.

I took a photo of one of the “tubes” on it’s side, so you can see what they look like from that angel. They do not have any images or text on them. They are plain, inside and out. It’s up to you and your fabulous creativity to come up with the many fun ways you can utilize these.

Even thought it’s not really a decoration for your home, this season’s box came with a lovely burlap-like tote bag with the expression “It’s what’s inside that counts” printed on the outside of it.

You can never have too many tote bags, most especially because most stores have done away with plastic bags.

I like to keep a few tote bags on my front seat for when I run in and do a small shopping, or visit the local drug store. I save the grocery store bags for when I do a large food shopping.

I also use tote bags like this to bring stuff to work with me. This bag is going to get a lot of use out of it.

Often Decocrated boxes come with throw pillow cases for 8″ x 8″ size pillows. These are typically the size pillows that come with couches. You can also pick up the insert for a few dollars on Amazon.

Normally I love the pillow case covers from Decocrated. Sadly, this time around they don’t match with our couch or any other furniture. That’s OK. I’m still holding on to them just in case that changes in the future.

The pillow cases are always very well made and made out of really nice material. These are NOT “cheap” pillow cases.

Let me show you have I displaying the contents of the spring box into my home decor.

I am using the metal tray and three out of the four “tubes” to house a flameless candle and flameless candle tealights. I like how it looks with the tealights better, but sadly, I only had two left. Once I get the chance to purchase more I am going to swap out the flameless candle (in the middle) with a tealight.

I also placed a fake potted succulent on the try for a pop of color.

To the right you can see the metal “house” that also came with the spring box. Inside of that is another flameless candle. When I can get out and do some shopping, I want to add some colorful flowers to it.

The metal sign in the middle came from the Decorated fall box. I love it so much that I keep it up year round.

Here is how that display looks at night.

It looks so pretty displayed in our hallway.

I hung the framed art print near by to this display on the wall. I like how it looks with the green wall color.

I use the tote bag often. I haven’t thought of a way to incorporate it into a decorative piece, but I’m sure some super creative people could do that.

Remember how I said I didn’t hang up the chalkboard yet? I still keep it on my counter top and use it often. I like that it’s both a chalkboard and it’s magnetic. The magnet you see it from the spring decorated box (not the Easter one, the round one).

Please excuse my horrible handwriting.

The magnets are housed on our refrigerator. Please excuse the marks (the downside of owning a stainless steel fridge – it always gets marks on it).

You can see how colorful they are, as well as make out some of the beautiful words.

If you are interested in seeing what other goodies I’ve received from Decorated’s seasonal boxes, do a search for “Decocrated” in the search box on the top right side of my website.

If you are interested in learning more about Decocrated, or to purchase a box or subscription, visit Decocrated.com.

Save $10 on a Decorated box with the code SHESCRIBES10, or $30 on a subscription with SHESCRIBES30.

Be sure to follow Decocrated on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest). Also, check out these hashtags on social media to see what others are saying about Decocrated’s spring box – #SpringBox #FeaturedArtist #Decocrated @KellyMerkurArt #iDecocrated


*I received a free box in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Decorated links found in this post are affiliated links. 

Check out the Giving Tree Gallery for beautiful jewelry and home decor


I love to shop. My hubby is not so much a fan of it, but I make sure not to go overboard or shop outside of our budget.

I’m not one to follow trends or someone who tries to “keep up with the Joneses,” so to speak. I tend to like things that are unique, whimsical and someone you won’t find in everyone’s home.

One of the many wonderful reasons why I enjoy being a blogger is because it affords me the opportunity to learn about new products, brands, services and websites. If I wasn’t a blogger I might miss out on some hidden gems. Such is the case with the company, Giving Tree Gallery.

The Giving Tree Gallery is a family-owned contemporary gift shop gallery with an extensive jewelry collection from award-winning designers and a wide range of home decor items. The Giving Tree Gallery has store locations in Sarasota, FL on St. Armands Circle and the French Quarter in New Orleans, LA. They also sells their products on their website.

I was contacted by the Giving Tree Gallery and asked if there was an item on their site I would be interested in reviewing. Ha! That is like setting a child lose in a candy store and tell them they can only pick out one piece of candy. Easier said than done!

First I went through their marvelous home decor section. They have wall art, sculptures, figurines, and the most beautiful snow globes I have ever seen, just to name a few.

The Giving Tree Gallery carries one of THE COOLEST clocks I have ever seen. It’s called QLOCKTWO. This very unique and innovative clock tells time using words, not numbers.

The Giving Tree Gallery sells these clocks in different sizes and colors (face plates).

The time displays in words vertically and horizontally.

I have never seen these before. I would love to have one in my home.

I had mentioned that the Giving Tree Gallery carries beautiful snow globes. In fact, they have several designs to choose from, including snow globe sets.

Here are a few examples from their website.

Stunning. Simply stunning.

We have a collection of Christmas snow globes.  I wouldn’t mind collecting ones for other seasons. The autumn one with the dog’s is my favorite.

Here are just a few more examples of the unique and beautiful home decor items you can find at The Giving Tree Gallery.

Kinzig Table Lamp

Wooden Nautical Maps

Cricket Forge Furniture

Greg Creason Mix Media Canvas Wall Art

Fabulous home decor is not the only thing you will find at the Giving Tree Gallery. The brand also sells jewelry including rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more. These are artisan jewelry, which means you most likely won’t find them in stores like Walmart or Target.

Here are a few examples.

Alex Sepkus Candy Dome Ring

Elizabeth Garvin Cyclone Earrings Diamonds

Patricia Locke Aero Necklace

I finally selected one of the Giving Tree Gallery’s meditation rings.

I don’t necessarily meditate, but it’s something I am working on this year. I’m hoping that it helps me to de-stress and unwind each day. I tend to be stressed out and exhausted all the time. I’m always too tense. For that reason, learning to meditate and to utilize it daily in some manner is a goal of mine for the year.

I also liked the meditation rings because they have a piece on them that rotates. Think of it as an adult version of a “fidget spinner.” Whenever I am feeling stressed out, or I think I need something to do with my hands, I find myself spinning the ring I was sent to review.

The ring arrived beautifully packaged in a nice tin that I can reuse to house the ring in, or I can find another purpose for it. Currently I keep the ring I was sent to review in it as well as two other rings for safe keeping.

The ring I received to review is their Devotion Meditation Spinner Ring. It’s available in sizes 5 – 10. I have a chubby finger, so I got the size 10. It’s actually a wee bit lose on me, so I put a ringer sizer thing on it.

Beautiful intricate oval and marquise spinning channel set band with clear Cubic Zirconium. Stack them any way you like, these versatile fun Meditation Rings can be worn in many different ways.

The above photo is a close up view of the ring (more detailed). Here is how the ring really looks.

Please disregard my wrinkly old lady hands.

This ring is a lot nicer in person than it appears on the website. As you can see, there is a lot of sparkle to this ring. It’s also a nice size (I placed it next to a regular pair of scissors to give you an idea of the size).

This quickly became my favorite ring because not only does it give me some sparkle for my hand (my wedding ring is white gold and bland looking), but it also gives me something to play with when I’m at work or out and about.

The center part of the ring spins around. As per the booklet inside the tin the ring came in, spinning the ring can help give you a sense of calmness. As odd as it sounds, it does! I may not be totally blissful, but it does help me to de-stress a bit. I guess it’s because when you focus on spinning the ring and the sensation of spinning it, it refocuses your attention and takes you away from things that might be stressing you out.

The Giving Tree Gallery has many meditation rings to choose from in a variety of shapes, sizes and color combinations.

If you would like to learn more about the Giving Tree Gallery, visit TheGivingTreeGallery.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Those links are found on the bottom of their website.


*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Freshen up your space for the New Year with Byrd Prints


It’s a new year. It’s this time of year that most people are looking to make major (or minor) changes to their life. People resolve to do things like eat better, drink more water, eliminate toxic people from their lives and generally be happier. Those are very good goals to have.

When the new year starts, people are more out to make personal changes, but what about changes to their physical space? Perhaps you plan on buying a house. Or maybe you plan on upgrading to a bigger apartment. I bet it would be a wonderful adventure to move to an entirely new city, state or country.

Not everyone has the need (of funds) to move. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make some changes around your home for the new year.

The first thing I would recommend is purging your home of things you do not need or no longer use. I would recommend starting with your closet. Go through all your clothing and accessories. If you haven’t worn/used it in a year, chances are you never will.

Last week I purged the bedroom close and donated a lot of clothing I either haven’t work in a long time, or I know I never will. It feels great to actually be able to walk inside the closet. Before my purge I literally could not go inside of it. I had boxes and clothing all over the closet.

This is some of the stuff I took out of the bedroom closet. Crazy!

Another thing I would recommend is doing things like tossing out old make up, checking the expiration dates on the things in your pantry, and give your home a good cleaning from top to bottom, including things you don’t normally do like clean out vents and make any repairs you’ve been putting off.

Organizing your stuff is also a great way to start off the new year.

Now that your home is clean and organized, there are a few other things you can do to freshen up your space. One suggestion would be to add some colorful artwork to your walls.

I personally don’t like big, open spaces on my walls. I like to make my walls visually appealing by decorating them with family photos, photos I took (I’m an amateur photographer), and colorful artwork.

I was recently introduced to a boutique design firm called Byrd Prints. They offer original, world class, museum quality products which include artwork, cellphone cases, cards and prints.

As per Byrd Prints;

Our influences include William Morris. historic Japanese textiles and woodcuts, 19th Century nature illustrations, Paul Klee, Mid-Century Modernism, 20th Century American animation, late 1960s and 1970s graphic design and advertising, Richard Diebenkorn, Hergé, Carl Barks, The Whole Earth Catalog, traditional world arts and crafts, Picasso, Marie and Otto Neurath, Matisse, Hayao Miyazaki, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Rankin and Bass’ The Hobbit.

What stood out the most to me is the artist’s use of color. All if his designs are very vibrant and colored with “happy” colors like bright reds, blues and greens. The artwork is also very whimsical.

Here are a few examples.

You will notice that Byrd Prints features a lot of nature and animal inspired artwork. There are also a lot of beach-themed products too.

I was sent two beautiful prints to review. I received the print entitled Italian Rivera Dogs.

What I liked most about this print is the use of color. Almost every color of the rainbow is represented in this charming piece of artwork. Looking at it makes me instantly happy. There is just something so joyful about it. Perhaps it’s the adorable pups frolicking in the foreground? Or maybe it’s because visiting the Italian Rivera is on my “Bucket List.” I know I’ll never get the chance to visit, but at least I can enjoy this beautiful print and imagine I am sitting at the sidewalk cafe enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the waves gently roll up on shore.

I should note that I received two print from Byrd Prints. Both of them arrived carefully packaged in a tube to keep the prints from getting creases. As of this moment in time I have not had the opportunity to get them framed. I could frame them myself, but I rather have them professionally framed because I plan on featuring them on the living room wall behind the couch, and I rather not mess things up by framing them myself.

As you can see, there is a lot of available space to frame the print. The white area surrounding the print acts as a mat/border. You can make it as thick or thin as you want.

Here is my husband carefully holding the print, as well as a close up of the print. Please note that the close up looks a bit curved. It’s just how the picture was taken.

You can see that the print looks exactly like the one from the website. I love it! I cannot wait to have it framed and hanging on the wall.

I received an additional print from Byrd Prints. Sadly, I cannot find this specific one on their website. It might not be available any longer, but I still wanted you to see how beautiful the art work is.

The bottom photo is a close-up of the print. The colors look a little more muted in my photo compared to the actual print.

I think the second print compliments the Italian Riviera Dogs print nicely. Their colors are similar. Plus they both have a water them to them, as well as adorable little dogs running about.

You can purchase the prints as only the print, or you can purchase them already framed in your choice of frame color (black, white or brown). I really like the white frame. I think the white frames make the prints colors “pop” even more.

If you are looking to change things up for the new year, why not consider adding some beautiful, colorful art to your walls.

To check out all the other products and designs Byrd Prints has to offer, visit ByrdPrints.Squarespace.com. They can also be found on Facebook.

What do you think of Byrd Print’s designs? Would you like to adorn your walls with a few of these prints? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Beautiful handmade gifts from J&L Decor


There is always so much hustling and busting during the holiday season. I cannot understand the appeal of driving across town to go to the mall, fighting to find a parking spot, dealing with crowded stores and waiting on long lines, just to buy a gift.

I will go to the mall (or a local store) to purchase a gift if I have no choice, but I prefer to buy things from the comfort of my own home, and have it delivered right to my door.

Another option I enjoy is shopping at “mom and pop” type stores. I fully support small businesses. I used to have one my self.

Years ago (15+ years), I had a home business. I sold personalized party favors such as candy wrappers, buttons, gift cans, personalized pens and more. I was mostly an online store, but I did do a lot of local orders as well (word of mouth advertising is the best!). I had my business for 7 years, but I lost my passion for it and closed down.

I did make decent money doing what I was doing, but my heart was no longer in it. I also didn’t like being up all night for rush ordered, and dealing with overly picky individuals.

I know what it’s like to have a small business, which is why I love to support small businesses, both locally and online.

Not long ago I was introduced to a company called J&L Decor. They are located in Montana. Montana is on my “Bucket List” of places I want to visit some day. I’ve only seen Montana in pictures, and it looks beautiful there (although winters look pretty rough).

J&L Decor makes handcrafted home decor, home accessory, jewelry, chalkboardswelded horseshoe crossbottle openerwine bottle holder and wholesale handmade 100% soy scented candles and so much more.

I love candles. Whenever I learn about a new candle source, I always love to check them out. I think handmade candles smell so much better than mass produced candles.

I also like soy candles because they burn a lot cleaner than wax candles.

I have not tried any candles from J&L Decor (yet), but some of their scents sound AMAZING! They have Salt Water Taffy, Autumn Rain, Hazelnut Coffee, Leather & Lace, Cider Barrel, Pineapple and Alaskan Wilderness. That last one, Alaskan Wilderness, sounds heavenly.

Their candles are budget friendly too, with wax melts starting at $2, $3 for a six ounce tin and $5 for an eight ounce jar.

In addition to their uniquely scented candles, J&L Decor make the most beautiful cutting boards. I don’t have a need for one right now, but when I do, I really want to get this one (pictured below). It’s their maple and walnut cutting board.

I also like their chalkboards. I really should get one for our home. I’m tired of my kids asking me all the time what is for dinner.

I think one of my most favorite J&L Decor products are their handmade crosses. Their unique crosses are made entirely from brand new horseshoes and horseshoe nails.

Growing up, I was always surrounded by horses. My sister still owns a horse, as does my niece. My nephew transports horses throughout the state too.

I love the idea of a cross made out of horseshoes. It would be a great addition to any home or barn. You don’t even have to own a horse or farm to appreciate the craftsmanship of these beautiful crosses.

I was sent one to review. I am truly amazed that they are able to bend horseshoes to create those shapes. Sometimes when I look at it, it looks like a regular cross (not made out of horseshoes). Other times I look at it, I can see the horseshoes. It’s all about perception. None the less, it’s a beautiful piece of art if you ask me.

J&L Decor made crosses in different colors as well. If you would like it painted a specific color (perhaps to match the room you plan on hanging it in). There is no extra cost to color the cross. All you need to do is let them know what color you want when you place your order.

I do not have a photo of the one that was sent to me to review. We decorate our entire home for the holiday, including artwork on our walls (I have several holiday canvas prints that light up). The cross was taken down and packed away so I could put up our holiday art. I neglected to take a photo of mine before doing that. When we un-decorate, I will take a photo and update this post.

J&L Decor also have a deer head design made entirely out of horseshoes. This is a great design for hunters.

The crosses and deer head are made to order, and are usually processed and shipped out within 1-3 business days, and you should receive your pretty cross (or deer head) within 1-5 business days after shipping, depending on where you live and weather conditions.

If you are interested in seeing more amazing creations from J&L Decor, visit JandLDecor.com. The brand is also on social media. Their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Christmas is more about buying the “it” and “must have” gifts of the season. Remember the REAL reason for the season. Gifting someone a beautiful cross would certainly be a gift they will appreciate year round, year after year.


*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Decocrated, a NEW Home Décor Subscription Box Company


Have you started to decorate for the holiday or season yet? My family and I are all done. Since we have a lot of holiday and seasonal decorations, we decorate the weekend before Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving we put up our tree. I know that seems early to a lot of people, but we enjoy our holiday decorations and we want to enjoy them as much as possible before packing them up and putting them back downstairs in our basement storage area.

I do have some seasonal decorations that I will keep up all winter. I tend to pack those away in March.

I’m one of those crazy people who love to decorate for all the holidays and seasons. I decorate every part of our home including the kitchen, bathroom, hallway and even outside on our balcony.

I’m sure you are well aware that there are many subscription boxes these days (they make great gifts too!). You can get a subscription box for books, movies, crafts, goodies for your pet, pop culture and so much more. Did you know you can also purchase a subscription box for home décor? You can! It’s called Decorated. Here is some additional information.

Decocrated (pronounced DECO-CRATED), a unique home décor subscription box service. 

Each Decocrated subscription box includes interchangeable items from tabletop décor to textile elements and wall accents that can work together as a “seasonal look” in one room or can easily be distributed around your home for a greater purpose. 

Decocrated cares genuinely about their subscribers and every item they choose carries the deepest of consideration and love.  Subscribers enjoy the home refresh every season and often gift a subscription to friends and family for birthdays, holidays and weddings.

Decocrated also supports local artists from across the nation and includes a curated, exclusive art print in each box. Their art also inspires the design and prints that are incorporated into many of the items such as wall art, pillows, etc.

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you might recall a recent post I did for Decocrated’s Fall box, which contained beautiful pieces for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving. You can read that post here – Decocrated – the Home Decor Subscription Box.

Decocrated does a lot of research to make sure that they match what is in stores at the time, so that you can buy complementing decor. Also, the fun of this subscription is trying new things. Decocrated wants you to venture outside of your comfort zone for a season or two. Décor is always changing, and they want to help you grow and be comfortable with it.

The Decocrated box includes 2-3 interchangeable items per box. This ensures that you can get the maximum usage out of each piece. For example, their art work often has a seasonal message on one side and an “everyday” message on the other.

Decocrated was kind enough to send me their winter box. I say “winter” because the contents are more so winter related than Christmas related. I think that is a fabulous idea since not everyone celebrates Christmas. No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year (or no holiday at all), this box is still a great purchase.

This box’s featured artist is Katerina Fonte.

Katerina Fonte is back at it again. Designing all the cozy art for Decocrated’s Winter box. She is the visual heart (AKA Senior Graphic Designer) for Decocrated and our featured artist for Winter. Kat used her talents this season to craft a cozy winter tale through her
colorful illustrations.

Let’s see what’s in the box…

Everything about this box is perfectly done. I love all the words on the box to get you super excited about the contents (I’m already excited to see the box arrive). I’m sorry that I neglected to take a photo of the outside of the box.

Once the box is opened, you’ll find several boxes inside. Everything is so neatly packed inside. It’s almost like a puzzle the way they put the boxes inside the shipping box. I’ve tried to put the boxes back the same way (after removing the contents) but I can never do it.

Sometimes you’ll find pieces of cardboard that you might think contains something, which is why Decocrated will label those in a way that you know they are just fillers to keep stuff from bouncing around during shipping.

So what is in the winter box?

This is a beautiful, lightweight throw blanket. I love the color! I also love how soft it feels. Our cats enjoy this blanket too. LOL!

I love how the blanket is wrapped in a lovely ribbon. If you wanted to, you could give this away as a gift. This would make a wonderful hostess gift.

Often Decocrated sends covers for standard size throw pillows (I believe 8″ x 8″). Sometimes they are double sided too.

This is probably the only item in the 2019 winter box that could be seen as Christmassy (if that is a real word). It does say “Fa la la…” on it (in reference to the holiday song). It also features ugly holiday sweaters, which tend to be more about Christmas as well. None the less, I intend on keeping this pillow cover on our throw pillow all winter long.

This is a beautiful, and exceptionally well made, wooden serving tray. The inside almost has a bit of a texture to it as well.

This would be great for serving appetizers, finger foods and snacks at holiday parties. You can use this year round too.

You could also use this tray as part of your holiday décor. I plan on using it both ways. 

I love these modern looking winter trees. They are made of ceramic (or porcelin).

You can’t really tell from the photo, but all three trees are a different shade of green.

You can use these as a group, or spread them up to decorate different areas of your home.

Our holiday/seasonal decorations tend to be a bit kitschy and whimsical, but I think these will fit in nicely with our things.

I initially thought these were ornaments. They are actually pretty wooden gift tags. If you used these as gift tags, it would really take your gift wrapping to a whole new level.

You can also hang these up around your home, or lie them on a side table for a touch of seasonal decorating.

This is a fun idea. It’s a metal “envelope’ that you can hang on your wall to house your keys or incoming/outgoing mail. You can also use it for other trinkets or supplies.

This is “different” and not something I would purchase in the store if I saw it. However, now that I have it, I really like it and it’s coming in handy.

The above two photos are of the same art print. The print is double sided with a lovely quote on one side, and a cute winter hat on the other side.

These types of art work can be hung up or left standing on a table top or shelf. I love that you can enjoy them without hanging them up, as wall space is limited in our home.

I’ve already started to incorporate these fabulous décor items in my home. 

I have the metal envelope hanging on the wall next to our keys. We’ve been using it to store incoming/outgoing mail.

I am currently using the tray and trees on our hallway table. I just happened to have the small deer from a Playmobil set. I think them, combined with the trees and the snowy-look on the inside of the tray make it a cute, little winter scene.

I am using the wooden gift tags as ornaments on our tree. I didn’t even need a hook. I simply tied the ends of the twine and used that as the “hanger.” I think they look really cute.

I have the art print on my kitchen counter, near my son’s coffee pot (I use a Keurig, he prefers a regular coffee pot). The Santa and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shakers belonged to my grandparents. I put them out every year because they bring back wonderful holiday memories from my youth.

Once we un-decorate for the holiday I am going to put this art print on the hallway table.

I haven’t take a picture of the throw blanket and pillow together because every time I try and set up a nice picture, one of our cats “photo bombs” it. Once I can finally get a photo without a cat trying to curl up on the blanket, I’ll update this post with it.

As you can see, you get a lot of wonderful pieces with each Decocrated subscription box.

Decocrated boxes come out each season (quarterly). You can purchase the boxes individually, or you can sign up for a whole year. Quarterly is $79.99 and yearly (4 boxes) is $287.99. If you opt to do it quarterly, make sure you order the box ASAP because they sell out quickly. Each box has $200 worth of products in it.

When you break it down, each piece cost roughly $10 each. Where else will you find such beautiful pieces for that price? You are also enjoying a a service that sends a cohesive home decor collection that takes the guess work out of decorating.

The winter box is still available. If you use my special code, SHESCRIBES10 to save 10% on the quarterly option, or SHESCRIBES30, to save 30% on the annual/yearly option.

This would make a GREAT holiday gift!

Decocrated also has three online communities for subscribers. This gives everyone that subscribes a connection to a community that shares the same love of decor that they do!

  • The Decocrators is a community that showcases how people use the product in their homes.
  • DecoHacks are for those that love a good DIY project and like turning pieces into their own.
  • Decocrated’s marketplace is a great place to buy, trade, sell any item.

If you are interested in learning more about Decocrated, visit Decocrated.com. Be sure to look for the brand on social media as well. Their links are on their site.

Which is your favorite piece from the winter box?

Do you think you’d be interested in subscribing? Why or why not?

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


*I received a free box in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.