10 Christmas Trends We Love for 2016 🎄

I’m a sucker for a “Santa Claus” tree.. you know the ones. Tons of handmade ornaments, trinkets from here and there, multi-color lights and popcorn garland. It tells a story, brings back memories, and creates new ones. 

I love decorating, but the boys usually have to be bribed to help (they’ll thank me later). 

At the same time, a well styled tree makes me just as happy. Here’s a few that we have done over the years..

All of the pictured trees were decorated with items that their respective owners already had. My favorite though, has the be the fireman themed. 🚒

I thought I’d share a few photos for inspiration this upcoming holiday season! 

            • This gorgeous rustic with a black & white Buffalo Check…
            • A red rustic with plaid, grapevine & berries
            • A black and white contrast..and I am loving the banner!
            • A perfect flocked with mixed metals will fit right in with a classic design. 
            • Another mixed metal masterpiece..
            • French country style comes through in this all white.. 

              • Monochrome, anyone? While it’s not my favorite, I do love a good one color tree.. especially in green- any color will do, though. 

              • I know it’s different, but I really love the simplicity of this criss- cross ribbon. 
              • Think outside the Christmas-Color box.. and try out some hot pinks, limes, and electric blue.
              • When all else fails, you can never go wrong with traditional!

              Inspired yet?? Here’s a few more snapshots of styles that I love for this season…

              These ornaments would work beautifully on either a traditional or flocked tree with white lights.

              Primary colors will make for a beautiful (and unique) tree. Mix and match finishes and styles to bring the look together on a traditional tree.

              Again, you do not have to stick with one finish to make a fabulous tree.. these work great together and can be added to any color theme.

              Still feeling scrooge? Give us a call for a free consultation! We are happy to give you advice for your best Christmas décor. 

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              A quickie in the bedroom….

              Well, it would’ve been a quickie if I didn’t have a hundred projects going at once…mine always come last. 😂 This entire project could’ve been done in a day and the price tag, as usual was tiny….here’s the back story.  

              My Granny has fabulous taste, and a need for a fresh style.  Seriously, she rearranges her furniture all the time, buys new comforter sets & couches, and constantly swaps out her wardrobe. The old gal loves her some change. I don’t even know how she hasn’t traded my Pa in after all these years.  She hasn’t, and I’m glad…I love them both, and I LOVE getting their hand me downs. 

              Having a blast at karaoke! 🎤🎶

              Soooo… I got a hand me down comforter set… a monchrome gray/black/white… and I just HAD to use it. Even if it meant painting and recovering damn near everything. Our bedroom was done in creams and browns with pops of muted teal, orange and lime. Headboard was a brown leather. Walls were toasted oatmeal with a teal accent wall. 

              After a week of staring at the bed in a bag taking up space in my living room, I’d had enough. I jerked out all the furniture and painted with a Walmart version of duck egg blue. Skip the chalk paint, y’all, it’s quadruple the price, twice the work, and the finish isn’t much different than latex…

              The pieces were painted already, so I skipped sanding. Do yourself a favor and remove the hardware. It takes five minutes off and back on, and you can save your sanity for something better. There’s plenty of ways to paint your pieces- I like to use a Shur-Line edger. 

              You get a nice, even finish and you don’t have to tape off anything or paper the floor. (Maybe your should, but I don’t😝).  I’m fairly careful when  I paint, so I didn’t empty the drawers.. but y’all know your limits. Two coats, dry between, and you’re done. I almost forgot- I spray painted the brown lamp a shiny gold, I think I was in a glam mood that day. 

              Bedding ✔ Furniture✔

              Next, the fabric projects.. two lampshades, a headboard, and the chair. 

              The square lampshade was a piece of cake. Fabric glue/nip/tuck done.  

              The bell shaped..omg. I almost quit right there. I wanted to use that toile fabric so flippin bad though. I’d have done video tutorial, but y’all wouldn’t have learned a thing except how many bad words I know.

              He must have been sayin something real good…

              The headboard just went from one leather to another. I’ll get y’all a tutorial for it, super easy! The chair nearly blinded me, so beware when you choose a fabric that you’re gonna have to stare at for a while. 

              Three yards of fabric, a thousand staples and an hour worth of work…… here’s whatcha get. 

              Two things left on the list. A black curtain & change the accent wall. I’m not too picky about curtains, I did use two panels and tie back to one side so they would appear fuller.

               Last, the wall that almost caused a divorce. Chris swears it’s pink, but it is the prettiest shade of coral.  (He should be happy, my first choice was bubblegum pink) 

              And there you have it, folks. A one day dramatic makeover for $100 or less. Hope y’all enjoy! Email questions to coalcountryconcierge@gmail.com and sign up to receive our latest blog posts! 

              Rustic Glam? Is that even a thing???

              Yes it is, and if it’s not, it is now….

              I love me some fall décor, and I especially love something not so cookie cutter… 

              I got a request last week for an autumn scene, and accepted. A little burlap here, bale of hay, pumkpin or two…and bam gotcha front porch lookin like a Pottery barn magazine cover… 

              Yep, easy peasy, do it with my eyes closed kinda work. Until I let my brain run free for a half-second. 

              This wasn’t a porch I was dealing with at all! Instead I had a set of steps and a large concrete patio….and an owner with a modern, glamorous style. (Which I LOVE ;))

              Basically, I just made a few hours of work turn into days of planning, crafting, and hoping that I deliver. 

              I needed height and glitz and a way to pull rustic and glamour together, because there’s no getting around a somewhat rustic feel in a fall scene. 

              I wasn’t sure if this one was gonna play out like it did in my mind, but y’all know I’ll paint damn near anything. A few cans of spray paint and a yard full of gold grass, and voilà…. metallic fodder. We paired it with a burlap chevron/gold bow and I am in love! 😍😍😍

              An old board was upcycled for a glittery welcome sign (leftover paint from our latest furniture project). Faux pumpkins jazzed up with paint, glitter, ribbon, and jewels. Gorgeous mums that I thought I’d have to brawl over, and Oh-emm-geee that OWL. He’s adorable. 

              The wreath was another way to tie the glitz to the rustic simplicity of traditional fall decor. Burlap, mixed with chevron, and lots of shiny embellishments made a great transitional piece… and I love the square wreath form, step outside that circle. 😉

              We love when y’all comment or send us an email with questions! Happy fall! 

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              My husband & I need a wife (and a husband) 😭….

              Picture it, it shouldn’t be so tough… two thirty-something parents, a couple or so kids, two pets, a house, two cars, maybe a pool and a grown up toy or two… 

              It’s the American dream..but the stress that comes with it is unreal. You think you’ve got your crap together but Friday evening rolls around and you’re exhausted. The 20 hours of sleep that you squeezed into the past six days just isn’t enough. 

              You’re facing a weekend of ballgames, school projects, mountains of laundry, a filthy house, and a store list that keeps growing exponentially. No end in sight. Not to mention the kinks that are bound to happen- the ceiling fan breaks, oil needs changed, one of the aforementioned dogs eats his weight in throw pillows…

              That’s where we come in. Chris and I ran the rat race for years, we know you’re tired, we know all you want to do this weekend is relax and enjoy your family, and we are here to pick up the slack.

              We thought of this business a few years back, after being so bombarded with life that we were always looking for help: House cleaning, lawn care, errands, anything that would free up our tiny bit of time….just like that Coal Country Concierge was born.

              On any given week we give folks back their time, by cleaning, party planning, detailing vehicles, walking dogs, painting, renovating rooms or running errands… the list of things we do is infinite, but ultimately we are just here to free up your free time. 

              If you haven’t tried us yet, you’re missing out! Give us a call today! 606-625-2308

              Family Treasures

              This antique buffet was given to my great-great-grandparents as payment for a debt from a customer at their general store. 

              It lived in my great-grandmother’s dining room for as long as I can remember. Her home, like many in the foothills of Appalachia, was prone to flooding. This particular piece was flooded partially at least a half-dozen time that I know of. The last time, they decided to tear down the home place nd this was thrown out in the yard. 

              Thank God, my parents had the foresight to bring it home. It lived in their garage for another 6 years in this condition. When we bought the Inn, we decided to give it a makeover. 

              The wood was warped and split from the water damage. We decided to repair a few spots, clean it up, and paint. 

              The cleaner that I love for projects like this is Murphy’s oil soap. Dilute it, wipe it down, dry it off.  After we cleaned it, we added a light coat of HGTV Ovation paint for cabinets (Lowe’s). 

              The final product: A coffee Bar!! I love it (especially the cow creamer that was picked up at a yard sale for 25¢)!!

              I am not buying school supplies in October. 

              Admit it. You’re doing the back to school happy dance…..summer was awesome until three weeks ago when your kids had finally had enough of each other’s faces. Vacation Bible schools are all wrapped up, no more summer camps, and Pokémon Go is on the verge of passé. They’re bored, they’re hungry, and you’re done. I hear you….so when your school supply list gets posted, you’re thrilled to drop a hundo on color coded folders, marble notebooks, earbuds, and divider tabs (I’m still not sure I picked up the right pack).

              I don’t mind the school supplies… you get a list, you pick it up, everything gets a sharpie name on it, and voilà, ready to go. The thing that I REALLY hate is the lack of decent pencil boxes. I know, just give them the 97¢ one and send them on. I. Just. Can’t. It’s not the crappy latch, or the generic-ness of it, it’s the lack of organization. 

              My name is Jessica, and I am obsessed with organizing. No, really. It’s not enough for me to just organize my things, my obsession has spilled over on my husband, my kids, and my clients (I💚my job). There, I said it. 
              We have far too many school supplies to fit in that tiny little case and still be functional. 


              Every year I scramble to make it work. Last year I made these gems: 

              Top: I took three pencil bags (that snap into a binder), organized the supplies accordingly, and then zip-tied them together. Bottom: generic pencil case that wouldn’t hold all of our suggested list items. 


              It held up all year, the kids made it home with most of their items, and I thought it was genius. The kids hated it. So, back to the drawing board. 

              I searched online, scoured the local stores, and couldn’t find the first thing that impressed me. Bring on the DIY. I settled on a small tackle box  (I found in the garage), painted a chalkboard area on the top, and changed the inside configuration (they give you lots of little moveable tabs).


              Everything fits nicely, its organized 🙌, the clasps are heavy duty, and I even personalized the boards. I’m happy, and hopefully we won’t be re-buying glue in a month! 

              The Bed & Breakfast Chronicles… Parlors are awesome 

              The living room/parlor/sitting room was a difficult one. Our house has radiant heat, which is toasty warm and budget friendly, but a pain in the ass for furniture arrangements.

              Not to mention the overall shape is an elongated hexagon, with a large mantle and three doorways. 

              We didn’t pull the wallpaper in this one, instead decided to paint over. Valspar makes a great paint+primer, which is what we used. 

              The trouble is, we think we have time…

              We picked up an ivory couch set (please if you have boys don’t ever buy light or non-leather furniture) and settled for a deep blue on the walls. 

              Fortunately, our radiators do not get so hot that furniture be placed next to them. We found a couple of smaller pieces to fill in the gaps in the sharp hexagon corners. One small wall holds a curio cabinet that my father made me, the other has an old floor model radio that had been gutted serves as a hiding spot for records.

              Unfortunately, it’s going to be one of those rooms that doesn’t get rearranged, like ever. 😦