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{Area rug via Lowe’s}

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{Throw pillow via Lowe’s}

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{Knitted stocking & Faux fur stocking via Lowe’s}

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{Fur lined tree skirt via Lowe’s}

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{Snow globe via Lowe’s}

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{Traditional nutcracker via Lowe’s}

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{LED electric candle via Lowe’s}

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{Ceramic reindeer ornaments via Lowe’s}

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Thanks to Lowe’s Home Improvement, Curt and I were able to deck out our New York City apartment with some amazing Lowe’s decor! While we wanted to go a bit crazy, we realized with the size of our apartment, it would feel just as cozy with simple pieces that made a big statement. We wanted to keep the decor traditional, so we stuck with red & black with hints of gold & silver. While I wanted to purchase a real tree, especially since Lowe’s has awesome, affordable assortments, Curt is allergic to pine (I know, who’s allergic to pine!?) so we opted for this artificial 7ft tall tree with lights already placed in it. After putting it up and decorating with ornaments, we can not believe how realistic it looks – and feels! We decided on two easy DIY projects. The first was the very bright and fun hallway entrance – Curt was determined to make this happen! With faux garland, colorful LED lights and a staple gun, Curt transformed the space into a fun entrance. The second was swapping out our usual art from the large prints over the dining table and putting in a holiday-friendly print. Curt had the brilliant idea of using wrapping paper! Simple and inexpensive. As for the stockings, while we started with a matching pair we soon realized, it’s OK to mix match. Curt went with an adorable knitted print, while I of course went with faux fur – it even matches our tree skirt. We can’t wait to host our first family get-together!

A special thank you to Lowe’s for making our first Christmas in our new apartment a very special one.

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Photos by Nick Domiano | Location: West Village

Karina in: Cape: Doma (similar) | Sweater: Tommy Bahama | Jeans: Paige | Bag: H&M (old) | Boots: UGG c/o

Curt in: Jacket: Eddie Bauer | Sweater: Tommy Bahama | Button down: J.Crew | Jeans: Lucky | Boots: UGG c/o

Seeing as Curt loves UGG as much as I do, I was able to convince him into this duo his & hers shoot. We’re both huge fans of UGG and every year we like to treat ourselves to a new pair – whether it be for lounging or outdoors. This year we got a special treat from UGG, we each picked out the pair’s we had our eyes on. Curt’s tweed boots are both functional and stylish. I love that he can wear them through out Winter with a great pair of jeans and a sweater or if he needs to dress them up a bit, he can pair with a nice pair of khakis. As for myself, I typically go for flats, but something about this boot caught my eye. As of late, I’ve worn them with an adorable leather dress and they worked out so well – again, functional and stylish – not to mention I can walk in them and my feet don’t hurt! While I fell in love with them at first glance, I didn’t anticipate to get so many compliments on them. People (even strangers on the subway) are shocked when I tell them their UGG’s. They seem to be so used to seeing the classic UGG that they don’t expect to see a pretty heel. We can’t wait to share our his & hers at home shoot – stay tuned!

Men's gift guide

 From left to right:

1. Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle, he’ll love this masculine bottle for a hike or for the football game in 20 degree weather (with free shipping, use code: GREEN)

2. Leather catchall, so he has a place for things that typically end up on your dining room table and shouldn’t be (with free monogramming & gift wrapping)

3. Tweed boots, to get him through Winter and still chic enough to wear on a night out

4. Plaid cashmere scarf, because every man should own at least one cashmere scarf

5. Festive socks, keeping him warm whether he’s out in the cold or lounging at home

6. Stanley Classic Vacuum Pint, it even has a bottle opener on the top..talk about perfect for tailgating! (with free shipping, use code: GREEN)

7. GoPro, this would be fun to create a package with a few pieces from Stanley for the adventurer in your life

8. Leather toiletry bag, to help him travel in style

9. Shave set, great to pair with the leather toiletry bag

10. Wool beanie, to match with his new cashmere scarf

11. Elbow patch sweater, to keep him staying stylish through the Winter

12. Stanley Adventure Flask, kind of necessary for the man who enjoys a good tailgating (with free shipping, use code: GREEN)

 With the holidays around the corner, I compiled some fantastic gifts with Stanley starting at just $25 for the men in your life. While all of these options make great gifts, I love the fact that Stanley makes an array of pieces for more than just one man in your life. While Curt would love the flask, my brother-in-law Mike, would find the classic vacuum bottle so useful on his trips mountain climbing. The best part, Eddie Bauer is offering FREE shipping, allowing you to put that money you’d use on shipping to buying more gifts!

A special thank you to Stanley for sponsoring this post.