Our Simple Holiday Home Tour

As I looked back on holidays past, I do think we tailored it back just a smidge but it still feels special and magical all the same. Proof that adding some greenery, mini trees, homemade gingerbread houses and sprinkles of bows and lights can make such a difference.

I’m also big into re-using a lot of our decor year after year to create memories and traditions with the boys. There will always be new and trending ways to decorate your house for the holidays but to me it’s a balance. The dome toupee has become one of those staples and I love it so much.

work your closet, wyc designs, holiday home tour 2023
work your closet, wyc designs, holiday home tour 2023
work your closet, wyc designs, holiday home tour 2023
work your closet, wyc designs, holiday home tour 2023
work your closet, wyc designs, holiday home tour 2023
work your closet, wyc designs, holiday home tour 2023
Jamie Gernert, Founder WYC Designs
work your closet, wyc designs, holiday home tour 2023

2023 Holiday Gift Guides

just gonna put these here – some of my favorite things to give and receive, most are affiliate links. Happy shopping!

1 // birth flower necklace 2 // team sweatshirt 3 // photo calendar 4 // photo board book 5 // pet ornament


1 // marble cheese board 2// cookbook + stand 3// olive oil set 4 // salt gift set 5 // woven leather salad servers

1 // bing sweatshirt 2 // Aesop anything.  3 // Interior Design books 4 // Cashmere socks  5 // Wine 

1 // makr glasses case 2// aesop cologne 3// leather grill mit 4 // sonos speaker 5 // bike

1 // scrabble set 2 // mini trampoline 3 // tunnel 4 // 35mm camera 5 // racquet ball craze


1 // filter shower head 2 // true botanical skincare set 3 // merit beauty set 4 // halo hair dryer 5 // ten over ten nail kit


1 // desk calendar 2 // grown alchemist hand cream 3 // tonie figures 4 // cool sunnies 5 // apple watch band


1 // celine bag 2 // diamond studs 3 // gucci flora 4 // ten over ten mani kit 5 // chanel flats

Hosting Essentials with Shoppe Living

sponsored by shoppe amber interiors, but words and opinions are my own.

Updating kitchen essentials at this time of year is so meaningful but also the perfect time before Thanksgiving as we gather round to the kitchen and spend some much deserved time off at the end of the year.

With help from Shoppe Amber Interiors – we made some fall inspired swaps in our kitchen to get us excited and ready for the holiday season.

all the price points are super reasonable and don’t forget to use code JAMIE15 at check out for some extra savings.

Shop – scalloped crock, olive oil set, mini wood spoons, pinch bowl, berry bowl, chocolate cookbook, wood cutting board, tea towel and binx vase.

We Added Beams!

I’ve been putting off a few personal home updates with everything else going on but then finally called in my favorite carpenters to make some shiplap additions and to add some faux beams to our main living room. As much as these are considered “decorative” elements goodness they add a lot to a space though.

I peppered in some new releases from Shoppe Amber Interiors and now I’m ready to just cozy up at home on the weekends and enjoy the views.

McCulloch Finish Carpentry

Shoppe Amber w/ code Jamie15: throw blanket, catch all plate, incense, basket, book, side table/stool and rug.

Simple Fall to Halloween Exterior Decor Ideas

We’re thissss close to September, which means we can start to embrace all things Fall, pumpkin spice and yes, maybe even a little Halloween prep?

Our house from the exterior is super private and our front porch isn’t visible from the street, so I like to dress up our driveway columns a bit.

With the Florida heat, we turn to all things faux but I almost prefer it because they last and we can repurpose every year.

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Falling Early with Shoppe Amber Interiors Fall Collection

I swap the decor out in our room first. It’s like my safe way of being way premature in shifting decor for the season. For our bedroom, I took some of the new fall pieces from Shoppe Amber and made our typical cheery and bright corner a bit more cozy and moody.

wyc designs, shoppe amber interiors, fall collection 2023
wyc designs, shoppe amber interiors, fall collection 2023

It’s also the same corner where our faux Christmas tree will go, right around Thanksgiving time because I have zero control. So there’s that 🙂

But now that we’re in August (the heat pinnacle!) and routine is about to settle in for schools and workloads I am looking forward to the upcoming fall months. Summer, I love you but cooler temps are always welcome.

Side to note to always use code JAMIE15 when shopping your Shoppe Amber favorites.

I also used my WYC Designs Presets on these photos – click to shop.

Our Family Trip to Blackberry Mountain

So we did it. We brought our kids and my sister to Blackberry Mountain on a summer vacation!

We’ve done trips (one and two) for ourselves and an adult group trip, so it was time to bring the whole crew + 1. Auntie came, too.

We contemplated the idea back in January when we were there for our anniversary. A lot of their amenities change in the summertime and it opens up the mountain more, the valley pool and the coolest pond with slides so we knew we had to do it.

With our love of their wine and culinary experience, we knew we would love it just the same, maybe more and to experience more outdoor activities with our kids in an environment they aren’t really accustom to was super appealing. The quick flight from Sanford to Knoxville (an 1hr 30 max) with a car to pick us up made it even more worthwhile. 

We rented the Wild Crabapple house which was perfect. All of their lodging options are beautiful and exquisitely designed, but this was practical for our family – with two queen bedrooms, two full baths, bunk room, powder and kitchen, laundry, living and outdoor space it couldn’t have been more perfect. 

So the two big questions I got from sharing our trip on Instagram was 

  1. When is the best time to go? And I think this is a little tough – for me, it’s Fall. The weather gets chilly enough at night and warm enough during the day and the Smoky Mountains just radiate with all their golden colors BUT if you plan on bringing kids – summer all the way. 
  2. What was it like with kids? Well, let me start by saying that we weren’t the only family there. There were a ton of families there, some with kids younger than ours. They have amazing amenities open in the Summer that kids , I think, 4+ truly enjoy. Wells, being only 19 months, was the hardest to manage with nap times, meal times and bedtimes – so if we were to do this again, we’d just take the big kids and leave Wells at home 

With all that being said though – here are some highlights that I would recommend if you decide to take the family: 

Leverage Camp Blackberry – they have a great camp program that will watch your kids for you while you enjoy adult activities (think Mixology class, mountain biking, spa session, dinner date etc) All three of our kids did Camp Blackberry at one point and they all loved it. From arts/crafts, sports (they have a full gym), outdoor scavenger hunt – they will keep the kids entertained in the best way. 

Family activities – We did the hike to breakfast which was super fun. It has views of the on property waterfalls and the reward at reaching the lodge for breakfast wears the kids out just enough to sit through it. We also did a guided family hike – our boys wanted to learn and stop questions more than anything which the guides catered to. They will learn about plants, insects, wildlife in a very interactive way. Truthfully though, you don’t need to schedule a hike – the paths down by the meadow/valley are super family friendly and available to you at your leisure. The golf cart is also a hit – we would just explore on the golf cart and look for animals – we saw bears, snakes, bunnies and turkeys!

Valley Pool – probably one of biggest highlights! The valley pool is a beautiful large (heated!) pool with a diving board, water fountains, a cute splash pad area and close to a large chess set up and the pickle ball courts. It has umbrellas, picnic benches and a covered area to get out of the sun if you need it. Equipped with toys, goggles, sunscreen and a spot to grab drinks, cold turkey sandwiches, snacks and popsicles! Kids loved swimming, eating the popsicles, finding bugs and making friends. 

Pond / Slides – such a unique spot on the property. With lifeguards on duty and an array of life jackets it was as rugged and as safe as you could get. With a sandy beach and other water activities like paddle boards and canoes the two biggest kids really flourished here. Nick, too. The pond doesn’t open til 12pm so I didn’t make it most days with Wells’ nap schedule, but I did make it the last day and the big slide is FAST and also really FUN. This little dream spot is a core memory maker. 

Kid Meals – they do have kid menus with just enough variety on them. They will, however, cater to whatever you ask for. Wells never really had a true breakfast, we would get fresh fruit and a muffin for him and he was set. Also, they will pack up food for you to go – whether a kiddo didn’t finish something and they can eat it later, or if you need to order and run. Also, ask for coloring sheets and crayons – they will gladly supply. 

Blackberry Farm Brewery – we’ve always wanted to jump off property and check out their brewery but never found the time or the past few times we’ve been there it wasn’t open. They gave us a Lexus SUV with a booster and car seat and we took the crew to the brewery about 20 mins away. It’s no frills, but the beer is great, the food is also really good and it is family friendly with games and things to play. The staff here was also super nice and a nice change of scenery. Highly recommend!  

S’mores Kits – most of the houses have fireplaces (indoor and outdoor) and they offer a simple s’mores kit that the kids looked forward to after dinner. 

Side note – I snagged this Paper Shoot Camera before the trip and it was awesome to hand the kids the camera to take photos through their lens. They have a vintage feel that I was hoping for and will certain add to the memory book.

I know this place might be my husband’s favorite – but because we took the kids and made these special memories with my sister in tow, I now officially love the place that much more. The solid family time, crazy customer service, delicious food and wine – it was a beautiful retreat that I hope our kiddos talk about for years to come. 

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