Take a Christmas House Tour of our home decorated for the season in traditional colors. Lots of vintage items and ideas to make your home cozy for the holidays
WOW, I’m so overwhelmed by the response on my last post and want to thank you all for your support and words of encouragement. We are so blessed to have every one of you in our lives! Thank you so very much for forwarding my post on and sharing my message, and for taking the time to read it – it was very personal, and I wasn’t sure how it would be received – what else can I say except.. your cookies are all in the mail!
CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR
While you’re munching on those cookies – the 2 or 3 cookies out of a dozen that I haven’t eaten, why don’t you come along with me on a little tour of the digs.. the Christmas digs that is.. Ready? Okay, let’s go!
We have big plans for the foyer that will make traditional Christmas decorating a thing of the past, but for now, it’s all about the reds, golds and greens!
The fun starts when you come through the front door – like everything I do; I can’t just do it small, it has to be huge. I swear there was a time when I knew less was more, but I’ve decided that is a dumb rule that only applies to makeup and accessories. When it comes to decorating with a theme, for me, more is more!
Our office/Playroom/Other room-we-call-the-front-room built-ins received a minor makeover with fun deco mesh wreath and beaded garland.
A strip of tulle mesh attached at the top and bottom of the shelving, along with paperclips, creates an easy and fun way to display our cards.
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Our great room is of course, where most of the action takes place. We stick entirely to artificial greenery, as Ayden has a small problem with eating leaves. Although I do realize most evergreens are edible, it’s something we try not to encourage. Ahem. That little fluff ball over there in the corner is our killer watchdog. See how on guard he is at every moment?
Our tree is a family tree – There aren’t any ribbons or garlands because save for the lights and the angel on top, the tree is decorated entirely by my children. Hence the reason there are 30 ornaments in a 6″ radius at different heights – the height of each child – and none at the top.. they also prefer the left side to the right. You’ll find no ornaments on the back-side either.
I figure there will come a day when they A) don’t live with me any longer or B) may not want to help decorate the tree – I’m taking advantage of it while I can.
Most of our ornaments are either handmade by the children from throughout the years. They have the whole job done in 5 minutes flat. As I try hard not to move the ornaments around, I remember that I’ve got the rest of the house to descend put my personal touch upon.
This pretty angel was my grandmother’s while my mother was growing up. When I received her we made a small electrical upgrade – we try to avoid things like fires and the house burning down at this time of year! I have no idea how old she is but she’s very loved for all of her quirkiness.
It never ceases to give me the giggles seeing that many stockings on our mantel.
A fun tray filled with Christmas goodies adorns the coffee table.. at least until Ayden starts to play with it. The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn is an excellent read for older children. My mother always used to tell me you should never stop believing because you never really know what is real and what isn’t.. this book is a great testament to that. We’ll be giving it a read this year.
C’mon, let’s wander into the kitchen and grab a few more cookies! Our table is home to another heirloom piece – a tree skirt sewn by Shay’s grandmother. A simple centerpiece of pine cones, holly berries, and Christmas balls fills the center perfectly.
I love the rustic look that is so popular this year and tried to incorporate it wherever I could. Most of what I have did not fit that description so, I had to improvise.. or buy all new Christmas decorations. Shay, I opted for improvising and buying only a few things.
|Noel, Leaping Deer, Oh Deer, Glitter Deer|
Using free printables and a natural, glittered garland, I was able to pull more of the theme in inexpensively, while still using many of our favorite objects. I added small, inexpensive, stand-alone gold ornaments, such as the Christmas trees and the deer to bring in some glitz.
You can never go wrong with a bowl of ornaments. Nutcrackers are a massive hit in our house, in case you didn’t notice!
The all-important countdown to Christmas is on our refrigerator. The middle-tile changes with the season or event – you can check out how to make it here.
Only nine more sleeps, boys and girls.. and just one room that I didn’t show you – my master bedroom! I’ll save that baby for tomorrow! Thanks for taking a little holiday tour with me.. may your days be merry and bright.. and may all your Christmas shopping.. be done and wrapped.