Welcome friends! I’ve updated the post to participate in the Jennifer Rizzo Holiday Housewalk link party! To check out the homes linking up click the button below:
If you are coming here from the previous stop in the blog hop, Setting for Four, thanks for coming by! I hope you find something you love! 🙂 The link for the next home in the tour is at the bottom of this post.
It is no small feat that I am here, showing you lots of pics of my cute little house, all decked out for Christmas. 🙂 It took several weeks and lots of effort (by the whole fam) to bring it all together, but I’m happy it is done and it really showcases some of my best work.
It is also a place where my family actually LIVES. That gets ridiculously messy, but thankfully, cleans up nice! 😉 Besides all the pretty images that are perhaps, “pin-worthy”, I wanted to share a few pictures of my family enjoying our home. I told the kids I was going to include them in the pictures of the house and they were all excited. We had a lot of laughs trying to get a good shot that didn’t look too “posed” even though they were totally posed. 🙂
My man, Alex. Alex is in 1st grade. He is a guy who loves routine, consistency, and soccer. He also pays attention to anything different and gives me compliments (or constructive criticism haha) when I move some furniture around, or make/paint something new.
I was determined to stay simple this year, not getting too ‘artsy’ and ‘cute’, and I really think, for the most part I did. But this dang mantel/shelf really wanted to have this winter woodsy scene, and I was drawing a major blank when trying to come up with something different, so I took that as a sign. Sometimes ‘artsy’ and ‘cute’ are necessary. 😉
Oh and I’m telling you right now, I totally borrowed lots of decorating ideas from other people. Not much (if anything) that you will see is 100% original. I’m okay with that, because I still love how it looks. Like the yarn pom pom garland bandwagon? Totally on it. Only I went the cheaper route and made them (messy, but actually very fun to make). Merry & Bright pillow is from So Vintage Chic.
OH I almost forgot to tell you! I changed or added something big in every main room within this past month. THAT is why I have posted like twice in the past few weeks. In the front room I moved the green painted sofa in front of the window (crazy I know), which caused me to move all the other furniture around! I also added a brass lamp, and got a new cable knit rug (Rugs USA), which I will share more about in an upcoming post.
This dresser I held on to from the Spring Vintage Market Days is now sitting where the green couch used to be. I went SUPER simple with the decor on it: fresh wreath, dollar store nutcrackers under a cloche I already had, some walnuts in a tureen, and a wrapped gift.
Paper snowflakes! Wheeeeeeeee! 🙂 These are 3D ones I made (with a few Target ones in there) and I love the subtle texture and whimsy they add above the piano.
The sweetest and spiciest 4 year old you will ever meet! 😉 Kaila (pronounced Kyla) is the BEST little friend to have home with you during the day.She will chat it up with you, but then disappear to host her own pretend video tutorials on how to brush Rainbow Dash’s hair, or make a Play Doh pizza. She also is so capable and loves to help me cook and clean (even though those are two things I really don’t enjoy, but she makes them sweeter). Naturally, she wanted to make blueberry muffins for the pictures.
More to come on this kitchen, but it is finally done (besides the new hardware)! New countertops by Lumber Liquidators are in, sink, new faucet (Delta Faucets), ceiling fan by Lamps Plus, new backsplash, and can we get a halleluia for the kitchen island?! I designed and built that and will be sharing digital plans soon!
I love my kitchen now. 🙂
The tile back splash was one of the most laborious things I’ve done solo (Bruno had to study for finals). My arms are super buff right now though, so that is another payoff, besides the fact the back splash looks freakin sweet.
I don’t think I’ve ever showed a landscape view from this vantage point, but it finally feels “done”, so here it is!
My Christmas tablescape this year revolves around navy and fresh greens. Navy is having a major moment in my heart this year. I love it with alllll the things.
Another reason this room feels done, is the new word art that I received this past week from Between Me & You Signs.
I’ll be doing a separate post on it soon because they have a special offer for my readers, and I know you will love it!
Lastly, there is my oldest, almost 10 year-old (what-the-WHAT? How is that possible?!), Owen.
Owen is a rule follower, leader, worrier, sports fanatic, and loyal friend. He inherited my artistic talent and loves to draw, paint, and create when he has time. This picture makes me laugh whenever I see it because I they held these poses for several seconds while I was snapping away. Oh, I love my boys.
Coffee table makeover here.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Bruno. He is the hardest worker I know and rarely wants anything for himself. He helps me achieve my dreams and crazy schemes, whatever they are. He also has opinions about what goes on our walls (I don’t put up enough pictures of family apparently), and thinks I have too many pillows, but he actually has good taste and I often ask him for advice. He builds me up.
So, in the past month I have pretty much finished our living room also. We built the pallet accent wall together, made the bookcase cabinet bases and made them look like built-ins, and just last Saturday I finished that bench between the two bookcases that holds the subwoofer and has compartments to hold extra home decor stuffs.
It is not ‘built-in’, so can be easily removed if we decide we don’t want it there later on. But right now I’m really digging it.
Polar Bear and Cardinal pillows are both from Craftberry Bush.
Of course a season change calls for restyling of the bookcases. I think my favorite thing is this brass horn with a wreath hanging from it.
If you have visited my blog before, you will know I have a slight obsession with blue and white china and chinoiserie.
Well, my friends, I hand painted those chinoiserie ornaments and it is so very easy with a little practice and is my favorite hand-made thing this Christmas season. I have a tutorial on eHow with some more pics of them here.
I’m loving red, white, navy and gold for Christmas this year. Very patriotic of me, no? 😉 Also my ribbon skills are seriously sub-par, but my friend, Kristen, from Ella Claire Blog saved me with some last minute tips and basically telling me I need to make the ribbon a little crazier. And now I love it!
I got another real tree this year because, well… you can’t beat a $30 tree! I “flocked” it myself by using spray snow, which can get a little messy but once it dries, it holds up pretty good! I also held a dustpan beneath each branch as I sprayed the end of it, so the overspray wouldn’t cover the floor and gifts.
I pulled out my paper and embossed leaf garland from last year and draped it over this big mirror on top of the blue console table and I’m still so in love with that thing. I also got a wooden horse like all the other 5,429 bloggers that found it at HomeGoods and stood it between a couple of pretty Amaryllises that JUST BLOOMED YESTERDAY!! They were buds on Saturday. I love watching things bloom and grow. Aaaaaand now I’m singing Julie Andrews.
Thanks, Dear Lillie, for the idea to hang a boxwood wreath around the wooden horse neck! 🙂
Speaking of boxwood wreaths… I sneaked another one on this old wooden ladder. Check out my tutorial for making a boxwood wreath here. The fun thing about adding a tree is the musical furniture game that commences. I love this new living room arrangement with the slipcovered chair I sewed on this side of the room with the trestle end table I built….and I’ll be sad to see the tree go in another month…. For now it is a happy change.
Okay, okay… I know you are probably tired of pictures right now… just two more okay? Take a look at maybe the best decision I’ve made this Christmas season: Fresh tree in the master bedroom.
Right?! Oh I love it! It smells so amazing, and it is so fun to crawl into bed and watch a little TV next to twinkling lights. It feels like a pretend cabin. Sort of.
I added a few more Christmas touches to this room, but you will have to wait until next Friday to see the rest! 🙂
Okay, whew! YOU MADE IT!
Thank you for visiting my blog and if there is something that caught your eye and you have a question about, PLEASE feel free to ask away in the comments (I WILL reply), or just tell me what you liked or loved! Also what would you call my home tour? Like… do you see a recurring theme that I could name it? I’m terrible at these things and I would love to know what you think!
Check out the next stop in the tour, which will be live tomorrow, Yvonne from Stone Gable Blog!