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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Christmas Home Tour 2018

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Merry Christmas, y'all!
I'm sorry this post is going up late on Saturday instead of in the mornings-but if you've ever had a baby, you probably understand how difficult it was to find time to take these pictures, much less edit them, create the text for this post, add the links, and publish it!
But I couldn't let Christmas come and go without sharing our third Christmas in this home & our first with Charlie. This will be a special holiday, indeed.
When you come into our home, you're welcomed by our columns in the color Roman Column by Sherwin Williams & our door in the color Salty Dog. I love the bright cobalt blue!
Our wreaths are from Home Depot's Martha Stewart line, but you could recreate the look yourself by adding a ticking stripe ribbon to your current Christmas wreath!
My lanterns are something I've wanted for our porch for a long time, but lanterns are expensive, y'all.
So I hunted them down from Target after the summer items went on sale & found all of the lanterns and the pre-lit candles on sale for between 50-75% off. These are similar to the large, and the small lanterns at a great price. These candles are an awesome price point even when they aren't on sale, I used the 3"X6" in both sizes of my lanterns.
I love this little entryway so much, y'all.
The bookshelf is one that my Daddy made in high school and it's one of my favorite pieces of furniture that I own.
I topped it with a table runner, red lanterns, miscellaneous mercury glass items, and my nativity set which is all form Hobby Lobby.
The mirror is from Kirklands and I had been wanting it pays to wait until there is an awesome sale because I got it for around $40!
I've been searching for just the right nativity set to add to our home & this one is from Hobby Lobby.
I love the sweet little animals and it's durable enough that in future years if Charlie were to get ahold of it they would be much less likely to break!
Welcome to our living room!
A wide shot of this room wouldn't be complete without Forrest, am I right?

In years past, I had used my cedar chest to add extra decor but last year I decided to create extra seating there and it's been a great addition-we always need extra room when we have guests.
I just warmed it up with some pillows that Chris has had since before I even met him, a sweet decorative pillow, and a blanket that was my Dad's! We love reusing and keeping around sentimental items in our home. It may not be the most magazine worthy or something you'll re-pin a million times on Pinterest but it's cozy and we love it!

I honestly, really tried to keep the decor pretty minimal this year.
I didn't put out nearly everything I had just because I wanted to keep life simple with Charlie around.
The burlap table runner is one that I use year-round throughout various areas of our home, and I always have our antler sheds on display-I love the rustic air they provide.
The little tobacco basket and various candlesticks are all from Hobby Lobby and of course, my candles are Bath & Body Works.
Currently I have out Twisted Peppermint, Evergreen, and Hot Cocoa and Cream.
The balls are shatterproof from a set from Sam's Club, I always have my photo books out from Shutterfly (you can get a free one using that link!), and my all-time favorite Christmas decoration is my Santa Key!
This was given to me when I was a little girl, because we didn't have a chimney for Santa to come down. I can't wait to share the tradition of hanging it on the front door on Christmas Eve for Santa when Charlie is a little older.

Y'all probably know (if you've been reading this blog for any length of time), that this is one of my favorite areas of my home to decorate.
Since Charlie has been born, I've kept it really similar because it's just a lot of work to dig through all of my bins!
But for Christmas I gave it an over-haul (with the help of my middle sis-shout out to Julie for helping me always!) and swapped out lots of things and I love the look.
The top shelf will forever contain that plant (don't know what it's called, so if you do-leave me a comment!) because I love it so dang much.
Then I added in my Farmhouse Rules sign, my big galvanized letter U, all of my various bottle brush trees, and my little red barn that I bought on clearance last year from Dillard's.
My shelves are really simple, but classic and I love that. I featured a lot of my Grandma's china and a silver platter of hers. Then my two signs are from Kirkland's (they have the best Christmas decor). My little "Let it Snow" and "Merry and Bright" plates are from Target and my silver quail are from a local home decor store.
We started out displaying our Christmas cards on a metal sign we have hanging in our kitchen (using magnets), but they overflowed onto our fridge...but you know what-we don't mind because we love these seasonal greetings from our friends and family!

My decor in the kitchen is super minimal, because we use that space a lot and my poor husband can't stand it to be cluttered-I don't blame him!
So I just keep my small letter board in there, changing it out seasonally and a Spiced Apple Toddy candle from Bath & Body Works (such a good cider scent!)
I use a similar pack of letters to get my snowflakes, presents, etc.
The "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" sign was a hostess gift from my oldest sister. She has an Etsy shop where she does all sorts of neat hand lettering and I bet she could make you something, too!
I also have this sweet little gingerbread cookie jar, a gift from one of my best friend's mom-she has loved us so well since we've brought Charlie home and we so appreciate her!
Back to the living room. . .
This little corner is tucked away beside our tree, but it's still cozy!
I have my little bar cart (which is currently on sale!) topped with a canvas print of some of our wedding photos, feather Christmas trees that belonged to my grandmother, and a few other little miscellaneous decor items.
I love my horseshoe wine bottle holder on the bottom-I've used it to collect a few pretty glass bottles and it's an awesome way to display them.
The chair is antique from an estate sale & the pillow is old from Target, but they have a ton of cute ones that will be on clearance soon!

The white candle holders are displaying some more seasonal candles, Frosted Cranberry from Bath & Body Works and the Spode candle that smells like a Christmas tree from a few years ago.
This little corner of our living room is super cozy-I love it!
Our window pane frames are already affordable, but are also currently on sale...and the photos need to be changed out and updated! Maybe after Christmas.
The print on the right is from the National Wild Turkey Federation, our fainting sofa is antique from an estate sale, and the little rooster table is also from an estate sale.
I always like to have lots of pillow and blanket options during the winter months, so we keep this basket stocked as well as having my fur throw.

Our stockings are now mismatched, but who cares-that's just part of having kids I think!
Our cream burlap stockings match our Christmas tree skirt, but they're old so they're no longer available. The metal "U" ornaments are from Mud Pie, they're plaid and available in tons of letters!
Charlie's tractor stocking was lovingly handmade by a lady from our church-such a sweet gift that we'll treasure forever and Forrest's stocking is in coordinating colors from Hobby Lobby.

I just want it to be known that it's so difficult to take a picture of my tree when it's blocking all of the natural light!
When ordering our Christmas cards, I had a free metal ornament available from Shutterfly and since I was already paying the shipping I decided to do it with Charlie's newborn photo and his name/birth stats on the back.
I love how it turned out and even paying full price, it would've been an awesome deal. Definitely worth looking into for keepsakes and gifts in the future.

Each year, Chris and I do several ornaments for our tree but we always get personalized ones.
The one above is from our first dating Christmas in 2013 and the one below is our newest, with a new addition-I love that they're the same but with a little baby!
I won't walk you through each ornament, but just a few of the ones we added this year.
I picked this little red truck up from the Target dollar spot for $1! Best deal on an ornament that I've bought in a while.
We always display special paper good items on our tree, our wedding invitation & our Christmas cards from years past...this year's was hard to photograph because of the pearlized paper but I love it so much!

Charlie's first Christmas ornament!
And the rustic letters I found below at the Target dollar spot, I bought 2 C's (for Chris & Charlie) and one J (for me!) and my oldest sister hand lettered the names on them-I love how they turned out!
The same sweet mom of one of our friend's came by the other day to start a new tradition for little Charlie. She gifted him a santa ornament to start his ornament collection and it was just beautiful!
We have a rustic twig star and I added feathers and cotton stalks from our tree, along with burlap ribbon to complete the rustic look.
These are the curtains we have in Charlie's room.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted my future children to have little trees in their rooms as they grew up-I just think it's so magical!
This little five foot tree is from Hobby Lobby and was $40.
I raided their mini Christmas tree section for a star that was similar to ours on our big tree and added battery powered fairy lights to make it really glow.
The tin ornaments are strung on a garland (they're farm animals!) and are from Hobby Lobby and the rest of the ornaments are soft ones from the Wondershop at Target and some that I already had.
Well, that's it for this year's home tour. . .I'll leave you with the digital rendering of our Christmas cards for this year.
I designed them on Shutterfly and the images are from Amy-Cole Photography!
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Until next time. . .

1 comment:

  1. I love your front doors, that paint color is perfect. Your holiday card turned out beautifully!


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