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I’m so torn on a theme for Christmas decorating this year. Wintry theme with silver, blue and white…

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or vintage reds…

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or focus on neutrals and naturals…

IMG_8118IMG_8147 The outcome has been a decision to decorate more than one room, of course! So now, let me take you on a tour. This is a whole house tour, but the text is light, so hopefully I won’t lose you somewhere down the hallway.

Come on up the walk.

IMG_8152Come a few days later and see poinsettias in place of Old Saint Nick (the younger toddler enjoyed his presence a little too much).

IMG_8219Large red Nutcracker with poinsettia garnish. He belonged to my grandmother who downsized her Christmas collection at her last move. He sits a top a fruit crate and a rotting, but still beautiful red packing crate.

IMG_8218Please don’t ring the doorbell. Knock before entering. Our boxwood wreath is from Trader Joe’s. We recently purchased an cast iron owl door knocker and I added sleigh bells found at my husband’s grandmother’s house. You may ring those to enter.

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But first stop and look up and to your right, over our patio.

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When you enter, directly above you, you’ll see one of my favorites in the house, very simply embellished with a golden German glitter star from Pottery Barn. In the distance is a picture print by Currier and Ives. “These wonderful things are the things we remember all through our lives…”

IMG_8142When your enter, to the left is the living area of this open concept room, centered on the fireplace.

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I gave the Nativity scene pride of place, and added a diy pine garland, and ivory wool garland made by finger weaving on both the mantle and our fireplace “screen” (a Victorian window).

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I added a few white seeds from the tree outside and natural pinecones.

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Our stocking holders are from Pottery Barn, heavy duty and engraved with the words: faith, hope, charity, and peace. This way they can be passed down to future generations, something not possible, or less likely, if we put the children’s names on them.

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To the side of the fireplace is an antique radio, painted white (the veneer was ruined) decorated with a Nutcracker, antique transfer ware tea pot (not usable) and reindeer from a local shop.

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Keep it neutral I have homemade blankets in plaid and window pane print plus one fuzzy blanket from Pier 1.

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You’re at our house so we must be friends. Have a stop at the bar. Pinecones from our old home in the country and from our adventure tree cutting two years ago, spray painted with silver paint.

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Come for a snack at our dining table while we light the advent wreath. I melted crayons with parafin wax in a crock pot and dipped plain old white pillar candles to create an Advent wreath with pillar candles on a budget. Nestled inside a basket with white felt and rosemary, it looked a bit cuter when the rosemary was not so dry. Twill be enhanced with some clipped pine soon. Miss Mustard Seed’s Advent wreath from last year.

IMG_8124Enjoy the local Nativity scene on the table. I painted the plain wood figures after we found we could not tell Mary from a Wise Man.IMG_8138My children love visitors, and it’s impossible to visit without being offered a tour of the kids’ room by my 5-year old. I set up something special for them, out of reach from toddler hands.

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Red, wood bead garland, little craft store stockings, disco ball ornaments and some hallmark figurines because we love the classics.

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Across from the kids room is the guest bath, with a simple display of ribbon, mittens and holly hand towels give it is Christmas cheer.

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I love the smell of Williams-Sonoma soap. In the guest bath is the scent, winter forest.

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And since we’ve been drinking I’ll even show you the master bedroom during this tour. I added red yarn garland made through finger weaving. I think this idea was promoted through the blog, The Nester. Finger weaving is now my favorite activity since I’m resting and busy all at once.

IMG_8225I’ll explain to you that things are in the process of moving around with the baby coming this January. But here you can see my ornate blue pillow from Pier 1 and new antique frame (courtesy of Craigslist) with our wedding photos.

IMG_8227Faux fur stole from The Limited.

IMG_8228 I added another finger woven garland to the bathroom.

IMG_8231And with more inspiration from Miss Mustard Seed, I dove into the joy of wrapping gifts as creatively as possible for each gift. They are currently piled in the bedroom.

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IMG_8232IMG_8229 IMG_8233 IMG_8234The theme is a mashup since I used what I have on hand. Next year the colors will be more unified.IMG_8235

IMG_8201Returning to the living room. We spent so much time looking at decorations that the sun has set and the tree is lit.

IMG_8248 My children decorated this little one. Next to it sits a basket of Christmas books.

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IMG_8254As you leave, take one last long look at this happy home.

IMG_8244And another, long last look.  IMG_8239 Well, shoot, okay, one more.

IMG_8238 To affix the Christmas lights to the stucco we used a hot glue gun. It was a genius trick. I’m grateful all the information available on the internet.

Thank you for visiting! Come again soon!

 

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