Merry 1st Day after Christmas!!

Okay, okay so lofty goals!!!!!………..I did not keep up with my 12 Days of Christmas concept. I was caught up in the prep and festivities as I hope most of you have been. We had a wonderful Christmas filled with laughter, good food and love.

I have a few more things to share and since I don’t typically take the Christmas decorations down until after the new year. I still have some time right?

Here is our dining room all decked for Christmas.

I’m not sure if it’s the traditional furniture, the china or what but this rooms tends to lean a little more glitter and sparkle than rustic.

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For the table settings I left the buffalo checked “runners” on the table. It is actually just folded fabric. Next I layered the center of the table with a length of sparkly garland, a few wrapped packages, ornaments and of course candles.

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IMG_1050For the place settings I started with red chargers and layered on a gold branch before placing my ribbon patterned red, green and gold china dinner plates.

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I purchased the salad plates from AtHome stores and then topped each with a gold tipped pinecone.

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Each of the salad plates had a different pattern and just a hint of red.

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I styled the buffet one way.

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I’ve had the little topiaries for years. Just gave the bases a quick coat of white spray paint and then a light coating to the greenery to give it a “snowy” effect. I really like to use what I have and paint is usually my go to.

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Then I received a sign I’d won in an IG contest from @homespunsigns and of course had to restyle.

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I think it is just what the dining room was missing. The candlesticks were a goodwill find in a none too attractive finish. I gave them a coat of soft grey chalk paint with a white wash and love the way they turned out.

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The bar cart was not neglected.

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Kept it simple by propping a wreath, wiring a garland to the frame and adding some glass ornaments and artificial pears.

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I hope you all had a most blessed Christmas. I’ll be sorry to put away the sparkle. It adds so much whimsy and magic to our homes.

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All the best,

Chris

More of my Christmas Home Tour-days 5 and 6

Are you feeling a little crunched for time like me? Today was pretty productive. But I’m still behind. I haven’t baked a single cookie. Not one. I do have a few Christmas presents wrapped. I hope you’re all doing better than me.

I did add a few Christmas touches to the master bedroom. I kept it pretty simple by changing out some of the pillows and adding some colorful throws.

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I threw a bit of garland over the mirror that is above the bed. Simple.

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And then of course, I like to restyle the little sitting area to one side of the room.

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I wrapped a scarf around the tree base. No ornaments on the tree. Just lights and some pretty plaid ribbon.

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If you look at this room in my post from the fall tour, you can see how just a few subtle changes really can change the look and feel of a room.

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Next up is the mantle in the family room. I love decorating the mantle. So many options and so much fun during the holidays.

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I wanted to keep the mantle uncluttered. So I just added some fresh cedar and kept a few of the candles, then added the garland. I wanted to do something different with the stockings so I gave this stick a little white wash to resemble birch and hung it from twine.

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IMG_0996Some birch wood logs flank one side of the fireplace.

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A candle and a couple of wrapped boxes (not real presents 🙂 placed on the other side.

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The stockings were a gift to each of my children soon after their births. My mother cross stitched a different one for each of them.

Soon it will be Christmas Day!!

Take care,

Chris

 

 

Quick post for the 12 Days of Christmas/Day 5 home tour

We had a rare evening out last night so I didn’t get to my Christmas tour post. I saw so many people posting this great little flocked tree on Instagram that I had to stop on the way home to pick one up for myself several weeks ago. It was only $30!! Bonus!

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Target has some of the cutest goodies in their One Spot this year. When I saw these letters in a bin I knew immediately what I wanted to spell with them. I had to check out a few stores before I found my second “H.” This one I’m calling the “HOHO” tree. I’ve decorated it with plaids and checks. Most of the ornaments came from the One Spot.

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There were gift tags.

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Using this banner as garland to circle around the tree.

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I covered plastic ornaments with some plaid wrapping paper and mod podge.

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Here I added some greenery and more of the snowflakes my mother made to my blanket ladder. I also hung a little mason jar with a tea candle and placed it beside the tree.

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Have a peaceful and blessed evening!

Soak in these final days of this magical time and try not to get too bogged down with the to-dos.

Chris

A few of my favorite things-Christmas Home Tour Day 4

Gosh! Christmas is creeping up on me. How about you? Work is busy, home is busy and I feel like time is tick, tick, ticking away. I did get a little online shopping in this evening (I know-I’m pushing it on the delivery window).

I mentioned in my last post I didn’t really have a plan when I first blogged about my “12 Days of Christmas” home tour. So tonight I’m going to post a couple of areas of my home where I’ve added some Christmas touches that aren’t necessarily a part of a specific room.

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I recently inherited some shelving units from my mother in law. I was thinking I might paint them but my husband was having no part of that. I wanted to see what the middle unit would look like flanking our back door slider. After some challenges positioning and leveling I decided I really liked the contrast this piece brought to the rooms. It sits between the kitchen and family room.

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I filled the cabinet with my white dinner ware, canisters, platters and pitchers.

I love the little bottle brush trees. I had a few on hand but picked up a few more at World Market.

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For some color I added some glass ornaments and dish towels.

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Our entry is rather wide with the dining room (I’ll share soon) to the left and the office to the right (which I won’t be sharing because it is a disaster right now). Just before you step in to the family room there is an awkward niche which I plan to make some changes to and a console table that I recently painted.

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This area originally had a single piece of art work hanging above it. I converted an old painting I picked up at a garage sale for $2.50 to a chalkboard. The frame was a cheap gold paint so I just covered it with chalkpaint and distressed it a little. I used a spray chalk board paint and sprayed it on the glass that came with the frame. The one tip I would give if you try this is to “season” your chalk board prior to adding your chalk art. Otherwise, the chalk sort of in-beds itself in the finish. To do this just rub a stick of chalk all over the board. I would do it a couple of times.

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I haven’t put up our nativity in a few years since my children have gotten older. I decided I’ve missing setting it up.

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Silent Night!

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Holy Night

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All is calm, all is bright!

Under the console I have a giant sized dough bowl I filled with all kinds of odds and ends I had packed away in a Christmas box.

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The lights are those little battery operated LED strings.

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Hope your are all getting your packages tied up with strings!

Stop in again soon! I have a few more areas to share!

Chris

12 Days of ChRiStMaS-Home tour day 3 and more of my farmhouse kitchen.

Welcome back!!! I’m glad you stopped in! I wanted to finish up where I left off yesterday. I have had so much fun decorating my home for Christmas this year. It makes my heart and my family happy. What is it about twinkle lights that automatically lifts your spirits?

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As you walk in to my kitchen from the dining room, you walk past the pantry. I found this little letter holder at Homegoods. I have had a lot of fun figuring out what to place in each of these galvanized trays. And a…..hem more of the striped ribbon.

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I’ve had this tin with the little pewter nutcracker for years. I drag it out periodically and decided this year he would be highlighted again along with some greenery.

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My talented sister in law made this cute little sign for me. It actually isn’t cold outside today. It has been in the 70’s which is unusual for this time of year.

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Yep! Pretty much tied a ribbon ’round anything that wasn’t moving!

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The berries on the chandelier are actually napkin rings. They fit perfectly and add just a little Christmas charm. This view is from the other side of the kitchen. You can see the dining room through the doorway. I’ll be sharing more of that soon!

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One of the things I love most about this kitchen is all of the natural lighting. As I’ve gotten older, letting as much light as possible in during the winter helps keep me from feeling grumpy!

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This window is so big, I thought the wreath looked a little lonely. I tied some twine to some ornaments and hung them on either side.

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Another view of my open shelving and just below that I’ve added a hot cocoa bar with all sorts of toppings! See the little log cabin peeking through? I constructed this from an old Lincoln Log set.  Cute!

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I struggle with leaving white pitchers and creamers in the store when I see them.

It’s a problem and it’s real.

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My mom crocheted the little snowflakes for me. I usually hang them on the tree but wanted to do a little something different with them. What do you think?

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As you turn around you’ll see our family room. We have an open concept floor plan which we enjoy.

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I’ll stop there for now because to be honest I didn’t actually plan out each of my 12 days-I’m winging it! I may even share my coveted and top secret recipe for sugar cookie cut outs! So don’t forget to stop back over! More to come……..

Only 12 days until Christmas!!!

Chris

 

12 Days of Christmas Home Tour – Day 2 and my Christmassy Kitchen

I would imagine for most the kitchen is the heart of the home. If your family is anything like mine, the kitchen seems to be the place we gather when we are together. I have to admit when I was first married I was NOT a very good cook. But with a lot of trial and error and watching cooking shows on cable I have mastered enough meals that my grown children have their favorites and often request them.

Christmas will be one of those times we gather and the kitchen is where we will spend much of the morning.

I kept the Christmas decorating in the kitchen pretty simple. I do have to say that I love how the greens and reds pop against my newly painted white cabinets.

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I found the red and white striped ribbon at Michaels. I tied it to just about everything I could find. These simple little details are what I find really bring in that Christmassy feeling.

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See I wasn’t kidding about that ribbon!!

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My attempt at chalkboard art. The little planters have succulents. I just added a little fake greenery and red berries. Simple!

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Love this little tiered tray from IKEA. Some greenery and cuties is pretty, inexpensive and festive!

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I love our open shelving we added this past spring. Here I’ve added fresh greenery to accent my growing collection of white pitchers. A couple of Target one spot lanterns complete this vignette.

I hope you’ll stop over tomorrow when I’ll share a little more of my farmhouse Christmas Kitchen!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Chris

 

My 12 days of Christmas-home tour 2015

Hey there!!! I’m finding keeping up with my blog to be a little more challenging than anticipated, especially at Christmas time.  I planned to do a Christmas home tour because I truly love decorating this time of year. It is the one holiday I’ve always gone a little decor-crazy. Because I’m a little crunched for time I decided instead of posting a full home tour, I would break it up in to smaller more manageable chunks by posting my “12 days of Christmas” with 12 separate featured areas in my home. So hopefully you’ll visit often and I hope I inspire you at least a little.

Soooooo……because my dining room tree was one of the first things I decorated I’ll start there. First I wanted to show you part of the inspiration for this tree.

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This is a display in one of the lobbies in the hospital where I work. I just fell in love with it. It was done by one of the local florists. My favorite part was the icicles hanging from the branches.

I have an old tree that I haven’t put up for several years because it is a bit tedious-individual branches, hand-stringing the lights, you know the drill, but decided this year I really wanted as much sparkle and twinkle lights as I could muster.

I was in my basement working on another project and pulled out an old artificial fern I once had displayed on some of my ledges. I gave them a good cleaning and allowed them to dry, then went at them with gold paint and glitter spray.

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Once I added the strings of lights, I started with the topper. I had some gold wired branches that I pushed down the middle of the tree. Then added in some flocked branches. Next came the icicles and crystals.

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I layered in the painted ferns next. I purchased some really inexpensive gold, silver and white ornaments to add to some I already had. A few little nutcrackers and owls just to mix things up!

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Finally, I twisted some glittered tulle throughout. I had some extra icicles to tie the rest of the tree to my topper. I may never take this down!

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OopS!! Forgot I added in this little guy to the side of the tree because I couldn’t figure out where else to put him!

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Tucker was posing so of course I snapped a picture!

Stop back soon for my “second day of Christmas” tour.

Chris