Holiday Home Tour ~ 2017

` Tidings of Comfort and Joy `

Well friends, I guess I can officially wish all of you a very 'Happy Holiday' season! It's always crazy to me how quickly it sneaks up and yet - here it is. Ready or not, it's that time of year again. A time that quite frankly can be overly stressful, commercial, materialistic and rushed. As I grow older I truly try and focus on spending time with family and finding the spirit and magic that the season brings. The past few days have been spent decorating, making hot cocoa, blasting Pandora Classical Christmas, and not combing my hair or putting on makeup. Yup - truths!

For our holiday decor this year I actually opted to leave a lot of old 'tchotchke' items in the basement tupperware. I just couldn't manage the physical clutter this year. It's been very busy for everyone in my family and less feels like more this year. I also strived to use decor that could stay up for the winter months and not feel like Christmas decorations. White Pine roping, Fraser Fir wreaths, pinecones and birch logs make it feel cozy and understated. 

Front Room & Dining Area

About a month ago I got the itch to paint the entire first floor of our home - by myself. My motivation (and this will sound crazy) is that it would look SO GOOD against my Christmas decor! I know, I know - I have issues - but doesn't it look SO GOOD!?! (full paint post with before & after HERE)

I bought some pine swags and hung them on my stair baluster. You'll also see one of many wall hangings that have been wrapped and covered up for the holiday season. Kept it simple - like everything else.

When I find something I like I tend to use it year-round. For example, the antique crate below that is holding my faux tree was used to hold mums in the fall and tomato plants this summer. Paired up with my red Stansport lanterns (only $9.99 on Amazon) it looks so cute!

This year I bought some flocking spray and went a little crazy. I started spraying everything!! BUT - the can of spray was only $3.00 (found mine at AC Moore) and transforms the look of just about anything. This stock wreath was on sale for $4.00 and was a little too boring. Just add flocking spray and burlap ribbon :)

OK - so I've got a couple of great links to free Christmas printables for your walls! The 'O Holy Night' printable comes from Six Clever Sisters - CLICK HERE! It pairs really nicely with this 'Joy to the World' calligraphy look from Aedrial at Home - CLICK HERE! I honestly love how much character they have added to my dining area space. 

Family Room & Kitchen Area

As you move from my front room to the family room and kitchen area of my home the paint color shifts from neutral to a dark navy gray. Color is 'Cracked Pepper' by Behr. It is so warm and formal in it's feel. Also this year, we got rid of an old sectional and bought a sofa and love seat. It has afforded us the ability to move the room around which in turn has created a spot for the tree in front of our windows. We love how it looks here!

Like I showed in an earlier pic, I love to wrap my wall art in paper and greenery. It's fun, easy and cheap! This is my favorite paper and I ran out --- I'm on the hunt so if you find any please let me know. Below are some fun detail pics of the decor - hope you like it! I've sourced everything for you in case you wish it for yourself :)

DIY Board & Batten Wainscoting Tutorial - C L I C K   H E R E !!!

Ornaments are Allen + Roth from Lowe's (2016 season)

Gold/Silver Star Garland is from the birthday aisle at Target ($4.99 for three strands)

Tree Skirt is wrapped French Vintage fabric from Country Living Fair

Gallery Frames from Room Essentials at Target 

Galvanized wall hangers from Hobby Lobby - Faux Greenery from Michael's Stores

Ornaments are $5.99 from Target - Pine cones from my yard and sprayed with flocking spray

The Front Porch

The front porch is the one spot that I'm allowed to keep my white lights outside. I've been overruled 3-1 for color lights on the house, fence, etc. So I stake my claim on the front door and porch. Every year I more or less do the same look. White Pine roping, lights, galvanized tins or wood crates, logs, Fraser Fir boughs, etc. That way - it looks pretty all winter long! 

Well friends - that's it! My Holiday Home tour 2017 --- thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you love the looks I've created. My goal is always to inspire someone to try something or see something that they like and could bring into their own 'nest'. God bless and Happy Holidays to you.... XO

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