Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014


Christmas...my FAVORITE time of year! Our house is getting REALLY close to being done...I mean I can almost SMELL it! So this year I had a lot more fun with the Christmas trimmings than I did last year, when I was still overwhelmed with projects and figuring out what looked good where. 

My inspiration this year came from these wrapped packages...black and white. I've never liked black before and now I'm obsessed with black French stripes and half-painted walls in black and white. (That might be a little teaser for a reveal coming up after the New Year). 


So, I went out and bought a bunch of black satin ribbon. That's pretty much it. I also ordered brass bells off of eBay. Let me tell you, these bells have the most beautiful, delicate, angle-like ring to them. I wish I could jingle them for you right now.


I made my wreaths. They were so easy, I didn't even have to use a wreath frame or thick wire to hold the circle. I just used a thin floral wire to fasten one branch to the next. I love the imperfection!









Yes...I still use florals in the winter. But I do add some wool and fur textures to warm things up.


Do you like my new sofa?? Over the summer I fell in love with a Pottery Barn sofa. It was more than we usually pay for furniture (since I always buy at flea markets), so I thought about it a lot before I brought it up to the husband. Since all our furniture was old, I thought he would be all about something COMFORTABLE...and not falling apart. Well, when I asked him he replied, "I kind of like that everything in our house is old." WHAT GUY SAYS THAT!?! Of course I love him for saying it, but the thing is my style is headed back in the "modern" direction and he's still catching up to my primitive, shabby look. 


So being the generous guy he is, he says "yes", but I still couldn't just go spend so much on a sofa. But then I found this one, on Joss and Main. It's the same look, but half the price and best of all, it's a slipcover! That is of course appealing to a mother of 3 little ones. So Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to me!



I really wanted some black French striped stockings, so I made some...LAST NIGHT! 


I know...they desperately need to be ironed! But my iron is up in the attic right now because the husband is working on my laundry room (YAY!). How did I make them? Drop cloth, a sewing machine, duck tape and a black Sharpie. 






Oh, how I love these bells. Can you tell??





 


These are my favorites out of all my vintage ornaments. I felt like they'd be overlooked on the tree so I put them in my...big antique jar of some sort...so I can see them. If you know what these jars are called please let me know! I have only ever found ONE (on eBay), and they called it a conditioner jar from a drug store. These are real thick glass and 2 of the 3 have the lids. 








I painted the iron legs on my table so that they would pop since the floor is dark.  


 My salt glazed crock...one of my favorite finds! I don't even know what makes it so beautiful. 


I did not deck the kitchen halls with much since it's already so busy. I've been feeling my kitchen is a bit cluttered. It wasn't 6 months ago. But my style has changed so much lately and I've been going towards this "minimalist" look. My poor, poor husband. 





Thanks for letting me share and Merry Christmas, everyone! 

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25 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, it's gorgeous! Love the simple touches without being too glitzy. Your home is definitely one of my favorites, and I love your primitive, shabby look! Please don't go modern! (smile)

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! Your comment is very encouraging! <3

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  2. It's beautiful. The couch you selected is suits your home better. I love your kitchen. I agree with your spouse probably not for his reason, but because old things don't need fussing over with children. :) xoxo

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    1. Thank you! It's true...I love that my family can really use my old chippy things without too much stress.

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  3. Goodness gracious, this post is a goldmine of good ideas! My favorites have to include the ad hoc wreaths and the front-door(?) basket arrangement. Just lovely and timeless looks that would work well in a variety of design environments -- from ultra traditional to super contemporary. Can you tell me where you found those adorable off-white metal jingle bells that are in the floral arrangement in the basket? Those are a genius addition.

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    1. Thank you so much Grace! Man...I can't remember where I got those jingle bells. It was a long time ago and might have even been at a Hallmark store! Thanks again for your encouraging words. xo

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    2. just left a super long comment and then I had to sign again and now I cannot retype everything... just want to say... stunning!!!! really gorgeous!

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  4. What a beautiful home you've created... I love the soft colors....All is calm...all is bright. Merry Christmas

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  5. I have seen a plethora of perfectly put together homes for Christmas.

    Hands down, your home this Christmas is my absolute favorite.

    I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!

    Happy Christmas

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    1. Oh my...you have no idea how happy that makes me! Thank you SO MUCH! Merry Christmas!

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  6. As a new follower I'm going to try not to gush too much over your home!! Your decor is simply beautiful...I love the rustic/modern twist...keep it going! And with your sweet holiday touches, I just love it!!! Every bit of it. The jingle bells and your natural wreaths are just pulling at my heart! I hope I have some time to come back at look at a few of your past posts!

    Merry Christmas to you!

    Jane xx

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    1. Thank yo so much for your comment, Jane! If you get a chance to see older posts you'll see the house has come a long way since we bought it 2 years ago. I'm glad you enjoyed the post and thank you again for your encouragement. Merry Christmas!

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  7. Your home is absolutely beautiful!! I love the graceful simplicity of it! And those bells are wonderful!! I love what you did with your chalk board, I have a big chalkboard and have been wondering what I could do with it. (I am horrible at chalkboard art! :) )
    Also, if you don;t mind, can you tell me where you found your round tufted ottoman? I have been looking for one in white.
    Have a very Merry Christmas!
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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    1. Hi Melinda. I found my ottoman on overstock.com. I'm horrible at chalkboard art as well ;-). Good luck!

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  8. Wow. I just love your home. The trees are so simple and beautiful. This has to be one my all time favorite homes. Love all the bells. The sofa is prrfect. You have to have comfortable places to sit. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I just found your blog via Pinterest and am enjoying browsing around. I have seen jars similar to yours and they were labeled as cheese keepers and had a drug store name on them. Love your blog!

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  10. I love everything. I always do love everything here and especially a unique tree. So gorgeous:-)

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  11. I also have to add how much I LOVE your kitchen! I could look at it forever.

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  12. I love everything.The Holidays Through History occasion is an extraordinary time to visit our home alongside Tudor Place, Anderson House and Dumbarton House. We adore finishing our gallery for a 1920s Christmas. The occasion is typically the first or second weekend of December consistently. Happy you delighted in it. Happy X-Mass!
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  13. Your home is truly amazing! I love it. The pictures of you little ones are so beautiful!. I'm so glad that I found your blog. XX Jo

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  14. I love your home and your style. You are very clever and it shows. The new sofa is perfect. I have started to think more minimal lately also, however, I still love the old furniture. It makes a great mix. Jane Flora Doora

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  15. I'm late! I just discovered your blog- your home is so lovely. I enjoyed the tour!

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  16. I will def be visiting here often- adding you to my blog list and now going right back to read your older posts. Sewing Machine Judge

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  17. I've never seen a home tour that is all- encompassing "me"! I love love love white, vintage, wood (I'm a furniture refinisher by trade,) minimalist,pops of color, and a mix of antique and newer objects. Woo-hoo! Thanks for inspiration!

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  18. I've never seen a home tour that is all- encompassing "me"! I love love love white, vintage, wood (I'm a furniture refinisher by trade,) minimalist,pops of color, and a mix of antique and newer objects. Woo-hoo! Thanks for inspiration!

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