I'm sorry for being so far behind on my Christmas home post (absolutely NO excuse!!), except that I really wanted to refinish our floors before decorating for Christmas. And we made it happen!!
First I want to talk about these amazing floors! I really should post a before and after of my floors but you can see them here on my last post I did. We refinished them when we bought the house 3 years ago and I chose a dark stain because I love dark wood against white walls.
I do love some contrast, and I always thought the dark wood was gorgeous. However, after over a year of getting frustrated because I couldn't get my living and dining room to look right, I realized it was because the look I was going for was airy and bright, and the dark floors were messing that up.
I realized that refinishing your floors twice in 3 years is a bit extreme. However, we bought this ugly old house to fix up into our dream home and it didn't made sense to live with these floors I didn't like for years...especially when we have pretty much completed the house.
My husband put up a fight, and rightfully so, but I knew this was not something I was just going to change my mind on in another couple of years, and once I convinced him of that he was ok.
Our floors are new fir (old ones were not salvageable), and the formula we used on them was 4 parts Minwax "Pickled Oak" to 1 part Minwax "Puritan Pine". I cannot tell you how much I love how they turned out! But also a peace I have...like I can breathe for the first time in 3 years. I guess that's why they call it "airy" (lol).
So enough about the floors...although I'm sure I'll go on about them again, I went pretty minimal for Christmas this year (well at least that was my intention). We literally put a bunch of vintage ornaments on the tree and then I took them all off cause it just seemed too much.
We cut our tree from my in-laws backyard like we usually do. I really like imperfect trees, but somehow I picked out a pretty perfect one.
Aren't these floors just so creamy? I also finally painted this room "White Dove" (#OC-17) by Benjamin Moore in Regal Select Pearl Finish. I painted the walls and trim the same for a very clean look. I cannot tell you the difference it makes! I didn't realize white walls would be so very different than slightly off-white walls. They are! It makes for such a clean, minimal and bright palette.
Everything is "merry and bright" at this house. Wishing you all the best Holiday season!