Hey there! Coming in late with a Christmas home tour! Most bloggers decorate in November so they’re Johnny on the spot after Thanksgiving. But this year I’m teaching preschool and it’s taking MUCH more time than I thought (hoped) it would.
A word about home tours: if you look at these to enjoy other people’s creativity and to be inspired READ ON. If it gives you anxiety, feelings of inadequacy and/or jealousy GO NO FURTHER. That’s not what this is about. Decorating is something that brings me joy, relaxation, and pride. I share because people who DON’T love to decorate might get an idea for their own home and people who DO love to decorate enjoy seeing how other people use their creativity to display things they love in their homes. List of things I’m NOT good at: cleaning, being thin, keeping my opinions to myself. We cool? Proceed.
This is where all the coats and backpacks are usually piled high. My husband, Jarrod, made this shelf several years ago out of a mantel we found for $10 someplace. The little crates are from Crates and Pallet and trees from Ikea. My sister, Jenny, made me this Joyful sign and I just love it. I bought the stockings and wooden stars at my friend Connie’s store called Rejuvinations near Spokane, Washington.
I got those cute little vintage quilt stockings last year at Monticello Antique Marketplace in Portland. I’ve had the Madonna Hummel since our first Christmas. She’s the perfect focal point under the Dear Lillie print.
My favorite new addition areThe Organic Bloom frames I purchased on etsy. I painted them bright red and added our favorite pictures from 2015. We’ve had so much fun looking at them.
I just bought those chairs from the Goodwill Outlet for $1 each! You can see the kids handmade ornaments hanging on the tree and the gifts they wrapped under the tree.
I covered some giant Dollar Store balls in buffalo check ribbon for my coffee table centerpiece. Mixed with a few red glass balls, pinecones, and a little fake greenery it’s pretty, simple, and easy.
Oh how I love vintage quilts…
This is where we eat together every morning and night. The sliding door window treatment was Jarrod’s idea and they look even cuter with $10 Trader Joe’s boxwood wreaths hanging on them. The pillows, flowers, and aprons are all from Ikea. Love that place.
My friend, Katie, painted this sign. So beautiful. You can find it here. A World Market hanging organizer works great for the kids plates and cups, napkins, and little aprons.
My paperwhites are growing like crazy in the window.
This is the funniest decoration I’ve got. When Grace was 4 years old my mom let her choose a list of names to put on Santa’s list. As you can see she got a little carried away after she ran out of family names… Freano, Squanto, Piano, Corn Born, 5th year????? We laugh about it every year.
I set the table with these gorgeous red chargers from Kirkland’s under my grandma’s Spode dishes. The bow on top of the little gift is also from Kirkland’s. It’s an ornament but it looks so cute with everything on the table I couldn’t resist.
I’m a total sugar-holic so a hot chocolate station is a must around here. I got this cute Buddy the Elf quote from Katie Michelle Designs also.
The final stop is our dining room. I layered a Pendleton blanket, basket weave chargers, Kirkland’s chargers, Spode dishes, and some clearance TJ Maxx bowls. Inside each bowl is a gingerbread cookie tied with a red velvet ribbon. Real greenery, candle light, some pinecones and oranges make for a simple and natural tablescape. It feels peaceful and cozy to me.
There she is, photo overload. Thanks for hanging with me for a few minutes. Merry Christmas, friends!