What’s up, girlfriends? Today I’m linking up to Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk Link Party… Have you heard of link parties? They’re pretty intense. Once you get locked in you can (and will) party ’til the break o’ dawn in your “yoga” pants, or robe, or… what-evs. Do not say I didn’t warn you.
Welcome to my home! I live on a farm in Eastern Oregon, have four kids, and a dog named Ginger (Gingy, Gingerbread, Dinner-bread…). We’re busy, busy, busy so I didn’t take tons of time arranging vignettes or capturing the best light (or mop, actually). I do however, LOVE to decorate and redecorate! I’ve never done this before but I wanted to share part of my home with you.
At the entry I hung this big arrow chalk board I got from Decor Steals last year. The old sled and milk crate were estate sale finds for less than $5 each and the rest is a mix of real and artificial greenery.
I’m still decorating (seriously, it’s mid-December..why??) BUT I did snap a few pictures of my “finished” rooms. My husband would tell you I’m NEVER finished decorating. Ever.
This is our drop zone for coats and backpacks. We made this shelf from an oak mantel I found at a garage sale and a board Jarrod attached and added hooks to. I painted it up and the kids hang their coats and backpacks there while I have a nice display shelf on top for seasonal pictures and decor. The wooden star will soon be covered in Christmas cards we receive from friends and family. Old suitcases house mittens, hats, and scarves.
I used old wooden spools strung onto jute twine to add a little garland to the hooks. The vintage grain sack bolster pillow is my all-time favorite purchase from the Farm Chicks mega-sale in Spokane a few years back.
Onto the living room. The mantel is covered with natural greenery, a few artificial Ikea trees wrapped in burlap, and an assortment of mercury glass bulbs that were too heavy for the tree limbs. I also used some vintage beads and pom pom trim and a little mercury glass garland to drape across the front. One of my favorite finds is the paper “joy” garland on the tree that I bought for 75% off after Christmas a few years ago. LOVE it. It’s always a good idea to add long picks to the tree. They add depth and make the tree look fuller and more polished. And in case you’re wondering, the kids decorate with their handmade ornaments on a tree in our upstairs living room. The colors and textures up there are wild and perfect for the blown glass, primary colored ornaments I used to collect along with every cherished school picture on a foam star with glitter glue. I love the wine barrel top that sits atop the our coffee table. It’s perfect for serving drinks or snacks and easy to decorate with a few books and a candle. The TV cabinet displays a collection of old books (gorgeous year round) and a Mason jar sweater votive (tutorial here). I also collect old wooden tool boxes. They’re so handy for storing art supplies, displaying flowers or dishes, and here I filled one with greenery and extra ornaments. And of course, the reason for the season, Mary and her baby Jesus. My mom and dad gave this to us the first Christmas we were married and I keep her out year round.
Here’s our little kitchen nook. My grandma Reid gave me her collection of Spode Christmas Tree dishes which make everyday meals feel quite special. I think they look cute with a length of buffalo check fabric from Ikea (did you know they sell fabric by the yard??), bright green and red accents. The kids’ aprons are hung at the ready for one of our baking marathons.
In the kitchen I added a few red accents along with lots of plants and greenery.
I bought this ADORABLE hobnail chalkboard from our friend Aurora Jean & Co. It’s perfect for our hot chocolate station the kids enjoy so much. I cannot get enough of these vintage Santa salt and pepper shakers. So CUTE! And I’m a total tea towel hoarder. My latest one is hanging on the sink edge and says, “What would Julia do?” Something awesome containing butter, no doubt!
And finally a peek into the dining room. More natural greenery (just use all your tree clippings or ask for some at a tree stand). I’ve got them everywhere from the chandelier to the table to the ironstone pitchers. Some are artificial but when you mix them up with fresh greens it all looks great. I’m still really into the antler shed scene! I’d use them in every room if I could. Another length of Ikea fabric serves as my table runner, and lanterns I bought years ago at Home Goods hold battery operated candles that come on by timer each night.
Little stockings made out of an old quilt stuffed with tree clippings hang on the knobs of a vintage dresser I bought at the Junk Barn Girls vintage sale this fall. Dressers make great buffet tables. They’re easier to find, less expensive, and can house lots of extra dishes and serving utensils. My mom and dad gave us the mirror when we moved in and the typewriter was also a junk sale score. A Ms. Craftberrybush Christmas beetle print is propped inside.
Thanks for letting me show you around! Have a wonderful holiday season everyone.