It’s Christmas!!! The most wonderful time of the year… (and the most stressful time of year when I end up eating a sleeve of Oreos everyday before lunch). I am so excited though to be part of the Merry and Bright blog hop! Thank you Cheyenne at Sense and Serendipity for hosting. If you are coming over from My Pear Tree Home, welcome!
We moved into this house three days before Christmas last year so I’m considering this our first official Christmas in this house. Santa was really confused last year because Santa forgot what boxes the gifts were packed away in. Santa is much better off this year-phew (can you imagine how many Oreos I-err I mean Santa ate last year??) This is also my first home tour on this blog so stick with me here. I live with three little (and occasionally angry) elves that would not let me decorate before Thanksgiving. It’s been two years since I pulled out my Christmas decorations and I realized very quickly how much of it was outdated or falling apart. I love decorating and I love Christmas decor but sometimes it overwhelms me and then I turn into an angry elf. And let’s be honest, when I get overwhelmed I get lazy. So I decided for my sanity to keep Christmas simple this year. The only bin I used of our Christmas decorations was my garland and stockings. I purchased a few new things but they are items that I can use all year round. I did a few easy DIY projects as well so keep reading.
I’m loving simple this year and I have a feeling it’ll stick around with me for a while. I did purchase some fresh garland for my front porch. You can see more about my Christmas front porch here. I had big plans for this porch but then reality set in. So I just added some fresh garland around my door and few other odds and ends I found in my house and in my yard. It took ten minutes to do and I love her!
You can find my plaid rug (that I loooove) here
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My entry way is a work in progress. I still need to paint this hallway and I have visions of board and batten on these walls once Christmas is over. For now, I am somewhat embracing the dark walls…ok, I have a countdown going until I can paint these bad boys. I made (and at any moment it could fall apart) the console table. You can see my tutorial for it here
. The giant snowflake printable was a last minute and quick project. I’ll link it below…keep reading and you’ll see a few other Christmas printables I’ve made as well.
I kept the kitchen pretty low key and added some left over fresh garland above my sink and put some faux greenery in my vase. I made my no sew valance
this past summer but I’m loving it even more during the holidays.
I made a couple easy wreaths
for my pantry and mudroom door.
My family room got the most Christmas love. For the past 14 years my husband and I have cut down our own tree and for the past 14 years we have brought home the largest and fattest Christmas tree we can find. One year we brought home a 25 foot tree…did you get that? TWENTY-FIVE feet. We had very high ceilings at our old house and my husband was determined to get that tree to touch the ceiling…and he succeeded. This year though the Christmas tree Gods were on my side. While our tree isn’t a 25 footer it’s still pretty fat and crooked…but after 14 years I am used to crooked trees that do not fit in their allotted space.
The best part about this tree is that for the first time ever I actually decorated it.
With ornaments and ribbon…I felt so grown up.
Cute ribbon tied in knots on a Christmas tree might be my favorite thing ever.
My mantle was fun and at the same time painful to decorate this year. In the past we’ve had our TV above the mantle so all I could really do was add garland but this year I had free range. I was so excited to decorate it and I only changed things around 5267 times. I am sure I will still move things around some more but for now I am enjoying it as I have it.
See how I made my chalkboard printable here.
(If you are interested in my snowflake printable you can find it here
and I framed it the same way I framed my chalkboard printable on my mantle.)
I kept it simple again in the dining room. I made wreaths for my windows with some extra garland I had and added some more on my dining table. The plaid tablecloth is actually a blanket scarf
and the faux fur runner is just a piece of faux fur fabric that for some reason I’ve had for years in the basement.
And that’s a wrap folks! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my very simple Christmas theme this year. Make sure to head on over to Create Pray Love
to see her beautiful home.
I’ve also linked to all of the other stops on the tour. So much inspiration!