Holiday Home Tour

Playing on repeat in my head is the song “It’s beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (Bing Crosby style). It’s become the de facto theme song as I decorate for the most special birthday celebration ever–the birth of Christ.

How doubly special it is that this is our first Christmas in our new home. Six months settled in, there is so much more space for me to play with! In addition to using the decorations from our last home, a “cozy” rowhouse, I needed to hit up my favorite spots to add to my supplies and to round out the new design style of this home (rustic-revial-meets-farmhouse-chic). Needless to say, Michaels, Marshalls, Target, Decor Steals, Home Depot and my favorite local thrift store (to name a few) had everything I needed to visually bring the holiday alive.

I’ve enjoyed seeing all the other holiday home tour pics, and I hope you enjoy mine.

Let’s start outdoors…which has evolved since I started decorating outside (and may get a few more tweaks…you know how it goes).

My Cotton Club wood crate and vintage-style watering can (both bought at the The Old Lucketts Store Flea), holds both faux and real foliage (Home Depot gives the trimmings from their trees away for free). Adding to the farmhouse look is our homemade ladder (first carpentry project–yay us!), with a miniature wreath tacked on. Last, a wintery wreath from Michaels and a real pine garland garnish the door.

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This simple and rustic wood start was a score from our trip to The Barn Sale (love that place!).

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The living room bay window (I can’t wait to see the scenery when it snows!) was the perfect spot for a few touches of simple winter wonderland decor.

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The sled is one of my thrift store finds…I threw some foliage on it and paired it with Target’s skis.IMG_6610IMG_6611

Snapshots of other vignettes in the entryway and living room:

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Aren’t these Target monogrammed stockings adorable? IMG_6595IMG_6606IMG_6607

And let me take a #shelfie:

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The dining room table was easy to transition from this year’s fall tablescape to Christmas. I swapped in a crystal nativity set (thrifted!) on top of a re-imagined Chinese Checkers gameboard that I painted last year. Flanked by the set are two thrift store angel candleholders (gosh, I love their wings!). Candles, moose ornaments and some bottle brush trees from Decor Steals round out the tablescape. (More Decor Steals goodies include the smaller boxwood wreaths [large one was from Target], wood signs, which will come in handy for every occasion.)

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My large Target boxwood wreath and the smaller set of boxwoods from Decor Steals add a winter touch to the scene.

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The bar carts got their own touch of the season. BTW, the photobooth accessories (Santa hat, falala callout below) I made for our family Christmas portrait in 2013 are easy to make and make for festive photo opps. Also chalkboard gift tags from Target’s dollar area were the perfect ornamentation for a bottle full of wood floral stems (and my tree, which you’ll read about in this post).

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I added only a few simple touches of Christmas to the kitchen…but umm, I’m sure that will change soon. πŸ™‚

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Besides the tree, I’m most excited about my nativity set, which I found at the thriftstore in excellent condition (except for the donkey who lost an ear). As I mentioned in my Christmas Decor with a Reason post, I choose to paint religious sculptures brown-skinned to give them a look more authentic to and representative of where they lived, and it would be no different for this set. I thought it apropos to add my golden “Hand of God” sculpture to the set and my two olive tree plants. Not generally my design style (I really wanted this set but couldn’t justify the price), I really do love how ornate my nativity scene is and am glad to have it added to my Christmas collection!

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Baby Jesus can also be removed from Mary’s arms to lie in the manger:IMG_6588IMG_6589IMG_6590IMG_6591
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IMG_6570Β  This is the set as I bought it:

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And now, my friends, for the tree! I haven’t had a real tree since I was a kid, so the Hubs and I decided, new house, new tradition. We got our Grand Fir from a local nursery and I think we picked the most perfect tree for our space. This tree needed a farmed look, which meant new ornaments to accompany the existing neutral and gold and silver ones I had in my stash (like my beloved toy soldiers from Crate and Barrel). Some of my new favorites were the clocks (score from The Barn Show), the Target nativity ornaments in gold, rustic birds scattered about and the simple gift tags from Target that I used as ornaments. The star was a Marshall find, and crowned the tree beautifully.

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And there it is (for now at least)…The Farmed House for Christmas!

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