Come on in. Are you new here? Let me show you around and pour you a cup of hot cocoa or coffee.
This is my first year to really get to decorate a house for Christmas. Over the years, I have helped bring Christmas cheer to dorm rooms and apartments, but this year, I had a fresh new pallet to paint on, and it has been so much fun.
I am going to be back with posts over the next few weeks with details on some of the projects I have done, so I will let the pictures do the talking today. Most of the decor is stuff I found around the house, bought at thrift shops, and got for free. It is proof that CHEAP and EASY can be beautiful.
I've stuck with the "natural neutrals" theme for the most part this year. Lots of greenery, gold, silver, browns, and pinecones. I have also confined most of the decor to the main living spaces. There are hints of Christmas in other rooms, but they are hardly worth noting. If you haven't seen the rest of the house before, be sure to check out the house tour page.
Taking pictures was a struggle for this because it has been so overcast for days, and it gets dark so early! I did my best.
The front door is simply decorated with a live fraser fir wreath that I embellished with some ribbon and glittery pinecones.
Welcome to the living room. Our Christmas tree makes a big statement, and I have also added some holiday cheer with garland on the TV stand and some Christmas vignettes sprinkled here and there. Now let's step into the kitchen. The table is set for four. I love the boxwood wreaths I made from clippings from the yard (more on that later). The candlesticks in the middle of the table are from our unity candles at our wedding. I used some leftover chalkboard under the centerpiece and sprinkled around some pinecones and fraser fir branches.
For the rest of the kitchen, I simply added a few touches of Christmas here and there. A wreath I made from Christmas tree clippings on the basement door.
A chalkboard vignette with Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book that I found for 2 bucks at a thrift store. A little tea setting for some Christmas tea and a nativity to remember the real reason for the season. Christmas village as gifted by my mom and Grandma. In the office, the stockings are hung by the chimney mantel with care. I made the mantel feel a little more complete (more permanent project on the way) with another real fraser fir wreath.
A few more detail shots. Thanks for taking our Christmas house tour. Come back soon!