Christmas Decor, Pt. 2

I am finally showing you the rest of my Christmas decor!

Let’s start outside, since that is what you would see first if you visited my home (and you definitely should — ya know, come visit!).

11-30-16_8793View from the driveway. I kinda love my candy-cane lamp post!

Here is a view of the front straight-on:

11-30-16_8771And here is a view of just the front door area. Believe me, it was quite an experience putting all of this up (think ladders and Command hooks that wouldn’t stay stuck, etc).

Alright – moving inside now…

I would say my style is not fancy. I like little accents here and there, not a complete overhaul of my normal decor.

11-30-16_8778This is not a technically great photo, but it shows what I was talking about above. I mixed in a little Christmas–bowl of Christmas-colored large potpourri, red mercury glass votives, and the wooden rocking horse from my childhood (it has the date 1984 written on it, so now you have an idea of how ancient I am)– with the regular decor that lives on the shelves of my living room built-in. This picture shows the same kind of mixture of normal and Christmas: 11-30-16_8780






In my dining room, I simply replaced the centerpiece and put faux poinsettias in the basket on the buffet.

11-30-16_8787And I put a very small accent on the breakfast table (a little centerpiece with a candle, some greenery and some burlap. I thought it was important to go very simple there because of the statement I made in the kitchen.


I bought cheap wreaths at Dollar Tree and spray-painted them dark brown, hot-glued ribbons and bows on and attached them to the cabinets. I think my kids thought I was insane when I was putting these up, but I just love the happy Christmas-y look all the wreaths give the kitchen!

11-30-16_8790I showed you the entrance in my previous Christmas Decor post, but I didn’t show you this nativity figurine. I placed it on a table I usually keep in the front room/office anyway. It came with the wooden base, but I bought some super cheap faux greenery from Hobby Lobby, took the leaves off the stems and scattered them around the figurine.

Back to the living room now…

11-30-16_8788I placed a wreath down on an end table and put a cinnamon-smelling red candle in the middle on a small silver tray.

11-30-16_8784This is one of my favorite decorations in the living room…remember that tray I had on the coffee table with pumpkins and leaves? Well, I filled it with red ornaments, a white pitcher (very inexpensive from Target) with some burlap tied around it, and some greenery (yep, bought from Hobby Lobby) placed inside. I absolutely love this look!

And now for the tree!


I just love how bright and happy it is, full of all sorts of ornaments, from handmade to those bought on vacations. Oh, in case you are wondering where the other stocking is (yep, still have 3 kiddos!), Sadie’s is hiding behind the tree…I was concerned someone wouldn’t love the idea that their stocking wouldn’t be visible, but Sadie actually asked if hers could be the one hanging back there (we went with the hooks that were already there). I think she thinks it’s like a secret!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little home tour of my Christmas decorations! I really enjoy making my house feel homey!



Christmas Decorating

The past few years, the kids and I have had the tradition of decorating the house for Christmas the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It works well because it fills time that they have off from school and would likely just be watching TV anyway. But it also makes it so that the house is all nice and decorated when they return to me after the rest of the weekend with their Dad.

I think I have mentioned on here that we just moved into our house last Spring, so this is the first Christmas at our new house.

I decided to buy a bigger (9 ft.) tree this year for our family tree, which allowed me to use the tree we already have in the entrance to our home (my office). This tree gets to be mine to decorate! I love all the sweet, sentimental, handmade ornaments on our family tree, but I was super excited to be able to decorate one myself this year. I will show you the main family tree, as well as the other decorations around my house, in another post next week.

11-24-16_8751-copyMy office has a very neutral tone, with an earthy colored large world map on one wall, dark wood furniture and other neutral accents, like burlap desk accessories. So I wanted this tree to have the same feel. I had a vision for burlap, ivory and gold/bronze. I think it turned out well.

The awesome part is that most of the decorations for this tree were really inexpensive. Some of them were actually purchased at the Dollar Tree! Others were on sale at Hobby Lobby, in addition to the burlap garland and string pearl garland. I made my own ornaments from clear glass ornaments (more about that here) and also from styrofoam balls (wrapped some in canvas and tied it up with Jute; wrapped others in burlap and tied with a white ribbon).

11-24-16_8749-copyI found this sign at Hobby Lobby and knew I needed it to go with this front room decor. I found the little (faux) trees at Ross for about $7 each. I bought some cheap wood letters from Hobby Lobby, spray-painted them brown and hot-glued them on. I love how this turned out!

11-24-16_8752-copyAnother new addition to this room (though not specific to Christmas) is this:
I have long-loved the beautiful signs made by House of Belonging and finally bit the bullet and bought one when I saw this version of 1 Corinthians 13. So simple, understated and beautiful!

(Excuse my dying plant also featured in this photo – ugh!)



I just love the way this tree (and the whole front room) turned out, and I love that I was able to have my own to decorate this year!


Christmas Crafty

I wanted to get a little crafty with some ornaments this year, but I am not that great if things are too terribly complicated. So I bought some clear glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby as well as some styrofoam balls, and thought I would find something to do with them.

A couple months ago, my parents brought over a few old things of mine they found in their house. Among the items was a musical staff notepad. I used to write music, so this wasn’t a terribly surprising thing for them to have found. I thought it would be perfect to use to make some ornaments. img_4523

I got busy writing some music (no idea what this sounds like, I was just putting notes on the page).

Then I cut the staff paper into individual lines and pulled against my scissors the way you would curl ribbon.

I got my box of clear glass ornaments and carefully fed each strip through.


I had planned to tie some jute around the top of the ornament, but that gave me another idea to try with the glass ornaments. I just fed a handful of jute into the ornament.

I hot-glued some jute around the top of the ornament and also as a loop to hang it from on the tree. I think both ideas turned out really well!




Look for a post on Friday showing you the tree these were hung on and the rest of the decor in that room!

(edited to add: if you would like to make the music ornaments, but don’t have staff paper and/or don’t know how to write music, I just found a blog here that has Christmas sheet music ready to print!)