Before I start into my home tour I have to give a background story, because that makes every home tour better right? When Kendra from Joy in Our Home asked me to be a part of her Holiday Home Tour my first emotion was excitement! So I said yes! I have been looking through home tours since blogging became a thing. Ok. I am not sure if it was that long ago, but I would say about 6 years ago I started looking at home tours and loving them. I would picture myself in the amazing houses that I saw there. I loved it.
Enter the next feeling, "MY house is NOT good enough to be on any holiday home tour." I felt borderline depressed. I looked at my very humble house and then top that off with the MASSIVE renovation we are undertaking and I thought there is NO way I should be a part of this tour. I even thought of backing out. I am telling you this not because I want a pity party. (Although if you want to have a party I would love to!)
I am telling you this because everyone goes through a time when they feel inadequate or "less than". I want you to know that bloggers feel that way too. It is a normal emotion. Then I thought of the reason I started this blog. (If you are new here then go read about why I started the blog in the About Me section.) The whole reason to start this blog was to help inspire woman to stop trying to be perfect in every aspect of life. Just LIVE the happiest life you can in a simple way.
Now that I have written a novel...Welcome to my home. It is a place full of memories, even with us living here a short year and a half. It is the happiest place on earth because it is filled with the people that I love the very most. It is simple, but I love it that way. I have a young family and simple is better with little ones running around.
I usually make my wreaths, but my amazing friend Ashley bought his for me years ago and it looked perfect against the white door. Side note: the door went in right before it turned cold so we haven't had a chance to paint it. I am up for suggestions if you want to leave any.
As soon as you enter my house you will see this and...
this. In the above picture I have a crate book case. Each of the different shelves has something different in them, but I highlighted my favorite.
This block nativity goes well in these crates because it almost looks like a stable. My daughter LOVES to play with these.
|I started the Christmas advent calendar at Pinners Conference where I attended a class presented by the amazing Kami from Sweet Charli and Staci from The Potters Place.|
I love the excitement that Christmas advent calendars bring. We have a few of them going on at our house, but this is one of my favorite.
|Reindeer idea came from the talented Natalie from The Creative Mom. I actually bought left overs from a class she did at Pinners Conference that I wasn't able to go to. I missed out on the fun, but not the amazing project!|
My favorite item in the house right now is this Rudolf pallet wood art that I finished a few weeks ago. Isn't he wonderful?!
|Another class that I attended of Kami's from Sweet Charli inspired me to make this. I tell you...I know some talented people who don't mess around.|
This decoration stays up year round because it isn't too Christmas-y. A few years ago my "word of the year" was believe. I wanted a reminder of it always. I love it even more come Christmas time.
This piece is the first thing up every year and the last thing down. I might keep it up year round. I love it! This sits on my piano because I don't have a mantle. My piano top has become my pretend mantle.
I also love the very simple garland that is hanging. It is made from bakers twine and ornament die-cuts. I just punched tiny holes through the die-cuts and strung them on. Simple, but adds another layer.
Do you see the "book" sitting on the table? It is made of past year's Christmas cards. I put them into books so we can look through them as the years go by and compare what everyone looked like years ago. I hate throwing them away, but what do you do with them? This is a great solution for us.
Like I said earlier, we do not have a fireplace. Last year, very last minute I threw this together. It is a great solution, but it really bothers me. The letters slowly get smaller. I laugh at myself every time I see it. I'm not a good free hand artist can you tell? I am getting the Cricut Explore for Christmas (I know lame...I already know my present). This will be refinished before it goes back up another year. It just might be my first project with my new "toy".
Our tree is not themed. There is no rhyme or reason. Other than the ornaments all have memories tied to them (except for a few fillers). Again, I one day want an amazing tree that is color coordinated, but every time I look at these ornaments I cherish what them mean. Like the one below is my husband's baby ornament and the one below that is one of many words, names, or characteristics of Christ ornaments that I made last year.
Some of my favorite decor pieces are the presents under the tree. I love wrapping presents. I love them under the tree for as long as possible. I love how they make the tree feel complete.
Next step with me into my hallway and you will see this very simple felt Christmas tree. This is Hannelore's special tree that she can decorate anyway she wants. She loves it. She even passes out the presents for her daddy and me to open.
Next up is the kitchen. We spend a lot of time here and I love it. It is small, but we love each other so that is ok.
Adorable felt tree made by a friend of mine for a Christmas party that I was over the decoratiosn for. I had some amazing help. Can you tell?!
This large chalkboard hangs in my kitchen and I like to switch out the sayings. I knew I wanted the saying to be centered around Christ's birth. I was looking for ideas when I came across this wall decal. I wish I could somehow get it to write itself by looking at the vinyl. I did it. It isn't perfect like this amazing woman's product, but I am happy with it. If you want a stunning wall decal go buy this. (I am not getting paid by her. I just love it.) Obviously, because it was my inspiration.
I don't want to leave off my pantry door. Even my pantry door gets some love. Yes I made this and yes it took A LONG time. However, it makes me happy so it was worth it.
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the lights at night. I am not a colored lights person, but colored lights are so much more fun for kids and my husband loves it too. So that's what we have and you know what? I love it! I hope you enjoyed my home. Happy Holidays!
- Monday -
1. Little Brags
- Tuesday -
- Wednesday -
- Thursday -
- Friday -
3. Meet the Bs