Our Christmas House Tour 2014

                                          Welcome to our home dressed for Christmas! 
This year I put our girl's stockings in our front entry. I purchased them last year at Pottery Barn kids, after Christmas sale (by the way, this is the way to go to get clearance price seasonal items).
I love these IKEA lights that look like snowballs (they are small plastic balls that go around the lights). I added some greenery and Nutcracker ornaments to the branches. The NOEL banner was made out of paper and glitter, a couple of years ago. 
When you come into our library you'll see the sofa I reupholstered in navy blue velvet. YES!! It's done!! I can really sing Hallelujah now! This was an advanced project for me and it took more time than anticipated. I will have a post soon on tips and tricks for upholstery. 
I used Pottery Barn letters with clippings of pine and plaid ribbon on our sconces. 

In our dining room, I made this quick no-sew tablecloth using stripe fabric and gluing down plaid ribbon to use for a border.  
For the centerpiece, I bought some eucalyptus and then clipped some greenery and berry vines in our backyard to get an organic look.
This simple wreath was made from our boxwood bushes in our front yard. It literally took minutes to make with wire. 
We have a Christmas village my mom gave to me and my girls absolutely love to help me set it up. On the wall, I made this advent calendar last year. On the back are scripture verses to read each day to prepare for Christmas. 
On Christmas Eve, our girls get new p.j's and a box of something Christmas-y. This year, they'll get some Santa mugs and a Rudolph CD. 
Our girls got to decorate this fresh tree this year. We will be planting it in our backyard at the end of winter. I just hope I can remember to keep it alive! 
It's fun to try different looks with the mantel. This year I decided to go with a white and turquoise color scheme. 
Thank you for stopping by to see our home! There are many other amazing homes to see over at Evolution of Style. Go check it out! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!


Inspiring Ideas from Christmas Home Tours

I've not been such a great blogger lately. This time of year is busy for pretty much everyone, myself included. However, I've been inspired by some Holiday home tours in blog land. Want to see some beautiful ideas? Let's go...
I love how Melissa from the Inspired Room had a theme of forest and sea for her inspired look. The simpleness of white mixed with natural elements is so elegant in her home. I love her Merry Christmas garland over her mantel.
Pottery Barn Glitter Merry Christmas Garland on the Fireplace- The Inspired Room
At 320 Sycamore, Melissa's beautiful white kitchen looks great with fresh greenery. I love that jingle bell wreath and the sign, 'It's a Wonderful Life' (one of my favorite Christmas movies).
above range decor holiday 320 sycamore
I love the large sign that the Handmade Home made for above their mantel (a line from 'It's a Wonderful Life').
Kristin from the Hunted Interior created a splash of color with wide pops of pink ribbon on her tree. Her whole tour is AMAZING!
Elisabeth at Little Black Door always works in color in her home with the right amount of balance. How great is her ornament garland over the mirror?
I love all the details in Pam's home (Simple Details blog). She is titled the queen of Craigslist since she finds screaming deals on a regular basis on there- like this gorgeous hutch. I love her paperwhite flowers in a big bowl. 
Kris, at Driven by Decor has a stunning home as well. Her front door wreath is so pretty with magnolia leaves and greenery with vintage looking cow bells.
 Fresh greenery and large bells - a welcoming holiday door decoration!
These bloggers are super talented and have great ideas. There are a lot of other home tours out there going on right now, so go check it out and get inspired for your home. I will be showing my home tour this week and linking it Tuesday with the 12 days of Christmas Tour of Homes. I can't wait to show you what I've been up to lately. 



Affordable Gift Guide for the Hostess

Gift Guide for the Hostess
1. Hot chocolate (my favorite)  2. Throw blanket   3. Boxwood wreath (you could make this too!)
4. Monogram mugs  5. Gold serving set  6. Potted Herbs (I get mine at Lowes or Wegmans)  7. Gourmet jam (or homemade, it's the best)  8. Kitchen towels (a fresh new towel is such a treat)  9. Cookies or chocolates  in a cute package (these are so great if they are homemade too) 10. Pine scented candles

Tis' the season to attend parties! I came up with some quick ideas you could buy or make to bring to the hostess of the party. These ideas are also great for teacher gifts. What are your favorite gifts to give at a party? 


How To Make: Canvas Ornaments

Are you feeling the hustle and bustle of the season already? I don't know about you, but I'm still working on some Christmas decorating. I made some really fun reindeer canvases at a craft night with a bunch of ladies. It was great fun and it gave me the idea to make small mini canvases for the Christmas tree this year. There are many possibilities to make with these canvases.

All you need is:
* mini canvases (mine were on sale for .80 cents)
* thin paint brush
* scissors
* Modge Podge glue
* make your own stencil: type in Google deer silhouette or bird silhouette, etc. All sorts of images will come up. Once you pick one then you can paste it in a word doc. and change the size, print then cut.
* glitter
* string
* tacs

Once you've drawn out your design or stenciled an image on to your canvas, simply paint on the Modge Podge and then tap some glitter onto the glue. Then tap the excess glitter off of the canvas (this is where a paper plate comes in handy) and you have a sweet new and inexpensive ornament.
Things are looking more festive over here. I'm still working on the tree a bit more, but I think it's starting to look fuller and cheery. Have you made any ornaments for your tree? I would love to hear what you've done.


Holiday Ribbon Table

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We were hosting Thanksgiving at our home this year and had a great time with cousins, my Aunt and Uncle and our family. We combined two of our tables to make a long table. Long tablecloths are expensive so I looked at other options. I used a long drop cloth (painter's cloth, usually about $10-20 at Home Depot) to cover the tables and then lined the table with a turquoise and chocolate brown ribbon. I love how it turned out. This same look would be easy to use for any holiday. You could switch out different colored ribbons.

                                              Our hutch got a Fall color scheme for the holiday too.
I even used grey ribbon on some Ikea pillow covers (such a great price 2/$5) and fabric-tac to permanently adhere them to the fabric.
I like the idea of the Thanksgiving tree. I collected some branches outside and made tags for everyone to write things they are thankful for. I think I'll still use these branches to hold ornaments for Christmas.
 Now, onto the Christmas season! We get our tree up and Christmas decorations up the day after        Thanksgiving. It's starting to look merry around here. I'll be showing you soon. I'm linking this to the Best of the Nest link party- where you can see what other great projects bloggers have been doing this month. 


Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Are you working on a wish list or what to get people for the holidays? Me too! Melissa from 320 Sycamore comes out with her Favorite Things list every year and I decided to link up some of my favorite things too. Most of my items are things I have and have enjoyed or things I want. 

1. Rifle calendars are a weakness for me. I love them all! I have a couple of small ones, but this Les Fleurs calendar is on my list for Christmas. One tradition growing up, was that my parents would give my sisters and I a new calendar at Christmas. 
2. Old Navy. I wear slippers constantly when home, so getting a new pair like this one would be jolly. 
3. Ann Taylor Loft. Good chunky scarves like this cozy white one are my favorite for winter too. 
4. Rifle Paper Co. Classic books. I'm a sucker for a good cover. These classic books hark back to old fashioned covers and they would make a charming gift. Having four daughters makes this pretty much a given for me. 
5. Le Creuset. These dutch oven pots cook so evenly and can go from stove to oven easily. I have a knock-off version of Le Creuset and it's working great and gets used weekly. 
6. Unbroken was one of my favorite books I read this year. What an inspirational story and it's coming to the theaters soon. Can't wait! 
7. Sugar Paper for Target. This is a great planner! It fits in my purse, has a place for notes, a monthly calendar, and breaks it weekly. I love the simple design of it. Can you tell I like paper products?
8. Etsy pillows. I have that geometric pillow and love it. This one shop has great prices and designs. 
9. Sugar lip treatment. This is a great lip color and its super moisturizing at the same time. It was a gift from my dear sister who works for Sephora and knows what she's talking about when it comes to beauty (and baking). She even has a blog now at Cobbs Hill
10. J.Crew necklace. I don't have this one, but something similar.  I have a good friend who sells jewelry that looks a lot like J.Crew without the same cost. You really should go quickly to her site and check out all her baubles at Buffalo Lane

favorite things 2014
                               Join me over at 320 Sycamore link party for more ideas and inspiration.            


Christmas at Lucketts

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, my mind has turned to ideas of how I'm going to decorate for the holidays. We'll be home for both occasions and I'm really looking forward to it. With four little girls at home, it's bound to be full of excitement and traditions. 

This is about the time of year, I'm looking for great ideas and ways I can make some of our decorations so it's affordable. Every November, the Lucketts Antique Store has a big Christmas weekend with charming decorations and glorious Christmas pageantry on display in their Design House. Who knows- maybe it will get those wheels turning in your head on how you'll decorate for the season. 
The entrance is uber charming with greenery, berries and gorgeous furniture. 
This light fixtures here blow me away! I also loved the branches with felt snowballs on the table. 
                            What a fun room! I love the bright red and turquoise blues throughout.
            I had some shopping buddies with me,  aka- my twins, who loved all the sparkles in here too. 
Hand me the glitter and pine cones! I'm getting excited about the coming month! How about you? Are you already scheming DIY decorating for the Holidays or is it just me?