Another day, another Christmas home tour, huh?
Well, if you are like me, you could look at one Christmas home tour – or any home tour – right after another all day long!
The problem with posting a Christmas home tour is the same problem with posting anything else this time of year. My home gets incredible natural light…when I am at work. By the time I get home in the winter months, the daylight is nearly gone which equates to dull photos. I held out till this past weekend to take my pictures only to be disappointed by rainy, gloomy skies. So on we go, dull photos or not.
Last year was our first Christmas in our new house. I was in major overwhelm with having a newborn and a two-year-old and didn’t go all out with vignettes and extra touches.
This year, I tried to put up a few special vignettes around the house.
Our nine-foot Christmas tree is placed in the only place that really accommodates it. I wish we had room to place it near a front window, but that is just not the way our home is designed. As I mentioned in this post, I’m a bit mawkish when it comes to sentimental Christmas ornaments. My tree is filled with travel souvenirs and gifts from friends, family, and students.
To make my home tour stand out among the masses, I popped in a couple of cute babies here and there.
Last year, in a painting class hosted by one of my art teacher coworkers, I painted this snowman. I like the imperfect vibe he brings to the living room. It matches the overall imperfect aura I think our home gives. You know the one – mostly nice but a few things a bit off here and there.
The garland above the door is one I scored from Junior League of Little Rock’s annual Holiday House a few years ago. It was the only one I saw like it in the entire market place. I remember not even being annoyed that I had to lug it around all night because every woman I passed had her eyes on it – and it was all mine.
This little vignette is set upon our bookcase/cabinet in the living room. I bought the little tree years ago at Tuesday Morning. I’ve moved it all around over the years. The garland was purchased a few years ago from Kirkland’s. I found the pear and the deer vase a few weeks ago at Painted Tree Vintage, which is like a combination boutique/flea market type of place. I spend way too much money every time I go in the place!
My attempt at chalkboard art always is a bit agley. Again, I’ve learned to let a bit of imperfection become part of our overall style around this place.
I struggle big time when it comes to the mantle. It brings me great stress each year for whatever the reason. This year, I went with the big snowman picture I put up last year but I changed out the other items. I love how the snowman picture reflects the many reindeer and snowmen I put up around the house.
The brass “blessings” sign was picked up at Kirkland’s around Thanksgiving. I wondered if I should only use it in my Thanksgiving decor, but then I realized that blessings are part of our daily lives no matter the season. I’ve had the trees and reindeer for years. The candles are wrapped in a thick, textured yarn and are perfect for winter. I found them last year at I.O. Metro in Little Rock.
Someday, I would like to go back to decorating the hearth, too, but for now it is baby proofed with a padded seating area made by my mom.
This “merry” pillow was a recent purchase from one of my favorite local boutiques. I just love the simple punch it brings to the whole seating area.
The dining room is a place I try to keep festive but simple. Maybe some day when we don’t have grabby little hands all around the table, I might go all out with individual name markers and all of that jazz. This is not that time. For now, we keep it simple with place mats and gold chargers. Before our Christmas meal, I will add my colorful Fiesta dishes in greens and reds to set atop the light blue mats.
I’m still loving my wooden box and vases from Kirkland’s. It is so much fun to change it out every season.
In the entrance, I added a surprise gift my Little One made me at day care. Thank goodness for crafty day care teachers! I see all of these handprint and footprint ideas all over Pinterest, but I don’t feel the least bit crafty enough to even attempt them on my own. I love these sweet little reindeer feet.
This cute little rocking chair once belonged to The Hubs. I just love to work it into the seasons now for the girls.
The kitchen only got a few pops of decor, mainly because I don’t care for many sit-outs in my kitchen. I love how this tray kind of came together in a whole new way with things I already had.
Linking up my colorful Christmas home tour with the following link ups:
Tweak It Tuesday (Mondays)
Amaze Me Monday (Mondays)
Tips and Tricks Link Party (Mondays)