Merry Christmas!!! It's my most favorite time of year....Jesus' Birthday!
I love to celebrate His birth the entire month of December (and into January as well ;-) ) by adding touches of Christmas décor to every room in the house!
In my head I have a beautifully decorated tree around every corner, fresh garland and wreaths hanging from every door way and glitter on everything!
But in reality, I don't have the budget for 10 trees, my dogs and cat would eat the fresh evergreens and my husband and children would not appreciate being constantly covered in sparkles!
Making your home beautiful for Christmas is different for everyone. Some go all out and leave "no stone unturned" as far as décor goes. Others have just a few, special decorations that go out every year.
However you choose to make your home special for this very wonderful time of year, it's important to remember Jesus is the reason for the season!
I would love to share some photos of my Christmas decorations, displays and vignettes with you. I'll try and include information of where items were purchased, or a small description and "how to's" to go along with each photo.
We'll start with my formal living room, you know the room no one uses so it always looks pretty!?
This is the space I usually have my bible and quite time in, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while reading a book, or catch up with my mom on the phone!
The formal living room also houses our piano (given to me by my grandmother) and some other musical instruments, like my hubby's guitars!
Above the piano is a canvas board I attached old sheet music to. I placed hand painted letters to spell "Christmas" among the greenery and hung blankets on the rungs of the old ladder in the corner.
The second picture is a little dark, but you can make out the guitars! They are leaning against a large shutter I found while "junking".
I also covered that metal star with old sheet music and glitter, of course! The little desk to the right was recently gifted to me and I'm on the hunt for a vintage typewriter to go with it!
Here is a close up of my tree skirt. I up-cycled this from my old tree skirt, which I hesitate to admit, was felt and had a family of snowmen stitched onto it!
This version is much prettier! I used strips of burlap and white linen, along with my friend, the hot glue gun, and attached the new fabric over the old in layers and ruffles!
The old card catalog was a Craigs List find. I painted and distressed it and now it holds books and left over linens from the dining room.
I placed a trio of grape-vine trees alongside a gold deer and some greenery in a small box.
I kept the wreath above simple with just a burlap bow.
A close up shot of a pretty hammered metal bucket I thrifted from the Good Will. It's lovely holding Christmas greens, pinecones, red berries, a cardinal to match,
and of course, burlap!
Here is another trio of trees, but these are green, and they are staying "naked" this year. ;-)
I placed them into an old galvanized wash tub and surrounded them with white lights and burlap. It creates such a pretty glow!
Moving onto the dining room (which may look familiar if you read my first post) I have added touches of red to bring the feel of Christmas to this room.
The plate racks now hold some of my Christmas dishes that I scored at Home Goods last year, but I have seen bits and pieces of them this year too!
The hot chocolate bar is definitely the kids favorite part of the Christmas decorations!
Everything on the top shelf I scored from the Good Will! And the cute little sign I printed and framed thanks to a free printable from Upcycled Treasures.
The final corner of my dining room has my DIY chalk board. I made this a couple years ago and write different sayings and verses on it depending on the season.
It was constructed from a large sheet of plywood that the local hardware store cut for me and I framed it with pine wood trim, cut at a 45 degree angle.
After sanding everything, I painted the background with 4 coats of chalkboard paint and the trim with an antique white. Ta Da!
My kitchen isn't my favorite room of the house...it's a work in progress...no budget for a total reno, so I work with what I have!
I kept it simple in here and added mini wreaths with red, burlap ribbon to each cabinet door and the backs of the chairs.
I keep our favorite coffee mugs corralled in a little tray right next to the coffee pot.
Our family room is the most used room in the house, and there are things I would like to change in here as well.
But for Christmas, I add red and white chevron pillows, wreaths to the shutters above the couch, a large wreath over the mirror and of course the tree!
Up close, under the tree, are more salvaged buckets and metal baskets. I filled them with lights and come Christmas Eve, I think Santa may fill them with gifts!
On the fireplace mantel is an old wooden tool box of sorts I found at an antique shop.
Filled with sparkly ornaments, shiny bulbs and pinecones, you would never know it used to hold nuts and bolts!
While this is a terrible picture of our nativity...this is my favorite Christmas decoration!
Our nativity set is from my mom and she lucked out and found it at a yard sale!
This reminds our family that during all the excitement of Christmas, the most important part is celebrating Jesus' birth.
Another DIY chalkboard I made boasts the lyrics to my favorite Christmas song!
Thank you for taking time to share in my little, Christmas home tour.
This blog (as well as parts of my home), are a work in progress, so thank you for hanging in there while I figure all this out!
I'd love to hear from you! Please remember, we're all human, no one is perfect, so please be kind!
MERRY CHRISTMAS wishes, from my family to yours!