Friday, December 21, 2012

Our home at Christmas

Hello all! Can you believe it? It’s almost here! We had snow last night, a school delay this morning and then the Bub’s party this afternoon so I’m just now getting this post up!

I wanted to share our home, decorated for Christmas with you. Some of the decor you’ve seen, some you haven’t. I toned down it BIG time this year. You may not think so after you see all these pics, but believe me, it’s toned. ;)

I just added touches here and there, a bit simpler, but just as festive. I’m learning that you really don’t need a whole lot to decorate your house for the holidays. Greenery is a staple, lights and ornaments – that’s what I stuck to for the most part.

I won’t comment on all of them, (because GEESH, there are a lot of pics), but if you have questions on anything please let me know!

santa stop here signhanging pinecones christmasburlap bag christmas tree

I layered three dollar ornaments from Target for art on the new chalkboard wall:

ornament art

It is not lost on me how so many of our Christmas books center around MICE. And yes, I can kind of laugh about it now. :)

As of today the Christmas card holder is filled up – here it is last week:

easy door holiday card display

I love using cuttings off our arborvitae in the decor – I especially love it paired with the white hydrangea:

hydrangeas with greenery

kitchen christmashallmark radio ornament

The coffee table is staying clutter-free thanks to my DIY wood tray. I love having this little spot to decorate in the family room:

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The magnolia mantel is holding up beautifully – I may try to salvage some of the leaves for next year:

natural magnolia Christmas mantel

I didn’t buy much new decor this year, but I did have a slight obsession with holiday pillows for some reason. I got a few – this one: 

christmas pillows santa

And I loved this one at Pottery Barn for $50:

Sleigh Bell Crewel Embroidered Lumbar Pillow

But that so wasn't happening for something I’d have out a month out of the year. So I grabbed one of their crewel placemats and made my own for  a fifth of the price:

DIY pottery barn crewell pillowchristmas decor tray wine corks candle decorating under flatscreen Christmas wood trough

I LOVE these preserved boxwood wreaths – I was so happy with them when they arrived:

boxwood wreath christmas board and batten walls boxwood wreath

I showed you a couple of my additions to the bookcases here:

DIY snow ornament

painted nutcracker Christmas decor

christmas decorating bookshelves

elf on the shelf felt reindeer

I shared our trees at the annual party here:

tall christmas tree

flocked christmas tree

Another placemat pillow, from Target ($4!):

placemat pillow christmas

christmas stairs

pottery barn NOEL art

The train art is just the front of a gift bag I found at Joann’s a few weeks ago on sale:

bag art

My cute Santa hats:

santa hat craft christmas village greenery over bed

I had big plans for this tree in our bedroom, but time ran out. I think it’s still lovely with some burlap ribbon and lights:

bedroom christmas tree

And finally, I shared my outdoor decor in this post:

traditional outdoor holiday decor

Whew! Told you, lots of pics!!

I’m signing off till after Christmas, I hope you and yours have an absolutely lovely holiday. Revel in, enjoy, HUG and love on everyone as much as you can.

I am so thankful to have you in our lives, thank you for another amazing year.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all, every one. ;)

46 comments:

  1. I absolutely "borrowed" your card display and have had rave reviews! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Loving the more minimal decorating. We also toned it down a bit at home this year.

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  3. Such a warm and lovely decorated home. I too love the card idea on the ribbon on the door. May have to do that too.

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  4. Merry Christmas, Sarah!! Hope it is lovely. How tall are your trees? They look ginormous! Awesome.

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  5. Love that you simplified, Sarah -- this just seems like the year to do so, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing your Christmas spirit ~ blessings to you and yours!
    xo Heidi

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  6. That framed gift bag is genius! Hope you and your family will have yourself a merry li'l Christmas!!��

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  7. Your home is beautiful! I love what you did with it. I love the way you decorated the star railing, so awesome. Also love how you framed that paper bag - cool! Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  8. Are all of your trees real or fake or a combination thereof? You are living my dream of having Christmas trees in every room of the house!

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  9. Everything looks wonderful! I absolutely love the boxwood wreaths.

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  10. I love it all! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
    Debbie

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  11. Great tour! Those placemat pillows have my wheels turning... Hello after Christmas sales.

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  12. You have just the right amount of decorations! Everything looks lovely and the Pottery Barn will be thinking twice before they hand you a placemat that is so close to the $50 pillow! You pulled that one off beautifully.

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  13. Oh my, I forgot to say Merry Christmas!!!

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  14. OMG! i love ur home. what a beatiful decorations for xmas!.
    happy christmas;)

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  15. Sarah - Merry Christmas to you and your family! Beautifully (of course) decorated home- inside and out! I have two questions/comments: • did you give a tutorial on making the placemats into pillows? If not- would you consider doing so. if I missed it- please repost the date/link. Such a cute idea and decorating money saving tip. • The clear jar (?) holding the candle - what are the little cylinder things surrounding the candle? Looks like little corks?

    Thanks again for all the work you do, to save us $ but still enabling your readers to have new - contemporary decorating ideas! Love your blog!
    Lynda - Houston. TX

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  16. Hi Sarah,
    just stopped by this morning with my cup of coffee to look at your pretty decoration:)
    I fell in love with the Target place mat pillow and I was wondering if that was this years or last years stock? I tried to find it online but could not see it anywhere:( And before I send my MIL on a wild goose chase to find the place mat since I cannot go to Target myself I would really like to know if it is current or not;)
    Greetings from Germany,
    Marija

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  17. beautiful Christmas post.

    Merry coming Christmas

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  18. Beautiful ! Love using placemats to make pillows ! Genius ! Merry Christmas !

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  19. Merry Christmas!! Your home is beautiful!!!!

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  20. Beautiful, festive home Sarah! Your gift bag artwork is ingenious, and the PB pillow is my favourite!

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  21. Everything looks amazing! Would u be able to tell me the color you used in the basement? Looks like a dark gray? Thanks!









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  22. I looked under FAQs and I did not see that you listed the wall color in your basement. Could you tell the name please??? Thank you!

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  23. Beautiful home..Loved all your pics, difficult to choose my fav. Enjoy and Merry Xmas.

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  24. Your home looks beautiful & festive!! I loved looking at all of the photos! Thanks so much for sharing Sarah & I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

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  25. Don't you just LOVE Christmas!!??
    Everything looks great.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  26. Your home is gorgeous as usual and I love all your thrifty ideas. Look forward to reading your post every day!

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  28. Your house looks great! I especially love the pillows crafted from placemats - fantastic idea.

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  29. I love the tiny copper nutcrackers! That gives me ideas.
    merry Christmas!

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  30. Let's be friends so I can come over and hang out at your house all the time. It's so beautiful!! I always love seeing what you've got up.

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  31. Truly beautiful and welcoming! May you and your family be blessed with joy, peace, love and wonder this Christmas! See you in the new year!

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  32. Gorgeous trees! Such nice simple yet festive decor this year. Love it all!!

    Thanks for all the decor/DIY inspiration this year! Looking forward to reading all the fun on your blog this next year!

    Merry Christmas!!

    ~Jen

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  33. Your home looks so cosy and welcoming.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family, and thanks so much for blogging through 2012!

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  34. Absolutely Beautiful!
    I always read your blog...just one quick question that nobody (that I could tell) asked...where did you get the boxwood wreaths?
    Merry Christmas to you
    Bryn

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  35. love love love absolutely every little thing ... especially the lighted garland on the stairway! Merry Christmas!

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  36. Sarah, you're home is beautiful! I love all the natural touches here and there. I am a big fan of natural elements during the holidays. Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

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  37. Beautiful and inspiring. Your home is lovely all the time, holidays are no exception. Merry Christmas, Sarah!

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  38. I want to pin LOTS of these for inspiration in the future!!! Have a very, very merry Christmas :)

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  39. Merry Christmas, Love all, Beautiful Home!

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  40. Beautiful!! And what a smart idea to get the Pottery Barn $40 pilllow ;)

    Merry Christmas :)

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  41. Hey Sarah! Just wanted to stop through and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. Best wishes to you in the new year.

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  42. I started following your blog only recently and am all praise for your decor style. Good work!

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  43. This is one of the best home decorating blogs I have ever visited. What a beautiful decorations for Christmas!I love it all. It's a perfect design for this Christmas.
    Thanks so much for sharing these! I can’t wait to see more of your designs :) Merry Christmas.

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  44. I would love to know where you got the white vase you use in your DIY wood tray? It is beautiful & perfect for changing out decor as the seasons progress. Thanks for sharing your beautiful holiday home decor!

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