Thursday, December 8, 2016


It's an exciting day, it's time for the 2016 Christmas Home Tours hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life.  Marty is the sweetest hostess, and has some of the most loyal readers around!  If you're joining us from Life and Home @ 2102, welcome and I'm so glad that you're here!  Vel loves color and especially green just about as much as I do, and I saw plenty of black and white stripes around her pretty Christmas living room, too.

Today I'm sharing my kitchen, breakfast nook, and powder bath all dressed up for Christmas with you.  We're quickly approaching 10 years of living in this house, and have been working on something or another all along the way.

I love traditional red and green at Christmas, but this year I've added some jewel tones to the color palette also, and I'm in love with the mix!

gold lanterns, black and white kitchen

orchid arrangement, christmas tea towel

After a trip to England and a visit to Windsor Castle two years ago, I returned home wanting to gild all the things!  Right about the same time, I was painting my kitchen, hence the gold trim on the pantry doors.

Have you seen The Pioneer Woman's new line at Walmart?  These replica jadite cake pedestals are darling... I've asked my Santa for the large one to complete the set!

Green Cake Pedestal- Medium || Mini || Large (not pictured)

Let's keep moving, here's our Breakfast Nook attached to the kitchen, all dressed up for the holidays.

Tufted Chairs || Chandelier and Table- vintage ||  Curtains || Cowhide Rug ||  Bamboo Blinds

If you're a regular reader, did you spot something new?  I've spent lots of time in store at At Home lately as one of their Inspiration Team members, so last week when I spotted this settee I knew they must have just pulled it off of the truck!  I mean... how could I resist (especially after lots of encouragement from my Instagram friends)?

Bar Cart and Gingham Settee- At Home Stores ||   

I've used a traditional love seat at this table a few different times, and the whole family loves the comfort, but ultimately they were too bulky or the dimensions were off.  This settee is perfect for the end of our table.  It sits like a generous side chair (not too deep) and is exactly the same seat height as our other chairs.  I like it in this spot too because we can squeeze another person in at that end of the table if needed.

I normally have a large botanical gallery wall here, but for Christmas I've replaced those prints with the 12 Days of Christmas watercolor set from Lindsay Letters.  I had 8 frames left, so I filled them with sweet hand-lettered scripture cards from my friends at The Plaid Pineapple.  Several of my friends have this set as well, and I've seen some cute garlands made from the cards too.

Raise your hand if you had one of these trees when you were young.  We did!  It disappeared through the years, but they are so popular again, and I was thrilled to find this one from a sweet friend who was cleaning out her father's estate.  I paired it with a Snow Village piece that my Mom gifted to me from her vast collection of houses, and some of my husband's "vintage" hot wheels.  :)

This table is set for a casual family dinner with the simplest of centerpieces- candles and ornaments all piled on a tray (have you picked up on the fact that ornaments are my go-to Christmas accessory yet?)!

Lots of these trays available on Etsy

I can't tell you how much I love these napkins from my sweet friend Laurie.  She has the most darling Etsy shop full of all things southern, preppy, colorful, patterned, and monogrammed!  I about died when I opened the package she sent me with these cuties inside.  I think I'll leave my table set like this all the time so I can just admire them...

Finally today, the powder room we made over this Spring got a bit of Christmas cheer too... just a touch by adding some greenery and ornaments to the sconces.

This room still makes me happy every day, it was worth every second of blood, sweat, and tears!

If you missed part one of my tour, I'd love for you to pop over and see our Living Room, Dining Room, and Back Hallway.

Thank you so much for coming today!  Next, head over to Carmel's at Our Fifth House.  She has recently moved to the dreamy city of Charleston, SC, and is decking the halls for her family's first Christmas in their new (sixth!) home.  Carmel has an amazing talent for mixing color and pattern, I can't wait to see what she has for us today.  If you've missed any of the other tours this week, be sure to check those out too!

Monday - Dec 5
Tuesday - Dec 6
Wednesday - Dec 7
Thursday - Dec 8

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Hello friends, welcome to our home this Christmas!  I'm thrilled to be part of Blogger Stylin' Home Tours once again, this is always one of my favorite weeks of the year.  Thank you Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. for hosting this incredible group!  If you're coming from A Designer at Home, welcome!  There are so many details to see in Corinna's eclectic, colorful tour.  Today I'm happy to share a our spaces in the main part of the house with you.

I generally stick to a traditional red and green color scheme for Christmas, but this year I branched out and added some jewel tones, and I absolutely love it!

I shared our mantel with you last week, but of course the lights went out over the weekend so I had to take half of it apart to replace them.  I made a few tweaks when I put it back together...

I bought a box of vintage ornaments years ago at a yard sale, and they are my favorites to display at Christmas.

The more colorful and festive at our house, the better.  After all, we are celebrating the biggest birthday of all at Christmas, and I want our home to feel like a party!

I love the old globes that I see painted with "Joy to the World,"  but I wasn't ready to paint on the only globe I have.  So, I found these adhesive letters at Hobby Lobby, left them on their backing but trimmed it off around the edges, then used a few pop dots to attach them temporarily.

Vintage choir boy candleholders, a tiny nativity from Cozumel, and a darling pedestal from the ($5) Dollar Spot at Target.

Vintage Milk Glass Punch Bowl, several individual listings here- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Remember this guy?  I got him fixed up and painted for the season!

And you might remember, there are two!  They will probably land out on the patio eventually, but I couldn't resist using them indoors for the season.

 Similar Elephant Side Table here or here  ||  Red Paint

Precious babies 13 years ago... time goes by way too fast!

My new-to-me console table is my favorite new spot to decorate.  I put together this simple display with a variety of apothecary jars.  Places like Ross, Homegoods, and even thrift stores are good sources, but I've linked up a few online after the photo also.

More of the vintage ornaments along with Christmas light bulbs (aren't these still the best?? Thanks for the idea @WingateLane!), jingle bells, and vintage wooden toy ornaments all corralled in apothecary jars on the console table.

Last week I shared our back hallway that got a little makeover, it has some Christmas spirit too.

I love the look of sconces but we weren't wired for them here, read all about my easy fix here!

I'll end the tour with our Dining Room today.  The green for the china cabinet (Pine Scent by Behr) was an especially good choice this time of year.

Our everyday centerpiece is simple,

but I shared a fun tablescape recently.  Click here for more details.

Thank you so much for coming over!  I'll be back on Thursday with part 2 of my home tour, I'd love to see you back then.  The next stop is Place of My Taste.  You'll love Aniko's beautiful photography and styling, and that blue front door... I think I'm running to grab a paint brush right now!

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