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Tuesday, December 5, 2017


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  I've been busy decking the halls and am so thrilled to share my Porch and Living Room for Part 1 of my Christmas Home Tour with you today.

I want to start off by thanking Marty of A Stroll Thru Life for organizing this week's tour.  These tours are always a good opportunity to find new bloggers to follow and glean many new seasonal ideas.  For those of you visiting from Life Love Larson, welcome!  I'm so glad you're here!  Andrea's classic, chic style is a joy to take in and I know you enjoyed her Christmas tour.

If you're a new reader, let me take a moment to introduce myself. I'm a wife and mom of two teens- a boy and a girl- living in Edmond, Oklahoma (I'm a proud born and raised Okie!). My husband is a Southern Baptist Minister, and although I have a degree in Education and taught 3rd grade in the early years of our marriage, since having children I have stayed home to care for them. Although I have no training and consider it just a hobby, I've always had a love for decorating and started blogging about our home over 6 years ago. You'll quickly see that I love color, mixing patterns, and making over unusual pieces, many of which are second hand. It's also readily apparent that I show no restraint in my Christmas decorating... after all, we're celebrating the biggest birthday of them all!  

So, curl up in a comfy chair with a warm drink and enjoy our virtual home tour today.  Let's start at the front porch!

jewel tones, christmas decor, christmas porch, dignity blue front door

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The real boss around here... he has a twin brother that's not as inclined to sit still for the camera.  He agreed to strike a pretty pose after hearing my son's bribe of a piece of ham for a snack...  ;)

Sherwin Williams Dignity Blue, front porch decorations, christmas decor, outdoor decorations

Every year I take one or both of the kids and head out to a wooded area behind our house.  The cedar is abundant and I cut a wheelbarrow full to cart back to the house and use here and there.  This year I also picked up some free fresh tree clippings from Lowe's and Home Depot to mix in with the cedar, our car smelled heavenly while we were transporting the fresh greenery!  To make the swag, I gathered several stems of cedar and pine and wrapped them tightly together with a pipe cleaner.  I strung some mirrored balls and a bell together and looped those in the pipe cleaner too, then tied it all with a pretty bow and hung with this hook.

Dignity Blue front door, DIY cedar swag, fresh greenery, christmas porch decorations

I hang these oversized ornaments on the porch every year, but this year added a star pendant.  The glow is so pretty at night and I love the shape and texture it adds.  I bought four more to go across the back of our patio too, can't wait to get those up!  The Merry Christmas sign is from Hobby Lobby, see it here styled over my mantel.  My husband wasn't thrilled to drill into the brick to hang it so I tied a ribbon to the back and looped it over the porch light. 

sherwin williams dignity blue, christmas decorations, porch decorations, merry christmas chalkboard

Black Urns (hand embellished with this paint)  ||  Lantern Set  (similar here or here)  ||  Moravian Star Illuminated Pendant here or here  ||  Red Pants  ||  Similar Blouse  ||  Leopard Boots (Almost identical bargain version here!)  ||  Green Earrings  ||  Gold Watch

Next, come on inside!  We have an open floor plan so the front door opens right into the Entry, Dining Room, and Living Room.   There are a lot of photos, so I'm just going to keep quiet and let you scroll.

I'm really loving my DIY flocked tree especially with all of the colored ornaments, so glad I went for it!

We have several special nativity sets that have been given to us or that we've collected from around the world.  The tiny set displayed on the pedestal is from Mexico, and the olive wood set was given to us by my husband's parents when they visited Bethlehem and the Holy Land.

They also gave us this gorgeous set from Myanmar.  I set it up on a thrifted cake pedestal and surrounded the pieces with some fresh greens.  It wasn't showing up with with the dark backs of the bookshelves, so I found a piece of my daughter's artwork from school, popped it in a frame, and propped it behind the nativity.  Now it's so much prettier against the light background.

I love sprinkling chalkboards around for the holidays- this one has the lyrics to one of my favorite Christmas songs.  I added some paper fans and tiny ornaments scattered around the board.  Remember... I said I show no restraint at Christmas!  (Would you believe that I rescued that gorgeous vintage chest from the trash???)

*See Part 2 of this year's tour here*

*See Part 3 of this year's tour here*

Want more Christmas decorating inspiration?  Check out my home tours from last year!  

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Next on the tour, visit Cristina at Remodelando La Casa.  She loves a pop of color as much as I do, I'm excited to get some good ideas from her tour.  Be sure to check out the rest of these tours this week, too.

Monday – Dec 4th
A Stroll Thru Life - Marty 
Nesting With Grace - Brooke  
Cuckoo4Design - Julia  

Tuesday – Dec 5th
ZDesign At Home - Bree 
 Life Love Larson - Andrea  
Remodelando La Casa - Cristina 
Inspiration For Moms - Laura  

Wednesday – Dec 6th
The Chronicles of Home - Jennifer 
Our Southern Home - Christy 
Decor To Adore - Laura 
11 Magnolia Lane -Christy 
Rain On A Tin Roof - Jenna  

Thursday – Dec 7th
Setting For 4 - Heather 
Southern Hospitality - Rhoda  
Hymns & Verses - Doreen 
Simple Stylings - Summer  

Fri – Dec 8th
Haneens Haven - Haneen 
Far Above Rubies - Anita  
House By Hoff - April 
Duke Manor Farms - Laura  
Common Ground - Debra 

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  1. i just loe how i know it's your home every time- no one does color like you! such a fun tour and you look adorable in your red pants!

  2. Your home is so festive with all the beautiful colors! And I just love that console table. I can't believe what an amazing deal that ended up being. Just gorgeous!

  3. I really love all the bright colors you use in your d├ęcor!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  4. Your home filled with tons of color always makes me happy and dressed so brightly for Christmas is perfect. I love all the fans and your collection of Nativity Scenes are stunning. Thanks so much for joining the tours. Seeing your decor is always a treat.

  5. Beautiful as always friend!! I don't know how anyone could not be happy when they walk in this room! So cheerful and festive!

  6. Your home is so bright and festive! Love those giant ornaments on your front porch. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Laura! It was fun being on the tour with you, have a wonderful day!

  7. WOW!!! You have a beautiful home and I love all your cheerful decorations for Christmas.

    1. Thank you Charlotte, it's a pretty happy place around Christmas! Enjoy your day!

  8. I always have lots of fun touring your beautiful home! I love your front porch, the Christmas tree, the nativity sets, oh and I couldn't get my eyes off that little elephant table, SO cute! I'm so glad to be on the tour with you!

  9. Oh my goodness....Absolutely gorgeous :)

  10. How freakin adorable is your little model. He is such a cute poser! And I just adore your use of color again. It's once again a showstopper of a tour. Merry Christmas!

  11. Your home tours never disappoint Jennifer! LOVE the burst of colors in your decor this year! I don't know how you do it without making it look chaotic, it always look like they all should go together! LOVE IT! I also love your nativity collection! As always, honored to share this home tour with you! Cheers!

  12. Jennifer your happy home always fills me with delight. Your seasonal touches are gorgeous. Love your ham loving cat. It's a true pleasure being on the tour with you.

  13. Your home is just beautiful! I adore your outfit. I've been wanting leopard boots and now you have me sold!

  14. Another one of my favorites each year! I absolutely adore your colorful home decor! It's so cheerful! Merry Christmas!


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