I've been dying to get this post up for a few weeks now!!
But you know how it goes... I didn't actually get everything up the way that I wanted to until this past weekend.
Cuz of life and stuff :)
But these hometour posts are some of my absolute favorites to go & visit this time of year...I love seeing how everyone decorates for Christmas!!
So I really wanted to put together one for you guys this year showing more than just my mantel!
Hope you're ok with that :)
So here goes... my very first Holiday HomeTour!
I have a super hard time deciding what to put in our front entryway because it's so small & awkward... and it'll never be picture perfect the way that I want...but it's ours and that's what matters, right?
I wanted something to fill the space next to our entryway so my new chalkboard fit the bill perfectly. I swagged a cheap garland and some burlap ribbon around it and it was perfect.
I filled the doorway with garland and mesh and added some adorable clothespin snowflakes.
(You can find the tutorial for the snowflakes here on one of my fave blogs!)
I wish I could make the mesh/greenery fuller but my doorway is so small that I have to keep it on the smaller side so the door can open and close :)
My little 'joy' pillow literally took me about 5 minutes to make.
I'm totally up for making a tutorial if you want one!
I'm in love with the colors in this photo... I love the rustic simplicity to it.
I hung a few ornaments from my DIY address sign & my gorgeous poinsettia was a gift from one of my sweet patients :)
I plopped a few fake mini trees into my planter box that had the perfect amount of ice strewn on them from our recent ice storm over here.
I added a painted red frame over the table with a gold star for some glam :)
As we head inside, the first thing you'll see is my foyer table.
You guys got your first glimpse of it decorated for fall & it's looking beautiful for Christmas with aquas and reds.
I love putting my framed subway art out each year and I just changed out my fall wreath for my Christmas candycane wreath I made a couple years ago.
And I absolutely love having a framed picture of the kids pulling our tree last year.
It made me smile when I pulled it out of the box.
You guys have no idea how in love with this giant reclaimed wood snowflake I am.
Hubby made it for me a few weeks ago and gave it to me as an early Christmas gift.
He knows the way to my heart!!
I literally squealed in delight when he gave it to me & it hangs proudly above our tv on our striped wall. I had a horrible time getting pictures of it though.
Apparently that wall lives in a light blackhole. Haha.
And you know that I can't share my house without a glimpse of the mantel.
Now, I know you're dying to see the whole thing but it deserves a post of it's own so it'll be up in a couple days. Promise!!
But it's layered in reds, golds and whites & sure to be worth the wait!!
If you can't stand waiting, you can check out last year's mantel to ease up the pain a bit :)
I will share the back living room's mantel with you.
I rarely ever share pics of this one & I'm not sure why.
It is a LOT harder to photograph but usually it gets remnants of past year's mantel pieces on it.
Last year's 'JOY' centerpiece became the star and I flanked it with some other fun Christmas goodies.
I love my vintage Coca Cola crate and didn't feel like putting it up (I mean, it's red, it goes, right?) So I added some ornament balls and propped up some vintage address tiles against it.
I still love my 'joy to the world' rustic sign that I made forever ago & it found itself perched on the coffee table in the back living room.
When hubby tore apart a pallet a few months back, I kept the scraps that caught my eye and the piece that the sign is sitting on is one of those. I have no idea why I love the things I do...
A couple fun vignettes scatter through the dining room & living room.
Ornaments make everything look merrier, don't they?
My reindeer & nativity scene were both random store finds a few years ago.
I loved adding some pops of gold into the decor throughout the house.
I'm usually a silver person and I couldn't justify all new things to satisfy my gold cravings so I just added a few here & there.
I'll be sharing more about my little gold mirror soon... I loved it surrounded by pinecones & christmas trees on top of the china cabinet though.
Simple & wonderful.
I kept the dining room soft with splashes of red & blue.
The table centerpiece consisted of two wood slices, a couple trees & my christmas blocks from years ago.
I love love love this room.
And I can't wait to share it's full makeover story with you soon.
I added some christmas printables to a fun piece that hangs in the dining room.
I still need to add some Christmas family pictures but we hadn't had them taken when I filled this so that's still in progress :)
And of course, the Christmas tree is up & glowing.
I have horrible times getting great pictures of it because it's in an awkward area of the living room but this is how I like it best anyways.
We always put up a live tree & fill it with family ornaments.
I love all the gorgeous trees out in blogland but I don't think I could ever not have our sentimental family ornaments up. So here they stay for another year :)
Some more ornament balls, another clothespin snowflake & a wood slice created a simply lovely vignette on my round table.
Love all the natural elements mixed with milk glass & glitter :)
And last but not least, the kids Christmas tree.
This was our first year putting up this little fake tree & I love love love it.
It was the first Christmas thing we put up this year & the kids loved hanging their pink & green ornaments up.
It was fun starting a new tradition as a new family and it created such a Christmas feel in their room.
There is just something about kids & Christmas that make it so magical.
And that, my friends, is our home for the holidays.
What do you think of our little Christmas home?