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Christmas Home Tour 2017

December 20, 2017
Hi Friends!  It’s almost Christmas, I can’t believe it’s less than a week away!  Are you ready?  I can safely say that I think I am prepared.  I need to make a grocery store run and figure out some food details, but as far as gifts go, I am all set!  
It has been a pretty crazy month for me, as I am sure it has been for all of you too.   I would love to have you all over for a cocktail and a real life tour of our little farmhouse, but considering Christmas is only days away, that’s not likely to happen.  Instead, you’ll have to fix your own drink while I take you on a quick little virtual tour of our Christmas decor because before we know it, we will all be taking down the trees and stuffing stockings in boxes.  This month has flown by!  Faster than usual, I’d say for sure!
Whelp, let’s get started.  
These white cedar columns divide our breakfast nook from our living room.  I have a love-hate relationship with them.  They are actually on the list of things to update this winter…but we’ll see if that actually gets accomplished. #endlesstodolist  For now, they are great for displaying our Christmas cards!  I just use ticky tack to stick them to the columns, and by the end of the month, all 4 columns are covered with the faces of our friends and family!  See those cards up there now?  Those are the over-achievers who got their cards out early.  I am not in that group.  #slacker
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen these little white houses.  These cute little guys were at Wal-mart for $1.82 each, and after a little spray paint, they were the perfect addition to my table!
On our living room couch, I have a collection of random pillows I’ve picked up through the years.  And the bowl on the table is filled with the glitter fruit I made last year with this tutorial.  The best part is that it doesn’t shed glitter!  All the sparkle with no mess!  
Our fireplace is flanked by some DIY wooden panel board boxes that I made last year.  I was coveting the ones from Grandin Road and then I happened to be at my friend, Nan’s, house and saw that she made her own, so naturally I copied her and made my own too!  One day I’ll get a tutorial up on this ole blog for ya!

Here’s a closer picture of them. 

It is hard to find things to put up on my mantel that don’t get lost in the stone.  I found this tree at a vintage market, but it was made from old pallet boards.  It blended right into the stone and you couldn’t see it.  I just dry brushed it with some white paint and it stands out much better now!  
I was looking all over for a large lantern like this, but the ones I found that were big enough for this space all had glass in them.  I didn’t like how the glass reflected, so I popped it out!  I like that I can leave it up there year round, and just change out the decor inside according to the season!  Here is a similar lantern and there are lots of large lanterns here too!

I found these cute oversized gift bags at Target’s Dollar Spot this year, and stuffed them with pillows.  I needed something large in our fireplace area, and these were perfect!  
One of the things we love about this house is that it has a real, wood burning fireplace, so we make fires quite frequently in the winter.  Because of that, the stockings get in the way, so I had to find another place to hang them.  Hanging them on a TV console may not be super traditional, but it’s how we role in this household!  
And, here’s our tree!  She’s rather simple this year.  Some years I load her down with tons of ornaments and ribbons, but this year, I went with a more simple vibe and I kinda like it!  I added the galvanized tree collar from Hearth and Hand, and placed it over some burlap material I used as a tree skirt.  
Throwing ornaments in a vase or, in this case a long wooden tray, is such an easy way to add some sparkle to your decor!  We use the shatterproof ornaments around here!  
Our dining room table has a grouping of random trees sprinkled throughout pine garland and eucalyptus sprigs and I just love how they all compliment each other!  If you missed it, there is a tutorial on the blog showing how I made the gold beaded tree.
I debated if I should even post this picture because, well, it’s messy.  This kitchen counter is ALWAYS messy.  I try really hard to clean it up, but within 24 hours it looks like this again.  So, this is a little real life picture for ya!  Mail that needs to be sorted, Christmas cards that need to be addressed, homework that needs to be completed, dishes that need to be cleaned….. you get the point.  
This is our advent calendar!  Each day the boys take turns putting a new ornament on the tree.  The star is the last ornament that goes on the top on Christmas eve.  We had a similar advent calendar growing up, so I knew I wanted a tree type of countdown for my kiddos.  I ended up making my own with felt, canvas, and velcro, then I was lucky enough to find the felt ornaments on Etsy!  The boys love it and it brings back so many fond memories for me!
Well friends, that about does it!  I hope you have enjoyed this little piece of our home and that it put you in the Christmas spirit!  
Niki French

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  • Midwestern Mama January 29, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you for your kind words!

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