Hi everyone! I’m honored to be one of the home’s kicking off Just a Girl’s week-long Holiday Home Tour. Today I’m excited to share Part 1 of my tour! Yes. There was too much Christmas going on over here to pack into just ONE home tour. 🙂 If you are visiting from Kevin & Amanda, welcome and come on in.
I went for a very neutral and au naturel theme this year. I LOVE how my porch turned out this year. So much so that it will be getting an entire post dedicated to it, but in the meantime here is a little sneak peek.
For those of you who might be new to my blog, we live in the city in an urban row home that we renovated 7 years ago. Our home is long and tall with a VERY open floor concept on the first level-which can make decorating “rooms” a challenge. The first room to greet you after the double entryway is the dining room. This room always has the honor of housing our main Christmas tree each year.
If you follow me on Facebook, then you know the drama that ensued with this tree over the weekend. If you don’t follow me, click on the link to find out the scoop! My tree is a shadow of it’s former self but still very pretty.
I found the beautiful wrapping paper at Target and it helped to inspire my Christmas theme this year.
But how rude of me! Let me offer you a warm beverage before we move on. Feel free to help yourself to a drink at the coffee bar cart with my new Nespresso machine. The bar cart is a relatively new addition, and I have to say I am loving it! It’s a lot of fun to have cocktail hour–at all ours of the day. 🙂
And here is our little mudroom where you can hang your coat. Or, if you are my kids, you can get yelled at for going anywhere near this space before I have a chance to shoot it! In case you are wondering, our mudroom never looks this. Typically it’s piled with shoes, backpacks, coats, and an explosion of gloves, hats, and scarves. For now those are all crammed into the front entryway closet so that momma can have her idyllic mudroom–sans mud. It looked like this for just a few short hours, but at least I have the pictures to prove it!
The cute oversized ornaments on the top shelf are a recent DIY that you can find out how to make for yourself here. They are very easy and relatively inexpensive to make!
Little Pippin, one of my two Pomeranians, laid down and posed for me while I was shooting this space. He is the sweetest with his little bespeckled paws that remind me of freckles. I just had to include him for you!
In the center of my hooks, I placed a little boxwood wreath with my Walmart mittens and handmade Merry Christmas sign. It makes for a sweet and easy decoration.
Can you believe that my vintage sled was actually rescued from my neighbors trash heap? I love pulling it out each year and using it as a decoration.
Our family celebrates Christmas morning together with a delicious brunch in the dining room. I like to style the table for the occasion in advance so that I can enjoy looking at it.
I used silver and gold decorations that I had on hand and mixed and matched items I already owned to create a simple, yet beautiful, tablescape.
The table runner is a DIY project and is actually spray painted! You can see the full tutorial on how to make a painted table runner here.
The little feather name tags were found at Target in the dollar spot. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers featuring them this year, so we all must have gravitated towards them. At the time of purchase, I had no idea how I would use them, but they go perfectly with my table!
I have been wanting to do a noel mantel for a few years now and decided this year would be the year! I purchased the large cardboard letters from Joann craft store and covered them with faux bois wrapping paper. The oversized snowflake is from Marshalls and is actually a candle holder.
If you want to know How to Make a DIY Tea Light Log, I have you covered! I made that log last year and enjoy it as a home accessory year round.
For my little white Christmas tree, I thought it would be fun to carry over the woodland glam theme. I loaded the tree with my white owls and mini-disco balls. This is my boys favorite decoration!
For the topper, I simply added some silver-spray-painted sticks and an owl. Aren’t they cute?
This area makes for a very cozy reading nook by the fire and is where I can often be found in the evenings.
As you look back, you can see the living room and my new rug from RugsUSA.com. I LOVE this rug! Almost every rug in my home has been purchased from RugsUSA.com. You can’t beat there 75% off sales with free shipping. This rug is the Velvet Trellis Rug in Light Grey. You can click on the link to be taken to the product. RugsUSA gave me this rug to review on my blog and I let them know I’d be featuring it in my Christmas home tour.
My coffee table is styled very simply this year with just a disco ball under a cloche from Birch Lane.
The end table is also styled simply with just a few natural and silver embellishments.
Watching television just got a whole lot more festive around here! I added some mini trees, fresh garland, and a few gold reindeer.
Thank you so much for visiting me and touring Part 1 of my home! I’ll be sharing more rooms as the week continues!