November 30, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We've been busy little elves trying to get our house ready for Christmas, and it's coming along! I wanted to get the majority of the decorating done before this Sunday, because I'm hosting a White Elephant party at our house, and a lot of Chad's family hasn't been to our house yet. There are still a few things I want to add, but I'm happy with it. Last year, we had just moved into our house 10 days before Christmas, so we had almost no time or money to decorate. Look at our little tree, it was my parents first Christmas tree they bought when they first got married, so it was in pretty sad shape. We put it on the curb after New Years for the trash men to get, but someone actually ended up picking it up and taking it! The year before that, we had a real tree but we didn't want to risk ruining the carpet, so we picked up an artificial tree (not pre-lit) from Garden Ridge this year. We got a great deal on it, considering it's 9 feet tall. In the past, we've decorated our tree with red, but this year I wanted to do silvers and creams. I saw a Christmas display last year at the Nutcracker Market that really inspired me, and I even picked up a few ornaments last year to try to transition it over to that last year. This year our tree is much more how I envisioned it. I also got a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest, of course :) Ok, onto the pictures.....
The Living Room:

Our new tree! We thought it was a little too big at first, but we have such tall ceilings,we think it's the perfect size now.
I got the silver ball ornaments at big lots for $3 for a pack of 18! I bought 4 boxes.

Entering the living room from the entry hall.

I really love the mantle decorations. It took a while to get them right though. The lighted garland was from Walgreens like 2 years ago, and the stocking are from Target and I had them monogrammed from a local baby boutique. I have one for Claire too, but I'll wait to monogram her's until next year. The stocking hangers are from Hobby Lobby and the cream poinsettas are too (all the candles/candlesticks, seafoam jar and fireplace screen are too). I just pulled the flowers off of a stem I bought and placed them in the garland.





The tree skirt I picked up at Target last year too, and had it monogrammed with our last name.

I love ornaments with special meaning. I picked up this pink "C" and blue "G" at HL. Claire's 1st ornament! :)


Ornaments from the Nutcracker Market

These are my baby shoes. I saw this idea on the blog "Our Happily Ever Afters" and I just happened to have my baby shoes, for Claire's nursery, so I thought it would be cute to put them on our tree.


World Market is also a place I've found cute ornaments.

The Dining Room:
I used a neutral runner from HomeGoodes, and assorted glass candlesticks (3 from Hobby Lobby and 2 were a gift from my Aunt.) The candles are from HL and so are the pinecones and cream poinsettas( the same as on the mantle). I set out our fine china to make it look nice and so it can be seen, since it doesn't get much use :( The silver PEACE I got from World Market. Originally, it was a hanging decoration, but I could never find a good spot for it, so I just cut off the hanging part.



Close up of our fine china (Lenox Venetian Lace). I love it!!!

The other side of the dining room. We haven't really done anything to this room yet, except buy the dining table set, but that's on our home improvement list for next year. We're going to put in wood floors, chair railing, paint, and hang a larger chandelier.
The Kitchen:

We got the chandelier from Overstock a few months ago. It's almost the exact same as this Pottery Barn chandlier, but a fraction of the price! I just put a bunch of pine cones in a wire bowl to make a simple and cheap centerpiece. Both from Hobby Lobby..notice a theme?? haha The bowl was like $8 and the pinecones were like 5, both 50% off.

I put some extra ornaments in these glass apothecary jars I already had.

I used a wreath I already had to go above the window above the sink. It's a little small for the space, but I don't know what I want to put up there yet.

I framed ou Christmas card from last year.

My cute snowman cookie jar I got from a whitle elephant party a couple of years ago.

No southern kitchen is complete without the Southern Living Cookbook :) The picture calendar on the fridge I made on Tiny Prints. Love it!

Kitchen towel monogrammed with "P" I got at the Nutcracker Market last year. I keep it up all year, though.

I added an extra string of lights we had in the wire jar on top of the fridge.
MORE HOME IMPROVEMENTS:

We bought this sideboard table at a local antique store for a really good price several months ago. The basket underneath is from World Market and holds some of Graham's toys.

This side table is actually Chad's great-grandparents. We may buy something else eventually but it's really pretty. The lamp is from HomeGoodes, and the ornament jar will be holding candycanes.

These pillows were recovered by my taleneted Mom several months ago. I picked up the fabric at JoAnn's and a local fabric store. They are all double sided.

Here's the other side of the striped pillow on the far left, and the other side of the cream pillow.

The cream throw is from Target and it's the softest blanket ever!!

In the background, you can see the art niche, we painted it and added framed family pictures.
The entry hall needs something to spruce it up. I'm thinking of adding a little Christmas tree??
(Excuse the bed, our comforter is being dry cleaned.) We recently added curtains to our master bedroom, they are from Target. They're a shade darker than the walls, and they block a lot of light, which will be nice once Claire arrives.

Ok, I think I'm caught up on our house for now! I'm so glad the holidays are here, and I can't wait until there are a ton of presents under our tree.... I need to start shopping asap!!!


1 comment:

Candy Jones said...

Your home is beautiful. Love the neutral colors and your china!