Welcome to my first EVER Christmas home tour. I absolutely LOVE decorating for Christmas. It is my favorite holiday. I love to buy presents for everyone, decorate and eat all of the yummy food!
A few things before I take you on the tour, I now understand why bloggers decorate before Thanksgiving. I don't know if I ever will, but I wanted the tour posted in enough time to still inspire your own home decor, but I had a few things missing that I wanted to have done...like J's stocking. His isn't embroidered with his name yet in these photos. (Please don't think I'm just making him have a blank stocking. It is off being embroidered as I write this.)
Another thing to know about me is that due to our budget, I don't do a complete overhaul of my Christmas decor every year. I do make minor changes and have space in our Christmas budget each year for additions, but my Christmas decor is a process. Now, you may not notice this about me this year since it is my first tour, but you might next year....
Okay, let's get started!
This may have become my favorite spot in the whole house. I bought that wingback at a yard sale for $20 and had it reupholstered. The poinsettia pillow was a lucky purchase. I saw it at TJ Maxx a few weeks before, but I didn't get it. But then I just kept thinking about it, so I finally went back to get it and I didn't see it anywhere. Ugh! But then....there she was! In a display away from the other pillows where I saw her before...the only one. I practically ran to her (while dragging my poor little L by the hand). I made the tree skirt three years ago using this tutorial.
I got my pouf (which is showing up on Instagram everywhere now!) at Target and it has the perfect little pocket for my Naptime Diaries Advent Devotional (Use this referral link and get 15% off your order!).
I had always wanted the Willow Tree Nativity Set, but I'm so glad that last year I bought the Melissa & Doug one instead. L loves to play with it and J just learned to pull himself up last week so he can even play with it. L will bring me the pieces and ask me who they are, which gives me a great opportunity to tell her the story of Christ's birth.
I found the this star at Michael's Craft Store and loved it. Then I found the "They followed the star" sign at Hobby Lobby, so I decided to try to go with a star theme of sorts this year.
I couldn't believe my luck when I saw the star crown at a local antique/craft fair. It's made out of old fencing. Before, I had a bow on top of the tree, but I saw the crown and immediately knew I had to have it for my tree. The red lantern was a yard sale find this past summer. I actually bought a pair thinking that I would place one on either end of the mantel, but then things evolved. I'm not sure if I will keep both yet or not since I only used the one this year.
Our stockings are from Pottery Barn and my chubby snowman is from a little shop in Nashville, Indiana.
I found this white basket at the same antique/craft show that I found the star crown at. All I did here was put in some burlap runner that I found and Walmart and then I placed a centerpiece that I already had down in it. I was actually going to sell the centerpiece because the base is silver and just didn't fit in my rustic scheme, but this worked great!
The coffee bar even got a little attention. If you read the post where I reveal the coffee bar, you'll notice that I did go ahead and add a "coffee and Jesus" print and i'm so glad I did. I love it! You can find my tiered tray at Painted Fox Treasures.
I just couldn't get a great shot of my Noel banner. It was too bright. I made it using cream bunting from the Target Dollar Spot. Then I used Santa's Sleigh font and made my own stencils with card stock and an exacto knife. The boxwood wreath is also from Target.
I found these adorable clothespins at the Target Dollar Spot and bought them without really know what I'd do with them, but then I realized that I never have a place to display my Christmas cards. I just used some 3M hooks and string to put this up.
Our final stop on the tour is my front door. I made this wreath last year after seeing this one on Pinterest. I wish that I had spray painted the styrofoam that I used, but I still get a lot of compliments. Maybe I'll make another sometime and I'll know better then!
Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour and that you have a few ideas for how to bring in the Christmas spirit in your own home.
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