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I’m a little…well, a lot…behind this year but I finally got my act together and am showing you our house all fancy and decorated for Christmas. The link-up parties have come and gone but its always fun to post this so I can remember what I did the year before! There are a lot of pictures and just a few comments so if you have a question, please leave a comment below or send me an email.

2013 Christmas House1My favorite part of the whole house…a lot of wine and champagne was drank in here this season!

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2013 Christmas House3Wrapping paper from Ballard Designs, burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby and tree skirt from Pottery Barn…I prefer modern in my home design but traditional at Christmas is my favorite.

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2013 Christmas House5I copied Wisteria’s holiday catalog, using red instead of blue. I love the many functions of this giant clam shell.

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2013 Christmas House9The coffee filter wreath from 2010 has held up so well – who would have thought?

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2013 Christmas House10The dogs favorite spot – by the OSU tree, looking out the front window.

Christmas Dogs 1Santa Max and his little elf, Carl, hope you all had a fantastic holiday season! See you in 2014.

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I have a major love/hate relationship with Christmas trees. I love looking at them and no home at Christmas feels complete without one but they are such a pain to decorate and take for-ev-er. The final result is always worth it though, especially at night when the only light in the room comes from the tree in the corner.

2012 Christmas Tree3Once again, I chose to do two trees – a live and traditionally decorated one in the main living room and a fake, OSU decorated one in our other living room. I used burlap ribbon (found online, thanks to Pinterest), clear lights and silver ornaments that have been collected over the past six years and are from every store that’s ever sold a Christmas ornament.

2012 Christmas Tree4I like to make sure the mantel blends into the tree and doesn’t get too crazy so I kept it pretty simple and clean. Christmas gets to be so stressful and crazy so I need the decorations at home to be relaxing and calm. Some bling, red plaid and natural texture make me feel very festive!

2012 Christmas Tree2This year’s wrapping paper came from The Container Store and Hobby Lobby. It was my first time buying paper from both stores and I will definitely do it again! The paper is super thick and easy to cut. I can’t stand flimsy, cheap paper that rolls up on you while you’re trying to wrap the paper and tears while folding. The awesome gift tags were a free printable and I love them!

2012 Christmas TreeThe icicle ornaments are from Target from several years ago and have popped up around the house each year in different spots but finally were used on the tree this year and I love the way they reflect the lights. Even though glitter is usually terrible, I still love it at Christmas and try to use it at least a little bit. I wish I could take the claim for the monogram ornaments but I cheated and bought them (plus the mercury glass ornaments) at Pottery Barn.

2012 Christmas Tree5This guy… Max and Carl have no clue what to do when I take pictures of the house and start moving around all crazy like. He finally just stopped and ended up right in the middle of everything – typical! I have to say though, he looks pretty darn cute in front of the tree.

2012 OSU Christmas Tree3Carl prefers this spot in front of the OSU tree – he loves to watch everyone and everything out of the front window. Some of these ornaments hang a little low and I always worry I will find one (or three) broken and on the floor but I think he’s scared of them and leaves this area alone. He does love to smell the burlap from the DIY tree skirt though!

2012 OSU Christmas Tree2Our ‘tree topper’ is actually a stuffed Pistol Pete. The limbs at the top of the tree help keep him in place since there isn’t a bottom holder to him.

2012 OSU Christmas TreeMy newest ornament is the top left and I love it! A friend of mine makes these for schools, states, NBA teams – whatever you want. She is so talented so I had to buy one from her. The candy canes are the cheapest ornament I have. I took three packages of fake candy canes from the Dollar Tree and spray painted them orange. I’ve used them now for three years and they haven’t had one problem!

2012 Christmas TreesThe trees at night, with no other lights on, are my favorite views and make the decorating hours all worth it. So pretty and so serene!

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Vignettes are the simplest and easiest way to show a little you in your home. A grouping of figurines, a stack of books with a piece of coral on top of it, a buffet with pictures and candles – all are “moments” that happen in your home and reflect who you are. Christmas is a fun time to experiment with these little moments and really shouldn’t take a lot of time. Lets face it – putting up a tree and decorating it is a time killer so these vignettes should be quick and easy!

2012 Christmas Vignette5Our entryway has the standard – a buffet with some books, a lamp and a mirror. I like to play with the seasons in this vignette so at Christmas, I add a metal reindeer (found maybe at Target several years ago?), a wonderful smelling Christmas candle and my coffee filter wreath that is now surviving its third Christmas! The plaid ribbon holding the wreath on the mirror and my monogram moss letter on the front door help tie in my plaid theme I have going this year. (check out this tutorial on how I made a smaller version of the monogram moss wreath last year)

2012 Christmas Vignette6This large vase usually holds sand and my favorite candle – the Blue Volcano. This year, I’m using it to hold fake snow and all of our lovely Christmas cards! I’ve made clothespins wreaths to hold cards, I’ve let them sit in a stack on the kitchen counter, I’ve even tried to spread them out on our mantel – this is by far my most favorite way to display them though because you can see the pictures, easily grab one to view and it brings more Christmas cheer to the front door!

2012 Christmas Vignette7These two lanterns sit on the floor, next to our entryway buffet. During the year, the candles sit on grassy moss but I like to change it for the winter. Fake snow and jingle bells make me feel more festive and it continues the look from the top of the buffet, right on down to the floor.

2012 Christmas Vignette2A simple strand of lighted garland helps make this vignette more festive. I kept the stack of cookbooks, lamp and mirror all the same – just added some festive greenery and lights!

2012 Christmas VignetteThis little moment is special in our living room. I usually have a piece of coral sitting on top of these dropcloth covered books but swapped it out for a small glass nativity scene. I can’t remember who gave me this set but I love how the glass reflects off of the lights from our tree and shines in the small round mirror.

2012 Christmas Vignette4This vignette is on the sofa table in our living room. You also see it when you first walk in to our house, thanks to knocking down the dining room wall! This nativity scene is supposed to be a Christmas present for me but I wanted to use it as early as possible. My mom and I got this while shopping the day-after Christmas sales last year and I was really hoping she would forget she was saving it to use as a gift – sometimes that works and sometimes? Not so much. I love it though and it looks great on this table, sitting on top of a “table runner” I made. Nothing fancy about this runner – it is simply wrapping paper that I’m using for this year’s gifts, cut to the lenght of the table and folded in half to break up the white table and white Nativity. Sometimes, you do what you can and for as cheap as possible!

Sharing this over at Southern Hospitality’s Holiday Home party today!

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I love a good craft and I love it even more when the craft is super easy and super cheap! Setting the table is one of my favorites things to do, especially at Christmas. The one thing missing this year was a place card for each person. Here is how I made my DIY Chalkboard Ornaments-turned place cards!

28991991320846776_Lv1mkU8e_cThis picture was my inspiration…once again from Pinterest. I’m very addicted to that site and I make no apologies for it – so many cute ideas! This was once sold on an Etsy site but is now sold out. The beaded short white candlestick is adorable!

DIY Chalkboard OrnamentsMy version started with a package of six clear, glass ornaments (half-off at Hobby Lobby) and six clear glass candlesticks ($1/each from the Dollar Tree). While the warm weather is a buzz-kill for the Christmas spirit, it is fantastic for more spray painting days!

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments2I wondered how I was going to spray paint the ornaments without having to hold them. This was my solution – thank you, to-go containers! The tops of the ornaments were easy to pop off. I cut six holes in the containers so they were big enough for the top of the ornament but not too big so they wouldn’t sit up on top of the boxes. To paint the ornaments, I used two coats of primer and two coats of chalkboard spray paint. (I had both cans on hand already)

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments3These candlesticks were simple and easy to paint – two coats of primer and two coats of glossy white! Easy and pretty.

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments5Once the paint was dry, it was time to pop back on the silver tops and tie some ribbon it. The ribbon strands are black, silver and white and came on a roll together from Michael’s.

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments8I am not the best at tieing bows so some (like this one) fell pretty flat…

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments7And some (like this one), were pretty perky and stood on up!

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments4I really like this year’s Christmas table. The height from the place card is the perfect punch. Next week, I’ll show you the whole table and hopefully do it in some good, natural light. Sorry the pictures are so dark – I took them after work. Not a fan of driving home in the dark!

I’m linking up with Centsational Girl today! http://www.centsationalgirl.com/

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This weekend it was in the 70’s and no matter how loud I blared Christmas music, I just couldn’t get into the holiday spirit. I finally forced myself off of the couch to decorate and hoped it would help me. It is still too warm for Christmas but I am feeling more festive now with a decorated mantel!

Mantel InspirationThis picture from Pinterest was my inspiration for this year’s mantel. Red plaid and black/white is my overall inspiration for 2012 Christmas but this picture served as the starting point for the mantel.

2012 Christmas Mantel5Here is my version of the inspiration picture…if anyone can tell me how I can get the glare off of the tv, I will send you some flowers! The silver reindeer flanking the tv are from Pottery Barn way back when. It was a great day after Christmas purchase. I think they were 75% off or something ridiculous like that. I love them!

The Craigslist chair I made over usually sits on the right side of the fireplace but since that is where our tree goes, it has a temporary home on the right. (Come back next week to see our trees!) Carl loves this red blanket from Target – it really is so soft – and the black/white pillow is another clearance find from Pottery Barn many years ago. I love incorporating burlap into just about anything and love it at Christmas (check back next week to see it in our trees) so my Ballard Designs-inspired Mr. and Mrs. pillows work out perfectly here.

2012 Christmas Mantel2I got these carnations from our local grocery store for super cheap. They were fresh in this weekend so still need to open up before really getting big and beautiful. Carnations seem to get a bad rap since they are so cheap but I think make a great impact when clustered together like this! I’m also not usually a fan of red, blame it on an overdose of using it too much in our last house, but love it at Christmas.

The mercury glass votives, both the small and large ones, are from Target. I got the small ones two years ago for $1/each and the bigger ones are a find from this year and are $5/each. I’m glad mercury glass continues to stick around – I can’t get enough! The candles used in the small votives are the fake 3 for $1 from the Dollar Tree. They have the best battery-powered candles!

2012 Christmas Mantel3The garland is from a local nursery (TLC if you are local) and was only $10 for a 7 foot piece. This is a mixture of different greens so it is cheaper than others but I love the mix of different textures and types of greenery. It keeps it fresh and interesting because you don’t know what you will actually get when you lay it out!

2012 Christmas Mantel1It is always a challenge to decorate underneath our large TV but since I like simple and clean, this layout works really well. It keeps things low and classic since I can’t go too crazy with the space above or below. This area always looks better with a fire going too but there was no way I could turn it on with 70+ temps so just imagine pretty orange/red flames in the middle! Hopefully this weekend we can finally turn it on.

I’m linking up with The Lettered Cottage today. Click over to see more holiday mantel inspirations:

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Its Started

Well, it’s started. The Christmas season is here and people are already acting crazy-like. We just got finished with Thanksgiving and Conner’s 30th birthday and now…here we go! My saying this year is definitely, “Don’t Get Your Tinsle In a Tangle!” (Don’t worry, I’m repeating it to myself, too.)

I started putting out Christmas decorations last night and hope to be finished by this weekend. This year, I really want to make sure I enjoy the month of December. Usually it flies by and before I know it, New Year’s Eve is here and I’m sad I missed having some relaxation and fun with family and friends! So, this year I want the decorating to be finished and the Christmas cards ready before our first holiday party – I think that might happen this year. I think!

Next week I’ll be back to start showing you different parts of our house, all decorated and gussied up for Christmas. See you then!

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With only two days until Christmas, I finally got all of our presents wrapped! Every year I promise myself I won’t wait until the last minute and every year…yeah, you know the drill.

I saw this picture on Pinterest back in October and loved it! So pretty and so simple. It looked like the perfect wrapping to accompany my dream vision of a green and natural Christmas theme.

This was the best picture I got of what we accomplished, but isn’t it the cutest picture? Little Carl, ready to play Santa. Hah! I used brown craft paper, green ribbon and black stickers instead of a stamp because it was cheaper. I really like the way it turned out! Conner has requested a return to ‘normal’ Christmas paper next year – such a traditionalist. 🙂
Hope you are finished wrapping your gifts! If you need help, Santa Carl responds very well to treats and loves to help!

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