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Decorating for Christmas this year was so fun! I wanted to do something a little non-traditional (no red this year!) and use things I already had that included mercury glass and nature-inspired elements. I like what I did because it was simple and easy while still festive – just how this December has been. I have avoided (almost all) stress that I normally put on myself and I’m so happy!

I saw this vignette from Miss Mustard Seed and just had to share. The chalkboard sign, the fresh greenery, pinecones and pretty mercury glass. I love it all! It is so fresh and pretty and makes you feel Christmas and winter. I like when decor makes you feel something – kind of like art, right?

I hope you all are enjoying the Christmas decorations as well! There are so many to look at online, almost too many to get through!

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Well, its the last Christmas party. I can’t believe we’ve already been through another season of these – it went by so fast! I love this one though, our trees are my favorite! We do a live, traditional one in the main living room (last year it was in the dining room) and in the second living room, we do an artificial OSU tree. So much fun to decorate both!

This is the OSU tree (obviously) and I love it! I changed it up a lot from last year and like it so much better. I collected more official OSU ornaments, used a tree topper instead of just some ribbon and only put up orange ornaments. I love the way it looks this year! (I’m still working on a tree skirt…I have a mild case of December A.D.D. right now and can’t focus long enough to hot glue for two solid hours…)

Conner’s parents got us a stuffed Pistol Pete and he is perfect as the tree topper! He has his guns up and is wearing a cute little orange cowboy hat. He is actually a puppet so getting his top-heavy parts to stay sitting up and not fall over was a pretty interesting task. Luckily the top of this tree will move any way you want, so he is supported on all four sides by several branches!

Between Christmas clearance and Christmas presents we’ve received, we have a lot more super cute OSU ornaments, including the glittery golf bag and OSU nutcracker. I love them! The orange candy canes were a super easy project I did last year. The Dollar Tree had regular candy canes in packs of 6 for $1 so I just took those and spray painted them orange – such an easy accessory for this tree!

In our main living room is the real tree! This is a tradition we started last year in this new home and I’m so happy we did. I like going to pick out the tree and watching the branches fall after we’ve unwrapped it. Although, this year the bottom branches fell a little too much for my liking, but that’s the risk you take! I’ll take branches that hang too low for the smell this guy puts off – my favorite!

I went with all silver ornaments this year. I included some pinecones for a touch of the natural that I want throughout the house and I like to see one pop out here and there. I also went with a new topper in here this year. I saw a picture of a glittery monogram tree topper on Pinterest and copied that for our tree! It was super easy to get a letter from Hobby Lobby, cover it in glue and glitter, then drill a hole in the bottom to sit on the top branch. Love it!

For extra texture, I used a burlap runner/ribbon thing I found in the drapery section at Hobby Lobby. This must have been a hot item this year because all of my local stores were out! My mom found it at her store and bought several yards for me to use. I love the way this looks, especially next to the burlap I have on the mantel! I think it might be a little heavy to use and might have to find something else next year (could be the reason the branches are falling a little low this year) but I still love it.

One last look at our beautiful, wonderful smelling tree! I can’t wait until next year when I’ve learned how to use my new camera and can take those really cool, super fancy photos of these trees. Thanks for visiting, I can’t wait to see your tree too!

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Welcome to our home, 2011 Christmas style! Thanks for joining me in a little look around our place. This is only our second year in this home, so I’m still trying to figure out where everything should go and what I want it all to look like – so fun to make little changes each year though, right? I’ve made some updates from last year’s decor and I love how our house feels right now!

We kept the single strand of lights around the bottom of the roof but added two cute little lighted trees on the front porch that look so great flanking our front entrance. It still makes me so happy to see our house lit up at night – Christmas lights are my favorite! We worked out our kinks with putting up lights last year (our first time ever) so this year was so smooth and very painless…maybe this means I can convince a certain someone to add to the lights next year?? πŸ™‚

When you walk in our front door, this is what you see – my distressed Salvation Army buffet and a cute little vignette that is festive but not cluttered. I think I went too over-the-top in this area last year and ended up taking a lot of stuff off of the top of the buffet after I posted about it. This year I’m loving the blank space on the top, makes me feel more calm!

I wanted to keep some elements from my year-round decorating so I wouldn’t have to put everything away so I layered things throughout the house, like my coffee filter wreath on top of the jute-wrapped monogram I hung on the mirror during the fall. I used the free Keep Calm printable again. I think some people are over this but I still love the saying!

On the side of this buffet are the two lanterns I got for Christmas last year. I use them all of the time and love moving them from space to space! Right now, they are filled with snow and mini, sparkly ornaments surrounding the two candles. In keeping with the rest of the Christmas decor, I used white, green, silver and natural elements in this area. Simple and pretty is really making me happy this season!

Our dining room table has that same feeling of simple and pretty. I wanted a tablescape I could actually use when people come over. Too many times I have to take off the centerpiece before serving a meal because there isn’t any room for people’s glasses or you can’t see over it for proper conversation!

The mix-and-match plates layered on our wedding china are a perfect touch of whimsy in such a formal room. We are not formal people so I wanted to keep it light and fun in this room too. For a full look at our Christmas dining room, please click here.

On the buffet in the dining room, I filled a tray with cinnamon pinecones (smells amazing!) and layered in a large pedestal vase filled with snow and silver ornaments – the easiest vase fillers ever. The NOEL sign I made last year was updated with some burlap wrapped around the canvas to cover up the red that I’m not crazy about this year. The jingle bell mason jars I made last year also fit in perfectly with this year’s decor!

Our living room is so cheerful and delicious smelling this year. We put our live tree in this room instead of our dining room this year and I got a fresh cedar garland to lay on the mantel. I love how warm and cozy this room feels with so much fresh greenery! Our tree is on a timer and always surprises me when it clicks on each night – makes me so happy to see it all lit up. (I’ll show you a full post on our two trees this week, come back to check it out!)

This is my most favorite mantel I’ve done! I love the simplicity and prettiness to it. The green, white, silver and burlap all tie together so nicely. My heart always feels so full and happy at Christmas since I get to see so many family and friends at parties and gatherings – this is how this year’s mantel makes me feel. Happy and full of love without being too much or too stressful. Exactly what I wanted! (Click here for a full post on this year’s mantel.)

Our sofa table got in the Christmas spirit this year, too! My mom let me borrow one of her Nativity scenes (I really want one of my own but don’t know what I want just yet) and it fits perfectly here. This set was made by an artist in Alaska using reclaimed wood – it is gorgeous! I layered it in a tray purchased from Hobby Lobby last year and love the way this looks. Its weird to see how different this area looks compared to last year at Christmas and how much my style has changed in just one short year!

Thank you for visiting our home this Christmas! This time of year gets to be so stressful and so hectic – I hope you’re taking time to relax and enjoy what Christmas really means. I know I’m making a big effort to do that and simplifying our decor this year helped so much. Merry Christmas!



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Hey there and welcome back to another installment of, ‘what does your house look like at Christmas?’ Today is all about the mantel, which is the focal point of our living room and my favorite renovation we have done so far!

Keeping with the look of our Christmas dining room table, I used green, white, silver and natural elements. Can I be 100% honest with you? I LOVE IT! This is my most favorite mantelscape or mantel look or whatever you want to call it that I’ve done so far. It is full but still clean and simple and so, so pretty!

The 52″ TV above our thick and chunky mantel is my husband’s pride and joy. He loves telling the story of us winning the money to pay for this while playing roulette (always betting on Cowboy Black – Go Pokes!) in the Bahamas on our honeymoon. The only time of the year I’m allowed to put anything tall on the mantel is at Christmas and I take full advantage of it. I got these silver reindeer at Pottery Barn three years ago on clearance and they are the perfect little/large guys to flank our TV.

The silver JOY stocking holders I got in college from Hobby Lobby. It was my first-ever, grown-up Christmas purchase and I love still using them. The three stockings were a little splurge from Hobby Lobby when we bought our first house. Even though we have two dogs now, I still just use the three stockings…I think they can share one. πŸ™‚

It was so cold while I was taking these pictures, I put a fire on. It is tough business, let me tell you. Totally kidding – I flip a switch and put a lighter by the gas outlet. One of the million reasons I love this house is this fireplace. Nothing is better during this time of year than a large fire and a cuddly blanket! I am very careful about fire dangers so the pillows got moved out a little and the stockings were put to the side…not really interested in seeing those go up in flames!

To add some natural and texture to the top of the mantel, I tore strips of burlap up and tied it around the tip of the stocking holder. I can’t tie a perfect bow but I like the little extra ‘something-something’ it gives this area and helps bring up the burlap from the Mr. and Mrs. pillows on the hearth.

The little mercury votives are more of what is on our dining room table. $1/each…not too shabby! The Dollar Tree LED votives inside are my favorite candle item as well. So easy and no worries about wax dripping, etc.

The tall mercury bud vase was an after-Christmas purchase from Pottery Barn last year. I only got 2 and am kicking myself for not getting more when they were so cheap! Of course that always happens, right?

The white Nutcrackers on the mantel are a new addition this year and are so stinking cute! I saw these in the West Elm catalog for $26/each…not interested, but thanks! My mom and I were at Hobby Lobby the day after Thanksgiving and I saw a pack of six natural colored nutcrackers for $7. They were running the 50% off special so I got all six for $3.50. Now we’re talking! After using several coats of white spray paint, these bad boys are almost identical to the $26/each ones. No offense, West Elm.

When we picked up our live tree this year (I’ll show you the full tree in another post), we put it in the living room and I’m so glad we did – I love seeing the lights from the tree reflect onto the mantel! For the first time, I got real greenery to put on the mantel and love it. I got a 7′ cedar garland from my local garden center and it smells amazing! It is so full and thick, I’m glad I went with this instead of using my old, lighted garland. Here’s hoping me sprizting it with water every day helps it last and doesn’t dry out before Christmas!

Here’s one last look at this year’s mantel, my favorite so far! (I’m getting my new camera very soon…after looking at this picture, I am even more anxious to get one and start taking much better pictures. Can I get an “Amen!”)

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’re enjoying the season and enjoying decorating your spaces. I’ll be stopping by soon to see your special mantels, too!

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I love, love, love opening the mail during December! Christmas cards have to be one of the best pieces of mail you can ever receive! I get frustrated though because we have never had a place to display everyone’s hard work and pretty pictures so after seeing an idea in this month’s Martha Stewart Living, I decided to try my hand at my own Christmas card holder.

To start this project, you’ll need a sewing/knitting circle loom thing (yes, that is the technical term), clothespins, ribbon and a glue gun. I chose to add glitter because I like things that sparkle and shine. Wow, that just sounded so blonde! Moving on…
It also helps if you have a cute little guy like Carl to help you sniff each item and make sure it is okay to use. Martha used mini clothespins but I wanted more weight and a bigger wall hanging so I used the regular sized clothespins.
To start, wrap your ribbon around the circle so you already have the hanging spot marked. Then, glue gun the clothespins around the entire circle. I did some on the front and some on the back. Martha (I say Martha…we all know its her staff, right? Right?) recommended just doing them on the front and alternating putting them out and in. I wanted to make sure we had plenty of space and plenty of clips, so I used the front and back of the circle.
Once those were glued and dried, I laid out the newspaper and went to town with the glue and Martha Stewart glitter from Michael’s. Everyone says this is the best glitter ever because it doesn’t get everywhere and is easy to work with…they are so right! It is super fine and hasn’t gotten all over the furniture this is hanging above. Love it!
Here is the finished project! I love it! It is exactly what I wanted and has just enough sparkle and shine to add to the kitchen. I’m glad I went with the clips on the front and back. The back ones face in to the circle and the front ones face outside the circle. We have plenty of room for more cards – can’t wait to see yours!

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Welcome to our home, all fancy for Christmas! I love the house decorated for Christmas although I’m not completely finished yet. The house feels so warm and cozy, I love this month! I’ve tried to edit down the photos, but I still have a bunch so prepare for photo overload!

This was the first time Conner and I had ever hung outside Christmas lights and I love them! I hope that each year we can add on a little bit and continue to outline all the points of the house and roof.

This is the first thing you see when you walk in our front door. The coffee filter wreath was such a fun project and I love how it turned out! The buffet was a fun restoration project as well and looking at the before and after makes me want to paint another piece of furniture in our house!

The dining room is right off of the entryway. My parents gave us my great, great-uncle’s dining room table and buffet that they had used since getting married. I love having a table to set and a fun place to display my randomly created centerpieces and our first-ever live tree! I also have a project in the works for the blank wall space above the buffet so stop by again to check that out!

I really love having a set dining table I think it makes your table look so gorgeous and gives your house a great feeling of warmth and welcome! The table runner is from Target and the green napkins are from Wal-Mart. The napkin rings were a gift from our wedding and have a beaded pattern that matches our china, Vera Wang’s Grosgrain. The red chargers I already had and my mom let me borrow her Spode Christmas Tree salad plates and red wine glasses to give the table a more festive feeling. She has collected the china for so long and now has 24 place settings of it!

Here is our mantel! It is several garlands wrapped together as well as ornaments, pinecones and candleholders mixed together. Our stockings are my favorite part! With all of the Holiday Home linky parties, I have so many ideas for next year’s mantel!

This tray is from Hobby Lobby and I love it! It sits on top of our reupholstered ottoman and yes, that is a craft in progress in the background. The little birdy is from Michael’s and funny story – it was on clearance for $1 but since there was no price tag and they were busy, I got it for free. Score! The little jute tree was a project that was supposed to be made out of one thing, then another and ended up like this.

This sofa table was actually a black desk we had in our old house. Since we didn’t use the desk I painted it white, distressed it and gave it a new knob to use as our sofa table. I added greenery and red berry springs around the entertaining books and put some red jingle bells in with our bowl of corks. The lamps are from TJ Maxx and I love the hammered detail on the base!

These little guys sit on the end table between our couch and loveseat. The reindeer was an after-Christmas clearance last year, the stackable Santa was in my stocking two years ago and the jar with jingle bells was another Dollar Tree apothecary jar I made and stuck in the leftover jingle bells from my jingle bell mason jars!

On one bookshelf in our fireplace built-ins, I have a jar with faux snow and ornaments and a jar with faux snow, red berry garland, clippings from a plant in our backyard and a glittery snowflake from Dollar Tree.

In our kitchen, I have a lighted garland wrapping along the back of the countertops. I have this teal plate holder out year-round but change up the contents of it for the season. Right now, I have my easy and cheap chalkboard tray that is a perfect present! I made both of our moms this for Christmas last year. I will definitely show you how to make this in a future post – love it!

The bar sits in our breakfast nook and also has some lighted greenery on top. I usually have a lamp here as well but moved it so we can see our Christmas cards as they come in! I finally ordered our cards this weekend – better late than never, right? I made this Christmas card holder so the cards we receive won’t just sit in a pile and will show you this quick and cheap project in another post as well.

This is our fake hand-me-down tree that is in Conner’s living room. Yes, it is an OSU theme and yes, we love it!! I can’t wait to add more ornaments here every year. We finally hooked our trees up to timers this weekend – I will never go without them again! Love not worrying about plugging in and un-plugging the tree each day.

There are two leaning bookcases flanking the TV in this living room and both have various Christmas decorations on them, including the Keep Calm Christmas prints that were free!

Well, that is our home decorated for Christmas in 2010! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed our house. I am linking up to The Nester’s Tour of Homes, Kelly’s Korner Show Us Your Life Christmas Homes, The Shabby Chic Cottage and Hooked On Houses’ Holiday Home Tour. Hope to see you there!

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Yup, you read that right! We have two…count them TWO…trees this year! One is our old standby, the artificial hand-me-down from my parents, and this year we added a real, live tree that I love!! The artificial tree is in the second living room and the real tree is in our dining room, in front of the big picture window, facing the street.

Since the artificial tree is in Conner’s living room, I went with an OSU theme (of course!). When I tell people we have an OSU tree, they roll their eyes but I love the school spirit, even during the holiday season. If I was an OU fan (Lord, help me if I have a child that wants to go to Norman) this school spirit tree would be so easy with all of the red and white!

I purchased several official OSU ornaments from Hobby Lobby (half-priced, of course) and I like my little ones like this Pistol Pete. They were still several dollars a piece so I didn’t get more than three. I have Pete, a ball cap and a ‘foam’ finger. So cute! I wonder if Santa will bring me any more of these? πŸ™‚

I also went to the Dollar Tree and purchased silver ornaments (12 per pack) and red/white candy cane ornaments (6 per pack). I used orange spray paint I already had on the candy canes and love them!! I wish I had more but I can always add next year.

Here she is, shining bright at night! The lights I already had and the orange ribbon wrapping around the tree was half-off at Michael’s. The ribbon tied in a bow as the topper is actually OSU ribbon that Hobby Lobby had in their Bedlam section. πŸ™‚ The OSU blanket was one my parents weren’t using so I borrowed it for the tree skirt. I love it and love having a tree in this room!

Here is our second tree…the real one!! It is so fun to have a real tree in our house this year. I love the smell and I am very hopeful that next Christmas, the wall between our dining room and living room won’t be there anymore so we can enjoy this tree in both rooms!

I stuck to the traditional red and white on this tree while also incorporating our special ornaments, like this Oklahoma Centennial Santa. Love it! Also on the tree is my ‘Baby’s First Ornament’ and our ‘First House’ ornament when we purchased our last home. I’m thinking I need to get one for this year too? I would like to remember the first year we celebrated Christmas in each house we have.

This was a very special purchase this year. The tree skirt we used to use was a cheap, clearance skirt from TJ Maxx. It worked great for several years but was destroyed by some over-zealous dogs last season. This skirt is from Pottery Barn and matches our stockings. They were having a free shipping, free monogramming promotion and I also had a 10% off coupon so this was a great price! I love a good monogram on anything so this tree skirt is amazing!

Here she is, all light and bright! I love coming home to see this tree. Since I used the lights we have always had on the OSU tree, we bought new strands for this one. I think next year I’ll add more lights and even more ornaments to really fill and brighten her up! I loved adding on the ribbon this year – I’ve never done that before but I think will continue to do so as it gives it a little ‘something, something’ extra.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed our two trees, we love them!

I am linking up to Thifty Decor Chick’s Christmas Tree linky party and Hooked on Houses Holiday Tour. I hope you’ll join me and visit them to see everyone else’s fab trees!

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