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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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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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I finally finished my OSU tree skirt! Better late than never, right? It was several hours of folding, gluing and repeating so it took me some time to actually finish my DIY tree skirt. I found inspiration on Pinterest (where else?!) and followed Ashley’s directions to make my own version.

Here’s a little looksy at what I did! I had a serious case of not being able to focus on anything because I have been too busy enjoying just living this month and I have loved every second of it! Sunday night I finally sat down (well, I didn’t have a choice, I injured my ankle and couldn’t walk) and finished the easiest tree skirt, ever.

First, you cut a ton of strips of fabric. I used burlap in orange and black (the Oklahoma State colors). It was only $3.99/yard at Hobby Lobby and I got 2 yards of each. I ended up having too much for the tree skirt I used, so you might be able to use 1-1.5 yards. I don’t like following the rules of most tutorials, the rules this time being cut 2-3″ strips, so I just cut at random. I know, getting crazy over here!

The tree skirt I used as the base is from a local thrift store and was $3 – not too shabby! You use a ton of glue guns (in my case, I had to buy another glue gun because mine died) and just start gluing. I would put a little glue down, fold the fabric and press. You will get some burned fingers but you learn to tough it out – well, I did at least. I didn’t want to bother with pins so I sucked it up and continued on!

Here’s what it looked like for almost 2 weeks. That’s right, I did exactly two folds and called it quits for a while. I told you – serious distractions this month and no desire to sit still! So, we stepped around it until I realized I had the girls from book club coming over so I had to step up my game and get it finished!

Once I got on a roll, it wasn’t that bad. I would glue, fold, press and then repeated this process about a million and twelve times. (Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration…maybe) Not being able to walk around and do anything this weekend was a definite help and reason to sit still for so long! As I got closer to the center, it got easier and faster since there wasn’t as much gluing and folding.

Total, this project probably took about 2.5 hours. It cost $20 but since I didn’t use all of the fabric (kept the leftover strips for other projects!) we’ll call it $12. Not too bad for a new tree skirt that is 100% customized and personal to our second living room! I love the way it turned out – so fun and festive for this area. Next year, I want to wrap up some empty boxes and put them under the tree so you can’t see the stand. In orange and black, of course 🙂

Merry Christmas – Go Pokes!

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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, 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? 🙂

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. 🙂 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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