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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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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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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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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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I love the original ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ print! I don’t have one but I’ve seen it everywhere. Thank goodness for Twitter and some of my favorite decorating bloggers who post great ideas from other blogs I have yet to discover. I was introduced to Jessica at Craftily Ever After last week when she posted a Christmas version of this print. She is so good…and so nice because these are all free for you to download and print! (Printing obviously costs but the download is free)

This plate holder is from Garden Ridge and I love the color of it. I usually have our photo album of the house before & after photos but I wanted to switch it up a little for Christmas. This frame, as well as the other two shown below, all came from Hobby Lobby. You can get this print too! Download it here.

How cute is this one?! I love it, especially since the usual crown at the top of the print is a shadow of three people caroling. This is temporarily taking the place of a vintage OSU game day program in our second living room (aka Conner’s living room, the OSU room or the game room…whichever you would like to call it). You can get this one too! Download it here.

Finally, there is this one! It sits on our entryway buffet and once again, the crown is replaced with the Three Wise Men. I like that this sign, plus the ‘Believe’ sign, help keep me focused on the real reason we have a month-long celebration of the holiday. I’m not sure why this one came out so dark, as the original print is a light tan color, but I still like it and hope you get this one too. Download it here.

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Well hello again…it is time for another Holiday Home party! I can’t wait to see everyone’s links and get some great ideas for our house.

I love our entryway buffet! Aside from our king-sized bed that I can never seem to drag myself out of every morning, it is definitely my most favorite piece of furniture in the house. It might have a little something to do with the fact that I found this piece and restored it myself…just maybe that might be it…

I always play around with the decorations in this area so it is the perfect place to showcase my 2010 Christmas Vignette for Southern Hospitality’s Holiday Home Linky Party, Kelly’s Korner’s Show Us Your Life Entryway Party and Hooked On Houses Impromptu Linky Party!

I think I’m still playing around with the decor here but for now, I like it! I wanted to do some whimsy with the traditional so I kept my orange platter (this OSU girl has to have a pop of orange in every room!) but put the traditional silver candle holders in it.

These candlesticks were a thrift store find for only $3.25…total! They were brassy, ugly gold. Gross. A quick spray of some silver spray paint and we were on our way to better holders! I added some faux snow (don’t kill me but I’m ready for snow!) and fresh greenery from one of the bushes in the backyard to round out the filled tray.

This mirror was a Hobby Lobby half-off purchase when we moved in and is a wonderful holder for my coffee filter wreath! I love this wreath more and more…so happy I tried it! Thanks to Jessica at Craftily Ever After for the “Wise Men Still Seek Him” print…I’ll show you all about that later this week.

This was another Hobby Lobby half-off purchase. More faux snow and some red ornaments transform it into a perfect Christmas accessory! The ‘Believe’ sign was a purchase at last year’s Junior League Mistletoe Market. I completely forgot about it until I opened up the Christmas storage tubs this year – love that!

This is the first thing you see when you walk in our front door and I am so happy with it! The lamp was left at one of Conner’s college rent houses and has been the best lamp I’ve ever had. I can put any shade on it and it works out great!

Thanks for visiting! I’ll leave you with one last shot of my favorite vignette area…come back soon, it will probably change in another week!

If you’d like to see how I transformed this buffet, check out my post here. I’m linking back to Southern Hospitality, Kelly’s Korner and Hooked on Houses for the parties…I hope you’ll join me!

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