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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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