Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday House Walk {Part 1}
Welcome to my Christmas Home Tour, part one!  I am going to be honest here...I am NOT a photographer so excuse the not-so-great pictures!  One of these days, I am going to learn how to use our fancy camera!  Hopefully you can still enjoy a glimpse into our home.  Up first, the entryway and living room! 
Welcome...come on in!
The theme this year was neutral and natural.  I went with simple touches throughout the house this year and am really enjoying the subtle, cozy feel the decor has added!

I used faux garland and jute ribbon to add a festive touch to our staircase.  While I love the look of real greenery, I like that I can use this year after year and it looks close to the real thing!

I made the JOY banner with letters I found at Hobby Lobby.  A simple project that cost under $5!  I added the same garland to the mirrors as I have on the staircase.  The card catalog is one of my favorite antique store finds.  I will be posting a tutorial of how I refinished it very soon!
 This little pine tree was an Ikea purchase from last year. I wrapped some burlap around the base to cover the planter it came in...a simple way to give it a fresh look.  The sparkly antlers are from Michaels, one of my favorite purchases this year!
A faux fur throw adds a touch of warmth to the couch!  It's a great place to snuggle up with a cup of coffee!

Another one of my favorite purchases last year was the NOEL marquee sign from Target.  I gave it a fresh look this year by painting the letters gray.  I love the way it matches the rest of our decor.  The two small trees are from Tuesday Morning.  I placed them in galvanized buckets from the hardware store to compliment the industrial elements in the room. 

The burlap stockings added some texture to the fireplace.  They were purchased off etsy a few years ago.  I added the mini-chalkboard name tags to give them a personalized touch!
Our Christmas tree sits in the "reading nook" area. It is the perfect place to sit and read while enjoying the glow from the Christmas tree!
I found this little bottle brush tree at Walmart a few years ago...this is one of my favorite ornaments and cost under $2!  Jute and burlap ribbon were used to finish off the tree.
You can read more about our tree by clicking HERE!
A simple crate full of pinecones and a oversized jar with branches carry out the natural theme on the coffee table.  I added small lights to the pinecones to create a whimsical look! 

There is just something to welcoming about a house decorated for the holidays! 

Thank you for stopping by!  Be sure and check back soon to see the rest of our home decorated for Christmas!


Friday, November 28, 2014

Hosting a Holiday Soiree {Sponsored by Tuesday Morning}

I am excited to once again be teaming up with Tuesday Morning today!  They asked me to share some ideas and tips on hosting a holiday soiree and you can check out my post by clicking HERE!

Here is a sneak peek of what you will see over there!

Can we just talk about all these fun items! One shopping trip to Tuesday Morning was all I needed for the perfect tablescape!  The 3 tier stand was one of my favorite Tuesday Morning finds at just $49.99, compared to $89.99 at other retailers.  It is always nice to find versatile items that can be used in several different ways!

When I came across the burlap table runner, it immediately went into my cart.  Even though it is perfect with this table setting, it will also work in a variety of settings! You can never go wrong with burlap!

I also love their selection of pretty paper goods.  The napkins were perfect with my color scheme and at just $1.99, compared to $6 elsewhere, they were in inexpensive way to add a pretty pattern with a functional item!

So there is a sneak go check out their BLOG by clicking here!

We have also put together a great Pinterest board full of inspiration to help you plan your own holiday soiree!  Click HERE to check it out!

Also, don't forget to enter their giveaway (sign up is after the blog post on their website) for a chance to win these awesome products:
Moscow Mule solid copper mugs (set of 2)
Madison 13-piece wine set
Towle 101 piece flatware set (service for 12).

You can find the Tuesday Morning store closest to you by clicking HERE!
Happy Shopping!