Christmas at our home

Welcome to our home at Christmastime…

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I am not going to call this a home tour because honestly it is just a few rooms and if you have seen some “Christmas home tours” this month, and are expecting that in this post, it’s just not going to happen.  But this is OUR home at Christmas and I love it.  Filled with thrift store and yard sale finds from the furniture, décor, and even Christmas décor picked up through the years; intermixed with clearance finds, things I have made, and a few store bought pieces I add each year; and decorated in traditional Christmas colors and many rustic/natural elements as well like burlap, pinecones, logs, berries, and more.    Our home and décor is not elaborate or even expensive, but it is cozy and warm and it is HOME.  Our haven from the world, the place where we live and make memories, where we can be at peace.  

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I will keep the talking to a minimum and just let you take a peek at the pictures (cause that’s what you are here for anyways! Smile)

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I have so loved this simple layered thrift store wreath!  I may have to find a way to keep it for winter.

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I just love our Christmas front porch.  

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Let’s take a step inside and peek into the living room.

ornaments in a lantern

 

mercury glass owl and Christmas tree

Even though it is a dark, dreary day outside the room is just AGLOW with Christmas lights and candles.

Christmas living room and mantel

poinsettia Christmas pillow

red lantern on coffee table

We don’t burn wood in our fireplace but these candles and a candle stand gotten as a wedding present years ago gives the same effect. 

candles in fireplace

Our tree this year decorated in plaid and burlap ribbon, red/brown/gold ornaments, pinecones, berries, swirly sticks, and homemade cinnamon scented ornaments.  All things reused from previous years made into a new theme this year. 

Christmas tree decorated in plaids and burlap and rustic elements

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Christmas tree

The mantel is adorned with some DIY art and many yard sale finds and decorated with red, greens and whites and candlelight and Christmas lights.

Christmas mantel

red lantern on hearth

Yes, I LOVE my lanterns.  I use them all throughout my home and to decorate for events.

Christmas decorating with old windows

poinsettia Christmas pillow

Christmas living room view of mantel and tree

The little sweater wrapped candles were a new purchase this year – $3.00 from Walmart.  (Hoping to find some more on clearance after Christmas!)

sweater candle on magazines in living room 

Christmas living room and entryway

If we take a walk upstairs you will see my Hallmark snowmen collection which I collected the first few years of our marriage.    I just love snowmen and these are so fun and sing a different Christmas song. 

Hallmark snowmen on stairs

My nieces and nephew (ages 3-7) spend the night with us often so they have little trees in our guest room/their rooms.  This is my nephews Snoopy and blue ornament tree in his room.

Snoopy and blue ornaments tree

And this is the sight I see when I get to the top of the stairs – I just adore this white pre-lit tree with pastel lights!  It  was a $3 yard sale find the first weekend of December and made 2 little girls (and their aunt) very happy!  Could not be more perfect!

pink and white tree in guest room

I am smiling a bit at the multitude of ornaments on the bottom branches – but they did a good job decorating it.

pink flourescent tree

I am on the lookout for a white or flocked skinny tree to go in our bedroom for next year!  Would be so pretty in our gray bedroom!

Now let’s walk back down the stairs into the living room…

cozy Christmas living room

And take a peek into the kitchen.

Christmas kitchen

Oh, how I love these chalky painted mason jars I made this year!  They may have to stay out for Valentine’s Day. Smile

Chalky finish mason jar Christmas centerpiece

Christmas kitchen and Christmas tablescape

My view from the kitchen sink.

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And then we can head back out down the entryway. 

Christmas decorating with old windows

Where our DIY Christmas countdown calendar is displayed and has been so enjoyed this year. 

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And yes, there is mistletoe Winking smile  Right by the front door so I can greet my husband when he comes from work.

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I truly do enjoy our home… It is not perfect, it is not in our ideal location … but as I look around I am reminded that we are blessed and I am thankful that it feels like HOME, not just a house.

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It truly is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”… as we enjoy memories made with our little family, the beauty found all around ,and most importantly celebrate the birth of our Savior and marvel at the wonder of it all.  That He would come to earth as a little baby to then one day give His life that we may have eternal life – the greatest gift of all!

red lantern centerpiece on coffee table and mantel

Merry Christmas from our home to yours, from me to you!!  May you truly have a blessed Christmas. 

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Comments

  1. Your home is so lovely! It makes me wish I could pop in for a visit. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Your home looks so magical with all the lights and candles. I love it!!! I second the motion to keep the mason jars up until Valentines Day. I am going to have to try to make myself some, they are so cute!!! Have a Merry Christmas!
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  3. Christina, your home is beautiful. You make it that way with all of your loving touches. 🙂

    Merry Christmas!!
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  4. Beautifully decorated- Merry Christmas!!

  5. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family! I love your Christmas decorations and the warm, bright light throughout the house. It feels like home even in the pictures, cozy and inviting. Thanks for sharing the beauty!

  6. Christina,
    Your home is so beautifully decorated for Christmas…thank you for sharing and inviting us inside! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.
    Blessings to you,
    Lanita

  7. Merry Christmas, Christina!!! Love the Christmas tour. Trust your sweet family will have a beautiful end of 2014.
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  8. Melissa Chapman says:

    Everything looks lovely! You have the perfect mix of Christmas without clutter. You are inspiring! I too love to be thrifty. Enjoy this special time of year. Christ’s birth – What a gift!!!

  9. What a beautiful home! Christina, your Christmas decor is so festive and welcoming and just makes your home glow! I love your your sweater covered candles and your Mason jars are so cute! I’m off to pin!

  10. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your home with us. Love your emphasis on Christ’s birth. This is WHY we celebrate…His birth, death, and resurrection that we may have eternal life. Love your blog. Simple inspiration! Merry Christmas!

  11. Marilyn Patton says:

    Your house is just beautiful, love all the yard sale finds, wish I could get out and pick up some things but I have medical problems, hopefully next year.

  12. I think your home is perfectly decorated. It is beautiful and I think that you decorating for your neices and nephew is so sweet. What special memories you are making with them to treasure for a lifetime.

    I have enjoyed all the blogs I follow Christmas Home Tours and yours is amonbg my favorite! It is just the right touches. I appreciate you sharing and keeping it real. I also love that in your post you shared the moist IMPORTANT thing at Christmas and always…JESUS….

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!
    Sherri

  13. This was a lovely home tour that I enjoyed alot! Thank you for sharing it with us. Also thank you for expressing the real meaning of Christmas!

  14. Lovely home. Thanks for sharing some great ideas. Doesn’t take a bunch of money to do things up wonderfully! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  15. You have a very joyful home! Merry Christmas!

  16. I love all of it but especially your candles! And so sweet of you to have some special small trees for the kiddos to enjoy when there! God bless in 2015! And one quick question–maybe you can let me know on FB or whatever, what settings did you use for your last Christmas bokeh photo?!! It’s gorgeous! Something I still haven’t figured out! Did you do the tiny hold in paper trick? Thanks!

  17. Everything is lovely. I am always inspired by your décor. I especially love your lanterns and am going to be on the lookout for some for our home. Thanks for sharing.

  18. OMG LOVE your Christmas decor! Did you get that owl at dollar tree? I have the same one and I bought a red one too lol love them!

  19. Seeing this for the first time this year, and it is GORGEOUS! I love everything. I will be including your living room mantle in a round up of Beautiful Christmas Mantles coming up Wednesday (11/4/15) on my blog!
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  20. I absolutely love everything about your home! So cute for the holidays!

  21. Very beautiful. ..may you and your family be blessed.?

  22. I love the Christmas spirit that is displayed throughout your house! Beautiful! Can I ask where you found your little white bench on the fireplace? I’ve been looking for one similar everywhere, but I’ve had no luck. Thanks in advance!!

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