Today I’m sharing how my house/haus is looking for the holidays. I tend to embrace more of the traditional style for the holidays, trying to mix in a little bit of my eclectic style where appropriate. (It’s hard to talk about “styles” without sounding fussy, so to be clear, I just want it to look festive and fun for Christmas. No biggie.) Oh, and I wanted to get a couple of wider interior shots before it all changes for the big floor plan switch. Here we go…
Here’s a look into the living room, which will become the bedroom in the new year. The logs in the fireplace project ended up being the perfect addition to the decor for winter. I also have super traditional stockings. You can’t see the front of mine (when it’s front facing it has the opposite orientation as the others so I flipped it around) but mine is a Winnie the Pooh stocking, specifically him and Piglet on a sleigh. I’ve had it since 5th grade or so, I think. I used to love me some Winnie the Pooh.
Here’s a closer look at the mantle. I have some faux evergreen garland, paired with white LED lights. I keep these on 24/7. I love the warmth they bring. And of course I kept my ceramic hand (from High Street Cincinnati) and the white ceramic vase (from Michael’s). The gold sparkly sticks – which appear in almost every room for the holidays – are from Home Goods.
Here’s the view standing by the kitchen entry looking into the Black Room (to-be-living room) and the current living room. Notice my tree is also very traditional. I love the green branches and the white lights. The ornaments are a mix of store-bought plastic ornaments in gold and red, with more personal ornaments I’ve started to collect just over the last few years. Can you spot my Marilyn Monroe ornament? She’s wearing a pink dress. Also, I’m hoping I won’t miss my black walls (although the chalkboard wall is staying) because I am loving them in this photo.
Aaron did a great projector-assisted drawing for the chalkboard wall. Can you read what it says? Everything on this little dresser is from this place in Florence, Kentucky called The Christmas Tree Shoppe. It’s the oddest little store opened year round (and filled with non-holiday items) and best of all, they have great prices on Christmas decor. The dresser is my 1950’s Lane dresser, which was in my aunt’s barn (!), and I’ve been hemming and hawing on what to do with the finish, if anything. I think I like it as-is, even if the top is a little beat up. You can see the top in the photo below.
The Santa was the typical, colorful resin Santa you’d find anywhere, so Aaron spray painted him a matte white to make him pop against the wall and “modern him up” a little. I love him!
In the kitchen I’ve done just a few things to the kitchen table (which was until just recently in the Black Room). I added a red placemat from Garden Ridge, and a red tealight holder to the top of the stack of books. And of course, my glittery gold sticks stayed in the vase (from Michael’s).
I love how the tealight makes the red glass jar sparkle. It’s too fun. It was also from The Christmas Tree Shoppe, for like $2. It had some weird, dangly charms going down the side that I just cut off with tin snips.
On the outside of my home, I’ve done very little, but I do have a real wreath adorning my front door. I picked it up at the Christmas tree farm outing and have since doused it in glitter (just sprayed it with spray adhesive and dumped a whole jar of Martha Stewart craft glitter on it) to make it sparkle. The pinecones are cinnamon-scented and smell absolutely heavenly as I enter and exit my house every day. The pinecones are attached with green gardening twine I use to hold up my flower bushes.
Some fun detail shots – the front door wreath, the Christmas tree and the logs in the fireplace.
One of the things on my to do list this season was to get a shot of Aaron and I with the dogs. The above is about as close as we got. Oh boy, you should see some of the outtakes. Haha.
I’m ending with my favorite picture from the tour. There’s Suge being his typical watch dog self.
Happy holidays from Aaron, myself and our furry gang. Hope you enjoyed the tour!
p/s: What’s your favorite holiday candle scent? I’ve struck out so far. Let me know!