Christmas Home Tour {part 1}

Welcome!

Today I’d like to share a few rooms of my house, all decorated for the holidays.  I got an early start this year. I dragged the bins out of our attic before Thanksgiving, so things have been decorated for a while now.  But I neglected to take pictures until this week.  Of course, I also waited until it was dark and rainy, thus making for poor lighting.  But thank goodness for a tripod!

If you were walking into my home, I would like to think I’d offer you a cup of coffee. Or something to warm you up. But we’re not coffee drinkers.  So you don’t want me making you a cup o’ joe!  But I’d probably offer you a diet coke or some water – with the option of ice or no ice {I always choose ice. It make a drink more fun.}

OK. On to the tour.

 First stop is the living room….P4870940

This bench isn’t typically behind the couch.  It’s originally from the entry, but last winter when we painted, I moved it over to the window in this room.  And now that we have a Christmas tree in that window, the poor bench has moved yet again.

The chalkboard above the fireplace is a recent addition to this room.  I was inspired by House Seven.  She has a similar one in her dining room that I fell in love with. So I buzzed over to Lowes and had them cut me a piece of plywood. I painted it, added some stained trim and the project was complete!

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I ordered a really long strand of these micro lights on Amazon.  They were inexpensive {$15 for 33 feet}, and they are DIMMABLE!  So instead of being a bright light that hurts your eyes, I can dial it down to 10% and it gives off a nice glow.

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And here is the tree.  We are at the stage of life when our tree has no theme.  The main idea with our tree is ‘anything goes’.  I add lights and red wooden berries. And the rest is a hodge podge of random ornaments.  One of which is an old Safeway receipt that Jack looped a piece of ribbon through.  It was the sweetest little ornament made by a toddler. So it still hangs on our tree all these years later.

I haven’t typically blogged much about the living room, because I didn’t love the room.  I was tired of the yellows walls and dark furniture. But we had our main floor painted this past winter.  And a few months ago, I had Dan help me switch the couches between the playroom and the living room. And I’m starting to love this room again! It’s so much brighter. And much more neutral, giving me more flexibility with my decorating.

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The couch is from the Pottery Barn and it has been well loved.  The cushions have been jumped on. Slept on. Moved around. Thrown around. And they show the wear and tear.  But it’s a really comfortable couch, and I find that we sit in this room a lot more now.  And last week, we added this rug from Rugs USA.  It’s a nice added layer of texture to the space.

I typically display Christmas cards on a little metal wall hanging.  But this year, I added some twine to an old door that I have leaning against the wall instead.

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Greens, ribbon and pinecones were added to the top of the door.  And when a card arrives in the mail,  we just attach it with a clothespin!

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This year we took down our play set since the kids had {mostly} outgrown it.  But we kept the cute house part of it because it had too much character to get rid of. And if no one wants to play in it, we can use it for storage.  My mom had the idea to add a wreath to the door,  which I love!  I can look right out my kitchen window and see this!
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The lights were leftover from summer.  So all we needed was the wreath, ribbon and rubber boots!

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Thanks for reading!  Please come back tomorrow for a few more pictures of our home!

jen

Christmas House Tour – Part 1

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Today I thought I’d show a few pictures of Christmas around my house.  I kept it simple this year.  And both Dan and I agree that it’s our favorite decor year yet!  Here are a few images around my house…..enjoy!

Since I have so many pictures, I’ve divided it into two parts. Today, let’s take a peek at part 1!

Simple tree wrapped in burlap

I wrapped a lot of little trees in burlap this year…

BURLAP and RIBBON WRAPPED TREE

And some may argue that black ribbon is a bit unconventional, but I like it!

I just received this darling antler pillow from Kendra with So Vintage Chic. She runs a great store on Etsy.   I love her linen pillows.

antler pillow and blanket

antler pillow cable knit pillow

 We’re in the process of getting bids on having the main floor painted and mantel redone. But for now, we still have a yellow room….So I made the most of it with my mantel decorations.

merry and bright chalkboard mantel

What’s that? More burlap wrapped trees!?

I tore the covers off some books to give some texture and height to my candles.

candles and pinecones on torn books

And I layered my chalkboard on top of my old ceiling tin.  This was partially out of laziness, but I like how it looks!

MANTLE merry and bright chalkboard

Our front entry has a big vacant spot above our front door.  I recently purchased a deer head from Kirklands.  I’ve heard some funny comments about it, but I like him!  I added a wreath and ribbon for Christmas, which gives him a bit of color.

deer with antlers and wreath and bow

DEER WITH ANTLERS AND WREATH WITH BOW 2

I have a lot more pictures to show you, so come back tomorrow to look at more of my Christmas decor (part 2)!

thanks,

jen

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steward of design

Happy Fall! {and a peek at my fall decor}

Well, helloooo!  Did you miss me!?  I didn’t mean to take a sabbatical from my blog, but I guess summer got the best of me!

Fall is a favorite season for me – well, who am I kidding. I love all of the seasons.  But fall is a definite favorite.  Even though we’re still having warm weather here in the northwest, I dug out my fall decor.    So below, I’m sharing a few snapshots of some fall vignettes around my house!

First, the mantel.   I used some orange flowers and placed them in mismatched glass jars, then drew a simple pumpkin on the chalkboard.

Fall mantel - pumpkin chalkboard with gold frame

Fall mantel - orange flowers in vase

And in the entry, I did something similar since I had an extra bunch of flowers.

FALL VIGNETTE RATTAN TRAY, FLOWERS IN JAR

And in the kitchen, a lantern and fern combination.

FALL LANTERN - FERN - PUMPKIN IN LANTERN

This last one is my favorite fall vignette.  I love the neutral palette.  I picked the tray up a few weeks ago and really like the soft color against the dark finish on our table.

NEUTRAL VIGNETTE - FALL TRAY WITH ANTLERS AND PUMPKIN

Now if only it would start feeling like fall!  I’m over this 70 and 80 degree weather (sorry, everyone!) But I’m a northwest girl at heart and am ready for some cooler temps.

jen

CHRISTMAS AROUND MY HOUSE

We’re all decorated for Christmas and enjoying the cozy feel.  So today I thought I’d share some corners and vignettes throughout our home.

Sit back and enjoy!

CHRISTMAS WREATH  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

…the mantel

christmas mantel 2013  at home in the northwest

at home in the northwest mantel 2013  chalkboard frame with wreath

…dining room…

christmas vignette  at home in the northwest

merry and bright chalkboard  at home in the northwest

…the kitchen…

joy christmas chalkboard 2013  at home in the northwest

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…family room [and our new sectional]…

christmas pillows  at home in the northwest

CHRISTMAS PILLOWS AND SANTA  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

christmas wreath on windows  at home in the northwest

christmas lantern  at home in the northwest

…mudroom…

mudroom  at home in the northwest

METAL BUCKET AND GREENS  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

I hope you’re home is all decorated for Christmas too!!

Have a great week!

jen

My Mantel : Christmas 2013

When I decorate each year, I try not to look back at pictures of previous years. I like that it looks different each year.  This year, my mantel is simple.

And here it is…

christmas mantel 2013  at home in the northwest

The chunky gold frame came from a friend at a garage sale.  I added a piece of wood and turned it into a chalkboard.

Then I added the wreath and lit greens.

at home in the northwest mantel 2013  chalkboard frame with wreath

Simple.

I didn’t even hang up our Christmas stockings! {Don’t tell the kids…I don’t think they’ve noticed yet that they aren’t up.}  I will bring them out, of course, for Santa’s arrival on the 24th.

So that’s it!  What about you!? What does your mantel look like this year?

jen

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ten june

One Room Challenge Week 5 – Painting Progress

Hello everyone! Here we are at week 5 of the one room challenge.  Only one week to go…and then, in theory, this room should be complete.  One would think 6 weeks is ample time to complete a room {and please note, I actually started on this project BEFORE the ORC even started! So I had a head start – and I’m still not where I’d like to be.} You’re probably not interested in the excuses for my lack of progress. You’re thinking, ‘show me some pictures!’

So here we go.

This week, I thought I’d tackle the the dresser.  It was stained in a medium wood tone.  And it needed to be lightened to match the gray walls and white furniture.

Here’s the before…

DRESSER BEFORE PAINT....at home in the northwest

This weekend, I dug out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.  A few coats of paint, some sanding and a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax, and the task was complete!

dresser painted with annie sloan chalk paint pure white....at home in the northwest

Did you notice the little lamp got a bit of pink spraypaint?!  The first picture above shows it in dark bronze. And the next picture shows it  in all it’s pink glory.

Back to the dresser….I really hadn’t planned on going with a distressed look {or as Emmie is calling it, an ‘old time look’}.  But as I was sanding down the chalk paint, it started to rough up the edges.  It was hard to avoid since the bottom layer was a wood finish.  So….I went with it. I can always add more paint later if I get tired of it.  But for now, it’ll just disguise any bumps or scratches that it receives from its 7 year old roommate!

Here is a closer look….

dresser painted with annie sloan chalk paint pure white...at home in the northwest

The old wooden drawer pulls were updated with a little glass pull.  Very feminine {and very cheap! $2.97 at Lowes!}.

I’m happy with it.  And I think Emmie has adjusted to the ‘old time look’.

You might be wondering how my bed building progress is going?!  Well, let’s just say it’s not.  I have to say, I’m not sure it’ll get completed in time.   But don’t give up on me yet! The bed WILL get done. It just may not be done by week 6.

Make sure you come back next week for the final reveal!

jen

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calling it home, miss mustard seed

 

Kitchen Chalkboard Art

This weekend, I worked on some chalkboard art for my kitchen.  My tabletop chalkboard had a bible verse from Valentine’s Day that was ready for an update.

I searched for some inspiration online and came across this:

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So I got out my handy dandy chalkboard pen and started drawing.  I added ‘eat’ at the bottom and my chalkboard was updated!

kitchen chalkboard art at home in the nw

 {Wouldn’t it be fun to add your last name under the silverware like the sample above?! Gilday’s Kitchen! I love it!}

Are you updating your chalkboards for spring!? If so, what is written on them?

jen

 

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