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

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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My House Right Now – between holidays

When we got back from Maui, I packed up my fall decor.  I know…party pooper. Since I had to get the bins down to put Halloween away, I put all the fall decor away too.  So her I sit…between holidays.

Here is a quick glimpse at a few corners of my house that I’ve made do with what I have laying around.

A maple leaf branch found it’s way to my kitchen window {and while it only lasted a few short days, it was sure pretty!}.

leaves in simple vase  at home in the northwest

I wasn’t crazy about my fall mantel decor {which is why you never saw it posted on my blog}.  I cleared it off, and love it so much more now!

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{Dan wasn’t sure about the empty frame, but I assured him it was ok.}

One of my favorite places to decorate is the back of the toilet.  Books and a plant. So simple and yet perfect!

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And here is a corner of my family room.

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While I was up in the attic putting fall decor away, I couldn’t resist bringing down this great print.  It’s the only Christmas item I brought down. So it sits among the gourds that I’ve yet to throw away.

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I’m not sure how much longer I can wait to decorate for Christmas! I may have to dig the bins down this weekend.

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jen

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Family Room Before and After

Do you remember the hutch transformation that I shared with you back in May?  Today I’m going to show you the rest of the room!

My client moved into the house last fall and she needed help pulling the room together.

This is what it looked like when the house was purchased…

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Before moving in, the room was painted a light gray color and the brick around the fireplace was painted white.

FAMILY ROOM BEFORE 2

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The furniture was already a good neutral color, so after they got settled in the house, I got to work!

The red hutch above was painted white and moved across the room.  And a few accessories were purchased to help style the shelves.

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Curtains were hung and an end table, lamp and vase with flowers were added to the room…

AFTER 4

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AFTER 5

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Doesn’t it look great!?

Summer has gotten the best of me and my blogging has suffered!  Thanks for being patient as I am slow to produce new blog posts. I have lots of post ideas in my head….it’s just finding the time to get them written!!

jen

Painted Fireplace Before and After

Several months ago, a friend and client of mine moved into a new house.  The fireplace needed a little facelift.

brick fireplace before

Before moving in, the walls were painted a light gray and the brick around the fireplace was painted white.

Here is the fireplace today!

BRICK FIREPLACE AFTER

Quite a jaw dropping difference!

Once again, the magic of paint amazes me!

Over the next week, I’ll be revealing a few other projects from this room as well.  So make sure you come back to check it out!

jen

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