Christmas Home Tour {Part 2}

Welcome back!!

Yesterday, I shared part of our home, all decorated for the holidays.    And today, I’ll show you some more!

Come on in! We’ll start at the front door.

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We moved the bench and shelf from the entry and pulled this cabinet in for a change.

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The jumbo picture of our kids is an engineering print from Staples that cost less than $5. I had some art in this frame that I was tired of. So I painted the frame and added the picture of the kids instead!

Simple trees, and old toolbox with pinecones peeking out the lid add some color to the entry. With the addition of some twinkling lights on the trees too.

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Instead of garland on the railing, I hung wreaths this year instead.  I miss the glow of the lights that are usually there, but I enjoy changing things up a bit.  And behind that, you can catch a glimpse of the gallery wall that we updated when the entry was painted this past year.

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Here is the other side of the entry.

Flanking the door are the kids Santa pictures.  We go see him every year.  And while the pictures make for a busy display on the wall, it’s fun to watch the kids grow up year to year in the pictures.
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By the kitchen sink, I added some berries, ribbon and pinecones to the fern.

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Can you see the cute playhouse that I showed you yesterday just out the window?  I love that view.

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This summer we had a window seat built in the kitchen.  And just a few weeks ago, it was finally painted! We’re still waiting on the cushion to be made.  But I love how it adds so much seating to our kitchen. Comfortable seating!

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And since our family room and kitchen are an open concept, the window seat helps blend the two areas together.

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And there’s the cute playhouse again, just out the window again!

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And once again, more pinecones and red berries!

That wraps up our house tour this holiday season!

Thanks for following along!

jen

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

Entry Update: Painted Front Door

A few weeks ago, we had the first floor painted in our house.  It was crazy having painters in the house, shuffling furniture around, moving wall decor, etc.  But it was worth all of the effort!  We’re really happy with the finished product.

I have more pictures to share, but I’ll start with our entry.

The front door was white, and since the painters were here, I figured I’d have them paint the inside of the front door too!

Here is the before …

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Yellow walls and a plain white front door….

And now, the after!

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Since I don’t have yellow walls, I can now accessorize with yellow.  Like the Target rug below!

DOOR Kendall charcoal benjamin moore .... rug target

And my deer head.  Dan wasn’t fond of it at the beginning.  But I think he’s warmed up to our little friend!

Front door after ... doors benjamin moore kendall charcoal  ... walls benjamin moore classic gray

Here are the details:

wall paint color: benjamin moore classic gray

door paint color: benjamin moore kendall charcoal

deer head: kirklands

wreath: target

ribbon: amazon.com

And here’s one last look at the after.  I’m over the moon with how it turned out!

painted front door with benjamin moore kendall charcoal - at home in the northwest blog

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.

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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

Recycling Pinecones and Faux Berries

Did you survive Christmas?! It’s hard to believe it’s already over with.  If you’re like me,  today is a day to deal with the clutter. Everything needs to find a home because I’m done looking at the piles.  Before you pick up all of your Christmas decor, I wanted to share one of my posts from last Christmas.  I hope you find it helpful….

So Christmas is over and you’re probably ready to clean up your holiday decor….or maybe you already have!

But before you throw out that Costco wreath….

…make sure you remove the faux berries and pine cones!

They are probably attached with some wire.  Simply untwist the wire from the back or grab some scissors and cut them off.

Then next year, when it’s time to decorate for Christmas, you’ll have a few extra pine cones and faux berries to help dress up your house! You’ll be amazed how many you will accumulate over the years!

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

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at home in the northwest mantel 2013  chalkboard frame with wreath

…dining room…

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merry and bright chalkboard  at home in the northwest

…the kitchen…

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…family room [and our new sectional]…

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CHRISTMAS PILLOWS AND SANTA  AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

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christmas lantern  at home in the northwest

…mudroom…

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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

removing wire from a ribbon

I’m recently bought a boxwood wreath from Target.

I wanted to use my red and white striped ribbon, but it was wired.

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One might think that wired ribbon would have more ‘life’ to it.  But in this situation, I feel like the ribbon looked particularly stiff and forced.

After a quick pull on each side of the ribbon, the wire was out!

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Then I hung the wreath back up…

Boxwood Wreath and Striped Ribbon  at home in the northwest

It’s much more relaxed to me now! Just the look I was hoping for.

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And the red against the green….perfect!

boxwood and striped ribbon  at home in the northwest

Such an easy update!

jen

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