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

Painting: Family Room Update

A few weeks ago, we had the main floor of our house painted.  What a difference new paint can make!!  I shared a few pictures of our newly painted entry (And I still have more pictures to share!)  But today, I’ll show you our family room.   The wall color is the same as the entry: Benjamin Moor Classic Gray.

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In case you forgot what the family room looked like, here is a before picture.

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… B E F O R E …

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… B E F O R E …

And now, with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moor Classic Gray paint…..

 . . . t h e   a f t e r . . .

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I think the picture below is my favorite.  If you look at the before pictures, I had an old door propped here.  When we painted, I of course had to move things out of the room. When we pushed the couch back in place, I decided to move around the wall decor. This chalkboard found a new home here.

The cotton stem is from everyone’s favorite new HGTV show, Fixer Upper.  I ordered a bunch from Magnolia Homes and this stem was an extra one that didn’t fit in my vase…so it found a casual home on top of this frame!

FAMILY ROOM ben moore classic gray chalkboard print

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And here is a peek to the right of our sectional…

FAMILY ROOM ben moore classic gray old doors with wreath

I have an old cabinet that was always a challenge to open up. So I took the doors off! Now the cabinet is more functional, and I now have a fun  accessory to decorate with….old cabinet doors!

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I had a faded boxwood wreath in my garage that I hung from black and white striped ribbon.  It felt good to put the old wreath to use (instead of throwing it out).  And I love how it brightened up the doors!

OLD DOORS AND WREATH WITH RIBBON

Now, swinging over to the others side of the room sits Dan’s chair.  It’s the Hathaway Swivel Glider from Crate and Barrel. We special ordered it in a linen fabric about 18 months ago.  I think it blends nicely with the couch.

 CRATE AND BARREL SWIVEL CHAIR LINEN FABRIC AND WORLD MARKET STRIPE PILLOW

And recently, I picked up this lumbar pillow on a whim from World Market.  I hadn’t planned on putting it on this chair, but I love it there!

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There are still a few tweaks that we need to make to the room {like replacing the well loved area rug}. But for now, painting the room was the perfect update!

FAMILY ROOM ben moore classic gray gallery wall pottery barn sectional

Thanks for humoring me and looking through my many pictures today!

jen

Simple DIY Wall Painting for Christmas

A few weeks ago, I found this great {and simple} DIY Christmas wall hanging at Emily A. Clark’s blog.  {If you don’t already follow her blog, it’s a must read!}

I loved it so much that I made my own!

SIMPLE DIY PROJECT WITH DUCK CLOTH HOT GLUE GUN AND PAINT

I’m not an artist. And I can say that it was really easy! Just head over to Emily’s blog for a quick tutorial on how to make your own.

I made several for gifts and it was neat seeing how each one turned out different than the other.

I wasn’t sure where I’d hang mine…..and it finally landed in my powder room!

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DUCK CLOTH WALL HANGING SIMPLE DIY PROJECT

Thanks for stopping by today! Hard to believe that it’s only a few more days until Christmas.  I hope you’re ready to celebrate and can avoid the mall these next few days.

jen

Christmas House Tour – Part 2

Welcome back!  Sorry for the delay in getting the rest of my Christmas pictures to you!  Emmie was in a local production of the Nutcracker, so our weekend was quiet full.  It was so much fun, and quite exhausting at the same time.

A few days ago, I shared Part 1 of my Christmas house tour.  Thank you for coming back to see the rest of the house!  I won’t add much text….just scroll down to enjoy some more pictures….lots of pictures!

I ditched the standard tree skirt this year and went for a $12 galvanized bucket from Home Depot instead.

GALVANIZED BUCKET AS TREE STAND

We only have one Christmas tree. So it holds all of the ornaments.

Emmie helped me decorate the tree this year too, so the spacing isn’t perfect.  And the tree has a slight lean to it. And we were short on lights this year, too.

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It’s not magazine worthy, but it makes us smile.

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Our powder room has a bit of a neutral feel….

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And yet another burlap wrapped tree!

SIMPLE TREE AND GLITTERY REINDEER

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O HOLY NIGHT PRINT

BOTTLE BRUSHES, CANDLES AND PINE CONES

And the front porch…

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LANTERNS ON FRONT PORCH WITH GREENS AND PINECONES

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 Thanks for coming on my holiday house tour!  And if you missed part 1, click here.

jen

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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.

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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.

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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

My Front Porch

Happy summer everyone! The kids are out of school and we’re enjoying a slower pace to our days.  Yes, the kids get to go on errands with me (you can image the excitement when I announce “Today we’re going grocery shopping!!”).    But we’ve also had our fair share of lazy days…movies on the couch and playing with friends.

Flowers are starting to bloom and my pots are starting to fill out nicely.  So today I’ll show a few pictures of my front porch with you!

 I discovered I had tall grass that survived a long winter of neglect in some pots from last summer.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. Plant it in the garden? Or add it to a giant pot with other flowers?  After I took on the sweaty job of digging the grass out of last years pots,  I set it in one of my galvanized buckets for a minute until I could decide where I would put it permanently.

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But I happened to love how it looked in the old bucket!

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Sometimes it pays off to think outside of the box!  You never know what creative look you may discover!

Years ago, a neighbor had tossed the chair below in the trash.  I immediately brought it home, tightened the screws and gave it a fresh coat of black paint.  Over the years, it’s weathered quite a bit, which makes me love it even more.

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If you live in the greater Seattle area, you’re probably aware of the wonderful gardening store called Ravenna Gardens.  I went to University Village to Ravenna Gardens several weeks ago and had a great time putting together some arrangements for two big pots in front of our house.

POTTED FLOWERS

There are a few different shades of purple flowers and I paired them with a variety of greens.

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I even used moss in the pots.  Have you ever done that?

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I think it adds a lot of interest.

That’s it for today!  I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at some of my front porch decor!

jen

One Room Challenge Week 5 – Powder Room Update

I’m happy to announce that my bathroom is complete!  Though it wasn’t a big room to makeover….so it was very manageable to complete in a six week period. And here we are at only week 5!  If you’ve missed the previous weeks, you can catch up here (week 1week 2week 3, week 4).

This week I’ll share my last few decisions with you!  I finally chose  a rug and finished the medicine cabinet.  And next week…..the big reveal of the completed room!

Let’s first start with the cabinet….here’s a peek at the before:

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I gave it a fresh coat of white paint (using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that was leftover from Emmie’s room makeover).  And the knobs and hinges got a touch of gold spray paint left over from my mirror debacle!

GOLD HINGES

GOLD PULLS

Fabric was switched out to this John Robshaw fabric.

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And here is a look at the finished cabinet!

WHITE MEDICINE CABINET

 Amazing what a little paint and fabric can do!

And now the rugs….that was another long and involved process.  I wanted as big of a rug as possible, but it’s not a huge room. So I was a bit limited.

I found a few great rugs that were navy blue and white….just what I was looking for.  But unfortunately, I ran into a few issues.

The first rug was too big for the room.

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The next was too small.

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Then there was the rug that was too thick! The door wouldn’t open up (and I wasn’t 100% sold on the blue anyway…).

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{Is this starting to sound a touch like Goldilocks and The Three Bears?!}

So, I kept searching.

I tried an indoor/outdoor rug from Home Decorators.  The color online didn’t look 100% perfect for the bathroom.  But I was hopeful it would be ‘the one’ when it arrived.

Wrong. I didn’t love the blue. Or the beige trim.  It was too blah for me.

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The runner up was a great little rug from Target.

LIGHT BLUE TARGET RUG

While it wasn’t the winner for the bathroom right now,  I think I may keep it for when I want to freshen up the look in there.

And after all of that shopping, you won’t believe the rug that I’m using…..it’s one that I had in my entry!

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It’s a gray rug. Not navy as I’d initially planned. But the size and thickness worked (which were nonnegotiables for this room).  So I had to be a bit flexible on the color.

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Maybe someday the perfect navy rug will cross my path. For now, I’m quite happy with my little $29 Target purchase from my entry!

Next week is the big bathroom reveal! Make sure you come back to see the finished product! We’ll take one more look at the before and then look at the updated version!

There are a lot of other bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge as well! Hope over to Calling it Home to check them out!

Jen

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One Room Challenge Week 4 – The Powder Room

Welcome to week #4 of the One Room Challenge!

(If you’re just joining me, you can catch up on the last three weeks right here….week 1, week 2, week 3).

I’d like to start by thanking everyone for the comments on my mirror color!  Last week, I was in a major quandary about which color was best for our powder room.    There were so many great suggestions!  The good news is that I think I’ve found the right color!  I think in real life, it appears a touch more on the silver side. But in pictures, it shows up as more of a gold.  I took a ton of pictures and this was the most accurate.

CHAMPAGNE MIRROR

The shelves are hung up too!  I love how they look, but to be quite honest, I’m not thrilled with the quality.  Yes, you get what you pay for {and being that I only paid $20 per shelf, I’m shouldn’t be surprised I’m disappointed!}.

I wanted to see if I would like the height and spacing of the shelves, so I used painters tape as a visual guide.

painters tape as shelf guide

I was sure it would be easy to hang the shelves.  I don’t get scared away from wall anchors or securing something to my walls.  But for some darn reason, these shelves weren’t cooperating.

WALL CLEAT FOR SHELVES

I’m sure the above picture looks like things were going along perfectly fine.  But the shelf wouldn’t properly hook onto the wall cleat.  After drilling several holes into my newly painted and patched walls, I had to step away from the project. I was frustrated. And it was taking way too long.

A day later, I gave it another go and finally just accepted the fact that these shelves aren’t perfect.  They are hung, but they are not nearly as secure as I’d like. They don’t sit flush against the walls. And I have no idea why. Maybe my wall isn’t perfectly flat?  Or maybe it’s the cheap shelf. At any rate, I’m just living with it for now because I like how they look.

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As I started pulling out items to decorate the shelves, I remembered some sweet scripture prints that I bought awhile ago from Jones Design Company.   And they were even the right size for my frames!

JONES DESIGN COMPANY PRINT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE

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The prints bring just the right touch of color to the bathroom.

Things are really coming along!  I think the last big ‘to do’ for this one room challenge is to select a rug! Come back next week to see what I’ve chosen!

jen

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Wayfair Launches Birch Lane

If you haven’t already heard, let me share some fun retail news with you!  Wayfair launched a new company today called Birch Lane!

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Birch Lane focuses on traditional furniture and decor.  The website says that it’s a “new destination for classic style”.

Sounds intriguing enough for me!  So let’s do some shopping!  Here are a few of my favorites….

The Delaney Bed caught my eye.  It looks very ‘Restoration Hardware’.

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I’m always on the  hunt for new kitchen chairs.  {I hate to admit that we’re still using the set that I bought for $50 when we were first married!} The Emerson Dining Chair looks both comfortable and easy to keep clean {if you have little ones in the house}.  And being that they share a name with my 8 year old daughter, I couldn’t help but love them!

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The Tenley Rug is versatile enough to go in most rooms! And it looks like it would be soft on your bare feet too.

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The Brighton Metal Chandelier surprised me…..I thought it was wood at first glance!    It’s metal and it’s a show stopper.

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Then there are these mirrors!   They have an antiqued, mirrored center and they are sold in a set of 3.

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And if your table needs some decorating, there’s the Paige Runner.

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I think you can see that it’s a website worth checking out!  Go over to birchlane.com to see for yourself!  I always love a new resource for finding home decor! Thanks to Birch Lane, we now have one!

jen

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