Favorite Christmas Room

Hi Lovelies! Can you believe Christmas is less than two weeks away? I genuinely can’t.  I feel like people spend so much time saying it’s too early to decorate, it’s too early for Christmas…then all of a sudden it’s here and you feel like it went by way too fast! Am I the only one?

For the past couple of years we’ve decorated the week before Thanksgiving and then put the final trimmings on the tree on Thanksgiving Day…I love it.  It feels like we get to start enjoying the Christmas season as soon as the turkey plates are in the dishwasher and that’s just how I like it.

This year, I’m joining some blogger friends of mine and we’re sharing our favorite Christmas rooms with you! Isn’t that fun? If you’re following along with the tour, you just came from Kelly at The Tattered Pew’s kitchen.  Isn’t Kelly’s style beautiful?? It’s always so festive and welcoming, she knows what it means to create a true home for her family.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to all of the other Christmas rooms on the tour.  There is a great mix of rooms and styles so you don’t want to miss any of them!  For now, let’s focus on this house of books…my favorite Christmas room is our living room.

Our tree is obviously the focal point in this room and we adore it.  This year, we went with a 7.5 King Flock from King of Christmas.

I’m a normally a real tree, ride or die girl, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have one of these gorgeous trees. It’s so lifelike and the attention to detail is incredible. I’ve never seen a more beautiful tree, real or faux.

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We did end up putting a small, real tree in the dining room though. Can’t mess with tradition😉

Aother new piece in this room that has transformed the space is our rug from Rugs USA.  We finally got a rug big enough for this space and I’m obsessed with this moroccan pattern.  It’s super soft, doesn’t shed and would hide stains very well. You can find it here.

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If you follow me on Instagram you know that my theme this year was…not to have a theme. I just wanted to keep things simple and I’m so glad I did. Most of these decor pieces are here (or somewhere else in our home) year round.  With the exception of a few things like the tree, garland and DIY sign with my favorite Christmas lyrics this is our home.

I just wanted it to feel like our house with a little bit of Christmas sparkle. In years past I’ve put away everything that didn’t scream Christmas and in the process lost the identity of our home.  Things like the faux air plant in the gallery wall or black and white pillows would have been stashed away because they weren’t ‘Christmasy’ enough…this year I decided not to be so hard on myself.  I can’t tell you how good it feels, I just told my husband today this is my favorite Christmas yet.  The minimal decor vibe has transferred to our entire holiday season.  We’re just doing what we want, focusing on each other and not trying to squeeze so much in.  It’s been magical to say the least.

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I mentioned our DIY sign above and I’m so happy you guys love it.  I’ve gotten so many messages and emails asking where I got or how you can make it.

It’s as easy as buying a blank canvas at your local craft store and hot gluing whatever message you like with wooden craft letters.  So fun, right? We also have a larger version above our bed.

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Another piece we love is our simple, wooden advent calendar puzzle. It lives on our coffee table and my daughter gets to pick out a wooden piece every day to put on the mantel.  She can play with the unused pieces as a puzzle and we’ve had so much fun with it.

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We needed new stockings this year because we added a fourth family member:)  I found these at Hobby Lobby, but you can find a similar version here.

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Did y’all catch my stories about the fun knot pillows that I found for less than $10? I love this little cutie, it adds so much interest to any space.  You can find it here in a bunch of different colors.

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And that’s my favorite Christmas room!  I’ll forever treasure this room, no matter where we live, because it’s where we celebrate Christmas with our babies, cozy up at night together after they’ve gone to bed and make all of our best memories.

Thank you so much for stopping by and don’t forget to continue the tour! Areeba at Minty Candy Designs is up next and she’s sharing her gorgeous Christmas bedroom! Happy Holidays, lovelies!

xoxo,

Hayley

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How To: A Snowy, White Christmas Tree

Happy Friday, lovelies! I hope y’all had a fantastic week.  Here in North Texas it finally feels like the holiday season outside. It’s been cold and rainy all week and while I love the temperature I start to miss my sunshine.  No matter what the weather does it just can’t please me…I’ll try to work on that! 😉

You know what brings some brightness into my life when the sun won’t come out? My Christmas tree.

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If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m slightly obsessed with this tree…I might need an intervention.  Since I first posted this beauty I’ve had a ton of questions about how I achieved the snowy look and I wanted to take a minute to give y’all the 411.

First off, is my tree…

Real? Yes

Professionally Flocked? Yes (by Calloway’s Nursery)

That being said, you can definitely achieve this look with a faux tree or a real tree that hasn’t been flocked. Faux, flocked trees are easy to find from places like hayneedle and even Walmart has a great flocked line this year. If you have a real tree that you want flocked there are a ton of DIY guides on Pinterest that I’ve seen turn out very successfully.

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Now that you have a flocked tree, how do you make it even softer and snowier? Easy as…

  1. Buy a bag of Buffalo Snow
  2. Open the bag and pull it apart
  3. Stuff tufts of the snow into blank/open spots in your tree

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How simple is that? In the end you’re left with a tree straight out of a winter wonderland and you can add ornaments and other decoration or leave it bare. I flirted with leaving it bare after the lights, but did end up adding just a few white and gold ornaments to help it blend with the rest of our living room decor.

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So, what do you think? Do you like the look of a snowy Christmas tree? We normally have a traditional, green tree but after this tree I know things will be snowy around here for many years to come. Especially because real snow is pretty hard to come by in Texas on Christmas. I gotta get it any way I can, right??

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I provided you with some inspiration for your own tree. Have a lovely weekend, y’all! xoxo

 

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Plush Blanket Giveaway

Giveaway now closed, winner will be announced December 5th!

 

What’s better than a cozy, plush blanket on these cold winter nights?

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A glass of wine? A cookie? Okay, there are a couple things, but I don’t give away food here, ya’ll;)

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen this blanket before.  I got it a few months ago from hayneedle and it’s easily the most asked about item in my home.  Unfortunately, it’s now out of stock on hayneedle, but (this is a big but, you guys)…guess what?

I found another one! And do you know the really good news is? I’m going to give it to one of you!

*Disclaimer…I actually found two, but I have to keep one for myself. My family has been fighting over our original blanket and you don’t want us to hurt each other this close to Christmas, do you?

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Oh, did I forget to mention the one I’m giving away is gray?? Yup, it just got even better.

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is follow me on Instagram and leave a comment on this post telling me what’s cozier than this throw blanket. The winner will be chosen by random draw (although funny comments are appreciated and respected).

Only one comment per person please, I’m not putting your cute little name in that hat more than once, and you have until Sunday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m. CST to enter.  I will announce the winner on Instagram and reply to your comment on Monday, December 5th (don’t forget to leave your Instagram handle in the comment and check the box that notifies you by email when I reply to your comment) 

Good luck and I hope you have a cozy weekend! xoxo

 

 

p.s. this is a faux fur blanket, don’t get yourself in a tizzy

p.p.s. this giveaway is in no way affiliated with hayneedle, Intagram or any other company 

 

Holiday Home Tour, Part II

If you want to start at the beginning of my tour with Part I, click here

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Happy December! I’m so excited about today’s tour because I’m joined by some dear friends of mine who also happen to be some of the best home designers I know. I love these women and their homes and I know you will too. Please take a minute to check out their tours, you can find the links at the end of this post.

Okay! Back to my little house of books…

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Welcome! This is our front door and I had so much fun decorating this space.  If you follow me on Instagram or saw Part I of my holiday tour you know I’m a neutral gal and I didn’t do red for Christmas this year, but the front porch? That’s a whole different Christmas universe!

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Our street is very social and we spend a lot of time out here so it’s important to keep this space cozy and fun.  At least a couple of times a week we’re out here with the neighbors watching the kids play and having a drink after a long week.

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For the sitting porch I added a gorgeous, real boxwood wreath from Trader Joe’s. These are a yearly favorite of mine and they’re a steal at $9.99.  I also brought out a cute little chalkboard sign, some cozy blankets and filled my galvanized pieces with fresh clippings from our rosemary bushes.

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The showstopper here is our fresh garland, also from Trader Joe’s.  I added a fresh, fir wreath, small poinsettia, my vintage fruit crate and another one of my favorite holiday traditions: a cinnamon broom. These brooms are also from Trader Joe’s (seriously, these people should pay me…but they don’t. I just love their store that much).

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I get a cinnamon broom every year and usually put them inside, but the scent on this one is so strong I put it outside so when you walk up to our home that holiday smell welcomes you in.  And it definitely does, they smell fantastic and last forever!

The next stop on this tour is the dining room. I shared this space in Part I, but I wanted to give y’all an idea of what our Christmas tablescape will look like.

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I took most of these photos in the evening to show off a little bit of golden hour. I love how the soft streams of sunlight compliment the glow of the Christmas lights.  I only wish it lasted a little longer every day…

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I’ve hosted Thanksgiving quite a few times, but this is my first year hosting Christmas and I’m psyched.  The grandparents are coming to us and this is the first year my daughter will be able to wake up in her own home on Christmas morning with Santa presents under the tree. Y’all, I’m so excited I’m genuinely crying right now just thinking about it.

Okay! Back to business…the business of Christmas dinner.  I want to do a little bit more of a formal dinner this year (normally we eat Christmas lunch, buffet style) and that starts with the table.

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My Christmas theme this year is frosted, bright and cozy, but I just couldn’t help putting some of my fresh garland on the table.  The aroma is incredible (I wouldn’t lie to you, I’m currently sitting here as I type;)) and it just brings a coziness to the space. I also think it blends in nicely with the frosted and flocked pieces in the space because of my light runner and natural table.

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All I did here was loop the garland on top of a white table runner from Ikea and place candles in between. Easy as that! The china is our wedding china and I’m super proud of my 23 year-old self for making a good decision;)

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The grand finale of my little tour is Queen Sheba herself. The most beautiful, magical, sparkly, snowy, lovely, intoxicating tree you ever did see…the end. Whew! But seriously, I’m in love with this tree. I would marry it in a second.

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At this point I’m sure you’re thinking, “Wow, brag much?” and I get that, but I’m not talking about my decorations on the tree, I’m talking about the tree itself.  Holy perfection.

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We always have a fresh tree because I grew up with them and I can’t imagine Christmas without one.  I understand it’s not for everyone, but my goodness…the smell, the tradition of picking one out…I love it all.

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This year, I knew I wanted a flocked tree and I also knew they’re more expensive than we normally spend on a tree so I asked for that as my Christmas present.  Best. Present. Ever

I have gotten a ton of questions already about this tree so I’ve decided to do a totally separate post answering all of them (that will also include care tips for fresh trees). The short story is we bought it from a local nursery chain here in North Texas called Calloway’s and they flocked it before we even purchased it. It’s gorgeous, smells fantastic and was worth every penny.

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Thanks to the tree our living room is now Christmas complete. Because we spend 90% of our time here I wanted this room to feel like a cozy, snowy space and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

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As I mentioned earlier these are mostly evening shots of our home, but it’s so brilliant in here at night I have to share these as well…

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The holidays are full of magic. It fills my soul and somehow surprises me every single year.  I’m so grateful every time I walk in this room and see the home we’ve created for our daughter. She’s always running around, looking at ‘her trees’ and telling us to turn on the lights. It truly is the most wonderful time of year…

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I hope your Christmas is a wonderful one and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting my blog this year. It means so much, xoxo.

 

Don’t forget to tour the homes of my incredible friends…

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Boxwood Wreath (faux/similar)

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Holiday Home Tour, Part I

I can’t believe the holidays are already here! Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I decided that I wanted to decorate early this year…along with 7 of my talented blogger friends, so don’t forget to check out their homes at the bottom of this post.

I always feel like our Christmas decor isn’t up quite long enough and I’m pretty sure I tell my poor husband that every. single. year. My tree and other decorations always come down just after Christmas because it’s hard for me to leave it up until New Year’s.  I love the idea of a fresh start with the new year and that includes a clean, simplified house.  Also, my real tree starts to dry out and a brittle tree isn’t pretty, or safe.

Long story short, my house is already decorated for Christmas! …except we don’t have the tree yet.  Remember what I said about brittle? Nobody wants that.

One thing I did want? A frosted, cozy Christmas…so that’s what I did. I wanted the house to look like a light snow had fallen (not literally folks, this isn’t a theme park), but I still wanted it to be cozy-not cold.  I chose this theme because I’m in love with the wintry, frosted look, but also because I wanted to keep things simple and seamless this year. The best way for me to do that was use colors that already exist in my home and not try to re-do the entire house just for Christmas.

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Because I chose colors and tones that already exist in my home, the Christmas pieces blended in seamlessly and I actually needed less decorations, not more.  It’s also a great way to extend your Christmas decor into post-holiday winter.  Of course I’ll take down everything that is quintessentially “Christmas”, but I’ll be able to keep the greenery and even some of the lights and small trees if I want to. Okay that’s enough talk, let’s walk…right through our front door.

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Welcome to our home! This formal entryway is the space you enter as soon as you step through our front door.  Next week, I’ll publish Part II of my holiday home tour and that will include our front porch, decorated tree and Christmas dinner tablescape.

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I love our antique entryway table. Its elegant lines and stately feel make it perfect for any season.  I moved the library mirror in here because I had a vision of a large, ornate mirror adorned with a flocked wreath and I’m so glad it all came together.  The wreath was a steal from Walmart (what is up with Walmart lately? They’re killing it) and the birch logs and wooden tree are new purchases as well.

Let’s move on to the informal entry. This space is just on the other side of the arch and in the library.  It’s also adjacent to our garage door so it’s our catch all, put your shoes on kind of space.

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The decor in this corner is always simple because it’s such a functional space. More than one pillow and my kid won’t have room to sit down and put her shoes on;)  I posted on Instagram recently that this pillow is the only red decor I have out this year and that’s true.  I keep my red, plaid scarf here to make sure it doesn’t get lonely.

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Let’s head to where Christmas dinner will be cooked…

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Our kitchen is newly white and I think it fits in pretty nicely with the frosted theme.  Because it still ‘new’ I didn’t want to overwhelm it too much with Christmas decor so I added some snowy garland, filled my tiered tray with holiday goodness and finished things off with this adorable wooden tree from the Target’s dollar spot.

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I filled our tray with fake snow from Hobby Lobby, Christmas ornaments, and other small pieces.  Isn’t that little nativity the cutest thing? It was made in Bethlehem and I love it so much I always display it somewhere instead of letting it get lost in the tree.

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The great thing about a snow theme? You can stick bottlebrush trees and fake snow wherever you want!

Our dining room is next and I’m so excited to show it to you because it was my favorite space to decorate this year…

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From styling our new shelves to adding that cute little flocked tree in the corner, I had a blast designing this space.  It’s always more fun for me when I can go a little over the top with my creativity and this is my flair on display.

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If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m a little a lot obsessed with eucalyptus. I pick up a bunch every week at Trader Joe’s for $2.99 and it works for every season.

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Not surprisingly, there is a lot of Target on these shelves. Specifically, Dollar Spot Target;) The joy sign, basket, globe lights, and bottlebrush trees are all from there and were all less than $5 a piece. That’s my favorite kind of Christmas decor!

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Can you spot our gold tree? Okay, it’s hard to miss, but isn’t it gorgeous? I got that beauty for free from a neighbor and I just love how you can see both trees when you walk into our dining room.

Our living room is the heart of this main space and even though we don’t have our tree yet, everything else is decked for Christmas.  I’ll definitely share some wider shots in Part II of the holiday tour, but here are some details for now…

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No matter what my theme is, Christmas trees always take centerstage.  Since I was kid they have meant so much to me – the smell, the tradition of picking one out and decorating them…I love it all.

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This joy pillow is another one of my placemat pillows!  I’m not a big fan of spending $20-30 on a new pillow so this is my favorite trick.  Check out my tutorial here.

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And our beloved mirror is back in its home.  We rotate pieces up here to freshen things up sometimes, but this beauty will always be here for Christmas.

Our last stop is the master bedroom. We’ve never had holiday decor in the bedroom before, much less a full size tree, but it’s been so fun and cozy…definitely a new tradition.

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We just recently got our nightstand dressers and rugs from Hayneedle and I’m slightly obsessed with them.  The dressers give our room the mature, hotel feel that I was looking for and those rugs? They’re heavenly. Check out my detailed post about this refresh here.

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Well, that’s a wrap! Our house is feeling mighty magical and cozy right now and I’m so glad you stopped by to check it out. Please don’t forget to follow the links at the bottom to visit the homes of some of the best home bloggers I know.  Some of us are sharing today and some will share on Friday, November 25th so make sure to check back then to see their holiday tours!

You can shop this post via the links below and let me know what you think in the comments!  I’m off to sit on the couch with a glass of egg nog and watch those twinkly lights do their thing. xoxo

To see Part II of the tour, click here!

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