It typically takes me quite a while to decorate for Christmas. In fact, I usually spend most of December pulling things out and tweaking decorations here and there, which is why I’m breaking my Christmas home tour into two parts. I’ve spent the last 5 days decorating like crazy for the Christmas in the Country Home Tour that I’m participating in this year and I’ve got most of the house done. However, since I couldn’t get it all done, I’m saving a the rest for Part Two, which I’ll post in a week or so.
I’m super excited to be a part of the Christmas in the Country Home Tour this year! I am one of over 40 decorated homes participating in the two week event from November 28th through December 12th. Please visit Creative Country Mom to see the new stops on the tour each day. There is also a holiday themed link party for other bloggers to participate in the fun!
And now the tour of my home. Let’s start in the entry.My friend, Chelsea, made these super cute swags as a fundraiser for her son’s debate team. Since it was for a good cause, I bought one and added it to our vintage sled.
I needed the kids to stop hounding me about how many days are left until Christmas, so I wrote out a little calendar on our chalkboard for them to cross off the days and count down to Christmas. They love it!
I kept things pretty simple on the mantel and used most of the same elements from our fall mantel. The ‘O Holy Night’ print is from Lindsay Letters, which I just adore.To label the kids’ stockings, I picked up these wood slices from Ben Franklin for $1 each and used a sharpie to write their initial.
The stockings looked kinda sad hanging there empty so I plumped them up with greenery and pine cones from the backyard.
Our hurricanes were made winter-y by adding Epsom salt for snow and the candles were wrapped in birch bark paper and jute twine.
I love how easy it is to go in the backyard and clip some greenery for instant Christmas decor.
Our Christmas tree needed a little more pizazz this year, so I added the red plaid ribbon to give it a bit more color and pattern.
One of our family traditions is to add a new element to the Christmas village under our tree each year. This year we added a cute little elf cottage.Our collection is small as we’ve only been collecting them for about 5 years. We nestle the building in snow (cotton) on the inside of our Polar Express train tracks. This is something the kids really look forward to each year and they love sitting next to the tree, admiring the lit-up village as the train chugs around.
A thrifted silver tray sits atop the coffee table in our living room, accessorized with a mini cypress tree, candle, vintage books and an ornament.To give some candles a Christmas look, I wrapped upholstery webbing around them an attached them with thumb tacks. Then I nestled them in some more greenery from the yard and placed it all in a wooden tray.
In our family room, I added pre-lit faux greenery and the sweater ball garland (from Lowe’s) to our entertainment center. I also hung several wooden snowflakes I had from last year to the garland.The cone trees were made using paper mache cones from the craft store and sweaters from Goodwill (except for the red one, which I bought pre-made at Lowe’s).
The cone trees on this side of the entertainment center were made by hot glueing lace and music sheets to the cones.
I already had this concrete terrarium from World Market so I added some Epsom salt, a church and trees to it to create a little snow village for our end table.
If you’re a regular blog reader, you’ve already seen the Christmas pillows I made from drop cloths, but here they are again in case you missed them.And that completes Part One of my Christmas Home Tour!
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed your peek into our Christmas-y home!
Be sure to visit Creative Country Mom (click the image below) for more creative Christmas decor ideas and stop by the other homes on the tour today:
White Lace Cottage
Designers Sweet Spot
Also linking up at these parties:
The Inspiration Exchange
Flaunt It Friday
Your Turn to Shine
Link Party Palooza
Strut Your Stuff
The Party Bunch
Inspire Me Monday