Christmas truly is a feeling, a feeling that I want to spread through out our home each and every December (ok maybe a little earlier, late November? wink wink)…it’s a warmth, it’s a twinkle, it’s a comforting smell, within all of these feelings lies a sense of joy and a longing to give to those we love. This time of year is always a time of reflection as well, to take a moment and look around to really be grateful for all we have. We don’t NEED any more than the home over our head, food in our bellies and coats on our back. Anything in addition to that is a luxury. I look around at our home trimmed and styled, yes it is beautiful but the true feeling of Christmas is in the messes, it’s the wrapping paper all over the house, the flour scattered all on the kitchen floor from baking cookies together, its the cheerful music playing in the distance. I hope you enjoy this home tour…. however please remember that the styled photos I create are here to inspire your Christmas decor ideas, yet are in no way reflective of how Christmas TRULY “looks” in our home 😉
I’m so excited to be participating in this fun blog hop today organized by my friend Marci over at Lemons To Lovely’s Blog. I’m joining some other fabulous bloggers to offer you some Christmas decorating inspiration, from our homes to yours. We will be sharing many different decorating styles and parts of our home. At the bottom of my post I’ll link directly to all the other blogs in the blog hop. I’m excited to share an outside area as well as a really cozy interior space with you!
I want to start by sharing our farmer’s porch. It often gets over looked because we are usually traipsing through it with bags, the dog, sports gear, groceries etc… but at the change of each season, when decorating is finished, we really stop and enjoy this pretty little spot outside our home. It greets us every time we return home and is the most welcoming little spot. I really enjoy decorating this area! What makes it so easy is having a few foundational pieces. Like this industrial looking bench that does well in all seasons. I love adding seasonal pillows to it too! I love using the old window frame as a base to give visual interest over the beige siding and above the bench. I then use that as a back layer to adding wreaths, signs, words etc. on top of. I usually add something underneath the bench as well.
First up is our farmer’s porch, all set up for the holiday season. I shared on Instagram how I made this Christmas planter with tree clippings, wood logs, branches and some ornaments. It’s so easy and just adds such a nice pop of greenery out here. I used floral styrofoam inside the planter, then layered in some different green clippings. I love going to Lowe’s, Home Depot or any garden center and using the clippings from the trees that would typically just go in the trash. They are free and a great way to fill in your planter, just press the clippings into the styrofoam at various heights. Let some pieces cascade out the bottom. Next, add the birch logs and then tall branches for height and different textures. Sprinkle in some ornaments or berries, then I tie a ribbon for an extra pop if you like!
I had to have a little photo session with my helper Levi. He loves being by my side with whatever I’m doing. So I grabbed a scarf and made him look handsome for the photos! I have to say he is one dashing pup.
I have a flocked tree in the corner which i used wood ornaments and plaid scarves to decorate. The scarfs were from Old Navy and TJmaxx. The Merry sign I got at Michael’s craft store and spray painted red. The pillows are a mix of Target dollar (old) and TJmaxx as well. One thing that really makes this porch feel cozy and like an extension of our home is having a jute rug out here. It also helps cut down on tracking in dirt etc.. into the house. It will need to be rolled over when it snows to keep it from fading.
For our master bedroom I added a few holiday touches as well. I decided this year to go with some deeper burgundies and greens for a more sophisticated look in our bedroom and I love how it turned out. I added a garland over our headboard, as well as an “all is calm” sign from The American Farmhouse which really just brought the whole look together. It really helps to also bring in some blankets in the same color scheme, cozy pillows and a fur throw on the ground is the ultimate in a cozy bedroom.
I really do love how the deeper shades of red and green make for a totally different vibe- much more sophisticated and classy. I love that the sign reminds us to just take a breath and be calm in the midst of a super busy time of year. I think it’s a good lil’ reminder. I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Home Tour 2018 (well my porch and bedroom!) I hope you enjoyed the tour. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you continue on to the other amazing bloggers tours in this blog hop. You will be super inspired.