It’s Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

Happy Holidays everyone.  My house is finally fully decorated and I am ready to share it with y’all.  I am really happy with how everything came out this year and I didn’t buy that much new stuff so I am giving myself snaps for (mostly) working with what I had.  Here we go…3905 all dressed up for the holidays.

Light Post

This porch light and house number sign is original to our house.  Many of the other houses in the neighborhood no longer have theirs, I am so glad that we do.  It’s one of my favorite things about the house.  The first time I saw it, I immediately pictured it decorated like this at Christmas.

Front Yard

We got snow two weeks ago so after the storm rolled through, I rushed outside to take some pictures.  See Bruddah in the bottom left corner?  I didn’t even notice him bound into the shot when I took it, he’s so fast!

Front Porch

Here is the porch.  I really struggle with decorating the porch because the door is not centered so you can’t put something on either side to create balance.  I have started using this teak bench as a way to get some height.  This fall I had pumpkins on it.  I found the presents at Home Depot this year.  They are Martha Stewart brand and were about $20.

Front Porch Presents

I purchased the wreath on the front door two years ago from Kmart.  This year I wanted to make it feel a bit more “holiday” so I added some red Christmas tree ornaments and I really love the monochromatic look.

Front Door Wreath

Come in won’t you?  And please excuse my dirty floors, they are clean now.

Entry

The door mat is from Costco five years ago.

Main Room Large View

The “ALOHA” letters have been replaced by my Dicken’s Village, which is actually my late grandmother’s collection.  I have always loved putting up a Department 56 “village.”  The one my mom and I have (that is still at her house) is epic and I can’t wait to have both sets one day.  Here is a panorama shot of the village, you can click the image to enlarge it.

Christmas Village

The bookshelves got a little Christmas face lift.  I got this amazing reindeer at Target last year.  To his left is a vintage biscuit jar that was also my late grandmother’s.  I filled it with  ornaments and thought the two things together really looked cute.

Bookshelf Reindeer

I always wish I had a mantle that didn’t have a massive flat screen TV on top of it, but that’s really the best place for it and we do watch alot of TV, so I just have to work with it.

Fireplace Mantel

The only new thing up here is the “Be Merry” sign, which I purchased from the Etsy shop Whatevers Handmades for $25.00

Be Merry Sign

For my seasonal metal vases that I got last spring at Target, I added I sprig of red berry that I had from my very first Christmas out of college and some dried Rose of Sharon branches. Our yard has alot of Rose of Sharon and as much as I love it when it flowers, I also love the way the branches look in the winter.  Also? Free decor.  The pine cone thingys are also from my first Christmas out of college, I think they were from Michaels and for years they smelled like cinnamon, but sadly the smell is now gone.  The snowman to the right is Target from last year.

Mantel Close Up

Just before the holidays, I moved this bench, that was a gift from Home Goods three years ago, from upstairs in our bedroom to this corner of the living room.  I have been trying to decide what to do in this space forever and the bench is working nicely for now.

Bench

The Santa is actually one of those door draft things, but I bought it when I lived in Southern California and had no idea that that is what it was for.  I just liked that you could cross his legs.  The red blanket is from IKEA last year and the coffee bean sack is from our local coffee house.  I use a king size pillow inside to make it stand upright.

Snowman Figurines

Can you tell that snowmen are my “thing?”  This is this year’s addition to the collection.  I found them at Costco early in November and knew they had to be mine.  I think they were about $20.00.  These are sitting on the side table next to the couch.

Main Room Large View

As you can see in this photo, we decided to put the tree in the sun room this year.  This meant that we didn’t have to move any furniture around or clean up pine needles off the new floors.  I also like that you can see it from the living/dining room, but also through the front window of the house as well as the back yard via the new sun room windows.  Pretty much every neighbor gets a view!

Christmas Tree

I went with a sliver/white theme on the tree this year.  I had a really hard time finding silver balls in decent quantity.  Maybe it was just my late start, but Home Depot, Kmart, and Target let me down.  I finally found a good deal on some semi-large packages (24 ornaments) at JoAnn Fabric.  The packages were on clearance last week for $7.00 each plus I had 25% off coupon.  My favorite detail though is the twinkle star ornaments.  These are from the Jaclyn Smith line at Kmart and I love them.  I think they were $2.00 each.  The Jaclyn Smith holiday line always surprises me every year with great stuff. If you aren’t making a trip through Kmart in December, you are missing out.

Presents

My mom and I both LOVE to wrap presents so they are always little works of art.  This year, my mom bought a bunch of baker’s twine and used that while I went the traditional bow route.  I am trying use up all the ribbon and paper that I already have and am proud to say that with the exception if one roll of ribbon for the tree bow, which I got at Michaels for $3.00, I didn’t buy any wrapping supplies this year.

So there you have it.  Our cozy little house has been a real treat for me this holiday season.  I can feel things start to come together as a result of all our projects over the last year.  Although we aren’t as far along with the sun room as we had hoped to be by now, we are making progress and I am really loving what we have done out there so far.  The yard looks a million times better than it did this time last year, and our re-finished floors make the whole house feel more warm and inviting.

Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope y’all have a great holiday full of laughter and good cheer.

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3 thoughts on “It’s Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

  1. Kate,

    Your house is amazing!! What a wonderful way to celebrate the season! Thank you for all your adorable ideas and inspirations. We wish you and Mark a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year! Lots of love to you both!!

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