Virtual "Holiday Home Tours" are all over blogosphere so I thought I'd join in. Thanks for coming on my tour! This year I attempted to use a few pinspirations and change things up a bit in our house. I spared no glitter or Modge Podge! Here is a tour of our home.
My first project this year was to make the pallet Joy sign. Here was my pinspiration from Uncommon Designs. I love their version but I wasn't sure I could pull off the marquee letters. I decided to Modge Podge script scrap book paper strips on the letters from Jo-Ann's. It took me about 15-20 pages of scrapbook paper to do all three letters and about 3 hours to complete the Modge Podge step. Once the letters were dry the next day (because I finished at midnight!), I sprayed spray glitter on the letters and then a sealant. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied how they turned out. On top of the pallet backdrop, I put a spray of greens with lights and hot glued a star ornament to the center. I strung the cord for the lights behind the pallet.
The picture of the kids was our Christmas card last year. I still love it!
We have a massive built-in entertainment center in our living room that sits besides our fireplace. Because it is so close to the fireplace, I try to coordinate the decor with that of the mantle. The centerpiece of course is the Nativity Scene. My set is a Belsnickle set that I was given at my wedding shower from my mom and then fiance. I don't think the set is in production anymore so it makes me nervous every time I set it out! Good thing it is high enough that it can't be accessed by little hands :) However, that does not always stop Nerf footballs flying across the room :)
Black and White Picture WallMy Aunt is a professional photographer. As a result, our walls are full of family pictures and pictures of the kids. One of my favorites is this black and white wall. I'm not a huge fan of Christmas specific prints so I leave my normal decor on the walls (except for one wall). For this wall, I just added a little greenery to bring in the season.
Kids Pictures with SantaHere is my one Christmas picture wall :) One year for our Christmas pictures, my Aunt had a Santa set up at a local business that has a log cabin type interior. My son was around 2 at the time and was enthralled with Santa. I still love these pictures four years later. The picture on the right of him waving to Santa absolutely captured his excitement for Santa!
Front Door "Wreath"
Pinterest really is my downfall :) Here was my pinspiration for this "wreath." I found the wreath on clearance at Michael's and simply hot glued cedar greenery to the bottom half of the frame. I then added the birds.
Christmas TreeWhen I was a child, my mom and grandma started a tradition of giving my sisters and me ornaments every year for Christmas so that, one day, when we had a tree, we would have ornaments from our childhood for our trees. We've passed the tradition on to our children. As a result, I do not have one of those beautiful themed trees that seem to be on on the famous decor bloggers. Mine is a hodgepodge of random ornaments from my childhood and my children's childhood. My favorite are the handmade ornaments from my children that we've made together.
Here is the ornament we made this year - "melted snowmen" :)
My tree topper lived its last life last year unfortunately. I looked and looked for a replacement and could not find one I liked. So I decided to make my own. I did not want to spend a ton of money making one so I tried to use materials I already had. I took one of the paper stars I had on my front porch for our annual neighborhood ice cream party and covered it in glitter. (This is what it looks like in Wisconsin during the few months when it is not cold and snowy! Ha!)
I then made a paper medallion out of the same paper I used to decoupage the Joy letters. I put glitter on the edges of the medallion. Then I hot glued a sparkly snowflake ornament to the front. Overall, I was satisfied with how it turned out and the price was right!
Arches and PillarsWe have beautiful arches and pillars separating our living room and dining room/kitchen area. I put greenery and lights on the inside of the arches. Getting the greenery to stay is a monumental task each year. I use 3M hooks. Unfortunately, I think 3M changed the formula this year and they did not stick as well. We had to search high and low for the hooks we typically use. After we found them, the garland stayed pretty well. It usually takes a few weeks before all the hooks are in the right place!
Dining Room and Kitchen DecorNo room is spared in this house! This year I placed a small tree in besides our built in desk in the kitchen that I've been using in our basement. I used this tree from eighteen25 as my inspiration for the decor. Some day I'd LOVE to be selected by Michael's to do a Dream Tree! (Anyone have a connection, let me know - LOL!)
I love cedar for greenery. I used cedar greenery on my dining room chandelier and basket above my kitchen island. And of course, like everyone else, I am in love with burlap so it had to be incorporated with the decor!
I love wreaths (if you can't tell.) I really love square wreaths. I have a ton of them hanging everywhere. I haven't taken pictures of all of them :) I found these wreaths at Pottery Barn one year after Christmas and bought a ton of them. They are hanging on almost every door in the house.