Welcome to our Christmas home! We haven't quite lived here for a year, but we are making headway into creating a comfortable place for our family. Our living room houses our Christmas tree, which has plenty of homemade ornaments and some dried hydrangeas. I recently finished sewing the curtains (tutorial soon), which help make our room feel cozier.
My husband and I finished making the chalkboard above our mantle (another simple tutorial coming soon). Branches from our backyard trees were helpful this year in decorating our planters which have rosemary in them.
I really love fresh greenery, so I've been clipping some trees. Let's just say, my morning runs were not just for running but collecting greenery (only public trees). It was a two for one deal!
Our tree doesn't get presents under the tree until Christmas eve, which makes things a lot simpler to not have the temptation for young children to start tearing at gifts. Maybe someday I will buy or make a tree skirt, but this year I put some extra fabric around it.
My mom gave me her Christmas village- which I've always thought was darling. Now, my girls love to see the village and the little people. Oh, and somehow, our elf, Paul got in the village last night. Sneaky elf!
Our kitchen has the peppermint wreath and a little banner I made too (Target dollar isle silver letters). The centerpiece is a moss wreath (handmade) with pomegranates.
My daughter, Alison, created a cute chalkboard wall for all of us and made the snowflakes too. I think it's important to have our children get involved in the decorating and crafts too, don't you think?
I love how our stocking chandelier turned out! For the table I decided to stick with simple white candles and of course, more cut greens.
The buffet table has the advent calendar and goodies for cocoa. The small brass bar cart I got at a yard sale- (which I couldn't believe anyone would want to sell this- it's so nice). The chair I reupholstered (awhile ago), and was also a yard sale find.
For our entryway, I put up a mix of natural berries (from our backyard) and fake ones on our banister going up the stairs. The black bench is a Craigslist find and same with the small blue table (that I painted).