I’m so glad you stopped by for a Room by Room Christmas Tour. I love this time of year so much…by mid December…the Christmas Decorations are set, the gifts have been purchased (and mostly wrapped), and I’m able to relax and enjoy my family and the greatest gift of all…my Lord and King! XO, Aimee
Merry Christmas…come on in!
I like to keep each of the frames in my family room filled with a standard picture and Christmas picture. As soon as December arrives, I switch the prints inside the frames and enjoy memories from Christmas past.
Did you notice the Santa painting above!? Yep, made by yours truly. I was inspired by the Retro Santa graphic at The Graphic Fairy – it’s simple…like plan this as a fun activity while your 7-15 year olds are home on Christmas break…that kind of simple!
My made-by-me mistletoe hangs above the doorway as you enter the living room…this is a lovey dovey holiday!
I have made a few changes in my decor. I moved my houndstooth pillows and deer antler wood fence cutout into the living room. I also reworked my DIY anthropologie snowglobes with white trees for a fresh, snowy style.
I’m still loving my ‘JOY’ Christmas pillow, too. The detail on the ‘Y’ totally makes the pillow!
On the other side of the living room, is the dining room. I painted the chandelier a couple years ago and it has been totally maintenance free. Homes built in the 1950s offer a little less natural light. Painting the chandelier definitely helped to brighten this space.
I found this rustic, reclaimed wood a few blocks from my home and couldn’t live without it….true story. I have so many ideas looming in my mind for this piece, but for now it’s in it’s natural form on my dining room table. (I shared on instagram when I first found this beauty).
As I began thinking about how I wanted to decorate this Christmas, I knew I wanted to offer my family a place of peace and simplicity. After a year of many transitions and lots of hustle, I wanted to wrap up these last precious weeks with a calm and cozy Christmas. My inspiration piece was a DIY wool tufted anthropologie wreath…it was a perfect addition to my winter mantel.
My tree carries on a similar style. I didn’t add all of my usual Potterybarn ornaments this year. This year simplicity was my main focus for my Christmas tree and it came together so well with the addition of some homemade ornaments and some really cool finds at my favorite stores.
This is the other pillow I made this Christmas, no-sew West Elm inspired.
…and another instagram share…my turtle shell has been transformed from an estate sale guitar to my favorite decor. Is it weird that I have wanted a turtle shell since I was fifteen!?! I felt a little more normal about that dream when I saw a similar shell in the 2012 Southern Living Idea House.
This homespun, empty can wrapped with burlap, ribbon, and yarn is totally endearing. Home Depot was so sweet to offer as many cut limbs as I’d like so fir was totally free. This miniature Christmas tree has sat on my marble table for at least ten days and is still green and fresh. I filled the can with a bit of oasis so the sprig would stay in place and I’ve refreshed the water twice.
We have had a lot of nativity scenes over the years (still do throughout my home), but my sweeties favorite is definitely the Playmobil Nativity Set. This is the first year for it to be my favorite, too. Rather than attempt to keep the little pieces (that don’t stand well on their own) on display, I threw a basket on the hearth and filled it with the tiny pieces.
The kitchen is my favorite upgrade in our home. We were able to resurface the cabinets for pennies per door and make it fun to cook again! After our Christmas party, I placed the decor in my window sill (anything to make washing dishes a little more fun).
I have a little tutorial for this awesome Wooden Christmas Tree that Stud made for me (coming soon). There were several creative Christmas trees that inspired my own. And the cookies…well, you’ll have to check out my easy recipe blog!
This is Little B’s room. I absolutely love her updated room…I have lots of pics to share soon, but there are still quite a few on the Christmas decor post I shared the other day.
And the boy’s room…well it’s simple for sure…their rustic red Christmas tree works great.
I’ve loved this lit nativity scene for years (although my sweet Little B reminds me each year that their cloths were not near as lovely as they appear here). So true…she’s a wise little ten year old!
I like to change the bedding in my Master for winter. When I moved my houndstooth pillows into the living room, I tossed my living room pillows onto my bed. I love them with my Restoration Hardware bedding – a fun Craigslist find. And if you haven’t seen my Mr. & Mrs. wall art and you’re looking for a sweet DIY art for above your head, here’s an easy little tutorial.
I’m so glad you stopped by…makes me smile. If you want to check out my 2011 Room by Room Christmas Tour you can see it all here. And if you’re hoping to learn photography in 2013, I have a free photography course that has helped many and I’d love for you to give it a try, too. Pretty photography is a gift that keeps on giving!
Linking up at: Savvy Southern Style, Between Naps on the Porch