7 Christmas Mantel Ideas

When it comes to holiday decorating, I like to plan ahead and make a list of any items I might need. Without a list, I tend to buy more stuff than necessary so it pays to spend a little time thinking about Christmas decor. I don't have a fireplace in my house, but I do have a barn wood shelf that I like to decorate as a mantel. A quick trip through Houzz gave me 7 Christmas mantel ideas and I'm penning my list of items I might need to create a … [Read more...]

DIY Glitter Snowflake Ornaments

Christmas is less than 2 weeks away. Can you believe it? This year I got my decorating done early thinking I'd have more time to enjoy the holiday as opposed to rushing around. The time has gone by so fast!  If you need a quick and easy project to finish up your decorating, you might enjoy these DIY glitter snowflake ornaments. I love how these glittery snowflakes add a bit of bling to the holiday. Hang them individually on your tree, or make a … [Read more...]

My Christmas Home Tour ~ 2014

Santa's elves have been busy at my house hustling and bustling to trim the tree and deck the halls. Well, actually it was one elf ... little ole me!  Today I'm participating in Jennifer Rizzo's annual Holiday Housewalk and I'm so excited to share my Christmas home tour with you! I'll warn you now ... there are a lot of photos! I took literally hundreds of pictures and it's really hard to choose which ones to feature.   If you're coming … [Read more...]

A Full Week of Holiday Decorating!

It's finally here! A full week of 30 DIY blogger homes all decorated for the Christmas Holiday House Walk organized by Jennifer Rizzo. Are you ready to enjoy them all? I know I am! I look forward to this week each year. My home tour is tomorrow, but since I've taken literally hundreds of photos, I thought I'd share a sneak peek of some of the Christmas details with you today. You won't see any of my holiday decorating room reveals until tomorrow … [Read more...]

Preview of My Christmas Decor and a Giveaway!

This year I'm really looking forward to Christmas! My decorating is almost done and that means I can spend the weeks leading up to Christmas enjoying other things ... like spending more time with family and friends, baking, attending holiday events, and more. And... my holiday home tour is next Tuesday!  Eek! I hope you'll stop by ... all week there are different blogger homes you can visit. Tons of Christmas inspiration! Here's a preview of … [Read more...]

Christmas Inspiration from My Blogging Friends

Over the past few years I've noticed I've been turning less and less to decorating magazines and more and more toward my fellow bloggers for decorating ideas.  My blogging friends are truly amazing and they inspire me every day! So I thought it would be fun to share a bit of Christmas inspiration from my blogging friends with you. Hopefully you will find a new blog to follow while you enjoy these examples ... My friend Shannon at AKA Design … [Read more...]

Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find

My sweet friend Alice who blogs at Thoughts from Alice challenged a bunch of bloggers to buy a thrift store find and transform it into Christmas decor.  How could I say no?  I think you're going to be blown away by some of these projects, which you'll find at the end of this post. We were instructed not to spend more than $25 for this project. Can you tell by looking at my snowy project what my thrifty find was?   A cigar box! I bought … [Read more...]

Christmas Mantel and Free Printable

If you like creating your own decor projects you're going to love the collection of free printables compiled by a fantastic group of bloggers! Today I'm sharing my own free printable that I used in a Christmas mantel vignette, and at the end of this post you'll find links to many more printables created by my blogging friends for you to use! Using simple graphics, I created two of these hanging Christmas picture sets. This is such an easy … [Read more...]

Christmas Decorating Inspiration

Christmas. It's consuming my brain lately and this weekend I'm ready to deck the halls and get it out of my system. I want to do things a little different this year and turned to Houzz for some inspiration. Since I shared my Christmas Mantel on Wednesday this week, I didn't do my normal Humpdays with Houzz post. But there's no reason I can't do it today, right? Traditional Entry by New York Photographers Rikki Snyder I love this charming front … [Read more...]

Vintage Christmas Mantel

When I think of Christmas, I think of glitter and sparkle ... the way pure white snow sparkles in the sun. I love color at Christmas, including silver and gold. I found some beautiful, blingy holiday pieces to create a vintage Christmas mantel. I'm sharing my holiday mantel today along with some of my blogging friends. Links to their Christmas mantels are at the end of this post. I have always loved these sparkly Putz houses and finally … [Read more...]

Vintage Style Christmas Vignette and a Winner!

Why does Christmas feel so magical when you get out the decorations and turn your house into some "other world" filled with sparkle and charm? Christmas allows you to bring a little fantasy in your home, and the mood I like to create is a vintage style Christmas that evokes holidays gone past. A vintage style Santa wears neutral colors instead of red and green. A bottle brush type wreath serves as a backdrop for my vintage style Christmas … [Read more...]

Vintage Christmas Flea Market Finds

Is it too early to talk about Christmas? This year I'm planning a few weeks early because my home is on a virtual holiday tour the first week in December and I want to be well prepared. I have a decorating theme in my head and was on the hunt for vintage Christmas decorations at our monthly local flea market. Surprisingly, not a lot of vendors had Christmas decor out, so I'll have to go back for the November market. But I did manage to find a few … [Read more...]

My Home Appearing in New Book “Creatively Christmas”

I've been holding onto a little secret for many many months and now I'm finally able to share it with all of you! My home is appearing in the new book "Creatively Christmas ~ Inspired Yuletide Decor" by Jennifer Rizzo!! I'll never forget the day last year when I opened an email from Jennifer telling me about her new book deal and asking if she could photograph my house to appear in its holiday pages. Didn't take me long to respond with an … [Read more...]

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