Christmas in Galena, Illinois

One of my dreams is to take my family to spend Christmas in Galena, Illinois for the Christmas holiday. It's a quaint, historic tourist spot just 2 hours away and probably has more Bed and Breakfast homes than any other place in the U.S.  It's popular for antiques shopping and was home to Ulysses S. Grant. I've visited idyllic Galena numerous times in my life, but have yet to spend the holidays there. (Photos are not mine but links to photo … [Read more...]

Christmas Wreath Ideas

Are you having company for Christmas and still don't have a wreath for your front door or fireplace mantel? I've rounded up a wide variety of Christmas wreath ideas for you ... some are mine, some are from friends, and a few are from the interior design pros. Links to the source of each wreath are included so you can see more inspiration and pin from the original source. A frosted pine cone wreath hangs on my back door.   Wreaths can be … [Read more...]

My Favorite Christmas Vignettes

Christmas is just one week away! Although I've been busy decorating and shopping, I never forget the true meaning of Christmas and the celebration of Christ's birth ... God's greatest gift to the world! I like to think the creative expression of decorating is a reflection of God's creative nature. After all, if we're made in God's image and God is creative, it follows that each one of us is creative in some way, shape or form. In celebration of … [Read more...]

12 Christmas Tree Examples ~ Part Two

This is the second part of beautiful Christmas tree examples that I have for you this week. I shared 10 Christmas tree decorating ideas yesterday and each one was unique and festive. Today I have 12 trees, so let's check out the rest of the inspiration waiting for you! First up is Bre's woodland glam Christmas tree you'll see over at Rooms for Rent. I love the galvanized bucket the tree sits in and the clever use of garland.   If a … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas ~ Part One

Well, I started out looking for Christmas trees on Houzz in order to share a variety of Christmas tree decorating ideas with you. As I became increasingly frustrated because I couldn't quite find what I was looking for, I remembered I have uber-creative blogging friends with beautiful holiday trees. So after a quick inquiry, I found several of them willing to share their trees with you. In fact, there were so many that I'm going to divide this … [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...]

DIY Christmas Stencil Projects

Whew! I think all my Christmas decor has now found a place in my home for the holidays and I can start to focus on some fun stuff like these DIY Christmas stencil projects. My friend Jennifer Rizzo designed a collection of beautiful Christmas stencils and I had the honor of trying them out complements of Royal Design Studio. I'm sharing 2 stencil projects that were really easy to do. The first stencil project is this festive little Christmas … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour ~ Part Two

Last week I shared most of my Christmas home tour but I have a few more spaces to share with you. This week I'm joining another group of bloggers for a showcase of holiday homes. Be sure to visit the other homes for amazing inspiration ... the schedule is at the end of this post. Special thanks to Jen Migonis of Migonis Home for organizing this tour! My kitchen table is set and ready for Christmas breakfast. Since the tile floor is green, I … [Read more...]

Christmas Trifle and 34 Sweet Recipes

Normally when I think of dessert I think of chocolate! Doesn't everyone? But every so often I get a craving for desserts that don't involve chocolate. Like creme brulee ... it's my all-time favorite. Today I'm joining a bunch of my blogging buddies to bring you Christmas sweets, whether it's dessert or sweet rolls, you're sure to find something you like so make sure to visit everyone (the schedule is at the end of this post). The sweet I'm … [Read more...]

25 DIY Christmas Decorating Projects

Let's not kid ourselves. As wonderful as it can be, Christmas can be a hectic time of year. To help make things simpler for you, I've collected 25 DIY Christmas decorating projects here in one post. In addition to some of my own projects, several of my blogging friends have given me some of their projects to share with you.  I hope you'll visit their blogs for even more inspiration (and please pin their photos from their blogs instead of from … [Read more...]

Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas

After all the decorating for Tuesday's Christmas home tour, I've been taking it easy the last couple of days and enjoying all the other Holiday Housewalk tours happening this week. I thought I'd share a few simple Christmas decorating ideas using some of my photos that didn't make it into my home tour earlier this week. In my farmhouse kitchen I added touches of red and green throughout. Red pomegranates are an easy way to add Christmas color … [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...]

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...]

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