More Christmas tour

Sharing a few more… Hope y’all are enjoying shopping and baking;; My garland may not make it till Thursday.  Remind me next year, must. get. artificial garlands.

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First off,  you may still have time on Amazon to buy this book on my coffee table below! It’s called “One Man’s Folly” and it is about an amazingly talented man..and Julia Reed and Bunny Williams do the forwards..It is so so interesting and good.  I wanted to do a “favorites thing” shopping guide but I never got to it..that book would have been on it along with these little blue and white boxes from High Street Market (wishbone is from there too) and you can see my slipcover pleats from the amazing LS Slipcovers.

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The boys don’t hang out here much so this table works okay..I would not have attempted it even a year ago but they are growing up a bit (which is good and bad)

On to the kitchen!

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I do have to show this corner of my kitchen because it is so bright and fun and one artificial wreath made it even better (Hobby Lobby can you believe it)…nothing says Christmas like red chairs. So glad I can enjoy them year around! In the kitchen area I just added a little boxwood wreath, some bottlebrush trees(my go to), and a Christmas watercolor of our first home.

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My papertowels, soap and coffemaker are out and island not styled but oh well…it’s worth it to show you the new “under the sink” skirt I had made by Gracie!  Love it! Taking off those sagging cabinet doors and replacing with linen has made me happy!  It’s on a rod so I can remove and wash if needed but I haven’t in months and it doesn’t really need it.  I still want to stain counters darker..it’s on the list; Below the blue cabinet from Leftovers got a little boxwood wreath.

bluecabinetcollageA few from the dining room.  This room is so hard to photograph because its in middle of house and not a lot of light.  But I do love this room…we eat all meals here, very few in kitchen.  The kitchen table is more for homework; I love the pine table but also the country chandelier from Circa and the white linen drapes with beautiful tape.  They were made by Gracie’s Custom Interiors and she did an amazing job…they are lined and interlined! She did so many amazing things for our new home.  The little sink skirt above, shades in the entry I need to show you, and of course the camelback sofas that she and Laura and I collaborated on! Thank you again Gracie and Laura for all of your help with my house.  They, along with my local seamstress Susie Bronikowski and Monica of Monica’s Custom Creations, really did help me pull it together just like I had dreamed.  Truly y’all thank you.

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Colors are a little distorted trying to salvage a photo…forgive me; Yes  added more audubons, these were on Melisse’s clearance table and I am so glad I snapped them up…I had planned to put the somewhere else but love them here.  Melisse is my print dealer friend that lives in Baton Rouge and comes to Round Top. She is such a good source for so much!

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My only Christmas decorations in here are a few bottlebrush trees on the console and Christmas cards over my makeshift “bar” and garland on hutch.

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I’ve had so much fun adding cards everyday…y’all blow me away with your cards.  I was amazed little tiny close pins would hold them to this tobacco basket but it works! The skirted console is an old pottery barn lateral file that Laura at LS Slipcovers made me a gathered slip for..love it!

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On to the study.  I can’t believe we fit a tree in here but we did….its the 7.5″ Stratford Spruce from Balsam Hill.  I put my plaid ornaments in here (I painted the hoops black and added a darker brown plaid to ‘manly’ it up).  We sit in here so much and I can see it from kitchen so its nice to have a tree in this space too. I like Balsam Hill’s Stratford Spruce because it is a bit narrow but not so narrow you feel like its dinky know what I mean.

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and from my fave chair! and with no lights!

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Thanks again for taking the tour.  I still have so many details and rooms to share but our main downstairs rooms really feel somewhat “done” and comfy and homey! And that is what it is all about…HOME and your people….not the stuff.  We all know that but it’s good this time of year to just say it don’t you think?

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I received a preview of Boomama’s next book this week and the cover struck a cord in my heart.So Merry Christmas y’all.  Enjoy being in your home with your people.  It doesn’t matter if every corner of your house is perfect (or every person) just hold on tight to your loved ones and remember the source of all of our blessings.  My friend Tara Royers Steele used this verse on her Christmas card and I keep thinking about it too . . .

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4: 8-10

Wow, yes indeed!

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I haven’t even started decorating trees inside (they are out of box and lights are on..is it weird I like them naked) but we finished the exterior this weekend! Y’all this is a big deal for us because we put out a few wreaths on our three windows and one door in our other house and did a little light up things here and there or luminaries in jars but we never had lights on our house…gasp shock I know!  We just both grew up in the country and didn’t have them growing up and never saw it as a priority but last year our oldest put the grip on us with “but how will people know we love Jesus if we don’t have Christmas lights on our house??”  Ouch, good one Drew..way to work your mama! So I vowed “next year I will hire someone to put lights on our house, I won’t beg and prod my hardworking husband to add this to his list I will just take care of it and scrimp and save and do it as a gift to my family for the Christmas season” and I did.  And it feels good.  It’s not much, just one strand on the roof and some trees wrapped (oh how i want to wrap the branches too…maybe next year, apparently its time consuming and costly;;) and a little nativity but here you go..

Our new old house with LIGHTS!

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Next year hopefully our sidewalk will be brick and we can do lights around beds and sidewalks…hmmm net lights on rounded boxwood might look good too….look out Clark Griswold!

I worked with Juan Cuellar of JC Landscape to do this and he was so nice! He worked with my budget and didn’t seem to mind I couldn’t go nuts or overboard. I highly recommend him his number is 281-932-9159  just fyi..it was hard for me to find someone and I didn’t want to add the project to my husband’s busy schedule or risk him on roof;;

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A view of some of our big tree trunks wrapped..you can see our awesome neighbors across the street got colorful..i love looking out my kitchen window and seeing their gingerbread house! We did use these wreaths (Stratford Spruce 24″) from Balsam Hill (yes they are blog sponsor and I am grateful and excited to be trying out their products this year so far very pleased) so these wreaths have battery operated LED and they are pretty bright don’t you think?  I used the same garland over door too! You push the button on battery pack when installed and hung and then they come on and stay on for four house and then off 18 hours.

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So deep heartfelt thanks to Balsam Hill to helping us make this dream of lighted wreaths on all windows come true, it honestly probably wouldn’t have happened without the blog/advertising partnership so I am thankful.

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We also did a little nativity area on the side of the house.  I have always loved these simple silhouette nativity cutouts.  So I ordered this one from Amazon and honestly I was a little sad when I saw the size;;; We had it in the front at first and it just looked to small and wrong scale with the house so we moved it to the side yard and our neighbor Jessica was looking out her window and realized it was reflecting on the house and let us know my hubs played with it enough moving it back and forward to make it larger and centered.  SO easy and so cool.  Henry had to get in on the scene for a bit and play a giant wiseman!

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Too funny huh?

Okay and a few shots of daytime and I will stop;

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I did just use regular old outdoor red Christmas ribbon for bows and we had to screw them to the wood window sash because our screens don’t come off easily to hang them from inside.  But if you can take off screens or don’t have any that is a good option.  This blog has a great post on hanging wreaths on windows. I also did paint my door darker (or I should say my friend Reuban did it;) And I maybe need to make bow on door larger (hey its Texas) my bow making abilities aren’t great but it works! And I am still loving these planters from Renovate. These  stripe ribbon on topiaries I ordered from Midori. My topiaries are eugenia (spelling that right) from Tall Plants in Houston….they are doing well!  They just need WATER!

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So there you go… the beginning of our first Christmas in our new home! I will start decorating trees inside tomorrow hopefully. Just two…we have always had just one but we love sitting in our study so much we are doing one in there too this year.

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I also want to continue to just drive home the point that I love our new home and Christmas in our new old house is so fun but I am always aware there are so many without homes and hurting all around this world.  I know that isn’t why you come to my blog or visit my site to hear that but I want you to know I am grateful and don’t ever want to present a perfect picture.  We still have bathrooms that need remodeling, some old wiring to address and our own personal struggles.  Just wanted to say that.  I also wanted to share one of my favorite worship songs ever.  I honestly have been struggling a lot with faith questions and pain in my life lately (wow this got serious fast). I have frankly been pretty angry at God.  But I still know to my core He loves me and He is faithful and He sent Christ and then his Holy Spirit to help us bear pain this broken world can bring us and learning to identify with some of his suffering is strangely a blessing..I am not a theologian but I am a lover of Christ and I haven’t given up on God the Father.

    Light of the world, You step down into darkness.
Opened my eyes let me see.
Beauty that made this heart adore you hope of a life spent with you.

And here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you’re my God,
You’re altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.

King of all days,
Oh so highly exalted Glorious in heaven above.
Humbly you came to the earth you created.
All for love’s sake became poor.

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